Devin Townsend

I’ve published 22 pieces since my last update a month ago. I’ve also started to write for Pitchfork. Both are somewhat ridiculous propositions, I realize, so I don’t even know where to start. Just look at the sidebar and see if anything appeals to you. If you think all that will take a while to read – imagine the time it took to write it. I’m particularly proud of my Landmine Marathon live review. It’s the first thing I’ve written in a long, long time that I actually enjoy reading.

Devin Townsend – By Your Command (excerpt)
The Dillinger Escape Plan – Milk Lizard

Despite all this, I’m already horribly behind on 2008 releases, and hopelessly so for 2007. And the other day, I saw some metal site’s top 10 lists for 2006, and realized I hadn’t heard the vast majority of those picks. Fie! You’d think it were a crime to listen to records more than once. Devin Townsend and The Dillinger Escape Plan added to my ever-expanding list of Top X records I didn’t hear last year. Both appeal to me for their humor – Townsend, for his hilarious space opera about an alien in search of the ultimate cup of coffee, and DEP, for essentially cloning Faith No More, who were always winking and nodding at something, even if you never knew what it was.