Posts Tagged ‘Adrien Begrand’

Things to read

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Not that this is particularly useful since I don’t do it regularly, but a few links of interest today…

PopMatters has a couple reviews of interest — namely a glowingly positive writeup of AhleuchatistasEven In the Midst… and a nearly as good one of Uz Jsme Doma’s Cod-Liver Oil. I have both of these and neither has really sunk in with me yet despite a few listens to each.

And on an end-of-year list note, check out Adrien Begrand’s site (it’s sort of a blog but not really) for his ongoing best of 2007 project, in which he will apparently be adding stuff for the next several days. He lost a little credibility with me when he named Mastodon’s atrocious Blood Mountain his favorite of 2006, but I still enjoy his writing and respect his opinions. So far he’s done a best-of of compilations and live albums and an “honorable mentions” list. On the latter are two albums that, if I did my top 10 of 2007 now, would make it onto the list: Om’s Pilgrimage and Dälek’s Abandoned Language.

Also, I’m pulling some chains over at ProgressiveEars by coming to the defense of Justin Timberlake. This could be a fun show.

Going deeper into the world of metal

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

On a whim, and because lately I’ve found myself listening to more and more metal of all kinds, I just subscribed to Decibel Magazine. I’ve never actually even read a single issue, but I know Adrien Begrand writes for them and I like his work, so there was at least some inkling that I might like this publication. Also it was way cheaper than paying import rates for Terrorizer. Anyone a fan (or not) of this magazine?

More concert reports will be coming soon; I still need to write about Yo La Tengo, and last night I saw Robert Fripp, and tonight I’m going to see Alarm Will Sound (a 20-piece chamber group that plays interpretations of, among other things, some techno artist that named a song after a Mr. Bungle piece, Aphex Twin, and more expected things like compositions by Ligeti and John Adams), and tomorrow I’m going to see Bill Frisell. Whew!

One quick note about my current listening: the new Om album, Pilgrimage, is completely and utterly kicking my ass. Doom/stoner metal at its best. Can’t wait to see them live with Grails — I’m more excited about that show than I have been about anything I’ve seen in the past few months.