LOLLING at the Mark Millar bitching and bashing that has erupted on my timeline and various forums. I doubt Mark could care less.
What a great name for a band!
Pleased to see that this story just won't go away...
"At least five people told him tales of drug use and porn at the house.
"Felix, a handyman who frequently worked on the property, told Curtis he had personally “witnessed women and men being filmed in the act.” He described the buckets of chemicals and bags of trash and rags he had to remove. He spent hours scrubbing the master bathtub, “which appeared melted by some form of acid.” Felix suspected the bathtub had been used for “making drugs.”
Rebellion / 2000AD editors Matt Smith and Keith Richardson about upcoming stuff, incl the Ultimate Collection.
About half way through the 'cast, Keith talks about the incoming Scream! & Misty Halloween Special that includes the rebooted Black Max strip by Simon Coleby and myself.
Just in from the mighty Matt Bower. (Cheers, Matt!)
Anyone that actually reads this durned blog may have encountered the occasional Soundcloud or Bandcamp of Matt's music. (Wait. Bandcamp's an object-noun, now?)
Lost King, After You is the most recent release; while X is Rot celebrates 10 years of Wizards Tell Lies by rounding up some unreleased WTL tracks. 'LK,AY' certainly caught my mood this morning; in fact, it was the perfect writing accompaniment for scripting a spooky set-up for a series I'm working on.
How to describe the Wizards M.O. to those unfamiliar? Hate pigeon-holing / genre-tagging artists, but, uhh, maybe Melodic Doom meets processed electronic moods (Just realised those words are palindromic: Mood / Doom? Doom / Mood?) – some tracks are dark, sullen rivers of brooding synths n pedalmulch (August Derleth soundtrk'd by creepy post-Godflesh / Scorn murk); others feature clanking, basement-pipes percussion and low-slung fuzzbass ("That Damned Procession" sounds like the hooded dwarf-things from Phantasm marching through Freddy Kreuger's basement). "Arrow Bee's Backwards Mirror" starts off unsure whether it's heading off into Dub territory – the drums flailing like a drunken late-eighties Keith LeBlanc tune – before sax, processed low-slung bass and eerie floating tones give it a grim Sun Ra Gone Evil vibe.
"3 Days (Alice)" almost sounds funky -- but funky in a dragged backwards through a haunted mirror in the closing moments of some recently rediscovered Italian weirdo B-Horror from 1987 kinda way.
Right, back to work!
Forgot that Zappa sidefolks Cuccurullo, O'Hearn, Dale and Terry Bozzio formed a 'New Wave' band in the early Eighties. I like this - reminds me a bit of Abba's 'lost album' masterpiece "I Am The City", but perkier / more petulantly post-West Coast. Worryingly, I have also been listening to Angel / Punky Meadows and, er, enjoying it...
Mashable - ugh - (Basically, "Reading people's emotions in public spaces is the new cool kid on the block!")
"We've built a product with exceptional functionality and applied it not only to faces or gender, but also emotions. The idea is that we teach emotions to our system in the laboratory. We train the algorithm to understand the kind of emotion they see on the picture and then correct it the way you would teach a kid," NTechLab's CEO, Mikhail Ivanov, told Mashable.
"While the identity of NTechLab's clients is shrouded in secrecy, it's been reported that the company has been working with Moscow city government to add the software to the capital's 150,000 CCTV cameras."