Showing posts with label The Hand of Doom Tarot. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Hand of Doom Tarot. Show all posts

Friday, July 19, 2024

Man Man - Alibi

 

LOVING this new Man Man album, Carrot on Strings, which you can order HERE.




Watch:

Holy smokes - Arrow Video is releasing The Last Starfighter on Blue Ray!


You can order the Blue Ray HERE. There's also a 4K HERE. I LOVED this flick as a kid. We didn't have cable but one of my Dad's friends did, and he used to record me movies onto blank VHS tapes that I would then watch over and over and over. The Last Starfighter was one of those, along with Predator, The Ghostbusters and Romancing the Stone. Somehow, though, it never made it into my adult collection. Going to remedy that real soon. 




Playlist:

T. Rex - Electric Warrior
Various - Mulholland Drive OST
Liars - WIXIW
Man or Astro Man? - Live Transmissions from Uranus
Mr. Bungle - Disco Volante
T. Rex - The Slider
Angelo Badalamenti - Dark Water OST
The Besnard Lakes - ... Are the Dark Horse
Simple Minds - New Gold Dream
Hot Stove Jimmy - Theme For a Major Hit
T. Rex - Eponymous
Frank Black - Teenager of the Year




Card:

From Jonathan Grimm's Hand of Doom Tarot, which you can buy HERE.


• Ten of Cups
• V: The Hierophant
• X: Wheel of Fortune

Earthly fruition from a fleeting opportunity. I'll be keeping my eyes out for this one. I still try to take negative events - or, at least events I perceive to have negative connotations - and spin them positive. NOT always easy, but seeing this is a reminder to be on watch for something today.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

New Music and a DIY Synthesizer from A Place to Bury Strangers!!!


From A Place to Bury Strangers' upcoming album Synthesizer, out October 4th on Death by Audio. Pre-order HERE.

The INSANE thing about this pre-order is there's a version of the album that comes with the electrical component to turn the album sleeve into a DIY synthesizer! How awesome is that?
 


NCBD:

My biggest NCBD Pull in a while. Let's dig right the f**k in!


What a salacious cover! Haha, this book has taken a really "off the rails" turn as of the last issue, and I'm here for it. Loving this cross-country journey with JC and his 'friends,' especially with all the weirdoes they meet along the way. Issue 6 really backed up my Shade The Changing Man: The American Scream comparison, and I'm happy to see where it goes from there.


Okay, going by the cover, we have A) Destro, B) the "Crimson Twins," and B) a metric sh*t ton of B.A.T.S. I can't think of a better formula for a Destro comic. After reading the second issue of Scarlett, I'm still not loving that book - but will definitely stick with it - but I am 100% ALL IN on Destro!


The final issue of Jeff Lemire's weird fiction opus to childhood, giant bug-men and, ah, crime. 


Again, this cover just sells the F*CK out of this one. Am I the only one getting a visual homage to old-school issue #73 here? That issue was the kick-off to the original "Cobra Civil War," and this issue's solicitation on League of Comic Geeks begins, "WAR WITH SERPENTOR!" Good things await. 


The final issue of what has turned out to be a very excellent mini-series that has me kind of rethinking my ideas about jumping off TMNT. I think I will be picking up Jason Aaron's new number one next week. 


Another final issue to what also turned out to be a total sleeper for me. Loved the tone of this whole series: the stakes are high, but there's a touch of comedy in the lining. Well-played Mr. Riser!


The end of another arc for What's the Furthest Place From Here? Thinking of re-reading this again from the beginning, but I guess that would be better suited before it comes back in a few months. I haven't seen any solicitations for its return, but there's no way this is the end. 




Watch:

This looks like it might be this year's equivalent to Titane. Seeing this trailer twice now, 


I'm really excited about both the movie and the fact that, suddenly, Autuer Horror directors and the companies that distribute their films appear to be taking a much less revealing approach to cutting trailers.




Playlist:

Tones on Tail - Everything!
The Damned - Night of 1000 Vampires: Live in London
Zeal & Ardor - Wake of a Nation E.P.
T. Rex - Electric Warrior
Jim Williams - Possessor OST
Saigon Blue Rain - Oko
Various - Mulholland Drive OST
A Place to Bury Strangers - Exploding Head




Card:

From Jonathan Grimm's Hand of Doom Tarot, which you can buy HERE.


• Two of Wands
• X: Wheel of Fortune
• Page of Swords

Partnership or duplicity? You can't struggle against the grain and hope to find out; you have to physically use your intellect—i.e., put it into action outside of your head—to root out potential deception.

Great. Another work pull. I hate that I've been absorbed into an uncomfortably corporate environment again, where everyone's actions are suspect. 

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Nox Novacula

 

From the upcoming album Feed the Fire, out August 2nd on Artoffact Records. 

I'd never heard Nox Novacula before, but I'm digging both this song and the video. You can pre-order from the band's Bandcamp HERE.




