Album of the Year 2017 – Marc Romboy’s Voyage de la Planete

I’ve been listening to a fair few 2017 album releases since Christmas and I think that in hindsight this one is probably Album Of The Year for me. A mixture of classical elements, drum machines and synths. It somehow manages to sound both vintage and contemporary at the same time, despite sounding unlike anything else…

Mappa Midnighty

A friend showed me his completed n-thousand piece jigsaw map of Westeross, Middle Earthe, The Enchanted Forest, Lordrun, Oblivionyx, Skyrime, Super Mario’s World, Zeldadale or whatever other imaginary fantasy land and it was admittedly pretty cool. What it was not is real. Real like Midnight is. I’ve been to Midnight many times. Late 80s/early 90s….

Clo-Terminus

Silly little thing I noticed watching the weather on the BBC News channel earlier. Quality is atrocious because I had to fiddle with my settings and take a quick snap (here’s some old footage). The similarity is maybe more in my head than otherwise, but the black and grey diagonals/zig-zags put me in mind of…

DYRTFT #2: Human Behaviour

The first time I heard a Bjork song I was watching The Chart Show on ITV, hoping it was a week when their rotating genre countdown was Rock, on the off chance I’d get some post-Bruce Iron Maiden, post-Freddie Queen or post-Young Ones Cliff Richard. That’s how I first saw the excellently-odd, teddy-bearing, Bubble-Bobbling, TellyTubby-anticipating…

Murray Head – One Night In Bangkok [12″ mix]

I swear I do have a few (slightly) more substantial posts mentally queued, some of which are gaming or film/telly-related and I promise I don’t just post every flipping song I hear, but regardless here’s a nicely-done video edit for a longer version of Murray Head‘s version of One Night In Bangkok from Chess. For…

2017 in music

Not a best of 2017 list as I got more 2017 releases for Christmas than I’d heard previously during the year. Instead, this is what soundtracked my year.

A Different Kind Of SlumberPunk

Since the post title is shamelessly ambiguous, I should say that an experiential rather than critical review of Black Mirror S4x01 is incoming. Will try to maintain minor spoilers only. Shields up, Motherbloggers! In fact, we’ll begin with that taxonomical descriptor. My first responses upon seeing that the notional protagonist’s apartment number was 402 were,…

Games Roundup December 2017

I did manage to get the 360 out of the garage and play Scott Pilgrim vs The World. It was good. Bit grindy though. I also played a bit of Peggle and Pac Man DX+ with the family, plus the Sina Mora demo that I downloaded 5 years ago (game was so-so, not worth the…

Johnny Violent – U.S. Intervention [updated]

For all that I massively play up my appreciation of a nice slice of Gabba (the music style a bit like Abba but “G“osh-darned-faster) I didn’t even know this track from Johnny Violent‘s Shocker album, one which also served as b-side to my oft-cited chillgabbz fave and evergreen-apposite North Korea Goes Bang, no less. It’s…

Chip’s Challenge – Main Theme

Whilst we’re on the subject of classic puzzle games, I’d categorise myself as fairly musically-suggestible meaning that I take double damage from earworms. If I’m doing the same thing, there’s a fair chance I’m humming the same song (unless something new has caught my ear first). Offer me a bottle of Cherry C-O-L-A Cola and…

WIBIL #24: This Puzznic Advert (1990)

Puzznic is fun, but the release of the home versions doesn’t begin to warrant that astonishing, punchy strapline in this ad from November 1990. Hats off for Taito‘s chutzpah! In case you’re wondering, I will never be ready to give up Tetris. Block block turn! Block block turn!

MWLITF #2: Ben Bernanke

Only happened across this yonks-old Ryan Murphy/Neil Cicierega piece a couple of years back. GOLD! Watching it again now the deliberate overuse of Spencer‘s name reminds me of Rick And Morty, Morty. There is also a musical version: Old oats, Spencer