Interview: Devin Townsend on songwriting, naming pets, and “Casualties of Cool”

Devin Townsend (l) and Ché Aimee Dorval from Casualties of Cool, who will reissue their self-titled debut album on January 15

The mighty Devin Townsend joins for a special edition of The Nine Circles Podcast! Devin chatted with Dan about songwriting, guest collaborations, pet names and much more. A reissue of his 2014 album, Casualties of Cool, will be out January 15, with a bonus DVD performance at the Union Chapel in London, but for now, check out our interview and see what he had to say!

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Just the Tip: Best of 2014 (Dan’s Non-Metal Edition)

I know this is the metal edition logo. Fucks given? Zero.

It’s the last Tuesday of 2014 and I…don’t have any new albums to share with you. I know, I know, “welcome to December,” right? By now, you’ll all be well aware that Corey and I spent the better part of this month recapping our favorite metal albums of 2014 in a long, incoherent manner. (Hence the graphic you see at the top of this post) That was fun. I’m not sure I’ve done so much writing since my journalism days in college, but…gotta get back into gear somehow, right?

Anyway, with all that said, I did occasionally find time to listen to new non-metal albums in 2014, though Horns Up duties did force me to be a bit picky on that front. The following list (and accompanying Spotify playlist) highlights some of my favorites, and will be just that—a list. (Because I’m busy at the day job and because of the aforementioned load of writing I’ve already done for #Bestof14 and because shut up.) This one’s mine and mine alone—Corey? Listen to non-metal? Fat chance—so let’s jump right into it:

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Quickies: May 16, 2014

What a week it’s been, folks! Corey’s out at Mastodon / Gojira / Kvelertak tonight, so you’ve got me on the Quickies for a change! Lots to cover in today’s edition, so let’s not waste any time–here’s what we missed today:

Not sure I’ll ever be able to un-hear that one. Anyway, metal Friday to all of you, and check back tomorrow for Episode 6 and The Dump!


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