Archive for: July, 2010

Best so far of 2010 is…

Jul 26 2010 Published by under Music

Sadly, The future is no longer what it was

It’s past the midpoint of 2010 by about a month.  A lot of great music has been released in the past 7 months: Joanna Newsom’s Have One on Me, Pan Sonic’s Gravitoni, Flying Lotus’s Cosmogramma, Frank Bretschneider’s EXP, Emeralds’ Does It Look Like I’m Here? Dolphins into the Future’s The Music of Belief, and Autechre’s Oversteps, to name just the stuff I’ve been listening to.

But one work stands above all these, has invaded my listening space like on other…and it came out in 2009.  It’s Leyland Kirby’s Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was.  I’ve reviewed it already, but I thought I’d reassert the magnitude of this work again.  It’s easily the best album of the current decade, even if it was released in the tail end of the last.  It’s a long, difficult album, but it overwhelms me at every turn.

Absolutely essential listening.

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R.E.M.’s Fables (and my own)

Jul 16 2010 Published by under Music, Personal

REM's "Fables of the Reconstruction" cover

At the end of the day, when there are no friends, when there are no lovers, who are you going to call for?  What do you have to change?

–R.E.M., “Good Advices”

R.E.M.’s Fables of the Reconstruction was given the deluxe edition treatment this week–a remastered original CD and an extra CD featuring demos the band did in Athens just before flying to London to record the work with Joe Boyd.  As deluxe editions go, this one is excellent simply because the second disk is not only a great listen but previously unreleased (for the most part), therefore making the whole thing worth purchasing even if you already own the album.  And, yes, I bought my copy.  When the first notes of “Feeling Gravity’s Pull” started up, I was suddenly taken back in time to 1985, to a point in my own musical history that has few parallels. Continue Reading »

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Elizabeth Gilbert and Genius

Jul 09 2010 Published by under Humor, Internet/Media, Literature, Random

Elizabeth Gilbert

This is the wonderful writer Elizabeth Gilbert talking about the nature and danger of creativity.  From Ted:

Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity

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Top 10/Bottom 3: July 2010

Jul 01 2010 Published by under Food, Humor, Literature, Music, Personal, Sports, Top 10/Bottom 3, Travel

New York Parking

Top 10–New York Trip Edition

  1. Coney Island
  2. Hot dogs at Nathan’s
  3. Other Music
  4. Strand bookstore
  5. Pizza in Penn Station
  6. Black & white cookies
  7. New York Public Library’s original Winnie-the-Pooh collection
  8. Breakfasts at Holiday Inn Express
  9. Not having to sit through US men’s world cup loss because I was at a wedding reception
  10. The Cloisters

Bottom 3

  1. Coney Island Museum (just plain sucked, even if admission was only 99 cents)
  2. Humidity
  3. Forbidden Planet New York (big letdown after the London store)

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