Mon. Apr 15th, 2024
Lum

Listened to a cd I compiled that is a bunch of long prog songs edited down to something more manageable. I like to do special edits of songs that I feel have bits in them I don’t like or that I feel are arranged wrong. Presumptuous, I know, but I love doing it. I have a few other such cd’s I’ve made featuring other genres. I’ll maybe mention them in later posts. Anyway, I didn’t have time to listen to the whole cd, just the first 6 songs. They were, in order, In-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly, two edits of When the Music’s Over by the Doors, Bluebird by Buffalo Springfield, Take a Pebble by Emerson, Lake and Palmer, and Moonchild by King Crimson. If you’ve heard these songs you might have an idea what I have done with them. I won’t elaborate.

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Watched episode 31 of anime Urusei Yatsura on Youtube. This is the reboot starting from last year. It’s certainly more colourful in its design than the old series of the eighties. This Lum has rainbow-coloured hair. Urusei is one of my favourite animes, and I’ve nearly collected all the manga by mangaka extraordinaire Rumiko Takahashi. I recently came back from a trip to Japan, and oh the Urusei merch I brought back with me! Anyway, the episode is about the characters entering into alternate universes through these special doors that a mysterious rabbit-boy has charge of. Lum is hoping to find the universe where she marries Ataru, her ‘darling’, while Ataru (that ‘baka’) hopes for harems. The episodes are being put up by someone called AnimeSimp and I applaud their efforts, even if they are slightly illegal.

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I then watched a short doco by Youtuber Rebecca Watson about the book Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond. I was interested because it’s a book I have though have not yet read. Watson refutes Diamond’s thesis in the book that European civilisations had an advantage over others like the Americas because their expansion was east and westward, rather than northward and southward. Clearly there’s lots to unpack here, but it was definitely a discussion-starter. I was intrigued by a note on Watson’s bio which said there’s an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it.

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Still on Youtube, I couldn’t help myself, I had to watch more Twice content. There has been a lot of fan follow ups to the making of the One Spark mv mentioned last time. A particular target has been the segment where Sana teaches a new flirting technique (look into the right eye, then the left, then at the lips), and demonstrates it on some of the members, who crack up. This is so great: we get the mv, then the making of doco, then the fan follow ups that enthuse about and enlarge upon scenes in the doco. And the editing is often brilliant and funny.

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This was the big day I went to see Scottish rock band Teenage Fanclub at the Croxton Hotel. I won’t say any more about it here, because I just wrote a whole review of it and put the blog up on this site. Please give it a read.

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Karina

Perusing my latest Allkpop subscription email I see Karina of fabulous kpop group Aespa has started a highly publicized relationship with a male actor celebrity, and it seems to have upset some of her fans. The uproar has been such that poor Karina has felt the need to write a letter of apology to her fans (or maybe her company just told her to). This in turn has created some blowback from other ‘netizens’ who are embarrassed about how all this must look like to western fans. One such interesting response can be found here on the Young Turks Youtube channel. As discussed on the channel, the problem seems to be deluded and selfish fans who want the idol all to themselves. I suspect, for some, the fact she’s dating a man is also an issue. I mean, there are a lot of gay fans in Kpop, so there’s that too. Yeah, it’s pretty flat fucking crazy. And I’ve gotta say: I am so here for it! Thank you Allkpop!

A little sidenote to this. In the early days of the Beatles John Lennon had to hide his marriage from fans for fear it would alienate them. So, this phenomenon isn’t new, nor specific to Koreans. We westerners have also been culprits.

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When I’m skimming through Youtube there are lots of videos that I put on my Watch Later list when I’m short for time. Here are some I encountered today…

I saw a snippet of the show that features NMixx‘s Bae that I mentioned yesterday. She was starting her new ‘career’ as a kindergarten teacher by doing a story time surrounded by kids and reading from a book about Farts. Some of the kids were shown interviewed later and they said it was ‘weird’. It looks like fun, so I’ll check it out soon. It always amazes me how gamely these kpop idols seem to take to these silly reality tv setups. I guess they don’t really have a choice. It began around the start of covid when the kpop companies couldn’t send their charges on tour, so they created these reality tv programs around them to give them something to do. Twice have been doing one called Time To Twice that’s still going. We Twice fans (called Onces) eagerly look forward to each new installment. They are great for highlighting their individual personalities and inter-personal relationships.

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Legendary anime director Hayao Miyazaki apparently made a ‘dystopian scifi music video’ for a Japanese group in the nineties. The cuts I’ve seen of it in this doco by Tim Thoughts look amazing. I must check it out. By the way, I can’t praise Miyazaki’s latest film The Boy and the Heron high enough. Best film of 2023 in my opinion.

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Excuse the language here, but I’ve been encountering a certain word on the net and social media lately that seems downright bizarre. The word is ‘cunty’. I spotted it again today in a Youtube video titled Cunty Girlgroup Bops I Love. The Youtuber channel is sweetrndzvs. I’m assuming it’s a woman, and the bio seems to suggest a Latina. Not sure what to make of this. It’s certainly not language most western guys would use. I suspect it’s lesbian slang of some sort. Anyway, I watched the start of the video and the first ‘bop’ was SNSD’s The Boys, so looks like it might be a good set.

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I discovered today there is an alternative ‘redux’ edition of David Lynch‘s Dune that was created by a fan film editor. It goes for over three hours and is apparently high definition and I can see it on Youtube whenever I like for free. My attention was caught by the copyright disclaimer that said the copyrighted material is being used under ‘fair use’. Does that mean I can put up my edits of the last two Hobbit movies under fair use? (Yes, that’s right, I basically cut out lots of material, including old ‘poop head’ Radagast and joined the two together to make one longish film, because Peter Jackson should have made two Hobbit movies, not three.) I once put up a brief edit I made of the Nicholas Roeg film (starring David Bowie) The Man Who Fell to Earth and got slapped with a cease order from the company. Maybe I should give it another try?

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