This was a movie that I tried unsuccessfully to shrug off.   A sci-fi themed movie about Depression.

Depression scares me.  I just ask myself – how can people be like that?  And I know that sometimes I am like that.  Luckily not the debilitating degree of the Kirsten Dunst character Julia, but to some extent this is a demon that mos of of face on, perhaps, a too regular basis.

What do you do when you are feeling down?  What about those closest to you?  How do you deal with these things?  At times I understood and at others I felt like the Kiefer Sutherland character, John.  the husband who married into a family of loonies.  He obviously doesn’t “get it” but you can easily sympathize with him.  This is something I find myself not wanting to “get”.  It’s similar to death, and in this movie it was much easier for me to contemplate my feelings on the destruction of the world then on that of a person close to me, or myself, suffering from depression.  It is what they say, the average person has a greater fear of public speaking (something that in my adult life doesn’t faze me) then they do of death.

Now I wonder if depression is something you have without even knowing?  Chatting to those close to me, they tell me I humph and haw and act listless.  Is depression something that one can have without even knowing?  Could it be a problem in my life effecting others the way that I am afraid of being effected?  Arghhgg – I don’t think of myself that way, but that no longer means that it is not true.

If I was to learn something from this film it is that depression is a reality, like death, that at somepoint I will have to confront.  I guess this is why there are shrinks (and xanex) to help you with these kind of qustions!

As for the construction of Melancholia, I thought it was excellent.  The opening was a wonderful decent into dreamy imagery.  I would have swapped my personal soundtrack including Pink Floyd’s Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun and Black Sabbaths’ Hand Of Doom.  The imagery was languid and enthralling.  The feelings were impressed into your cells, a few hours later I am still fealing a weight on my chest.

Justine basking in her Melancholia


There is another aspect to Justine, in her attitudes toward’s her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg).  It is selfishness.  Her sister shows almost nothing but patience and love, though she does express exasperation on occasion.  Then when the end draws near, and Claire has a simple request of ending it with a glass of wine and a song, Justine calls her plan out as ‘complete shit’.  After all the patience shown by those around her,  for her character to display no empathy or care for those who dote on her, in a way brings me back to my prior point – that perhaps it is difficult to know that you are suffering from depression?   If she was unaware of her actions, that might allow the subsequent thrashing  of those others. The other option is that she is just a selfish bitch?  It could be a fundamental character flaw of character of a symptom of the disease?  I have the disturbing feeling that I am both selfish and condescending and that I am more on both sides of this relationship then I may realize.

Monica Bellucci

April 24, 2012

Monica Bellucci really is the perfect woman.

I don’t know anyone that doesn’t adore her.

Stumbled across this early today.  Well stumbled is a a bit egregious.  Link came my way via the Mojo Magazine newsletter.  Can’t wait till the first issues get here!

This is a concert I would love to have been at. I can just feel myself banging along and drinking lots of beer. Foot tapping and head thrashing along with a gaggle of beats. That Gemma Thompsan guitar sound destroys everything that dares stand in the way, while the rhythm section of Ayse Hassan (Bass) & Fay Milton (Drums) pounds along with a steadiness that allows for wandering fingers. Then there’s the break and a little shriek and Jehnny Beth reminds you of where this force is coming from.

Info via their website, twitter & facebook reveals a hero in common is Ray Bradbury, which puts me more in love with the Savages!

I am an avid fan of spotify.

To me it wins above other services as it allows you to travel. I am on the move a lot, and am able to take my playlists with me where I go. Now you can give them a listen as well.

here is my primary music discovery playlist where I drop people / groups I think are worth a listen. Give it a go!

Watching the excellent TV series with Alec Guinness.

Next comes the book!

Old School Spies

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Woke up to find this very cool vid  from Mojo – check out Pop-Pscyhe Group TOY.  It will start you on the right track for the day!

Toy seems a very and inspired blend of cool pop and groove.
Bright enough to be happy and Dark enough to be interesting!

Here’s a cool Dub track as well:
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I mean come on .. Item #1 in the Bill of Rights.

1. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Check it Live:

The End of the USA

The End of the USA

I mean this is not like it is some hidden provision in the Constitution.  It is ITEM #1 !!!

I wish I was in NYC right now, because I would be there.  For me this is finally the last straw and there can be no more of this.  The government needs to be taken out.

Bloomberg you are no American.





Another great dark beautiful pulsing track from Creature With the Atom Brain.

Give this a listen as you are ready to go out the door and thump!  This is the rock that I’m very happy to be finding these days.  Pretty epic stuff!
Dark vocals with a sound of someone dragging a rusted sledge across a desert of asphalt.  Who knows why they are doing it, but you know they will succeed!

Listen Free on Spotify: “Transylvania”

If you want to buy the DRM Free .mp3

or the Album:


Last night we watched the new Muppet movie – and we did a bit of crying.  The following words of genius were uttered: “As long as there are Muppets in this world, there is hope.”

I agree and I hope you do too.

Watch the Muppet movie – it will do your soul good :)

“The Muppet Show Theme”



Hard Edged & Bad Ass
If you like your rock hard, dirty, bluesy and mean then this is an album for you.  Mark Lanegan’s vocals crushes you under its weight; it makes you want to drink and grimace and nod your head to its driving force.  You can’t sit still, you can’t listen at low volume.  Bring it on!The single is a great taste of the album, give it a listen!

For Free: “The Gravedigger’s Song”

To Buy: