wuthering heights, the kate bush version:

wuthering heights, the trannyshack version:

the trannyshack version takes awhile to get going, but definately has its moments.

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read a write up on the powell’s blog about this book cultural history of punk: 1974-1982. they mention a seattle punk band called hellen keller. about the single they had this to say in part:

The voice is low and menacing, like someone shouting through gravel into the dark void. But then the soaring, soprano — sung by Valerie Yockey — extravagant and baroque and full of melody; it humbles you that no combination of words can do justice to the weird beauty of this song.

of course i had to hear it for myself. a quick check on the hype machine lead me to killed by death records. a blog that posts mp3s of old punk records. their tagline is i won’t pay for punk records. i’ll definately be checking out more of what’s on their blog. you can download the single here for yourself if you’re as curious as i was. hearing this, makes me wish there was more weirdness in most of the new music i seem to come across these days.

i’ve been wanting this issue of otona no kagaku just about since i knew it existed. when i asked eslite if they could order it for me they said they couldn’t get it. on tuesday i was at eslite and what did i find, but the very thing they said they couldn’t get. this isn’t the first time this has happened, but i’m glad it did since now i have it. this issue is a 16mm diy film projector which uses “paper” film. it doesn’t look too hard to put together, but it’ll probably take me awhile to get around to doing just that.

my friend patrick clued me into this nifty little stop motion video. enjoy.

finally, last friday a very late bday/xmas package arrived in the mail. some of the presents were wrapped in very cool superfriends wrapping paper. a few highlights from the package:

    books:

  • please kill me
  • escape to witch mountain
  • persepolis

    camera:

  • polaroid camera

    dvds:

  • the spirit of ’76
  • red dwarf series II

i’ve already read two of the books and watched the dvds. i loved the persepolis graphic novel. please kill me i enjoyed less. it was an interesting read, but man do some of those people just whine and whine. the dvds i loved. it’s been over 10 years since i’ve seen any red dwarf so i was happy to get re-acquainted with the show. and the spirit of ’76 – well, it’s hard not to love a film that includes time travel, excellent 1970s fashion, and a cast that includes david cassidy, barbara bain, moon unit zappa, and devo to name just a few. i haven’t had the chance to try out the camera yet, but it’s high on my list. happily it takes fuji peel apart film too.

of course with good things bad things must happen. the afternoon i got the package i got in my first real scooter accident. luckily, aside from myself, no one was really hurt. i twisted my wrist and skinned up my ankle and elbow. as a result i’ve been trying to lay off using the left hand a bit.

holga blog has a nice interview with those responsible for the polaroid house. the polaroid house was a seemingly abandoned house that polaroid enthusiasts took over and placed their polaroids all over. the idea being that people could come take a look, leave a polaroid and take one back. i guess the idea was maybe doomed from the start to be destroyed by idiots, but that doesn’t make it not worth attempting.

awhile back one of my contacts on flickr invited me to participate in a collaboration. he made a mask covering half of a frame. he then shot the roll, sent the camera to me and i shot the roll again adjusting the film to expose the other half of the frame. i then developed the film. above is one of the shots. below is a shot where the images didn’t quite overlap. also you can see where the mask started to come undone(the mask is made out of tape):

i kind of like the jaggedness caused by the mask. i’ll have to explore masks more in the future.

and finally a shot of the camera we used:

i’ve reloaded the camera and shot another roll. it will soon head back to efo to complete his part in the second part of the experiment.