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Hello, my name is Judas Gutenberg and this is my blaag (pronounced as you would the vomit noise "hyroop-bleuach").


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   soundtrack of autumn
Wednesday, October 27 2010 [REDACTED]
Weather continued being pleasant (if occasionally rainy) as I tried to wrap up some work in anticipation of my weekend away. Gretchen and I would be leaving tomorrow for Washington, DC, where we'd ultimately be participating in the Rally to Keep Fear Alive.

I've been listening to the musical stylings of Rainer Maria, another band whose entire nine-unit discography is available for the taking on Bittorrent (though I'd never heard of them outside of Indie Pop Rocks). For the most part they're a female-fronted emo band, though I'm not really into the emo when the blubbering gets in the way of the melody. Their better songs are dark pop power anthems, particularly "Catastrophe," which has a gorgeous video. There's such wonderful menace the first time the singer Caithlin De Marrais asks the following question of her stoic mirror-holder, "Will you swim for me?" What I don't so much is the place at 2:06 where the melody and lyrics take a turn from the apocalyptic for the hopeful.
Good songs from earlier in Rainer Maria's career include "Artificial Light," "Thought I Was," "CT Catholic," and "The Imperatives." (That last one is one of the catchiest tunes I've ever heard about wanting to live in a monastery.)

Before my Rainer Maria music crush, I'd been following the opinions of the guys at Sound Opinions and listening to Black Mountain, a retro-stoner-psychedelic band based in Vancouver. They're actually a little too faithful to the classic Black Sabbath sound at times, though they do so in the context of serious progressive rock. Check out this live performance of Tyrants.

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