Mon. Apr 15th, 2024

I listened to some more of my Viva Lava Liva vinyl LP by Sandii and the Sunsetz. I bought this really cheap at the Box Hill Record Fair many years ago. The singles, Drip Dry Eyes and Sticky Music, grabbed me first, but others are now making their presence known. The song Bongazuna sounds like Kate Bush circa the Dreaming. Sandii even looks like her. What a great playlist that would make: Songs That Sound Like Kate. Who else would be on it? Lene Lovich? Nina Hagen? What songs?

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Then I got the desktop computer going and digitized one of the LPs I brought back from Japan. It was the Ghost In the Shell: SAC 2045 soundtrack by Mili and Millenium Parade. I will now separate the tracks, do some noise reduction with my audio editor and burn them to a cd. The tracks will then be ripped, normalised and tagged to mp3. It’s a thing I do. I did that for all my records during the Great Record Digitizing Project of 2007 – 2017, or thereabouts. It was an epic task!

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Another newsletter I subscribe to is Anime Underground, a survey of trends in anime usually presented as a series of list items. The 12 March letter had a list called The 14 Worst Anime Filler You Should Skip At All Costs. Filler, as the list page mentions, “are anime-exclusive stories that typically arise because the creators are waiting for the manga…on which the anime is based, to release new material”. This often takes the form of story arcs, such as the Bount Arc in the Bleach anime, or the Yota Arc in Naruto. Sometimes it’s considered entire seasons. Some filler can actually be good, but most times they don’t advance the plot or develop characters. Looking down the list I noticed item 13 was for the fourth season of Inuyasha, an anime based on the manga by Rumiko Takahashi, one of my favourites. I just so happen to be making my way through that anime (I have a box set). So far I’m up to season two. I guess I’ll just have to see if it lives up (or down?) to its bad reputation. The newsletter definitely has a way with clickbait list titles. Some others featured were The 30+ Best Anime for Teens, 17 Anime That Start Off Slow But Eventually Become Amazing, and The 16 Worst Anime Girlfriends of All Time. I don’t always agree with the selections, or even know a lot of them, but it’s all good reference material.

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Now that I’m looking closely at my pop culture consumption with this ‘mindful’ diary page, I’ve noticed a couple of things that are weird but wonderful. Fandoms do often lead to obsessive behaviours, but I didn’t realise how much I seem to come off as someone who’s slightly on the ‘spectrum’, if you know what I mean. No offence meant to those with autism, but uh, yeah, I don’t know what to say. It’s a bit unsettling. The other thing I’m finding is the self reflexivity is creating a weird feedback loop where, in between the living, sleeping and working, half the time I’m consuming pop culture and the other half I’m writing about what I’m consuming, so that even when I’m consuming I’m thinking about the writing. I guess this is the mindfulness I was striving for, so I only have myself to blame. Perhaps this is meditation?

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You may recall I mentioned a film I bought yesterday called Voyage To the Prehistoric Planet (1965). Well, I thought it reminded me of something, and checking through the movies recorded on my PVR (I’ve got a backlog I haven’t watched yet!) I noticed a movie called Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968). This is the remake, which was in turn a remake of a Russian film. So I watched the film. Again, there’s so much to say about this that I’ll leave it for a full blog shortly.

But wait, there’s more. I discovered Youtube has a print of the Russian film the two Voyage films are based on. It’s called Planeta Bur (Planet of Storms) and, unlike the other two films, it’s in mint condition. Can’t wait to see that one.

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The film wasn’t good, so it was nice to wash the bad taste away with a session of Twice viewing on Youtube. They were performing on a show called Killing Voice where they sang a medley of almost all their singles. None of it was subbed, so I didn’t catch any of the between song banter from the ladies, but they were having a good time, and it was a good time. They sang live and they sounded great. Now I am refreshed.

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I cannot get enough of this anime girls with guns clip on Facebook courtesy of Melissa Jade Frozenfield. Yes, I need help.

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