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Day: April 21, 2009

Book report: Time Out of Joint

Book report: Time Out of Joint

Books
There are some names in literature that for some reason intimidate me before I even read a word of their work.  Since I'm not a voracious reader I think I have a tendency to put some authors on a pedastal.  When I do get around to reading something by one of the "greats", I feel silly for having avoided them for so long. So it was with science fiction legend Philip K. Dick, whose canon I have finally entered by reading his 1959 novel Time Out of Joint.  Why this one, and not one of his more famous works such as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? or A Scanner Darkly you might ask?  My wife owns a copy so that's the one I decided to start with, that's why. As I made my way though the story of Ragle Gumm and his struggle to break through what he at first only vaguely feels to be the f
Album review: Doves – Kingdom of Rust

Album review: Doves – Kingdom of Rust

Music
I think it's fair to say that I was spoiled musically by growing up in the '80s, the tail end of a long period where bands usually released albums no more than 1-2 years apart.  So when great newer acts like Manchester's Doves come along and take longer than that I get impatient.  It's been more a little more than four years since the group's excellent third record, Some Cities, and after reading about so many delays with their newest I was starting to lose hope.  But now Kingdom of Rust is here, and all is well. My overall impression of Rust is that it represents a nice synthesis of the sounds and styles the band explored on their first three albums, but is by no means an artistic retread.  The bulk of the record leans more toward the dense and atmospheric tendencies displayed on Lost