A new year is a good time to start doing new things, so I decided to set in motion a rather ambitious project. It’s somewhat inspired by Jason Kottke’s 52 magazines or bust-project where he has got the bright idea to read a new magazine every week for a variety of reasons.
- I’m hoping magazines will be a welcome change from books and weblogs, 2) I want to explore some new subjects/viewpoints, and 3) why the hell not?
Looks like same reasons to me. But I’m more interested in music than in magazines, so I decided to explore the huge universe of music instead. I’ll pick up a new album every Friday for the rest of 2004. Including today. I went for something semi-safe not to overdo it at the first go. So I picked up something I’d heard of, Jim Stärk. It’s had two spins in my CD player so far tonight, and so far it’s Minor Majority, only even more quiet. Great for lazy days in the hammock. I realized that I’ve heard a couple of the songs on the radio. So far it doesn’t sound like this is my new favorite album. I could probably write a lot about this, but I don’t think I’ll do that until I’ve listened to it some more. Maybe it grows on me.
To have some real fun with this project, I need your help. Do you have a favorite band no one has heard of? Or is it some main stream music I don’t think I like that I’ll love? Maybe you even have a band yourself? Please drop a comment. It doesn’t matter if I have to order it from a web shop in Guatemala. As long as they take Visa. And now I can buy stuff like Stacie Orrico and blame it on this project. Sweet! I would’ve talked to a doctor about that thing in your face, Stacie.
And now for something completely different.
I called someone in Bergen about a job today. You could call it an unofficial phone interview, and I think it went reasonably well. They wanted me to send them my college and university diplomas, and they would call me back on monday for a longer chat. Let’s hope I hear something. Bad thing about this job: It’s in Bergen, which is not Oslo, and I hardly know anyone there. Good things: Semi-secure and more money. But there is no reason to ponder now.
Tomorrow: Throw away the to huge collection of empty glass bottles and tin cans that are piling up under the sink, yeah, I still recycle, try to find the hidden gym at NRK and do my best to get some good seats for next weekends screening of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Good luck with that. Then bug someone if I feel like it.
vegard at vegard dot netwith your input. You can also use any of the other points of contact listed on the About page.
on another note, though, it occurred to me that this is a pretty costly game to play. 52 albums at, say, us$15 a pop… that’s nearly us$800 for a year.
also, when it seems that not playing means you do inherit the family fortune, any economic rationalist will tell you which is more sensible. :P
And when it comes to the family fortune, it’s not much to inherit there anyway…
Rudolf Nilsen: På stengrunn
Della Reese: My soul feels better right now
Fire 99: 1100011
"The Mollusk" by Ween is pretty good, it does tend to leap from genre to genre though.
Sarah Slean - Night Bugs
Hawksley Workman - For him and girls
In The Belly Of A Whale – Danny Michel
Blue – Joni Mitchell
Left & Leaving – The Weakerthans
Alone At The Microphone – Royal City
ted leo and the pharmacists
and you will know us by the trail of dead
broken social scene
kings of leon
the black keys
the postal service
hmm… that’s all i can think of for now. i usually listen to 3 or 4 new albums a week. good times :)
When the holidays roll around again, Merry MeXmas by El Vez is underrated.
that’s all i want to promote, for now.
Thanks a lot!
Explosions in the Sky
cLOUDDEAD (despite the dodgy capitalisation)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor (despite the dodgy punctuation)
Aaaand… If you’re feeling very crazy, 90 Day Men - (It(Is)It) Critical Band.
and to the person who recommend hawksley workman, good call!!
the shins - chutes too narrow
the postal service - give up
decemberists - (both of their excellent albums) Her Majesty, and Castaways and Cutouts
Erase Errata - At Crystal Palace
The Blood Brothers - …Burn, Piano Island, Burn!
Ova Looven - 58:34
The Party of Helicopters - Please Believe It
The Mars Volta - De-Loused in the Comatorium
Mono - One More Step and You Die
The Rapture - Echoes
Spoon - Kill The Moonlight
Low - Trust
Jazzanova - Remixed
Cat Power - You are Free
The Postal Service - Give up
Ex Models - Other Mathematics
John Zorn/Naked City - Radio
Shellac - At Action Park
Ruins - Hyderomastgroningem
Silkworm - Libertine
Liars - They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top
but my personal favorite artist, for the last couple years now, is The Kingsbury Manx. Check out their latest (and third) album Aztec Discipline (review)
Check out my top ten for 2003 -
(4 US, 3 UK, 3 Norwegian):
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Take Them On, On Your Own.
Johnny Cash: American IV
Gillian Welch: Soul Journey
The White Stripes: Elephant
John Foxx & Louis Gordon: Crash And Burn
Goldfrapp: Black Cherry
Mogwai: Happy Songs For Happy People
Flunk: For Sleepyheads Only
Supersilent: Supersilent 6
Erlend Øye: Unrest
The same Top Ten 2003 with comments at http://www.halvorsen.org/arts/music/styles/rock/othree
and pointers to three good albums available in full online (Flunk, Øye and Faultline) at
Also try early 70’ties Genesis and King Crimson.
And don’t forget the Beatles! "Revolver" and "Sgt. Pepper" are still impressive today.
And Deep Purples "Machine Head".
it’s the most beautiful album
jygeri - by Gaate,
Outrospective - by faithless,
toxicity - by system of a down,
poodle hat - by weird al yankovic (real funny)
book of secrets - by loreena mckennitt
enjoy. they are all very good.
take your time leave mine alone!!!
PS i recommend you should read Oryx and crake by margaret atwood aswel…
Anyway, I’ll have a look at your recommendation.
Lasse Lindh, no body has heard of him in Canada, I wonder if he is a little bigger closer to his homeland.
Links to both of these bands can be found at: http://scenestars.net/
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