Watch:

Friday night, I finally saw Kathryn Bigelow's first film, 1981's The Loveless


Willem Dafoe's debut performance and you can pretty much see that he's going to be a force to be reckoned with. I LOVED this film and have to wonder if it wasn't also an influence on David Lynch, which kind of blows me away, as I'd always thought of Kathryn Bigelow's most important work coming after Lynch's, but this would definitely rearrange that. 

Also, hot damn is this a great soundtrack. Robert Gordon - who plays Davis in the film - lays down a Rockabilly extravaganza the likes of which I'd not heard before. There's stuff here that bridges the greaser/beatnik aesthetic, which kind of runs together socially a bit during the 50s before counterculture became driven by capitalism. 

Can't recommend this one enough, and it's currently included with prime. Would make a fabulous double feature with either Paris, Texas or, as I chose to do Friday night, Lynch's Wild At Heart




Read:

I finally got around to reading Dan Watters and Lamar Mathurin's four-issue Cowboy Bebop series, which Titan Books published a few years ago. 


Really fun stuff. I'm sure I've talked about this here before, but even though I don't go in for very much animation, the original Cowboy Bebop cartoon is one of my favorite things of all time. Also - and this was a total surprise at the time - I really liked the live-action Netflix show this series is based on. Watters really captures the spirit of both shows, and Mathurin just nails the perfect blend of how the characters look in the cartoon and how they look played by actors. The story revolves around - what else - a heist and a bounty, but snakes into some serious Grant Morrison territory just enough to have made this feel unique but still very much in the spirit of the show that does indeed transcend the genre.

You can order a trade of this direct from Titan Books HERE.




Playlist:

Tim Hecker - Infinity Pool OST
Mars Red Sky - Eponymous
Brainiac - Predator Nominate
Genghis Tron - Dream Weapon
Blut Aus Nord - The Mystical Beast of Rebellion
The Atlas Moth - Coma Noir
Eagulls - Eponymous
Megadeth - So Far, So Good... So What?
Jawbox - For Your Own Special Sweetheart
Justin Hamline - The House With Dead Leaves
Zeal & Ardor - Wake of a Nation E.P.
Death Valley Girls - Under the Spell of Joy
Forhist - Eponymous
Fen - Dustwalker
Donny McCaslin - Beyond Now
Suicidal Tendencies - Controlled By Hatred/Feel Like Shit... Déjá-vu
Deafheaven - Sunbather




Card:

From Jonathan Grimm's Hand of Doom Tarot, which you can buy HERE.


• XVII: The Star
• Eight of Pentacles
• IX: The Hermit

XVII is a much needed reminder - "Create unto and within yourself a Universe, shaped of your strengths and built on your accomplishments as foundation."

Eight of Pentacles - Earthly transformation, and IX is the concentration needed to achieve it. In other words, finish the book!!!

Friday, July 12, 2024

New Music from The Jesus Lizard!!!

 I'm behind everything by a couple of days. Had a friend in town earlier in the week, and between catching up at work after a few days off, digging back into finishing Black Gloves & Broken Hearts after five days away at a crucial point in the novel, and recording podcasts for both MaXXXine and Longlegs, I just haven't had time to do anything else. So here's some awesome new music by one of my all-times. You can pre-order the new album RACK from Ipecac Records HERE, it drops September 13th.




Watch:

In the past week I have seen three movies that I expect will define much of 2024 for me. First, MaXXXine, which I've now seen twice on the big screen and am planning for another round:


I'm in the final stages of editing a HUGE episode The Horror Vision just did on this one. Ti West has been a favorite of mine since I first saw The Roost in 2005, and to see his very distinct filmmaking on the big screen for the first time since I caught The House of the Devil back in 2009 at the old Laemmle's on Sunset (after waiting for it for something like 3 or 4 years), but with a much bigger budget and not in a limited art-house release (I'm in Clarksville for hell's sake; I seriously doubt Hosue of the Devil played in Clarksville, haha) was an awesome experience. MaXXXine has some issues, but none that blind my love for it or the director.

Although I saw Nikhil Nagesh Bhat's Kill last September at opening night of Beyondfest 2023, I am counting my viewing this past Sunday on a big screen in Nashville as the first salvo of what may very well be my favorite film of the year.


This film takes the "Surprise, I'm getting married" trope of Indian Cinema and uses it to propel the best Action-Horror film I've seen since Dog Soldiers, easy. See this on the big screen if you can, and don't worry about the run time. It's a little over two hours, and I won't feel it AT ALL.

Finally, Oz Perkins' Longlegs... I'm not really sure how I feel about this flick after seeing it last night. It's fantastic, no doubt, but something about all of Perkins' films creates a disconnect in me. 


You'll read this is the scariest movie of the decade. I think that's a bit much. But it is extremely unnerving, and everyone turns in a fantastic performance, especially Nick Cage, who defies all possible expectation and description with his performance.


