It's been a while since my last blog hasn't it? About a month it seems. Here's some new stuff in the world of Damian!
Recently finished Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer winning "The Road" (which is soon to be a movie made by the same guy that directed The Proposition, which was written by Nick Cave who, as some of you know, is one of my favorite musicians. Consequently, he also wrote the score for The Road).
The book, while extremely short, took me a long time to finish (about a month in all). I attribute this to the fact that the story itself is extremely harrowing and depressing. It's also the kind of book I have to put down and think about every 15 or so pages, despite it's relatively terse and easy-to-understand prose. Speaking of the prose, McCarthy's is a bit unconventional. There are no quotation marks for dialog and he often omits much punctuation. It does sometimes make the dialog hard to follow, but not often enough for it to be a real problem. I know it might sound a bit morbid to say this, but overall it's a beautiful book about the end of the world.
I just started Henry Miller's "Tropic of Cancer" today:
I can't tell you much about it yet, but it's written quite wonderfully. Much more beautiful prose than what I'm used to.
Whoever the fuck designed the packaging for this double CD (Bassnectar - Mesmerizing the Ultra) should be shot. The small rings do NOT hold the CD's into place, it's hard as hell to put one back without the other falling out (as you have to flip the CD case. It's a wonder it isn't more scratched up than when I bought it (used!)
To anyone who enjoyed the first part of my top CD's blog, I apologize! The other part (or parts) are coming soon. I blame it on the fact that I am always buying and listening to new CDs and it changes daily.
That said, here are a few things I've really liked lately:
DJ Krush - Meiso
Krush is the only Japanese hip-hop act I've ever liked. This CD, released in the '90s on Mo'Wax, is simply amazing. He's created stuff here that most of his American counterparts can only dream of making. Guru rips it up on a couple of the tracks too.
Teebee - Black Science Labs
Amazing Drum'n'Bass album from Teebe here. Every track on here has some great atmospherics and Photekish beats. Don't expect it to sound like Photek though. Imagine something much darker.
Nightmares on Wax - Thought So
New offering from Nightmares on Wax, not as jazzy or light as Carboot Soul and Smoker's Delight were, but very enjoyable nonetheless.
Alaska - Arctic Foundations
I've been looking for a copy of this for such a long time (I still haven't found a legit one
). Alaska is the more laid-back alias of drumfunk master Paradox. Not one track is boring (except maybe Scorpio Calls, but it's not my style). Perhaps I'll order it from the UK, if I can find it.
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