Strangely, I’ve been listening almost exclusively to extreme metal (mostly Dillinger Escape Plan and Cephalic Carnage) and the Cowboy Junkies (mostly Pale Sun, Crescent Moon, Lay It Down, and Black Eyed Man) lately. I found five (count ‘em) Cowboy Junkies albums and a Cephalic Carnage album in the used bin at the local CD store, which was really great. I also saw a copy of Krakatoa’s Togetherness there today, which absolutely shocked me. That’s a pretty rare find anywhere, and I certainly wouldn’t expect to randomly see it in a used bin somewhere. So anyone near New Haven, take note and get thy ass over to Cutler’s!
I’m finding that listening to extreme metal, for me, is almost like listening to ambient music. That is, I can either let it play in the background, and because it’s so consistently loud and fast and aggressive, it’s pretty easy to tune out and it turns into white noise (good for studying, for example); or I can listen to it actively, and there’s so much going on that there’s plenty to keep me occupied. This is a pretty cool trait of the music, I think; and maybe it’s not as weird as it first sounds, given the occasional affinity between the ambient and noise genres and some genres of metal.
So Massive Attack is doing some of the soundtrack for the new Matrix film, eh. It better be something a bit more aggressive than 100th Window. I don’t remember anything about the music for the first film, except for “Wake Up” by Rage Against the Machine at the end, which I thought was an entirely appropriate and bad-ass placement of that song.