Alice’s Adventures In The Shivering Isles
I love game diaries. I wrote about a few of my favourites for Brisbane Times back in the day, Sometimes I’d rather read about other people playing games than play them myself, if they’re entertaining enough. So I tried my hand at writing one.
I played the Oblivion expansion Shivering Isles because it’s agreeably surreal, the kind of fantasy game where you’re less of a wandering hero and more of a poor sap who is being toyed with by the gods. Because of how much time you spend trekking across a bizarre landscape covered in giant mushrooms, I decided to play as Lewis Carroll’s Alice would have.
It’s finished now, and you can read all of Alice’s Adventures In The Shivering Isles here.
Somehow I forgot these two essential jams in my potential songs of the year list.
Putting together a songs of the year shortlist like a psychologically normal person would
Ridiculously good year for music, with a lot of great stuff being hugely popular. Since Rough Trade Records just put up their annual Albums Of The Year From A World Where Hip Hop Doesn’t Exist list it’s time to start braindumping contenders so that I don’t have the “I can’t believe I forgot that!” moment a month from now.
I’m gonna stop there before I break Tumblr. Whittling this down for FL is gonna be hard.
Yoko Ono, ‘Bad Dancer’
I could watch Yoko Ono dance with Heems from Das Racist all day.
Live Review: Lorde
I reviewed Lorde’s first Australian show (not counting the Splendour In The Grass festival) last night. You can read about it here and also see more of these cool photos Kylie Keene took. Here is a part that isn’t in the review because it only happened in my imagination, but just imagine if it did:
When Lorde sang “Maybe the internet raised us or maybe people are just jerks” everyone who has ever written about “millennials” caught fire, just burned to ash and blew away on the wind, all their future thinkpieces lost like tears in rain.
Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons may be famous for Watchmen but these opening panels from one of their stories in 2000AD are basically the best thing comics have ever done.
I still really love video games though, just so we’re clear. on more than one occasion I’ve half-joked that I’m mad about the time I almost accidentally developed an opinion on Lana del Rey but I think really I’m just bummed the first couple times I heard video games I felt like I was supposed to have a thought about it beyond “this is great.” (which is no one’s fault but my own.) the only thing I don’t love is that it says “heaven is a place on earth with you/tell me all the things you wanna do,” because for the longest time I heard it as WHERE you tell me etc, and I think that’s better, sadder, more pathetic, more dysfunctional, more pointing to how on the one hand she needs this relationship to end for her own sake and also she is gonna be such a total wreck when this relationship ends. other than that though it’s all perfect, the end.
I have managed to successfully convince myself that the second time she sings the line it is WHERE, but that may have something to do with the time I declared this Single Of The Week in Rave and wrote an entire exegesis/defence of the song based on exactly this interpretation. Oh God, please don’t let me have been continually mishearing a song lyric for almost two entire years.reblogged from isabelthespy
Interview: Grant Morrison
Scottish comics writer and former musician Grant Morrison (Doom Patrol, The Invisibles, All-Star Superman, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Marvel Boy, I could go on) is coming out to Australia for the Graphic Festival in October. He’ll be doing a talk with American comics writer and musician Gerard Way (The Umbrella Academy, The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys, a little band called My Chemical Romance) about their work. This morning I got to interview Morrison for 15 minutes for a story I’ll be writing next week, but in the meantime here’s the raw transcript of the whole thing. I asked him about the relationship between comics and music and what he thinks about his characters living on in books like Young Avengers and as much other stuff as I could cram in.