I remember years ago when I first heard and wrote about Wild Beasts thinking 1) a lot of their stuff sounds like Toto's Africa and 2) their songs don't have the typical verse, chorus bridge structure, they kind of just unroll in one continuous musical line without a destination. This can be unsettling because the mind searches for edges..and it's what makes them distinctive, done without pretense. Sort of like a story scroll that ends suddenly or runs out. It just is what it is, for a long as it is.. a meandering. Anyway, not much has changed though I think lead singer Hayden Thorpe has tried to modulate his voice away from his smalltown boy countertenor falsetto, that used to bring about strong reactions like those to Marmite.
++Nintendo Switch: Just whittled away a few seconds of my life watching this (too long)video about Nintendo's Switch device arriving in March of next year. It seems comically *low* tech to me and hardware-centric? It's both retro and new at the same time. Don't get me wrong. I've written about my love for the old Blackberry buttons so I love things manually manipulated and tangible. And as a tinkerer and fixer type am all in favor of things you can blow into, unjam, jimmy, Terry Lewis wiggle or reposition to get working again. That's what these parts and pieces look like to me. The more things are wifi'd and made Bluetooth (like the removal of the physical headphone wire) the less it feels like one has control. Then again, when the info is transmitted in a nonphysical form there's no danger of spilling Mountain Dew on it.
I dunno, so weird mixed feelings of mostly boredom at the first part of the video, but a real materialization of my thoughts the other day about stadium/international gaming at the end of the video. The last piece is that nation-less cyber currency, yo. And who gets control of it when the gamers go to war!? Also it's weird how gaming is both isolating (he's on a plane removed from socializing except for when he shows the girl, "Look, I am alone, but with you!) and yet a socializing force once they get to the stadium. Also on a side note.. not to get too Hathaway, this came true as I predicted! (i.e., Gameworld wanting to be movieworld.)
++Creaked open the Inbox for the first time in ages and Ween is rereleasing a live album and hey whaddaya know via Stereogum our old pals Black Kids are back and asking are you in or out, in our out? No crispy opening guitar riff like in Boyfriend How to Dance but I'll take it.
++If there's ever a market for half baked reviews where the reviewer tells you which percentage of a movie is good before trailing off into nonsense, I is up for the job! Entering nerdville again here, when I say that one of the best things I've seen on Netflix is the first in the series Secrets of Great British Castles, hosted by the leather clad and often breathless Dan Jones, great nephew of Alun Gwynne Jones. Loosen the clothing, man!
gettin too old for this
I enjoyed about the first 75% of the episode all about Dover Castle, especially the segment covering the slaying of Thomas Becket the Archibishop of Canterbury and King Henry's resulting guilt that added rooms and rooms to the castle. And William Twiss' ingenious l'escalier to shuttle troops down to the beach in cases of war. Did the troops all remember something clever they meant to say once they got to the bottom? #nerdsiren #thinkingemoji
Anyway, my point is that a lot of rooms in houses and houses themselves are built on guilt, war,passion and apologies, no?
++Was playing with a metronome the other day and the first song that came to mind was Shake It Off by Taylor Swift. That song still sounds unusual to me in the pop landscape in terms of production and I decided to look up the producer who also did the song above by Refused. Seems so tame compared to Beartooth nowadays.
++Anyone else pretend to fall back from the recoil while spraying Windex atcha mirrors? If not, y'alls ain't livin life. (See also: my ongoing beef with gravity while doing everyday tasks'n'chores.) Double handed grip too, naturally.
++Whenever I read about someone "clapping back" I imagine a real violent thunderous sonic boom of an angry Zeus from atop a mountain. #D'Aulaire
++I once read a quote along the lines of when you have a good looking serious man you don't make him doing goofy things in a photograph, you just take his picture in a straightforward manner. I make no judgments on the attractiveness of Romare' however I see nothing wrong with hashtagnofilter. (via Mixmag)
++I kinda slept on Chelsea Handler's chat show on Netflix but finally caught up on a few segments and she's found her footing. Favorite clippies so far: the dinner party episodes that remind me of the old Jon Favreau show especially the Jewish atheist scholar, Vicente Fox (great anecdote about Dubya) and Aaron Eckhart''s interview was strangely fascinating as well.
++Funny talk with someone over the weekend where they got momentarily confused and thought I was saying DANNY Glover was once vying for the role of Spiderman and not Donald Glover. "Imagine how much he would've complained about being too old for this stuff."
++Did anyone simultaneously harness both trend waves this year and combine a Poke restaurant with Pokemon? Too lazy to search, guessing yes.