Part of why I love “Watchmen”

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From Lance Parkin‘s “Magic Words“, a biography on Alan Moore, the main writer of “Watchmen“:

Just click the image to read up.

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I love Moore’s/Gibbons‘ humor, and ability to play with the absurd, which has gone lost on a lot of people, myself included at times.

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Movies I've watched recently:

  • Johan Falk: Vapenbröder (Video 2009) - IMDb 1/10

    2016-04-21 13:44
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    This film is actually worse than the first one, leaving no care behind; actually, if "no care left behind" would be the title, I'd given it higher grade out from courtesy. There's just nothing in here, not even anything little that aids or progresses action, for the sake of action. Even tipping a jar of paint onto the street would be more actionable and less questionable, than anything that goes on in this film.

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  • Johan Falk: GSI - Gruppen för särskilda... 2/10

    2016-04-17 13:42
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    What a heap of troubles. Sweden often combats crime; one may say it's "our" forté. Trouble is, the same actors adapt the same dour, sour stance when affronting the crimes perpetrated by other film-makers and actors, all from Sweden. It's a downward trajectory. Here, the biggest crime is courtesy of Jacob Eklund, who would not be able to act his way out of a paper bag; he's far too lackadaisical and apathetic to be a lead guy, and his character's simply not believable. This story is somewhat interesting as one specific criminal quickly proves to be an informant for the police. That's about it, really. The action is questionable as I kept looking at my wall behind the TV at times, for more exciting stuff; I'm not exaggerating when writing it. Fingers crossed for more excitement.

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  • Sisters (2015) - IMDb 7/10

    2016-03-05 21:17
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    I'm a sucker for Fey/Poehler, and this time they've managed to be as brash and simultaneously fun as they should always have been; I mean, they've obviously honed their craft. They play sisters who walk down memory lane, and what keeps this from being a regular haw-haw SNL showboat is how they keep their eyes on the prize, story-wise. It's a complete film, lavish with jokes that not only prey upon the remember-when-we-were-young? thing, but show-cases humor in its simplest forms. There are not that many gimmicks, really, but mostly humor. Things work because of the words, not the context, e.g. in comparison with films like almost everything Adam Sandler has made. All in all, fun and funny, they make it work.

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  • Fuk sau (2009) - IMDb 8/10

    2016-03-05 12:07
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    This is a pure action-and-vengeance film, from start to finish. There's really no logic to some things, e.g. why the main character does not visit his estranged and brutally hurt (physically and mentally speaking) daughter in hospital, but is on a mission. Apart from that, though, this film is a study in cinematography, vengeance, neat tricks and sheer love for the kind of drama that I think all vengeance-based films should carry. There's a lot of fun too. What Hallyday keeps back because of his limited performance - just imagine if Alain Delon would have played the main character, which is what the director originally wanted - the sidekicks and the beauty of the film gives back. It's a bit like "Blade Runner" meets "Memento" and some ancient John Ford/Akira Kurosawa thing going on. A must-see for all action/vengeance flick buffs.

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  • Macbeth (2015) - IMDb 9/10

    2016-01-23 21:49
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    This is a masterpiece. Where William Shakespeare's tale of betrayal, greed and blindness leaves much room for interpretation, this cinematic version goes beyond what could easily have been a flat, drab interpretation, and makes it come alive and breathe new air into the tale. I hope this adaptation goes around and is seen by all. Fassbender is really involved in this film, as previously seen in "Shame", as opposed the crappy role he had to play in "Prometheus"; Marion Cotillard elevates, both by herself and together with Fassbender. The calmness before the storm, breathtakingly filmed and shot first during the initial scenes, is cinematography, acting and direction in wondrous collaboration. It seems all actors are on-point, with one singular goal. This is truly brilliant. The language comes alive, through death and humanity.

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My reactions to Nightwish’s “The Greatest Show On Earth”

2016-05-18_0803_01You have got to be fucking joking. Oh, you’re not.

I accepted a challenge of sorts, i.e. to listen to Nightwish‘s song “The Greatest Show On Earth“.

