Music of the Week – The Pop Culture Suicides – Personality Crisis

Hello, fellow readers. I’m happy to share a little, hidden, good song with you today. The Pop Culture Suicides are (or maybe was? The most recent news about the group are dated 2011) the main project of guitarist Zim Zum, of Marilyn Manson’s fame. Not much known by the casual MM listener, Zim Zum played on the Dead to the World tour in 1996-1997 and, most importantly, co-wrote a good deal of Mechanical Animals album, which is still today maybe the most famous offering of MM, giving it the distinct glam sound and feel that it has.

Glam influences can be also clearly heard in his own work, both as a solo artist and on the Pop Culture Suicides project (started in 2005). He is quite a talented guy and surely deserves more attention than it currently has. On what I had the possibility to listen (a couple of solo tracks and of Pop Culture Suicides ones) he has a quite original style, mixing classic glam influences (Bowie on top) with industrial metal and a bit of electronics, sometimes with dramatic, complicated and well built song structures.

Unfortunately the band didn’t release anything officially, only a batch of songs on Myspace. So if you currently have news or tracks of this project or other Zim Zum’s penned music, drop a line! I’ll add this to the wanted page as soon as I can.



New version of M88 is out

Hi guys,

A little update regarding the PC-88 emulation page. A new version of M88, maybe the most used and known PC88 emulator out there, has been released in the middle of June. I’ve added it to the emulation page. It lacks some advanced features that other version had but I think they can be easily put back in it by copying the DLL files and working with the M88 conf file. But I’m not sure, since I’ve not tested it yet.



News + Music of the Week – Massive Ego – I Idolize You

Hello again my fellow readers! I’ve did a small site update. I’ve added UTF-8 encoded version of the wanted and found list, many people had problems with the SHIFT-JIS encoded ones. For now, I’ve not received complaints about the other stuff list so I haven’t added a UTF-8 version for them. If you have problems visualizing the site’s material, don’t hesitate to write me.

Also, I’ve did a small update on the PC88 emulation page. A new port of the QUASI88 emulator for the Wii, titled wii88, is in the works! Check it out.

Now, let’s get down with the music. Another good song off the “Beautiful Suicide” album of the UK band Massive Ego. I’ve previously posted the title track of the album and now I’m offering one of their singles off it. They are very good and by discussing them with a friend some days ago, made me want to spin them again on the site.

Also, their tour with Blutengel in Germany is still going, so if you’re interested in them and you happen to be in Germany, go! You can check the dates on the band’s site here.


Music of the Week – KMFDM – Stray Bullet

Hello my fellow readers, how are you doing in the mid of this very hot and agitated summer?

I hope you’re all doing well…very few things are better than a good song for uplifting the spirit and soothing the mind. So enjoy this little hidden gem. It’s the second track off Symbols, recorded in 1997, the tenth album of this very talented band, started in the early ’80s as an action-art group and then evolved into an EBM/Industrial act. If you’re wondering, KMFDM is an acronym for “Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid” which loosely translates as “No pity for the majority“.

Originally, I wanted to post the track “Anarchy”, from the same album but it’s maybe their most popular song. So I decided for the equally good, but less known, “Stray Bullet”.


PS Also don’t forget to check, from time to time, the wanted and found pages of the site. I update them without giving notice here in the news.


Suggested Reads: The Uninhabitable Earth


One of the best articles related to the climate change question, in it’s gorgeous annotated version. It was written by David Wallace-Wells, who dealt a lot with scientific and enviromental issues in the past for NYMag.

It really gives a concrete outlook on the subject, exploring the most uncomfortable sides of it without any reticency,  and gives a vast outlook on the whole scientific and political debate currently ongoing.

Read it if you’re interested in:current events, science, climate change and possible outlooks of it, biology, environmental cascade effects.



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


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.