Hey there grÖÖvy cÅts, and welcome to another selection of things I’ve been enjoying over the past week…
Revolt of the Jungle Monsters is a blistering return to the spirit of 90’s Jungle music, and boy it sounds great! It must have been ’94 when I lived in Luton (UK) for a while, and Jungle was massive.
I wasn’t aware of Sheffield Junglist Kid Lib, or the fact that the Jungle scene is still thriving underground until I came across this brilliant album (The cover art’s pretty ace too). There’s plenty other releases on Kid Lib‘s Bandcamp, so be sure to click through.
Swimming Trunks is a magnificent four-way split release on the excellent Space Slave label. Two of my most favourite synth komische-makers are here, Norm Chambers (who I also featured last week) and Günter Schlienz, as well as Kyle Landstra and Cliffsides – each with just under 30 minutes of music each. The double tape release has sold out, but you can buy the whole lot digitally for only $3, which is an incredible bargain. Highly recommended.
I watched Upstream Colour about three weeks ago, and I’m still thinking about it, which is a very good thing. It is strange and beguiling and fascinating and beautiful. The dialogue in the film is relatively minimal; it’s very much an immersive audio/visual experience. I don’t want to show you the trailer because I believe that it’s best to go into the film fresh, and the trailer really doesn’t give a good indication of what the experience is like anyway. For the same reasons, I don’t want to tell you much about the plot either, so instead I’m providing you with the excellent soundtrack and am going to show you some images from the film, to try and convey a sense of the aesthetic.
Upstream Colour is an existential fantasy: a perplexing, invigorating and touching experience that I highly recommend.
One other thing: Shane Carruth writes, directs, scores, produces, and stars in his films. This is an independent film of the highest order, and Carruth may well be a genuis. It is now essential that I watch his first film, Primer, which is apparently about “the accidental discovery of a means of time travel.”
If you still need some convincing about whether or not you should make watching Upstream Colour a priority, or want to find out more, you can read a good interview with Shane Carruth here.
(Or you could watch the film first, and then read the interview…)
Also Upstream Colour related, there’s a interview with Andrew Sensenig, who plays the mysterious field recording composer and pig farmer credited as The Sampler, here, and there’s a good piece about the film by The New Yorker here.
Constant readers may recall me gushing about the anime Shingeki no Kyojin: Attack on Titan a few weeks ago. Well, I’m all up to date with it now, still really enjoying it, and have to wait a whole week for a new episode now, so I looked for another anime to watch because I’m enjoying having a regular 23ish minute slice of animated awesome. (I’ve found that a 23ish minute slice of tv is great for late at night with a bowl of cereal; I’m also going through season 6 & 7 of Futurama, and the brilliant Wilfred – the American version with Elijah Wood)
I remember seeing a promo for the anime Ergo Proxy a few years ago, and thought it looked good: dark, mysterious, and mature, with no super kawaii school girls in sight – so I thought I’d give that a go, and it’s very good indeed.
It’s set in a domed city many years after a global ecological disaster, where humans coexist with AutoReiv (android) companions in a closely managed futuristic society. Re-l Mayer of the Security Bureau, and her AutoReiv partner, Iggy, are assigned to investigate a series of murders committed by AutoReivs infected with the Cogito virus, which causes them to become self-aware. Meanwhile, the government is conducting experiments on a strange being called a Proxy…
The series is darkly artistic, abstract, and atmospheric. There are 23 episodes in total and I’ve only watched 4 so far, but am very much enjoying it.
Finally, it’s time for the:
Random Mysterious Excellent Blog For You To Go Explore!
This time a blog called Sub-Machine Gun, where stills from old B-movies are posted with oblique captions. This quietly surreal humour merrily bewilders me. The blog can be found here, but I’ll leave you with some of my recent favourites…
Awakening of the Beast (1970)
Girls of the Night Traffic (1976)
Hunchback of the Morgue (1973)
Iron-Claw the Pirate (1969)
Iron Claw the Pirate (1969)
The Tenth Victim (1965)
The Nude Vampire (1970)
Suspicious Death Of A Minor (1975)
Terrifying Girls’ High School: Lynch Law Classroom (1972)