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  • Started 3 months ago by Vegard B. Havdal
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  1. Vegard B. Havdal
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    Inspired by the band's latest post, maybe we should do some lists? Here's mine:

    TV

    • Latest Twin Peaks, if you still haven't seen it, unmissable
    • The 22. July series on NRK
    • My Brilliant Friend is pretty good, very well filmed

    Music

    • Nick Cave - Ghosteen. A stone cold masterpiece about a terrible topic. Very typical Cave to write a song about waiting for death and calling it Hollywood. The falsetto ending segment is the best he has ever done, and that is saying something.
    • Opeth - In Cauda Venenum. Fantastic sound as usual, and also here a totally awesome and very catchy ending segment.
    • Lastkaj 14 - both newest ones. Best band in the fantastic swedish punk scene. They got a new one coming out shortly. See them live. Hear Becksvart, Våra dar, Inte arg and absolutely Nycklar och lås.
    • Side brok - H.O.V.D.E.B.Y.G.D.A.. Some beautiful and very passionate Norwegian rap. Extra marks for 8 bit sound on title track.

    Other

    • The candidates tournament in chess. These people discuss the chess games they've played and studied the last years by heart. Unbelievable.
    • The game Witcher 3. The voice recording alone took years. Every side quest so thoroughly written and paced.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  2. supernaut
    Member

    The game Witcher 3

    !!!!

    Posted 3 months ago #
  3. supernaut
    Member

    right now you might want to listen to my radio broadcast, that is if you like AC/DC...:
    https://www.piratenradio.ch/

    or to the archives (yes, there IS Motorpsycho in there):
    https://www.mixcloud.com/piratenradioch/

    Posted 3 months ago #
  4. kjesso
    Member

    Or, if you want to take a break from looking at digital screens: Read Johan Harstad's novel "Max, Mischa and the Tet Offensive". Harstad has, as you know, written a book about Blissard.

    This novel is stunning - it's the only time I've finished an 1100-page novel and wished for 1100 more pages. Look it up, it's available in English, German, and probably numerous other Languages as well.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  5. Punj Lizard
    Member

    @kjesso - When Harstad was interviewed in the Folk Fest video, I noticed on his bookshelf a copy of Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. That's another mammoth book, but one I would definitely recommend, though it's very hard going in places.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  6. TomTomTurbulence
    Member

    ... another thrilling 1000+ pages recommendation: "City on fire" (same title in german) by Garth Risk Hallberg; I enjoyed it as much as "Max , Mischa...").

    Posted 3 months ago #
  7. punknotyet
    Member

    TV:
    +1 to Twin Peaks: The Return;
    The Expanse (Sci-Fi new hope, all 4 seasons are awesome!);
    Chernobyl (heavy, but very very good);
    Castle Rock (interesting mystery/thriller/horror anthology, inspired by works of Steven King);
    Good Omens (brilliant adaptation of Terry Pratchett / Neil Gaiman 1990 novel).

    Games:
    Pathologic 2 (https://www.gog.com/game/pathologic_2) - remake/reimagination of cult sort-of-RPG/survival/name-your-genre game from 2005, made by small Russian studio Ice-Pick Lodge.
    Disco Elysium (https://www.gog.com/game/disco_elysium) - amazing new RPG, highly praised by many gamers/journalists for its world, narrative, dialogs, etc.
    Bioshock series - (not new, but in case if someone missed it) probably the best story, that was ever told in FPS/RPG genre.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  8. supernaut
    Member

    Anyone who's into gaming and Twin Peaks should check out Deadly Premonition. Totally whacky, but brilliant and charming with an outstanding soundtrack. The prologue (ca 30mins) is quite a bit misleading gameplaywise. This opening feels like your-run-off-the-mill and outdated Resident Hill clone. Afterwards it opens up to an open world (or town, rather) game with veeery obvious Twin Peaks references. And not just due to rain and woods and killers and ooooh mysteryyyy. No! The whole mellon collie comedic vibe and the NPCs (the dorky deputy, the pot lady, and more...) come straight from TW. Also your playable protagonist is a coffee and b-movies loving suit from the big city, who constantly talks to himself. Don't be turned off by the graphics! It's a wonderfully crafted story (one of the best besides The Witcher 3), it's a slow game but still a hell of a ride. But do get the "Director's Cut".

