Tom Waits Refuses to Ever Become Irrelevant

I don’t know too many musicians that have been in the game for as long as Tom Waits and are able to remain so consistently relevant and great. What’s more Waits constantly tweaks his boneyard orchestra sound to get something new out of it. This may not always fire on every cylinder for me personally – I can’t say that I love everything the man has put out over the years since Rain Dogs (one of my ten favorite records of all time) – there have been some moments where I felt Mr. Waits might have been repeating himself (specifically on 2006’s Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards) HOWEVER, I’m still kind of convinced this is a shortcoming of perception on MY part, not Mr. Waits and crews’.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Prisoner of Heaven

I discovered Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s mouth-watering prose while working at a book store in  the mid-2000’s. My boss at the time regularly touted Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind as one of the best books she’d ever read. We had somewhat similar taste, and I pride myself on having an open mind and a slightly ravenous hunger for literature, yet somehow I never really moved on this one. Then in 2008 Zafon published The Angel’s Game, a prequel to Shadow, and I just happened to walk into the room while my boss was describing the opening chapters of the novel to another co-worker. For the purposes of explaining my IMMEDIATE interest in the book I will now try to recreate what I heard that day. I don’t have the best memory, but I believe it will be fairly accurate, as her words at the time made quite the impact on me:

Prometheus Has Landed

Back in November I wrote about Prometheus’ eminent release here. At the end of that article I offered a one-line sililoquy that I held very tightly to my chest over the last week as my wife and I ordered our advance tickets and prepared to embark on a Friday night that would consist of finally seeing Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, the much-heralded film that would apparently – if the internet was to be believed – contain a “final eight minutes that lead directly into the original Alien movie”. That sililoquy was a simple but pivitol one – I hoped I had not set my expectations too high.

New Window’s Platform Plans to Eliminate Browser Variety???

This would normally be Grez’s territory, and I’m largely in the dark as to a lot of the theory and terminology at use here, so I’m writing this as I would write it to him, hoping he can click in and add/expand on some of this. Normally I wouldn’t try and tackle that of which I can’t hold my weight in conversation about, but this transcends the theory and directly affects daily life of the consumer computer culture (READ AS: a large percent of the world) so I want to get it out there for our readers.

Kevin Smith’s “Spoilers”

I’ve been a Kevin Smith for some time. To toss out the obligatory “Back in the day” I loved Clerks, Mallrats and then of course Chasing Amy, which I still think is some of the best acting/directing I’ve seen in a low budget, dramatic tone. However, although I dug pretty much everythhing Mr. Smith did from that point on, I’d be lying if I said my ‘Love’ ratio didn’t decrease the more his budget increased. Then Clerks II happened and it was the first time I had a slightly adverse reaction to one of Kevin Smith’s films.

After 25 years Ween calls it quits

I spent much of the week disconnected from the world at large and after a particularly rough Friday, June 1st I succombed to the medicine of sleep at an uncharacteristically early 8 PM and slept the deep, restorative sleep of the over-worked. When I awoke this morning I logged into the virtual world and toured around my usual sites in an attempt to see what I’d missed over the last several days. It was on one of my favorite of those sites – a marvelous blog entitled Heaven is an Incubator – where I came across the news that one of my all-time favorite bands, Ween, had called it quits.

New A Place To Bury Strangers album Worship: 6/06/12

 

Above is the new “single” from NY’s A Place to Bury Stranger’s forthcoming album Worpship, out June 6th on the Dead Oceans record label. If you are unfamiliar with the band they are, simply put, amazing. Especially live. I saw them at LA’s Spaceland in 2010 (review HERE) and it is not an exaggeration to say by the mind-blowing fury of the finale I honestly thought I had witnessed the opening of a portal to another dimension; a dimension composed entirely of the wonderfully lush and often hallucinatory sonics front man Oliver Ackermann produces with his custom-built effects pedals (along with some very healthy strobe action). Ackermann is the guy behind Death by Audio. Click the link and check out their website – if you are a guitar player you’ll drool.

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