Posts Tagged ‘kind of embarrassing old posts’

I’m going to see Sigur Rós!

Saturday, April 28th, 2001

Sigur Rós was scheduled to play at the Angel Orensanz Theater in NYC on May 8th; tickets went on sale a couple weeks ago. As some of you have probably heard, the damn show sold out in three minutes or so! So, the management (I believe) wisely chose to move the show to Irving Plaza, apparently a much larger venue, and more tickets went on sale this past Wednesday, at noon. Just to be sure, I took the train to the city and bought my ticket directly from the box office. I’m stoked - I’ve heard all kinds of rave reviews about these guys live.

I really like how Uzva, in the final track of Tammikuinen Tammela, use the steel pan as a melodic instrument. That album has been dominating my CD player recently, along with the A Silver Mt. Zion album (”13 angels standing guard ’round the side of your bed” is one of the most gorgeous pieces I’ve ever heard).

Prog: the bebop of rock?

Thursday, February 17th, 2000

I like to think of the progressive rock movement as vaguely analogous to the bebop movement. Both see an increase in musical sophistication and roots in a counterculture of some sort. So why was bebop so much more successful? Jazz was as “popular” and “lowbrow” before bebop as rock was before (and, hell, after) progressive rock. I’m just now learning about the history of these musics, so maybe there are answers… but I see these as open questions.

Spinning early this morning:

  • King Crimson - Red - see my note about “Starless” in yesterday’s entry
  • Mogwai - Come On Die Young - very mellow; hasn’t quite gotten through to me yet
  • Pink Floyd - The Final Cut - I have a love-hate relationship with this one…
  • Univers Zero - The Hard Quest - finally growing on me, in a really big way

Through the fish-eyed lens of tearstained eyes
I can barely define the shape of this moment in time
And far from flying high in clear blue skies
I’m spiraling down to the hole in the ground where I hide
Pink Floyd, “The Final Cut”