so now i have a bit more time for a further and more elaborate update on what's new in my life this week...
as mentioned a few hours ago, the new okkervil river album is pure awesome! it will certainly be a tough call to determine which 2008 release is better: shearwater's rooks
or okkervil river's the stand ins
. certainly they will both make my top 5 when i eventually compile my list of favourite albums of 2008. and i'm really looking forward to seeing okkervil river in montréal in october. so what does the new album sound like, you ask? kinda like a mash of black sheep boy
and the stage names
, with a bit of throwback to '80's pop (particularly in the bass lines). it's a definitely well-formed sister-concept to the stage names
. i really admire will sheff's songwriting, both lyrics and musical composition. and i love the equally mellow and crazy extremes of emotion and sound. lots of nice crescendos, lots of lush orchestration. favourite tunes on the new album so far are "lost coastlines", "starry stairs", "pop lie", "calling and not calling my ex", and "bruce wayne campbell interviewed on the roof of the chelsea hotel, 1979". but oh heck, the whole album is great as a solid concept piece, much like the stage names
. it's very cohesive. impressive.
another advance leak i found is calexico's new album, carried to dust
. i will report back on that when i listen to it more, but so far so good. mellow. i like mellow. and characteristically calexico, so if you're already a fan, it's what you've come to expect from this great band...
also, i just bought bon iver's for emma, forever ago
on vinyl. it's even better on vinyl! that goes without saying for most good albums though...
and, as not
mentioned earlier, i have entered a running event! the cibc run for the cure on october 5th. i've already yielded $200 in pledges! i'm hoping i can run the 5 km, because the 1 km seems kind of wussy. this will be my first event! very exciting. you can pledge me
if you want. :)
today i bought a tent and sleeping foam roll for camping out after the wedding on saturday night. that will be fun.
oh yeah. my dream last night. that was weird. i was at a party or get-together or something, with some people i knew in real life - from all periods of my life, some that i haven't seen in years - and people that were not real, who only existed in this dream. and i was talking with one of these imaginary people, a young lady, and she seemed so familiar. i knew her in the dream, i knew her enough to not have to bother introducing myself, and thus i never heard her say her name. we got into a conversation about body modifications, and i felt like an amateur with merely a few piercings and some tattoos. she was keenly showing me her scar art. she had an odd sort-of-tattoo on the back of her neck with deep rich colours that looked incan or mayan, and it was accented with a hole on each end, creating a tunnel under her skin - under the tattoo - that looked like a pencil could be inserted through. and then she showed me her back, on which was scratched/scarred the word "Bleeder". i was telling her about my plans for my upcoming tattoo. there were other weird things going on to, but that was the main thrust of the dream.