Posts Tagged ‘Alex Temple’

Popol Vuh at eMusic!

Friday, June 16th, 2006

Big news for those of us who do the legal-downloading thing: eMusic has put some of the SPV catalog up, including 19 (count ‘em) Popol Vuh releases! Pretty awesome news — I’ll use this to fill in the gaps in my Popol Vuh collection, like the lesser-praised albums that I wasn’t planning on buying on CD anyway.

Also, Alex Temple has begun updating his blog again — his project of writing about all of the albums in his collection in alphabetical order. As for my own similar project, well, I’ve slowed down, but I’m still working on it slowly but surely. I wanted to try to post what I’ve done so far, but I’m having trouble getting the PDF to look right. I’m going to put it up soon though, as soon as I figure out the problem, just so folks can see what I’ve been up to.

Other music blogs

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

As I tend to post here rather sporadically, here are a couple other music blogs I like that are relatively new to me. First is one that’s even more sporadic than mine, but readers of this site should follow it with a lot of interest: ex-Progweed reviewer Alex Temple’s indelicately titled “Revisting all my CDs in alphabetical order,” in which he does just that, giving each CD a pretty in-depth treatment. So far he’s almost through the A’s but hasn’t updated for over a month. I’ll give him a little nudge soon because I find his perspective invariably interesting.

Second is something called Outer Space Gamelan, which has more to do with space rock than Indonesian classical music but most often has nothing to do with either. This is another pretty new blog, but so far it’s updated pretty much daily with a new CD review. The writer seems interested in the darker, heavier side of independent rock, up to and including post-rock and metal. For those of you down with this particular niche, the list of reviewed labels is indicative and includes labels like Ipecac, Staubgold, Hydra Head and alien8. All good stuff that sometimes get reviewed in the bigger indie-rock sites but just as often gets overlooked.

Finally, today’s trio of reviews at Dusted features a batch of CDs that should also be of serious interest to readers of this website: Cluster’s Cluster 71 (also reviewed onsite by Matt), the new Faun Fables album, The Transit Rider, and the new Zombi album, Surface to Air. This latter I have, and it’s pretty good, though Zombi live definitely dwarfs Zombi on record (as prog fans will soon find out, as they’re going to be touring with Guapo this summer!). The Transit Rider sounds great, considering how much I liked Family Album, and I’m going to have to pick it up sometime.