I received the following CDs for Christmas this year:
- Sleater-Kinney: One Beat
- Sleater-Kinney: Sleater-Kinney (their debut)
- Velvet Acid Christ: The Art of Breaking Apart
I haven’t given them enough listens yet to post any reviews. I will say that the new VAC disc is very different, which I expected going in. It has more melody and has more organic instruments (e.g. acoustic guitar) mixed in with the electronics. There’s also a nice bonus track of Bryan Erickson and Todd Loomis discussing the album, which is a must-listen for any VAC fan and very cool.
Here in Southeastern Wisconsin, the rain gods put up a good fight throughout the holiday weekend, but in the end, the snow gods totally put the smack down. The rain gods were not able to melt all the snow like the forecast called for and as of Saturday afternoon, there were about 2 inches of fresh snow on the ski trails just West of the city and the skiing was fantastic! I’m heading out early tomorrow to get another round of skiing in with friends before driving back up to the Twin Cities. I may need to make a sacrifice to the snow gods when I return – I hear there’s a foot or so of new snow up there.