HELLO, BEAUTIFUL

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Full Moon by Hartmet Lerch

Baby, Luna looked SO beautiful last night, I nearly drove off the road ten times during a midnight ride and She hadn’t even attained Her full-blown “Super Blood Harvest Moon” aspect that every news agency seems anxious to ensure that we all observe, ie, below:

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Jesus. “SUPER MOON! SUPER BLOOD MOON! SUPER BLOOD MOON PLUS ECLIPSE!” Being far superior than all you other puny humans, your lord and master (aka “Moon Boy”) needs no ubiquitous propaganda to be struck Moonblind by even a sliver of Her Silver Majesty in the sky, so there! Nyah! NYAH!

Seriously, if you have a chance, roll down a window or step outside tonight or early tomorrow; look up and let your eyes drink Her in.

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Ellen Rogers, “Bella 7,” from MINISTRY, September 23 2015

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I bought some film in Norwich many moons ago; it was out of date, Soviet era film from Russia that somehow ended up in a local haunt of mine, this film was 40 years out of date…

I had to push these films, I worked hard on them, with bromide and homemade recipes to get even something out of them, and one roll was lost.

Ellen Rogers, MINISTRY

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FREAKY BABY 1

He’s a good baby. He didn’t mean it. He’s a good baby.

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Still Here, Despite the Silence

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No excuses. Though in its own weird way the weather did play a factor…

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The care of the little ones required extra TLC (and creepy masks)…

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It took me about nine million years to get through my viewing of KWAIDAN (1964)…

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And other assorted bullshit, sorties, and nonsense. But we’re still here, licking and ticking and kicking. More to come. Tomorrow. And it will be STUPENDOUS. Promise.

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Damn. It’s The Zero Moon, It’s September 13, Man.

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Five thousand, eight hundred and forty days after leaving Earth orbit, everybody on Moonbase Alpha must be dead.

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Yeah, everybody on Alpha must be dead…

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Or maybe…

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Pluto Update

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Pluto in Enhanced Color
Image Credit: NASA, Johns Hopkins Univ./APL, Southwest Research Inst.

Explanation: Pluto is more colorful than we can see. Color data and images of our Solar System’s most famous dwarf planet, taken by the robotic New Horizons spacecraft during its flyby in July, have been digitally combined to give an enhanced view of this ancient world sporting an unexpectedly young surface. The featured enhanced color image is not only esthetically prettybut scientifically useful, making surface regions of differing chemical composition visually distinct. For example, the light-colored heart-shaped Tombaugh Regio on the lower right is clearly shown here to be divisible into two regions that are geologically different, with the leftmost lobe Sputnik Planum also appearing unusually smooth. New Horizons now continues on beyond Pluto, will continue to beam back more images and data, and will soon be directed to change course so that it can fly past asteroid 2014 MU69 in 2019 January.

On Thursday, September 10 2015, NASA released a batch of newly downlinked hi-res Pluto images:

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They’re all here.

And, why am I only seeing this now? Stephen Colbert vs Neil deGrasse Tyson on the merits, wonders, and status of the NINTH PLANET IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM, dammit. Which places me firmly in the camp of the sentimental vs the scientific but however you cut it this clip is wicked fucking funny.

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Une Galerie de Filles Désirables…

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…which is laughably and intentionally pretentious but let’s face it, calling this feature ANYTHING other than “Sexy Girls” is a step up.

Je suis une mauvaise personne et je présente mes excuses à l’avance. I am an evil person and I apologize in advance. Some of the pics appearing here are uncredited. If you are the creator of such an image, I will rectify matters immédiatement and hurl myself upon the cliffs of pain. Promise.

In the future, Une Galerie de Filles Désirables will appear in my webzine ANGRY MORON because that rag needs all the class it can slurp up off the floor. Eeeyew.

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Brad Kunkle

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Taro

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Brille Petite Toile

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Echo & The Bunnymen – Full Concert – Liverpool – 2009

This band, one of my most beloved of the long lost 80’s, effectively died for me w/ 1990’s Reverberation which featured a shitty replacement singer and hooks lifted straight from The Stone Roses, the reigning alt guitar gods of the day. So when the reunited Echo released Evergreen in 1997, I flat-out ignored it, despite the avalanche of praise the album received. No, strike that “despite;” I ignored Evergreen because of the praise which i took for mere corporate-funded hype. I was (and remain) a cynical prick. So I ignored all the subsequent releases as well, all five of them, all the way up to Meteorites (2014). Which strikes me as odd, writing this now. Cynical as I am, I have never been so steadfastly incurious about a band or writer or artist or filmmaker who once gave me pleasure. And man, I loved Echo’s first four albums so much, and maybe that was my problem. Those first four albums were the incessant soundtrack for a very potent period of my life, two C90 BSAF cassette dupes that were always in my car or in my stereo’s deck and played endlessly at 11 while I nursed a broken heart and endured Earth-shattering disappointments and shit like that. Yeah, this is something we can all relate to: one really can love something or someone too much. Duh.

Anyway, Echo came up in casual conversation the other day at The Creep’s new dayjob, and in the course of the chat a deep embarrassment fell over me like a lead-weighted net: one of my favorite bands, huh, yet I had willfully thumbed my nose at their last six albums? My poor widdle heart had healed a long time ago, I was a big boy now. I resolved to give the “new” Echo albums a spin.

I was pleasantly shocked.

The material felt familiar, yet new! That special, original and unique spark was still there! (Yes I’m making fun of myself.) Bottom line: the music was good. Very good. A certain band couldn’t hurt me. “That was long ago in another country, and I am a different man. Besides, the bitch is dead.” Chesterton. I think.

In the course of my explorations youtube kindly shoved this live performance from 2009 down my throat, and I said “Thank you sir may I have another.” This is an enormous concert, recorded right off the sound board so if somebody fucked up it would have been a sonic Nagasaki but amazingly there is not a single misstep, the entire gig is “note perfect.”

Enjoy.

Here’s to resiliency, and new beginnings, and healed hearts. Aaw.

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HEXES: The Votes Are In! And The Winner Is…

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Comp C by a hair. Note corrected/improved setting of features.

The runner up was…

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Comp B. A favorite of many, including me. Rest assured, this will be a HEXES cover sometime in the future.

Some notes.

The features “Echo and The Bunnymen LIVE” and “Sexy Girls” will be dropped from this issue and replaced by a shout-out for the new BIG CLICK featuring an essay by Barry Graham and a new exciting daily blog post by Matthew Kressel, 36 Days of Judaic Myth; Day 1 features Lilith.Sexy Girls” will no longer appear in HEXES but move instead to that “other” webzine we infrequently pub, ANGRY MORON, a much more appropriate space to squat. HEXES is a zine of class (we hope); a feature like “Sexy Girls,” an unashamedly borderline misogynistic gallery that caters to The Male Gaze has no real place in HEXES. Unlike all the other “respectful” pics of sexy witches and shit, right?

The Echo concert and the intended Sexy Girls gallery will run as separate stand-alone posts later today.

Thanks again for voting, thanks to everybody who got the word out!

And that is all for this hour. Carry on. To Arms. Up the Irons. Keep Calm and Kill Zombies, etc.

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New HEXES Cover: Vote for Your Favorite!

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Huh. Guess wordpress took away that nifty little voting tool. Anyway, email your choices to draxsimon@gmail.com at WBRI FM before midnight Tuesday 9/8 EST. Or make your preference known in comments, below. You can also get my attention on twitter. Vote A, B, or C.

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