Ack-Ack Macaque

October 31st, 2007 | researchmaterial

If you happen to see a copy of INTERZONE 212 (which I guess came out a few weeks ago), you need to pick it up and read the short story “Ack-Ack Macaque” by Gareth Lyn Powell. The commercialisation of a web animation into some diseased Max Headroom as metaphor for the wreckage of a fucked-up relationship. It’s about two things: the people, and the idea. Just the way sf should work.

Thank God For The Internet

October 30th, 2007 | researchmaterial

Via b3ta:

I’m aware that many of my younger and foreign readers may not get this. I do not care. (Shame the guy misspelled “Williams,” though.)

The 4am: 5

October 29th, 2007 | podcast

The 4am is a mixtape file containing nothing but music donated directly by new and/or unsigned acts. The 4am is of no set length and is released on no set schedule. The 4am is mixed down to 128 of the kbps. The 4am will operate heavy machinery if it feels like it. The 4am is on Zulu Time.

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5: There Aren’t Any Stars Out

It’s late-Sunday-night music, and be-gentle-it’s-Monday music. “Open Your Arms” is a comforting blanket of noise. “I’m Sorry, But This Is Goodbye” is chiming and evocative, to me at least, of a certain kind of reverie. “I Will Lay You Down” is the new one by Lanterns On The Lake, a tender autumnal thing. “Mississippi Nights” is a beautifully recorded piece of Americana, with all the space of the night in it.

“Song For Vara,” the longest song on the ‘cast, reminds me of many things. For me, it’s an alchemy of autumn nights spent by the radio in the 80s, poured out as postrock. If you’re nice and calm after that? “Delerium Tremont” is staggering drunk, all over the place and loving every minute. Go forth and be the same.

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off’tan’discord – “Open Your Arms” (3:21)

Better Living Through Science – “I’m Sorry, But This Is Goodbye” (2:10)

Lanterns on the Lake – “I Will Lay You Down” (4:20)

Previously Missing – “Mississippi Nights” (4:18)

Shortwave Dahlia – “Song For Vara” (6:47)

The Perennials – “Delerium Tremont” (4:29)

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