Archive for November, 2000

Going to see GYBE! in NYC

Wednesday, November 29th, 2000

I just bought myself a ticket to the December 6th Godspeed You Black Emperor! show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. I’m pretty damn pumped; lately I’ve been listening mostly to gybe! bootlegs in MP3 format - here’s a site that has a few good ones from recent shows. The new pieces “12.28.99″ and “Tazer Floyd” are absolutely top-notch - hell, I think I like them better than anything on the new album.

I am doing a project for my music cultures class, exploring the different cultural influences on progressive rock. It’s a pretty shallow project, purely descriptive, with no thesis or central assertion, but it will be interesting anyway. I’m doing some Q&As with various bands and hope to post them all on this site eventually.

Mogwai sample Native American music

Tuesday, November 14th, 2000

Weird, weird, weird coincidence: the sample of the woman singing at the beginning of “oh! how the dogs stack up” from Mogwai’s Come On Die Young is taken from a song used as an example of Native American music in my music cultures class. It is, in fact, a Zuni lullaby, in free meter using only two pitches. An interesting choice for a sample; I’d never noticed it before but when I was listening to the album last night it caught my ear immediately.

Looking over my list of albums released in 2000, I feel somewhat depressed. It has definitely not been a particularly great year. Although Azigza’s self-titled and Godspeed You Black Emperor!’s Lift Your Skinny Fists… mitigate things, overall it’s been pretty mediocre. White Willow gets some props as well for Sacrament, but overall it’s telling that one of my favorites from this year is a reissue: Thinking Plague’s Early Plague Years. Sigh… disappointing, especially after such a very strong 1999 (Duty Free Area, Rituale Alieno, Discus 1st, Kaka, The Hard Quest, and the list stretches on…).

The current issue of The Wire has a great primer on Balinese and Javanese gamelan recordings that might be of interest to listeners of more eclectic contemporary music. I’m going to have to check out a few of the recordings they list - as I stated before, I find some Balinese gamelan to be straight-up ass-kicking stuff.

Latest stroke of luck: I found a copy of Gentle Giant’s Three Friends for $5 at the local used CD store. No big deal, except that it’s the out-of-print pressing on the Line label. Not a bad find, I think…

Digital-era humor

Thursday, November 2nd, 2000

I got a real kick out of someone talking about a particularly bad review of Radiohead’s Kid A, saying “it’s not worth the paper it’s not printed on”. Heh!