Spring/summer couldn’t last forever and now it is autumn again. I’m not mad - I’ve said in the past that I like weather one can dress for and this is that - it just makes watering the plants a guessing game for the ages. Mixing was supposed to be occurring very soon, next week even but now it looks like delays are on the horizon and June was mentioned. Coming to a something near you in 2019? Maybe. Abandon hope all ye who would make a record.
I have been trying to purchase a copy of ‘Horehound’ by The Dead Weather for most of my life. That’s how it feels anyway. There was that one time before Christmas when I thought, for a moment that I had one inbound before being cruelly robbed by both fate and the fickle nature of Discog listings. Then there was that other time someone said they had a copy but turned out to think that I still possessed a means by which to play CDs. That person is no longer with us or at least they are very dead to my cold, bruised heart. But now I have one. In my bear hands. It is one of those records that sounds loud no matter what volume you play it at, although it suggests with vigour from the outset that you should turn the room itself into a speaker. There are no bad tracks and I shall fight you for it. Side D is a strange picture mould, playable by no earthly means but I am trying and you can’t prove I won’t succeed.
‘The Magnificent Nine’ is the very welcome follow up to ‘Big Damn Hero’ that came out earlier this year, taking its place in Firefly canon and scratching that particular itch with aplomb. It is perhaps a surer-footed entry and that could well be because the excellent James Lovegrove found his feet in writing the first book with Nancy Holder. It also helps that this time round, there feels like less of a need to introduce everyone off the bat, meaning we get more show and less tell which is optimal. Someone on Good Reads was arguing that it feels a bit by the numbers and there’s certainly a case to be made. That being said, it’s Firefly and if the title doesn’t tell you at least half of what you want to know then I don’t know what else to tell you.
Without us even noticing, Alien hit 40 years old and someone decided to do something about it. ‘Night Shift’ is the third in a series of six shorts commissioned to mark the big, gross space wasp’s birthday and it’s…good? I only mention this one because it is the first one that I came to - one and two are currently queued up on my Yoon Toob and primed for imminent viewing - and for reasons it comes via IGN. Aidan Brezonick wrote and directed this one because he’s a talented person and Sarah Wagenvoord went to town on the set design, for which we must be thankful. There are certain camera movements that don’t quite stick the landing but honestly, if you want to go back to LV 426 [I think this is actually LV 422 but who’s counting] then this is terrifyingly close.
Is there one about Jonesy? There is, isn’t there?
JD - TACOCAT
[Props to RV1864 for the rad thumbnail.]