This thing's been way too focused on Things Actually Going On With Me of late. So, if only for a bit, let's lapse back into Things Marshall Likes At The Moment:
February of next year Peter Gabriel releases a covers album called Scratch My Back. From his website: "Peter describes this as a very personal record with twelve songs performed only with orchestral instruments and voice. The album's richly diverse sounds include the sparse romance of Lou Reed's 'The Power of the Heart', the powerful musical journey of Elbow's 'Mirrorbal' and an epic arrangement of Arcade Fire's 'My Body Is A Cage.'" Plus the cover art is kind of cool. Plus there are a few live shows planned in this style, which is the kind of thing for which I might or might not be willing to temporarily bankrupt myself.
Jónsi from Sigur Rós has a solo album on its way out, and for the cost of an email address you can hear the leadoff single. Two listens in and I'm kind of on the fence. It's the closest thing to straight-up pop to ever come out of that camp, or maybe it just seems that way because it's in English. Either way it doesn't really sound like Sigur Rós, so I'm kind of grateful that it's not being done under that name (assuming the band dynamic is such that that could have even been a possibility). Who knows; maybe it'll grow on me.
Since Two Suns has inexorably wormed itself into my heart for some time now, I figured it was at least worth the effort of looking into Fur and Gold. Hasn't reached equal status for me yet, but it's still quite good. And I can't remember the last time I couldn't get enough of a song the way I can't get enough of "Trophy".
There are not enough hours in the day. This is perhaps best evidenced by how little of Dhalgren I've been able to read since picking it up. I want so badly to just properly lose myself in it.
This season of The Venture Brothers has been really good, both in the usual solid storytelling and as a progression for the story and the characters themselves. They could have just kept doing the same (awesome and hilarious) shit they've been doing for years, instead they've dared to move the story into completely new areas. Which also makes it a little less accessible to anyone that hasn't been following that long, but I'm selfish enough to be okay with that.
Oh and I beat God of War II last night. It was a game, it kept me involved long enough to beat it despite the guilt over spending that long on a goddamn video game. Enough said.