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mbpuO7YxwM

    Posted 3 months ago #
  9. supernaut
    Member

    and of course The Legend of Zelda - Breath of the Wild and the Dark Souls series (which is not as hard as some say, don't let those rumours put you off).

    Posted 3 months ago #
  10. supernaut
    Member

    Some books about isolation to make us feel cozy:

    Concrete Island by JG Ballard
    Before the times of internet and cellphones, a guy has a car accident and lands way down in a field underneath the highways in the middle of a city and can't neither get out nor make anyone notice him.

    I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
    The original story behind the Will Smith movie, The Omega Man with Charlton Heston and the wonderful Last Man On Earth with Vincent Price.

    The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    Just as good as the movie (or vice versa) with Viggo Mortensen

    speaking of Viggo, I heartily recommend the great great great movie:
    Captain Fantastic
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1kH4OMIOMc
    lovely, deep, anarchic, heartfelt, tragic, provoking, an all around master gem.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  11. supernaut
    Member

    you can also offer the world your computer to do good:

    https://foldingathome.org/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folding@home

    Basically it works something like this:
    You connect your computer with science/medical researchers. Quite convenient if something like say a new virus (biological, that is!) needs to be dealt with. You'd get small files to have your computer calculate stuff for them in a background program (which you can turn on and off at will). The more people do that, the more the whole thing amounds to one world wide spread super duper computer.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  12. supernaut
    Member

    and if you like the Bioshock games, I'd recommend Prey (the newer one, the old one is called Prey, too, which was a Doom/Portal hybrid and quite interesting but the new one is way better):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q38yi0NmAm0

    Extremely elegant design, somewhat open worldish (it's a non-linear spacestation), very tactical, scary, claustrophobic, beautiful and clever. If you're familiar with System Shock, this is the real spiritual successor. Usually Bioshock gets that call, but I'd say Prey is even closer and I enjoyed it more.

    Oh and System Shock 2 is also a must play for fans of the RPG/Immersion Sim genre. There's one hookline in its score that always reminds me of Überwagner:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lWv8f8NzfQ at the 17:45 mark.

    oh and another awesome RPG/Immersion Sim would be Vampire The Masquerade - Bloodlines but you'd need all the patches (official and fanmade) there are. It's totally buggy in its original state. I'd recommend to play as a "Malkavian" (choice of character type), they're totally nuts and makes the game way more fun.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wuv7VSVTgI

    And the godfather of all: Deus Ex:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_CBF318nBY

    (wow I'm nerding hard right now)

    Posted 3 months ago #
  13. sTARhAMMER
    Member

    World war 2 in colours on netflix👌
    The Band of brothers on HBO
    Assassins creed black flag

    Posted 3 months ago #
  14. Johnny_Heartfield
    Member

    Just watched God. God plays guitar. She's called Anna Calvi:
    https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/086897-000-A/anna-calvi-konzert-in-paris/

    I know, i know - thou shalt have no other god beside me, says Snah (not really). So while our Norse Guitar God is in isolation, I shifted my devotional capacities towards A.C. Totally blown away!

    Followed Bob's advice and listened to In Camera (Peter Hammill) today for the first time in years. Dark, dark lo-fi Masterpiece! Probably nothing at all to lift your spirits though...

    As you're all busy watching Star Trek Picard on fucking Amazon Prime or elsewhere I spare myself any recommendation - not necessary, is it?

    Posted 3 months ago #
  15. Hans Boller
    Member

    Attention, attention: Incoming dumb pun!

