Saturday, March 9, 2024

John Carpenter - My Name is Death


John Carpenter and Sacred Bones announced Lost Themes IV a few days ago. You can pre-order the record HERE. I'm not going to lie - I don't love this first single (or its video); the song feels like a long 5:44. That said, I've also not had the greatest morning - I woke up with one of my cats puking next to my face, so I might just be in an ornery temperament (JC can no doubt relate given that sour look plastered across his puss in the video). I'm suspending judgment - and all further listens - until I can hear the entire album. Something tells me "My Name is Death" will work better as a lead-in to the rest of the ten tracks. 


I watched Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys for the first time in what I'm realizing is close to twenty years last night. This flick was very important to me when it came out, and afterward. 

No one uses a camera the way Gilliam and long-time Cinematographer Roger Pratt do; a lot of the angles here just reinforce Gilliam's Orwellian, bureaucratic worldview even more than the way he tells his story. This really put me in mind to finally order that Criterion Brazil 3 Disc DVD set they put out in the 90s. The update to Blu-Ray is tempting. However, I can't quite discern from what I'm seeing online if the other versions of the film in the 3 Disc were ported over to the Blu-Ray. 

Gilliam's worldview, especially his sense of humor, very much shaped me as a young adult. I'd go so far as to say that, without early exposure to the works of Terry Gilliam and David Lynch, I would not be the person I am today. It's been quite some time since I revisited Gilliam, so perhaps it's time.


Double Life - Indifferent Stars
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Abbatoir Blues
Drive Like Jehu - Yank Crime
Baroness - Stone
bunsenburner - Rituals
Judas Priest - Invincible Shield (pre-release singles)
Ministry - Animositisomina
Justin Hamline - The House With Dead Leaves
Judas Priest - Invincible Shield
Mannequin Pussy - I Got Heaven
Brigitte Calls Me Baby - This House is Made of Corners EP
Ministry - Hopiumforthemasses
Genghis Tron - Board Up the House
Jim Williams  - Possessor OST
Tangerine Dream - Sorcerer OST
Amigo the Devil - Yours Until the End of the War 
Frankie and Witch Fingers - Data Doom
Dead Boys - We Have Come For Your Children

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