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neurological dryer lint

dirty deeds... and the dunderchief


hiding in the crowd but all alone

so with teeth comes out on tuesday. the hand that feeds didn't exactly knock me over - it felt very radio-ish, the last thing i would expect from trent. i figured, hey, they've been getting exponentially more progressive and experimental, this one's gonna be 90% sprawling intrumentals if things keep up as they have. then i heard only on ethel, and it was more of the same style - verse-chorus-verse, guitar-drum-bass-driven, structured songs. something that i haven't heard since wish in 1992. and i'm thinking - is this gonna be a pop album? an attempt to sound less like the innovative, daring, thoughtful, intelligent art of the past? more like a linkin park? kinda scary. especially since trent's been talking about how this disc is going to be the greatest stuff they've ever done.

to relieve my fears i checked out their myspace page, where the entire album is available to listen to, straight through. i figured i'd check the first couple of songs.

oooooooh dang. how foolish of me - this disc is gonna be really good stuff. a mix of everything i've enjoyed about my favorite nin tracks (the becoming, i do not want this, into the void, wish, the fragile, just like you imagined, the big come down, etc etc). a masterful blend of more prominent vocals, a little more coherent structure, great guitars and synth, and absolutely perfect drums and bass. that's the first three songs. i need to stop listening so i don't kill the surprise. i'm just re-excited again. this is how it should be.

hitchhiker's was actually very good, it turns out. laugh-out-loud funny for most of it. the first 30 minutes or so were dead-on the book, and then it just got jumbled - not terribly bad. it ended up making about as much sense as the book does (not all that much), just in a different way. casting was perfect. and around the end it got sappy and weird. they made a huge deal out of trillian & arthur hooking up, which consumes about five seconds in the book - a typical hollywood refocus. oh well. it was well worth seeing and i'll definitely see it again.

then b and i hit up take 5 down the street from our place. he's raved about it for a while - and with good reason. they have some tasty, non-skimpy wings with a good variety of sauces; pork wings (riblets on a stick), saratoga chips... the band played some buffett covers.. i think it'll be a great regular place. until july anyway :)

new family guy tomorrow, son!

listening to - nine inch nails - you know what you are


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