Music of the Week – Of The Wand & The Moon – Immer Vorwärts

Time to go back to the neo folk territory again, my fellow readers. :)

This is one of the best songs from the last album (The lone descent, 2011) of one of the most important bands in the whole genre: Kim Larsen’s Of The Wand & The Moon.

Larsen (NOT to be confused with his namesake that played in Gasolin, him too from Denmark) experimented a lot in his career, starting with extreme metal (Doom and Black, with Saturnus) then moving gradually to folk / chansonnier music, penning a string of very good albums, all filled with melancholy and a sense of loss. He collaborated of a lot of artists of the most different genres, even going back to his most extreme roots sometimes (he collaborated a bit on Necrophagia’s “Death Trip 69” album).

This song is a short (running under 3 minutes), moody, introspective and heartfelt piece. I hope you’ll like it.

 

Suggested Reads: The TTY demystified

http://www.linusakesson.net/programming/tty/

A very deep and interesting look at the history of the use of terminals in computing and in how Unix system implementations do actually work, with a very interesting focus on how the system’s kernel hands the terminal(s) workings and the logic behind it.

If you are even a bit of a nerd, or interested in nerdy things, this is a must read.

Read it if you’re interested in: informatics, Unix/Linux systems, OS workings, computing history

 

Music of the Week – Slapshot – Punk’s Dead, You’re Next

Hello, fellow readers. This week, I’m proposing to you some very good old classic Boston straight-edge hardcore. What is the best way to combat the scorching heat than blasting it away with some good, heavy music, after all? :)

Let the music do the talking…enjoy!

Music of the Week – Nature And Organisation – A Dozen Winters Of Loneliness

A dozen winters of loneliness…and a dozen summers against the world” launglidly speaks, in a trance-like state, David Tibet in this beautiful song penned by Michael Cashmore, the leader of the Nature and Organisation project, an interesting post-industrial / neo folk ensemble that penned a couple of EPs, an LP and an unfinished work in the nineties before Cashmore became a full time collaborator with Tibet’s Current 93 (in fact, all the music on Current 93 “Soft Black Star” is penned by Cashmore).

I recently stumbled again on Cashmore’s work thank to the two disc reprint of the vast majority of Nature and Organisation material, named after the band’s incomplete LP, “Snow Leopard Messiah”. It hosts a lot of key musicians in the post-industrial / neo folk scene of the time (and even then): David Tibet (Current 93),  Steven Stapleton (Nurse With Wound), Rose McDowell (Strawberry Switchblade), Douglas Pierce (Death In June) and is a very good and representative for the whole genre, in the good and the bad aspects for it (like a tendency to overindulgence).

Having said that, I found myself strangely hooked to these songs, and in particular to the longest one in the disc. that is the one I’m posting here now. It has a dreamy, addictive quality, and is not without some interesting experimentations in it (like the noisy final part, or the use of the looped “Loneliness” line, that serves as a sonic carpet for all the composition). So…enjoy a slice of summer against the world, at least for these few minutes. :)

 

 

Music of the Week – Ruth White – Chopin – Prelude in E Minor

Hello fellow readers! For this week, I’m proposing you a track from the very talented electronic music pioneer Ruth White. She had quite an extensive career, her most famous record is maybe “Flowers of Evil” (1968) in which she puts into music some of the most striking Baudelaire’s poems.

For an extensive look on Ruth’s work and career, I suggest you to visit this blog, which maybe is the best online source about her.

The track I’m posting here, tough, is from her 1971 album, “Short Circuits”, in which Ruth plays with a Moog her favorite classical pieces, reinterpreting them and giving them a quite unique flavor, one of them being a complete rework and thus being credited to her directly.

This Chopin piece is one of my favorite from the record. I considered posting Satie’s Gymnopedie No. 1 which is also present, but then I decided to put a less known (and listened) piece instead.

Music of the Week – Massive Ego – Beautiful Suicide

Here is something that I haven’t done frequently in those years of writing on Illusion City: to propose a brand new song from a brand new album for which the band is currently touring :)

 

Massive Ego is a very interesting Wave / Goth / Electro act from UK. According to their bio, they formed in 1996, released their first album in 2006, got a long recording hiatus and then came back with new releases in 2014 (with EPs) and finally released the Beautiful Suicide double CD in February and are currently touring Germany supporting Blutengel (if you are interested, you can check the dates on their official site).

What makes them really interesting to me is their ability to mix different styles (EBM, classic wave…) in a very fresh way. They don’t sound stale or phony, like many other releases do. It’s nothing revolutionary but this new album is a very good work.

So…enjoy your beautiful suicide :)

 

 

A new movie review: Break Up by Marco Ferreri

Hello my dear readers… it’s been a while since the last time we saw each other, isn’t it? :)

I’ve reviewed a new rare movie, the very brilliant Break Up by the maverick and explosive Italian director Marco Ferreri, who gained notoriety for his very polemic movies in the ’60 and the ’70. I found Break Up to be a very fresh movie, in spite of it’s age, talking about topics that are still very actual.

I plan to start some new music again, more or less regularly, and have some more reviews and article to bring online, I hope in a relative short time.

In the mean time you can read Break Up’s review here.

See you!

A Quiet Death movie reviewed

The hunt for obscure and valuable works of art continues! This time I’ve unburied a very interesting Greek movie of the ’80s on which I’ve stumbled by pure chance. It’s name is A Quiet Death and has some very interesting visual and psychoanalytical undertones. It was shot by a director, Frieda Liappa, who shot only three full feature movies and died in the ’90s because of a severe illness.

Greek cinema is really obscure today because of the lack of sources (excluding the rare famous worldwide directors like Theo Angelopoulos) and the deep crisis that hit it since the ’80s, but is a very interesting field of research indeed. It’s uniqueness plus it’s artistic and intellectual value surely deserves it to be brought to light again. A Quiet Death surely is one of those valuable titles.

You can read the review here.

3-Iron review added

After a period of silence, a new update!

I’ve added a review for one of the best efforts from one of the most talented Asian directors, 3-Iron by Kim Ki-Duk.

You can read it here.

 

 

Opium Hotel reviewed

After a long time a new music review. Kory Clarke’s Opium Hotel review has been written! You can read it here.