Friday, March 23, 2012
The shins and other stuff
Yeah, I know I haven't written much of late but that's mainly because I've been promoted at work which somehow feels like a demotion. Anyhow, musically I have been considering the new Shins record and I don't feel like I'm ready to write about it. I find the Shins music often sneaks up on you and reveals it's depth and beauty over time rather than being immediately grabbing. It's all very pretty and consumable but I usually find that it's about six months later I have that one song stuck in my head when I wake up at 2:17am. So far, the songs are good but I don't think there's anything as captivating as on their last record but it seems pretty solid. I think a couple more weeks of listening to it will give me a better grip on it. There's been a bunch of other stuff as well but nothing really of note so I'll keep you posted if anything amazing pops up.
PS: Oh yeah, I'm not proud of it but I love that TV show the Amazing Race. I have to admit to a (non)-prejudice, I don't dislike Americans like some people in Australia and the UK do. As a matter of fact, as most of my favourite literature and music comes from there and I've had some amazing friends from the US, I don't buy into the popular image that we're often handed down - like everywhere it has it's charms and obstacles. However, the Amazing Race allows the best and worst of that country to basically hurtle through the world with their cultural insensitivities, Christian values and weird sense of geography and be challenged (in a pressure cooker style) to the pressures of international travel (with a game show element thrown in for good measure). I find it compelling viewing and usually find a couple of teams to root for. Sadly, the latest season is a casting bust with not one team really worthy of getting behind. Strangely, it's filled with all these cops and army guys who are dull and self righteous. I'm not really big on reality shows but I think this could be an excellent case of when reality casting goes wrong... Just saying...