The only other really big films I'm still waiting on for the year are Fede Alvarez's Alien: Romulus, Francis Ford Coppola's Megalopolis, and Robert Eggers' Nosferatu. I know there will be other, unexpected greats that filter in here and there, but for now, those are the horizon line. All in all, so far it's been a pretty great year, with Kill and Stop Motion duking it out for my favorite thus far.




Playlist:

Various Artists - The Void
High on Fire - Cometh the Storm
Dean Hurley - Anthology Resource Vol. 1: △△
Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes (single)
Scorpions - Rock You Like a Hurrican (single)
The Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis




Card:

From Jonathan Grimm's Hand of Doom Tarot, which you can buy HERE.


• XIV: Temperance
• XX: Judgement
• Page of Wands

XIV is Art in the Thoth deck, a variation that projects a slightly different connotation for me. Having only used Thoth for the first 17 or so years I've been familiar with the cards, this recent switch is something I've not quite worked out yet. Art usually suggests synchronization, often of disparate elements into a pleasurable outcome. Temperance, on the other hand, suggests Balance, which is and is not the same. Seeing this card here and thinking about it, I take this as a definite nod to balance some of the uneven and, frankly, negative emotions/thoughts that have ruled my head of late. Taken with XX - ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES - and the Page (Princess) of Wands, or the Earthly aspect of Fire, I'd say this is a Pull that suggests I really have some work to do on myself in order to regain the mental/emotional balance I've kind of misplaced the last two weeks or so

Monday, July 1, 2024

Hellboy's Evil Eye

 

From Valkyrie's 2020 album Fear, I dug this one back out recently, and although I did really like it at first introduction, I haven't really given it much play lately. That's changing - this is a fantastic record and one that seems stuck in my current rotation. Also, just realized Valkyrie released a follow-up in 2021 that I haven't heard yet. That's about to change...

You can check Valkyrie out on their Bandcamp HERE or on Relapse Records' site HERE
 


Watch:

I skipped the Neil Marshal Hellboy film from a few years ago because, from everything I read at the time, Marshall's version of the film is not the one that ended up being released. Sure, David Harbour had huge shoes to fill (literally) stepping in as a replacement for Ron Pearlman, but Harbour's no slouch in my book, and I'd expect he did a great job. A few people I know who saw it gave it favorable reviews, but I just don't know - when I read that the Director didn't go to the review because he felt his film had been trifled with, well, I lost interest.

Now we have a whole new Hellboy coming in, and honestly, I'm excited (and I appear to be alone). I won't get my hopes up too high, but seeing that Mignola and Golden wrote the script and were heavily involved, well, that definitely bodes well. Also, hot damn if Jack Kesy doesn't almost look like Pearlman while in makeup. Here's the trailer that Bloody Disgusting posted yesterday; read their more in-depth article HERE.

 

Directed by Brian Taylor, who will forever be in my good book for the Crank films and HAPPY!, it's looking like Millenium Media has pulled off a great new starting point for more Hellboy films, especially seeing that they have definitively stated Hellboy: The Crooked Man is an R-rated Folk Horror Film.




Read:

The latest issue of Fangoria arrived late last week, and it's killing me that most of the articles inside are about movies I'm already chomping at the bit to see. The newsstand cover is Ti West's Maxxxine, but the subscriber cover is, well, apparently a secret:


I've looked around online, and although the embargo has been broken, it hasn't been broken much, and not by Fangoria itself, so I'm playing it cool and only going to post the cover as they have teased it. Regardless, I LOVE this. 




Playlist:

Audio Commentary - A Field In England
Zombi - Direct Inject
Valkyrie - Fear
The Revolting Cocks - Beers, Steers and Queers
The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me
Deafheaven - Infinite Granite
Tina Turner - Private Dancer




Card:

From Jonathan Grimm's Hand of Doom Tarot, which you can buy HERE.


• Four of Cups
• Ten of Swords
• Six of Wands

A solid foundation for emotional support during a climatic time that, ultimately leads to harmony.

Yeah, that's about as vague a reading as I've ever posted here. I'm dancing around shit I don't want to recognize at the moment, and the cards seem to understand that; like they're drawing it out of me. Which, of course, is what they do because the cards aren't magick, they're just windows into our subconscious. 

Loathe - Screaming

 

Getting back into Loathe's 2020 record, I Let It In and It Took Everything, which I first fell in love with in early 2021. How did I go so long without listening to this? Sure, I've spun it a few times in the last three and a half years, but not as much as I should have, considering how obsessed I am with it at the moment. Can't wait for something new from these guys - they did release a counterpart record in 2021, the all-instrumental The Things They Believe, but I'm talking about a new, proper album. A lot of things I see online lead me to believe we can expect a new one any time now, so I'll be waiting...
 


Watch:

I watched Ben Wheatley's A Field In England last Friday. I'd made two previous attempts to watch this one over the last ten years or so, and failed both times. I never once considered this was the film's fault, just a failure on my own part to relinquish myself to the slow-moving, otherworldly specificity of Wheatley's vision with this one. It was decided recently that we would cover Field on an upcoming episode of The Horror Vision's Sticks N' Stones - our Folk Horror discussion vehicle, and in looking for a unique angle to take I had the idea that I would eat the last of some psychedelic mushrooms I've had in my desk for going on two years now. 

