Lycia’s “Ionia” Remastered

This is a new remaster of the first Lycia album, “Ionia”, that Martin Bowes from Attrition did for them. I would have to go back and compare it to my CD before I could be really sure of any sonic differences, but what I can tell you so far is this:

1. It sounds very good to my ears.

2. It sounds especially good to my ears for being an album recorded on a home analog 4 track recorder in 1991.

3. It’s a really great record that I haven’t listened to all the way through in entirely too long. If you’re familiar, but it’s been a while for you, take it for a spin again. If you’ve never heard it before, but you like dark sounding music, give it a listen. In either case, if you enjoy it, kick Lycia some dough, so they can keep at what they do (they’re still making music), and so Mike and Tara can keep their youngster in action figures.

Celebration’s “Wounded Healer” is out today

As some of you know, Celebration are one of my favorite bands. They’ve got a new one out today, which I am listening to right now, and which you should listen to, as well.

(If you can’t see the Spotify embed above, or don’t use Spotify for whatever reason, it’s on all the major streaming services and LPs and CDs are also available today from their label, Bella Union, if that’s your thing. It’s probably (hopefully) in all good record stores, as well, if you can’t wait for shipping, but want the hard copy.)

It’s definitely them. I’m very happy.

They’ve also got shows coming up this month in Brooklyn and their hometown of Baltimore, along with Out Of The Woods Festival in Wiesen, Austria and a London date in July. I highly recommend seeing them, and I really hope they come to my neck of the woods soon, since I won’t be able to do New York this time out.

Full disclosure, because I’m sure this sounds like an ad: I’m not being paid by the band, I have never been on the payroll, and I’ve only really met them in passing a time or two, just caught a show in 2006 and fell in love.

Music From A Road Trip

I took a relatively long drive this week, and loaded my device up with relatively new records to listen to beforehand. Here’s what I listened to, and how I felt about it:

 

Endless Boogie
Vibe Killer

I listened to this first, and periodically through my listening of it, I would laugh and say “Endless fuckin’ Boogie, baby!”. That probably tells you all how I felt about the record, but if not, it means that I enjoyed it.

Jane Weaver
Modern Kosmology

I’d heard something of Jane’s that I liked on Spotify Discover Weekly, and this record has been reviewing pretty well, so I gave it a shot. I didn’t quite connect with it, though it’s along the lines of other things I enjoy (think a more psychedelic music-oriented Goldfrapp, sorta). I don’t always latch onto records on the first listen, so perhaps it’ll gel with me later.

Aimee Mann
Mental Illness

I like Aimee, but this felt, I dunno, a little too on the nose for me or something. It may sound odd, but sometimes when I put on a record and it’s exactly what I expect it to be, I tune out, and I think that’s what happened here. Couldn’t get through it, moved on. May feel differently about it later, might just not have been the right record for the right time.

 

Slowdive
Slowdive

My 4th time through this. It is safe to say that I like Slowdive better this time around.

The Black Angels
Death Song

I’d heard them once, a few years ago, liked them, but never gotten back to them until now. I quite like this. The first track on the album, “Currency”, was my favorite, but the whole record was good. Loud, dark, a little weird. Here’s “Currency”.

Nelly Furtado
The Ride

This was my second time through this, and it held my interest both times, though I may have enjoyed it a little better the first time. The record’s inventively arranged and produced, I will say that about it. Lots of “Wow, I was not expecting that to happen”, which doesn’t happen a ton for me in relatively mainstream pop, so points to Nelly and her collaborators for managing to surprise me. I do run hot and cold on Nelly Furtado in general, but when I like something of hers (“Say It Right” from “Loose” was one of those songs), it sticks with me. On this record, the one that’s jumped out at me so far is “Live”…

…and then I reached my destination.

 

“Considered writing novels…I thought hard about this career…”

I’m attempting to decide what to fill this space with for the forseeable future.

Right now, I’m working on some of the more traditionally static sections of websites in general, as they apply to this site, things like photo galleries, links, the “About” page, my résumé, and so forth, but eventually, I’m going to need to decide what to write about here, and how often to do it. Input would certainly help, if any of you happen to be reading this and wish to contribute opinions.

In the places where a lot of my recent output has gone (lazily, I may add; I never should’ve stopped writing in my own venue, and you shouldn’t have, either, if you did), a great deal of it’s either been oversharing about my state of mind, metacommentary about the platforms I use to communicate and how I choose to use them (this post would fall under that banner, and I’m really trying to move away from writing on the website about the website, so to speak, to the point where I’ve deleted most, if not all of the prior posts on here where I’ve done it), or what we’ll politely describe as “water cooler talk” (current events, short reviews of various types of art, that sort of thing). I also just sunsetted a very long running website, and in the process, realized that 13 years of work was almost entirely ephemeral (most writing, even the good stuff, is, but this was moreso than usual), so I’m looking to avoid that.

It’s probably an admittedly privileged perspective, as well, but as I’ve grown older, I’ve had less and less desire to spend significant time writing negative things, particularly about art I don’t care for (years ago, it became far more exciting for me to tell you about things I love), but also branching out some into even perfectly reasonable negativity about the state of the world. We all know that the state of the world sucks right now, correct? We also know that terrible people are pretty much always hard at work on fucking things up for the rest of us, yeah? OK, we’ve covered that, then. If there are things we can realistically do about it, in smaller and larger ways, I may mention those, but otherwise, it’s just not where I wanna live at the moment. Smarter and more learned people than myself (there are a few in the links; Sarah Kendzior and Bruce Schneier come to mind, off the top of my head) are hard at work on keeping us aware of our surroundings, anyway, and I hope that you’ll support them, as well as supporting me.

I am rarely short of things to write about within the confines of my hobbies, but I have another site for those purposes.

I also have a rather huge backlog of stories to contribute to The Book, but the process of getting those from text files and chat logs and so forth to being in usable condition for here (and potentially elsewhere someday) requires a ton of organizing, reading and editing that I probably can’t start until next winter.

That leaves me with months to fill, and while I’ve gone over 10 months between posts here before, I never want to do that again for as long as I live.

If you’re listening, tell me what you’d like me to share with you, and I’ll do my best to oblige or at least consider the request.

 

This Morning’s Listening: Grimace Federation’s “Did I Ever Tell You?”

Listening to this today, on the recommendation of a Mastodon user.

Philadelphia band with some really creative arrangements. Enjoying it a bunch.

Full album, “Auroville”, is due out on June 9th, looking forward to it.