A review of Salander, “STENDEC” (2014, independent release). Tracks: Pearls Upon a Crown; Book of Lies; Ever After; Hypothesis 11/8; Situation Disorientation; Controlled Flight Into Terrain; and Zeitgeist. Total time: 65 minutes. Recommendation: HIGHEST; MUST OWN
From the moment I first heard “CRASH COURSE FOR DESSERT” by Salander, I knew I not only loved the music, but I also knew I would love the musicians as well.
And, so it came to pass.
A rather significant part of my 2014 has been the sheer joy of getting to know Dave Smith, one of the two Daves who make up Salander. Sadly, I’ve not had the chance to get to know Dave Curnow, the other Dave, but I trust the judgment of the first Dave. So, per my respect of Dave, Dave must also be great.
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A restaurant breakfast with musical background
That opening guitar for “Band on the Run”
Is a time-machine suddenly jerking me back
To Midwestern nineteen seventy four
I think of how impossibly serious I was
Back then, how bent on knowing precisely what
And whom to love, what and whom to hate
Everything rode on the knowing, though I clearly
Knew not the scope or depth of “everything”
Nor do I know many deeper things now
But I do know that “everything” seems too much
And it’s THESE things in all their particularity
That ride on what I know and do this moment
Songs are often time machines for me
But the time they lead back to, so indirectly
Is the remembering time, not remembered time
And when I write it again right after this stanza
It will look the same, but will not be the same
After spending my first afternoon at the University of Colorado, I stopped by Time Warp Comics (http://www.time-warp.com). As it turns out, Neil Peart, Kevin J. Anderson, and Nick Robles have been producing a six-part comic book series of Clockwork Angels.
The first three issues are out, and I was even able to purchase a signed (by Anderson) copy of issue 1.
And, equally important, I found out that several of the guys working at Time Warp are proggers. They were also just–not surprisingly–fantastic guys (and a gal). So, a huge thanks to Clayton, Garrett, Michael, and Georgia!
What a store. I’ll certainly be stopping by again.
If you’re in Boulder, make sure you check out Time Warp.
If you have occasional fond thoughts of 90s art rock bands like the Monks of Doom you may also recall, while waxing nostalgic about the dear old 1990s, that there was a golden moment, after the commercial breakthrough of punk/grunge/indie rock in America but before the advent of Napster, when bands that had been toiling in musical nether regions for years finally had their moments in the sun. The MoD were an offshoot of Camper Van Beethoven, the most palatably inventive American band of the 1980s and early 1990s, and like the great Camper Van approached American prog — delegated generally and unfortunately to the backwater of “jam” band categorization — with a firm belief that dumping every damn thing they could think of into the musical kettle and bringing it all to boil would work. And it mostly did. We’re talking about music that went deeply into the spirit…
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Freud Among the Great Books:
Beyond a Monolithic “Freudian Theory”
I find myself for a moment in the interesting position of not knowing whether what I have to say should be regarded as something long known and self-evident or something completely new and strange. I suspect, however, it is the latter. (Sigmund Freud)
When Sigmund Freud wrote these sentences in the late 1930’s, he was referring specifically to some findings on a more focused topic. They may be taken, however, as an expression of a thought which apparently occurred to him often through the course of his career. I also take them as expressing my own sense about the impressionistic report that I intend to provide in what…
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Ok, I’m loving all of this. The West! Scholarship! Cool Towns!
I had a great time talking with CU-Boulder’s Clint Talbott.
One of the most challenging parts about being a prog reviewer is trying to ascertain how many times you need to listen to a particular album before you feel confident enough to deliver a balanced, fair appraisal of what it is all about.
I have never reviewed an album on the strength of one listen, no matter how discordant or lacking it may be. A lot of work goes into every release so I feel a sense of responsibility and respect for the artiste(s) in giving their work a thorough listening before committing my thoughts to type.
On the other hand, some of the most interesting albums are the ones where you feel no matter how many times you play them, there will be something more for you to discover the next time you give it a run-out. One example came in the post in the spring all the way…
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One of the great contributions of the Christian Humanists of the twentieth century–in particular, Christopher Dawson, C.S. Lewis, and Russell Kirk–is the realization that no left-right divide exists beyond the contrivance of those who seek power. They employ it as a means to divide those who would challenge them.
Some great quotes from Christopher Dawson, 1946.
The virtues of justice and goodwill, the virtues of truth and patience, above all the virtue of prudence. . . . It is only by the exercise of these virtues that it is possible to save society from the political disintegration that threatens it, and maintain an island of society amidst the rival barbarians of Left and Right.
The way of life is the way of justice which turns neither to the Right nor to the Left.
My family and I are in the process of moving to Boulder, Colorado, for the upcoming school year. One of the terrible parts of any move is the packing. But, there’s a plus side–things thought lost reappear! And, so it is with this review I found in a spring issue of the University of Notre Dame student newspaper, The Observer. Dated April 23, 1981, pg. 11, by Tom Krueger. Forgive the quality of the image. It’s a photocopy from microfilm run through a Scansnap. So, in terms of image–blah! Still, good to have it posted for historical reasons.