- Def Leppard is finally available in digital! Hysteria's my favorite of their albums ("Armageddon It" in particular), but all the pre-'90s albums are fantastic, a good mix of NWOBHM blues-metal and pop, and the later ones are fine, just different without Clark. If anything, Rick Allen gets better without one arm slowing him down.
- "Humans from Earth", by T-Bone Burnett
- Hatful of Hollow, by the Smiths "I am Human and I need to be loved", claims Morrissey
- Crash, by the Human League "I was Human, too"
- Felt Mountain, by Goldfrapp "Are you Human, or do you make it up?"
- Replicas Redux, by Gary Numan "I Nearly Married a Human"
- Rock 'n Roll, by the New York Dolls "Human Being"
- Astro-Creep 2000, by White Zombie "More Human Than Human"
- Wizard Bloody Wizard, by Electric Wizard: New last year, I missed this coming out!
- Electric Wizard
- What Happens Next, by Joe Satriani: New album!
- Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards, by Joe Satriani
- Wrong Creatures, by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: New album! Much more mellow, blues/distortion rock than the last few. I still largely listen to BRMC because I miss Michael Been's band The Call, and his son sometimes does a cover or a little Call-out.
- No Cross No Crown, by Corrosion of Conformity: NEW ALBUM by original lineup!
My coffee today is just mud; I can't see a spoon more than 2cm deep into it, and it tastes like all the beans were just moistened into mud, not diffused. Gaah. I'm still drinking it, but I'm not happy.
You know what still makes me happy? Anamanaguchi:
Most of these are "Retro-Wave", because New Wave is old. I miss the '80s. Anyway, have a better 2018 than, you know, the horrifying apocalyptic nightmare we can't wake from currently.
- Sentient, by Perturbator
- Please, by Lake Radio
- The Fourth, by Chris Malinchak
- Telefuture Theme, by Mitch Murder and on Apple Music
- Fantasy VHS, by Luxury Elite and on bandcamp
- Modern Love, by Kristine, Barretso Remix
- Hello Meteor
- Sellorekt/LA Dreams
- Silicon Love, by Lifelike
- Human, by the Human League - OK, some old New Wave.
- True, by Spandau Ballet
Just discovered that iTunes Store has Hardware (Richard Stanley, 1990) for $9.99 in HD! Blu-Ray is out of print, DVD was a trash VHS port. Best punk rock SF apocalypse flick. "It's horrible, I love it!"
One rewatch later…
Looks even more prophetic now than when young cyberpunk Mark would watch the VHS over and over on a shitty CRT. Get used to the world of ecological disaster, locked into your apt by security systems installed by panopticon-watching perverts, terrorists with trucks smashing open buildings, people squatting & scavenging in the ruins. When a billion people near the uninhabitable equator starve and try to migrate away from global warming, you think anyone's gonna take them in? Or will we just irradiate the planet fighting wars, sterilize the mutant population, and let Google's autonomous killer robots knock us down to carrying capacity? I never believed in a future, and here it is.
… So, that went a little dark. Have a drink, a joint, a fuck, make some art, and play some cute distracting videogames to forget about the end of the world.
The soundtrack's another OOP classic, but here's the day's music based on it:
- Dawnrazor, by Fields of the Nephilim: Carl McCoy of FotN is the Zone Tripper, and they were intended to be the opening song, but Virgin only wanted their own artists.
- The Nephilim, by Fields of the Nephilim
- Elizium, by Fields of the Nephilim
- This is What You Want, This is What You Get, by Public Image Ltd
- The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste, by Ministry
- The Land of Rape and Honey, by Ministry
- Bomber, by Motörhead
- Ace of Spades, by Motörhead
- Raw Power, by Iggy & the Stooges
- Instinct, by Iggy Pop
- Grave Dancers Union, by Soul Asylum
- Let Your Dim Light Shine, by Soul Asylum
- Gish, by Smashing Pumpkins
- Siamese Dream, by Smashing Pumpkins
- Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, by Smashing Pumpkins: Yeah, Bullet, but Jellybelly, Zero, and Ode to No One are fucking great, too.
- Girlfriend, by Matthew Sweet: On relisten, this is more christiany than I remember or like, and Sweet's technical skills are so obviously wasted on his G-rated pop music. Kinda tragic.
- Murmur, by REM
- Out of Time, by REM
- Document, by REM
- Voices Carry, by Til Tuesday
- Welcome Home, by Til Tuesday
- Everything's Different Now, by Til Tuesday
- In the Garden, by Eurythmics
- Touch, by Eurythmics
- Peace, by Eurythmics
- Big Science, by Laurie Anderson: Apple Music has only one track? But of course we all have the MP3/CD/LP of this, right?
- Strange Angels, by Laurie Anderson
- Bright Red, by Laurie Anderson
- Heart of a Dog, by Laurie Anderson