Venom and Diamonds

Wanna live like the common people?

12:14 June 9th '05

"The wife and I were back home by 11 and, after a mug of Ovaltine, settled in to watch Letterman. I shall write a song tomorrow."

Do all rock stars do that? They should. Bowie does.

APC all over

20:28 March 13th '05

First A Perfect Circle release a moving, political album -- now I bump into songs from that same album twice in five minutes while browsing movie trailers for decidedly apolitical effect-bound films like Constantine and Fantastic Four. Of course it's an effective way to get heard, but APC strike me as a band who wouldn't work on that kind of principle.

Interestingly, the international trailer for Fantastic Four has a different soundtrack, sans APC, which funnily enough makes me lose all interest in the film. Hah.

kirei

8:39 December 6th '04

An astute analysis on the nature of Muji.

What not to do

2:51 November 21st '04

I could be wrong, but I think I've seen people do smarter things than throw a pint of beer at Alec Empire. Especially if done during his trademark playing-awesome-noise-and-beats-on-a-gameboy performance. Some musicians might keep playing, but Mr Empire is quite predictably going to unplug his Gameboy, step to the edge of the stage and proceed with a "you want some? then come get some"-type discussion with the twerp. Then, he'll pick up a remnant of the aforementioned pint and cut his own forearm half a dozen times just to prove he's serious (believe it, he's done it before). At this point, the Spaniard who threw the beer does wisely to obey and get up on stage as requested. He is then saved from his pitiful attempts to negotiate his way out of a fight ("I thought you could use a refreshment") by security. This may leave our perp in the clear, but it also leaves us, the audience, with an angry and bleeding artist on stage, who probably doesn't really feel like picking the show up again. Thankfully he did manage to get mostly back on track in the end, but the mood never really recovered.

National Empire Day

10:15 November 15th '04

By pure chance I happened to visit Digital Hardcore Recordings to find that Alec Empire (with Nic Endo in tow) is performing right here, in Helsinki, this Saturday. Considering I've been incredibly stupid and missed him the other times he's been in the same town as me, I'm ecstatic that I've now got a chance to catch him here of all places!

Not only do we get a club set, but there's also Revolution Action! - an hour of Digital Hardcore videos - earlier in the day, along with a panel discussion on counter-culture that Empire is taking part in. The whole thing is thanks to a festival called Avanto, "Finland's annual event of non-conformist audiovisual art", which I've been completely unaware of until now, probably due to not being here at this time of year since the nineties.

Now, how do I contain my excitement for another five days?

it's not the blood in me / it's not the hate / it's just the simple things that I relish