August 17, 2006

Snakes and Wolves [Open Thread]

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at August 17, 2006 9:13 PM

Ah, finally some good new music. Let me recommend Asobi Seksu's album Citrus in advance of my full review, which will probably appear next week along with Snakes on a Plane. In other media news, I need to clear my schedule for the imminent release of Xenosaga Episode III.

Sunset Rubdown: Shut Up I Am Dreaming: Sunset Rubdown is the side project of Wolf Parade's frontman, and the voice is instantly recognizable, as well as some other instrumental similarities. The sound is more varied: a few tracks could pass as Wolf Parade songs, but most are a bit quirkier and less dense. True to its title, the record as a whole feels like a dreamscape, making slow and smooth transitions between different moods. There's an overall thread of sadness running through the songs but each one has a slightly different take on it. It's not really a CD you'll rock out to, but it's interesting enough that I keep coming back to it. The opening song, "Stadiums and Shrines II", is especially good and is conveniently available as a free download at the band's website. Wolf Parade fans especially should check this out. Rating: 3.5/5

Tags: Music, Open Thread

I also hear that Snakes on a Hyperbolic 3-Manifold is in the works.

SoaP was fun, and going on opening night works especially well. (Mad props to the guy who smuggled in the guitar!) Also ask Lemming about his mongoose and his adventures trying to recover it in Islands...

Posted by: Mason | August 18, 2006 12:26 AM

Hey Gazeebo,
I know your review will be soon, but short answer: Is SoaP worth seeing enough to continue trying to get Curtis to go with me?

Posted by: Jenny | August 19, 2006 10:48 AM

Jenny: If you'd gone yesterday, definitely. Today? Probably. Tomorrow? Maybe. After that? Anyone's guess.

It's actually better than expected, but more than anything I found it was the crowd that made it worthwhile. Sorry, I'm jumping in front of AG since, IMHO, this is a time-critical review. :P

Posted by: Lemming | August 19, 2006 12:42 PM

As Lemming mentions, this is one case where one really gains a lot from going opening night (or close to it). You definitely want to go when there's a good crowd.

Posted by: Mason | August 19, 2006 1:04 PM

Thanks for the tips fellas. Sounds like at this point it might be best to wait for NetFlix and gather my own drunken crowd.

Posted by: Jenny | August 21, 2006 7:48 AM

I recently found that someone added subroutines to 2-d assembly language, and the result is very, very cool...

Posted by: Jonathan | August 21, 2006 5:03 PM

Sorry, that comment was "<3 Befunge."

Silly me, failing to properly escape my characters just after making that observation about Wordpress. Heh.

Amusingly enough, the incorrectly formatted comment does show up in Google Reader.

Posted by: Lemming | August 22, 2006 10:11 AM

Good Math, Bad Math (to which Jonathan links above) is a pretty interesting blog in general, too.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | August 22, 2006 12:58 PM

Good math, bad math. Could math, sad math?

Lewd path, rad path, nude path, glad path.

Good slash, mad slash. Should slash? Hulk slash!

Food mash, hood mash. Could mash? Monster mash.

OK, that's about enough.

Posted by: Mason | August 23, 2006 12:44 AM
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