A strategy was born, and I undertook the endeavor this past Friday night.


I'll save the details of this cinematic expedition for the episode of our show. For now, though, let me just say this was a perfect strategy, and while the mushrooms were not nearly as potent as they were two years ago (I should have frozen them!) they offered a deeper watch than I'd been able to achieve on those other two occasions. 

A really fine film, and a marvelous score by Jim Williams, who is very quickly becoming my favorite working film composer today.




Playlist:

Alice in Chains - Dirt
Mudhoney - March to Fuzz
Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
Man or Astro-Man? - Defcon 5...4...3....2...1
The Dillinger Escape Plan - Calculating Infinity
Loathe - I Let It In and It Took Everything
Loathe - The Things They Believe
X - Los Angeles
Pigface - Live 2019 Limited Edition Vinyl (Thanks, Mr. Brown!)
Tubby Hayes Quintet - Down in the Village (Live at Ronnie Scott's Club, London 1962)
Melvins & Lustmord - Pigs of the Roman Empire
John Carpenter - Lost Themes IV: Noir
Les Discrets - Prédateurs
Deadguy - Fixation on a Coworker
Pepper Adams - Encounter!
Oliver Nelson - The Blues and the Abstract Truth
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Jackie Wilson - Higher (single)
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - Can't Take My Eyes Off of You (single)




Card:

From Jonathan Grimm's Hand of Doom Tarot, which you can buy HERE.


• Ace of Swords
• V: The Hierophant
• Knight of Wands

Intellectual breakthrough possibly arrived at via a spiritual state. The Knight of Wands may indicate that what stands in the way of achieving this enlightenment is an imbalance between the intellectual and spiritual/emotional states, which kind of defines what it is to be human, especially in the chaotic period of upheaval that usually predates a breakthrough or epiphany.

Friday, June 28, 2024

The Dillinger Escape Plan cover Rollins Band's Tearing

One of the coolest moments in last Sunday's Dillinger Escape Plan show at the Paramount Theatre in Brooklyn was when they played "Tearing" from Rollins Band's 1992 masterpiece The End of Silence.  

There's a great write-up on Dillinger and Dead Guy's three-night stand over on Brooklyn Vegan, a site I used to love and frequent a lot more before they succumbed to the same pop-up ad malarky all sites seemingly succumb to now. 




Watch:

K and I caught the new Tom Hardy movie The Bikeriders at the theatre. What is it with recent movies that are fantastic but have terrible names? Underwater? Bikeriders? Come on. 


Ultimately, I won't give the film too much shit, because it was fantastic. Tom Hardy gives another nuanced performance and Austin Butler just nails the "Brooding, silent bad boy" archetype. Jodie Comer is essentially our lead character as the window into the world of Chicago's Vandals, and she also turns in a great performance. Then, we also have Michael Shannon, Boyd Holbrook, Norman Reedus, Emopry Cohen, Karl Glusman, and - maybe the best surprise - Damon Herriman; known to Justified fans as Dewey Crowe! It's an ensemble cast and a lot of damn fun, so I'd say if you can, catch it in a theatre. Plus, you get to see the Robert Eggers' Nosferatu trailer on the big screen. 


This is another recent trailer that gives absolutely nothing away but still fills the screen with sounds and images that make me super excited to see this one when it releases this coming December. Now, if I can just manage not to see it more than once or twice before then...




Playlist:

Ghost - Infestissumam
Protomartyr - Under Color of Official Right
USSA - The Spoils
Tubby Hayes Quintet - Down in the Village (Live at Ronnie Scott's Club, London 1962)
Calexico - The Black Light
Forhist - Eponymous
Jim Williams - Possessor OST
Joseph Bishara - Malignant OST
Valkyrie - Fear
The Ravenonettes - Sing
Night Sins - A Silver Blade In The Shadow EP
Thou - Umbilical
Justin Hamline - The House With Dead Leaves
The Dillinger Escape Plan - Calculating Infinity




Card:

From Jonathan Grimm's Hand of Doom Tarot, which you can buy HERE.


• Four of Cups
• Eight of Cups
• XX: Judgement

Emotional stability through the transformation of emotions during a pivotal sequence. In other words, we choose how we are going to interpret and let things make us feel. You can take things negatively, or you can put some kind of positive spin on it. Obviously, some things are just awful and can't be "spun" any other way. 

This is definitely not for me today, but someone I know. 

Friday, June 21, 2024

New Music From The Mysterines!

 

Another fantastic new track from The Mysterines' upcoming Afraid of Tomorrows album, out this Friday, June 21st. You can pre-order the album HERE.
 


