Monday, November 30, 2009

Plain Brown Wrappers #6- Ethereal Dissonance

I have received a few comments recently from folks wondering when the next Plain Brown Wrappers is going to be posted. Well... good things usually come to those who wait, and I'm sure that most of you will agree that today's post is of the highest caliber. Let me first get you up to speed on a couple of the projects that I have been working on while battling the daily distractions of life.

Over the past couple weeks, I have been painstakingly compiling two lists: one for the Best Albums of 2009 and the other for the Best Albums of the Decade. Decade you say? Has this decade already come to a screeching halt. I am afraid so dear listeners, and since I happen to be a fanatic for lists and especially music lists, I couldn't resist the urge to work on an exhaustive overview of the best music from the last decade.

Speaking of Fanatic, have any of you heard of the Henry Rollins radio show called Harmony in my Head? I randomly found out that this show existed when I stumbled upon an interesting little book called Fanatic! Song Lists and Notes from The Harmony In My Head Show 2004. Since this random encounter my interest had been peaked, so I ventured off into the land of limitless possibilities, and the fruits of my labor paid off in spades.

This amazingly eclectic show is only available to folks who are fortunate enough to have the cash to plunk down for a subscription to XM. That is unless you know someone who has recorded the show. Hmmm... Who could that person be? Well, I don't personally know this person, but I can pass along this special little link to the promised land of Harmony In My Head. Once you dive into the mind of Henry Rollins, there's no telling how deep you can go. These shows are extremely addictive, so be prepared to watch your productivity sink into the black hole of apathetic pleasures. At least you can't say that I never warned you!

If that isn't enough, my mp3 player has turned into a lifeless paperweight as all of the face buttons decided to stop marching in a unified formation. I attempted to run the firmware update and it never completed, leaving the player in a perpetual state of limbo. After researching mp3 players for the majority of my Thanksgiving break, I decided to make a second attempt at fixing the unit. Finally after hours of poring over senseless suggestions on messageboards, I was able to find the answer and restore my player back to the state it was in before I performed the firmware upgrade. You will be happy to know that my mp3 player is once again functioning as a glorified random song generator.

And now onto the music...

I hope those of you who come here for the music haven't left yet because I have a mystery album for you today that will have your head spinning in circles. Every time I have asked someone if they have heard about this band, I am greeted with empty stares or disbelief that they even exist. They are typically pretentious music geeks who value the fact that they've heard about a band before you more than whether or not they actually like the music they recommend. These guys make a living tearing down the type of music someone likes because it doesn't fall within the confines of cool. I know because I used to be one of these people, the kind of seething, know-it-all curmudgeon who was too busy spouting off about what they knew to hear what other people have to say about music. If this record can slip below the radar of even the hipster music listeners, it must really have something to say.

Nothing more really needs to be said about this record because words will only cripple the foundation of your blissful state of mind while listening to it for the first time. Take a deep breath, dive into the multitude of sounds with an open mind and you will surely be rewarded ten-fold.

Some of you will undoubtedly be frustrated that I'm not giving you more of an idea of the genre of music you are about to hear, but I will continue to abide by these rules for the Plain Brown Wrappers series.

I welcome all of you to join in the party and venture a guess. Happy listening!

Plain Brown Wrappers #6- Ethereal Dissonance

Sunday, November 01, 2009

I Hear a New World Podcast #15- Halloween Hodgepodge

This Halloween 2009 edition of I Hear a New World is available to be downloaded at:, or streamed right here in the embedded Podomatic player.

I realize that this podcast is a day late, but hopefully it's not a dollar short. As I was facing numerous challenges over the past couple weeks, it was nearly impossible for me to find time to compile this year's Halloween mix. I worked on gathering the songs on Halloween during the day, and then I put the finishing touches in Audacity just before the clock struck midnight. I know there are plenty of dark souls who listen to this type of music throughout the year, so this one's for you. Then, next Halloween you can pull this one out and give it a proper spin during Halloween.

This one is an eclectic mix of soul, surf, experimental, hip-hop and electronic music that is sure to keep your interest. I would love to hear what any of you think about the podcast!

Until next time...