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Disconnect the Dots

28 Feb

I’m slightly in awe over the way that the internet makes new music so discoverable.

A couple of bands I’ve been enjoying lately:

Of Montreal

Of Montreal

They have a great selection of mp3s on their site. Check out Wraith Pinned to the Mist (and other games) and Disconnect the Dots.

Strip Squad

Strip Squad

Strip Squad are at their best when they keep their vulgarity elegant. Unreliable Narrator and Pervert/Expert have been in heavy rotation.

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Thrill Jockey

22 Jan
One Bedroom

I bought One Bedroom by The Sea and Cake a few days ago and have really been enjoying it. The Thrill Jockey site is excellent. They provide previews of a huge amount of stuff in their catalog and digital downloads without any digital rights management nonsense. And when you make a online purchase you are thrown to a picture of their office being manned by dogs; very reasurring.

I’ve also discovered some great music blogs lately:

Holiday Reading Guide

16 Jan

The Winter Queen The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin. It’s been ages since I’ve gotten into fiction, but I dove into this book at the end of my holiday and am finding it thoroughly engrossing. A naive 19th century Russian police clerk becomes embroiled in international intrigue. I’ve got the second volume, Murder on the Leviathan, (there are 4 in the series) all lined up.

Julie and Julia Julie and Julia by Julie Powell. Julie Powell started a blog to document her attempts to cook her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Powell has a personal and quirky writing style, but I set this aside after I started reading a few pages of The Winter Queen.

Breath by Breath Breath by Breath by Larry Rosenberg. This is a guide to vipassana mediation; it’s a combination of practical and theoretical advice, with a focus on using the breath as a vehicle to deepen your meditation practice regardless of how experienced you are. It’s got some really useful insights too into weaving your practice into the fabric of your everyday life rather than keeping it as something distinct and rarified.