Archive for the ‘What's Spinning’ Category

What’s spinning, May 3 edition

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2000

Sick as all hell today - no updates until now for that reason. Quiet, laid-back stuff, then, on today’s playlist, to avoid aggravating my headache:

  • After Crying - Megalázottak és megszomorítottak - some of it’s a bit aggressive but overall this is one of my favorite albums to chill out to, as well as one of my favorite albums period
  • Älgarnas Trädgård - Framtiden är ett svävande skepp, förankrat i forntiden - sometimes I can’t figure out if this psych-rock classic is a masterpiece or a spectacular failure
  • Tony Geballe - Native of the Rain - very smooth and relaxing solo twelve-string acoustic guitar work
  • Low - The Curtain Hits the Cast - almost glacially slow vocal rock; some really beautiful moments; my fave so far is “Over the Ocean”
  • Ragnarok - self-titled - a perennial favorite of mine when I want something soft and pretty

I’m over the ocean
over the hills, over the dell
over the fireline
over the sand, over the plan
over the empire
and if I belong, then I’ll be longer than expected
and if I’m wrong, the mighty and strong will be rejected
Low, “Over the Ocean”

What’s spinning, April 25 all-nighter edition

Tuesday, April 25th, 2000

Pulled an all-nighter last night to finish up a sociology term paper on the evolution of American corporate power. Music to keep me awake (all loud, fast, and relatively simple):

  • Angra - Holy Land
  • Liquid Tension Experiment - LTE 2
  • Metallica - Master of Puppets
  • Rush - Counterparts
  • Skyclad - Prince of the Poverty Line
  • Symphony X - The Damnation Game

What’s spinning, February 8 edition

Tuesday, February 8th, 2000

In anticipation of the Dixie Dregs / Dream Theater show here in New Haven in a couple weeks, I just received the Dregs‘ live King Biscuit recording yesterday. The country/Southern influences don’t turn me off, so I do like the music quite a bit, and I look forward to the show even more now.

Something straightforward today: what’s been spinning recently:

  • The Dixie Dregs - King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents - good folk-influenced fusion
  • The Flower Kings - Flower Power - still trying to figure out the hype
  • Magma - Retrospektiw II - love this version of MDK
  • Metallica - …And Justice For All - the more I listen to this the more I like it
  • Rush - Counterparts - I’d forgotten how much I like the instrumental “Leave That Thing Alone”
  • Von Zamla - 1983 - surpassed Tortoise as my favorite of the 1-29-00 acquisitions

What is it about English speakers that makes them so indifferent to music sung in foreign languages? How important are lyrics to the average music listener? I’ve become so accustomed to music that stresses instrumentals over vocals that I no longer remember how much lyrics used to matter to me. Or is it just the fact that songs sung in anything other than English sound funny to an English speaker? Come to think of it, why the sudden fascination with mangling Spanish and putting random bits of it into “Latin” songs meant for American audiences?

In the depths of my gloom
I crawl out for you
From the peaks of my joy
I crawl back into
Tearing me down every time you smile
Every shining time you arrive
Sunny Day Real Estate, “Every Shining Time You Arrive”