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Links Music

Blondie vs Philip Glass, ‘Heart of Glass’ by Daft Beatles

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Love Drax

My Daughter, Baffled by Arcane Skull Candy Technology, June 28, 2012

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Ashtray Chat Music

DCD Full Album Stream of “Anastasis” has concluded

And I am hitting the blacktop. Up The Irons.

Yes I am but no I am not. It was a great shot, and it was easy, within arm’s reach, and everyone knows how lazy I am. Everything is good, Doom Children. See you tomorrow.

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Art/Roots Links Music

DCD, the New Album ANASTASIS, Full Stream (concluded)

I’ve been listening to this pretty much all day. On the 6th or 7th round, now. Hard to give it full attention. Interruptions, work, kids, whatever, so it’s still way too early for a full report. But I will reveal that while there is at least one cringe-inducing track, I was swept away at least once or twice. The album as a whole is certainly not a “disappointment,” yet I’d be lying if I said that new ground of any sort was even sighted let alone broken within the span of these 8 obsessively produced and polished tracks. I’d say “more later,” but we all know how that goes.

Sigh. This is a big deal release from a big deal band in Drax Land. Really. Wasn’t expecting a full album stream to be posted just hours after the release of the radio-edit single of “Amnesia,” see below. Anyway, the grown-up realities of a short attention span and the limited time alloted to listen to this record today did not offer the preferred optimum listening experience—which would include the DEEP shadows of night, a central open flame and dozens of other smaller candles, stars, wind, the ripe scent of incense, opium, as well the presence of several ghosts. Because most of my friends who would be excited about * * ! !  New  ! ! Dead Can Dance ! ! * * are 20 years gone, spread far away across the fields of our various and disappointing lives, or they’re all dead, man.

FULL ALBUM STREAM, ANASTASIS by Dead Can Dance

Amnesia, Single

Edit 6/27/12: STREAM HAS CONCLUDED.

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Films

HORIZON: The Strange Life and Death of Dr Turing – Parts 1 + 2 (1992)

The story of the British genius and war hero ALAN TURING, mathematician, codebreaker and computer visionary. From the BBC TV science series Horizon (1992)
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HEXES the sunday spectra

HEXES the sunday special 6/24/12

The True Fears of ELLEN DATLOW

from The Horrifically Horrifying Horror Blog, legendary editor Ellen Datlow:

First and foremost –thanks Emma (of HHH blog) for encouraging me and talking me through this—is my fear of writing. I am emphatically not a writer. I’m an editor. I hate writing anything—(I can get away with editorial letters, and sometimes rants when I’m really angry about something, and even the occasional instructional letter). But ask me to write an essay about….something, an introduction to a favorite writer’s story collection, an introduction to my own anthologies and I freeze, heart races, can’t sleep, the whole stupid nine yards of fear.

Ironically, even though I’m a lover and reader of horror fiction, it rarely scares me. But I don’t expect it to. What I do expect is for horror stories to provide me with a feeling of unease, a sense of dread, a shock of frisson at the disruption of my every day perception.

What does scare me in addition to my phobia about writing?

The contemporary United States’ political landscape: the Republican party is a real threat to me as a woman, a progressive, an atheist. The Democratic party for the apparent ease with which it rolls over, playing dead regarding every U.S. citizen’s rights…

Photo by Greg Frost

Read the rest of Ellen’s disclosures of fear, including additional disquiet regarding the current scene in America and the films that creeped her out, at The Horrifically Horrifying Horror Blog. Visit Ellen at Datlow.com.

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The Inner Sanctum of ELLEN ROGERS

Ellen Rogers:

Tobias shot this small documentary about our house/studio/darkroom. It also seemed important to me to get started on documenting our place in case we have to leave at any point. I really like the grade of Tobias’s camera it seems to make the greens more English than England itself.

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THE SHADOWS BEHIND THE TREES by SAM WELLER

Illustration by Katarzyna Cyganik

Sam Weller:

Two years ago, while sitting in an upstairs office in Ray Bradbury’s west Los Angeles home, I began writing a short story. Ray was asleep. He was always a morning writer and with a nap, as he said, he “had two mornings.” I typed the title of the short story, “The Shadows Behind the Trees,” and wrote the first page.

I had recently dreamed about going on a vacation with my wife and young daughters and a little ghost girl came from the woods and wanted us to take her home. As a dad, this dream affected me deeply. And while I rarely get story ideas from dreams, I knew I had to write this one.

And so I did. I started the story in the magician’s lair. A house where so much was written over the decades, from sections of Something Wicked This Way Comes, toGreen Shadows White Whale, to From the Dust Returned.

It took me two years to finish the story. I read parts of it to Ray and his eyes welled with tears.

“I command you to finish it!” he said.

With his death on June 5th, late at night, in my own home, I followed his orders.

