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what's all the racket?

just thought i'd share a few things that i'd been listening to lately. i have to say that i've sort of slipped off the new music bandwagon in recent days. every time i start to look around for new things, i find that i sort of get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of things that are available. i'd need three lifetimes to get through just this month's new releases and new artists. and i have pretty specific tastes, so i can't imagine what it's like for people who have a more generalised interest. and aside from discovering new stuff, there's always the challenge of making a point to listen to things that i already have, but haven't pulled out in a while. that was sort of the theme of this past week.

herz juhning :: miasma
la vampires & zola jesus :: la vampires meets zola jesus (i just love the dubby combination here)
janitor :: receiving a flower on mother's day
nurse with wound :: automating vol.1 (side 2 is still one of the most uneasy things i've heard)
maybe mental :: lotuses on fire
strafe fur rebellion :: morr & lufthunger (an unjustly ignored band)
axolotl :: memory theatre
pimentola :: misantropolis
various artists :: fight
senking :: pong

feel free to share what music you've had on your stereo/ computer/ ipod/ 8-track lately.

Comments

Eric B said…
Yeah for Janitor....great album....

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jihadvertising?

i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:



am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

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