[Film] Sanjuro, Akira Kurosawa, 1962 – Standoff with Bloody Spurt Scene

Even though the special effects pale by today’s standards, be prepared for a bit of a mess if you have a weak stomach. Still, Sanjuro, the masterpiece directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring his favorite actor, Toshirō Mifume, is as elegantly violent a film as has ever been produced.

[Music] Departure Street – Two Islands in the Heart

Departure Street is American/French guitarist Allan J. Kimmel.  Reading his bio on the Bandcamp release page, he calls his work neo-folk.  I thought it a strange term, as I normally associate it with dark bands who worked with music that would set well with fans of bands like Death In June, Current 93 and the […]

[Music] Janne Hanhisuanto – Ambient Collection 2020

Janne Hanhisuanto is an ambient music composer out of Finland.  His soundscapes are about as bleak as his homeland.  What I enjoy most about his work is that it hovers somewhere between 5 and 9 minutes, and it gives one time to really let the mind enjoy each and every pulse of this work.  I’m […]

[Music] This Place to Be, by Steve Roach

Originally posted on Ambient Landscape:
A free (Name Your Own Price) for now download from Mr. Roach This Place To Be centers in on a sweet spot of serenity with a sense of perfect weightlessness and contentment, nowhere else to be but here.CD with download and name your price for the a few days on…

[Music] Philippe Simon – Android

This is something of a revelation to me.  Until the good folks at Kalamine Records (run by Zumaia) told me about him, he was off my radar.  This I count as a loss, because Philippe Simon brings a vibrant, updated sound to the Berlin School of electronic music which peaked with artists like Klaus Schulze, Mario […]

[Music] Virus (Italy) – Eudaimonia

This was a very pleasant surprise.  Virus is, perhaps, not the best choice of band name only because there are so many great bands (including a legendary Austrian one I whose album I was listening to today) who share the monicker, but because it is about as far away from the music as possible. The […]