Have you ever had one of those moments where you’re thankful that you’re able to enjoy great books, music, and etc? But, at the same time, you wish could extend the day by about ten hours, because there is so much goodness out there to enjoy? Welcome to my world. I’ve cut way back on TV over the past couple of weeks, with the exception of the Sopranos and Season 2.0 of BSG. That said, I’ve had a little more time to enjoy some non-televisualuar pursuits:
Powder Burns – the Twilight Singers
This latest offering from the Twilight Singers (Greg Dulli – former Afghan Whigs) has been at the top of my iPod spin list. Just released in May, Powder Burns is lush, dark, and, soulful. Pretty much everything you’d expect from the brilliance that is Greg Dulli. Dulli seems to be at the top of his vocal game on this offering. He gets really melodic at times, in a good way. Not in a Magic Flute kind of way. There’s nice use of strings and horns throughout the album, making for some really cool arrangements. I realize this sounds vague – but I’ve only listened to it a handful of times. Enough to know that I really dig it.
Mona Lisa Overdrive – William Gibson
I love the way this man writes. I have yet to pick up a book of his and set it down unfinished. Like his other books, the writing is extremely intelligent, yet accessible at the same time. Gibson does well creating believable characters and having these unique personalities breath life into a dark, but colorful world. Drugs, sex, movie stars, and voodoo. How could I not like it?
American Gods – Neil Gaiman (audiobook)
This is my second sampling of the wonder that is Neil Gaiman. The book reads and feels like a trip on mushrooms as Gaiman toys with your head, juxtaposing the mundane with the average – just as he did in Anansi boys. It’s at a different level in American Gods. You feel like a leaf, caught vibrating between the fantastic and the real. I really like Gaiman’s exploration and reinvention of mysticism and religion. Mas cool.
The Sandman Vol 1. Preludes and Nocturnes – Neil Gaiman
A double dose of Gaiman this month. This is a graphic novel. Way, way, way back in the day, I enjoyed a good comic and I thought graphic novels were pretty bad ass. I’ve been hearing about the Sandman series for quite sometime now. Everything I’ve heard about it has been 100% positive. I think Sandman came out as a series of comic books in the early 90’s. The premise is as such: an eccentric fellow tries to capture Death and instead, ensnares the Dream-king, el Sandman. Needless to say, it makes for a very surreal read.
Morevi: The Chronicles of Rafe and Askana (Podiobook) – Tee Morris and Lisa Lee
Morevi was one of the very first PodioBooks. This is my first taste of the Tee Morris/Lisa Lee duo. One of the pretty wild things about Morevi – the coauthor’s never actually met during the writing of the book. I think Morevi is a testament to the efficacy of the internet as a collaborative tool. The narrative is coherent and concise – you’d think it was written by a single author. I’m really enjoying it thus far. It’s a good, swash-buckling adventure. The characters are likable and have a certain depth that creates a real sense of realness. Both the dialog and the descriptions are fantastic. Morevi is narrated by Tee Morris. It’s a great performance. The story is told with emotion, conviction, and with good accents.
Eve – MMORPG, CCP games
In my quest for knowledge on the whole MMORPG craze, I came across Eve. It was pointed out to me by my friend Jeanette, who I now curse, because I really, really like it. I don’t get to play much. A few hours here and there, spread out over the course of the week. It’s a dark, sci-fi, space-faring game. You buy stuff, you sell stuff, you run missions, people hire you to get shot at. It’s a visually spectacular game. The thing I really like about Eve is that I can do about fifty other things while I play it. Usually, playing Eve coincides with the small slices of TV viewing during the week.
BSG – Season 2.0 Vol 1.
You know how I feel about all things BSG. Creeping along at an episode a week. How I long for more.
And there you have it. Yes, I’m still being wicked and creative. Finished off another short story this weekend and I’m closing in on finishing yet another. Two more chapters down in the novel. I’ll submit for the first time either the end of this week, or beginning of next week. I’ve got the synopsis written and I’m doing the outline sometime tonight, after Prophets practice. Tomorrow night, polishing up a few parts on a couple tracks off the Habit album and recording the PodCast, for airing on Thursday. Brian asked me the other day, if I find fulfillment out of all these projects as I embark on them and as I complete them. And, I can say, yes. I feel extremely fulfilled with the 10,000 things I’ve got going. And I’m finishing projects, to boot.
The show at the Wonderland Ballroom was a kick ass good time, as I’ve discovered seems to be the routine there. Flo played a good set, and Michael Jantz was kick ass, as always.
Next event de force: The Pharmacy Prophets at the Black Cat.