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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Whattya Listenin' to Wednesday 1/28/09

Shiver me everything, it's damned cold this week and the weather sucks (a regular ice bowl today, blech) and as far as I'm concerned, it's completely worthless, that is unless you're a kid or a ski bum, then a fool's paradise awaits thee... Snow and ice further dampens my sometimes cloudy disposition as I'm feeling my age with little man around and losing time for everything else. The body breaks down, everything hurts, sleep is precious but never enough when you get it. Then there's the dilemma of getting to work an hour away and day care opening late; yeah, baby, welcome to parenthood.

Anyway, let's keep the ranting to a minimum, shall we? Last week I did enjoy a chat with Mike Daly, author of the riotous Time Flies When You're in a Coma: The Wisdom of the Metal Gods, and also fellow musician in Whiskeytown plus oodles of other serious credentials. My chat with Mike was largely a way cool b.s. session since to me it sounded like our lives and attitudes growing up with metal were very similar. A righteous dude and I'm grateful for his time. Also found myself on the horn with Manowar and Dictators legend Ross the Boss in a brief chat which you will see here at The Metal Minute in due time. Ross was likewise super cool and we found ourselves talking at-length about The Dictators and The Ramones, so be on the lookout for that one shortly.

Just this very second I received confirmation of an incredibly special interview with guitar ace and former David Lee Roth slinger Jason Becker. Jason, as many of you know, has been battling ALS and I am thoroughly honored to present you all a Take 5 interview with this graceful and inspirational individual on Thursday.

A lot of variance once again in my spin list with the new Static-X becoming yet another addiction, although I would have to say Ritual was the heavy hitter following my dual review of Gypsy Re Bethe and company's reissues. For the record, I received very kind feedback from Gypsy himself about the review and I was humbled to read his compliments and reconciliation of past pain the Ritual albums initially received. He mentioned a possibility of a third Ritual album while he's largely been working on a flamenco-based solo album which ought to be equally sensual as Ritual's material.

On that note, cheers to you all, brothers and sisters in metal... No need to be shy or think yourself too cool to participate in this section. What the hell are y'all listenin' to out there?

Ritual - Valley of the Kings
Ritual - Widow
Static-X - Cult of Static
Ross the Boss - New Metal Leader
Scorpions - Lovedrive
Scorpions - Animal Magnetism
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Howlin' Wolf - The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions
The Nazz - Open Our Eyes: The Anthology
The Yardbirds - The Very Best of The Yardbirds
Billy Idol - Rebel Yell
Huey Lewis and The News - Sports
Fu Schnickens - F.U. Don't Take it Personal
MUCC - Shion
Marty Friedman - Exhibit A: Live in Europe
Moby - Everything is Wrong
The Amenta - Non
Maegashira - The Stark Arctic
Wino - Punctuated Equilibrium
Exciter - s/t
Dimension Zero - He Who Shall Not Bleed
Iron Fire - To the Grave
Thyrfing - Hels Vite


Metal Mark said...

Reading-Planet Cat and various old comic books

Watching-Seinfeld and all of the Planets of the apes movies

Listening to-
Navigator-Transcendent Union
Sinner-Crash and Burn
Iron Maiden-Piece of mind
Satan-Court in the act
Motley Crue-Too fast for love and Theater of pain
Shannon-Angel in disguise
Fireball Ministry-The second great awakening

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

always glad to have you and cjk around, dude

cjk_44 said...

1. Dark Tranquillity – The Gallery
2. Sentenced – Crimson
3. Scar Symmetry – Holographic Universe
4. Shawn Lane – Powers of Ten
5. Tuner – Müüt: Live in Estonia
6. Derek Trucks Band – Already Free
7. Paul Simon – Rhythm of the Saints

This week’s reading list: legislation now that the Maryland General Assembly’s 2009 Session is in full swing.

Watching: “The Assassination of Richard Nixon” and the Boston Bruins.

I’m very much looking forward to the Take 5 with Jason Becker. His talent is undeniable.

I hear you loud and clear about trying to get to work with daycare opening late. One time a few winters ago I picked up my kids early from daycare due to inclement weather. The daycare operators decided after I left to open two hours late the next day – but they never called me (although they managed to *tell* everyone who picked up their kids after I left). As you can imagine I was furious and gave the daycare operators a piece of my mind about making decisions and fully communicating those decisions with its paying customers. Those daycare operators are out of business now – imagine that!

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Imagine that, lol...annoyance to the extreme! So far we're fortunate with his day care that they're not real jerks or anything. I hate the exposure to constant sickness which means he gets sick a lot, but I guess he should build the immunity up now.

Expect the Becker interview in the morning. Fabulous guy.

Might as well add to you guys:

Reading: Stephen King - Just After Sunset

Watching: The Fog (original), Living Colour - New Morning: The Paris Concert, Dethklok Metalacalypse Season 2 (didn't know how crazy this show was until I got sent this for review)

rene said...

Today its sunday and i played a lot of great records(some on cd and some on vinyls):