Pick of the Week (past/present/future)

Chris Hadfield demonstrating his immense Jedi powers on May 4th - Star Wars day
Chris Hadfield demonstrating his immense Jedi powers on May 4th – Star Wars day

Every social media user should be following at least one astronaut, because sometimes they Tweet from space, which is way cool. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been meaning to mention Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station. He’s has been up there since Winter Solstice 2012, and is due to come home tomorrow, on May 13th.

Among other things, Chris has been taking numerous amazing photographs of the Earth…




…demonstrating how things in space, and how to perform simple tasks, like brushing teeth…

…and he even took time to lead nearly a million people in a sing-song, performing I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing?), that he co-wrote with Barenaked Ladies’ front man Ed Robertson.

Astronauts are cool. And Chris Hadfield is the coolest!

You can follow him on Twitter here, Facebook here, Google+ here, and you can listen to snippets of sound taken from the I.S.S on Chris’ Soundcloud, below.



The second episode of “name your price” webcomic The Private Eye by Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin, and Muntsa Vicente is now available here.



It’s been five years since any new material by the brilliant Xenis Emputae Travelling Band  – though the extensive back catalogue has been recently updated onto Bandcamp here – but a new album called Three Spirits has just been released on tape by the Brave Mysteries label. Investigate and buy here.


Phil Legard from Xenis Emputae Travelling Band talks about the release on his blog here, explaining that “The last track of the album, Littlebeck Trisagion, is intended as an aural companion to the chapbook The Mirror of Elicona, published by Hadean Press, which may well be of interest to esoterically minded people.


The Mirror of Elicona can be bought here, or as a digital version here.


wyrd book

Now, I’ve been meaning to post about The Wyrding Module for ages, because it’s a project that massages a certain undefinable sweet spot for me, but I’ve not wanted to bog it down amongst lots of other music because it really does deserve special attention.

The Wyrding Module “is a solo project from paramusician Christopher Gladwin… the psychotronic sounds of the module are inspired by Kosmiche Musik, Mantra-Rock, Post-industrial ambience, and the Occult.”

Fuck yeah! Christopher chooses to disseminate his amazing work for free, which is exceedingly generous. The glorious complete works can be acquired by applying for a login pass by email at the website here

And in the meantime you can listen to and download The Hadronic Seeress and other Wyrd Tales: Part 1 below:

and here also is an excellent krautrock mix by The Wyrding Module:


I leave you with an excellent dreamy performance of Ingenue from the Atoms for Peace album Amok by Thom Yorke on the Jonathan Ross show.




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