Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World

‘The world is beautiful, therefore it is’

Usually I don’t watch anime that often, however I was told about this gem not recently but quite a while back by a girl I used to love.

The story is about a traveler called Kino, and her motorcycle (a talking motorcycle! how cool is that?), and their journies and many travels across the countries that they visit.

The fascinating bit about this anime, is how linked together each episode is. I’ve seen my fair share of anime, and I have to say, this is by far deeper in terms of plot than any other, in my opinion of course.

Other than Kino, and her bike Hermes, there’s a plethora of different characters to be expected, however don’t tread too much on those. The role of other characters is basically one that supports the main ones, nothing more, nothing less.

Engulfing yourself into this anime, you will feel a sense of deepness, and goosebumps sometimes. It’s a very remarkable anime in terms of parables and quotes, each representing a certain notion or aspect of the anime, or maybe a certain scene or episode in the smaller sense of things.

Be warned however; this anime can be very dark and ominous at times. We get to fall deep into humanity, and how atrocious, stupid, ruthless, etc we might be, also dressed with a drizzle of hopefulness that you can sense throughout experiencing the entirety of the anime.

All I can say is that this is an incredibly well done anime, in terms of animation, sound and atmosphere. It is overwhelmingly artistic, reflective, skin-crawling at times, and approaches a plethora of themes relating our human existence and life.

John Zorn, Filmworks XV ‘Protocols of Zion’

Blissful and relaxing, a masterpiece.

 

This is personally one of my favorite movie scores to ever exist. Without forgetting to mention the genius that is John Zorn of course, but this specific Filmwork of his truly left an impact on me.

Whenever I listen to this masterpiece, I feel a deep sense of emotions and a state of thumping existence. It’s magic to my ears, and brings me down to a sense of warmth that I rarely can feel.

The Wanton Bishops, ‘Nowhere, Everywhere’

I have mixed feelings about this EP, it’s fucking amazing however.

To those who might be unfamiliar with the Wanton Bishops, they are first of all, a Lebanese band right from the heart of Beirut. I’ve been a great fan of them, since the earlier days of the band, when they started out playing in small pubs throughout the city, with their identity and journey yet to unfold and for us to witness how two guys from Beirut, made it big.

The first album, ‘Sleep with the Lights On’, was a huge success, and cultivated massive support and amazing reviews from throughout the world. This album was their stepping stone onto the stage of the world. Nader with his surreal harmonica skills, and quite orgasmic and bluesy vocals and growls, and Eddy with the sweet licks and solos on the guitar, made them a mix to be matched by anyone.

However, with the new EP that was released months ago, things sounded different from what originally was the sound of the band (not on all the tracks though). They evolved into using more electronic stuff, along with the integration of the ‘Tarab’ music, which is no mystery to the band. Personally, I believe this experimentation was due to many reasons, but mostly the elements of electronics were introduced by a third member of the band, who is Salim Naffah. Salim is familiar with the sound, being part of a pop group called Loopstache, and the electronics seemed to work just ‘fine’ in my opinion. The integration of the ‘Tarab’ sound was mostly related to the fact that the band was searching within, and trying to have a taste of the sound that they came from. This was influenced by the trip they had to the United States, where they visited the major ‘Blues States’ one might say, such as Mississippi and so on. This can be found in a full feature documentary they had with Red Bull called ‘Walk it Home‘.

In the tracks called Waslaha and Hitman, the new elements integrated in the sound can be felt, and they work like a charm actually. I don’t mind that they tried experimenting. From the first album they released, one can tell that they have absolutely mastered the realm of Blues, so there’s nothing wrong by trying new sounds.

The other tracks on the EP sound as raunchy and as perfect as they can be, reminding us of the original sound of the band, and even highlighting the fact that the Bishops are just starting out. A mixture of bluesy rock and roll, that’s hard to mess with, and hard to dismiss, as the sound of the Bishops really hooks you in, and keeps you at bay.

It’s hard for me to rate the EP, as I had mixed feelings about this. Yes, the integration process felt great and unforced. But I truly missed that raw harsh sound of the earlier songs from the band. This is however normal. Every band needs to grow and evolve, and to┬átry different elements to get the sound that best suits them.

Tracklist:

  1. Waslaha
  2. Hitman
  3. I Don’t Dance
  4. Sailing Down
  5. The Kinda Pain I Love

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Beware before indulging the Wanton Bishops, as they make kick ass, no apologies whatsoever music. So tread lightly, and enjoy.

The Death of Cool: The Ultimate Memoir

Stay cool.

Gavin McInnes, known recently for being a right-wing personnel and founder of the Proud Boys: Chauvinists who won’t apologize for creating the modern world, before that known mostly for his ad agency and as co-owner of Vice magazine.

What’s so special about this memoir is the fact that you can feel Gavin sitting right next to you with his glorious beard glistening, talking to you about his insane experiences while having a beer in a small cozy pub. I have never read a book that reads so easily, and the load of laughter is heavy. Usually memoirs tend to be about the usual bullshit, you know the sufferings and mishaps of a person, drama driven crap. With the Death of Cool, there’s barely any place for that. I’d rather read or hear a story from someone about breaking into a golf field, getting high and helping a friend out of a sink-hole, rather than one about your girlfriend dumping you, and you feeling sad. Although Gavin does talk about some of his struggles and personal bits, but they’re barely the star of the memoir.

The sincerity by Gavin is another thing that makes the memoir shine even better. You know you are not getting any bullshit, and Gavin holds nothing back. You’ll read things such as an old man living in an apartment above him having raging diarrhea that spreads all over the place. Not something you might want to imagine, but why not? That’s a fucking cool story.

Zero fucks given, that’s what I feel Gavin’s motto in life is. After reading the book and discovering his show, the Gavin McInnes Show, you’ll realize how all these stories collected and forged beautifully give you an outlook of a breed of people that we very much need in our world. I bet Gavin won’t care if you like the book, or if you’re offended by anything mentioned, because ‘that would be gay’ as he often says on his show.

“I loved this book, though it may have given my eyeballs gonorrhea”, that’s what Samantha Bee had to say about this timeless memoir, and I can’t find better words to describe this masterpiece.

Stay cool people.