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#NowPlaying Wreche - Desert (piano/drums black metal, out next month, RIYL Botanist) #tweet

Midori Takada’s 1983 LP Through The Looking Glass. Prompted by this short profile in the Guardian upon its recent reissue, which has promptly sold out. And it isn’t available digitally, for some stupid reason. So here you go. #video 

Hmm, two letter-sized things from the US appear to have gone missing in the post in the last six weeks #tweet

I’m glad Formulas Fatal to the Flesh was my intro to Morbid Angel; it’s still a very good album #tweet

Got my bicycle back from the shop. Will hit the road for a long ride next week, I think #tweet

Jonathan Demme (RIP) never made another horror after The Silence of the Lambs, but it’s so good he might’ve thought he couldn’t top it #tweet

Bass lesson #2: screw chords, I'm sticking with intervals. Also I worked out the bassline for the Minutemen's 'The Anchor' without tab #tweet

Got a call from the bike shop: back wheel hub is bent, need a new wheel. That'll be the potholes Irish Water have left behind since October #tweet

On first glance, this Wikitribune idea seems naive, and misrepresents how ‘proper’ journalism is done #tweet

Left my bicycle in the shop this morning for a long-overdue service. Summer’s almost here #tweet

Fantasy baseball three weeks in: sixth in the league and only 19 points behind the leader. Not bad for a novice #tweet

Catching up on NXT this afternoon. New theme is better than the crappy remix of the old one. Tron graphics still poor, though #tweet

Hey, since when has the Trotsky Icepick discography been on Spotify? #tweet

My Letterboxd reviews of The Void, Wake in Fright, and Sorcerer

The Void:

The first ‘straight’ genre pastiche from the Astron-6 collective, The Void is a film very much in thrall of its influences in lieu of its own worldbuilding: it’s basically Carpenter’s The Thing, Prince of Darkness and a few others crossed with Fulci’s The Beyond, by way of Hellraiser and Stuart Gordon’s Lovecraft flicks. What’s more, the awful lighting makes it largely impossible to appreciate the practical effects, which are Empire Pictures weird-veering-on-hokey rather than other-worldly terrifying, so I don’t know why they bothered. I didn’t hate watching it, though.


My Letterboxd reviews of A Silent Voice, Life, The Discovery, The Believers, and A Decade Under the Influence

A Silent Voice:

Yoshitoki Ōima’s slice-of-life manga perhaps naturally loses some of its plot clarity and character development in the translation to the big screen, compressing an 18-month-long story into a two-hour movie and all that. But the spirit is intact, as a disconnected group of teenagers – one of them deaf – try to mend the wounds they inflicted on one another when they were younger and knew no better. Emotionally genuine, and beautifully animated. Very much recommended if you liked Toradora!


Juicero is chindogu #tweet

Honestly forgot today is Record Store Day till just now #tweet