    *Image Dreadlock-Bent in 2020, "a little greyer, a little fatter" (some interview from 2016), crooning some old classic*
    "There's need to hide! Please stay insiiiiiide!"
    *Frantic headbanging ensues*

    I'm sorry, I've had that one in my head for days after seeing this thread.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  16. Kid A
    Member

    TV

    If you have access to Amazon Prime, check out Kamasi Washington Live at Apollo Theater, amazing concert film
    Mr Robot, the final Season just wrapped up

    Music
    All of King Buffalo (See other Thread )
    Thurston Moore - The Spirit Counsel
    And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - X: Into the godless void and other stories (and when you’re at it, also check out their album before, IX)

    Reading

    Cixin Liu: The Tri-Solaris Trilogy
    Yuval Noah Harari: Sapiens - A Brief History of Human Kind

    Stay safe, stay relaxed

    Posted 3 months ago #
  17. Johnny_Heartfield
    Member

    Reading:

    Ken Kesey: Sailor Song
    The post-catastrophe ex eco terrorist vs. the vengeful media tycoon prankster novel from the 90s, Kesey's third and just as gripping as the other two from the 60s.

    Thomas Pynchon: Against the Day

    Listening:

    Espers I, Espers - The Weed Tree, Espers II, Espers III (reissued after 12-15 years, just ordered the vinyls)

    Watching:

    Good Omens (Gaiman/Pratchett, BBC Mini Series) - oh, already mentioned above...
    The Prisoner (UK original series from the late 60s)

    Posted 3 months ago #
  18. Johnny_Heartfield
    Member

    And some more reading:

    Neil Gaiman - World's End (Part of the Sandman cycle). A number of strangers from quite different worlds and origin are stranded in a tavern outside the maelstrom of time and tell the tales of their lives. Just the comic book to read these days.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  19. Kid A
    Member

    So, if we’re talking comic books, I’d recommend the Library Editions of Hellboy. Some of the most beautiful comic books I read for years.
    And if you’re looking for some weird space opera like stuff, check out the Saga Comics by Brian K. Vaughn (adults only )

    Posted 3 months ago #
  20. pfnuesel
    Member

    I like Saga. More comics:
    - My Favorite Thing Is Monsters
    - The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer (if you are nerdy enough)

    Posted 3 months ago #
  21. ThorEgil
    Member

    Isaac Asimovs The Naked Sun should be a very fitting read these days.
    A murder mystery in a society where social distancing is the way of life. Everybody living in physical isolation and never meeting any other person in real life.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  22. Oh yes, Isaac Asimov is a good recommendation. Just finished the "Foundation-Trilogy" recently. I would also recommend T.C. Boyle's new collection of Stories "The Relive Box and Other Stories" with at least 3 stories somehow relating to the situation right now.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  23. supernaut
    Member

    TV series:

    The News Room

    3 seasons, 28ish episodes. By Aaron Sorkin. A news team determined to do the news, non biased, independentely, idealistic. Somewhat lofty writing with highly elaborated dialogues delivered by super quick witted people so it feels kind of unreal but that's a good thing. It makes for a grippingly dynamic watch. All happening in the good ol' days of around 2010 with lots of real world connections. Loved it, watched it about three times.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  24. bionaut
    Member

    I fucken love the Sin After Sin recommendation. Priest is top of the list for me as long as we are talking about the first few records. The great thing about the SAS record is Simon Phillips' drumming. The best drummed metal album of all time. I saw them in NYC the summer of 1977 on that tour. The last time they played in silk stage costumes. Fucken excellent. Blackout in NYC that night. We got stoned and ran around in the dark after the show until we found an open record store and bought Sex Pistols 45's.

    Anyhoo, my stay-inside recommendation is William Burroughs reading Masque of the Red Death...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko0El5pOZGY

    Basil Rathbone might even be better.

    Posted 3 months ago #

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