EXTINCTION REBELLION

Here’s the first of a bunch of content I’ll be editing for the various Australian chapters of XR, featuring tunage from Half Majesty. I highly recommend donating your skills and time to this, the most important cause - a future for your kids’ grandkids - if you can.

💊³ ENTIRELY MY SHIT

The Australia depicted in the show’s universe seems to be frozen in some sort of perpetual Rennie Ellis via Wake In Fright meets Sir Les Patterson drongo purgatory.

💊 ONCE UPON A TIME IN HÄLSINGLAND

Forming entire cogent thoughts ain’t always possible with a rampaging, completely mobile ten month old around.

So welcome to this unruly grab bag of whatever it is I’ve been listening to, reading, playing and watching delivered unto you via the wonder of embedded tweet threads.

PATRONS ONLY - CAN'T GET THIS STUFF NO MORE

Classic, 1978 vintage Van Halen never really blew up out here in the Antipodes.

Sure, the band’s legend is now cast in solid platinum, but I’d imagine that, back in double-denim triple-bourbon late-70s Straya, these flashy Californian wunderkinds would have presented as a musical bridge too far for the sticky carpet blooded, Acca Dacca indoctrinated rabble.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: SNOWPIERCER

By all contemporary western metrics, it turns out, Captain America is a ruthless, merciless terrorist.

As Snowpiercer kicks off, our man Curtis — a cagey, brittle arsekicker played by Chris Evans (The First Avenger) — leads a desperate uprising against the privileged upper classes who tyrannise the have-nots.

The year is 2031 and it’s all gone tits up. Our last ditch efforts to thwart climate change have proved cataclysmically and ironically misguided, plunging the planet into another Ice Age. For all intents and purposes humanity has been rendered extinct.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: EX MACHINA

CAST your mind back to 2006.

The Australian twenty four hour news cycle was in its infancy - scuttlebutt, innuendo, hearsay, grossly ill-informed speculation and flat out bullshit travelled at much slower speeds.

MUSIC TO SET FIRES BY

Corrosion of Conformity (‘COC’ to terrified Marketing Departments everywhere) were a ragged agit-prop hardcore band who released albums with names like AnimosityEye for an Eye and Technocracy in the mid to late ‘80s.

PATRONS ONLY - TRIPLE PREACHER OVERDRIVE

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's adap of Ennis and Dillon's seminal PREACHER begins to wrap up with the start of season four on Monday night. It's been a messy, frustrating ride, spinning its wheels more often than not, but when it's been good it's been pretty fucking excellent.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: THE H8FUL EIGHT

Dubious, digit-inclusive title notwithstanding (don’t we usually reserve those for Fast & Furious-er?), Tarantino’s eighth directorial effort, The H8ful Eight, is a slow-burn, barking mad post Civil War whodunit. It’s a brash showcase for the auteur’s returning repertory players and a raw illustration of the man’s urgent engagement with the contemporary American political environment.