Two albums I really need to buy soon. Tom Waits’ Real Gone and Björk’s Medulla. I’m listening to the latter now, courtesy of Rhapsody ($2 a month for Berkeley students!), and it’s pretty awesome. She overdubs herself over voices — even the percussive effects are done by voices. Tom Waits does the same thing with his album. He recorded himself beatboxing (!) and lays the music over that. From a review:

You don’t own a run-down turntable with a rusted stylus? No worry, Real Gone has been recorded and mixed to make you believe that you do. Percussion clanks and scrapes like a ruckus in a submarine’s bowels, guitars and turntables (yes, turntables) squeal like midnight transmissions from pirate radio, chairs squeak and banjos hypothesize.

I’m very excited.

On a side note, I constantly type LaTeX commands to get special characters in HTML, and it never works. I need one of those “auto spellchecker” things.

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  1. Whoa… I went poking around the source code for this page because a) I’m a nerd and b) I was curious if maybe the forgotten “Y” in “You” was actually a character my browser didn’t recognize (or a LaTeX command). But instead what I found was some javascript code for the function “ChristIsImmanentInAllThings” (which never actually gets called).

    You big dork.

    (To Dada — note that I took care to call him a dork, not a nerd. Because after all, looking at the source code in the first place probably makes me both nerdier and dorkier.)

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