Tue. Jul 23rd, 2024

Had my final listen to Aespa’s Armageddon before retiring it. Of course when I say ‘retiring’ I don’t mean I’ll never listen to it again (as in armageddon tired of it – sorry), it just means I’ve familiarised myself enough to ‘get it’ and it’s time to put the actual album away so I can concentrate on other music. I fully expect to get back to it again soon and will continue playing it over the coming months. My final thoughts on it are it’s a damn fine album. Some people have complained about the lack of cohesion in the varying styles, but I like that about it. The most atypical and ‘out there’ song, the calypso yacht rock flavoured Bahama, is probably my favourite. There’s only one track so far out of the ten, called Set The Tone, that I haven’t warmed to yet, so that’s not a bad strike rate. I’m still thinking of those songs, even now, and I can’t wait to get back to listening to them some more soon.

Unruly Kpop cupboard

There’s an element of ritual in buying and listening to music. Besides listening to it and becoming familiar with it, if you’re anything like me, you digitize it, catalogue it, file it on hard drive, and then retire it. I also like to pick out the singles and usually a couple of choice album cuts to put in my Jukebox files. I know it all seems unnecessary in this age of streaming, but hard copy is important, believe me. The only problem with hard copy can be the packaging. This is especially true of Korean packaging when you buy the ‘full version’, like I did with the Aespa album. It will not fit on my cd shelves, so I have to stash it away, as I’ve done with my other Kpop albums, in my unruly Kpop cupboard. Since it’s not practical to keep the cds in there, I always take them out and put them into blank jewel cases, print out a cover, and on the cd shelves they go. It’s not ideal, but it’s all I can do.

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I saw a great Youtube clip of this guy making these interesting fluid moves with his camera while he was recording stuff. Then the clip cut to what he had recorded, and the result was amazing. His camera flitted over surfaces, spun around and looped and dived and flashed past people’s faces like a ballet. When I think about it it’s such an obvious application for phone cameras, but I haven’t seen it used in this way before. I love the freedom of it, the poetry. The creative possibilities of this film-making approach could be limitless. I’m already thinking I’ll try to use the approach with a video of my new car, when I get it. Unfortunately, I can’t find the video on Youtube now to link to or give it a name. I’ll keep searching.

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Al Jazeera’s news reporting of the Gaza massacre is way different to how they do it on the mainstreams. There’s no beating around the bush about what’s going on there. It’s ‘the Gaza Genocide’. Tellin’ it like it is. But of course Al Jazeera has lost a number of its own journalists, especially Shireen Abu Akleh in 2022, to that conflict. So it’s no surprise that they’re going hard on Israel and Netanyahu. Bring it on!

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