A small selection of my favourite tracks I’ve discovered this month.
- But it was all of us – Saltland
- Mottomo Kodokuna Basho – Cyber-Zen Sound Engine
- Blackjack Afternoon – Collin Thomas
- Escape (music from the 21st century) – Michael Garrison
- If I could possibly tell the difference I wouldn’t care anyway – Benoit Pioulard
- Nine Doors Breathing Space – Steve Tibbetts
- Sketch 1 – Tim Hecker
- A Feeling of being Closer – Antonymnes
- The Tributary(for voices lost) – Kyle Bobby Dunn
- Night Blossoms Written In Sanskrit – The North Sea & Rameses III
- Listen he who ventures – Popol Vuh (with Klaus Wiese)
- This Time And Space – Kit Watkins
- Almost Overlooked – John Foxx & Harold Budd
- Oceans of Heavens – Craig Padilla, Zero Ohms
- Pillars of Creation – Palancar
- Gravity – Abstract Aprils
- Home – usr; sbin
- A Human Being Is A Human Dreaming – Maiya Hersey
- Lights of a Tired City – Ben Woods
- Keine Angst – Bersarinn Quartet
A small selection of my favourite tracks I’ve discovered this month. Want to make this a regular thing.
- After the Rain – Porya Hatami
- Silent Running(carbonator remix) – Carbon Based Lifeforms
- Responder – Palmer Station – Assembler
- Thaw – Taylor Dupree
- Bloom – Lorenzo Montana
- Showers of Lilac – tonepoet
- Nascent Light – Experiments in Silence
- Things Unknown – Function and Vatican Shadow
- Finally Night (Original mix) – SandStars
- Baptisia – Massergy
- Holy Groundb – Halftribe
- Resurface – Evan Marc + Steve Hillage
- Rainy Day – Ruben Garcia
- Ground Zero – Tom Heasley
- No Word From Above – Ben Woods
- Silence Speaks in Shadows – Paul Vnuk
- MULM: MØRKE
- ‘Further Away’ – The Sight Below
- SS1.2 Unit Circle – Loscil
- Stillpoint – Purl
First draft of my Top 100 Movies.
This was put together late last night so I’m sure I’ve missed very obvious ones.
What ones do you like/hate? Think I’m missing some? Post it in the Comments below : )
Update: Amazing response on Facebook & Twitter. I think I may work on a Top 250 now : )
- The Iron Giant
- Shawshank Redemption
- Dead Man’s Shoes
- City of God
- Old Boy
- Let the Right One In
- The Lord of the Rings – Fellowship of the Ring
- Once Upon a Time in the West
- In a Better World
- Paris, Texas
- The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
- Requiem for a Dream
- Lives of Others
- The Matrix
- No Country for Old Men
- The Secret in Their Eyes
- Whale Rider
- Sling Blade
- The Fountain
- Stand by Me
- The Hunt for the Wilderpeople
- Norwegian Ninja
- Planes, Trains & Automobiles
- In Bruges
- Tucker & Dale vs Evil
- The Guard
- Amores Perros
- Blazing Saddles
- The Plague Dogs
- The Breakfast Club
- Fight Club
- Seven Psychopaths
- 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out A Window And Disappeared
- Little Children
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
- The Hunt
- Wild Tales
- We’re The Millers
- Pan’s Labrynth
- There Will be Blood
- La Haine
- Vanishing Point
- The Wrong Man
- Chungking Express
- Everything is Illuminated
- Memories of Murder
- Welcome to the Dollhouse
- El Bola
- Blade Runner
- The Big Lebowski
- Howl’s Moving Castle
- Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
- Dumb & Dumber
- They Live
- Thin Red Line
- Goodbye Lenin
- A Prophet
- Napoleon Dynamite
- The Cable Guy
- The Skin I Live In
- Interstate 60
- The Tin Drum
- Animal Kingdom
- Four Lions
- My Neighbour Totoro
- All About My Mother
- Blues Brothers
- Office Space
- Little Miss Sunshine
- Dirty Harry
- The Counterfeiters
- Taxi Driver
- Into the Wild
- Fistful of Dynamite
- Shaun of the Dead
- Mystic River
- Home Alone
For a while now I’ve seen FutureSequence release their Sequence compilations but never made the time to listen – despite the big names in each compilation. Now I have, and it was worth the wait 🙂
Listed below are just some of my favourites:
- Ghost and Tape – Return
- Endless Melancholy – Amber
- Dag Rosenqvist – And we let go because we must
