Famous Faces from Mr Band

Recent Consumption

1st preserved dinosaur butthole is ‘perfect’ and ‘unique,’ paleontologist says: Yup.

I tested the dumbest PPE of all time – the Rich Guy COVID Helmet: I wish these were cheap so we could all run around playing Daft Punk/astronaut and not give a shit if they break or suck because they will and do.

Twitter thread about an old Japanese PC game “where you start a band and have to recruit members, make some recordings and live a life of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll… After recording you need mixing the song, then your friend Bob Marley sells your CDs on the street, or play it on the radio”

You know, your friend Bob Marley, who sells your CDs on the street. Just like a real rock star.

Recent Consumption

Right, so, that putsch on Wednesday kinda messed up my intention of keeping interesting, at least with regard to what I’m enjoying, but here’s a few jams.

Emma Ruth Rundle: Marked For Death

There’s some sort of (sub-?)genre of music that is raw rocking, kinda folky, occasionally metallic, typically morose and gloomy that I only recently realized is a whole grouping of its own that I’m apparently way into. Rundle’s presence sounds full and cutting, even with mostly her electric guitar and voice driving the show.

To be honest, I am struggling to describe her well without sounding like a pretentious ass and resorting to terminology like “death gospel” or “experimental dark folk” but she’s on Bandcamp so it’s incredibly easy for you to give her a listen yourself.

Zamilska: UNDONE and Uncovered

You may have noted my previous mention of Ruiner’s “absolutely banging industrial soundtrack.” Zamilska is a big part of that. UNDONE holds several of Ruiner’s tracks and Uncovered, a newer release (2019), will also punch you in the face in the good way.

Spaniards in the Snow

A Twitter thread of videos from Madrid, where residents are enjoying the largest snowfall in over six decades. Highlights include epic snowball fights, surprisingly detailed snow dicks, skiing by car, and a tyrannosaurus rex (of course).

Still from Ruiner: Cyborg man with "kill you" repeatedly displayed on a digital mask

Recent Consumption

Recent media consumption to kick off 2021:

1. Ruiner

An isometric shooter from 2017 with a cyberpunk theme and an absolutely banging industrial soundtrack. Considering a recent high-profile cyberpunk-themed game released from another Polish developer, you might think I accidentally bought the wrong game, but the truth is I’ve been meaning to grab this game for a while and certainly have some time while that bigger fish works out its kinks and I wait for any 4k-under-1k GPU to become actually obtainable.

I was initially thinking to grab this on Xbone, as it has the look of a game that would feel better on a console, but for whatever reason ending up buying it on PC. I’m certainly glad I did, as it’s much easier to play with a keyboard and mouse (aim with mouse, move with keyboard) versus the controller I initially tried. I might just be bad at this stuff now, I don’t know.

2. Competing streaming service year-end comedy specials

Netflix has Death to 2020, Amazon has Yearly Departed. They both made me laugh.

3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

I thought I hadn’t seen it in order or maybe just not in a while but actually I think I somehow completely missed this film until recently. It’s good, you don’t need me to tell you.

That’s all I got for now!