Push propelled program tinkerer and picture maker.

Aint Moving Any More

Aint Moving Any More

The first time in (I'm pretty sure) SIX YEARS since I've managed to get a roll of film developed in the same calendar year as I took it. And not just one film, but ten - I went all out for medium format. I was disappointed for a long time as I discovered my lightmeter was playing up on the last couple of rolls in August, hence why I couldn't bring myself to send them off for so long. But as it turns out I totally lucked out and everything is pretty damn good (usual inability excepted).

I'm doing this on a first come, first served basis as I'm obviously excited to post some photos. Like, very FUCKING obviously.

Some things to note: Kodak Ektar is beautiful. In fact most films are much better in medium format than they are in 35mm. I love film.

Kodak Ektar 100, Yashica Mat, Aug 2016.



Last one that is semi-ok.

Not film! :-( , Sep 2016.

Honeyblood - Babes Never Die

Ooh... I was worried I'd spoken too soon because this is AWESOME. But I'm still going to stick with Gurr. Just.

  1. I like that they have a track called Intro and a track called Outro; I see what you did there and much respect.
  2. Babes Never Die - thought it was a bit too poppy when I first heard it, but love it now. Sing along and then sing along again.
  3. Ready for the Magic - Just amazing. Even better than Sea Hearts. Love this x1000. I recently got Babes in Toyland Fontanelle for the youngest because she expressed an interest (and I love that album too, but only have it on tape), I couldn't recall it being too sweary (not L7 after all), but let's just say she's having to keep it until she's a bit older. This Honeyblood track however (which she hasn't heard yet) will fill the gap nicely.
  4. Sea Hearts. C'est très Fantastique.
  5. Love is a Disease - It's good, but mostly I listen this just to get to:
  6. Walking at Midnight - Dark and haunting. Or perhaps twilight and spooky as it's not too dark? Way, way different than Ready for the Magic, but pure sublime.
  7. Sorry I just go back to 2 and repeat. They aren't bad tracks from here, it's just that I already want to go back and listen to all those ones again.

This has been a shit year for musicians, Leonard Cohen, the latest of a long line, passed away today, but there has been some amazing music released this year.

[EDIT:2016-11-12] Forgot to say: the drummer is fucking amazing.

Car Wash

Car Wash

Dragging out the few photos I got in Seattle.

Not film! :-( , Sep 2016.

Gurr - In My Head

Best album and band of the year.

I thought it was too early to say, but then I called Wolf Alice in July last year (and I was right) so maybe not. I still have a massive backlog of albums from this year I've yet to listen to, of a wide variation of genres as well (really interested to hear TC's Unleash the Wolves and De La Soul's latest), but when you know, you know.

This is definitely one of those cases where you hear a good single and then the album turns out to be just as good. I listened to it four times in a row when I got it. There is nothing to not like about this. On first listen it does have an early 90s indie feel to it - which I consider a big plus - but it is more than that.

This interview makes me like them even more.

Album tracks

  1. Breathless - Way more than ok as openers go and sets the tone well for the rest of the album.
  2. ♡ #1985 - Just super catchy, great chorus, good one for the kids to sing along to in the car. Err... if you are us.
  3. ♡ Moby Dick - Just utterly, utterly beautiful. I have very strong feelings about how good this track is and if you don't agree you are just plain wrong.
  4. Walnuss - The middle of the album is still good and I like these next three tracks, but they are just overshadowed by the brilliant start and end. Maybe: The guitar is pretty magical on this.
  5. Yosemite - See 11.
  6. Free - The slow start misleads you a bit, but the ending sets you up well for the next track.
  7. ♡ Klartraum - This would be so good for some moshpit madness
  8. ♡ Rollerskate - Awesome and if time machines existed it should appear on the soundtrack to Whip It.
  9. ♡ Diamonds - I love the guitar sound on this, both at the start and when it gets super fuzzy. This is no old 90s indie.
  10. ♡ Computer Love - They do choruses so well. Love the guitar on this. Oh they are good. Find myself randomly singing this.
  11. Song For Mildred - Belly gets mentioned in the interview, but I'd say this track is more Throwing Muses. Like Yosemite actually. A nice gentle end to the album. Can sing

I'm extremely unlikely ever to see these live (because in general the days of seeing any live bands are long gone), but I would dearly love to see these.

Listen to it loud and try to sing along.

Seattle Radio

Seattle Radio

Out of focus, but still interesting. Not graffiti, rather an advert for a local radio station (as far as I know).

Not film! :-( , Sep 2016.

Honeyblood - Sea Hearts.

Not too sure on the other stuff yet, but I like this a lot. Can't remember which show I heard this on, but someone on 6music.

Space Needle

Space Needle

I travelled light to Seattle with one small rucksack yet still managed to pack laptop, clothes for the week, running stuff and my Yashica Mat and three rolls of film.

Sadly it was much more work than play and I just didn't get time to get out with the Yashica so I could have left it at home and travelled even lighter.

I'll have to make do with a couple of phone shots; I really just don't get the ravings that phone cameras get. Sure they are better than the little dongle add-on I had years ago on my T68i (great phone), but they are still a bit dull in my book.

Not film! :-( , Sep 2016.

LINK: Hypnotic Eyez

From 33:49 to 39:00

Just so happened that my first on-call shift coincided with The Remix and, what's more, BRAND NEW Freestylers. Should have been a good weekend really.

Sunset Came

"Sunset came, filling the room with its soft splendor; and he watched the red rays linger longest in Gladys's corner."

A Modern Mephistopheles by Louisa May Alcott

I wanted to read something by Louisa May Alcott that wasn't Little Women (much like I've tried to pick the less obvious classics from the other authors I've been reading) and this seemed like a great choice. Like a lot of classics it is bit difficult to get into and then to follow, but the rewards are all there: I almost cried twice on the plane when I got towards the end, but of course since I'm manly and all that I held it in. Well worth reading with some epic bits of prose.

Unfortunately, though, this is never going to help me impress at that imaginary dinner party as I will never be able to pronounce it.

I can't quote my favourite bit in danger of ruining it.

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