November 2009

The Jesus Lizard Reunion Show

David Yow at Metro, Chicago Nov. 2009 This weekend, I actually left the house to see live music that wasn't Nonagon. Thanks to John H., I got offered to see The Jesus Lizard at Metro. The Jesus Lizard is one of those bands that, during the nineties, I saw at least half-a-dozen times. Their music basically became the blueprint for much of the stuff we wrote in Der Lugomen.

Time for the Stars by Robert A. Heinlein (7/10)

A fairly good sci-fi novel about a pair of telepathic twins separated when one goes off to survey new worlds in a near-light speed starship. Although somewhat dated in it's writing style, the book does a good job describing how near-light speed travel would affect the aging of the twin in space compared with the one on earth.

AMC's The Prisoner Remake

I just finished watching all six episodes of AMC's remake of The Prisoner and I guess I shouldn't have expected much. How could you possibly redo one of the most unique and thought provoking television series without disappointing those of us who idolize the original? After seeing some early teaser featurettes on AMC's Web site I started to get high hopes for this. I mean, Gandalf as No. 2! And look at this awesome still:

Jesus is about to get crushed by a gargantuan pilates ball! If this series had consisted entirely of No. 6 being chased by rovers I would have been satisfied. Instead we get a confusing mess of mumbled dialog, uninformative flashbacks, more mumbled dialog and 3 or 4 schmaltzy love story plot lines. The rovers have about 15 seconds of total screen time over the course of the entire mini-series.

Assassin's Creed on PC (6/10)

One of the many exciting sit and watch missions in Assassin's Creed

Pictured above is one of the many exciting "sit and watch some guys talk" missions from the PC game Assassin's Creed: Director's Cut. Yup. Your goal on these quests is to find some guys, sit on a bench, and listen to them. No this isn't a Wii Fit balance game, it's Assassin's Creed!

Instruments of Terror by Laika and the Cosmonauts (9/10)

Format: 
CD

Some of the best 90s surf revival music you can find. On par with The Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet with lots of organ mixed in with the reverb'ed guitars. PSYKO is a great medley of Bernard Herman soundtrack music from Psycho and Vertigo. There is some actual talent here as opposed to the garage end of the surf revival bands.

Skull Pounding Game Soundtracks by Kranium Muzik (4/10)

Format: 
CD

This is a CD (actually a CD-R) that I grabbed for free when I went to the Game Developers Conference back in 1999. It's filled with late 90s style techno music, that sounds, unsuprisingly, like the music from every video game of the era.