Watch:

On Tuesday night, K and I went to see the one-night-only re-release of Ti West's X at our local Regal. This screening was followed by a "sneak peek" of West's upcoming third film in the trilogy, Maxxxine


The "sneak peek" was basically the opening scene of the film. The real talking point here is seeing X again on the big screen. This is my third or fourth time doing so, but first since watching Pearl. Talk about a prequel shedding some serious light on the original film!

K said it best when she wished for an article that might point to whether these were all written together. My understanding (based on what I remember from an interview West did on the Colours of the Dark Podcast HERE) is that upon arriving in New Zealand to film X, the cast and crew had to quarantine for three or four weeks, and during that time, West and Goth conceived and wrote Pearl. My guess is from there, they had ideas to continue Maxine's story and A24 greenlit it the moment they realized what a good thing they had going. 

As I intimated above, watching X again for the first time since seeing the prequel, I have to say that Pearl's character resonates in a completely different and affecting way than when just experienced in the first film. There was already an element of that, thanks to the moments West steals in X to show the character's fragile longing (the "Landslide" scene). Now, however, Pearl becomes at once more frightening and more sympathetic—not an easy task for a filmmaker to achieve.

I've been a fan of Ti West since I first saw 2005's The Roost, thanks to my good friend Dennis' knowledge and knack for curation at the time. From the first mention of House of the Devil until the film's release, I waited for what felt like years, and I've watched the man grow as a filmmaker, always hoping for success on the level he has now experienced. There's a bit of a cultural fever pitch surrounding Maxxxine's release - one that seems to transcend Horror circles - and I can't wait to sit down and watch the end of the character's story play out surrounded by what I now assume will be a bit more people than I'm used to seeing at Horror screenings in Clarksville.

Hell yeah.




Read:

I finished FantasticLand several days ago and was pretty much left breathless. This one affected me deeply; I'm seeing shades of the worst humanity has to offer echo in my perception of the world around me, and it's a bit disorienting. Based on that, I decided to switch it up and finally dig into my good friend and Horror Vision cohost John Trafton's latest book, Movie Made Los Angeles.


This is exactly what I need at the moment: a scholarly discourse about the nuances and intangible nature of the Cultural Economy of Los Angeles and how it became the mythic location it is in the world's mind. I'm forced to slow down and really "chew" what I'm reading, which is a good thing. I can feel my brain working in ways fiction just does not utilize.

You can order this one anywhere books are sold. You can also check out John's writing on his website, Johntrafton.com. I recommend starting with one of these two articles right HERE or HERE




Playlist:

Riz Ortolani Feat. Katyna Ranieri - Oh My Love (single)
Molly Nilsson - Excalibur (single)
Mr. Twin Sister - In Heaven
Julie Christmas - Ridiculous and Full of Blood (single)
Jim Williams - Possessor OST
Tim Hecker - Infinity Pool OST
Alice in Chains - Jar of Flies EP
Alice in Chains - What the Hell Have I? (single)
Alice in Chains - A Little Bitter (single)
Megadeth - Angry Again (single)
Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
Alice in Chains - Dirt
Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
Black Sabbath - Sabotage
Ozzy Osbourne - Patient Number 9





Pulling out the Thoth Deck for this morning's Pull:



• Prince of Cups
• Ten of Wands: Oppression
• VII: The Chariot

Emotional Intelligence creates the opportunity to emerge from a trying situation Victorious!

Monday, June 17, 2024

Memorials - Acceptable Experience

 

Bad-ass new track from Memorials, a group consisting of Matthew Simms from Wire and Verity Susman. Really cool stuff, and they are recording an album, so there will be more. Head on over to their Bandcamp and give 'em a follow; pretty sure only good things can come of that. 




Watch:

The Coffee Table was not what I had anticipated. That said, the thing I like most about this film is that from what I've seen, absolutely no one is saying too much about it online. That's good. Go in blind. 


Is it disturbing? Yes, but not depraved - to me that's the big difference between what I can handle and cannot. This one? No problem, but it may fuck some people up. You've been warned, but also, it's a definite recommendation. Brother, you don't know tension until you see this one. Caye Casas NAILED this one. 




Read:

I've only read one novel by author Paul Tremblay - Head Full of Ghosts - but it's a doozy that left an impact. He's had a couple books released since then, and although my buddy Jonathan Grimm always recommends them, I've held off. Well, I think this is the next one for me:


I love everything about the title and the cover art, and while you can't judge a book by its cover, I'm fairly certain this one will not disappoint. This is where I normally put in the solicitation, however, I haven't read that. I quite purposely know nothing about this novel, which I think is a good thing. I only have a few chapters left in Mike Bockoven's FantasticLand, so this is probably up next. 




Playlist:

Suicidal Tendencies - Lights... Camera... Revolution
Suicidal Tendencies - How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today
Suicidal Tendencies - Controlled By Hatred/Feel Like Shit... Déjá-vu
Television - Marquee Moon
Pink Floyd - Animals
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Now I Got Worry
Steve Moore - The Mind's Eye OST
Jim Williams - Possessor OST
Cocksure - K.K.E.P.
Cocksure - T.V.M.A.L.S.V.
Various - Singles OST




Card:

From Jonathan Grimm's Hand of Doom Tarot, which you can buy HERE.


