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Cranko Pop (Music Review)

August 29th, 2016

Back in the depths of Soundcloud, this time we’re having a look at the Cranko Pop account. Babbling along with links to nine tracks the artist picked from their Soundcloud account.

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Via Soundcloud, this release popped up on Memory No. 36 Recordings.

Here’s an interview with label founder, Ricardo Stacey over on Half-Gifts.

This is less a review and more a heads up.

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Started in 2013, Mindcut is the brainchild of Axel Sohns and I’ll probably be writing more it later; it is enough to say that Mindcut (with the likes of Emetic, Earwiggle and Super Rhythm Trax) has been putting out some of the most essential techno in recent years. With not a single dud and releases featuring luminaries such as Jerome Hill, Sunil Sharpe, Ansome, TSR, Paul Birken, Dave Tarrida, Bleaching Agent and the mighty Crystal Distortion. Mindcuts run of quality is beginning to resemble the Undertaker’s Survivor Series run.

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The Abandoned starts well – insofar as it echoes the brooding score and scenery shots of a great deal of what has come before. It has the creepy abusive homeless guy (played excellently by Mark Margolis), the rolling scenery of the protagonist travelling towards the point of horror. In places it’s very nicely shot and Jason Patric gives a reliable strong turn that as usual makes whatever he is in more watchable. But it sort of stops there.

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This is less a quality review (though I will be looking at that) but rather a warning from history. Through the course of this “review” I will be looking at mans (and womans ) inhumanity towards women (and men) through the medium of Stamp Dancing. Or as the Spanish so quaintly call it, Flamenco.

But first, a little background

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(Picture taken from Sylvi.fi Finnish review of the gig. BRCM has no copyright to this. Click this text to read Sylvi.fi gig review.)

As Time Machines by Coil of my favourite pieces of sound and safe in the knowledge that the core gestation of it came from McDowall, finding out last minute that Drew McDowall and Helm were playing was a source of acquired brain injury seal happy for me.

I say last minute because if Helm had not tweeted his whereabouts and schedule about playing, we might never have known. So it was off to drag the bandmate from work with a surprise.

The gig was at Kuudes Linja – the sort of cooler older brother venue to Helsinki’s Kaiku. I had yet to visit this venue and found it impressively intimate, with a sound system that brought the hefty. Besides a bar with booths, the main room is a black sound padded box with a stage at one end, the sound desk at the other and nothing else.

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We would really like you to hear Prof. Morash’s keynote, The Event and its Frame.

For the rest of the keynotes

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(Stitched with Its Color, 2008 Oil + Pierre Noire/Canvas, 71.5×90 inches (182—229 cm)

With much delay – here comes BRCM Bandwagon Mix #7.

In this episode we have songs picked by the Norwegian born and New York based artist Sol Kjøk1

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I found Housefire whilst searching music on Soundcloud. Without it, there is no other way I would have found and bought this artist.

Burnthemasters, Housefire’s first 12” opens to silence before the relentless thump rattle and shake of 4thwayschooldanceoftheneophyte rises. Deftly distorted tribal rhythms frilled with noise, the echoes of a forgotten rave and loving techno beats its way out. Warp layered with a cacophony of sounds and howls this is 5am music for dancing yourself awake again and watching the fall of the great cities.

It manages to straddle the noise experimental and industrial as it does the primal naturist sides of techno. The rattle and clang of proper warehouse. In many ways 4thwayschooldanceoftheneophyte reminds me of a possibly forgotten gem (but personal favourite) The Sanctuaries of Jupiter by The Anubian Lights.

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Beathaven is another artist I discovered through Soundcloud. They first really came to my attention via the outstanding track Johnny 5 Acid.

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I think this cassette release popped up via a recommendation? Though it’s possible it was another Bandcamp discovery.

I don’t have the tape though. Looking at the pictures on the Bandcamp page, I feel bad about that. The packaging looked boss.

This HZ release comes out on Third Kind Records from Brighton in the UK. In their own words, “Third Kind is a label based in Brighton UK specializing in unique short-run cassettes. The first 3 albums were released on 3 Sept 2013.”

The release is “Two acid tracks and two mini techno tracks recorded in 2014 & 2015.”

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Hitori Tori dropped this slice of acid shorn breakcore on Japanese IDM, chiptune and breakcore label Otherman Records back in September 2011.

Hitori first released under the names Finch and Fasp. “In 1998 Julian’s four track recorder was tragically destroyed. A sound tracker completely changed everything and Hitori Tori was born.”

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Following on like the logical evolution of Vangelis, acid, Aphex and synth pop science fiction soundtracks to films that don’t exist.

This three track opens with a bit of doom house? Acid doom house? Doom acid?

I feel as if Southern Gothic had managed to reach a time where they were building already decaying space ports on the edge of the plantations. This is the sort of music the films of those books would have.

Somewhere out there, there’s an epic Charles Band film that lost the track that made it good.

Really, “Solar Flare” is worth the price of admission alone.

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Another artist discovered with the help of Soundcloud. I think…

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In the usual Internet terms of – this popped up, I have no idea from where. Reddit maybe?

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Continuing our dig through the Soundcloud warrens. Here is a look at retro-futurist Menopausal Hound Dog.

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Stumbling around bandcamp of a Monday, I discovered this catchy rap from Cornwall duo Hedluv + Passman.

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Next up we have Cylob experimental side project, Nonprivate.

I’m not too inclined to go digging for information about this. It was originally released on cassette in 2010, and has the tags experimental and Berlin attached to it.

I’m fond of this sort of stuff and I’ve had a soft spot for Cylobian tones for years. Particularly after that Dublin Rephlex Disco Assault Systems Inc gig. Which, most things of music struggle to come close to. I’ve never been so glad someone’s grandmother died and left them all that money. I’m probably not even supposed to say that…let alone write it…but…what a night, I really wish I could remember it.

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Where we can we’ve kept an eye on Clemens Neufeld over the last while, Here Here or here

Back in 1991 – Clemens was the founder of Vienna’s first Techno Club, “Space Jungle” with King Artur. He is somewhat a Austrian Techno pioneer with an admirable and covetous back catalogue that has so far resisted full digital re-release except in careful drips and drabs by Clemens and only recently a remix of his work popped up on Dave Clarke’s That is to say, there’s tracks there I’d push old people out of the way to get.

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There is an easy sing-a-long feature to Danzig’s work that to some that might stray toward self-parody. Though a warmly regarded one, like an old vaudeville act smoothly rolling out the same old shtick. Always the same, always a little different, really easy to drunkenly sing along to in a bar sticky with Jägermeister and no sunlight. Of which, “Deth Red Sabaoth” feels a little like Tony Clifton doing metal (check out Ju Ju Bone ).

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“Proper go well high” is presented with the same loving eye for the special that Blank Slate Books bring to all their publications. At some point Kenny Penman and co deserve to be recognised for the services they have done, not just for comics, but also for British comics and graphic art as a whole.

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It’s 1972 and a half and the hangover from the sixties has just abated enough that you don’t murder the first person you hear playing sitar. You skipped town after your friend Murray got lifted in O’Hare with some of your product and you’ve been travelling around the world since. To keep yourself sane on long stops for longer drives, you sit in small rooms and record the radio. Later, ripped to the wind on local hooch you splice these recordings together with others from your collection. Strange quixotic long plays to counter the blasts of dead air and to keep the mind awake and on the road.

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Late as always, here is BRCM’s 7th Bandwagon Mix.
We were snowed in and in one case, literally had to fight a badger for it.

The good news is we have a splendid mix by the splendid Ukrainian duo,

Bad News from Cosmos

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Sometimes, you happen across some really special things on Soundcloud.

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I stumbled on the free Midnight Radio Compilations via their Nipple edition which was posted by their founder and curator, the artist Eisenlager, on one of the experimental music Facebook groups. With these groups, the post rate is often high and finding stuff can often be the musical equivalent of trying to parse a river. This was a happy discover

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When I wasn’t drunk and sad, I was hateful and drunk and when I was neither of those I was drunk and asleep.

Downstairs they held illegal gambling bouts all night between a cross-section of races, and would scream at each other and pull knives.

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Some people

October 25th, 2015

I woke up and my head and hands were numb.

It was freezing, the heater didn’t work and i sat on the side of the bed with the duvet i never liked.

