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Battle Girl: The Living Dead In Tokyo Bay

Battle Girl: The Living Dead In Tokyo Bay, 1991, directed by Kazuo 'Gaira' Komizu. Low budget direct-to-video sci-fi zombie movie starring pro wrestler Cutie Suzuki. Nightmare logic and slow, hazy vibes. Cosmo Amphetamine. Punk arms dealers in their tricked out bus. A dirigible broadcasts a message.

I watched what I assume is an unauthorized upload on youtube (with ENG subs) on a warm afternoon. Was a good (and sleepy) time. Would love to find a DVD copy some day.

Good Luck Battle Girl.

Edit: Synapse Films released the movie on DVD in North America; it appears there are still copies for sale, so this goes on my list of things to buy.


MTT 265 / Head In The Sky

MTT265 Spectrogram

A weird mish-mash of styles this week - ambient, dub techno, electro, IDM, etc. This mix features two tracks from the Heavy Dub compilations on Cold Tear Records and three tracks from Recycled Plastics. Also featured at the end of the mix is a new track by Vertical67 on Brokntoys (though unfortunately I talked over most of it).

Right-click save-as here or on the spectrogram above to download this mix. This mix is also available at mixcloud.


Music File Management 2: Intake Process and Shell Scripts

I've written a number of shell scripts, mostly frontends or shims to other programs, to help manage the tags & content of my music library. In this article I will briefly go over some of those scripts and then give a simple demonstration of how I process & prepare new music files.

The scripts discussed in this article are all available in my read-only dotfiles git repo. (I'll hook up a way to directly download them eventually).

This is part 2 of a series on how I handle my digital music collection. Part 1 covered Formats, Names, and Tags, part 3 will cover playback (and tag editing) with cmus.



Footwear Repairs By Craftsmen At Competitive Prices

Footwear Repairs By Craftsmen At Competitive Prices, the collected music videos of Underworld 1993-1997. Released 1998 on Wax Trax! & TVT Records. Music by Underworld, videos credited to various directors (see table below), art by tomato, packaged by biobox. VHS, NTSC standard, ~90 minutes long. x264 NTSC SD video + flac 16bit/44.1khz audio, 1.8G, archived on DVD+R media.

Youtube videos linked in this article feature rapidly flashing images and strobing lights. Please avoid the links if that bothers you.



Eko Eko Azarak III: Misa The Dark Angel

Title card image from Eko Eko Azarak III Misa and Aya sitting on beds at summer camp, image from Eko Eko Azarak III

Eko Eko Azarak III: Misa The Dark Angel, 1998, directed by Katsuhito Ueno. A body in the morgue with a strange message leads Kuroi Misa (played by Hinako Saeki) to a school drama club where the students are rehearsing Wizard In Phantom World, a suspicious play.

Of the four of these that I've seen this one is the most fun, probably because Misa gets to use her powers for most of the movie. I imagine this must be closer to the comic. It's pretty uneven, it shifts gears between slow plot & character business, witch magic, and The Evil Dead, but I kinda liked that.

This is a follow-up to the 1997 TV series (and I've read it was possibly meant as the third season). English subtitles are available for only the first few episodes of that series, from what I can tell; I might watch it anyway (unsubbed) because I really enjoyed this movie.