Well I Wonder ...

All men have secrets and here is mine so let it be known...

Thursday, February 24, 2005

The Next Big Spin...

Listening to : Extremely rare Slowdive stuff

So I took my test and next week I get to find out what direction my life should take theoretically speaking. I've read a few of the personality profile books that supposedly break down into what my specific personality type is, but never with any direction as to what career I may be suited for because of it. I remain interested but of little hope for the present. The questions were actually difficult to decide. (People who really know me wouldn't find that hard to believe - I have been called the wolds most wishy-washy person before). Typical questions involved a choice between structured and spontaneous behaviors. I am generally the type of person who likes to have a very simple vague idea of what kind of plans there are for the day but if they don't get accomplished it's no biggie. Sometimes My plans are more exact and elaborate if things have to get done. I find it equally exhilorating to get a lot of stuff done that I had planned to do in a day as I do when some really nifty unplanned stuff just happens upon me on a day with very few plans. Sometimes I just like to see what happens and take it as it comes. But I'm not comfortable to totally drift without a clue either because then too much life slips by if that's all I do. I like a bit of both - a general idea with the door open for more if it arises. In other words a sort of planned spotinaeity. These questions asked for one or the other. At times I felt like Donnie Darko and was ready to physically insert the whole thing into someone's anus.... No one in particular though....

So I've been really impressed with the latest issue of Spin magazine. Its the next big thing issue and its chock full of bands that are actually good and not the usual "this is the crap that the record companies are telling you to like" shite. Of the 62 bands that they herald as next big things there were more than enough to make a cd of stuff that I actually really look forward to listening to, let alone excited enough to post about. There were excellent segments on eletronica and the burgeoning Montreal scene as well as a great selection of the brightest and best from across the pond. But really, each of the songs on this cd are amazing and most of the albums they come from are equally as strong with a few exceptions. My last post mentioned the brilliance of the Prosaics, I Am Kloot, M83 and the Bravery. And my current faves Autolux are outstanding, thick, Sonic Youth inspired buzz rock. Well anyways....

Here's the tracklist!

1. The Killers - Midnight Show (SBN Live Session)
2. Autolux - Angry Candy
3. LCD Soundsystem - Tribulations
4. M83 - Teen Angst
5. Junior Boys - Under The Sun
6. The Bravery - Honest Mistake
7. The Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
8. The Stills - Still In Love Song
9. The Unicorns - Inoculate the Inocuous
10. Stars - The Face
11. The Dears - Postcard From Purgatory
12. Prosaics - Teeth
13. Bloc Party - Banquet
14. Kasabian - Club Foot
15. The Departure - Crashing the Same Scene
16. The Futureheads - He Knows
17. I Am Kloot - Life In A Day
18. The Organ - There Is Nothing I Can Do

The only band not featured in Spin was the last one, and they probably should have been. The Organ is a Canadian band that sound like an updated version of the Smiths' self-titled first album except with a female singer. Each one of these bands is well worth a listen whatever way you can get yer ears to them. If you really want a copy let me know....

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Me, me, me, me...

Listening to : The Prosaics - Teeth (From their one and only Aghast Agape EP - This shit is freakin' good!)

Well.... seems I've picked up a few people pining for postings from me. Life has been mostly a bad mix of the mundane and insane. As my life passes by in a frigid haze I've been slowly looking for a new career, trying desperately to set up new jam sessions, and fitting in the necessary sleep/work/caregiving to the daughter in between downloads. Some stellar stuff has hit my ears lately though. The above being one. They only have one EP but what an ep it is. If yer a fan of Interpol and other post-punk/post-goth types a la Joy Division then yer a fan upon first hear. Also been devouring new stuff by the Doves, Beck, Prodigy, Chem Bros., I Am Kloot, M83, and if you like the Killers then there's the Bravery - a sonically enhanced version if you ask me.

I hate to dump on here cuz I feel like no-one wants to liten to me grovel any more, but I feel old and sorta lost as to where to go in life... I despise the factory life and yet i feel its the only fast cash option. So.... I go to the career counsellor so take some sort of personality indicator test on Wednesday. I wonder if it will really give me any real direction for what to do now or just tell me I'm best wired for a career that requires another few years of university before having to scratch out some sort of meagre existance and go broke and bankrupt and get divorced while I wait until i can get a position that I'm really suited for.... ah Feck! I feel a country song coming on....