Sometimes a video will hit all those 80s-future sweet spots and, well, here it is. Incredibly bright monitors! Giant-ass keyboards! Gibson-y wireframe cyberspace! The track itself is pretty great as well; I've been enjoying Com Truise's Galaxy Melt since it came out.
I was watching Ghostbusters 2 the other day when I saw something delightful: the Statue of Liberty was controlled using a hacked NES Advantage:
...and, why not, here's a Boards of Canada's "Statue of Liberty" off a Few Old Tunes Vol. 2.
I've been waiting for this to pop back up on YouTube for a while. It's an excerpt from a four-hour-long documentary on the Nightmare on Elm Street Series called Never Sleep Again. Now, I'm not a fan of the series or horror films in general, but this clip is hilarious. I don't want to spoil any of it, but the general result of the interviews is that from a bit of subtext in the script, a bunch of people managed to make a film with explicit gay themes without having any idea they were doing so. This set of interviews is basically just seven minutes of a bunch of dudes looking back on their naivete regarding what were supposed to be the sub-textual homosexual themes of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge. The funniest part is at the very end, so if you're not into it, at least watch this part.
The Soviet Union was breathing its last breaths when anything I can relate to as a reliable memory kicked in. I remember being told about American Stores which had expensive goods available for an entirely different kind of money than the rubles and kopeks I was used to. I also remember hearing about an American restaurant -- McDonalds -- opening in Moscow. I was told that the lines stretched around the block and that people valued the cups they got there like treasures from the Orient. Even though people waited on line plenty for simple food in Russia, it was hard to conceive of such lines. For one thing, thanks to my mother having some sort of connections in a local bakery, we avoided the wait and had hot loaves of fresh bread surreptitiously handed to us out the backdoor in the evening. Anyhow, weeks before we emigrated, my mother and I took a trip to Moscow (we were from Leningrad) to finalize some paperwork, and I got to see the line in person. It was fucking huge; take a look for yourself:
In 1991, SF author Terry Bisson wrote a short story called "They're Made Out of Meat." The plot, as much as there is one, revolves around two aliens' inability to comprehend the fact that human beings are, in fact, made out of meat. In 2006, Stephen O'Regan made a short film
I've been really digging on the debut EP by †††, also known as Crosses. While I was expecting this to be a witch house group, it turns out to be a project led by Chino Moreno, the frontman for the Deftones. Now, I never really listened to the Deftones, and I can't recognize any of their tracks by name. Not to say I've never heard them -- I listened to the K-Rock days of WXRK for hours on end in high school -- but I definitely never sought them out. So I came to this sans any expectations and I have been, and continue to be, delighted. It's definitely got an alternative sound I grew out of a while back, but the beats are cold and simple and it's worth a listen. It's also free to download (or $5 for a high-quality version), so give it a shot.
I watched the hell out of PBS's Ghostwriter as a kid, and I saw this episode below long before I knew who William Gibson (or, for that matter, Julia Stiles) was. Coming back to it, I find it a little weird that a kids' show would have a pre-teen character mentioning that she read Neuromancer. Yeah, the episode was the Internet Special of the series and she's supposed to be a bit of a delinquent -- can you guess who turns out to be the hacker? -- but that book is a chorus line of sex, drugs and violence. I wonder if this is one of those cases wherein whoever was supposed to check these things probably thought it was just some run-of-the-mill/made-up SF novel and let it slide. Either way, damn if I don't wish I had paid more attention and picked up the book when I was nine rather than nineteen. I'd be a millionaire by now. Or in a Turkish prison. Maybe both.
I can recall pretty well the days before Flash-based streaming video, but I'd rather not. So instead I will recall the days when Flash-based streaming video was brand-spanking new, all those six long years ago. One of the first short films I remember watching was (Academy Award-nominated director) Tetsuya Nakashima's super sentai parody, Rolling Bomber Special. Recently the Short of the Week project uploaded a better-quality version than the one that had been hanging around since 2005. This translation also has some great subtitling effects.
Hurricane Irene -- a timely subject, I know! -- unleashed a fury of references to the eighth season Simpsons episode "Hurricane Neddy". If you don't recall, it's the one where Ned Flanders' life goes to hell after his home collapses in a hurricane. Anyhow, my friend Sarah posted the following screenshot on her Facebook wall, in response to the mad dash for supplies, and rumors of stores taking advantage of folks in said mad dash:
To which I immediately replied with my favorite gag from that show (and set it as my profile picture for the duration of the hurricane):
"I'm a surfer!"
...and was immediately drawn in to a discussion by a (slightly older) mutual friend asking me to verify the fact that I was aware that the Butthole Surfers were an actual band.
Well, not only am I aware, but Electriclarryland and Independent Worm Saloon were two of my absolute favorite albums in high school. I am totally sure that, at some point between the ages of fourteen and sixteen, I could sing along to every song on either record. So, here are two of my favorite tracks off either album: "You Don't Know Me" and "Cough Syrup":
It's a nice thing when a missing sound comes back after a long absence. I am a big fan of Mouth by Mouth-era His Name Is Alive (before the band took on a completely different form.) In fact, that LP is probably my most-listened-to release, as far as last.fm is concerned, next to the Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs.
Anyhow, I picked up Selebrities new LP Delusions, and the HNIA sound was there. It's not completely 1:1, but that in itself is a good thing. Enjoy!