Board Up The Blog

Exodus: Movement of Jah Writer

So, no snow, but it’s still cold, and there continue to be plenty of cloudy days that look like Opeth cover art. I’ve built up some momentum on this blog, producing material on a semi–regular basis that gets read by someone other than myself, and have come to appreciate music on a couple of levels in the process of writing about it. But, but as your boy T.S. Eliot said in The Waste Land (which is pretty much the doom metal of poetry), April is the cruellest month, and I’m sad to say I will be writing for it a lot less as of now. A new job you say? No. Someone’s paying you to write elsewhere? No. Prison? Again, no. I’ll be posting a lot less due to the lack of an internet connection at sea (oh yeah, I’m going sailing). However, between tarring the masts, varnishing the top deck and being keelhauled, I’ll still be listening to and writing about music, and there’s nothing quite like new circumstances to inspire a new perspective and drum a bit of life into a) well, life b) music. I intend to fill up my iPod (note to self: buy iPod) with the hope of some immersive listening experiences in a unique environment.

Having given it some thought, the artists I think I’m going to listen to are ones who create a sense of immersion in another world, with an expansive feel and a musical breadth and depth that borders on the philosophical. Which, of course, includes Mastodon.

Watch this space.

Mickey black ink

All aboard the Good Ship Radical.



Four String Thunder: RIP Scott Clendenin

I wrote about Scott Clendenin’s bass playing on Death’s The Sound of Perseverance around a year ago, and of how his playing captivated me. So I was pretty glum to hear about him dying last week at a relatively young age. He played bass on that single Death album, so I’m not going to try to write a biography of him, but what I do have to say is that his playing represents a kind of ideal for me, continued on from Cliff Burton, being both heavy and imaginative. Even having only first heard it ten years after picking up bass, I have found Clendenin’s approach to playing influential upon my own. The Sound Of Perseverance is one of the best heavy metal albums, featuring some of the best heavy metal bass playing, with the bass lines full of Clendenin’s own style.

RIP dude.

Bass Scythe