• Ace of Swords
• Nine of Wands
• Ten of Wands

Interesting to have a succession of two cards in the same suit. Ace of Swords is an intellectual breakthrough, Nine of Wands is the climax that leads to the Ten of Wands' Closure. What's that? Finally finishing languishing projects? Hallelujah.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

New Music from Cold Cave!

 

Cold Cave is pretty hit-or-miss with me. I adore 2011's Cherish the Light Years but haven't really clicked as hard with any of the other albums by the band that I've listened to. This new track makes me feel like the still unannounced record on the horizon could go either way. It just feels like the energy barely contained in the nine tracks on Light Years is perpetually contained inside that album. Nothing else I've heard from the band lives up to that. Still, this is a great new song, especially that coda!




Watch:

Joko Anwar's Nightmares and Daydreams has landed on, of all places, Netflix. Time to dig in:


I really took a shine to Indonesian Horror back circa 2020 during the Pandemic. Long days spent after short shifts, laying on the couch falling deep down Shudder rabbit holes. The Indonesian one still resounds with an impressive eeriness, and Anwar's Impetigore and Satan's Slaves made an impact. I kind of dug The Forbidden Door when I finally caught it last year, but the ending disappointed me a bit. Still, compelling, and I was curious to see what Anwar would do with a shorter format.

Unfortunately, the first episode, Old House, starts very strong and, by the end, devolves into some pretty awful CGI that just tanked it for me. I still intend on watching more, but I'm pretty bummed by this opening. This is the same deal Netflix gave GDT for Cabinet of Curiosities, seven episodes that are really stand-alone, hour-long movies, so this first one is not necessarily a gage for what's coming. I just expected more.



Read:

I finished Stephen Graham Jones' The Angel of Indian Lake last week. Man, what a fantastic ending to Jade's story. I will say that there's a sequence in here that felt a little... wrong, but nothing that would prevent me from giving this series a high recommendation. After Indian Lake? I headed straight into FantasticLand:


This one has been hyped quite a bit to me, but always by people whose taste I 100% trust. Which meant when it didn't quite click at first, I was a bit sad. After the opening set-up shifted into the actual interviews of survivors, however, I was hooked. About halfway through in two days, I'm finding it difficult to put this one down, and I really love how the story develops.




Playlist:

Alice in Chains - Dirt
Alice in Chains - Eponymous
Alice in Chains - Live
Dillinger Escape Plan - Calculating Infinity
Mastodon - Once More Round the Sun
The Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust
The Raveonettes - Raven in the Grave
Peeping Tom - Eponymous
Godflesh - Purge
Mars Red Sky - Eponymous
Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It?
The Ravenonettes - Sing
Shellac - To All Trains




Card:

From Jonathan Grimm's Hand of Doom Tarot, which you can buy HERE.


• Five of Cups
• Four of Swords
• XX: Judgement

Emotional struggles that ultimately lead to a new stability, just remember - everything in its right place.

That's an off-the-cuff read with a little help from the Grimoire. I think it's referencing the ongoing mental issues I have concerning K's mother living with us. There's an unbelievably volatile amount of cognitive dissonance that I live with in my brain every day, and there are times when it feels as though it will drive me mad. Maybe things are getting better, though.



Friday, June 14, 2024

Man Man - Odyssey

 

I am happy to report the new Man Man album is awesome! This one dropped last week, but I've had a hard time getting around to listening past an initial time. This song, however, made an indelible mark. Can't wait to really dig in this weekend. Order Carrot on Strings HERE.




NCBD:

I haven't had a chance to post my NCBD picks this week yet. Better late than never. Here's what I picked up:


The best book I'm reading monthly at the moment. This one just transforms in the most interesting, natural, seductive ways issue by issue. Love the character development - especially in this latest issue.



Shockwave and the Combaticons arrive on a Space Bridge from Cybertron? Holy. Crap. There's something going on in between the lines here that makes me think that, just maybe, the Autobots aren't the noble good guys we have always known them to be. Not that they're evil, but what looks like heroism on our world may come from a darker place in their history on the home planet. We'll see. 


I missed the first issue of Dan Watters and Ram V's Creature From the Black Lagoon Lives! when it dropped a few weeks ago, but snatched up a second printing this week because in our house, the Creature Rules! Well, K and I are both big fans of the Universal Monsters in general, but this guy and big Frank are our favorites. With great art and colors by Matthew Roberts and Dave Stewart respectively, I really dug this issue!


And then there's a new book by Zac Thompson that sounded pretty cool. I missed grabbing it, however, Ryan and Walter at Rick's ordered me a copy, so it's a'coming.

From Dark Horse's solicitation:

"A group of climate scientists working in a remote base camp on the Australian outback discover an impossible landform. They venture inside expecting the unexpected, and the titular Unbeing delivers. True to the traditions of cosmic horror, they discover an anomalous environment that defies everything they think they know about the world."

