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Thu, Mar. 3rd, 2016, 11:38 pm

Tempus fugit indeed - where has this year gone already? Loads to catch up on so strap in for a Rimmer-esque tour of the past few weeks,..

(edit - just before we do, has anyone else noticed LJ is really fucking difficult to use at the moment? I actually had to muck about with the html with this entry - it's nowhere near as exciting and glamorous as I recall it being,...)

Erm,..seems pretty far away now, but the main event was finally getting hold of the Morris wallpaper for the front room and making a bookshelf. The bookshelf project was a long time coming and Die and I worked our arses off to create a simple, yet fitting home for our collection of nice / constantly referenced books that had been languishing in the dining room cupboard. It's still a real treat to walk in and see them all there and it's particularly rad to see all of Die's published works arranged on the top-shelf. Speaking of books, I managed to accidentally drunk-purchase several after making a mental note to save up, a decision which thankfully I've not regretted (yet).
The first of the Boneyard skate jams went off early in the month and was a success. It's always fun to get everyone together for a session and thankfully despite a few close calls, there were no accidents or bad injuries. It was great to meet a few new people who'd travelled over especially too - Rasheed from Shrewsbury ripped the park a new one and was receptive to my microphone hassling of 'get a mosh on'. Queue stinking tricks done amazingly - proper ruler.

Erm,..lots happened last month. Firstly, Last Rites III went off. Everyone seems to constantly ask when the next one is which is really nice. We're hoping to get something sorted for early April, so that's something to look forward too. Here's the setlist from the night,..

* (Denotes request)

Die's set

20:18 : King Plague - Ave Plague
20:21 : Gene Loves Jezebel - Desire (Come and Get It)
20:25 : Mental As Anything - Live It Up
20:28 : Eurythmics - Love Is A Stranger*
20:32 : Divine - You Think You're A Man
20:35 : Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
20:38 : Joan Jett - Bad Reputation
20:41 : Rachel Stamp - Black Cherry
20:45 : Wool - The Witch
20:47 : Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster - Love Turns to Hate
20:50 : Murder City Devils - I Drink The Wine
20:53 : Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Thirsty Dog
20:57 : Danielle Dax - Cathouse
21:00 : R O M A N C E - Calls
21:03 : The Cult - Fire Woman
21:09 : Scorpions - Rock Me like a Hurricane
21:13 : Type O Negative - Kill All The White People*
21:16 : Motley Crue - Kickstart My Heart
21:21 : Warrant - Down Boys (Razed in Black remix)
21:25 : Rasputina - Antique High Heel Red Doll Shoes
21:27 : Daisy Chainsaw - Love Your Money*
21:29 : Sisters Of Mercy - Adrenochrome*
21:32 : She Wants Revenge - Tear You Apart
21:37 : O Children - Lily's Man
21:41 : Queen Adreena - Jolene*
21:43 : Type O Negative - Dead Again
21:47 : The Cramps - Surfin'bird
21:52 : Mudhoney - Touch Me I'm Sick*
21:55 : Rob Zombie - Feel So Numb*
21:58 : Mindless Self Indulgence - Bitches

Mark's set

22:01 : NIN - Sin*
22:05 : My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult - After the Flesh
22:08 : KMFDM - WWIII*
22:12 : Ministry - Supermanic Soul
22:15 : Nitzer Ebb - Let Beauty Loose
22:17 : Combichrist - Get Your Body Beat
22:22 : Grendel - Dirty
22:26 : Apoptygma Berzerk - Starsign
22:31 : VNV Nation - Joy
22:36 : Project Pitchfork - Timekiller*
22:40 : New Order - Blue Monday
22:47 : Soft Cell - Soul Inside*
22:52 : Erasure - A Little Respect
22:55 : Doctor And The Medics - Spirit In The Sky
22:58 : The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
23:02 : Sisters Of Mercy - Body Electric
23:06 : Siouxsie & The Banshees - Love In A Void
23:09 : Flux of Pink Indians - Tube Disaster*
23:11 : Plasmatics - Butcher Baby
23:13 : Dead Kennedys - Holiday In Cambodia
23:18 : King Kurt - Destination Zululand
23:21 : Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
23:25 : The Bolshoi - Someone's Daughter*
23:28 : Operation Creek - Girl U Want*
23:31 : Rammstein - Zwitter
23:35 : Gothminister - Utopia*
23:39 : Skinny Puppy - Worlock
23:44 : Icon Of Coil - Regret

