Whatcha Readin’ and Listenin’ To Wednesday: November 26, 2008
After binging on Gabriel-era Genesis last week—I’ve still got the second disc of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway in my car as I finish up the box set—I’ve returned to a more typical wider mix of things this week.
I love the fact that much of the metal I’m hearing this week owes so much to classic progressive rock. The influences are clear when you listen to something like Mastodon right after early 1970s Genesis. (Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher has said that the band’s forthcoming Crack the Skye will lean even more strongly on the band’s progressive roots.)
I’ll be traveling the rest of the week. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
The World Without Us, Alan Weisman: After seeing the History Channel special “Life After People” earlier this year, this similar book caught my eye at the bookstore. It’s not as good as I’d hoped but raises awareness of the enduring nature of plastics, among other things. Also fun are details about which animals would thrive and which ones would struggle without us around.
Acacia, Book One: The War with the Mein, David Anthony Durham: Akin to George R.R. Martin’s epic Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series, this novel weaves a tale of historical political enmity and personal ambition into high fantasy. It’s good enough that I’ll be looking for Book Two: The Other Lands to come out sometime next year.
Mastodon, Blood Mountain
Dream Theater, Systematic Chaos
Genesis, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
The Power Station, s/t
Tool, 10,000 Days
Scott Weiland, 12 Bar Blues