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New Wave Reception

Posted in 2011, melty faces, men, mixtape, music, world with tags , , , on December 20, 2010 by Shiv

6 months ago, I began a blog of my own so that I could make podcasts, practice mixing. That blog, at this point, has become its own thing I suppose. While I’ve posted some several mixtapes, nothing after the original ‘cast. I thought I’d give this one a wider release. It’s one I’ve been thinking about for a while now.

Basis: It seems that last year’s chillwave movement — while it may have outlived GoogleWave — has officially become boring: utterly beached. Sun’s gone. Night’s come.  Teen – age – Ice – age. And with this Night, comes glimmering synths, handclaps & drummachines, croons. Consider Twin Shadow, who with his ’10/10′ Forget pulled it off all so well. With 2011, let’s usher in the overly sentimental, the too articulate. In 2011, let’s smile till it hurts.

Project: Here are some new wave tracks from all around the world. I’ve used several from a selection of killer vietnamese/german new wave tapes I’ve come across since September as well as some perhaps more familiar selections. I’ve done some reversing, some sampling of my own, and had a wonderful time mixing it all together. It’s a blast. I hope you like it. Fill up your pencaps and Have a Happy New Year.

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“Midnight in Dostoevsky” / More Monsters

Posted in 1993, 2007, 2008, 2009, America, babies, blogs, books, california, children, friends, hearkening back, holding in one's pee-pee, horror, hype, lady-men, melty faces, Mind Control, nostalgia, old news, out-of-body experiences, predictable college photographs, Short Stories, supernatural, WEST COAST on December 3, 2009 by Shiv

By Don Delillo. Another steal from the New Yorker this week. And that makes 3 about/from New York this week. All I have to say, I suppose, is that I live on the West Coast. And I live in a big house. And maybe I don’t blog enough.

While I’m at it, I’d also like to introduce my Portland family to the blog. Beth’s joined us already with a good post on pop. And Brad, the last quarter of NE Monroe will hopefully join soon and I’m sure provide a lot of corn. Muahaaa,

Now, THAT said, do you guys remember Wes’s “Dummy Monster” story from way back when? Well, for those that haven’t heard it, ask someone who has or just believe these ones we (Beth) recently found on the interweb. The information highway has become a farily big place, I’d say. Good thing we have this small space to talk about it. I hope to hear from all of you regarding this matter.

Jane Austen vs Zombies

Posted in 2009, british humour, classics, hearkening back, melty faces, UK, ultraviolence on April 7, 2009 by Shiv

Jane Austen is reinvented in this new (what the LA Times calls) “mash-up novel” titled “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” It is co-written by some LA screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith who claims that Austen was writing a horror novel but didn’t realize it. She loved jokes.

While retaining 85% of the original text of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” this novel-as-mashup alters some characters’ fates and endows the Bennet sisters with martial arts skills to battle the lumbering undead.

So far, Austen fans have been remarkably open-minded. “I was struck by the author’s facility with period language and style and how he uses it to comic advantage,” says Laurie Viera Rigler, author of the novel “Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.” “Especially the euphemistic way in which the gentle folk refer to zombies as ‘unmentionables.’ I’ll bet Jane Austen herself would be amused.”

LA Times

Although I myself had sworn off Jane Austen for the next few lives to come (see Greg’s influential essay “Jane Austen: Jogging in Place”),  I have to admit, I’m tempted; the subtitle to the text is “Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem.” Some of you might also want to check it out.

Phelps: The Douche Bag?

Posted in 2008, melty faces, sandwiches, summer, white people with tags , on August 19, 2008 by Shiv

Best week ever, along with many other sites reflect on M Phelps’s sometimes obvious, sometimes subtle traits of an all-star, gold medal douche bag. Plus, I’d like to eat 5 fried egg sandwiches for breakfast like this d-bag does and get away with it = Douche.

Dead Monster on Montauk Shore

Posted in 2008, dinosaurs, melty faces, monsters, the future, white people on July 30, 2008 by Shiv

This beast rolled up on shore very near a Government testing facility in Long Island.

Whether the connection with Uncle Sam is legit, I don’t know. Maybe he was just going for a friendly beast ride. Either way, pretty cool. VIA

Outlandishly Coping With The Apprehensions of Adulthood

Posted in 2008, animals, art, film, France, history, melty faces, occult, out-of-body experiences, supernatural, the future, the past, videos with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2008 by Thomas

Last night, a friend and I were discussing the new faces of art/life/other-things-of-the-like, and he mentioned Ray Tintori, a new young name in film, who recently directed this video by MGMT. Below is the youtube video but given the aesthetic purposes of the video I recommend watching the higher resolution here. Regardless of whether you’re interested in the video, the song pretty great in itself.

We talked about what motivates these reasons for using low-grad equipment and fidelity and the possibilities of it being more emotive and effective than strenuous attempts of “professionalism.” Of course, other such proponents of this freewheeling expression that where mentioned was of course those kooky kids from Wham! City. One of the most notable elements of the music video is the idea of the occult, which has curiously become a large point of interest with young people these days as well as other artists such as Animal Collective.

Another interesting area where these themes have been present in the artistic world was 100 years ago in France with the Northern-Paris collective who called themselves Les Nabis (meaning “the prophets” in French). Similar to the aforementioned artists, the Nabis painters such as Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard were interested in using heavy-handed brush strokes in order to evoke the emotion in their subjects and pay more attention to the idea of color rather than theme.

Now don’t misread this, I’m not simply trying to name drop; moreover, I’ve noticed that responses have been floundering on the blog I hope that this will spark an open discussion on some of the techniques discussed and whether or not they seem as credible as I might be led to think.

Ray Tintori’s first short film can be found here.

Slug Love

Posted in animals, big old titties, british humour, casual sex, holding in one's pee-pee, melty faces, out-of-body experiences, science, serious sex, tubes, videos with tags , on March 29, 2008 by Shiv

Have Mr. Attenborough’s sweet voice narrate to you the greatest sex you’ll ever see.