Sunday, September 24, 2006

Wild in the Aisles
So - seeing as a number of you have asked - I am rather enjoying my new job. Still, gotta admit that acclimatising to my new routine is rather sapping the old mental energy. Consequently, I'm going to predict that blog posts are going to be few and far between in the coming weeks - other than a forthcoming Not Me-related post (which will be deleted after a week). This serves as a pre-emptive apology.

The fact is that I haven't felt like doing much outside work other than playing with the cat and watching Veronica Mars DVDs. I didn't even make it to the Jan Jelinek show this weekend. I'll try to get back into the blogging business as soon as possible, though. Vain as it may be, this here forum is important to me and I don't intend to give up on it yet.

In the meantime, here's a list of current listening. I just went through a fairly astounding record buying binge – basically getting as much as I could while there was still a staff discount to soften the attendant financial blow. Add to that a few eBay purchases and the receipt of loadsa promos, downloads, CDRs etc. and you end up with a somewhat imposing “to-be-listened-to pile”. Here are some of the highlights of what I've heard so far.

King Sunny Ade - “Juju Music”
Classic afro-dub-rock mantras that go on and on and deeper and deeper.

Sandy Bull - “Fantasias”
John Fahey? Pah! Davy Graham? Lightweight! You haven't lived 'til you've heard Carmina Burana played on the banjo.

Esperik Glare - “Disruption of Meditative States”
Charlie's deep and dark forthcoming CD.

Jan Garbarek - “Paths, Prints”
New age jazz doesn't get much better than this. Hey! Where are you going?

Lim - “A Palling Hush Demos”
He of the forthcoming best-yet Not Me mix. Somebody sign that kid up!

Mountains - “Sewn”
Another hit from the New Electronic Underground.

Sebastien Roux - “Songs”
NEU in effect again! Not as instantly appealing as Pillow but ultimately more rewarding.

Tip of the iceburg, mate. Can't wait to see my credit card bill.


Anonymous said...

Woah, new job? Wonders will never cease! sorry, I know this is belated but I have not been keeping up with your blog since moving to new york. oh yeah, i live in new york now. weird, right?!?

- barbara

Samuel said...

And apparently you've forgotten your Blogger login, which explains why "Apropos of Something" never went anywhere, I suppose.

What's weird, folks, is that Barbara is the second old friends who's picked today for getting back in touch.

b.a. said...

it is not so much that I forgot the login as it is a lack of things to say in Blogger format. I feel like the architecture imposes a pressure to speak like a journalist. On the record, as it were.

Samuel said...

I think all the "serious" bloggers use Movable Type.

Livejournal is only any good if you want to discuss Harry Potter fan fiction.

b.a. said...

Well, whatever the nature of my blog life, it's fair to say I am at best ambivalent about public display.

Haven't you read my Harry Potter fanfiction? I work in lots of Aleister Crowley references... it's a really scholarly job. I'm trying to figure out how to introduce some sort of John Balance-esque gay gym teacher.