I've gotta say, 2020's Melvins album Working With God is easily my favorite of the group's since 2006's (A) Senile Animal. My go-to favorite track has pretty consistently been the album opener, a modified cover of the Beach Boys I Get Around appropriately renamed I Fuck Around. But Hot Fish is a very close second, and one I played more than once today in order to get through some monotonous paperwork.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Watch:Block Island Sound - which is currently streaming on Netflix - already feels like a frontrunner for movie of the year. Of course it's my way to make bold statements like that in March and April, so we'll see.
Playlist:Drab Majesty - Modern Mirror
Thursday, March 25, 2021
"As part of Sweet Relief Musicians Fund's recent 'For The Crew' fundraising event, Hooky's son Jack teamed up with Mark Lanegan (Mark Lanegan Band/Screaming Trees), Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder and drummer Shane Graham for a special live version of the Joy Division classic 'Disorder'. All funds raised by this event went towards supporting out of work touring crews who have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Please consider making a donation if you are able to: https://givebutter.com/FORTHECREW
Watch:I had yesterday off, so Tuesday night K and I had a bit of a marathon. Being that it was my birthday, I wanted to reconnect with what I've come to think of my 'power movies.' There are quite a few, but here's what I went with:
The presence of Boaz and Joachim are very positively charged images for me, one of the reasons this might be my favorite card from this deck. Plus, I've always considered a strong, mythical female presence as the closest thing to a supreme power in the cosmos of my life. Here, flanked by Soloman's pillars and a weird forest-derived rendition of the Tree of Life, I see nothing but the actualization of the processes I have put into place over the last several years.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
This is the truce within myself that I have to navigate in the midst of the, frankly, insane workload I've created in my life. It's a constant energy drain to dodge and weave between projects, but there's no other way I can do things at this point. I believe it's how I've stayed sane during this trying time.
Monday, March 22, 2021
I saw a handful of flicks this weekend, however, this is the most intriguing thing I've watched in some time.
Playlist:Human Impact - EP01
Friday, March 19, 2021
April 16th can't get here fast enough. Why?
I read this as "letting go," which is especially pertinent to my day job at the moment. Being made salary means I'm taking a pay cut if I continue to work the extra hours I am essentially taking a pay cut, so I have to learn to let certain things go. I have a good team that works for me, and what this ultimately means is I will have a lot more time to write. Win Win, as long as I can let go.
Thursday, March 18, 2021
The anticipation for Genghis Tron's new album is becoming palpable! It helps that none of these songs are anything I would have expected from this band, which is, of course, a good thing.
Out next week on Relapse Records, there's still time to pre-order HERE.
Watch:This one popped onto my radar recently, and after realizing Son is directed by Ivan Kavanagh, who also did 2014's The Canal, I'm very much looking forward to it. Here's the trailer, which I myself am not watching, preferring instead to go in blind on this one:
Playlist:Run the Jewels - RTJ4
From the grimoire: "An artist above all things. Intensely secret and dedicated to his craft."
I'll take the compliment.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Playlist:Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Let Love IN
Mixing disparate ingredients to bring something new to the table. Committing to follow it through. I'm not quite sure how to interpret that at the moment, however, it may have to do with podcasting and my continued inertia/anxiety about attempting to bring DwC back to life. Plenty of ideas, and maybe the ones that I should be looking at stretch the pre-existing format as far afield as possible.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Watch:Bloody Disgusting ran an article about Director Patrick Rea's new film I Am Lisa HERE.
Victory, which tells me that, yes, I've finally finished a short story I've been struggling with since 2018! That feels good - a nice palate cleanser before switching back to Shadow Play.
Saturday, March 13, 2021
I'll admit, I love the song, but don't plan on watching the video. As she gets more clout behind her, and Still, any new music from Meg Myers is a welcome, joyous thing these days. Her aesthetic, instrumentation, production, and of course, songwriting, are top-notch and always hit me super hard, reminds me a bit of how Garbage hit me the first time I snagged my kid really listened to them.
Watch:After renting Come True on Prime last night, Anthony Scott Burns just became one of my favorite directors. I can't recommend this one enough - imagine Dreamscape married with Beyond the Black Rainbow and that will get you in the ballpark, but Burns' style is all his own, and it's fucking glorious. I just posted the trailer a day or so ago, so here's what will no doubt live on as an ICONIC track from the soundtrack by Electric Youth and Pilot Priest:
Thursday, March 11, 2021
As I mentioned the other day, that algorithm on Apple Music has sent me into a spiral with a band I love but haven't listened to in a while. I feel a full-on Godflesh bender on the horizon, and I welcome it with open arms.
Watch:The trailer for Anthony Scott Burns' new flick Come True dropped recently, and it looks creepy as all hell.