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That Friday night, we lurched around and made dangerous friends with every nationality of head-case close at hand. We were exhausted from our rotten job with the toilet-Nazis and the flying beetles with teeth and I wet myself on the way to the campsite potty. It was glorious and we had made it.

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Plum (Music)

October 20th, 2015

I found Plum’s debut album “Different Skin” in the much lamented City Discs. The best place to go to pick up the music people better versed in music than you sold the stuff what they’d bought once they’d ripped it to mp3. It was around the time I was feeding a sizable Benbecula Records habit.

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Rounding out our Blank Slate reviews, we have the first of two reviews on the work of Oliver East. “Trains are…mint” was Slate 1. It is beautifully presented. I was not a customer at the beginning, but it is the sort of book that easily translates the love for its material and a promise of sweet high quality things to come. There is a squint and a start as you mean to go on air to its presentation.

Mancuian artist Oliver East makes some very particular comics. Though he would not decide he was into drawing until after university, he used to make comics as part of art school projects, and then give them away to his friends. Though it is hard to discern where things began, as one of my favourite stories told by the artist is,

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The Pinpoint explored

October 18th, 2015

Yeah, it happened just like that. On a weeklong drunk we do obscure and sometimes frightening things. That warm feeling when the bile comes is your get-out clause but fuck!

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In early 70’s horror there was a great alternative to Hammer’s endless parade of fainting aristo-ladies, somewhat camp Transylvanian counts and Peter Cushings permanently worried expression. Over in Spain director Amando De Ossorio had began a run of films that were and still are totally unique to the genre.

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It was me, The Scab McCabe, Hawk-Eye (Haughey) and Richie.
Our lives amounted to nothing at home so a caravan on the coast of Holland was sorted and it was decided that madness, starvation and the very worst elements of humanity would be our dear friends for a while.

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Having spent a few weeks trying to clear my head of Drone-Doom Metal and the obvious faux-pain that goes with it. I stumbled upon Richmond Fontaine via The Handsome Family and in turn Fontaine’s frontman Willy Vlautin’s novels. I have re-read the book three times in as many weeks.

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On the 18th of September, Belfast label, Computer Controlled Records drop Righteous Acid Beats, Chris Moss Acid’s new EP.

I’m not saying you should buy it – but you should probably buy it.

It’s available on Decks.De, and Juno and likely also Boomkat and the others. Before postage the listed price on Juno is €8.56 for the 12” vinyl.

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All the years of listening to Gil Scott Heron, I neglected to search IMDB and had never heard of ‘Black Wax’. It had to be shared.
Huge thanks to Youtuber -Mocheeks76 for putting this up.

A blend of non-live-live(?) musical sketches and live concert footage.

The opening is particularly cool.

It’s Gil Scott Heron and The Midnight Band – it really needs no introduction…

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“You invent a time machine, riches, wealth and power will surely follow. Not in Spleenal’s world. Watch him travel back and forth in time using this gift to sleep with younger versions of his wife, create wife sex-bots and the ‘Brazillian’ wax.

Back in the present the internet presents a frustrated Spleenal with an opportunity he can’t miss out on – guiltless sex. Or so he thinks until the panic starts, the wife gets involved and it doesn’t quite turn out as expected. Funny, funny, funny and a bit dirty to boot. Spleenal is the Non-PC lurking in all of us. We’ve read it and we predict this will be the funniest thing you’ve read all year. It’s brilliant!!”

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The blurb on Atomic Floyd’s site reads;

“It’s added muscle for compact earphones. A big beating heart pumping bass under glossy mids and acid sharp details. With two speakers in each ear, every note and every layer sing out like you’ve never heard. 2-Way Noise Isolation means your music stays in your ears and the world stays out. And an inline stainless steel remote and mic deliver total volume and playback control.”

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As we previously mentioned, Lithuanian-Irish producer, Warbaby excels in a fine line of Techno, experimental, Industrial and sharp electronics.

Her latest release Sonic Museum Pt. 1 takes the sonic points Warbaby was touching with work like ± nHagGdo aCnrTap ± Purgatorial Dreams and Wabi Sabi and dropkicks it elsewhere.

It was released without much fanfare and at the moment remains a little unknown. Which, is a terrible crime against nice things.

I happened across Warbaby through Soundcloud about a year ago and have watched each track release climb and twist in polished quality.

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Soundcloud Salvage [Music Review]

September 6th, 2015

So, while we’re clearing out the delayed, forgotten, lost reviews – we decided to throw together a small sampler list of some of the more refulgent accounts there. Some of these are artists, some are people with a good ear – parsing through Soundcloud’s warrens -they are presented in here in no particular order than the one they were pulled out of bookmarks with.

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Mawil is one of Germany’s best loved comic and graphic artists and is known in part for his touching autobiographical stories. Further more detailed information can be found at Lambiek.

The inside cover blurb reads

“You will sit next to her in Sunday School, meet her at summer camp, spend the first year away from home with her as a flatmate. You’re intoxicated, excited, obsessional – you’re in love. Then the dreaded words “we can still be friends” … in 4 very funny, bittersweet episodes Mawil explores that crushing moment we’ve all experienced when our hopes and dreams are crushed, our stomachs turned inside out, and we want the ground to swallow us up.”

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“Désarroi”, Kammerflimmer Kollektief’s tenth album was released in February 2015 by label Staubgold.

Thomas Weber started Kammerflimmer Kollektief as a lone man bedroom project of ambient, noise and electronic before expanding into a six-piece collective in 1999. Subsequent touring would result in their 1999 debut full-length, Maander.

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Our dog ate it. It got lost in the move. Whatever it was. Likely, it was those bastards, whoever they are, presumably what caused us to be late again. Here we are at BRCM Bandwagon Mixes #6 Mr. Sinner – we already have #7 given to us and #8 is so far away right now you can’t even squint to see it there, standing at the edge of the tree line. Tan nylons giving its face a featureless softness that is hard to hold on to in the dying light of a summer evening.

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Here is Noël Duplaa from Dublin folktronic rock band Cfit.

Previously of the hard to classify circuit regulars Tidal District. Noël created CFIT after Tidal District finished up. CFIT would evolve from home production into a band referred to by the Irish music press as “as one of the most promising bands in Ireland.” While their sound may be something that might linger in a bar near where the words indie and rock drink. This rarely does CFIT’s sound justice.

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It has taken nine years odd for The Angry Host to release their eponymous album. For a time there – it looked like it may never escape the clutches of the sock drawers it languished in.

This is music to be played loud.

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Prof. Stuart McLean is the Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. Prof. Mclean has written for us before, possibly some of the best things ever published on BRCM. You can find his splendid review of Warren Ellis’ ‘Do Anything’ here and and his blistering obituary of Margret Thatcher here

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Next up on the BRCM Bandwagon Mixes we have Blood or Whiskey’s Dugs Mullooly.

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The first of our BRCM Bandwagon Mixes is by Mr. Mule. A talented English DJ we discovered through /r/mixes on reddit. A proper gentleman and incredibly supportive to others in the scene. As it turned out, a long time ago, Mr. Mule used to be a pirate radio DJ – so we interviewed him.

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Seven years - time to stop.

November 23rd, 2014

Everywhere musical you land on the Internet seems to be getting DJs, producers and other people to do mixes for them.

So…

We decided to jump on the bandwagon and ask some talented and interesting people to throw together mixes for us. Over the next few months we’ll be posting these as and when we get them.

Now is as good a time to add that these bandwagon mixes will soon be the only output from BRCM, before they too stop.

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Released in 2012 – besides having a great title, this is a beautiful slice of synthwave or synthpop. It also happens to contain one of the best electronic pop songs of the last six years or more.

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What can we say about Clemens Neufeld that we haven’t said already? Here or here

Warm, no bullshit and always putting out quality – it is no secret that he is one of our favourite producers.

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Clyp.it

November 22nd, 2014

This utility escaped our notice until now, thanks to Chris Moss Acid

Clyp is a platform for sharing audio samples

It is rather like a text dump for audio.

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Over in the blogspot world, friend of Brcm Nicki Panayi has an alternative health blog called Healing.Loving.Life.

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Not in a long time have I struggled with walking out of a film.
I can’t have been alone as the audience laughed their way through it.

