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  • Boredom leads to answering boring questions

    22 mai 2008, 3h17m

    1. What are you listening to right now?
    Roads by Portishead

    2. What song makes you sad?
    Somedays by Regina Spektor is one of the more solemn songs I've heard. Especially when coupled with the video.

    3. What is the most annoying song in the world?
    Any song ever created by Mindless Self Indulgence.

    4. Your all-time favourite band?
    The Gathering

    5. Your newly discovered band is?
    Not so much discovered, but re-discovered in Portishead, thanks to the new album that I've finally had a chance to listen to which is rather brilliant. As for new bands, Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man, Drive-by Truckers, the Dodos..

    6. Best female voice?
    None really compares in uniqueness than Regina Spektor. But I also would like to put Anneke Van Giersbergen and Jenny Lewis in the elite group of amazing female vocalists.

    7. Best male voice?
    Ryan Adams, because of the sheer raspiness and emotion. Also, Mikael Akerfeldt because of the many different things he can do with his voice.

    8. Music type you find yourself listening to most?
    I go through many phases, so it's hard to really pinpoint. Right now it's been a lot of Alternative Country and Trip-Hop.

    9. What do you listen to to hype you up?
    Usually something uplifting like My Morning Jacket, or heavy like Opeth. It really depends.

    10. What do you listen to when you want to calm down?
    Stars of the Lid if I REALLY want to chill and zone out and forget what I'm doing. But usually it's Agua De Annique, Sigur Ros, Damien Rice, Emiliana Torrini, something along those lines.

    11. Last gig/concert you went to?
    Bon Iver and Black Mountain. Solid show.

    12. Band you find yourself listening to the most right now?
    Portishead.

    13. Most hated band?
    Mindless Self Indulgence.

    14. Song that makes you think?
    The entire Scenes From a Memory album by Dream Theater kind of blows my mind.

    15. Band that you think the world should love as much as you do?
    The Gathering, they never cease to amaze and surprise me.

    16. Coolest music video?
    I Lived on the Moon by Kwoon. Breathtaking video.

    18. What do you play/would you play in the bedroom to spice things up?
    Goldfrapp, in their disco Supernature era. Lol.

    19. Can you play a musical instrument?
    Somewhat.

    20. Ever been in a mosh pit?
    Yes, not really something I enjoy all that much.

    21. Are you in a band?
    No

    23. Ever dated a musician?
    Meh, sort of?

    28. Do you wish yourself that you were a musician?
    I wish I was a more talented musician

    29. Best chick band you know of?
    Well, in terms of having one or two female musicians I'd say The Gathering and Rilo Kiley, since the women in those bands contribute a great deal to the music. I don't know though, this one is debateable.

    31. Last song that you heard on the radio/CD/etc...?
    I don't really remember

    32. What do you think of classical music?
    It's relaxing

    33. What do you think of country music?
    I like some of it, like Whiskeytown, Wilco, Drive-By Truckers, the country Ryan Adams material, Neko Case, Johnny Cash, etc.

    34. What do you think of death metal?
    Some of it blows my mind, some of it is terrible.

    35. Last BIG band that you saw live?
    Coldplay

    36. Are you a groupie?
    No

    37. Do you listen to music in foreign languages?
    Somewhat. Elfonia comes to mind.

    38. What famous musicians would you like to fuck?
    Hah! Zooey Deschanel, because she is a musician now so it totally counts. And probably Jenny Lewis, she is gorgeous.

    39. Worst concert moment?
    Getting kicked in the face at a Between the Buried and Me show. Terrible show to begin with actually...couldn't hear anything, sounded like a jumbled mess, people were douche bags, I could go on and on.

    40. Funny concert moment?
    Special guest beat boxer to do the drum and bass part of "Hotel Song" at the Regina Spektor show. Classic.

    41. Sad concert moment?
    Crazy guy jumping on stage during the Regina Spektor show. She was extremely frightened, I felt bad lol.

