This week is the week in which we mix. At least I hope so? This thing has been so long coming now and I am so close to it. I can barely see the wood for the trees or the cream for the ice or the thing for the thing that is hidden by the other thing in the foreground. It is a week in which things may happen. That much is almost certainly true and I stand by it. Also, cough medicine. Oh, and this is also the week, in 1953 that Hemingway took home the Pulitzer Prize for 'The Old Man and the Sea' so we have that much to celebrate if nothing else.
Taking Tak Mondays at The Dog and Truck in Whitechapel (or TTM to those of you so initiated henceforth) have been going off with a blast these past couple of weeks. Mr. J took to the game like a manly swan does to an abstract lake and Ms. S has also seen her skills sharpening to an immensely pointy stick. Mr. A, on the other hand, is one of those most dangerous players; the strain that do not pay the closest of attention and resemble something of a wildcard when playing poker or manhunt. There is thrashing involved and anyone could lose an eye. It has also been great to get some mad feedback from the good folks over at Cheapass Games and the Tak community at large on teh Twitterth. Some of these recent battles have been fraught but all have been interesting and some may even have been beautiful. To that end, I present the above, semi-related shots of The Capstone Crew & Whitechapel Maunderers and hope that you might forgive me for any and all indiscretions.
This also appeared on my desk by way of Mr. M. I haven’t the foggiest as to where he dug it up but apparently I was pining for some Kingsmen not too long ago and he remembered. That skill alone activates my awe module. ‘The Kingsmen’s Greatest Hits’ (Pye Records Ltd) - put out on the Marble Arch label in 1968 - is a killer collection of the group’s ten greatest hit recordings, including but not limited to once-in-a-lifetime performances of ‘Money’, ‘Something’s Got A Hold On Me’ and of course, ‘Louie, Louie’ with lead vocals by Mr. Jack Ely himself. Should you ever have found yourself in a rudimentary guitar class, suffering through the like of ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’ and wanted so very badly to leave, this guy is your guy. I mean, him and Joan Jett. I am as much in love with their sound as I have in the past been with The Sonics and it’s possible that there’s just something about Mary. Equally possible, is that bands of this ilk and time hit a nerve and they are still slamming that terrific bone today. Lay it on - in any bar - I dare you. Watch the room move.
Nintendawgs are dropping a hot fifteen minutes of delicious details pertaining to ‘Pokemon Sword & Shield’ tomorrow. Well, that’s tomorrow at 18:00 PDT which equates to around 02:00 GMT on Thursday, leaving us to catch up on this next week. I’m guessing we can discuss the ‘mons on Twitter between then and then, which is all well and good. I shall admit that I am eager to see what they have hidden in the moist folds of their catch 'em all robes, particularly in light of this generation’s relocation to a green and pleasant land. I am also piqued by their PR terminology that stipulates they have work to share related to their “researching [of] this new region.”
It is the clay which, washed away, reveals the beast inside.
JD - TACOCAT