Go back to the shadow!

The Toast published a whimsical article about the most metal deaths in Tolkien’s universe. One of my favorite quotes is:

Gandalf died after he, “Threw down my enemy… and broke the mountain-side where he smote it in his ruin,” which is the most metal line in the entire trilogy, and possibly all of English literature.

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Metal = modern art

I’m heading out of town tonight, on a red eye for a series of meetings this week. This is my first flight out of San Francisco in a few months. Since I was last here, someone got the bright idea of setting up a mini exhibit that speaks to the region’s important cultural art movements.


Poor Fish

I just found out that Chris Squire has been diagnosed with leukemia, and will be sitting out a Yes tour for the first time in the band’s history. All necessary asterisks related to the “band”‘s singular history are assumed. More info here.


Live Report: Judas Priest

Judas Priest
Budokan, Tokyo, Japan
March 11, 2015

Although the show was delayed for half an hour due to an equipment malfunction, the Priest delivered the goods (see what I did there?) as only they can. Rob’s voice sounded strong from the onset and if anything only got better over the course of the two-hour show.


Live Report: At The Gates

At the Gates/Engel
Liquidroom, Ebisu, Japan
February 9, 2015

I caught At the Gates in Ebisu, Tokyo, where I used to live when I had money. I was grading papers all day, so I arrived just before curtain. First up were openers Engel. I immediately noticed Engel were Engelin-less: Niclas Engelin, the band’s founding guitarist and presumably the source of their name, no longer tours with his band, I guess because he joined In Flames.



I saw BABYMETAL live last week and have a ticket for the At the Gates show in three weeks.  Babymetal kicked serious ass, performing a nearly two-hour show in front of a sold out arena of 20,000.  Aren’t there child labor laws in Japan?  Here is the set list:

New Year Fox Festival
@ Saitama Super Arena
January 10, 2015

Set List
  1. Megitsune “Female Fox” (Babymetal)
  2. Iine “Like” (Babymetal)
  3. Awaawa Fever “Bubble Fever” (New)
  4. Akatsuki “Crimson Moon” (Babymetal)
  5. Onedari Daisakusen “Begging Operation” (Babymetal)
  6. Catch Me If You Can (Babymetal)
  7. Uki Uki Midnight ”Cheerful Midnight” (Babymetal)
  8. Shi no Uta “Song 4″ (Babymetal)
  9. God Band Instrumental (New)
  10. Akumu no Rondo “Rondo of Nightmare” (Babymetal)
  11. Hedobangya “Headbanger” (Babymetal)
  12. Gimme Chocolate (Babymetal)
  13. Ijime Dame Zettai “No More Bullying” (Babymetal)
  • Encore
  1. Babymetal Death (Babymetal)
  2. Doki Doki Morning “Heartbeat Morning” (Babymetal)
  3. Road of Resistance (New)
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