    42. Best local act you can think of?
    Asleep.

    43. If you were a musical instrument, what would you be?
    I don't know!

    44. Do you listen to the radio?
    Very rarely.

    45. Do you watch music TV?
    No.

    46. Do you follow the music charts, like the top 40?
    No.

    47. Have you ever met any famous musicians?
    Opeth. 4/5 of the Gathering.

    48. Are any of your friends/family/etc. musicians?
    Yes.

    49. Song that best describes your feelings right now?
    "This Low" by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irgolva

    50. Song that describes your life?
    Travel by the Gathering. I think.

    51. Do you know the names of all the band members that you listen to?
    Not really

    52. Does a musician’s physical attractiveness play a role in the music that you listen to?
    Sometimes I won't lie, I occasionally will find myself liking something slightly more if the musician is attractive. But not often.

    53. Favorite movie soundtrack?
    Once, that is an easy one! best soundtrack ever.

    55. Any musician pet peeves?
    EH?

    56. What do your parents listen to?
    My mom-shitty music. My dad- shitty music with a few redeemable likings for Isis, Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree,and The Duke Spirit.

    57. What are you listening to right NOW?
    Lovely Head by Goldfrapp

    58. Do you wear band T-shirts?
    occasionally

    59. What do you think of people who do?
    doesn't bother me

    60. What music subculture do you feel like you belong to?
    Not entirely sure

    61. What song is stuck in your head right now?
    nothing

    62. Do you sing in the shower?
    nah

    63. If so, what? If not, why not?
    Because, I just don't feel the urge too.

    64. Would you rather marry a musician or be one yourself?
    Be one.

    66. How important is your partner's taste in music to you?
    A little too important...

    67. Hanson moves in next door to you, do you go introduce yourself, or do you arrange to beat them up?
    I'd play music with them, who knows maybe we could create something good if I showed them some decent music eh?

    68. Sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll, you dig?
    Sure.

    69. Do you cook to music?
    I have before.

    70. Do you sing in the toilet?
    No
  • The Gathering (minus Anneke) = a painful departure indeed

    12 juin 2007, 4h28m

    I just can't believe it. A band I've grown up with and enjoyed like no other has just lost the one thing that made the band complete. She was a beautiful soul, with voice that no one else in the world could even come close to duplicating.

    The Gathering isn't just music, it's a lifestyle that I have lived by for quite some time now. I may be young, but when I first heard "Sand and Mercury" about five years ago for the first time, I just sat in awe and thought to myself "this is something truly special". And sure enough I fell in love with everything released in the Anneke era. I feel like everything they did together was Gold. No matter how much they changed their sound they never lost their luster, they just kept surprising and amazing with each release.

    And Anneke was a key part of that, and the band will never be the same again. Surely I will always be a fan and whatever comes next I am sure I will love, but it won't quite have that special something that she brought to the table. It was musical euphoria with her on board, and she will always be a musical legend in my heart, even if all I get is puzzled looks here in America when I talk about The Gathering and how wonderful they are. If only they could see...

    And I'll never forget that cold day, Feb. 12th, 2004, when I witnessed the band play for the first and only time in Cleveland, Ohio. Amazed that they even came there at all, just to play in front of a mere 30-40 fans. The most intimate and mesmerizing experiences of my life. I will never forget.


    Goodbye Anneke, you've left quite the legacy.The Gathering
  • Kayo Dot

    5 juin 2007, 2h39m

    I have heard so many great things about this band for well over a year now from various sources, and I had been too ignorant to actually take the time to check them out.

    And now, finally, after putting it off for so long I managed to indulge myself in this band for the first time in my life. Now I know what I have been missing. This may be one of the greatest musical experiences I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. It literally takes you to new heights, and it makes me regret putting off this wonderful discovery.

    This music literally is winding adventure through a whirlwind of music, ambient, trippy, heavy, and everything in between. Something I know will be part of my life for years to come. It's not often you can be blown away completely by a musical artist. There is amazing music out there, but it's rare to find something capable of knocking you flat on the floor in bewilderment.

    Wonderful!