Like a naughty boy, I slipped away from my responsibilities today and went to the used CD store. A grand haul: Pixies, Bossanova, Elliot Sharp & the Soldier String Quartet, Chumbawamba, Readymades (I'm a sucker for English political music, even if it is sweetened with techno beats, synthesizers, and horns, and this one has lots of cool folk-singer samples), and best of all, three Glenn Brancas:
Symphony No. 2 (The Peak of the Sacred)
Symphony No. 3 (Gloria)
Symphony No. 6 (Devil Choirs at the Gate of Heaven)
Great noisome slabs of strangely-tuned guitars and metallic percussion. It should help with grading the great slabs of student papers and finals over the next few days.