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    Sunday, August 29, 2004

    It took me 234 minutes but I Finnished

    I've been eyeing an unopened 4 CD box set on my desk since I bought it a few months ago. I gathered up the courage today to break the seal of Pan Sonic's Kesto. Four hours of uninterrupted minimal electronic music/noise from the Finnish duo who's been doing this stuff for far too long. All I can say is: Ow. If you want a better, more descriptive reaction, then check out PitchFork's review. Kesto will make you go insane -- in a good way.

    To recover from the mechanized brrrpps and hums of Pan Sonic, I took in my first live show in New Haven tonight. We saw Shawn Persinger and a couple other guitarists play a round robin set in a church foyer. Very eclectic selections from folk to classical to rock to bluegrass to avant garde, all three guitarists were quite good. The evening was very mellow and with the church doors open, the crickets were a nice accompaniment.

    A full day of music, live and recorded, and now it's time for bed.