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April 2017

Happy Golden Week, everyone! I’m celebrating by watching live puroresu, right now #tweet

Every random Prime Time Wrestling I've picked to watch on the Network has 'Dangerous' Danny Davis in the opener #tweet

#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!


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

Bought postage stamps today that I had to lick to put on the envelope, like a barbarian #tweet

Ha, just spotted an egregious factual error in my Free Fire review. Err, not an error, I mean Easter egg. Yes, Easter egg #tweet

I was hoping that stupid juicer story would blow over but nope, it’s all over my feed. File under ‘solutions to problems no one was having’ #tweet

There has to be a Red House Painters cover band called the Brave Martyr Pilots, right? If there isn’t, who wants to start one with me? #tweet

Bass lesson #1: I have stumpy fingers and I cannot play barre chords #tweet

Finally saw an otter in the estuary! #tweet

Missing the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 press show right now as I had other work to do. On the road to see Mindhorn, though #tweet

RIP Rosey, who did not get a fair shake in WWE, not least that name #tweet

Just got the volume and tone knobs back on my bass. Picked up new strings earlier; need proper wire cutters to finish the job #tweet

Buying new lightbulbs in 2017 is more difficult than I would’ve imagined #tweet

The Up on the Sun-style solos on this Moon Duo album are quite enjoyable #tweet

Almost finished with Legend of Korra. What are we gonna watch next? #tweet

Not at the big Irish wrestling show tonight because the promotion were dicks to me and I think their gimmicks are trash #tweet

Currently watching Wake In Fright, which basically depicts my worst nightmare. But I know I'd never make a rookie mistake like Grant #tweet