Saturday, September 14, 2019

2019: September 14th - New Pixies!

The new Pixies album came out yesterday. It's fantastic.

Long time Pixies fan, but I've always been a bit disappointed that their reconvening has pushed Black's solo career out of the picture. So there's that. But I loved Indy Cindy, and all the weird, negative shit I'd see online, like, "This isn't the Pixies I remember!" felt so ridiculous to me. It's that, no-matter-what-when-a-band-reunites-I'm-gonna-hate-it attitude that I don't get. I mean, I always approach long-awaited reunions with skepticism, but some bands pull them off. Off the top o' me head, Bauhaus' Go Away White in 2006 was fantastic. And I put Indy Cindy in that camp as well. Then Head Carrier came out and I tried multiple times but just did not get it. Until, several nights ago in Chicago, Mr. Brown recommended I give it another chance. This time, I did what I had not previously done - headphones. Late one night while staying at my parents' place, I had a late night writing session and put Head Carrier on the old Apple Music.

Instant fan.

And now, here's Beneath the Eyrie. And although I'm still spending most of my Pixies time with Head Carrier on repeat, the one somewhat choppy listen I've been able to give Eyrie lead me to believe it is more of the same.


It's been a while. Where do I even start? How about currently reading:

This is research for the second book in my Shadow Play series. The first book has ties into historical events, but in a much smaller way than I always knew subsequent books would. And of course, John Dee and Edward Kelley are going to play a part, because I've been obsessed with them off and on for almost two decades now. Although, their presence may largely be in an indirect way.

Regardless, I needed to brush up and expand my Dee/Kelley knowledge, and Benjamin Woolley's The Queen's Conjuror has turned out to be not only the best historical narrative I've seen yet of the duo, but a very well-written, enjoyable to read book.

Another book I grabbed on the day of release but haven't started reading yet came by way of a recommendation Warren Ellis wrote in his most recent Orbital Operations email newsletters. Tamsyn Muir's Gideon the Ninth had me at this blurb by author Charles Stross (also awesome):

"Lesbian Necromancers explore a haunted gothic palace in space!"

Sold! Can't wait to read this one; my deep dive into Alan Campbell's Gravedigger Chronicles earlier in the year left me seriously hungering for some strange SciFi/Fantasy, and Gideon sounds as though it will fit the bill.


I watched Gaspar Noe's Climax a few nights ago. With heavy trepidation, might I add. I ended up really liking it; there's a social, "getting to know the characters" scene after the first dance number that I hated violently, but aside from that, Noe crafts a harrowing hell on earth that can only be described as modern de Sade. Also, the choreography in this flick is fucking amazing:


K and I finally caught Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood last night. I have to say, I went through most of the film not really liking it; the film often felt aimless. Some of QT's more 'experimental' approaches to editing seemed sloppy. And Kurt Russell's narration appears in a way that made it feel like a rather sloppy device. Then the final, "Cielo Drive" sequence began and I LOVED it so much that this one sequence completely turned the entire experience around for me. I feel like I have to see it again, for sure, even if only to indulge in that final scene. Man! So good. Made me really miss Brad Pitt, so that I'm working it into the remaining days of September to re-watch both Twelve Monkeys and Fight Club, two flicks I haven't watched in ages, and in which Pitt really shines.


Highlights of music that is new or has been important to me since my previous entry:

The Pixies - Head Carrier
The Pixies - Beneath the Eyrie
Black Sabbath - Sabotage
Black Sabbath - Children of the Grave (Vol. 4 alternate, cassette release I've had for decades)
Black Sabbath - Eponymous
Fantomas-Melvins Big Band - Millennium Monsterwork
Ghost - Seven Inches of Satanic Panic
Purity Ring - Lofticries (single)
M83 - Saturdays = Youth
M83 - Temple of Sorrow (pre-release single)
M83 - Luna de Fiel (pre-release single)
Alice in Chains - Rainier Fog
Pale Dian - Narrow Birth
Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - Wasteland
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - Mind Control
Algiers - The Underside of Power
Iggy Pop - Lust for Life
Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure
Moderat - II
Nabihah Iqbal - Weighing of the Heart (ALL I listened to on the flight back to LA)
Drab Majesty - Modern Mirror
Venom - Welcome to Hell
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust


Card of the day:

A nice apocalyptic image that fits right in with my delving back into Enochian Magick.

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