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The Definition of Brilliance – Devon Rodriguez

The algorithm threw TikTok sensation Devon Rodriguez my way with this video and I found it an enjoyable and affecting watch. Partly what I found interesting was its proximity as an act to something most would find intrusive and disturbing, namely taking a photograph of someone; capturing their image in space. Yet for a few […]

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Alien Past Inside the Present – Simon Stålenhag (w/ Nigel Kneale, Strugatsky Brothers)

The books, stories and images of Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag (b.1984) have certainly made an impact in the last decade, landing deep into the culture with their alluring and dreamy visions of retro-futural technologies in rural and other settings. What began as online paitings have subsequently found release in the form of books, a role […]

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Mark Lanegan (November 25, 1964 – February 22, 2022)

Mark Lanegan’s recent passing brought to mind the beautiful instrument of his voice, but also the thrill of reading his autobiography ‘Sing Backwards and Weep‘ (published in 2020) in which he takes us through an astonishing journey via a story of his life from his young and visceral rebelliousness through to his time in music […]

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Shawn Smith (October 28, 1965 – April 3, 2019)

As I do not generally keep up with music news, it came as some surprise to learn that Shawn Smith singer with bands such as Satchel, Pigeonhed and Brad (as well as a solo artist) had died 11 months ago. I first became aware through listening to ‘Shame’ by Brad, a 1993 album from a […]

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eerie calls the future

Last month here in the UK, BBC Radio 3 broadcast a feature documentary on the subject of the eerie by ‘New Generation thinker’ Will Abberley and produced by Sarah Cuddon. Sunday Feature: Into the Eerie (no embed) If you can get this, its worth a listen. While not going into or consistently following the deeper […]

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Transforming the seen and unseen – Pic Pic, Sapphire and Steel, Magritte

Recently, this amazing cartoon was put my way by Barrow Wheelders. …and life is good again. Although I dose up a good amount with anime, its always a shock to come across something that simply makes play to an extraordinary degree, across its worlds of composition (and something completely unsullied by the depth of cynicism […]