Sounds pretty cool, and Thompson has some killer books.




Watch:

Ben Bigelow's debut feature Thine Ears Shall Bleed recently got a trailer:


Maybe it has more to do with it's Doom Metal-ish title, but I'm definitely curious about this one. Looks a bit like The Wind and What Josiah Saw. I'm not seeing a hard release date yet, but I'll be keeping my eyes out for it.




Playlist:

Alice in Chains - Jar Of Flies
The Jesus Lizard - Down
Soundgarden - Superunknown
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Let Love In
Ween - Chocolate & Cheese
Pigface - Notes From the Underground
Type O Negative - Bloody Kisses (Suspended in Dusk Edition)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magick
Alice in Chains - Dirt
The Twilight Singers - Dynamite Steps
Bandsplain Podcast - Remembering Steve Albini
Sinéad O'Connor - The Lion and the Cobra




Card:

From Jonathan Grimm's Hand of Doom Tarot, which you can buy HERE.


• Knight of Swords - The Firey aspect of Air or the Will as applied to Intellect. 
• Nine of Pentacles - Climax; Accomplishment of Earthly concerns, i.e., materializing the idea into a tangible form, i.e., finishing the books.
• Ace of Swords - Breakthrough in operations. Rethinking how I do things.

Time to think a bit harder about those projects that are near completion. This will lead to accomplishment and a breakthrough that may alter the way I approach my creativity.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

New Music From The Chameleons!


I think I'd heard titterings about this at some point, but when it popped up in my feed this evening, I was kind of blown the f*ck away. From the 3-Song EP out on Metropolis Records now! Order HERE. Apparently a full album is due this fall, and hearing this now, I'm on board. This 100% retains that Chameleons emotional blow, without sounding forced or tired. Love it. 




NCBD:

Here's this week's Pull, and I'm pretty excited for these:


The untold tale of that time the U.S. Army sent Frank Castle behind enemy lines during the Vietnam War to kill the captured Nick Fury. Written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Jacen Burrows. Can't think of something I want to read more at this moment.


It took a little longer than probably any of us reading it expected, but The Last Ronin II issue 2 finally arrives today. Glad to still have a dose of TMNT for a while, especially in this Miller-esque Dystopian Future-verse.


If Scartlett's mini-series is even half as good as either Duke or Cobra Commander, we're in for a treat. Curious to see how the Energon Universe handles the Arashikage. 


Carter F**king Burke! Who would have thought I'd enjoy seeing him breathe after his part in James Cameron's Aliens? Really digging this series.


Don't let the door hit you on the arse on the way out. No, seriously, I will approach this final issue with a modicum of reverence because, despite months now of griping here at the end, I'll miss reading the X books these last couple of years. Luckily, I never went back and filled in the gap between House and Powers and Inferno, so there's still a year or two of actual Hickman-penned issues for me to jump into.




Watch:

While I found Goodnight Mommy to be pointlessly mean-spirited and just plain awful, I'm a huge fan of Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz's The Lodge. Likewise, after watching this trailer for their new film The Devil's Bath, I'm quite looking forward to it.


While this trailer feels arduously long, I honestly applaud the fact that they don't really tell you all that much. Or at least that's how it feels. Also, there are a handful of images in here near the end that will stay with me for some time.




Playlist:

Oranssi Pazuzu - Live at Roadburn 2017
Your Black Star - Sound from the Ground
Tennis System - Technicolour Blind
Ghost Bath - Moonlover
Black Pyramid - The Paths of Time are Vast
Frank Black and the Catholics - Snake Oil
Megadeth - Rust in Peace
Revocation - Teratogenesis (deluxe)
Revocation - Eponymous




Card:

From Jonathan Grimm's Hand of Doom Tarot, which you can buy HERE.


• Eight of Pentacles - More transformation of Earthly assets
• XIX: The Sun - From the Grimoire, "Taking the Pill will open your eyes."
• Page of Swords - The Earthly aspect of Air. "apply your intellect to something useful!"


A Drink Before the War


From 1987's The Lion and the Cobra. Outstanding song from an outstanding album. Makes 1987 feel so close I can almost touch it.




Watch:

It's been a while since I'd enjoyed John Carpenter's In the Mouth Of Madness. I'm guesting on John Trafton and Mile Fortune's This Movie Saved My Life podcast next week for the second part of their 1994 retrospective (part 1 is HERE), and Madness was one of the four films we're covering. 


Maybe it's because I just rewatched Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, too, but I'd never realized the influence that both the NOES and Hellraiser series had on this flick until now. I'm not sure if that influence comes more from writer Michael De Luca (who also wrote Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare) or JC himself, but it's definitely there. Also, and I know everyone who loves this movie knows this, but the brilliance of combining Stephen King's popularity with H.P. Lovecraft's ethos in Sutter Cane is one of the great triumphs of homage to either author, in a world where 75% of Horror is homage to one or the other (or both). I'd add that making Jürgen Porchnow look like Neil Gaiman - who would have been rounding the corner on finishing the original Sandman series for DC's Vertigo at the time, adds just the right amount of prescience about Gaiman's inevitable place in the pantheon King and Lovecraft reside over.
 


