Bonus Stage (30.03.2016)
In an alley off a busy Redfern street there is a wooden door that could easily be overlooked, mistaken for a wall, if not for the sign above it, emblazoned; giantDWARF. Giant Dwarf Theatre is an artsy space that hosts many a great comedy performance; the one in question herein is the monthly live video-game talk show that is Bonus Stage. I had the pleasure of attending the March instalment of the show and [spoiler alert] pleasurable it was.
Hello dear readers! Sorry for my absence!
I will return to album reviews soon, but I thought I’d try out a little idea: semi-retro reviews. See, the way I see it, “retro games” were released before the turn of the millennium. It follows that retro gaming sites and magazines primarily focus on those games. Similarly, “contemporary games” were released after 2007/8ish, and make up the vast majority of games covered by all those famous websites and whatnot.
Are you thinking what I’m thinking? There’s a big gap there, right? The only reviews for most games released between 2000 and 2007 are from the game was first released. So, I thought, I should write new reviews for kind of old games.
I’ll still keep up with game and music reviews and whatnot, but I’ll try to get some focus on my semi-retro reviews. You know, if I don’t get slack again.
If only I had the skill to host this on an independent website.
that is, Manchester Orchestra’s new record, are very, very good. Definitely their best record yet. Review will be soon.
So, I’m getting up to my exams and stuff now, which is the reason for the lack of posting. Once this is all over, I’ll be free to post as much as I like, but at the moment I haven’t got enough time to write many reviews or anything. Just thought I’d let everyone know, so they don’t think that Kooloo-Limpah is dead, which it definitely isn’t. Oh, and I will still be updating every now and again, but not nearly as often as I’d like. I’ll do my best though🙂
So, for a while (two years or so?) I’ve had a band called Mimbulus Mimbletonia. We are a big fish in a small pool – well known in the Australian wizard rock scene, but relatively unknown elsewhere. What is wizard rock, you ask? Well, it’s a genre of music popularised by Harry And The Potters, where you play songs about Harry Potter and the wizarding world in general. It’s a big underground scene in the US, with annual “Wrockstock” festivals held, as well as the “Wrock The Boat” cruise – a week long cruise featuring big names in wrock performing on-board, such as Draco And The Malfoys, the Cruciatus Curse and Catchlove.
Want to get into wizard rock? Good for you. Recently, a compilation was released featuring all the big Australian wizard rock bands, and it’s free to download (plus, a very very small download file). It’s called “Wrockin’ Down Under”, and you can get it here. I would advise you to get it right now. If you need more incentive, Mimbulus Mimbletonia is featured on it.
Also, try the worldwide home of wrock at http://wizrocklopedia.com, it’s a great place to get started, and features a massive list of every single recorded wrock band in history.
So yeah. In short, download that compilation, it’s brilliant. Stay tuned to my own band’s site, http://www.myspace.com/mmwizardrock/ for new songs, updates, and an announcement of my (extremely delayed) debut album.
So, apparently, it will not be a crime to bypass the internet filter that Communications minister Stephen Conroy is planning on introducing to Australia. No fines, or gaol time, or anything. It will be completely and perfectly legal. Which begs the question – what the fuck is the point of making the filter in the first place? People will bypass it, then teach others how to bypass it, and eventually everyone will have third-party programs in their computers to bypass the filter, and no one will actually have the filter functioning on their computer. What a waste of money and argument.
This website also opened my eyes to the fact that any euthanasia-related material will, under the proposed filter, be blocked to all Australians. This thing is a joke.