Die's set

23:49 : VNV Nation - Chrome*
23:53 : Covenant - Dead Stars
23:58 : Razed in Black - Oh My Goth!
00:04 : Crystal Castles - Baptism
00:08 : IAMX - Nightlife
00:11 : Goldfrapp - Ooh La La
00:15 : Garbage - Queer*
00:19 : PIL - (This Is Not A) Love Song

Mark's set

00:22 : The Cramps - Sunglasses After Dark
00:26 : Joy Division - Shadowplay*
00:29 : Bauhaus - Dark Entries
00:33 : X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage Up Yours
00:36 : Siouxsie & The Banshees - Cities In Dust
00:39 : March Violets - Snake Dance
00:45 : Depeche Mode - I Feel You
00:49 : David Bowie - Modern Love
00:53 : KLF - Last Train To Transcentral
00:57 : NIN - Last
01:01 : Marilyn Manson - Tainted Love
01:04 : REPO! The Genetic Opera - We Started This Op'ra Shit
01:07 : Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning

Die's set

01:11 : Prince - Let's Go Crazy
01:15 : Dead or Alive - You Spin Me (Like A Record)
01:19 : Blancmange - Living On The Ceiling
01:25 : Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy
01:30 : Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
01:34 : The Cure - The Lovecats*
01:38 : Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now
01:41 : The Bus Station Loonies - Temple Of Love
01:46 : The Specials - A Message To You Rudy

It was great to see some of the Liverpool crew and to have Lowri stay over for the night. We're so lucky to have a rad crew of people up here to muck about with. Really looking forward to the Spring arriving proper so we can do stuff outdoors again!
The other big event for February was a trip down to London to see friends and catch the John Dee exhibition. Die and I walked pretty much everywhere too, which would have been great if it wasn't for me leading us in the wrong direction on more than one occasion. I swear my internal compass breaks down down there! We managed to catch up with the usual lurkers, meeting Smell at Orc's Nest (Agghh! Tiny little model gravestones!) and Bates over at Spitalfields. I was proper spoilt by Die at Atlantis Bookshop too - I think I can blame the over-excitement on me being lost all weekend. Despite having a great time, it was definitely the most tiring trip to London we've had in a long time. I think once I've got my arm finished off down there I amy leave it awhile before returning as it took us both the best part of a week to recover - maybe we're just getting lame and old!

With March upon us I've got a trip up to Barrow for Joxa's 30th mini-ramp jam this weekend and loads of little man activity. I've taken the plunge and bought one of the AoS boxsets which I'm about 25% through painting. I'll hopefully have a rad little Chaos warband to beat other little men up with soon.

On a dead up to date, relevant to the immediate present tangent, it's World Book Day! I have not one, but three recommendations for you all, all hailing from the same publisher, Scarlet Imprint which I've been fanboying over heavily since last August. All have been fanatastic pieces of research and recontextualisation on some pretty foundational occult guff which is really exciting. Firstly, both Peter Grey's 'Apocalyptic Witchcraft' and 'Lucifer Princeps' have been a massive impact on my mental landscape. Writing with a obsidian-sharp urgency, Grey's writing is passionate and wonderfully researched. Princeps in particular has profoundly changed the way I view the development of Judaism and Christianity as well as shining a long-awaited light (agh, pardon the bad pun) on the genesis and nature of the Lucifer(s) character. The most recent book (and the one Die very kindly bought for me) 'Starships' by Gordon White is a book which I believe will be seen a watershed publication in years to come. Gordon structures everything around Gobekli Tepe, an archaeological site I was only barely aware of which is threatening to reset the chronological timeline not only of mankind's material culture, but has the potential to completely transform our understanding of early spirituality too. With this as a background he explores and challenges the human migratory story based on shared mythological star-lore from the Polynesian Islands right through Mesopotamia and through to Ancient Egypt with a clarity and wit that will not disappoint.

Go buy these books and I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

Mon, Mar. 7th, 2016 11:53 am (UTC)

Remind me to look at your fancy books next time I'm over!

Last Rites is lots of fun, must remember hip flask next time as spent all my money too early!

Mon, Mar. 7th, 2016 07:16 pm (UTC)

Dude, thanks so much for the inspiration on the shelves, wish we had more room to put loads more up! More than welcome to come over and browse anytime!

Haha - sneaky hip flask times,..