Definitive rulings aren't easy, but they're better for everyone. I tend to want to take on a lot of work for other people, but that's not always good for them and usually not good for me. A friend asked me to edit the manuscript for her first novel, and what I found as I worked through the first chapter - roughly 4K words - was a simple edit wasn't possible without getting into re-writing. I dove in and then checked myself: that's not going to do either of us any good, especially her. She needs this experience because as tired of the novel as she probably is at the moment, reworking it will only make her better. This isn't something that easy to tell someone, however, after assuring her I'm in to help for the long haul, in any way I can, I think it's for the best.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
I bought a new phone this past weekend. It was time. One of the new features on Apple Music that is cribbed from Spotify is when an album you're listening to ends, they throw a bunch of songs at you that the almighty algorithm finds based on what you just listened to. This is a little cool and a little lame. Lame, because Nick Cave dredged up a bunch of really bad stuff the other day, cool because after I spun through Soul Coughing's Irresistible Bliss this morning, Apple went into Cake's "Frank Sinatra". One taste of that track and there was no way I wasn't going all the way through Fashion Nugget, one of my favorite records from the 90s. Here's the thing though. I count myself a Cake fan because of how much I love this record, but I'm not really familiar with their other stuff. So when this particular version of Nugget ended with a live version of "Jolene", I was floored. This track is amazing. Anyway, I'll finally be digging into some more of Cake's discography after this, so I'm pretty excited. It's not every day I get to have a band from my past feel so new to me (I think that's why I play so coy with some bands in the first place).
Watch:I caught David Keating's Cherry Tree on Shudder yesterday after work and enjoyed it quite a bit. Pretty cool little flick, but then these smaller, English/Irish films tend to be my jam.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
From the hallucinatory reverberations of the sax that opens this track, to the seething keyboards that close it, here's an entry from the original Twin Peaks series first OST that often gets taken for granted. Plus, the Bookhouse Boys!
Watch:A few nights back, K and I finally got around to watching the copy of Criterion's 40th Anniversary, 4K restoration of David Lynch's The Elephant Man. This proved to be a deeply emotional experience, not just because of the movie itself, which is an emotional juggernaut, but also because of Criterion's loving restoration of the film and DP Freddie Francis' realization of Lynch's glorious Black and White vision.
Monday, March 8, 2021
Watch:I watched several flicks over the weekend. One of them was Martin Scorsese's criminally under-rated 1985 comedy After Hours. Damn, I love this flick.
Perturbator - The Uncanny Valley
Fours are even keel, balance, things get done and we settle into roles/situations/projects. I'm not there yet, but I'm close, so this is encouraging at the moment.
Friday, March 5, 2021
It's hard to believe it's been five years since 2016's The Uncanny Valley, the last album from Perturbator. It seems a lot longer. Sure, there's been an EP and two B-sides/remix discs, but to me, James Kent's Perturbator lives and breathes in the album format. Now, here's the first track of forth-coming Lustful Sacraments, out May 28th on CD and digital, June 25th on Vinyl. You can pre-order those from Blood Music HERE; I was lucky enough to catch one of only 125 of the picture discs!
Good. Let's push things forward...
Playlist:David Bowie - Heroes
Thursday, March 4, 2021
A little Bowie to start things off today, because I'm missing his presence in the world a great deal at the moment.
Watch:Here's a great little interview with Nick Cave from last year. Really digging the new Nick Cave/Warren Ellis "solo" record, Carnage, which is great, because I didn't care for Ghosteen at all, as it felt too similar to Skeleton Tree.
Playlist:Jackie Wilson - Higher and Higher
A recent imbalance definitely caused a miscommunication between myself and one of my fellow podcasters. This has postponed the long-planned Drinking with Comics reunion. I'll probably do a deeper pull later this week to try and figure out how to approach solving this issue.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
One of my favorite albums from my Relapse Records 30th Anniversary Golden Ticket is Valkyrie's Fear. Some call this Proto-Metal, and that fits pretty good for me, although straight-up Hard Rock probably also works, as long as that moniker doesn't diminish the band in any way. Because Valkyrie feels like a very tight four-piece making metal that doesn't slot into the modern broth a lot of the bands I dig sip from. There's a definite 'back-to-basics' with instrumentation, arranging, and vocals, so in that regard they remind me a bit of The Devil's Blood or Baroness. But these guys are their own thing, and I dig it.
Watch:I don't remember hearing about Director Chad Crawford Kinkle's new film Dementer before seeing this post on Bloody Disgusting recently, however, with Larry Fessenden's name on top of the video drew me in, so that as I was about to post this trailer last night, I realized Dementer released this very day, so I hit amazon and rented it for a paltry $4.99 - SO very worth it.
Playlist:Jackie Wilson - Higher and Higher
Monday, March 1, 2021
Another new track from the forthcoming Dies Occidendum, out March 12th on Sacred Bones. Pre-order HERE.
I feel like I wasted a lot of time resting yesterday, but after working a pretty rough week and a Saturday to boot, this card confirms I needed it. Now? Time to finish up this last (I swear) edit on Murder Virus, then, onto Shadow Play again.