anathema - the silent enigma

Anathema: The Silent Enigma (1995)

I don’t know that a “transitional” album ever felt so complete as The Silent Enigma from UK death/doom progenitors Anathema.  With feet still planted in the doom/death sound (at this point I’d firmly put the doom aspects over the death) the band helped popularize along with My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost, the move of Vincent Cavanagh over to vocals signaled the shift to something new, a faint glimpse of the experimental post-rock powerhouse they would become. Continue reading “Anathema: The Silent Enigma (1995)”

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An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer (2013)

I don’t know if “variety show” best describes An Evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer, a recording of a joint tour undertaken by Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman.  It’s a combination of music, poetry, spoken word, and assorted shenanigans by the (then) newly married couple.   But “variety” carries a connotation that doesn’t fit here, where the combination is unique in how the pieces react to one another, and form a experience that is at one wholly intimate and inviting and specific and universal.  Continue reading “An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer (2013)”

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Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra: Theater is Evil (2012)

I talked a little bit about my appreciation for Amanda Palmer and what her music has meant to me; so for this entry we’ll focus more on the music for her big Kickstarter-backed album Theater is Evil which I love, and how packaging can make a “thing” (Palmer’s term for the stuff she puts out via Patreon) more than a thing.  So take a seat for a few minutes and let’s get into The Grand Theft Orchestra. Continue reading “Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra: Theater is Evil (2012)”

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Amanda Palmer: Several Attempts To Cover Songs By The Velvet Underground & Lou Reed For Neil Gaiman As His Birthday Approaches [Live] (2012)

The facts are these:  During their series of variety shows billed as An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer (covered here in the next day or so) it was close to Neil Gaiman’s birthday.  Being a massive Lou Reed fan, Palmer decided to gift Gaiman a series of cover songs by either Reed or The Velvet Underground, one each night Chanukah style.  And if … Continue reading Amanda Palmer: Several Attempts To Cover Songs By The Velvet Underground & Lou Reed For Neil Gaiman As His Birthday Approaches [Live] (2012)

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The Allman Brothers: Brothers and Sisters (1973)

My brother and I were recently debating the whole “Southern Rock” thing as we drove through Brooklyn record shopping.  His tastes run along the classic, laid back chill rock bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker band typify; I run more Little Feat (basically give me anything with Lowell George).  But one band we could both agree on was The Allman Brothers, and when it came to naming an album we both immediately agreed on Brothers and Sisters.  With one foot firmly planted in southern country there’s enough blues and rock to keep anyone happy, even if “Ramblin’ Man” wasn’t on it.  Continue reading “The Allman Brothers: Brothers and Sisters (1973)”