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Thu, 15 Feb 2007

When I listened to the first song, they sounded like a band I listened to back in university. Something like a cross between Sloan and Live, or The Lowest of the Low. Live, maybe? It wasn't any of those but that was the sort of genre it reminds me of...

I guess what I'm trying to say there is that as far as I can tell, it's classic Indie Rock, circa 1994, and god help me, I love it. I'm sure the muscial landscape has changed in the last 12, no, wait, 13 years, but it's good to see that there are still bands out there who are playing the things I used to hear. Damn, does that means that I'm old, when I start liking songs like the ones I used to hear? I'll just chalk it up to nostalgia instead of age. Shut up.

I should probably put in a link to more info, shouldn't I?

Finally, I know I totally missed the 1500 character target, but man, this reviewing thing is hard. All the harder when I'm only listening to music at the office, where I'm really trying to concentrate on my job, instead of on the music. The first few times I listened to the album, I was halfway through the following album before I realized that I should have been listening.

[Posted at 17:12 by Blake Winton] link
Thu, 01 Feb 2007

Pretty sweet. They were described to me as "slightly-harder drum and bass", which worried me a little, since I didn't know if I would be up for something heavy, but either it was only slightly-harder, or I don't know how hard regular drum and bass is, or I ended up being in a heavier mood than I thought I was, because I thoroughly enjoyed the album. It sort of drifted into the background, which is exactly what I'm hoping for when I listen to music at work.

I'm not entirely sure what else to say here. I suppose I could add that they didn't seem as minimal as the Plastikman/FUSE albums I've got, and they were a lot less sample-heavy than Mushroom Jazz by Mark Farina, but I don't think that really tells you much about the music itself. Hopefully, with more exposure to some quality drum and bass, I'll be able to give more informed opinions, but for now, I guess this will have to be my baseline for future reviews.

Oh, one more thing, the next few reviews might run a little late, because even though I've listened to the music, I only have a couple of hundred words written about each of them, and I'm guessing that it'll take some re-listening to think of more things to say.

[Posted at 14:16 by Blake Winton] link
Wed, 31 Jan 2007

Since our receptionist (Oops, "Office Manager") left, and I took the opportunity to grab a copy of her entire iTunes folder, I've been listening to a lot of new music. Most of it is even actually new, and not just new to 33-year old fogeys who are stuck back in 1992. So, along with some book reviews that I'm in the middle of writing, I figured that I would write some reviews of the new tunes that I've been listening to, in the hopes that it will get me posting a little more to this weblog thing.

I promise to not review more than one thing per day, so as to not overwhelm the five of you who read this weblog. Having said that, I've been listening to more than one thing in the past couple of days, so I've got a few things for review queued up, which means that we'll probably have at least one per (week-)day for the next little while. I'm aiming for approximately 200 words per review, or more accurately somewhere near 1500 characters, because my editor (Scite) has a count of characters, but no word-count that I could find. Clearly this post isn't going to make that limit, but then again, it's not actually a review, so I don't mind.

And I've just realized that I lied. I'll probably be doing some book reviews as well, and perhaps even a review of a restaurant, if one catches my fancy. If I were younger, with more desposable income, I'ld be all over the new gadget reviews, too.

[Posted at 18:09 by Blake Winton] link