- Siavash Amini – The Rivers Stood Still
- Zenjungle – Tre Passi
- Mendel Kaelen – Śūñayaca-tāla
- Monadh – Kodama
- Funeral Fireworks – Waste The Light
- Alex Kozobolis & Harry Edwards – Dogmatise
- Andagainandagain – Oo
- Maiya Hershey – A Human Being is a Human Dreaming
- Monadh – Kawa
- Siavash Amini – A Mist of Grey Light
- Guy Birkin – Tintinnabuli Mathematica 12d
- Threethings – Arkhangelsk
- Jffstnhs – There’s hope for them yet
- Alex Kozobolis – I Promise
- Ed Hamilton – Put An End To Your Worries
- Both Turning – Be Honest
- OH-EX-OH – The Last Days
- Tone Color – In Place of Luck
- A pond begging you to leap – Celeste’s Fall
- Heinali – Clouds
- Bengalfuel – Still Standing
- Talvihorros – The Two Great Lights
- Three Things – Light Stops
- The Oo-ray – Barriers
- Broken Chip – Wave Like Structure
- Navigator – Drawing Mountains
- Otologist – Pines for Platinums
- Neue – Pluto
- Black Elk – Myst
- Wil Bolton – Umbra
- Hakobune – I
- Yakobfinga – In a Birdless Dawn
- Nanga Parbat Pilgrimage – Silbersattel
- Voder – Gramophone Lullaby
- Stray Theories – Everyone Falls
- Ekca Liena – We Are Drowning Flight
- IXE-13 – You Die You Dead
- James Murray – Floods
- Dalot – Haiku 10
- Endote – Lovest
- I’ve Lost – A Study In Departure
- Specta Ciera – Sleepy Tea
- Rafael Anton Irisarri – Milano
- Gimu – The Purification
- Birds of Passage & Leonardo Rosado – We’ll Always Have Paris
- Ekca Liena – Mattie Devore
- Sun Glitters – Sing
I think I’ll need to grab the `Touched` compilations next!
Do you like FutureSequence? What other big compilations would you recommend? Leave comments below 🙂
Late late night last night and an early early start – this’ll be interesting 😀
I’ve reached the last full day of my New Zealand adventure. Mount Cook is today’s destination. I hear it’s one of the major highlights of the South Island & thanks to Andy driving me to Queenstown I had a few hours left on my InterCity Flexipass to blow on the trip!! 😀
Couldn’t have got a better day to end things with too. Slight chill in the air but perfect blue skies and the scenery en route to Cook is probably some of the best I’ve seen so far!
Who remembers ‘Shrek the Sheep’?
Well he lived between Queenstown & Mt Cook which was a cool little nugget of info I didn’t know.
Mount Cook was probably the best way to sign off this holiday. Again I won’t be doing it any justice with mere words so here’s some stunning photos I took.
Next time I come to New Zealand I think I’ll stay here for a week 🙂
I caught up with Phillip for the last time before making sure I was all set for the trip back home. What a laugh he is! Always smiling – love it!!
Tomorrow I grab a lunchtime flight back up to Auckland then at night I travel on to Shanghai then London followed by a cracking little 4am train ride back to Carlisle where the journey began over a month ago.
I’ve got heaps of photos and videos from the last month so I’ll try cobble together a brief 1-2 minute YouTube thing from it all over the next couple of months.
Thanks to everyone who joined me on my travels here. Writing these little blog posts has been a great way to keep a track of everything I’ve done – I’ve also got credit card receipts for that 😀
Maybe it’s inspired you to visit this beautiful country some day – any questions you have or feedback at all I’d love to hear it 🙂
COMPETITION TIME :
What was the name of the crossing on the North Island that broke poor Michael?
Fire in your answers below and I’ll pick a winner at random 🙂 The winner wins a little slice of New Zealand. Mystery Prize klaxon!!!
Happy Birthday, Mum! Fear not, I’m getting your pressies today!! 😀
The plan was to go on a little boat cruise at night around Queenstown – get some nice photographs of the street lights reflecting on the water – but sadly with the poor weather it was cancelled 🙁
So instead I spent the day grabbing final pressies for friends and family.
