From the provocatively fuddy-duddy Bob Lefsetz e-mail:
Led Zeppelin just confirmed for Bonnaroo. They can’t officially announce until after the London gig so pass it on!
Also Metallica is confirmed on the bill too!
Bonnaroo: Where hippies, hipsters, drug fiends and meatheads collide in a smelly pit of overpriced opportunism. Won’t be attending this year, natch. Oh, and could somebody please just cut Metallica’s kite string already?
In the last few weeks, I’ve been solicited by several music-related outlets to provide my year-end top-ten. While I’m flattered to be asked, it’s always a bit of a pain in the ass for me. You see, I’m one of those guys that has a hard time remembering what happened last week, let alone six months ago. Also, my favorites this year are downright uncool. The opposite of hip, even. Does anyone really want to read me waxing analytic about the new Coheed & Cambria (I used to loathe them — what happened?) or that Robert Plant & Alison Krauss album? The other option is to simply pick Panda Bear, like every other asshole. Honestly, I thought Person Pitch was a fantastic album, but it’s not one that I listened to much after the first couple of months.
Besides, the record I’m currently the most excited about came out in 2006 — Ruun, by Norway’s Enslaved. Damn, those guys are great. That underground metal rag the New York Times recently anointed the band with their stuffshirt, rockist praise. And for good reason: Enslaved are easily the finest *extreme* Nordic act in existence. Actually, they’re one of the best bands, period. Their previous release, Isa, is also excellent. Come to think of it, so is 2003’s Below the Lights. Progressive Black Metal? Viking Metal? Pagan Metal? Let’s just call it awesome.
Here’s a track from Ruun:
So where does that leave me for 2007? I guess I’d better figure it out, and fast.