I present it here, for the first time, as a free PDF download. The story is dedicated to Ray, and is a small gesture of thanks to all of the wonderful, compassionate, kind people who have expressed their condolences to me in the last few weeks. I cannot thank you enough.

I mourn for the Bradbury daughters and the Bradbury grandchildren. But I also feel like one of them. A member of the family. They always welcomed me to their homecomings. I love them all, truly. Through all of this, writing has been the one thing that has given me some comfort. Ray lives on in me. He stirs me creatively and always will.

The amazing linocut artist, Katarzyna Cyganik, graciously allowed me to use her beautiful rendering to accompany “The Shadows Behind the Trees.” Just as Ray often asked his own friend, Joseph Mugnaini, to do single illustrations for his stories, I wanted that component here as well.

“The Shadows Behind the Trees” is a tribute in many ways to one of my all-time favorite Bradbury stories, “The Lake.”

Ray thought “The Shadows Behind the Trees” was a deeply sad tale.

And I have been deeply sad since he passed.

But here it is, Ray. I followed through.

Download the story here

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Confessions of a Pavlovian Comic Book Buyer

[Amusing rant/observations to come.]

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Sisters of the Black Moon

Photographer: Alexandra Valenti Hair: Danann Patrick, Make Up: Jennifer Ziliotto Styling: Sisters of the Black Moon Assistance: Alicin Cisneros, Leslie Crow Location: Enchanted Rock Special thanks to: Maude Nibelungen, Langoliers Jewelry, Heyoka Leather, Naked Eye Beauty, Whitney Womack Jewelry

Sisters of the Black Moon

Clothing Eccentricities for the Shadows of your Soul

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DESCENT

DESCENT now available on iTunes

It took one human being to nudge another human being in order to get the robots in line. But it all worked out! Tell your friends. Buy five copies and send them to select enemies. Shop now for Christmas! Write a one star review. Have you read this book yet? There’s a scene involving an aircraft carrier commandeered by demons, and I’ve been told this scene rocks! Needlepoint portraits of the main characters strongly encouraged. Confess to your priest your best phony sins. How that last one relates to DESCENT in any way is mysterious, but it worked. A VERY FAST DESCENT INTO HELL is now available on iTunes.

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Art/Roots Music

These New Pagans by Mark Pilkington

from redbullmusicacademy.com:

In honour of this week’s summer solstice, Mark Pilkington – author of Mirage Men and Far Out and operator of Strange Attractor Press – looks at some contemporary neo-pagan tribes and their music.

While we’ve marvelled at what’s left of their art, culture and architecture, we know precious little about what our ancient ancestors actually believed, or how they enacted their beliefs. One thing we can be sure of, however, is that all cultures – at least all those that have left traces of themselves behind – observed the slow spin of the cosmos above their heads and developed stories about the heavens and their inhabitants. Early astronomers paid particular attention to the days when the sun appears to stand still, rising and setting at the same point on the horizon: the summer and winter solstices. Ancient architectural sites all over the world, from Ireland to Mexico, are aligned to the midsummer or midwinter suns, or to the equinoctial points in-between. By watching the world around them, early human cultures began to tell stories about what they saw; over time these stories became myths, and eventually these myths became religions, the most powerful of which were capable of birthing and destroying nations. If the ebbs and flows of religious power throughout human history can teach us anything, it’s that the gods don’t die when people stop worshipping them, and that cultures don’t die when their gods do.

Great piece, lots of music. Scope it out.

These New Pagans @ Red Bull Music Academy

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Links Music

2 from the ghoulnextdoor, “To hear the immense night” + “Embracing the Nightshade”

To hear the immense night. | ghoulnextdoor | 8tracks

Track List:

Empty Sky, Adam Hurst | Nachtblind, Bersarin Quartett  | Hello Night, Zoe Keating | Pine, Olan Mill | Weaving Spiders Come Not Here, Blueneck | Tableau II, Ryan Teague | Nightbook, Ludovico Einaudi | Forest of Arches, Rudi Arapahoe | White Lake, Deaf Center

Embracing the Nightside | ghoulnextdoor | 8tracks

image via mylovehauntedheart

Track List:

Le Château Enchanté, Les Fragments de la Nuit | Iconography, Max Richter | VI, Jacaszek | Celaeno, Kreng | Weir, Deaf Center | Mir, Murcof | burned House, Clem Leek | Winter Midnight Suicide, Jasper TX | Apparition, Adam Hurst | So Fragile, Tomasz Bednarczyk | Quartet N. 2, Dustin O’Halloran

I believe a special congratulations is in order: ghoulnextdoor was 8tracks Featured goddamn DJ today, Thursday, June 21, 2012. Well done and well deserved, Spooky Lady.

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Music

Music for the shortest night of the year: Amon Amarth, “Guardians Of Asgaard” (Live Wacken 2009)

WHO HAS BEATEN THE DARKNESS INTO RETREAT?! (men. with beards)

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