July 24, 2006

Seems Mike Patton has a new album out – you can hear some here. Always been a sucker for Mike Patton, mainly for having followed all the old Faith No More albums up to ’98 – won’t overstate the point but heard together, they tell a story; what happens when you take things too far.

Quite a lot of what he’s done since then is unlistenable but he’s got a talent for the warped, if you ever need a wake up call – off the Mr Bungle California album – check out Ars Moriendi. He also reminds me of an old friend from school – looks almost the same.

The new album “Peeping Tom” is supposed to be “pop” and there’s an interesting mix of other artists on it but – from a quick listen not sure – these days I’m also a sucker for a catchy tune, and not hearing any – must be a midlife crisis.



July 24, 2006

Sometimes fresh input helps – Shantaram is an absorbing auto-biography, by Gregory David Roberts. His perspective on many things is challenging – made me question this safe, easy nerd life I’ve got. Set against the background of India in the 80’s / early 90’s, there’s that thread of spirituality but it’s more about a guy finding his feet in his early thirties against a dark past and nature. Did start to drag towards the end – kind of disolves into an action thriller but thats OK. Need to quote…

One of the reasons we crave love, and seek it so desperately, is that love is the only cure for loneliness, and shame, and sorrow. But some feelings sink so deep into the heart that only loneliness can help you find them again. Some truths about yourself are so painful that only shame can help you live with them. And some things are just so sad that only your soul can do the crying for you.

That’s set against a narrative which includes description of how he pulled someone’s eye out in a fight. Still – a great book