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BRCM Autumn Sampler Mix 2014

November 9th, 2014

The tracks here have been picked with love and care by BRCM, Housemaid and The Fear, BRCM staff writer StickandMove and our talented friend Unseenmachine.

Some tracks we found digging through Soundcloud and it was genuinely hard to pick from some of the amazing artists we have found on that medium.

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Having spotted this place while rambling and with a long addiction to the sort of duck you only ever seem to get in various China towns across the world. I was eager to try it.

I am very disappointed with my experience there.

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The Rover (Film)

August 27th, 2014

Don’t watch any trailers – they may spoil a moment.

Go into it blind.

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I know very little about this Finnish artist based in Tampere.
Except, when asked; they kindly set this track to download for me.

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Perhaps the last of the short audio salvage drops, but also, maybe the best.

Negativland have a new album coming out, all is right and good in the world.

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This will be everywhere later today – but we’ve never made any bones about our love for Scott Walker.

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What’s there to say about Acid this good.

Just listen to these preview tracks.

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In case you missed it back in 2009, here is ‘Riceboy Sleeps’.

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To mark his fortieth birthday, on the 11th of May, he released ‘We drink to forget the coming storm’. It was free for forty days and nights, after which you could purchase it for, “the price of a birthday whiskey”. Though it appears to be no longer on the bandcamp, just in case you missed it, here it is.

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Reviews & Interviews

August 21st, 2014

Lights on longer pieces are going to go dim for a bit longer on BRCM due to continued hardware issues and long repair times.

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Fister - Bronsonic (Music)

July 16th, 2014

Fisters bandcamp bears the legend,

“If it’s too slow, you’re too young.”

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It was made for zoning out.

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I had only heard d’Eon from his split with Grimes and that is a world away from this.

It seems to be for free download on the soundcloud page.

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Born in 1525, to the village of Palestrina just outside Rome. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina is commonly regarded as the greatest composer of liturgical music to have ever lived.

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Sometimes, most times you wake up on the audio salvage barge and find things you have no idea why or how they got there.

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Mike Dred just dropped a new LP called ‘Techno Satellites’.

You may remember Mike Dred from such pseudonyms as The Kosmik Kommando, Machine Codes, Chimera, DJ Judge Dred. And such groups as Universal Indicator.

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“The Legend Says He’s Half Human, Half Synthesizer…”

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My first reaction upon hearing XXXV the new EP from Punch Face Champions was “I used to get high to music like this”

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The Human Race is a medium to low budget American horror movie, except it’s not. It is more than that, more than a simple genre movi

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If you find it, I recommend following Tom Smiths feed on Facebook. It is a mine of wonderful things.

When he offered up a copy of his new work on tape to review, I immediately jumped – thinking, foolishly – how hard can it be to get a tape deck on the road? Someone must have one, somewhere. Sure, are they not making a big come back?

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Caleb Scofield from ‘Cave In’ and synonymous parent Sludge project ‘Old Man Gloom’ is the man behind the idea. He is joined by Adam McGrath and JR Connors. Andrew Schneider, the producer must be some sort of strange sonic alchemist as the production mix on this release, for my ears at least, is close to perfect.

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The Tivoli in Helsinki is where electronic music goes to die.

One of the larger venues in Helsinki, it is not any one thing with the Tivoli. It’s a little bit of everything. Except, perhaps, the bouncers, who are normally helpful.

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Jellaby [Comics]

April 2nd, 2014

Years ago – I stumbled upon Jellaby – it was a web comic back then – in typical addled fashion I kept forgetting it when I wanted to share it and having to do all sorts of cryptic searches to try and find it again. It’s really good to know it went on to success. It’s a good soft and warm on the brain story about a kid with a lost purple monster.

It is especially good for losing a few minutes of the horrors be they self-induced or just the every day existence ones.

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Stumbling about often throws up the most wonderful things.

The most fantastic of these recent discoveries is an 8-bit track inspired by Miles Davis ‘Bitches Brew’ by Unseenmachine.

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Australian Protest Law

March 13th, 2014

On Wednesday morning, ‘The Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill’ was passed through the upper house of the Victorian parliament.

It will give state police the power to order protesters to disperse if they are blocking the entrance to a building, disrupting traffic, of if the police ‘expect’ protesters to turn violent.

A ‘move on’ order may be issued to people suspected of committing an offense within the previous 12 hours who return to the public place that police are trying to clear. Failure to comply may result in arrest and a AU$720 (€467.44/US$650) fine.

Under the new law police would also be able to obtain exclusion orders banning protesters from certain public places for a period of up to 12 months. Violating such an order carries a maximum jail term of two years.

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After this, he muttered ruefully, we’ll probably have to change the name of the site to ‘The Clemens Neufeld Appreciation Society’

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I first heard ‘Bad News from Cosmos’ from Soundcloud. I’m sure of that. Whether it was my own stumble or they happened across my shuffles – it has been a very happy accident.

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Ogre - Dark Lords of Doom [Music]

February 27th, 2014

So it was written…

RAARGFUHF!

AGGHD?

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The nightlife in Helsinki retains a sort of quixotic mixture. At times it is vibrant then abruptly corpse bright. The Governments psychotic nanny state measures ensure that eclectic fun is often a hard thing to wring from the town – especially if you are gifted with any sort of reversed biorhythm.

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Meer minutes after he had posted his new EP ‘Strictly 303’ to his soundcloud and I had fallen in love with ‘Tune In’ – listening, waiting for it to finish so I could obsessively press play again.

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We have not been around for a while.

But – we came back because we urgent news from the past about fancy things from the future.

We know how you like the fancy shit

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Evil Dead (Film Review)

April 20th, 2013

Before the age of ten, I’d begun to cut out posters for films from local newspapers, liberated them from magazines, lived for Thursdays when the Evening Press would print up an entire centre section with posters for new releases. And I was always drawn to the horror movie posters – killer beasts, zombies, Rosemarys Killer, silver orbs with drills, The Shining. When I was two, I straddled the paper being used to clear the fire and declared, while pointing to the film poster, that I was going to be friends with the shark from Jaws. Such a wrong un.

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In accordance with MT’s insistence that no eulogy be delivered at her funeral, I composed the following.

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Mama (Film Review)

April 16th, 2013

It’s a day since I watched Mama in the cinema. I’ve had some time to think about it.

Initially when I walked out of the cinema – I thought I had just watched less a ghost story as an almost perfectly put together dark fairytale. In the time to think about it, some other things have come to mind…

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Alex Cross (Film Review)

April 11th, 2013

Somehow, Tyler Perry has slipped by my radar. I have no idea who he was and I wish it’d stayed that way.

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Spanish directors and scriptwriters have been pushing out some of the best horror on the market. The work of Jaume Balagueró i Bernat of the REC series, has always been worth tracking down.

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For its maiden voyage into the world of film screenings, Blood Donors Film Club presents ‘The Loved Ones’, a modern classic of gore, disenfranchised youth, unrequited love, and prom night gone wrong

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See them live – find them in London – make no mistake – this is a band to see live.

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‘Playing For Keeps’ is a new romantic comedy staring Gerard Butler, Dennis Quaid, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Judy Greer and Catherine Zeta-Jones (who has finally been allowed out of Michael Douglas’ sex dungeon). The plot centres on a former footballer who has fallen on hard times and is now stuck in a small wealthy American town to be close to his son. In the typical run of things he ends up coaching his sons football team and spends his time having to deal with the glut of divorced soccer moms who want him.

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Crawlspace (Film Review)

March 13th, 2013

‘Crawlspace’ is a 2012 Australian genre twisting science fiction horror. Australian cinema, especially genre cinema, rarely ever disappoints and “Crawlspace’ is no exception.

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Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, Bubbahotep) bought the rights, adapated it for the screen and directed it. Those involved in producing the film, like Paul Giamatti read as fans of the source material and make it sound like a labour of love in interviews.

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‘Antartic Journal’ is the promising debut of South Korean director Yim Pil-sung. The film centres on a modern antarctic expedition trying to reach the pole of inaccessibility. I tracked it down largely because it stars Song Kang-ho (The Host, The Good, The Bad and The Weird).

