May 2, 2005

Quiet and Noise [Open Thread]

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at May 2, 2005 12:02 AM

This was an actual quiet weekend during which I had no need to do work before Monday. I took the opportunity to wrap up some loose ends, return to an old project, and do laundry.

The coming week, on the other hand will not be quiet in a literal sense:

Today (Monday): Snow Patrol at the Warfield. I blogged about their latest album Final Straw here. (The mp3 link has since expired; there are some downloads on the band website.)

Wednesday: Bright Eyes backed by The Faint, who are also opening. This tour is focused on Bright Eyes' Digital Ash in a Digital Urn (blogged here), as opposed to the simultaneously-released (and also very good) I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning. I do like Bright Eyes, but it's The Faint that sold me on this concert, as Danse Macabre and Wet From Birth are two of my favorite albums. Saddle Creek is pretty good about making tracks available for download, so if you're curious I encourage checking out the websites.

As for last week's media...

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room: Really well-done and coherent account of the Enron collapse. It's a bit slow getting started, but steadily cranks up the outrage. By the time it gets to the California energy crisis it's very gripping, and by the end you will want to personally kick Ken Lay in the nuts. The film is adapted from the book of the same title, and much of the content consists of interviews with the authors of said book and various ex-Enron employees (across the spectrum from righteous-whistleblower to haunted-by-guilt to completely-amoral), footage of the Congressional hearings, and those astonishing audiotapes of Enron traders being really evil. This is all edited together in a compelling fashion.

There are several reviews of Hitchhiker's Guide in comments to this post. Thanks guys!

Autechre: Untilted: Autechre's been doing their fractal experimental electronica thing for a while now, so I can assume that it sounds to me like video game music only because video game music actually sounds like Autechre. "Pro Radii" seems like it should be the soundtrack to a Contra-style run-and-gun shooter, probably in some rusty factory as creepy alien larvae burst out of walls. When the track ends one expects the boss music to start up. This is good music for driving, although one may find oneself reaching for the trigger to the hood-mounted rocket launcher, or scanning the road for powerups. Or is that just me?

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