Uncommon music criticized by the common man. (Or, exercises in futility masquerading as critical thought.)

Monday, November 07, 2005

Well, I suck.

I haven't made any of the shows I highlighted earlier. The one I really wanted to make--Green Milk From The Planet Orange--got nixed for a legit reason (extraordinary back pain). But the others were all due to work-related fatigue. (Read: long-ass hours.) I know many of you may consider that legit, as well, but I feel like a big pussy. Then I found out today that the Black Keys show is sold out. I could try making Super Furry Animals tomorrow, but my interest in that show wasn't the greatest to begin with. Worst of all, another band I really wanted to see (DMBQ) had a tragic accident en route to a gig, killing their drummer, who was also the drummer for Japanese pop princesses, Shonen Knife.

In the meantime, I have bought a lot more music that I haven't had much chance to listen to. They are, alphabetically:

Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno - IAO Chant From The Cosmic Inferno (Ace Fu, 2005)
Between The Buried And Me - Alaska (Victory Records, 2005)
Boris with Merzbow - Sun Baked Snow Cave (Hydra Head, 2005)
Cryptopsy - Once Was Not (Century Media, 2005)
Danger Doom - The Mouse And The Mask (Epitaph, 2005)
Grand Ulena - Gateway To Dignity (Family Vineyard, 2003)
Khanate - Capture And Release (Hydra Head, 2005)
Lightning Bolt - Hypermagic Mountain (Load, 2005)
Trivium - Ascendancy (Roadrunner, 2005)

I've listened to all of those at least once, except for the Grand Ulena disc (which just came in the mail today) and the Acid Mothers disc, which just got lost in the shuffle. I've listened to the Danger Doom disc a number of times, and it's quite good, if not either man's (Dangermouse and MF Doom) best work. The hot track is "Old School Rules" featuring a typically overpacked Talib Kweli verse. But it's the beats that Dangermouse puts behind it that make it a winner. And for those not familiar, it's also sort of a joint production with Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, featuring the cast of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, as well as characters from Spaceghost Coast-To-Coast, The Brak Show, Sealab 2021, and Harvey Birdman Attorney-At-Law on several of the tracks.

Anyway, c'est tout. I've actually made a concerted effort the last two nights to listen to music, seeing how I've spent so much on it. First listen thumb-ups go to Between The Buried And Me, Cryptopsy, and Trivium. Let's see if I can give all the new discs a few more listenings this week, because I'd like to actually, you know, write about this stuff.