Retrospective Sound: Osc-Dis by The Mad Capsule Markets

For the second Retrospective Sound article, we’re looking at this seminal Japanese import from 2001. Ah, The Mad Capsule Markets – the descriptor is in the name. They are mad in a wonderful, wonderful way. An eclectic mix of punk rock, metal and techno, the band formed in Japan in 1990 but made their way to western shores in 2001 with a re-issue of their 199 album Osc-Dis. This import can be attributed to the hugely popular single, Pulse, which featured in the video game Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3 and had a bonkers 3D animated video which received a healthy rotation…

The 2015 Entertainment Log

Taking inspiration from an idea by director Steven Soderbergh, I’ve decided to try and log my entertainment consumption for the next 12 months. Rather than a straight up list I’ve made a spreadsheet which I’m hosting on Google Drive here, because everyone likes a spreadsheet (right?) On this I will be logging films watched, books read, videogames played, shows attended and a bunch of other stuff. I like to think it’s pretty self explanatory and I think it’ll be interesting to try and analyse the data in some way this time next year. The only thing I’m uncertain about is how to…

A look to 2015…

At the risk of sounding somewhat melodramatic, 2014 was not the best of years. That’s not to say it was a real stinker, but there was an overwhelming sense of gloom in the media, much of it surrounding areas that I have a strong interest in, coupled with me trying to find my feet in a new job as well as a number of other things bubbling up personally. This led to a sense of ambivalence and lack of achievement which, after a strong 2013 deflated me a bit. I’ve been struggling to write, finding it difficult to put into words my…

Retrospective Sound: Zeitgeist by Smashing Pumpkins

In the first of a regular series of articles, I’m going to be revisiting my record collection and pulling out some albums I’ve not listened to in some time, starting with this much maligned release from 2007. If anyone had asked me in the 90’s what my favourite band was I would not have hesitated with my reply; Smashing Pumpkins. Their double album masterpiece Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness absolutely entranced me and I took it upon myself to collect their back catalogue, including singles (the Pumpkins embraced the concept of the B-side as a way of releasing unused material from their…