Right now this album is my favorite thing. Especially the first two tracks, holy shit.
Those of you who know me well know that while my music interests are varied, lately (as in, the past few years) I've mostly been listening to hip hop music. I wanted to do a review of a new album I've been really into lately that isn't a hip hop album. That album is Sunbather by Deafheaven.
I found this album somehow by stumbling across links on Pitchfork. I think I was checking out some bands I had found on Vimeo, and a Deafheaven link came up at the bottom of one of the pages. Anyway, I saw the Pitchfork album review, saw that it was rated well and read the album description, and I decided to check out the album. It's an incredibly easy album to get into because the opening track, Dream House, is so powerful. It's very atmospheric with fast-paced guitars and percussion, and very emotive-but-subdued "screamo" vocals. The next track, Irresistible, blends in perfectly with the first track and provides a really nice contrast; it is a very melodic entirely instrumental track. The album generally follows this pattern of a long black metal/emo/screamo track usually followed by a shorter more melodic track.
I can't really do the full album review the same justice as the experts can, so I refer you to the already linked Pitchfork review, as well as The Needle Drop's album review.
What I really love about this album is how accessible and melodic it is, and yet how emotive and powerful a lot of the tracks are. I don't listen to a lot of black metal (which is I guess how the band labels themselves), and I think black metal is generally a somewhat inaccessible genre for outsiders. Yet I was able to pick this album up really easily. This may because the album is non-traditional to the genre, but I like it.
I'm especially excited because I'm attending the Pitchfork Music Festival in July, and I found out (having already bought tickets) that Deafheaven will be performing there. I'm looking forward to seeing them live!
I made a simple static site generator for my new blog incarnation. The generator works using Markdown and lxml to generate sites. I am not using any normal templating tools like jinja or mustache.
Since I think it's kind of interesting, articles are structured as separate files in a directory, and an article itself looks like this:
metadata, e.g. the article date more metadata blog content starts here
In other words, there is a preamble section of metadata, a blank line, and then the actual markdown text. I parse the metadata, generate HTML using the Python markdown module, and then transform that into an lxml element tree. The lxml element tree is munged to insert the metadata (e.g. the article date).
I decided on this format because
Mostly I intend on using this space to talk about music, bicycles, computers, life, work, and all of that good stuff.