Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Whatcha Readin’ and Listenin’ To Wednesday: December 10, 2008

Two of the CDs in my car’s six-CD changer got multiple plays this week: Metallica’s Death Magnetic, which I hadn’t yet given a sustained listen to, and Saga’s Worlds Apart.

I’ll state it simply: I’m impressed with the new Metallica album. Containing just enough complexity and diversity to keep me interested all the way through, Death Magnetic stands among my best of the year.

Only one question: Did the world really need “The Unforgiven III?”

I always saw Saga as the sad little brother to fellow Canadian bands Rush and Triumph. Maybe that’s harsh, but like these groups Saga is a hard rock outfit from Ontario that incorporated progressive rock and even pop elements in the 1980s. So a comparison is fair.

But Saga always seemed to fall just short of its compatriots—its technical skills never equaled Rush; its hardest edge rarely matched the almost-metal riffs of Triumph (and Rush). That said, Saga had two tracks that grip me to this day, and both of them are on Worlds Apart: “Wind Him Up” and “On the Loose.”


Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secrets of History’s Greatest Speakers, by James C. Humes. This fun book pours over with practical tips for improving speeches and speaking, written by a long-time speechwriter. It reminds me just how witty and crafty Churchill was.

Listening To:

Metallica, Death Magentic
Saga, Worlds Apart
cKy, Infiltrate Destroy Rebuild
Pink Floyd, Meddle
Def Leppard, Hysteria
Andy Summers and Robert Fripp, I Advance Masked


At December 10, 2008 7:44 AM, Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. replied to my musings ...

I have that Saga album and it's big-time cheesy, but I like it from a nostalgic point-of-view...I believe they had a song in F13th Part VI, lol

Still reading The Heroin Diaries


Lynard Skynard - Sweet Home Alabama
Opeth - The Roundhouse Tapes

Listening to:

a ton of Boris after seeing them live last week

Boris - Smile
Boris - Amplifier Worship
Boris - Pink
Boris - Flood
Boris with Michio Kurihara - Rainbow
Genesis - Duke
Hades - If At First You Don't Succeed
Supergrass - Supergrass is 10
Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
Deftones - White Pony
Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist
Motley Crue - Shout at the Devil
Motley Crue - Saints of Los Angeles
Sixx: AM - Heroin Diaires Soundtrack
LL Cool J - Mr. Smith
Blur - Parklife
Get Shorty soundtrack
Unearth - The Oncoming Storm
Unearth - The March
Unearth - III: In the Eyes of Fire
Slipknot - All Hope is Gone
Mudvayne - The New Game
Kreator - Hordes of Chaos
Sinner - Crash and Burn

At December 10, 2008 7:47 AM, Blogger Perplexio replied to my musings ...

Reading: Utterly Monkey by Nick Laird

Listening to:
Hilary McRae Through These Walls
Genesis A Trick of the Tail
Genesis Wind & Wuthering
Max Q s/t
Australian Crawl Crawl File
Def Leppard On Through the Night

At December 10, 2008 11:27 AM, Blogger Metal Mark replied to my musings ...

Reading the Time Machine by Wells plus some cookbooks on soup

Watching Voyagers and Monk

Listening to...
Adrenicide-Natural born thrashers
Artillery-By Inheritance
Cirkus -Let the madness begin
Kreator-Hordes of chaos
Defiance-Beyond Recognition
Weird Owl-Ever The Silver Cord Be Loosed
Bible of the devil-Freedom Metal
Maxine Petrucci-Don't hate me

At December 10, 2008 11:42 AM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Ray: Other than the two hits I mentioned and a couple of other tracks later in the album, it's cheesy indeed! Nice to see Duke--that's the last Genesis album I can listen to in (most of) its entirety without wretching. I was introduced to Boris at your site--what other bands does their music most resemble?

Perplexio: Wow, I haven't heard Maq X in a long time. And I'm due for some old Def Lep soon myself.

Mark: I saw your review of Petrucci this week. That was new to me. I love the band name "Weird Owl."

At December 10, 2008 2:16 PM, Blogger Nessa replied to my musings ...

Listening: Christmas music (man am I mundane.)

Reading: Bounary Issues by Jane Adams, Ph.D. (but I can't seem to find the time away from family and co-workers to finish it.)

At December 10, 2008 4:56 PM, Anonymous LisaBinDaCity replied to my musings ...

Listening to: Verve: Unmixed Christmas.

I responded to your comment...

At December 10, 2008 7:58 PM, Blogger Dr. John replied to my musings ...

Wow, another Saga fan! I got into them in high school and have several of their CD's. An odd yet good mix of pop, prog, and new wave. Never had a very hard edge, but were technically pretty good.

At December 10, 2008 9:47 PM, Blogger cjk_44 replied to my musings ...

Started David Sedaris’ “When You’re Engulfed in Flames” and Sal Palotonio’s “How Football Explains America.” And I’m still reading “Boom! Voices of the Sixties” by Tom Brokaw, imagine that.

Music in my ears this past week or so (heavy on the In Flames and Gojira as I saw them at Ram’s Head Live this past Friday):

1. Gojira – The Way of All Flesh, From Mars to Sirius
2. In Flames – A Sense of Purpose, The Mirror’s Truth (EP), Come Clarity, Colony, Whoracle
3. Cynic – Traced in Air
4. Bloodbath – The Fathomless Mastery
5. Nachtmystium – Worldfall (EP)
6. Abigail Williams – In the Shadow of a Thousand Suns
7. 36 Crazyfists – The Tide and Its Takers
8. Whitechapel – This Is Exile
9. Little Feat – Join the Band
10. David Bowie – Low

At December 10, 2008 11:40 PM, Blogger Phats replied to my musings ...

I just started a new book by Sandra Brown called Fat Tuesday, pretty good so far.

I can admit that I am listening to Jesse McCartney's Leaving as I type this. haha

At December 11, 2008 10:55 PM, Anonymous nobody's_fool replied to my musings ...

Listening to the radio

Reading the 2009 Medicare Handbook.

At December 17, 2008 6:58 AM, Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. replied to my musings ...

Boris is... that's the best way to describe them. Fuzz rock, punk, distortion blast, speed, doom, blues, drone ala Sleep, Hendrix, Vitus, Isis, but there's so much more to this group...Wata is one the best guitarists I've ever heard and now she gets a run for her money with the Japanese Jimmy Page in their group, Michio Kurihara...watching them both on opposite sides of the stage was nearly information overload...recommended with the highest degree within me...I think this is the coolest band on the planet


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