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Frisky Dingo (Fancy Things #3)

February 5th, 2013

Created by Adam Reed and Matt Thompson, the comedic geniuses also behind Sealab 2021 and Archer it centres on an alien called KillFaces attempts to destroy the Earth.

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Grounded by bombardment is where this review of Total Fucking Destruction – Monsters EP comes in to play.

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Path of Exile (Game Review)

January 23rd, 2013

Did you like Diablo 1, 2 and the Lord of Destruction expansion?

Do you like dungeon crawler action rpgs?

Enjoy Facebook games?

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What is important is that the gentleman from before – yes, that one, the one with the fighting trousers and that occasionally querulous orangutan butler – why yes – exactly that one! Professor Elemental is back – with a splendid new seventy-eight.

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A native of Dublin, founder of Retarded Cop and according to a rich wealth of academic sources, super genius.

There is an element of outsider art genius to Gaz LeRock. His radioshow Loving Room Floor is worth following for anyone into music not of bland mind.

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Godzilla Day (Repost)

December 25th, 2012

Below article abridged version of H. Ryder Søggard’s piece on Godzilla day. Shortened by the author with great thanks from the mountain for allowing us to use it

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I don’t remember how I stumbled across this album. But I am glad I did. It is at turns groovy and soothing. In the words of the label, lamadameaveclechien;

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Starting off this run of nice things – is the rarified and fantastic -

Blank Slate Books

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There have been very few times have I left a cinema going “What did I just watch?”

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Corrections - No Holiday review

December 5th, 2012

Previously we posted a review of No Holiday the anti-tourism travel guide by Disinformation. Here are some corrections.

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Boomkat (music download service)

November 29th, 2012

Please,

If you have a moment,

Just incase we forgot to mention it before,

We would like to draw your attention to a specialist online music service.

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No Holiday (Travel Book Review)

November 29th, 2012

A travel book dedicated to the eighty worst suppering wounds of humanity as dotted around the planet? How come you missed it back when it was published in 2006?

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Kitchen (Restaurant Revisited)

November 27th, 2012

This review covers four different meals over a seven day period.

Back in Dublin a few days and I needed somewhere central to park up and catch up with people.

I was happy to discover the menu at Kitchen almost completely changed from my last visit. Some old standards remain like the chicken wings (or I should say crack wings).

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However – the World needs Nice Things.

To Do

To See

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Websites need – blogs need -

Content –

we all need content. The Mountain is as guilty of that as anyone else. Although we do – did – are – some sort of a facility – cause, thing set up there with clear motives.

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Coilhouse gutters the candles

November 27th, 2012

Coilhouse gone – Internet a worse place.

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“Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in its hands with a grip that kills it”.
Rabindranath Tagore, (1861 – 1941)


I was up working late on Tuesday night when I spotted a tweet from my twitter friend @SineadRedmond referring to the front page of the Irish Independent on the death of a woman in Ireland, who may have died from being refused an abortion. As it was before 12am, there was an embargo until midnight when the online copy went live.

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I first met the Divine Canvas family at a convention two years ago. It was my first time getting tattooed at a convention and I was deeply uncomfortable with the idea.

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My modern style and tribal fusion belly dance background nurtures my curiosity about the origins of my chosen dance form. I perpetually seek out opportunities to watch Middle Eastern folk and Indian classical dance (in its many different shapes and regional varieties). For that very reason, I was extremely excited about Divya Kasturi’s Dublin Dance Festival performances.

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My Dublin Dance Festival experience was completed by Mixed Bill II and overall delightful dance impressions which I will cherish until the next festival in 2013.

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What I particularly love about Re-presenting Ireland is that every year it showcases such a wide range of dance talent. Re-presenting Ireland offers a springboard for young dancers across the Republic to present their work (completed and in the making) and I am never disappointed by the diverse creativity, and breadth of themes presented on this occasion.

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Helsinki Drinking

July 12th, 2012

I’ve made no secret of my disdain for Finnish beer. The Finns I’ve met make no secret of their disdain for Finnish beer.

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Helsinki Muu Gallery

July 7th, 2012

In my wandering I accidentally happen upon Muu Gallery. Perhaps one of the happiest accidents I’ve had in a city. For the hour or two I spend there – I am in a little slice of heaven.

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Helsinki Reprise

July 6th, 2012

I am always surprised at how easy everything is in Helsinki. My passage through the airport feels more like I am drifting – everyone is polite – everything is easy – I’m on a coach for the city faster than I remember to have a cigarette.

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As far as I can tell this is the only Mexican restaurant in Dublin owned and operated by Mexicans.

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Thoughts on a kitten

May 23rd, 2012

It is night – storm clouds have imposed themselves upon the sky, obscuring the moon. A beautiful young kitty, pulling a mechanical fish on wheels, is standing by a vase placed atop a table -

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After the much lamented demise of ‘M & D Coffee and Tea’ – it looked like the teascape of Dublin would be bereft of high quality affordable tea.

Let alone somewhere to drink it.

Powered as the Mountain is – by tea. There was much weeping and a’wailing – claw fisted threats to return to pre morning whiskey, breakfast Port, elevenses Sherry and stompy-stompy boots.

That was – until our faithful, somewhat magical, in-house liver, Patsy, ferreted out ‘Wall & Keogh’.

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Do Anything? What does that mean? Can anyone ever really do anything? Is it more a matter of thinking or feeling that you can do anything, or, more to the point perhaps, acting as though you can? If so, what does it take to think, feel or act that way?

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This little book from small independent publishing company “Blank Slate”: http://www.blankslatebooks.co.uk/ is my favourite of everything I have by them.

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It would I think – be a small bit of a misnomer to try and class Blood or Whiskey as some sort of Trad-Punk band.

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Take one middle-aged progressive rock guitarist and blend with one equally middle-aged, quirky progressive rock keyboardist gone full-time electronic knob-twiddler. Add one of the world’s premier drummers and sprinkle with a few insanely talented guest artists. Let bake in a Connecticut studio for a week and garnish with a smattering of wry, ambiguous, politically charged lyrics.

The result, as it turns out, is the next level of progressive rock, or as we normally call it — OSI.

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The Keep (Film Review)

March 22nd, 2012

At some point I heard mention of a film called ‘The Keep’. It was described as a supernatural Lovecraftian horror movie set in a remote castle in the Carpathian mountains…with Nazis.

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The sense of impending…something – is never far from any corner of Dublin these days. It’s not quite doom, it doesn’t have the energy to be doom, it’s something more ignominious.

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The plethora of artistic talent in Ireland- be it in the realms of music, dance or the visual arts- remains an undamped factor in preserving the Irish spirit in the face of economic hardships.

The Dublin based alternative/indie rock band White McKenzie is one such promising musical force.

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Sparky O’Hare Master Electrician serves as my introduction to Mawil whom the Internet tells me is one of Germany’s best loved comic book artists. He has been the recipient of the ICOM award for best independent comic four times (2007 being the last.) I am immediately a fan.

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I Draw Slow are an Irish five piece pedalling Irish-Americana folk roots old timey like a gimlet eyed carpetbagger will sell you an elixir for beauty, another for snake bites and in the saloon later – will swagger away with your maiden head.

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A rustic rock bar filled with memorabilia paid for by you.

Music played so it can be heard over the people shouting to hear each over the loud music.

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Cornish Pastie?

Cornish Amazing.

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Situated in an converted butchers in Ranelagh, The Butcher Grill is the newest venture by the people behind Dillingers. The decor is plain wood and the original shop tiles. Seating is at the bar or a selection of high tables with stools and benches.

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At the time of writing, i.e. August 2011, I’ve been in China four months now. According to Lindsay Clandfield and Duncan Ford, in their short treatise ‘The Language Teacher’s Survival Handbook’ (ITS, 2008), there are four stages of culture shock. I’m not sure if I’m at any particular stage.

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After being enthralled by the performances presented in Mixed Bills I for Re-Presenting Ireland, I also watched the contributions for Mixed Bills II. Overall, I was newly inspired as regards my own dance practise. Also, after seeing the works presented for Mixed Bills II I am now eagerly conducting more research into modern contemporary dance in Ireland.

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Heard tell a chef from the now defunct Mermaid had taken over as head chef in this cosy little venue so we dropped in to give it a spin.

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Looking out onto Smithfield this is a gem of a cafe, with a truly impressive spread of choices.

