Archive for the Awesome Things Category

Well I Never: Sitcom Free Jazz

Posted in Awesome Things with tags , on March 15, 2018 by Ben

By default I think the internet is a shithole. As a lifelong pessimist (Thanks Mom!) I am inclined to find myself blinded by the vast, septic savannas of bullshit that make up most things in the 21st century. But even in the most toxic of suppositories, there’s usually something with a little shine that you can pick out of the murk.

Like for example, a dexterous percussionist rambling on with a free jazz solo to a classic monologue from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Not something I can say I’ve ever considered, nor something that I would have thought could be so amusing. But here we are, and there you are, and there he is.


Rambling Word Vomit, Take 2: Annihilation

Posted in Awesome Things with tags , on February 26, 2018 by Ben

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So were my initial concerns justified? Was the recently released Annihilation a complete and utter clusterfuck of good intentions and a horrible interpretation of the Southern Reach triology? In a pleasant turn of events, it was none of those things. I’m not going to get into a long dissertation of the film and its merits, there’s plenty of those out already by people much more well versed in cinema than me. Such as A.A. Dowd of The AV Club. This will be just a personal spew, no technicalities included.

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AW FUCK YEAH: Barn Burner @ Pouzza 8

Posted in Awesome Things, News and Information with tags , on February 22, 2018 by Ben


It’s been 5 long years since the perennial Church favourites, Barn Burner, called it quits, but now, in the long tradition of glory boy reunion shows, you can catch them live once more at Pouzza Fest 8, May 18 to 20th, Montreal QC.

Along with plenty of other bands listed below.

Fuck yeah.

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Spiced Prunes: Quincy Jones, In Conversation

Posted in Awesome Things with tags on February 8, 2018 by Ben

I love the ramblings of the elderly. If you get them riled up just right you unleash a torrent of drama, hilarity, conspiracy theories, back-in-my-day bemoaning and sometimes even legitimate wisdom. My dad is getting up there in years and given the right inputs, you can have yourself hours of amusement from the outputs.

However, a new bar has been set. A new peak has thundered out the Earth’s crust, blotting out the sun and altering the very landscape of geriatric assertions. A recent interview with musical luminary Quincy Jones has been gaining some traction and ho boy, are there some spicy takes in here.

While I wouldn’t dare question the decades-long legacy of this man, I can’t help but go diving for the milk after ingesting some of these extra picante takes;

  • The mob killed JFK.
  • Marlon Brando slept with Marvin Gaye.
  • Hendrix was scared of jazz muscians.
  • The Beatles are hot garbage.
  • Modern music is boiling hot garbage.

There’s a lotta jems spread over the interview, so go on and find your own.

“Rock ain’t nothing but a white version of rhythm and blues, motherfucker.”

Rambling Word Vomit: Annihilation trailer

Posted in Awesome Things with tags , , on October 9, 2017 by Ben

This is a quick, non-riff-related, aside that I felt compelled to publish for some reason. A couple weeks ago a trailer for a movie entitled “Annihilation” was released. You can watch that below.

Now the reason for my rambling is that this movie (in title) is based off of the first book in Jeff VanderMeers Southern Reach trilogy. Out of all the sci-fi I’ve read recently, this series is damn near the bottom of the list when it came to film adaptations I thought would happen.

While some stuff I’ve read makes sense for the screen and has even ended up there already (see; The Expanse), Southern Reach and Annihilation in particular, is such a mindfuck that I thought there was no way in hell it would get made. The book is a creepy and unsettling combination of Lovecraftian horror and conspiracy.  It generates questions page after page, half of which there will never be a concrete answer for. This is not a series where you get a nice, rational end result. It’s a series with many things left to interpretation and in some cases, unresolved mystery.

Shot as a lower-budget art flick? Sure, that could have worked. Hell, half the effects they tacked on in the trailer aren’t present in the book. I can only really see this going two ways; either it (somehow) nails the source material and tanks financially or it manages to bastardize the original work so much it sells to the general public.

Either way I guess I’ll have to watch it and find out next year. If you’re into creepy and confusing reading, I highly recommended the entire Southern Reach series.

Moving Pictures: KEN mode – The Terror Pulse

Posted in Awesome Things with tags on March 10, 2014 by Ben

The Winnipegian noise-rockers KEN mode just released a new video for a track from their most recent album, “Entrench”. That record holds a spot on my 2013 year-end list and the song that became the target for this video is easily one of my top tracks from the release.

The video is directed by Christopher Mills who was also responsible for the video for “Secret Vasectomy” from the same album. I didn’t really dig that video all that much but this new clip is fucking excellent. Using a really strange and distorted animation style that blends stop-motion, kindergarten art and 2.5D characters, the eclectic and psychotic nature of the video sits comfortably with the carnage KEN mode are pumping out.

It’s jerky, angular and mildly discomforting, blurring the line between a coherent visual and just pure brain static. The pacing is also spot on, with the animation spurting along at the same conflicted pace as the music. It starts out following some vague story of the band being implanted in their van, which then turns into a space ship. Then some other weird shit happens involving a psychedelic kindergarten art show, giant skeletons swimming through a forest and some little blue pills, among other things.

Glance your googlers below.

Whores IndieATL Session – “I Am Not A Goal Oriented Person”

Posted in Awesome Things with tags on February 25, 2014 by Ben

Here’s the video from Whores recent IndieATL session where they were filmed performing “I Am Not A Goal Oriented Person” from my 2013 AOTY, “Clean”.

Bonus point for the stick-to-bird-flip at 0:16.

If you haven’t heard “Clean” already, clean the damn wax out of your ears and listen below.