Moby’s new album, titled “Wait For Me” is out and after previewing it, I’m going to have to get it. It’s great. Best new album I’ve heard since Plant/Kraus combined for “Raising Sand”. From the site:
The songs also sound best when listened to as a cohesive body of work. While each track stands on its own merit, â€˜Wait For Meâ€™ was recorded and arranged to be listened to from start to finish. In today’s single-driven music industry an album that holds together as a collective entity is a rarity. An album that holds itself to standards higher than commercial measures of success is even more rare.
That doesn’t come close… wow.
Long weekend at the end of a long week…
I’m headed to Chicago later today with several members of my team from work for an annual federal conference. We’ve got several sessions we are presenting and/or participating in, including one where we are demonstrating a new tool we are building. I commented to a friend Friday evening that if this — the upcoming demo — were a home show, we were still at the stage where we were pouring footings for a couple of the new rooms. I’ve spent most of the past couple days framing in the walls, hanging sheetrock (and in some cases, hanging siding directly on the studs), etc. There are a couple of places where we’ve just hung posters over holes in walls, and some of the electrical outlets and light switches don’t actually have wiring running to them. But having said that, we’ve gotten quite a bit done.
I can’t say I’m really all that excited about going to Chicago, particularly at this time of year. I spent a week there several years ago for a soccer coaching license course and it was miserably hot and humid. I’ve also gotten stuck in the airport and/or missed connections there most of the times we’ve been force to fly through O’Hare… we’ll see.
Some random bits from life:
- Deb, Ian, and Li drove over to Boise to see Deb’s family for a couple days, which made for a (wierdly) quiet weekend. I gotten lots done, but miss them desperately and having them gone for the past couple of days will make the trip to Chicago seem even longer.
- Li is going through one of those huge leaps on the language front. Just within the past couple weeks, her language patterns are changing: stringing more and more words together, and everything is so much clearer. Counting to 20, naming body parts (“arm pits”, “eye brows”, “forehead”), helping with everything (“Li help Daddy make coffee?” — I think if she could reach stuff, she’d probably do it herself although she still a little leery of the coffee grinder at first).
- Earlier this week, Ian and I went to Pocatello for a concert. The headliner was Kutless. Incredible show; we’ve long been fans of their music and their ministry and to see them live was very cool. It was a welcome change of pace from lots of work. If you get a chance to see them, by all means do. At the concert, one of the promoters mentioned that another band we love — the David Crowder Band — is coming to this area later this year; that will be another show we definitely want to hit.
- I’ve been working on Neal Stephenson’s “Cryptonomicon” these past couple of weeks (I gave up on his “Baroque Cycle” after a couple hundred pages of the first volume of three; just couldn’t get in to it) when I have the odd minute or two to read. 900+ pages that wander between thriller, math and theory of crypto, comedy, sarcasm, and weird/silly. The shifts in tone are almost schizo at times, but I’ll probably try to finish it. Parts of it have been laugh-out-loud funny… and I need that.
- Summer is getting close to the point where it will start winding down for us; soccer tryouts at the high school level for Ian (his senior year!) and at the junior high where I will be coaching at least one more season begin just ahead of the middle of August.
We spent part of the Christmas holiday break over in Boise, so Ian and I had a chance to zip into the Record Exchange downtown for a couple hours to poke around. It is one of those places that we just don’t have here at home, where you can find just about anything you might be looking for in terms of music… I walked out with the following:
- “The Best of Elvis Costello — The First 10 Years”: I was hoping, probably unrealistically, to find a copy of “Armed Forces” with my favorite track “What’s So Funny (About Peace, Love, and Understanding)” but when I looked at what was in this collection, I couldn’t pass it up. 22 tracks covering that 10 year period, and the progression and evolution of his (and his bands’) sound is amazing to listen to. Highlights, in addition to “What’s So Funny” include the early sound from “Watching the Detectives” and the richness of “Good Year for the Roses” and “Beyond Belief”.
- “The Traveling Wilburys – Volume 3”: I had been trying to find a copy of this for several years, and the Exchange had a couple in the used bin. An amazing collaboration of talent, and an all-around pleasure to listen to them. Just fun to have on the box.
I should have written earlier about this next one, but just never got around to it last yeaar. By far the best album for 2007 in my opinion is the Robert Plant/Allison Kraus collaboration on “Raising Sand”. Pour yourself a glass of red wine, put it in, turn it up, and just let it wash over you.