At night I caught up with Steph and grabbed a drink from the bar, Xtreme. It was the last day I got to see Steph as she’s away to Dunedin in the morning and I’m off to Mt. Cook. She’s been a great brief companion and another buddy for life I think – some of the lines she came out with at times were priceless!! 🙂
Today turned out to be one of the best days yet. Weather wise it was stellar so Steph and I decided to take a little stroll along the lake front and enjoy the view from that side of Queenstown.
Shortly after setting off a chap approached us brandishing ‘Free Ice Skating’ vouchers!! We were there within minutes! Practically had the place to ourselves too – total riot & thoroughly chuffed we didn’t fall once 😀
Later on we continued our walk along the lake. At one stretch of the road, in the space of about five minutes, we saw 1) a stray dog proper eye-balling a startled tourist from down the street – real Mexican stand-off material 2) another man casually walking his pet and 3) a tree swing that I couldn’t resist taking a crack at – I’m binning those shoes post haste!
We seem to have this impressive skill of bumping into the weird and wonderful wherever we go.
Later, we grabbed an Indian meal (<3 Bombay Aloo!!) and a cheeky trip to Fergbaker before heading back to the backpackers for more Connect 4 😀
Today I said my goodbyes to Yu Hei, Phillip & Wanaka and headed back to Queenstown where I plan to stay for the rest of the hols.
I’ll definitely make more time for Wanaka when I come back to New Zealand – I don’t think I could ever tire of that lakefront, the landscape and the walks. I should probably take up snowboarding too to make the most of all the snow there!! 🙂
I got into Queenstown early evening & caught up with Franz Josef buddy, Steph who wanted to see the new X-Men movie.
Afters we grabbed a Fergburger & devoured it back at the hostel before the quiz. Oh and the quiz didn’t end well 😀 Anyone with a bit of experience of Michael and quizzes knows just how seriously I take them as well 😉
Today started with my Japanese buddy Yu Hei opening the curtains & quietly singing ‘Let it go!’ from Disney’s “Frozen” movie. I buckled massively. Just knew it would be another great day after that & it didn’t disappoint.
Yu Hei was a pretty awesome character. He came over from Japan a few months earlier and earns a little bit here & there by cleaning houses around Wanaka. His English isn’t great (my Japanese is worse!) so he has a cute board he holds up to prospective clients. Here he is photobombing the landscape 😀
I got chatting to a German fella last night – his humour and command of English was absolutely brilliant – we got on great and decided the next day to do some hill-walking. Much for the banter as the stunning views we’d get!
Iron was a really easy climb and the views of the snow-capped hills and mountains were just perfect. Again, I’ll try not to ramble and just let you enjoy the pics 😀
Phillip and I got on superbly – he was hitting me with film and TV recommendations from every angle and just generally keeping me in stitches. Been so fortunate along the way that I’ve been a magnet for very funny and interesting people.
After descending Mount Iron we visited the brilliant, Puzzling World. This was crazy. Take a look at their website – a little like Camera Obscura in Edinburgh – illusions everywhere! And the Maze. Oh God, the Maze! Me & Phillip reached all four corners quite quickly but then took another 45 minutes to find the exit :-O
Later that day, we grabbed a burger and sat down to watch the ‘Nazis from the Moon’ genre classic, “Iron Sky”. It was a riot 😀
Bit of sleep then I’m off back to Queenstown for the final few days of my adventure here 🙂
I set off early today to Lake Wanaka. I’d already passed through it a few days earlier en route to Queenstown so I was looking forward to a return visit.
When I got there it was fair chucking it down so I nipped to the shops and picked up supplies for the next few days.
In the evening I hit the local cinematorium, ‘Cinema Paradiso‘ to see Godzilla. I’d had high hopes for this as the director was the same chappy who made the brilliant ‘Monsters’ back in 2010.
What a quirky brilliant little cinema this was – full of character! They have a great little trailer about Wanaka before the film starts as well as – just nice little touches that I’ve found all around New Zealand.
It was also the first time I had ever watched a movie from inside a car 😀
‘Godzilla’ was immense. I loved it from start to finish. Didn’t feel too Hollywood at all. Thoroughly recommend it!!
Afterwards I headed back to the backpackers, cooked some pasta and caught some much needed Z’s. I was on the top bunk again which is always a bit exciting – waiting on that 3am THUD ‘Aaah, so I’m on the floor now’ moment 🙂