I’ve tried to listen to this lot before, with catastrophic results; I’ve always slagged this band off as a distorted version of Robert Wells with hubris and computers, but this time, I didn’t know that I’d accepted to listen through a 24-minute-long track. Well, challenge accepted.

Here’s the video, and here are my thoughts as typed while listening to the track for the first (and only) time:

01:00: I suddenly realised that I missed Sokolov a lot.
01:35: this sounds a lot like an intro to a fantasy TV series.
02:00: the Yamaha DX-7 really lives!
02:20: LOTR.
02:30: I wonder for how long they’re going to play the same notes using both the Enya flute and the “piano”.
03:00: oboe. why?
03:10: will they stop playing scales? Why is the sound “spirit voices” from the DX-7 there?
03:20: why a human voice over the robotic Yamaha voices?
04:00: why does it sound as though she’s singing while leaning back?
04:10: kettle drums. Eurovision 2013.
04:40: scales and the Enya-Yahama voice again.
04:50: wow. synth violins.
05:00: but god. why? LOTR was 10 years ago?
05:20 “sumptuous planet”. I NEVER thought anyone would use the word “sumptuous” about a planet.

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06:10: when will it end? Metallica, what have you done?
06:30: everything we needed. Power chords over a twinkling of synths.
07:00: Bonnie Tyler’s anemic sister before warming up her voice.
07:20: “we are a universe”. wow.
07:57: wow. chemistry pop.
08:15: “we are one”. mmm.
08:50: equal parts double bass drum and wishing nightwish were better than this.
09:20: “the wonder of birth”. mmm.
09:32: “every form most beautiful”. what? “Most beautiful”?
11:00: as though the BBC had never made a nature show.
11:30: just because you _can_ do this, you _should not_ do this.
12:20: wow. what a voice. Is it Robert Wells?
13:xx: “the architecture of understanding”?
13:15: “enter history/the grand finale”?
13:20: “enter ratkind”

Why?
Why all the “enter”?
It’s as though dramaturgy does not exist and has never existed .
Why are they using a way of writing which they don’t master? why all the references to nature? are they fucking with the listeners?

14:10: Yamaha pan flutes.
14:20: I wonder if they will inject a banjo–
14:35: yes.
14:45: electronic bass drums for ONE bar.
15:00 “he gave birth to poetry” – ? – and the rest of it…inexplicable.

I agree with the concept of great art generating questions, but this is simply moronic.

16:00: “we were here” – perhaps a trace of something interesting.
16:30: no.
16:50: nightwish ought to have loads of money. why aren’t they buying decent synth sounds? the strings really sound DX-7. Totally. The Beatles managed to create better string sounds using a _mellotron_ in the 1960s.
17:40: we’re taking the hobbits to GoT-gard.
18:10: “we are going to die/and that makes us the lucky ones”

they have no idea of what I’m thinking of them right now.

18:40: “greater poets than Keats” – why KEATS?!?
19:00: “in our ordinariness” – what!? they mention Keats and use a banjo? How is this “ordinariness”?
19:30: god. everything is special effects. Every second is showmanship. Why?
20:00: the fan video is less dramatic than what is heard while watching.
20:20: is this nightwish? is this just a cruel joke by [person who challenged me to see/hear this]?
21:00: the creaking must be from Robert Wells’ rocking chair. That he’s sitting in while having made this in fifteen minutes.
21:30: what happened to Stockhausen? Kraftwerk? Black Sabbath?
21:45: I hope Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins never ever hear this.
22:30: one long fade-out?
22:45: the gurgling must be from fans of nightwish who are trying to say they want more.
23:00: one minute left. what am I going to listen to after this?
23:20: my hands are trembling.
23:30: I’m thinking of when I was 12 years old and tried to make up great endings for mixtapes I made.
23:52: wow. I did this.

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Playlist #22

Since I last posted a playlist some forever months ago, it’s more than time for a new one. You’ll find embeddable playlists for both Spotify and Deezer at the bottom of this post.

Today marks the 50th anniversary since Beach BoysPet Sounds” was released. Truly a seminal landmark in pop music and beyond, I’m looking forward to seeing Brian Wilson playing the entire piece at the Primavera Sound festival in less than a month!

