November 25, 2007

Music Rotation — 19 Nov

Posted in music at 6:16 pm by berzerkeleyan

This week:

Ash “Free All Angels” (2001)genre: Britpop.
Khonnor “Handwriting” (2004)genre: Hi-Fi Indie Fuzz.
The Arcade Fire “Neon Bible” (2007)genre: Indie Chamber Rock.
Kraftwerk “Autobahn” (1974)genre: Early Electronica.
Band Of Horses “Everything All The Time” (2006)genre: American Indie Rock.
Dead Can Dance “Toward The Within” (1994)genre: World Music.
The The “Mind Bomb” (1989)genre: Modern Rock.
Muse “Black Holes & Revelations” (2006)genre: Space Metal.
Iron Maiden “Powerslave” (1986)genre: Metal. Before this week, I hadn’t listened to this album in almost twenty years. Wow, has time flown! And yes (!), this album has aged well.
Bon Jovi “7800° Fahrenheit” (1985)genre: Hair Metal. I have no shame. So what if I listen to Bon Jovi every once in a while? I’m impervious to ridicule!
Snoop Dogg “Doggystyle” (2001)genre: Hip Hop.
Delays “You See Colours” (2006)genre: British Pop.

November 18, 2007

Music Rotation — 12 Nov

Posted in music at 5:11 pm by berzerkeleyan

For the week:

Band Of Horses “Everything All The Time” (2006)genre: American Indie Rock.
Embrace “Out Of Nothing” (2004)genre: Emoschlock.
Joan As Police Woman “Real Life” (2006)genre: Modern Torch Song.
Serena-Maneesh “Serena-Maneesh” (2006)genre: Shoegazer.
Phoenix “United” (2000)genre: Modern French Pop.
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals “Follow The Lights” (2007)genre: Americana. I love this guy. This album’s an EP, so there are only seven songs. However, RA’s latest is exceptional. Get it.
My Bloody Valentine “Loveless” (1992)genre: Shoegazer.
Arctic Monkeys “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” (2006)genre: British Power Pop.
Lavender Diamond “Imagine Our Love” (2007)genre: Folk. Debut album by CA outfit. Catchy, cute, uh…folksy.
Ivy “Long Distance” (2001)genre: Britpop.

November 11, 2007

Music Rotation — 5 Nov

Posted in music at 8:09 pm by berzerkeleyan

I missed posting last week. But here’s this week’s batch:

Magnet “On Your Side” (2003)genre: Space Folk.
Manic Street Preachers “Everything Must Go” (1996)genre: Anthemic Rock.
Mew “Frengers” (2003)genre: Prog Rock.
Paul Weller “Stanley Road” (1995)genre: Northern Soul.
Magnet “The Simple Life” (2007)genre: Space Folk.
Band Of Horses “Everything All The Time” (2006)genre: American Indie Rock.
The Band “Music From Big Pink” (1967)genre: 60’s Rock.
Midlake “The Trials Of Van Occupanther” (2006)genre: Folksy Americana.
June & The Exit Wounds “Color Harmony Jewels” (2001)genre: Beach Boys-inspired Indie Rock.
Rilo Kiley “Under The Blacklight” (2007)genre: American Indie Pop.
Mew “And The Glass Handed Kites” (2005)genre: Prog Rock.
My Bloody Valentine “Loveless” (1992)genre: Shoegazer. It’s been over two years since I last heard this album. It’s such a classic. Anyone who doesn’t think they like Shoegazer should really give this a try.
Stephanie Dosen “a lily for the spectre” (2007)genre: Folk. Beautiful stuff.
Stereophonics “Just Enough Education To Perform” (2001)genre: Britpop.
Turin Brakes “The Optimist LP” (2001)genre: Folk.

November 8, 2007

The Past, Repeated

Posted in politics at 10:19 pm by berzerkeleyan

In the coming years, there will be many books written about our escapades in Iraq. But why wait? Go get yourself a copy of “The Perfect War” by James William Gibson. Although the book was originally published in 1986, and is about the Vietnam War, I suspect many of the events that happened then are being repeated right now — the vast corruption by the government installed by us there, the thriving black markets, civilian deaths, the clandestine interrogation programs, what demographics comprise of our fighting forces there, and our unbelievable arrogance that U.S. technological superiority would prevail quickly.

The book is dense; a real academic snoozefest. But it was a worthwhile read, if only to show how difficult it can sometimes be to not repeat a mistake.