Posts Tagged ‘music’


Sad day for a fan

April 14, 2013

I was playing some Deftones this evening when I found this news, that the Deftones’ former bassist Chi Cheng died this morning.

After a car accident in Santa Clara, CA back in 2008, Chi suffered major injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. This accident left Cheng in a coma.

In 2010, the musician showed improvement, responding to commands and moving his legs. After showing more signs of rehabilitation, he was moved to his home for recovery.

Cheng died last night at 3am in the hospital.

I have followed his story for some time now, on the site they built for the purpose. It’s a shame to hear of his sudden death, no real information as to why it happened. Sometimes people will write a little R.I.P. diary on Daily Kos, but I think I won’t this time…it’s late, and maybe not the right place for it anyway.

Well, his music survives, and continues to entertain, to make people happy…could do worse, in this life, than making folks happy.


Winding down

March 25, 2013

Still posting a bit at Daily Kos, although lately I have been too busy to spare a few minutes to copy it over here. May be like that for a few months, even; work is getting busy indeed. Not a bad thing, really, just less spare time is all. I expect my frenzied posting on gun control at DK will have to wind down some, too. It’s just going to be that kind of spring.

I did find this though, in my internet wandering. It’s not what it seems…


Happy freakin’ new year

December 31, 2012

Not that I have much to complain about from 2012, really; as years go it’s been ok for me, couldn’t hurt to have a few more like it.

Anyway, ring in the new year with a metal …



I blame excessive hermitage

December 6, 2012

…this has been out since March and I’m just now hearing it (thanks again QC, glad I read your Tumblr occasionally). Did you know they coined a term (“djent“) to describe their musical style, which is now apparently being copied en masse?

The Swedish band Meshuggah and the British band Sikth are credited as the inspirations for the djent technique.[4] The movement itself emerged from the solo recordings of Misha Mansoor of Periphery, with Periphery subsequently bringing djent “from the virtual world into the real one.”[4] Other pioneering bands are Tesseract[5][6][7], Animals as Leaders,[3] and Textures.[8] The scene has grown rapidly and has become a trend,[9] as numerous bands emerged out of the scene in 2009 and 2010.[4] Other bands that are labeled under the term include Veil of Maya,[10]A Life Once Lost,[11]Vildhjarta,[12] and Xerath.[13] The groups After the Burial and Born of Osiris have also been described as being inspired by the movement.[9][14]

Anyway, some bands to consider listening to, even if they may be copying Meshuggah and can never be Meshuggah…so I’ll put Koloss on the wish list and should have this full album assaulting my ears by the solstice.


It’s not every day

November 20, 2012

that I come across some interesting new music, especially when the source is from the writer of Questionable Content. What can I say? He says his favorite Meshuggah album is ObZen, not Chaosphere! But the fact that he has a favorite at all should tell you something.

Anyway, through said writer Jeph Jacques I have run across this curious black metal band, Wolves in the Throne Room, which seems to get some good reviews on Encyclopaedia Metallum. They seem to go back to a very basic, vintage approach, and well…let me let them explain their style a bit.

Wolves in the Throne Room has rejected most of the traditional traits of black metal such as corpse paint, use of pseudonyms and Satanic imagery.[2][12] Member Aaron Weaver has said “Wolves in the Throne Room is not black metal, or, more accurately we play black metal on our own terms, for our own reasons.”[13]

The band is well known for their interests expressed through their imagery and lyrics, such as radical ecology, bio-dynamic farming, and creating a nature-based occult worldview, which differ from the traditional topics associated with black metal.[14][15][16][17] The members (brothers Nathan and Aaron Weaver) live on a ten acre farm outside the Olympia city limits. The band’s lyrics focus on themes of apocalypse, transformation and modern society’s lost connection with the natural world.[5]

The band’s music has been described as “eco-metal”, “organic metal”, “astral black metal” and “Cascadian black metal”.[5][18][19][20]

Unlike most modern metal bands, Wolves in the Throne Room always use vintage amplifiers and recording equipment. They mentioned in one interview that they despise modern recording techniques such as looping and drum triggers.[21]

So with that said, perhaps we’ve found Dave some Gaian black metal to listen to.  🙂

Also, here is a picture of the cat who was climbing around on me yesterday, that should amuse Sue if she ever reads this blog (I don’t think she does). He decided that the carry-cord on the camera was a kitty toy.


Getting into Snap

September 22, 2012

I don’t listen to the radio as much as I used to, but I still have a chance on Saturdays. But the local NPR station shook up its schedule quite a bit this season, tossed some shows I’d been listening to for a few years now. Kind of unceremoniously, at least to me. One of the new shows, however, has captured my attention (as much as it can be). Snap Judgment.

On the station here it follows This American Life (TAL), in time slots formerly occupied by one of their old weekend comedy shows. Change is…well, it’s change. Gave me a little frown at first. But Snap has grown on me fast. They tell good stories. The show’s host, Glynn Washington, is a good storyteller, who has a way with words. Following TAL, they go together nicely. It’s only been a few weeks, but I can imagine this being the next TAL if Ira Glass ever retires.

Anyway, should anyone have some time to kill it might well be spent listening to some of the Snap Judgment podcasts. For the rest of you thinking ‘what’s a radio?’ that’s okay. Podcast! Look at the shiny internets!


Some promising new-ish Soulfly

April 29, 2012

Didn’t know it, but Soulfly released a new album in early March (there’s another one from a couple years back that I also missed). The inventory at the local record stores varies; I hadn’t seen it. But based on some tracks like this that I’ve listened to, I may go get their new CD, Enslaved. Or get it online, more likely. Anyway, pretty good stuff. Good old Max Cavalera, he does not disappoint.