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Also, Manic Street Preachers are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their great “Everything Must Go“. I’ve included the last track from the re-release of the album, a teary-eyed distorted thing; I love the ending, the boxy radio-sounding quality where there’s some guitar masturbation going on.

Holy Fuck‘s new album named “Congrats” is coming very soon, and they’ve so far released two tracks, of which I love “Tom Tom” the most. However, the song “Xed Eyes” is a lot fucking better with this tripped-out video extravaganza to aid it.

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Clark, the fine electronics artist, has made the soundtrack for “The Last Panthers” – a TV-series that’s mainly known for David Bowie consciously providing the theme song for it – which is calm and instrumental, dark and droning.

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I just found out about Anoushka Shankar today. What a track. This video is actually even more powerful than the track by itself, where she’s playing the track – which is written by Ravi Shankar, her father – with Tanmoy Bose (tabla) and Kenji (Tampura) at the Neurosciences Institute:

…and, writing of powerful musicans:

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Silvana Imam is one of the best rappers in Sweden. Although I’ve found her new album, “Naturkraft“, to be patchy in terms of quality, when she lights up, she sets off. This track is one of the brighter moments.

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It took me a lot of time, but when I saw the trailer for Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring“, I quickly learned that there’s apparently more to Sleigh Bells than I first thought. Even though that track, “Crown On The Ground“, is a perfect mix of distortion, guitar, melody and voice, I just love “Infinity Guitars“, so it’s here.

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Grigory Sokolov, what a dude. Even though he was a virtuoso piano player, he let his emotions take the lead. I really enjoyed his outbursts and shit. Also, check this vid, it’s a like a rollercoaster ride:

From that to: Death Grips.

David Bowie liked them, according to Tony Visconti. I’ve gotta say, even though the band’s over, they’ve released quite some material since. Their latest album, “Bottomless Pit“, from where this track is picked up, is their best yet if you ask me. And it’s a ride, too, a high-octane one.

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Steve Mason was once in mighty The Beta Band, whose “Dry The Rain” will forever light some way. However, he went somewhat ill and then a lot better, and his latest album attests to his song-writing capacity, even to his great voice. Akin to Doves, get in there.

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Thanks to Rough Trade, I’ve just discovered Karl Blau. His latest album, “Introducing Karl Blau“, is a great country rock one. Go listen. And yes, he reminds me of a certain Patrick Pestorius.

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Mogwai are always Mogwai, and this is one of their best tracks. They’ve recently-ish released a compilation named “Central Belters“, which I recommend if you haven’t heard them before.

As for the Furries, I’ve just covered this track – which is grand – so find out for yourself; fingers will be crossed for an album to be released onto the world as soon as possible.

Lakker have just released their second album – they actually refer to it as a “maxi EP” – “Struggle & Emerge”, which is a more varied techno album than their first one, which I loved. This is the loveliest song off the new album.

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The return of Super Furry Animals, The Stone Roses (and Manic Street Preachers)

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OK.

SFA OK.

Yesterday, The Stone Roses released a new song, their first new material in 21 years. Conclusion: it’s no fun.

Today, Super Furry Animals release their new song, “Bing Bong“, the first new material in 7 years.

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Here’s the video:

Gorau Chwarae Cyd Chwarae, indeed.

Obviously, SFA have released that in time for the forthcoming footy championships.

They’re more low-key than Manic Street Preachers, who yesterday released their Welsh national team song, named “Together Stronger (C’mon Wales)“, which is actually also pretty catchy:

Here’s what James said about it1:

“Nick [Wire] had written lyrics for a song during previous campaigns, but of course, they’d all bitten the dust,” singer James Dean Bradfield told Wales Online. “It was the Belgium home game where the cogs in Nick’s head started whirring when we knew it was game on and we had a great chance of qualifying.”

He added: “You always wonder if you can actually pull off a football song, because let’s face it there have been so many bad ones out there. We’ve got to admit that the benchmarks are Three Lions and World In Motion – they are two great football songs.”

All hail SFA. The Manics are good. The Roses are currently in a sad state of affairs. I’m actually, really holding my fingers crossed for SFA to release more.

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