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Monday, December 14th, 2009

I just returned from a vacation which had me out of the country for two weeks, but while I was gone, my review of Magma’s new record appeared in the print edition of the Washington City Paper, and also online. Short version: it’s no K.A (which might actually be my favorite Magma album ever), but it’s good, and an obviously worthwhile purchase for any Magma fan, despite the steep price tag.

I saw Sunn O)))

Friday, September 25th, 2009

And they were loud.

I have some photos posted over at the Washington City Paper, where I’ve continued to contribute regularly, but don’t expect much other than fog, silhouettes, and red light.

Today the Baltimore City Paper posted a review of the show by Bret McCabe that’s pretty over-written (”It’s still metal about metal, though, bringing death to false metal through deconstructionist meta”) but also pretty hilarious, and pretty much says what I would have said about the show in far fewer words (and far fewer laughs).

This weekend Faust is in town for the Sonic Circuits festival, and I’m missing it because I’m going out of town. (I’m also missing Mono, Tim Hecker, Jandek, Evan Parker & Ned Rothenberg, Janel & Anthony and more. Ouch.) But, in a couple weeks I’ll get to see Anti-Pop Consortium, whom I never thought would reunite, much less tour, and that pretty much makes up for a lot.

My review of the new Agoraphobic Nosebleed

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

…is now over at the Washington City Paper, print version out tomorrow. I liked the album. Some of the diehard grindcore freaks on the Internets are already all pissed off because Agorapocalypse isn’t, well, pissed-off enough, but I have a feeling they’ll be in the minority. It’s a good record.

Things that didn’t make that review due to a pretty strict word limit:

  • The album starts off all thrashy and grindy, but then seems to slow down as a whole by track 5.
  • “Question of Integrity” ends with a drum solo, which is implicitly hilarious since all the drums on the album are programmed.
  • Those programmed drums sound really good. In the past they clearly didn’t sound real, although that wasn’t really a problem since it almost seemed intentional (after all the band was going for unrealistic bpm heights).
  • Kat’s vocals fucking slay. I think her voice might annoy some of the old fans, but as a fan coming from as much a death metal as a grindcore background, I love what she adds to ANb’s sound.
  • “Moral Distortion” ends with the quote, “My National Enquirer says that musicians cannot play a single note unless they eat drugs first!” Which I just find really hilarious for some reason.

That’s all. Fun album. Out next Tuesday, and the vinyl version contains a bonus track apparently.

My music writing, elsewhere

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Some news on my front: I am going to be periodically writing for the Washington City Paper’s music blog, Black Plastic Bag. I’ve followed this blog since it got started just about a year ago. They cover a wide range of stuff, much more than your typical catch-all music blog that ignores anything on the fringes. They had a post all about Cuneiform Records a while back, and one on (the now sadly defunct) Transparent Productions, and they regularly cover metal and out-jazz to a certain extent as well. So I’m happy to get on board and contribute my own skewed perspective to the blog. My first post was a brief blurb on the Boris show reviewed below.

I don’t imagine this will impact Ground & Sky very much, as most of the writing I’ll do for the Bag will be DC-centric. Just wanted anyone reading to know!

A couple DC-related things

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Ionarts, easily the best DC-area classical music blog out there, has a fantastic preview of the fall 2007 concert season. Among the concerts of interest for folks like me are Kronos Quartet (this Friday; sadly I’ll be out of town), Alarm Will Sound, and The Rite of Spring arranged for two pianos. Of course, none of this excites me nearly as much as the concert that Iva Bittová will be playing next year with the Takács Quartet at the Library of Congress

The second thing is a neat little retrospective at Black Plastic Bag about Melody Records, a long-running independent CD store here in the District. Melody Records has always been my local store of choice, even though there’s a smaller, more hipster-friendly place that opened a year or two ago (Crooked Beat). They have a phenomenal world music section that doesn’t especially interest me, but also a good rock section and a small but excellent jazz section — my initial adventures into the worlds of Cryptogramophone Records, Tim Berne and Cecil Taylor all happened thanks to this record store.

I buy most of my music online, and download a fair share as well from eMusic, so I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t been to Melody Records for a while (many months now). But this little retrospective has inspired me to go back sooner than later. I should probably avoid bringing my credit card though.

New music blog at the Washington City Paper

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

For the active DC music fan, the Washington City Paper recently launched Black Plastic Bag, a music blog that appears to aspire to being more than just another indie-rocker’s blog. They’ve just gotten off the ground, but already there is a big post about Transparent Productions‘ 10th anniversary, so this seems promising. Could be a great addition to the lackluster DC music blog “scene” (is there a scene at all? I guess I only really follow DCist, whose popular music coverage is somewhat limited to generic indie-rock and indie-pop and a smattering of rather straightforward jazz).