Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Blood Ceremony - Blood Ceremony (listen) About a year ago on his blog, John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats gave this record perhaps the highest praise a vociferator-about-music can give: dumbstruck silence (here). I just looked up vociferator to make sure it was what I meant - vociferate means "to utter or shout loudly or vehemently; bawl; clamor" but vociferator carries with it the idea of protest. Do we only get excited in protest, when things have gone too far for us to quietly bear? If that's true, that's a shame. Our voices should be made hoarse by bawling and clamoring for that which we love. Like, say, the Black Sabbath-meets-jazz flute-while-somehow-not-being Jethro Tull vibe of Blood Ceremony is something about which we can all vociferate.
Tortoise - Beacons of Ancestorship - I have friends that have expressed puzzlement over my vociferation in support of Tortoise, perhaps implying that said vociferation indicates a weakness on previous vociferations. To those friends, I will warn you of a further frittering of my credibility, as I dig the new album.