I’ve been listening to Flyleaf, Björk Volta (was on continuous repeat all of today in my iPod), Portishead Third, Moby Last Night, Guano Apes Proud Like a God.
I really love female vocalists, especially in indie or alternative bands.
Rediscovering Flyleaf made me think of Guano Apes. I started reading about Sandra Nasic. I started listening to Björk again because the video clip Wanderlust just came out yesterday.
The one song that I wanted to hear today while I was commuting was The Rip by Portishead on the new album Third. I didn’t have it on my iPod. It’s a complicated situation. I only had time to synch my songs on my iPod when I left Taiwan, not copy the songs onto my portable HD. Everything was pretty much last minute. I don’t know why. I had lots of time to prepare, but only bought the portable HD the day before leaving.
I’m listening to it right now. The song kept echoing in my head while I was riding around town on the bus. It’s a wonderful song. I’ve received some nice comments on my Portishead Third review that I posted on the weekend. They are much appreciated. I tried to write how the music made me feel more than anything else, instead of writing a dry usual review, which I wrote by the hundreds when I was running my electronic e-zine Horripilations (98-03).
I’m listening to the new Portishead album Third and the new Nine Inch Nails release Ghosts I-IV. It’s a 36 track instrumental album, which I’m really enjoying. It’s quite minimal and ethereal. The first part is available for free on the NIN site. The site crashed because of high traffic earlier this week.
You can download Ghosts I for free; parts II, III and IV will cost you $US5. And for $US10 you can get a double-CD package sent to you when it’s released properly on April 14. That’s as cheap as chips.
But this is a new era, and Reznor knows many music fans won’t even pay $5 for a CD. His response? He uploaded it to popular torrent website www.thepiratebay.org himself and received a flood of positive feedback.
Reznor knew that even some fans wouldn’t pay for the minimal download, so he uploaded the album himself onto the PirateBay, a popular torrent tracker site.
I found an interesting review and will most probably be posting my own in a few days, once I’ve listened to it thoroughly.
From my initial listening, I’m quite impressed. This type of quality and richness of tracks reminds me of The Downward Spiral and Further Down the Spiral. I was really disappointed by The Fragile. That album put me off NIN for a few years. It’s only recently with Year Zero that I’m rediscovering the Trent Reznor that I enjoyed in the past.
During the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Minehead England in December 2007, Portishead played their first full live set in 10 years, featuring five new songs – “Hunter”, “Machine Gun”, “Wicca” (retitled as “Silence”) “Mystic” (retitled as “The Rip”) and “Peaches” (retitled as “We Carry On”) which appear on Third.The album was leaked onto torrent sites in its entirety and in high quality (320kbps). I’ve listening to the album during most of the day while a winter storm furiously beats down snowfall and searing winds. It’s haunting, incredible, modern, dark and moody. Beth Gibbons’ haunting voice still evokes incredible emotions.
I’ve got no idea why Third was leaked onto the internet. Millions of fans are waiting for this album. It will be a success. It will go quadruple platinum. Portishead will go on another whirlwind tour of the world, playing to sold out venues and stadiums all over the place. Gibbons, Barrow and Utley came out with a masterpiece. I didn’t know what to expect when I got this album. I’ve started listening to Tricky and the old trip-hop crew once more.
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