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Right so, four stars because even though I have nothing to complain about, like the sea, I’m a harsh, unforgiving mistress.

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The Grand Canal Theatre Dublin opened its doors in March 2010. At a twenty-minute stroll from O’Connell Street, it is the newest and biggest addition to Dublin’s vibrant cultural life. With a 2000 seating capacity, within a year after its inauguration, it represents Dublin’s primary venue for theatrical productions. Therefore, the decision by Dublin Dance Festival to host the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan at the Grand Canal Theatre was extremely significant. In this wonderful setting, I was enticed by Songs of the wanderers (1994), which was presented by “Asia’s leading contemporary dance companies” (The Irish Times) and hailed as the centrepiece performance of DDF 2011.

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Thoughts on Larry Crowne

June 30th, 2011

In an alternative within the multiverse of meatspace – Steve Guttenberg made it big and Tom Hanks lurched from The ‘Burbs to having a surprise hit with Forest Gump.

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The Dublin Dance Festival organizers have envisaged Re-presenting Ireland as an annual cultural venture with a very concrete purpose. Featuring as a solid festival component, Re-presenting Ireland presents rising choreographers with the opportunity of presenting their completed and unfinished works to Irish audiences. The project celebrates the diversity of the Irish modern dance scene. And indeed, all the works presented in Re-presenting Ireland 2011, highlight the versatility of modern dance in contemporary Ireland.

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Downtime and other errata

June 21st, 2011

Apologies to all for the current period of slack and downtime.

We have been struck down by a sweaty form of lung glue or sinus ebola.

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After a brief intermission (and his wonderful work Adapting for distortion) Hiroaki reappears on stage, this time a black, eerie silhouette floating through a bluish stream of light and chirring sounds.

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And Gil Scott Heron is Dead…and
I guess the one thing I have realized from the last few days
Or hours.
Is never underestimate the power of tears.

Too easily they are the faux index – the itchy trigger finger for forgiveness and aw it’ll be okay…

Too often you can be sitting at the end of the bed or mirror apologizing for someone-elses thoughtless greed.

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Some dance performances, like a number of modern paintings and potentially any piece of art, prove challenging to understand, difficult to follow, and to be brutally honest, at times, come across as plain pretentious. Writing a review on Hiroaki Umeda’s work is the exact opposite.

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If you happen to be in Dublin – visiting or living.

If you happen to be one of the many with a Tea habit that needs continual porcelain rattling fixing.

If you happen to be one of my brothers and sisters that can barely move let alone speak without a steaming black cup of ambition.

Then you will need to know about Moynihan and Dent Coffee and Tea (M&D Coffee and Tea.)

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In anticipation of tonight’s performances Fanfare and Bell, I sit down in the Great Hall at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, scrutinising the 17th century portraits of Kings and Queens. Queen Anne is staring back at me intently.

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Imagine if you will for a moment a TV scene á la National Geographic, set in the Chinese countryside. Wizened, sun burnt old faces, cigarettes hanging from lips, an array of army smocks and wellington boots dressed on their wearer haphazardly, tractors from the 1930s only a small child could fit into – but are the norm here, and vast, unending fields edged off by steep hills come mountains on the horizon. That’s what northern China looks like, and any National Geographic documentary you’ve seen is not some wishful stereotype.

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At first there were murmurs – whispers about a new horror comedy.

Then a trailer arrived offering tales of promise, whispers of gore and the faint impression that this may well be very, very funny.

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A woman gets murdered. Her husband seeks the killer.

There is nothing more I can say about this film that will not lessen some of it’s affect.

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Imagine if you will, that the pseudo-documentary horror-thriller sub-genre was having a party.

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For a few Techno more

April 19th, 2011

Technological music, Electronica in all its forms is sort of like the rust covered dead mech or robot warrior a good Transformers movie keeps cutting back to. There in the rubble of that facility – still – seemingly now, at long last – lifeless.

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They spent a lot of time standing around the diner, or the VFW, matching teenage posturing with adolescent insecurity, and flicking Marb’ Reds like mosquitoes.

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Aside from Irish literature – Irish dance is now also accepted as a global Irish commodity. Indeed, since the early 1990s most of the romanticism created around Ireland by the wider European public owes to the popularity of Irish dance productions such as Riverdance and The Lord of the Dance.

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Screw. You.

March 28th, 2011

What do you call someone who thinks this is something real, something palpable, when in fact, it is the residual bullshit of generational sacrifice and self-loathing?

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I drank too mcuh

March 25th, 2011

You want rants.

We’re all so in love with our own vision that there is nothing left.

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I do not wish to die.

March 25th, 2011

I do not wish to die.

At one point, I did. Half a life ago, I tried. Not with great and fiery conviction, but out of necessity and desperation. I simply did not know what else to do.

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Freddy

March 22nd, 2011

She met this Freddy in this way:
She met Freddy in spring while it was wet and dark, and teenagers slink inside for bong hits, beer and the Jefferson’s on Nick at Night.

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This is not Hollywood blockbuster standard – this isn’t even BBC quality. This feels like a high quality television series, spliced into one movie. Plastic, filled with nobodies, overly bright, with TV movie cinematography, this is a waste of a breath of a film.

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So here I sit, sipping my tea, reminiscing times past when we were sitting around a bar in a dark pub, sipping high glasses of a batch of Nils Oscars Barley Wine and generally enjoying ourselves.

This week I got to taste it again.

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The road between Medellin and Turbo has one of the nastiest reputations in the country. In fact, the last time I tried to travel between these two cities, coming from the opposite direction, the road had been closed due to heavy mudslides. So, instead of taking the direct route from Turbo to Medellin, I had to detour via Monteria — a city that is positioned farther west, adding nearly eight hours to the trip.

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So to start
You wake up in Dublin – your home town born and bred.

So what’s the problem? You have no cash nowhere to live and no form of identification

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Travellers (Film Review)

March 15th, 2011

Some movies are gloriously bad.

This is not one of them.

An English Independent movie – this film tries the jig of trying to be something like Bronson. A something else.

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A fistful of Techno

March 3rd, 2011

It may be said that 2010 was a marker moment of for counter-culture.

That it witnessed the rebirth of Irish Rave culture, the warehouse party and the resplendent resurgence of Techno.

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F (Film Review)

March 2nd, 2011

This film sells itself as a Hoodie Horror-Thriller

I could try say something positive about this – like “it harkens back to Cronenberg’s haunting The Brood with it’s use of faceless hooded antagonists.” Or just something relating to a siege film.

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“I will not make any deals with you.
I will not be pushed,
filed,
stamped,
indexed,
briefed,
debriefed
or numbered.
My life is my own.
I resign.”

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It is a new day in Medellin. With vast investments from the government, a first rate metro has been built along with modern neighborhoods, which remind me of cities in the States. The police and military are now better equipped and trained, and dot the city streets. Strangely, the abundant presence of Colombian soldiers holding assault rifles in public places puts me at ease.

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I Love Life

February 20th, 2011

I love the whimsy of laughing through a broken lip; the glorious, unsanitised madness that bubbles up inside when the absurdity of life overwhelms you; the relentless curiosity that licked a street-light in January and went on to split the atom…

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Because of my work, the commute and the fact that there are chefs at work who are far better at preparing a meal than I’d be at home, I tend to eat what the chef decides is a decent meal. I seldom spend any time cooking.

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I Like Suicide

February 2nd, 2011

I like suicide.

Yeah. Deal with it.

Before you burst into your little tantrum, though, hear me out.

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Need (Porn Review)

January 25th, 2011

Sitting here with the memory of an erection in my hand, I disappear further and further until what’s happening on the screen is a distant thing of colour and light. I’m supposed to be trying to review the amateur section on www.Stileproject.com. But the shapes move and drift now and I’m not sure I’m anywhere to be seen.

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That White Trash Kid

January 25th, 2011

I never started smoking because it was simply too commonplace. It held no mystery. Stealing had a purpose. There was gain in stealing. Smoking just made you smell bad.

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We’re Here To The End is the first full-length live album by the band Therapy?, due to be released on eight of November 2010. The album was recorded over three nights at the end of March this year at Monto Water Rats, London, and mixed in May 2010 at Blast Studios, Newcastle.

