The Shack Blog

Words and things, mostly words.

Ownership In The Digital Era

If, like me, you’ve been online since before the term ‘Digital Rights Management’ (DRM) even existed, then the following should come as no surprise to you: Apple can delete movies you purchased from the iCloud at any time, and there is no recourse for the consumer. The story was detailed over at The Outline (link), […]

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Good Times Had By All

I went to see Ghost Bath supporting Abigail Williams last night, despite the fact I’d never heard of the latter and that Ghost Bath are the ones with the major label record deal. Regardless, none of that has any bearing on the music, which is the sole reason I go to these things. The entirety of the bill […]

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Digital Hoarding

I knew I had missed a few albums when I went through my collection of music CDs, and converted them all to MP3s, but I ended up missing about two dozen. I’m glad to be finally done, however, except it also reignited some completist urges — as there are a couple of gaps in my […]

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Music News – Vol. 1

Just some quick notes here. Unreqvited already announced the follow-up to Stars Wept To The Sea will be out at the end of November. You can check out the preview single, “Balance” on YouTube right here. The track is squarely in the post-black metal realm but damn is it good — I cannot wait for this new […]

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Kamikaze Notes

Curiosity got the better of me, and I went looking for a few tracks from this new Eminem album. I’ll eventually find a way to stream the whole album and probably review it, because I’ve already got mixed — and mostly negative — feelings about it. “Lucky You” is a real stand-out track and was a […]

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New Music

I forgot to post these earlier, but I did my usual end-of-month Bandcamp purchases. I went a little light this month since I’ve got a Wintersun show I need to book travel and a hotel for. Domedagen, various tracks (link) Palace of Worms, Live Rehearsal – 2018 (link) Sadness, Rain (link) Viva Belgardo, Flores, Carne (link) I’ve already written […]

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So He Can’t Do Stand-Up Ever Again?

Louis CK is back in the news again, after a brief hiatus following his admission of guilt in the face of multiple women accusing him of of gross sexual misconduct. In more plain terms, Louis apparently had a bad habit of taking his dick out in front of women and masturbating. Initially, the statement that […]

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Reading List

I’ve been trying to make more concerted efforts to read the ever-increasing pile of books I own. I have both Angry White Pyjamas and Death By Black Hole sitting at roughly 2/3 finished and just keep putting them off for no discernible reason. Part of the problem is that I can’t read in bed anymore, when I […]

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The New Project Hate Album

Holy shit, as usual this thing is blowing my mind. I threw a bunch of money at the album’s crowd-funding project and Death Ritual Covenant was absolutely worth the wait. I have no idea how rare it is for someone to still have the same enthusiasm for a band after 18 years of fandom, but that’s […]

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A Perfect Circle – Revisited

I can’t remember the last time I listened to an A Perfect Circle album, but it’s probably been about half-a-decade. I have yet to get off my ass and listen to the new album, Eat The Elephant, but I intend to get around to it fairly soon. I figured I should refresh my memory of their other […]

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