October was another relatively slow month of entertainment for The Boy...at least in comparison to the high standard set over the summer.
Bob Dylan, Performing Artist: 1974-1986, The Middle Years, Paul Williams
Bob Dylan, Performing Artist: 1986-1990 and Beyond, Paul Williams
As I mentioned in a previous post, I absolutely loved Part One of this series, so I thought the sensible (and nerdy) thing to do would be to nab the next two. Williams is a Dylan fan, and it shows, but he’s both adoring and critical, and he really knows his stuff.
Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises, Charles Kindleberger
Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk, Peter Bernstein
What can I say? I’m trying to, like, expand my horizons or something.
Z, My Morning Jacket
The Tennessee Fire, My Morning Jacket
At Dawn, My Morning Jacket
Live at the 9:30 Club: 08-16-2002, My Morning Jacket
I got Z way back when during August’s Chicago music exchange...finally got around to listening to it near the end of September, and holy crap was I blown away. There’s not a single 5-star song on the album, but every song is 4 stars. It’s the kind of album that sneaks up on you...you get about six songs in and realize, “Wow, I really like every one of these.” So I did the thing I normally do in this situation...as soon as I realized how good Z is, I hopped onto eMusic and downloaded the three albums available there. I haven’t worked my way through all of them yet, but...it had been a while since a band caught me off-guard like this. I should have known they were good, though...Eddie Vedder’s been hyping them for a while. But apparently I have to discover bands on my own terms.
John Wesley Harding, Bob Dylan
Somehow I never had bought this one. I have almost all of the other albums (even some of the crappy ones), but this one had eluded my grasp. So I fixed that. Strong material here. I obviously knew “Watchtower,” but “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine,” “Dear Landlord,” and the title track were favorites of mine. This isn’t Highway 61 or Blood on the Tracks, but it’s worth owning.
This month’s Netflix rentals: Thank You for Smoking, Inside Man, Lucky Number Slevin, X-Men 3: The Last Stand.
We didn’t quite crank through them at as high a pace as we were going. Homecoming at Mizzou can likely be blamed for that. But anyhoo, I made some comments about Thank You for Smoking in a previous post. Inside Man and X-Men 3 were both strong, though my favorite of the month was actually Slevin. The trailer for Slevin made it look like a pretty interesting movie, but the reviews just weren’t that great. Well, screw the critics, I guess. There are plenty of twists and turns in this movie, but they come at a rate you can anticipate. To me, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If the twists are still satisfying, who cares if you saw them coming? But Josh Hartnett did a credible job, as did Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, and everybody else. The random henchmen were quite entertaining.
(Next up: American Dreamz and Man on Fire)
Oh, and I bought Red Dragon at Target for $5. Not a wonderful movie, but it’s a decent adaptation of a wonderful book. And it was $5.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006