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My Dublin

January 25th, 2011

Fleeting moments. Smells. Nostalgia. Words overheard. Many elements make up our glimpses of a city, and the feel we get from it

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Community is wherever you make it. This will stay with me always.

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Ratatat - LP4 (Album Review)

January 23rd, 2011

For this review, the ghosts in the machine here at Big Rock Candy Mountain have decided to try something new, and have two of us review it at the same time, in the same piece.

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And as we entered the lower part of town, the bus station where we had left from not even a day before was now completely buried. Absolutely devastated. Completely missing. The silence was overwhelming as we drove through town, with every shop shut and locked; with most of the town working frantically to rescue and recover the people struck by this tragedy. Others wandered the streets aimlessly, not really comprehending what had happened, searching for something unknown.

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Kindle (Gadget Review)

December 14th, 2010

Suddenly books, millions of them - in my hand!

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Fable III (XBox 360 Game Review)

November 30th, 2010

On October 26th, Lionhead Studios finally released the third game in their premier franchise.

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The Gentleman Fagin

November 25th, 2010

Often, I find myself ambling about the Internerd, swinging my pocketwatch, singing something akin to ”Got to pick a torrent or two.” A gleam of intent in my eye, itchy fingers tapping the mouse in my pocket.

Yes Sir, I’ve been thieving for quite some time now and I have intention of stopping, whether you manage to foil me or not.

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The last few months have been unequivocally intense. As my experiences pile up, I feel more and more the weight upon me — the stories screaming to be written, much like the feeling of waking up to your cat staring you in the face, politely demanding to be fed. There is simply so much to write, so I’m going to break this one up into three parts. It’s a little intense and at times negative, so bear with me until the end for the big picture.

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Disrespect

November 20th, 2010

I can see them now — excited piglets prancing around imagined television stage sets, mewling about the latest terrible affront to their character; their lord-high-and-mealy-mouthy Soul! Oh, I cannot speak of it, but I must — my audience demands it!

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Quitting

November 19th, 2010

I’m not sure when I had my first cigarette, but I was in single digits. I remember the moment itself quite clearly though.

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“Perfectly Defect” is, to my count, the 11th release from the very strange Håvard Ellefsen, better know to us mortals as Mortiis.

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Atlanta’s favourite sons return with a compilation of sorts.

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It is of a rare occasion that you perchance to hear a melody, a tune – no, a hymn – on the Gramophone that later allows you to remark;

“So that’s how I ended up with tobacco burns on my gullet, a broken toe and my poor Cossack Semyon following me around with a bedpan waiting for my monocle to pass.

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I’ve come down now.

At least I think I have.

Well, my hair no longer smells, that must account for something? Smells of what, you ask? Oh, you didn’t, did you? You just wanted me to get on with the story. Well, let’s start where all decent stories start – a journey.

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It’s been about seven years and three full albums since myself and about thirty other eager punters got treated to the live sounds of Porcupine Tree in the Temple Bar Music Centre.

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The rain drains off of the overhang at the Lublin bus station, forming streams of water that feed into a giant puddle in front of a small café. I watch people clumsily dance together around the small pond, trying to protect their business clothes and gain entrance to the warm and dry confines of the coffee shop. One man misjudges the distance between dry land and the front step of the café, ending up in a splash of muddy water, soaking his black dress shoes and slacks.

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‘Get him to the Greek’ is a continuation of the story of a secondary character from the comedy ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’. While the billing says one of its main stars is some fat guy (Jonah Hill). In reality this movie just stars; Russell Brand, Sean Combs and Colin Meanie, all supported by some fat guy.

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I could not sleep.

I had fallen asleep fast and hard when I arrived home that night, as I woke up at 4am. Now it was 3:20am and I was wide awake. I decided to get up and get dressed and go see if places were opened for pre-Ramadan fasting breakfast, and what that would entail. As I headed out the door I decided against taking a book.

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Time Buzz

October 20th, 2010

Time stretches so endlessly before me. I want to fill it with something productive

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Stockholm, Sweden – an early October evening, so dreary you could almost believe you were in Britain. Aging rivetheads and other EBM/industrial fans gather furtively at a club near the waterfront. Stiff, tentative glances slowly give over to anticipation. The oxygen level in the venue is low and the meagre bar is overpriced, but the night’s offering is opulent. Tonight, one of the deities of EBM/industrial take the scene. Front Line Assembly are playing Stockholm, supported by Austrian demo scene-inspired technopop outfit mind.in.a.box.

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The train station after hours

September 13th, 2010

I buy a ticket on the six a.m. train tomorrow heading to Cluj-Napoca. Due to the early departure, I decide not to pay for a hotel or hostel. There is a twenty-four hour café across from the train station, with a pool hall that remains open until two a.m. I figure I can kill most of my night at this accommodating establishment

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Call me... anything you like

September 13th, 2010

Seriously!
I don’t care and you should be open about things. You might even be accurate in your hateful wailing.

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My fourteen hour overnight bus ride from Odessa finally arrives in the Southwestern Ukrainian border city of Chernivtsi. Due to its colorful past, formerly the principal city of Bukovyna (now Moldova), then apart of the Hapsburg Empire, and finally a brief stint in Romania after WWII, Chernivtsi has an unquestionably unique populace. This inimitable history, and youthful vibrancy drawn from the numerous Universities dispersed across the cityscape, creates an unavoidable charm.

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Conspiracy Theory

July 12th, 2010

It’s a conspiracy!

The Illuminati, New World Order, aliens, mind-control beams, ZOG, the anti-christ and fiendish, fucking flouridators – they’re all out there, and they all want to destroy our way of life.

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A thud… metallic screams and electronic clicks, drowned in reverb. Something is coming. You know its there, but not when it will strike. The tone deepens. Another thud… then another… another… rhythm – aggressive military rhythm, angry whispers… here it comes…

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The Signal (Film Review)

June 29th, 2010

“Do you have the crazy?

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I set the alarm on my phone for eight thirty to get an early start on our first day in Zagreb.

At seven forty I wake up to highly accented, belligerent arguing in English downstairs.

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How to Destroy Angels EP

June 21st, 2010

I guess not many of us really believed Trent Reznor when he said he was going to step back and focus on production. Well, it turns out he did and he didn’t. He, uh…

…he started a family band… of sorts.

No, really. Stick with me. Don’t panic. I’ll ease you through it.

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One more beer in Belgrade

June 16th, 2010

We decide to stop in Belgrade for an evening.

We are armed with an address and a map that I drew on a piece of paper. We are not worried. This is what we do…

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We at the Mountain would like to raise our hats, glasses and various appendages to…

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Down and Static-X are playing. Though there appears to be no hint of a double header, and from the look of the queue. which began to form at eleven am on Tuesday, Static-X were not the most welcome quests. Which on the whole is not too surprising, the choice as support is seen as quite unusual and its far more likely that after download in the UK this was the labels way of promoting more than one artist. And an Irish date by the ten year veterans of “Evil Disco” is overdue.

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Greg had met the driver earlier that day on a trip to the bazaar, and had set the price in advance. We are to pay four hundred Egyptian pounds to Mount Sinai and back.

The driver’s name is Ahmed. He is a pleasant man in his earlier thirties with Bedouin ancestry. He wears a red and white head wrap and several layers of heavy robes and quilting to prepare for the low temperatures we would soon reach.

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That’s Right

We’re Back

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Every one of us girls came to Rose M. Singer in the same way.

It was just wrong place wrong time that brought us here after a long morning/afternoon/evening of hot shots, cold showers, and empty pockets. We had no malice in our souls. We’re all just as sweet as the day we were born.

It’s just in those broken moments,
in those moments,
You realize not just what you are capable of, but what we are all capable of, as individuals, and as this collective human failing.

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Escape from Reality

February 11th, 2009

The book…

You know it’s fake. You know it’s fiction…

But it all seems so real.

So you research places, people, things. All nouns that you know will never amount to anything. You scour all your resources for things that never exist and will never exist…all so you can make your life more interesting.

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Writing Is My Meditation

January 15th, 2009

Writing, for me, is about being in my own skin. I don’t have to impress anyone.

No agendas.

No demands.

Observe my own thoughts; accept them.

Here they simply are the truth of a moment.

They exist only in this moment.

Ultimately, on the page, through my pen, I Can Let Those Thoughts Go.

