So, I bought the new Marilyn Manson album

What I’m Listening To
Last weekend I bought “Born Villain,” the latest album from Marilyn Manson. For about the last three albums now — dating back to “Eat Me, Drink Me” in 2007 — it has felt a little bit like I was buying Manson’s music just because I liked him once, and was hoping that something would be as great as “Mechanical Animals” (which is one of my favorite albums ever). He’s really been on an up-and-down cycle ever since Mechanical Animals — from there, down to “Holy Wood,” which was pretty average; back up to “Golden Age of the Grotesque,” which is fantastic; way, way down to “Eat Me, Drink Me,” which had basically one decent song (and I couldn’t even tell you offhand which one it was); back up to “High End of Low” in 2009, which I liked quite a bit, and now “Born Villain.”

The jury is still out on this, really; I’ve only listened to it a couple of times, and always as background noise. I have a road trip tomorrow that’s going to put me in the car for about seven hours, and I suspect I’ll give it a few run throughs when my only distraction is the road and Minnesota’s pine trees. I’m not expecting much really. It’s probably too harsh to call this the by-the-numbers “down” album at this point, but through those first few casual listens nothing hooked me. Full review when I’m done.

Where I’m Headed
Lanesboro, Minn., that’s where. I’m heading out early tomorrow morning (like 6 a.m. early) to make the 350-mile trek southward for a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities marketing and admissions conference for two-year colleges. As part of the university’s increasing alignment with Northwest Technical College, I’m making the trip representing NTC. I’m still learning about NTC, so I don’t know how much I will be able to contribute. But it will be good for me to meet people and see what kind of work they’re doing elsewhere in the system. It’s going to be a long three days with the drive down tomorrow and the drive back on Friday though.

More of an update later. It’s time for bed…

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