January 20th, 2004

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Best Album of 2003

Okay, so I've had a couple weeks to skim through my candidates for this one and I think I've picked the album I liked best of the various that I bought over 2003.
There was some good competition, frankly: I don't think a single year has brought me so many albums I've actually enjoyed since the mid-80s. A new John Cale album (titled Hobo Sapiens), for instance. About 2/3rds of Bowie's latest effort. And this is also the year I discovered Queens of the Stone Age, who are a great deal of fun. Placebo put out Sleeping With Ghosts. I love this album greatly, though I doubly recommend the 'special edition' that came out a few months back, which bears a second disc composed of Placebo covering various artists (most are tracks which were all over the place on KaZaa, but which were IMPOSSIBLE to find clean cuts of; others were B-sides to their singles (and WHEN does Placebo do a Singles-and-B-sides disc, goddamnit: I want Miss Moneypenny!)). The soundtrack to Last Samurai and the soundtrack to Return of the King also both deserve honorable mentions.

Even so, British Sea Power's The Decline of British Sea Power stands head-and-shoulders above the rest, for me. It seems really... sui generis. The vocals vary from this weird thrashy thing to this polished whisper- and even more charmingly to me, they often involve very subtle puns or slantrhymes.
Oh the heavy water how it enfolds
The salt, the spray, the gorgeous undertow
Always, always, always the sea
Brilliantine mortality

I mean... dayumn.
The guitar is stellar- in a very Joy-Division/Echo-and-the-Bunnymen sort of vein.

Good stuff, folks. colubra-Bob sez- check it out.

So what music did you pick up this year that especially floored you?
  • Current Music
    'Remember Me', British Sea Power
thwack (by lj-user twoflower)

Since Presidential primary season is coming...

...first off, get a load of this shit (worksafe link, @ CNN). Yeah, George. The sanctity of marriage needs preservation in the eyes of the law. Thanks so much for reminding me that Church and State are separate entitys under the Constitution you're sworn to protect, and are so set on protecting that you wish to change it.
Simple obscenity doesn't begin to cover how this makes me feel, but I'll use it to sum up: fuck you too, asshole. You talk about how you're all about building compromise and mutual respect and then you pull this? The most appropriate nickname I can think of for you is 'The Great Divider': everything you do seems to be built specifically with gratifying about 50% of the populace in mind, and offending the living shit out of the other 50%. Oh, and your wife should've stood trial on vehicular manslaughter charges, after you know, hitting a man and him dying and all.

For those of you who will have any contact with things Republican, I ask you to have a look at the chunk of my 'Memories' on LJ which I have titled 'The Case Against George Walker Bush'. Your party deserves a better candidate. For any of you who are considering voting for Mr. Bush, please skim through those entries, and reconsider that decision.

For those of you who are thinking of voting Green at a presidential level this year: I voted Green at the mayoral level this year, because I found the official Democratic mayoral candidate for my city singularly noxious. I'd ask that you help elect anybody who isn't King George the Second. While none of the Dem candidates seem especially impressive at present, I think you would have to agree that any of them is a better candidate from a Green-Party policy perspective than a gentleman who wavers between being highly conservative and Christian-rightwing-conservative. I don't know that there's a much more important agenda in Politics today than getting the Great Divider out of office.

No, this isn't the first unpaid presidential ad you're likely to see.
  • Current Music
    'All My Misery', Pussy Tourette