Writing is my Zen.

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To All Readers And Contributors

December 24th, 2008

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Updates, Corrections, Apologies

November 26th, 2008

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Never Meet Your Idols

October 30th, 2008

They are sure to be disappointing in the flesh. It’s a cliché that ‘artistic types’ – musicians, dancers, actors, painters, and perhaps to a lesser extent, according to the cliché, writers (unless they are Irish, in which case they are appropriately drunk and perhaps violent) – are awful gobshites in person. They are like regular humans but more fallible, more fucked up, more vain, insecure, exhibitionist and so on. In fact, we sort of approve this about them, one of the guarantees of their authenticity as creative is a certain repertoire of dramatic incompetence in conventional interaction. It feeds into the whole Byronic, romantic mystique about The Artist: social dysfunction is proof of genius. Plus we then get to hold them exempt from conventional norms and indulge their peculiarities; we have to take care of them because of their special status. They get away with murder because they give us their Art.

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I was in the states on September 10th, in New Jersey planning to head to Philly the next day, and you could not avoid it. It was in every paper, from the free Metro to the best broadsheets and everything between. It had its own website for months previous and one of the biggest marketing campaigns I have ever witnessed. No I’m not referring to the anniversary of the terrorist attacks. I’m talking about my subject, my lifeblood. Music.

More specifically I’m taking about Metallica.

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Dragon Hunters (Film Review)

October 22nd, 2008

Okay, I’m not going to lie.

I downloaded this little gem illegally.

But..

My downloading it, has led to quite a bit of good.

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Ignoring the gentle insistence of Scotty, my Glaswegian nurse, I checked myself out after suffering an allergic reaction to the painkillers they had given me. There was a plan and it had to be stuck to. Tom Waits was playing and no gods, no storm nor shotgun blasted off leg was going to prevent me from going to see the man.

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I promised I’d write this. I swear. I promised! Otherwise, I’d be in bed by now. Comfortable, moist after a quick shower, warmed by the duvets, cradled by the pillows, thinking about relaxing my muscles. Still, I’m not. I’m peering at the screen in the darkness, sipping my green tea, and listening to the ringing in my ears. And thinking back on that magical time at the pub.

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Ode to Lost Ideas

October 3rd, 2008

I am annoyed. With myself. I started writing a piece. Discarded it. Came back to the idea, rewrote it. Discarded it. Again.

Sunday morning while cleaning up the kitchen before pancake breakfast, the best description came to me. The exact explanation I’ve been searching for came to mind. If I were profound enough it would have been an epiphany. You must understand there was much excitement in my mind.

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Mi Manera (My Way)

September 24th, 2008

Me pase la vida conformandoa esos que no tienen que ver conmigo;
Me pase la vida convenciendome, intentando ser alguien que ni siquiera yo logro entender;


English Translation


I spent my life satisfying those that have nothing to do with me.
I spent my life convincing myself, trying to be someone that even I can’t understand.

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The problem with being handed anything to review whilst drinking in a Dublin pub, is that the chances are; you’ll stumble home, put it somewhere then promptly forget where you put it. This will undoubtedly lead to several trashings of both your home and office before you find whatever it is you were supposed to review.

This is why it has taken so very long to review this year’s new EP release by the Irish Melodic Hardcore group, 20 Bulls Each (20BE). To the 20BE member who had the faith and generosity to shove a fresh and unopened EP into my hand in the bowels of the drunken vortex that is ‘The Foggy Dew’. I apologize for the delay.

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Welcome to My Perfectionism

August 18th, 2008

My last piece took three months to write.

When I get on a rant I can write for days.

It’s easy, I have a direction, if I’m lucky I have a template to respond to. When left on my own I go off on tangents, I go off topic too easily, I babble, my words become redundant. Even now I still nitpick my last piece. It should be more concise, succinct, expanded, delete, worded differently.

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The Problem of Smell

August 11th, 2008

Apparently my nose has gone rogue.

Apparently it always has been doing a little bit of freelancing on the side.

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Apologies

August 11th, 2008

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Spring

July 10th, 2008

I’m out, camera in hand, trying to get a picture that wishes to stick to the camera. Trying to find something out there that is worth saving, just a glimmer of something. Something I want to save.

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The Either-Or Conundrum

June 18th, 2008

Or “How to Be Everything and Nothing”

What is it about human nature that makes us divide ourselves?

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Out here, on summer

May 28th, 2008

Out here, we are all turned on by tragedy, just so long as it’s not our own.

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Interview: Anders Banke

May 21st, 2008

While at the Horrorthon, I had the chance to meet and interview Anders Banke, the director of ‘Frostbite’. Who, if impressions from the five days of the Horrorthon are anything to go by is a thoroughly likeable and wise man. There is a short review of Frostbite in the review section of the mountain. It’s also worth mentioning that at the time of transcribing this interview, ‘Frostbite’ has won the following accolades:

  • ‘Best Film’ Fantasporto 2006
  • ‘Best Score’ Screamfest Horror Film Festival 2006
  • ‘Best Makeup’ Screamfest Horror Film Festival 2006
  • ‘Best Special Effects’ Screamfest Horror Film Festival 2006
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I, Champion

May 15th, 2008

A hero isn’t a type of person; it’s a turn of events. Someone happens to have the right traits at the right place and time, and ends up saving the day. It obviously follows that the right traits tend to be less common ones, and so the atypical have a greater chance of occasionally being heroes. You’re only a hero at that time and place, however. I can no more save a world - let alone the world - than anyone else.

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Hey there…

I have something you don’t have.

I’m listening to it right now.

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Head First

April 9th, 2008

Were Socrates alive today, he’d be dead, having drunk the hemlock and asked for a refill, just to make sure he never had to hear another imbecile argument over whether or not Britney has to urinate once in a while.

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At this moment in time, I have ‘Care In The Community’ by Babar Luck booming through both 1000 Watt speakers as I do headphones I’m currently wearing. It’s just that good that it needs to be channeled twice, once to directly to the brain, mainlined, then again, through the collection of carefully aimed satellite speakers through the body.

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Propriety

April 9th, 2008

The pursuit of propriety is to blame for genital mutilation, the hiding of murder, child abuse, even the spread of disease by hiding infection; the worst personal atrocities imaginable, all done in the name of this disgusting idea - that some things just aren’t proper, not “right” or supposedly “natural” - not fit for a human being. The irony would be funny if it wasn’t so utterly covered in blood, gore and agony.

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Still Life (Film Review)

March 4th, 2008

Jia Zhang Ke’s 2006 film ‘Sanxia Haoren’ (English title ‘Still Life’) opened events for Dublin’s Chinese New Year celebrations. The sleeper winner of the Golden Lion Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival that year, it is a film that deserved more than the limited release it received.

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You will meet your greatest loves under the worst of circumstances.

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The revenge movie, in its proper subgenre setting of harrowing gritty violence, I had thought to be a thing dead. Consigned to the video nasties of the 70s and 80s. Though briefly and occasionally resurrected for some brief gasps during the 90s. Gone were the days when you could find a movie about a man or woman who had just been pushed too far. Where there was no A-team like arsenal or some insane Seagal Hollywood-ed up ninja doing mental things with pressure points. Rather instead; some crazy fucker with a sock full of quarters beating people to death or a guy with a supped up blowtorch burning people for their crimes.

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The Season of Loss

February 24th, 2008

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Lunar Cycling

February 5th, 2008

I hurt in places I do not want to know. I’m cold and tin outside, with me rambling inside like an old nut. The rats of paper trash rustle around, down by the tracks where it smells like piss and smear, train debris lost in the pits. Leaves hunt through the street like rogue X-wings trying to dive-bomb the gutters, but next to the curbs, curious golden matchsticks have appeared.

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Trying to be impartial, when writing an Ulver review, for me personally, is not going to be easy, as I’ve loved everything they’ve released from their black metal roots, to folk and onwards to electronica and beyond.

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Chinese New Year Dublin

February 1st, 2008

In an effort to offer a wider variety of articles on the mountain. This year we will be covering the Chinese Spring Festival celebrations or as you’d probably more commonly know it, Chinese New Year.

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Own Up, Fucker

February 1st, 2008

So which one of you out there taught the hippies to use Flash?

