Thursday, February 4, 2021

Martin Gore - Mandrill

New instrumental album from Depeche Mode's Martin Gore dropped last Friday on Mute. This is the first I'm hearing about it, but I am digging it! Order HERE.


As I mentioned last week, Chris Saunders and I recently had the chance to sit down with comics scribe and artist Jeremy Haun on The Horror Vision's A Most Horrible Library podcast. Available on all streaming platforms, our site, and youtube, it turned out to be a really interesting discussion:


I've been off work since Saturday afternoon. K and I took a "mental health week," which I for one needed very badly.  We've watched a lot of stuff in that time, which is all logged on my letterboxd. Two of the highlights were:


Much thanks to Mr. Brown on that one. Such a delightful film.

Terminal is a bit of a mess story-wise (although not enough to take away from the experience), but is absolutely gorgeous to look at. That usually isn't enough to get me on a film's side, but Simon Pegg goes a long way, and the obvious Guy Ritchie love helps more than it hurts. Ms. Robbie is pretty great in this one, too (as she usually is).


Let's do something different. Let me take you back to last February when I wrote in these pages how I'd received a Golden Ticket from Relapse Records. This was a random win, based on my pre-ordering of Steve Moore's OST for the 2019 Joe Begos film Bliss. The contest was held to commemorate Relapse Records' 30th Anniversary, so needless to say, there's been a ton of Relapse bands in my playlist of late, as I slowly work my way through all this glorious vinyl. 

Razor - Armed and Dangerous
Genghis Tron - Board Up the House
Portishead - Dummy
Valkeyrie - Fear
Zombi - 2020
Boris and Merzbow - 2R0I2P0
Bangles - Different Light
16 - Dream Squasher
Nothing - The Great Dismal
Helmet - Meantime
Human Impact - Eponymous
Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou - May Our Chambers Be Full
Lard - Pure Chewing Satisfaction
Dream Division - The Devil Rides Out
Dream Division - Beyond the Mirror's Image
The Blueflowers - Relapse EP
The Blueflowers - Circus on Fire
Raspberry Bulbs - Before the Age of Mirrors


Such an appropriate card, as I will be returning to work this morning after five days off and, as management, need to deal with two employees in a considerably more severe disciplinary fashion than I am used to. Enforcing common sense makes me salty, so I will have to keep my more... robust approach to the language in check.

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