Summer Musings, Comments and More on the Horizon


It’s summer now in the northern hemisphere, and that means among other things that, alongside the major film studios, recording labels large and small have been releasing some of their most highly anticipated new recordings. I’ve gotten my hands on a few of them so far, and they are predictably a mixed bunch. That is, while some have already been added to the list of items I’ll consider for the 2008 Best-Of compilation, others need a few more listens before I can give them individual thumbs-ups, -downs or -horizontals.

In the coming days and weeks, I’ll be posting capsule reviews over on the Musings page. Among the items up for consideration include Portishead’s Third, My Morning Jacket’s Evil Urges, Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah: Volume 1 (4th World War), The Roots’ Rising Down and maybe, just maybe, Coldplay’s Viva la Vida….

While I’m working on those posts, some of which are already in draft form, I’ll finally be finishing the programming that will allow viewers of this site to leave comments. There might also be a redesign in the near future, prompted by Cortney’s asking me what the purpose of this site is. While that’s a deceptively simple question, answering it does have implications for the layout and design. Besides, changing the look and feel of the site has two things going for it: (1) Folks who stumble on these pages might linger longer and (2) I’ll get to try out some of the fancy programming stuff I’ve been learning. Stay tuned.