Posts from January 2008
Apropos the discussion of scary music on last night’s Lollards (I will try and find time to give Coil the longer post it probably deserves), here’s a track by fairly obscure late 90s “imaginary soundtrack” dudes Cinema, called “They Nicknamed Me Evil”. What strikes me about this – which I think I reviewed favourably back in the NYLPM days – is how the band pile on almost every possible spooky or eerie soundtrack trick. But is the actual finished result at all scarifying? Judge for yourself – I think the vocals help a lot, even if they can’t push it from creepy to frightening.
(And why are pianos so spooky anyway?)
Here’s a couple of food science-y items recently brought to my attention.
Firstly – the hygiene issues surrounding ‘communal dipping’. I’m sure everyone is pretty familiar with this practice, unless you live in a cave or something. This New York Times article deals with a study about bacteria levels in dip, with what to me seem quite obvious results – that dipping the same chip twice into a pot of shared dip = more bacteria, although the article seems surprised by this result. The scientist’s general conclusion – do not eat dip at parties unless you’d also be willing to kiss everyone else there, as it (bacterially speaking) adds up to the same thing, a conclusion that makes me feel vaguely paranoid – what if everyone finds out about this study? I foresee situations at parties where eating dip is seen as a come-on, ie if you’re happy to eat the dip, you’re also happy getting off with whoever else is ‘dipping’.
Secondly – a food science challenge! The problem posed is
Can you find three foods such that all three do not go together (by any reasonable definition of foods “going together”) but every pair of them does go together?
(There’s more instructions and explanation under the link)
Anyone got any solutions?
There’s also some interesting possibilities for food science experiments, personally I’d love to see what Lemon Mole tastes like.
UPDATE: This resource could also be handy here.
(all via kottke.org)
Time to raise the stakes here on Freaky Trigger — before plunging them deep into your hearts — and get into some stuff that even Marilyn Manson might think twice about. Dir en Grey is a — what, thrashcore? — band from Japan who produce some of the most disturbing music videos in the world. There’s some real nightmare material here, so be warned. I managed to avoid some of the worst parts by being confused about which subtitles I should be reading.
Again, until I get the embedding thing going, you’ll have to follow this link to see the video for “Saku” by Dir en Grey.
In this run-up to the horror of post-Shrove Tuesday life, when we will all be down to fruit juice and morsels of pre-digested tofu — what do you mean, you don’t know what I’m talking about? — it is SCARY VIDEO time here at the Trigger of Freaks. First up is a filmic accompaniment to the best album the Rolling Stones ever recorded — Undercover of the Night. The song? “Too Much Blood”. I leave it as an excercise for the reader to determine precisely why this video is scary. Is it the violence of the modern news media? Keith Richards’ jack-o-lantern grin? What scares me most is how cavalierly our “actress” wastes a perfectly good bloody mary.
WordPress keeps removing the video when I embed it so until I get that sorted out you can see the “Too Much Blood” video here.
Scary Monsters and Super Freaks-ytriggers: Pete Baran, Alix Campbell, Ewings Tom and Al, with Steve Hewitt in the crypt.
A monster Monster FITE! (Oh yes.) Some corrections. Bob McFadden and Dor “I’m A Mummy” (and “Kookie Lend Me Your Comb”). Monster comics from space and zombie superheroes. Spock sings “A Visit to a Sad Planet” (ahhhh, do you see, for that Sad Planet is…) Frightened by music, disease and nuclear war. “The First Five Minutes After Death”. John Carpenter’s “Halloween Theme” and some Vampire Weekend track or another.
I’ve now read and can report back on “Let’s Talk About Love”, Carl Wilson’s Celine book for the 33 1/3 series. I’m not really able to pull my thoughts together into anything coherent, hence this post is a bit listy. But overall I think you should read the book – it’s a good, easy read and brings up a lot of interesting ideas and questions. It’ll also be – I think deservedly – one of the more talked-about current music books and so fore-read is fore-armed.
Here are some things that occurred to me on a read-through, organised in roughly chronological order (as in, comments on chapter 1 before comments on chapter 10)
Biffy Clyro, Scottish emo pioneers* think that just because they have a stupid name that they are same from me. Perhaps they think that by being so awesomely bad on purpose, that I won’t bother to criticise their audience proof music. But seriously guys, red rag meet bull. They have named their new since Who’s Got A Match?.
Guess what. I’ve got a match…
Your single cover: Hipgnosis after a hip operation**.
So you saw the worst, here and here. Same details apply, the films in this list are films I saw in the cinema in 2007. Which means there are some 2007 films which won’t apply because I didn’t see them in 2007 (a good example would be Planet Terror which would have made this top ten easily, but I only saw last week. If it doesn’t make next years list, then next year will be a pretty good year – and January has been pretty damn good).
Its harder to write about why something is good, as opposed to why something is bad, so I’ll be restricting myself to a sentence or two, just to get it out of the way. There are a few big names in there, which is nice to see – in as much as a sometimes the mainstream can really provide the magic of cinema it promises with its flashy big screeniness. The small number of non-English language films on this list is also interesting, partially due to what seemed to be a shrinking set of releases last year (nary a good Korean film). Anyway – here is the rundown 10-6 with the top five coming tomorrow.
On the last episode of Freaky the Trigger and His Pop Lollards, you may recall my amazed-ness that Dolly Parton’s theme park in the hills of East Tennessee is a household name over in Britain — a revelation promptly skewered by Kat, who had no idea what I was talking about. Then again she thought that “Ghetto Superstar” used original music. KIDS EH. What was I saying. Oh yes. Apparently the theme park in question is a popular destination for wide-eyed British hacks to junket off to. Nice work if you can get it.
Matt DC captures lots of why I like Vampire Weekend (and I really really like them) in this ILX post
Nitsuh does a great job with the Pitchfork review.
Not covered in either: someone on the ILX thread (who doesn’t like them) asks if it’s reminding likers of their college days. Yes, totally! This is the “preppiness” which – being unsteeped in US culture – I can’t hear directly, I guess. All the lines about staircases, campus and so on totally make me think of Summer terms at Queens’ College, Oxford. But then at the same time the specific touchpoints – placenames, labels, slang – of preppiness give the record a kind of exotic thrill-appeal too. So they’ve found a way to resell my own privilege back to me without me finding it obnoxious! Hurrah! (I think.)