The backlog, or a new way of organizing

It took about two months, but I finally managed to get through this list. Only problem? More titles were added to the backlog in the interim.

I’ve done most of my listening on a single Winamp playlist, which tends to average about two days’ worth of music. But a growing number of titles on that playlist weren’t really being considered for review, and a few titles were obvious candidates for the Slush Pile. So I split the playlist into four parts.

I found making the previous backlog entry helpful in getting reviews (eventually) done, so I’m trying it again. Accountability is a bitch.

Albums about which I’ve been meaning to write in greater detail:

  • Girl Talk, Feed the Animals
  • Samamidon, All Is Well
  • Spangle call Lilli Line, ISOLATION
  • U2, War (Remastered)
  • U2, Under a Blood Red Sky (Remastered)

Albums I might mention in a round-up:

  • Hat Makes the Man, Searching for the Fertile Fields
  • Ivri Lider, Beketzev A’hid Batnu’ot Shell Haguf (The Steady Rhythm Of Body Movements)
  • Joan Jeanrenaud, Strange Toys
  • Mystery Crash, Mystery Crash
  • The Dead Betties, This Is My Brain on Drugs
  • The Squids, The Squids
  • The Wrong, Ethel Merman Jism Spoon
  • Tommy Keene, Crashing the Ether

Albums I’m still considering for any sort of write-up:

  • Morton Feldman, The Viola in My Life / False Relationships and the Extended Ending / Why Patterns?

Albums going into the Slush Pile:

  • Arthur Russell, Calling Out of Context
  • Arthur Russell, First Thought Best Thought
  • Frederick Rzewski, The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (Ralph van Raat)
  • Matthew Robert Cooper, Miniatures
  • Tarik O’Regan, Threshold of Night (Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare Company of Voices)

Albums about which I had little intention to write (not that I wouldn’t):

  • Antony & the Johnsons, Another World
  • Arnold Schoenberg, Verklarte Nacht / Chamber Symphony No 2 / Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene (Takuo Yuasa, Ulster Orchestra)
  • Arnold Schoenberg, Pierrot lunaire (Marianne Pousseur, Philippe Herreweghe, Ensemble Musique Oblique)
  • Jane’s Addiction, Ritual de lo Habitual
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Violin Concerto / Kreutzer Sonata (Isabelle Faust, JirĂ­ Belohlávek, Prague Philharmonia)
  • Roberta Flack, Softly with These Songs: The Best of Roberta Flack
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Concerto For Two Pianos in E Flat Major, No.10, K.365; Sonata For Two Pianos in D major, K.448 (Alfred Brendel, William Klein, Paul Angerer, Vienna State Opera Theatre Orchestra)


  • Id says:

    Hey Greg, I don’t know if you listen to 9mm Parabellum Bullet, but I just got a hold of their latest release, “Vampire”, and man if it isn’t a hot album. I am just in awe of the sheer amount of songwriting ideas that they were able to cram into a brief 39 minutes. If you could take the crushing rhythmic precision of Number Girl/Zazen Boys, the intensity of At The Drive In, the instrumental chops of Vola and the Oriental Machine and the songwriting sensibilities of “Shinzo Orchestra” era The Back Horn and meld them together, you might approximate Vampire’s sound. Do give it a try if you’ve got the resources.