D. Archibald

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (6 of 6)
Location: Bedford, MA USA
Anniversary: Sept. 4
Birthday: March 5


Top Reviewer Ranking: 541,726 - Total Helpful Votes: 6 of 6
In the Fishtank ~ Sonic Youth & I.C.P. & the Ex
In the Fishtank ~ Sonic Youth & I.C.P. & the Ex
There are some albums that you never imagined existed, but when you see them you have to get them right away; this was one of those for me. 'What's this? New Sonic Youth? With ICP and The Ex?!' How could I resist? So I picked it right up, and it didn't disappoint. From the thoughtful (if not quite delicate) drum salvo that introduces the first tune to the exhausted guitar sigh that ends the intense last number, the album is a delightful record of a moment of true musical communication.
There's a definite jazz feeling about this recording, and it's due to more than just the presence of two ICP Orchestra horn players and ICP drummer Hans Bennink's guiding hand. The whole thing was… Read more
Hacker Cracker: A Journey from the Mean Streets of&hellip by David Chanoff
First of all, this has to be the dumbest name for a book, ever. I mean, come on. You just have to wonder what they were thinking. As for the actual contents, well... Mr Nuwere certainly has some attention-keeping stories to recount, and he and Mr Chanoff do a workmanlike job of telling them, even if the writing doesn't reach out and grab the reader at any point. But considering Nuwere's impressive life--he went from an overcrowded apartment in Bed Stuy to a job in a Manhattan bank by the time he was in his early twenties--not a great deal of style is required to hold ones attention. Not often do we get to hear a personal account of what it's like to battle through inner-city neighborhoods… Read more
Sea Room by Adam Nicolson
Sea Room by Adam Nicolson
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is kind of a scattershot book, but interesting and fun to read for all that. Mr. Nicolson is the aristocrat-author owner of the Shiant (pronounced 'shant') Islands in the inner part of the Outer Hebrides, and he wrote the book as a 'love letter' to them. In it he takes up geology, archaeology, history, genealogy, biology, ecology and ornithology, and also considers boat building, shepherding, fishing, folklore and the tragedy of the commons, all in an effort to explain and share his love for the islands; which task, in the end, he manages pretty well.
The book is roughly structured around a year in the life of the Shiants, but Nicolson doesn't let this stop him from ranging… Read more