Monday, July 19, 2021

The Dead of Night


Had this one in my head all day yesterday, finally had a chance to put it on the turntable later in the evening, as K and I sat outside and enjoyed the cooling night air. Dead of Night seemed appropriate, as by that time, I was up way past my usual Sunday night bedtime.



I absolutely loved the first, two-part storyline in the new AHS spin-off anthology, American Horror Stories. It was great to return to Murder House, great to see some familiar frights, and the casting for this one was fantastic. As Lizard in Joe Begos's VFW, Sierra McCormick impressed the hell out of me, and that was definitely held up by her performance in Andrew Patterson's Vast of Night, which I watched about a year ago (maybe; time has lost all meaning). As Scarlett in AHS, McCormick turns in another great performance, and I'm betting in a year or two, she's going to be a pretty formidable star.


The albums I've been listening to the most are Cyndi Lauper's seminal She's So Unusual, Let it Bleed, and Paranoid. I've been hitting these super hard, and they're really shaping my recent days. It's pretty cool; I've become quite fond of rolling directly from Yeah Yeah, the final song on She's So Unusual, directly in to War Pigs. I don't know what it is about the juxtaposition of sonic textures there, but it really puts a smile on my face.

David Bowie - Hunky Dory
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual
An Autumn for Crippled Children - The Long Goodbye
Deafheaven - New Bermuda
King Woman - Celestial Blues (pre-release singles)
King Woman - Doubt EP
Charles Mingus - Blues & Roots
John Carpenter - Lost Themes
Megadeth - Rust in Peace
Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R 
The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed
Chuck Berry - Berry on Top
Iggy and the Stooges - Raw Power
Orville Peck - Pony


This was definitely the watchword earlier today, however, I've moved past it and emerged into a state of mind that robbed my anxieties of their ammunition. As a result, I'm feeling pretty good.

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