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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Whattya Listenin' To Wednesday - 1/21/09

Howdy, cowpokes! Hope you guys are faring well under the blanket of freeze out there which always makes this time of year a bit of a drag to get through. Of course, I'm pleasantly surprised those Steelers got the job done over a very game Ravens team who deserve tremendous credit for their run this year. Kudos to the Cardinals as well for "shocking the world." Were they not playing my team in the big dance, I'd root for 'em. Unfortunately...

Let's hope the swearing in of Obama brings gradual changes for the good. I can't help but wonder what the fate of metal, punk and extreme music will be now that a liberal is taking over the front office. Historically in modern times, art and music has reacted swiftly and agressively when a conservative president has held office. Under the watch of Democrats, music especially tends to soften its stances and go into a generally quieter impetus. We'll see in the upcoming years ahead.

Dragging ass over here with my wife finally returning to work though her injured arm is still hurting, and the baby is a joy to be around most times, but let's face it; babies are babies and they wipe you out. After putting Christmas away over the weekend, I'm basically done in for the week, though I made a nice effort at catching up some review work and opened up a new slot with as an interviewer. Good times ahead. I should also be on the horn with Ross the Boss this week for a Take 5 piece coming atcha shortly here at The Metal Minute, so stay tuned as always!

It's a thrill to watch the baby develop a keen interest and aptitude for music, thus he got lots of jazz and classical over the weekend along with some Yardbirds, while foster pappy spun tons of new metal promo while working on the house in the middle of the night Saturday night. Little man likes a wide variety of music, which warms my heart, but he's going berserk over percussion and drums as a lot of children do, which really excites this drummer-that-never-was. So naturally Paul Simon's beautifully drum-heavy Rhythm of the Saints leads the charge of spins this week. Sweet also got a ton of spins as you can expect to see an Album You Can't Live Without selection featuring them upcoming shortly. Also had some seventies comps going, mostly one featuring 1975 with mostly great tunes and only a few stinkers. I've come to the conclusion that the seventies were the last great era of pop music and perhaps country as well.

Off to the showers and another weary day, as Madness would sing...

Paul Simon - Rhythm of the Saints
a lot of Mozart
Art Blakey - Drum Suite
Dave Brubeck Quartet - Red Hot and Cool
Dan Freedman - Art Attack
Sweet - Desolation Boulevard
Dimension Zero - He Who Shall Not Bleed
Harpoon - Double Gnarly/Triple Suicide
The Soundtrack of Our Lives - Origin Vol. 1
Sounds of the Seventies: 1975
Static-X - Cult of Static
The Yardbirds - The Very Best of The Yardbirds
Evile - Enter the Grave
Millions - Gather Scatter
Iron Fire - To the Grave
Exciter - s/t
Echo and the Bunnymen - Songs to Learn and Sing
Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
Nada Surf - High/Low
Scale the Summit - Carving Desert Canyons


Metal Mark said...

Menchen-Red Rock
Snew-Snew You
Satan-Court in the act
Faith Factor-Against a darkened sky
Budgie-several titles
220 Volt-Power Games

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

never did grab some Budgie on my end, bad Ray!

cjk_44 said...

Sorry – late to the party this week. Love all of Paul Simon’s work – I need to dig out Rhythm for this week.

1. The Season Standard – Squeeze Me Ahead of Line
2. Meshuggah – ObZen
3. The Faceless – Akeldama
4. Circus Maximus – Isolate
5. Gene Loves Jezebel – The House of Dolls, Kiss of Life
6. Wilco – Summerteeth
7. Soundtrack – Me, Myself & Irene (solely for the Steely Dan covers)

Sadly, no time to read this week.

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

You're good, bro. Most of the regular commenters to this feature are probably unaware I started doing it again.

I only have one GLJ album and it was a post-band release, not bad, not great either. I should delve back to the other stuff. I got to read the second story in the new Stephen King anthology and that's all the time I've had

cjk_44 said...

GLJ are one of the "alternative" bands that I started listening to as a result of the "college experience" (along with R.E.M., the Grateful Dead, and a few others) simply due to the influence of all the different types of music that i heard in the dorms.

i treat GLJ almost as two bands - everything before House of Dolls and House of Dolls and everything after.

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Once metal died in the US and I was in college, I started really investigating alternative music so I have a huge passion for that stuff as well, like The Cure, Depeche mode, Psych Furs, Smiths, Flesh For Lulu, Sisters of Mercy, Lush, Kitchens of Distinction, etc. Once that started fizzing out in the nineties, I explored jazz, funk, electronic, soul, classical, world music, classic rock, you know, filling in the gaps, so to speak