These past few weeks I've been getting getting down with Mogwai's Mr Beast. I bought it in the summer but wasn't into too much of it, but it's really grown on me. I was never into Mogwai... I just wasn't familiar with them or their music. A couple of weeks ago, however, I decided that the song Glasgow Mega-Snake, the second track, was the song that changed my life for the time being because it offers so much in terms of dynamic intensity, and it's just so loud and heavy. It has some of the tastiest distortion I've ever heard but is still entirely coherent and the chords do so much for me. Listen to it at full volume if you want an experience. You won't regret it. I wish I'd gone to see these guys when they were in town in May. The sixth track on the album is a really pretty piano/synth/noise ballad that I am really into listening to over and over again. I love how something so simple and delicate can be used in a song that amounts to attaining such loud and powerful dynamic results. All in all, though, this song is wonderful enough that it is going to be the song I dance to at my wedding. No joke.
I read pitchfork's review of the CD (http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/19976/Mogwai_Mr_Beast), and I kind of agree with what they are saying in it. What they pointed out of robbing the score 3.6 of its potential points was very prominent in my mind from what I knew about Mogwai. Since the CD's grown on me, though, it hasn't mattered enough to take that much of a hit in terms of overall rating. I would give the CD 8.4 overall.
My mum's been buying me so many household/cooking supplies. I'm learning to cook properly and it feels good to not be entirely dependant. I'm surviving well on my own. My room mates are pretty alright.