Playlist:

Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry
Blut Aus Nord - Hallucinogen
The Reverend Horton Heat - Whole New Life
The Raveonettes - Sing
Sinéad O'Connor - The Lion and the Cobra
Joy Division - Substance 1977-1980
Black Pyramid - The Paths of Time are Vast




Card:

From Jonathan Grimm's Hand of Doom Tarot, which you can buy HERE.


• Six of Cups - Emotional fulfillment.
• IX: The Hermit - I need a period to regroup. Badly.
• Three of Pentacles - Growth in Earthly terms. Not sure if this is responsibility maturation or windfall. Windfall would be nice.

Monday, June 3, 2024

Watain - Reaping Death Live in Stolkholm, 2022


It only recently came to my attention over the weekend that Watain released a killer Live album last year, Die in Fire: Live in Hell Stockholm 2022. Here's Reaping Death, one of the stand-out tracks on a really great live album. Reminds me a bit of Slayer's Decade of Aggression.




Watch:

Recently, I subscribed to a streaming channel on Prime called ScreenPix. This is a $2.99, bottom-of-the-barrel kind of streamer, however, there were a handful of flix that drew me in, and at $2.99, well, no real damage. Here's what I've watched on there so far:

 

This was the flick that brought me in. Missi and I recently interviewed Horror Author Extraordinaire Ivy Tholen on The Horror Vision, and as part of that episode, we asked her to pick one movie to talk about. Ivy picked Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers.

Next, I can remember I, Madman on the video shelf going way back (I often confuse it with Dr. Giggles - another flick I still need to see - for some reason. What I didn't know about I, Madman is it was directed by Tibor Takács, Director of The Gate

 
Finally, last night, I fired up Klaus Kinski as a peepin' Tom Nazi holdover in David Schmoeller's 1986 what-the-fuck-a-thon, Crawlspace.


Not nearly as 'great' as I wanted it to be, Crawlspace is still very much worth a watch just for Kinski.
 


Read:

I am absolutely blazing through Stephen Graham Jones' The Angel of Indian Lake. ~250 pages in, this book is a clusterfuck Horror movie in prose; there's SO much going on, an enormous body count, and we still don't really know who or what is behind it all.


I've seen some blurbs with people calling this ' a consuming mess,' but I don't think it's that at all. There's a difference between someone who can juggle a lot of different objects at once and make it look easy and someone who can just barely keep them all in the air. This feels effortless in its complexity. I'm taking notes, believe you me.




Playlist:

Shellac - To All Trains
The Raveonettes - Sing
The Raveonettes - Raven in the Grave
Sleep - Dopesmoker
Rodney Crowell - Tarpaper Sky
Frank Sinatra - Songs for Young Lovers
Blut Aus Nord - 777: Cosmosophy
Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta I: Fathers of the Icy Age
Blut Aus Nord - The Mythical Beast of Rebellion
The Used - Eponymous
Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry
Watain - Die in Fire: Live in Hell (Stockholm 2022)
Burzum - Aske
Burzum - Filosofem
Sinéad O'Connor - The Lion and the Cobra




Card:

From Jonathan Grimm's Hand of Doom Tarot, which you can buy HERE.


• Eight of Swords 
• Ten of Wands
• XI - Justice

Transformation, Endings and Just deserts. I'm thinking this is a nod toward Black Gloves & Broken Hearts, which I've just come back around on to finish. 

Friday, May 24, 2024

New Music from Zeal & Ardor!


From the forthcoming album GREIF, out Agust 23rd. Pre-order HERE.




Watch:

Last night, I had the privilege of watching an advance copy of Director Chris Cronin's new film The Moor. Here's a trailer:


I cannot give a film a higher recommendation than I give for this one. The Moor is suspense with a pure Horror center. Ostensibly a slow-burn about child abduction and the aftermath, this one really dances a fine line with the inherently 'thin' moors that turn England's North into a place not easily tread by humans. I won't say whether it ever crosses that line, however, Cinematographer Sam Cronin really delivers the vast and sweeping eeriness of the Yorkshire Moors. Add to that the haunting score by Nir Perlman and this one has a strong otherworldly feel that will suck you right in and hold you until the end.




Playlist:

Zombi - Direct Inject
Revolting Cocks - Beers Steers and Queers
The Besnard Lakes - ... Are the Roaring Night
Shellac - To All Trains




Card:

From Jonathan Grimm's Hand of Doom Tarot, which you can buy HERE.


• XIII: Death
• Nine of Swords
• Two of Pentacles

Change, climax and partnership. A direct reference to something that has been driving me near-to-mad the last few days. I'll leave it at that for now.