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Stop Looking For Aliens

February 1st, 2008

It’s not new but it’s always worth the mention:

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This is a letter from fan.

To Man.

Or well, joke aside, men.

First off, we lied to you. Although the topic says this is a review of the recent Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip gig at Crawdaddy (Dublin), it’s really going to be a review of the last three gigs the duo have done in Ireland. A piecemeal affair of happy memories and general commentary.

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It’s taken me a number of weeks to hammer out this review. Largely because I think my brain needed time to digest what I saw and what I heard

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Sophistricated

January 24th, 2008

Encourage your hedonistic tendencies.
Be sweet and nice to yourself.

No wallowing in your shortcomings – or mine; I’m good enough for myself, and I don’t want you on my back. Walk your own blisters.

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We Leave At Dawn

December 17th, 2007

Welcome to the Mountain.



Because you would not come to us, we have come to you

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It got late one night and I got to pondering; what would be the best job to go postal in. Where postal equals batshit crazy.

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It is of my opinion, and let’s be clear that it is an opinion only, that forums for video games on the internet have actually surpassed music forums for the cutting-edge of commentary from people who appear to have a near fatal fetish for cranial intrusive activities. And I somehow missed the metamorphosis, now standing agape in the wake and wanting to rip the hands off of my supposed peers.

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Perhaps I am just pessimistic.. Actually I am and on-top of that there is sarcastic, nihilistic, dismissive and all number of other negative descriptors but in this specific case of distrust I never had any faith in an Open Source universal log-in system built to take on Microsoft Passport.

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Fait Accompli

November 27th, 2007

I love the mushroom cloud.

I don’t think it’s cool. It doesn’t make me feel manly. I don’t worship it for its might.

I love it because it’s an undeniable, undisguisable, irredeemable scar on the face of human complicity. The flash may have burned your eyes out, but you will remember the vision of fait accompli for the rest of your miserable, impotent life.

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Beep Beep

November 24th, 2007

My phone’s dead. I keep picking up the horn to listen to the silence. Nothing to connect ‘cause the switch’s dead; I sing the song of the OFF function without STAND-BY because – just – No. Fuck content: How about this bit of societal flatline?

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The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust is a cooperation between poet/rapper Saul Williams and musician/producer Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails fame.) Most of the music seems to be the work of Reznor, while Williams – as the heading artist – brings the vocals, the lyrical message and the hip-hop fundamentals.

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They're Out To Get You!

October 22nd, 2007

Yeah. All of ‘em. The politicians, the bureaucrats, the salespeople, the marketers, the girl next door and the guy on the curb with his sweaty hand down his pants; they all want to sell your kidney for a quick kibble in the back-room. Me? Yeah, I’m probably out to get you, too.

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Stardust (film review)

October 21st, 2007

Stardust is not a bad film. In fact, it’s a rather good film, in the vein of Willow and Labyrinth. The problem is that to anyone who has read the book, it plays rather like J.S. Bach as interpreted by Ritchie Blackmore; while the experience is enjoyable in itself, you can’t help but wince as the complexity of the original is mangle…

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Ghosts

October 18th, 2007

I don’t want to tell you these stories; I want you to see them for me.
All these ghost stories…

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I came back to reality drinking a cup of coffee, checking a newspaper to see if the stock market price of sanity had gone up. The edges of sleep deprivation had begun to enclose my mind.

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Frostbite (film review)

October 5th, 2007

Apparently, this is Sweden’s first vampire movie and based on what I’ve seen, I can only hope they keep making them. Anders Banke is a man with talent and one to watch.

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I woke up feeling like a nest of feral gypsies had camped in my mouth. Movement seemed to wake the parasitic creature slumbering in my stomach. I’d hoped it was just undigested booze, but these were dashed when I lit a cigarette and felt something within me unfurl lazily.

It was going to be a long day.

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The Host (Film review)

October 4th, 2007

Released on the 27th of July 2006, this South Korean blockbuster had already been seen by over six million people by the morning of August the 6th 2006. By the 10th of September 2006 Bong Joon-Ho’s ‘The Host’ had been seen by over twelve and a half million people in Korea alone. Making it the highest grossing film in South Korean cinematic history.

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I arrived early. In a move of cunning journalistic smarts and having just heard of him, I’d picked up Jay Slater’s book on the way and settled into a corner of the IFI bar to try get a protective layering of food and information down before people started to arrive.

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At some point, somewhere, I ended up involved with a shady organization called D3 For short. They promised drugs, fast women, slow cars and strange occult rituals performed in the backwoods of Somerset in the hopes of summoning up nameless things from dead times.

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Horrorthon #0 Just Like That

October 4th, 2007

Assembled here, rough shod – slightly loose and badly edited, is the coverage piece I did for the 9th annual Dublin Horrorthon. Originally and unashamedly, I tried to write this as a sort of Gonzo-Lovecraftian parody that while presenting as much of the facts as I could meld in relatively healthy doses of humor and line blurring fiction.

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I am fond of post-its, sticky notes – snail glue papers. They stay in books to keep lines and pages. They scream ‘HERE!’ in the corporate monochromes of the library. I can keep them at face-height and encounter them like I would a person, only there’s something written on it, most often by me, which can even surprise me with myself.

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On the 15th of April, Finntroll played Dublin. If you don’t know Finntroll already, you should. They combine black metal with Finnish polka, called Humppa and sing about Trolls in the Scandinavian mythological sense. Trolls that rise from the forests to crush the encroaching Christian menace. Trolls that follow the old ways, Trolls that were the scourge of the Christanised Vikings.

Through the amazing Louise at Maid of Metal Publicity, we were able to secure an interview with Tundra (bassist) and Skrymer (guitarist), who were fed cigarettes and whiskey in an effort snaffle information from them about life in the band.

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Hi, I’m Jack ‘you have to listen to me, please” Fuckcock and I have heard so many reasons why X is/not Ready For Y that I no longer care what X is, what it is for and who the hell thinks it needs to be crammed up Y.

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Interview: Andrew Deane

May 17th, 2007

Existing on the Internet, as I do, like a shadowy cultural Charlie, soaking up all the information I can about everything I can possibly get my hungry fingers on. The news that some mad group of geniuses was going to create a new horror series for television, comprising of all the great horror directors still living, did not go unnoticed.

The brainchild of Mick Garris and with each episode an hour long, they act like mini-movies. It’s quite possible the just the news of this series had most Horror fans working themselves into knots. John Carpenter, Stuart Gordon, Dario Argento, Tobe Hooper, Don Coscarelli, Joe Dante, John Landis, the list goes on like some big Fangoria love-in.

If you ignore the usual whiners, you know the ones, those people who will find bitching rights about anything. The series is. for want of a better way to say this, absolutely fucking magic. You’ll find reviews of episodes from both the first and second series dotted about our review section. However, fuck the reviews, don’t take my opinion for it, buy the fuckers, keep these men in episodes and fancy shoes. With your help we might see a fourth and fifth series of this joy.

It was with a certain degree of luck and persuasion that I managed to meet the series’ producer Andrew Deane at the 9th annual Dublin Horrorthon. The following is an interview conducted with Andrew Deane, the Co-executive producer of the ‘Masters of Horror’ series. As far as I’m aware, no other interview of it’s kind exists on the Internet. Mr. Deane, being quite an elusive fellow. This may even be an exclusive of sorts.

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At first glance, ‘Sayonara Bar’ by Susan Barker appears to be a tale of Japan’s Sex industry. There is Mary, a hostess in the Sayonara Bar who massages salary men’s egos for her weekly wage. Mr Sato forced out of his rut by his boss to go to the Sayonara Bar and experience a little debauchery. Watanabe, the bar’s cook, who exists “in his own manga-fuelled fantasy of the fourth dimension, and believes he can see into other people’s souls, as well as into the gurgling viscera of their souls”.

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Preview: Joost

April 9th, 2007

Joost is an innovative Web TV application – i.e. TV over Web not Web via your TV such as Microsoft’s Web TV aka msntv.

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Godzilla Day

March 23rd, 2007

Commonly celebrated between the 24th and 25th of December. This feast day has, like Christmas, had its name changed with each permutation of the resurrecting God-entity said to born on this day.

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Dear Santa

December 24th, 2004

Dear Santa,

Buddy, I got a lot to say to you.

First things first; do you read the news?

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