As I promised - Japanese school girls.

Suicide Club

Jisatsu Sakuru (Suicide Club) is a manga adaptation of a 2003 film with the same name. Having said that, it has very little in common with that film, except for the opening scene: a group of schoolgirls, holding hands, jumping into an oncoming train. The story follows Saya, the sole survivor of the accident, and her best friend, Kyoko, who begins to get suspicious about the company Saya is keeping.

Somewhat unusually for manga, it’s only one volume long, so can be read very quickly (although the last few pages are somewhat…uncomfortable). It hasn’t been officially translated yet, but you can get hold of a fan-translation here (a warning: it’s definitely not for children). If, for some reason, you’re in the mood for an unsettling story involving teenage suicide, well, it’s your lucky day!

Also enjoying Viz’s Short Cuts Vol. 1 at the moment. It’s been around for a while (as you can tell by the Western right-to-left layout of the official translation), but I’ve only just come across it. Manga has a fairly well-deserved reputation of having stories that take place across 30+ 200 page books, but here, a tale is doing extremely well if it gets to a third page. It’s a funny send-up of the clichéd handling of, er, schoolgirls in the manga scene (look, I swear, this post didn’t start out as dodgy as it’s turning out).

In cartoon news, Bonnie and I have discovered The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, currently showing on the Cartoon Network. Billy and Mandy are typical children, winning a bet with the Grim Reaper, and as a consequence, he’s their Best Friend Forever. The Grim Reaper also appears to be Jamaican. Series Three began on Sunday, and since then we’ve had a spider that insists Billy is his dad, an Evil Tricycle from an alternate Pittsburgh (complete with bad British accents), Billy racking up thousands of years of bad luck in a mirror shot, and Grim’s body becoming a supermodel. It’s insane and very amusing…


currently playing: Robyn – Robotboy

Doooo Dooo Doo Doo

I do have an entry planned involving Japanese schoolgirls and mass suicides, but that’s later - this is now:

Stars are playing a concert at the Garage in London on September 7th. Anybody fancy going?

currently playing: Robyn – Konichiwa Bitches

Ew. Ew. Ewwww.


currently playing: Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes

Two Things

The new Rachel Stevens song sounds much better blasted through headphones on a summer’s day. We can only hope that it sparks a mini-Adam Ant revival.

Secondly - someone from the Stevens/Girls Aloud/Sugababes/Xenomania/Richard X axis should cobble together a cover of Bis’s Eurodisco

currently playing: A Camp – I can buy you

Oh my HMV

The eternal sale seems to have turned up a few more gems:

Hard Boiled for £2.99!

Singles Going Steady — The Buzzcocks (£5.99)

Unknown Pleasures — Joy Division (£4.99)

Superfly — Curtis Mayfield (£5.99)

Dare — Human League (£4.99)

Greatest Hits — Leonard Cohen (£4.99; go on, the man needs the money at the moment)

New Gold Dream — Simple Minds (£3.99)

Please, hide my credit card…

currently playing: The New Pornographers – The Laws Have Changed

Speaking Entirely Hypothetically

If you had the choice between getting Daphne & Celeste’s album, We Didn’t Say That, or their individual singles, which would you plump for? Are there any lost gems on the full-length, or can I be satisfied with Oooh, Stick You and U.G.L.Y.?

currently playing: Imani Coppola – I’m a Tree


Rachel Stevens — I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)

That’s Deuce Bigalow 2’s Rachel Stevens, fact-fans. I hear she doesn’t even get to speak during her cameo (and I draw the line at actually seeing the film to verify this). Anyway, the theme of this record seems to be: “glances at previous chart positions Oh dear. Anybody up for a bit of glitterstomp?” So we have a mixture of Adam Ant, Marilyn Manson, Some Girls, and a 70s song that I just can’t pin down right now (although the words Tiger Feet keep creeping up on me). Better than the new Sugababes & Girls Aloud efforts, but I don’t think it’s going to send her back up to the top of the charts…although, the release date is around the time of Children In Need

Franz Ferdinand — Do You Want To?

∀FF: Angles2 + ∫ f(hype) = Eh + ∅

Stellastarr* — Sweet Troubled Soul

That asterisk will be the death of them, you know. I still don’t hear The Cure in them, either, but everybody else does, so I give in. This is the first track from their new album, which appears to be going in the same direction as the first. In the immortal words of computer games journalists “if you liked the first, then you’re sure to like — arrrrrrrrrggghhh” (Not quite so immortal after Stuart Campbell got his hands on a chainsaw, readers).

The Cardigans — I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer

A Title of Champions, I’m sure you’ll agree. Again, listen to this, and you’ll instantly think “hmm, a Cardigans song”. I was surprised to discover on first listening that a Cardigans song was exactly what I needed to hear. Not exactly a glowing recommendation, I know, but if you feel that you need to hear such a record, then this is as good as any (aside from Rise and Shine, of course, but then I always skewed twee).

currently playing: Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes



1x1: The DVD stripped back to its most primitive form and extended into infinity. 1x1 uses a custom algorithm based on the particular settings of your DVD to generate a unique infinite sequence. An experiment in generating variety from limited resources, it uses movements in the x and y axes to create a different animation every time the disc is played.

A 60-second sample of a 1x1 performance

1x1 has the catalogue code SNAP022 and is available now from Snappish Productions, in two different formats. A physical copy of the film is available for the price of the media and shipping (email for current prices), or on request, an ISO image can be sent direct to a designated email account.

1x1 is available now.

currently playing: Annie – Helpless For Love

It's Sunnnnnday…Monnnnday!

So, Top of The Pops on Monday, eh? When did that happen? Or is it just the BBC having some fun before the axe finally comes down?

currently playing: Johnny Boy — Johnny Boy Theme

I Loved The Links You Wrote, But That Was Bloody Yesterday

The NME attempts to re-enact Country House vs. Roll With It almost exactly ten years on, but I’m guessing that it won’t make the news this time around.

What the world has been waiting for — the iDuck!

A new line of Lego sees the company heading back to its roots: Lego Factory (comes complete with instructions, which is quite nice).

It’s blacker than black.

Ah, for the days where I could see the words “Warren Ellis” and not flinch uncontrollably.

Camera Obscura: tweeist ever?

currently playing: Saint Etienne – A Good Thing