SFF Music Video of the Week - #48

For us this was another gem discovered on Aunty ABC's Rage. The video almost defies explanation.  You could almost ascribe a Quatermass level of spookiness to it, and it delivers something quite unexpected.

Electropop duo Sylvan Esso lead us to ... something either very cool, or very scary, depending on your interpretation. So take in the odd little story told in the video for 2014's enigmatic "Dreamy Bruises".

Stairway To Gilligan's Island - Led Zeppelin - Classic TV theme

Puddles has pulled off an amazing cover of a brilliant idea... (via BoingBoing)

Music Review: Check the Gryroscopes, Ricardo Autobahn (2019)

Ricardo Autobahn is one of those people whose work you have almost certainly heard, even if you've never heard of him. Part of the turn-of-millennium pop anarchists "The Cuban Boys", one half of "Spray", and many other bands you've heard, but never heard of, he is prolific beyond words, and has even written a couple of Eurovisionentries.

One of his latest solo efforts is the 2019 concept album (yes, concept albums are back, at least in my part of the universe) "Check the Gyroscopes".  Described by Jeffery Wells as "the soundtrack for a science-fiction film that never existed" it swoops and soars, and twists in unexpected directions.

Starting in a style akin to one of the greats of synthesiser music, Jean-Michel Jarre (Cocktails on the Dream Train to Hyperspace, The Tranquility of Gravity), it quickly turns to some of the most danceable instrumental music I've heard in a long time (Jetsphere Luxury Lounge). It passes through these cyc…

SFF Music Video of the Week - #47

An unexpected find, thanks to Leece.

80s pop with mer-dudes, a mer-kiddy, and fine cinematography by a photographer.

Pretty darn fine mer-folk, too!

Here is some classic Madonna, and "Cherish" from 1989, featuring the amazing photographer-turned-cinematographer-in-a-weekend Herb Ritts.

SFF Muisc Video of the Week - #46

Let's roll forward to 2012, and to the heart of the synthpop revolution. This Swedish duo have been making quite a splash since their 2010 debut, and this track and video are no exception.

Another singleship - again probably some sort of scout, or maybe a courier - but this time heading home. We get a distinct impression that the ship has seen better days, and the pilot is very, very tired. Not so tired as to make mistakes, but you get a strong sense of weariness.

On the other hand, that is one rocking flightsuit, and I like the idea of the fingerlights, to help illuminate the controls as she activates them.

Anyway, here are Niki & The Dove, with "Tomorrow" from 2012.

Non alcoholic cocktails #4


3 shots Lyres Coffee Originale
1 shot Lyres American Malt
1/2 shot thin chocolate syrup
1/2 shot white mint syrup
3 shots of single cream

Mix with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Slightly minty, very coffee, and pleasingly fresh. Named for a burrowing insect endemic to W.A, and the nick-name for Western Australians.

SFF Music Video of the Week - #45

So, 80's hair meets public schoolboy fantasy dream sequence with a touch The Midwitch Cuckoos, and the odd passing ninja. Yeah, this passes the litmus test!

So, with no further ado, here is 1983's "Total Eclipse of the Heart", by the incomparable Bonnie Tyler.

Photography Scavenger Round 28 Reveals - Mirror

Another race I do not have a horse in, but wow! There are some extraordinary images in here!

Another month, another contest...

An ultralight hiking gear one this time...
Usual rules apply...

Photography Scavenger Round 28 Reveals - Meal

One in here, too! This one features home-made zucchini pickles, home-made pickled nashi, gf sourdough, and three-pepper cheddar from Heritage Country Cheese, Nannup.

Photography Scavenger Round #28 Reveals - Cozy

I've got one in here, shot one evening at the Galaxy Drive-in. We are bundled up with pasta, hot chocolate, and a fun movie.

Non alcoholic cocktails #4

This one is still a draft - I've only tested it once, but it feels solid, and I don't think adding any complexity to it would be doing any favours. It is still so much of a draft, I have not come up with a name for it!

1 shot Lyres Coffee Originale
1/2 tsp mint syrup (e.g. Monin Vert Menthe)

Stir and serve in a shot glass or shot martini glass.

The mint takes a back seat here but lightens the intensity of the coffee, while the sugar of the syrup smooths out the bitter just a touch. It all ends on a slight mint and caffeine burn.

Quite certainly an after-dinner drink, but not over-sweet.

Photography Scavenger Round #28 Reveals - Toilet Paper

I'm in on this one with me getting surprised while reading. The trick with this sort of shot is making it look like a surprise - which is harder than you'd expect. I ended up taking nearly 30 shots before I settled on this one.

Photography Scavenger Round 28 Reveals #1 - Matches

This round's theme was "Alone Together" - in response to The 19 lockdown many of our were/are in.

I have nothing in this album - I only managed 7 of the 10 themes - but there is some awesome work to be seen here.