Wish I was Ocean Size…

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I’m loathe to quote song lyrics or anything quite so trite… but this really suits my mood at the moment.

And why is this?

Simple. For the first time in 17 years, the original lineup of Jane’s Addiction has performed together… and even better, they are touring and recording…

But where it goes from being great to being a moment worthy of a post-come down cigarette is this… they are touring with Nine Inch Nails, and recording with Trent Reznor producing in the studio.

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Can We vs Should We?

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One of the recurring themes in western literature is that of the creation rebelling against the creator.

Probably the most famous of these would be Mary Shelleys ‘Frankenstein’, but it is by no means alone… and nor was it the first. And it got me to thinking about where this all started.

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For the love of the game.

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This post marks my 100th… a minor milestone in the land of blogging. Admittedly it would have been good to have it coincide with a year writing this blog. So, onto the shellacking…

I hear a lot of criticism about professional sports people and those who officiate in various sports.

Umpires, referees, whatever you want to call them.

Armchair generals with no applicable knowledge of the game, players or officials they criticise, making sweeping statements in such a way that to the casual observer, these people are speaking as though they are the sole source of truth.

Well folks, things are coming to a head… time for a wake up call. Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping things fresh…

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I’ve struck the inevitable ‘no mans land’ of blogging… almost a month of nothing written.

How do I write something new, interesting, entertaining, funny, inciteful that doesn’t cross the territory and material of previous rants? How do I write something that is more than a self indulgent, oroboros prose, about why I haven’t been able to blog?

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Live Review: Henry Rollins – Provoked (Live in Brisbane April 11 & 12 2008)

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Very few things in life surprise me.

In fact, when friends have tried surprising me with gifts, parties and various other pronouncements and revelations in the past, they’ve either fallen pathetically short of being surprising, or have made the surprise a complete and abysmal failure in impressing.

Good surprises very rarely happen in my world, which is why when someone manages to surprise me in a pleasant way, I beam like an 8 year old receiving a huge bucket of Lego.

So, when my girlfriend surprised me with tickets to Henry Rollins at the Tivoli in Brisbane, my inner 8yr old danced around the room with glee. Read the rest of this entry »

DVD Review: Control (Directors Suite)

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Last year I saw the film ‘Control’ at the Brisbane International Film Festival. I even wrote a review on the movie, having enjoyed it immensely.

I wrote back then that I’d definitely add this movie to my collection, and true to my word, it’s now taken a spot on the shelf.

So, is it worth shelling out the money?

Short answer: Hell yeah!

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Music Review: Nine Inch Nails “Ghosts (Volumes I-IV)”

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It’s pretty much on record how big a fan I am of Trent Reznor/Nine Inch Nails.

So, this album sneaking up on me, flying in under the radar until the day of it’s release when no fewer than a dozen people emailed me to tell me about it… I figured I must be slipping.

Then again, this is the first album he’s released DIRECTLY to the public.

So… what’s it like? Has he delivered? And are we looking at the first salvo in the artists war to take back their creative freedom from a selfish industry that has more or less reamed them to within a shade of nothingness? Read the rest of this entry »