Flash Gordon Rewatch

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When I was growing up, one of the highlights of the summer and Christmas school holidays was the BBC’s children’s programming. Every morning they’d air a Tarzan movie and episodes of serials including a French series that I can’t remember the name of and the old black and white fiction serials from the 1930s – Zorro, The Lone Ranger and Buck Rogers. I enjoyed them all, but my favourite was Flash Gordon starring Larry “Buster” Crabbe. I’d eagerly sit down each morning to see how Flash, Dale and the Doc managed to get out of whatever pickle they’d got themselves into the day before. I don’t know how many times I watched each series (I remember them being shown every year for most of my childhood, although I doubt that’s actually true), but they stuck with me, and I’ve always had a soft spot in my nerdy heart for those serials (helped by the 1980 movie of course). A couple of years ago, before I started indie publishing, I was trying to think of a way to add more interesting content to my blog and post more regularly. I was also trying to think of a new writing project that I could use to fill the time … Read More

“a mouth like Texas and that ain’t small”

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The Jesus and Mary Chain are playing Vancouver tonight (to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their album, Psychocandy) and we’ve got tickets so this week’s musical interlude was an easy choice. A lot of the band’s tracks are distortion heavy (especially the tracks on Psychocandy) and are a bit of an acquired taste but this is Blues From a Gun.   And one of my favourite tracks, the b-side New York City.   Blues From a Gun is from the 1989 album, Automatic.   If you’re feeling really brave, this is You Trip Me Up from Psychocandy. If you’re interested in hearing more of The Jesus and Mary Chain, I recommend starting with the 1992 album, Honey’s Dead. Get a FREE copy of my short story, Only Friends by subscribing to my newsletter. [“a mouth like Texas and that ain’t small” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 13th May 2015]

“a mislabeled Kenobi”

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A new song from The Doubleclicks – Tiny Paper Elephant. This one was inspired by images sent in by their Patreon patrons Twitter followers. If you’d like to hear more, The Doubleclicks are touring soon and they’re playing an online gig on Friday – details here. Get a FREE copy of my short story, Only Friends by subscribing to my newsletter. [“a mislabeled Kenobi” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 5th May 2015]

“You’ll regret it all some day”

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I think the intro explains this quite nicely.   You Are My Sunshine by The Civil Wars is available on the most excellent album – Barton Hollow.   Get a FREE copy of my short story, Only Friends by subscribing to my newsletter. [“You’ll regret it all some day” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 8th April 2015]

“What a lie looks like”

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It’s Wednesday, have some Beth Orton. Magpie is from the album Sugaring Season. Get a FREE copy of my short story, Only Friends by subscribing to my newsletter. [“What a lie looks like” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 1st April 2015]

“I can even take him in the bath”

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Tonight, my wife and I are heading out to Amanda Palmer’s Friends from TED event. Last year’s NinjaTED event was fantastic but involved a lot of queueing. This year there are tickets so we won’t have to spend quite so long standing on the Vancouver streets. To commemorate the events, here’s the video for the song that introduced me (via Caitlin R Kiernan’s blog) to Amanda Palmer and the Dresden Dolls, Coin Operated Boy. Coin Operated Boy is taken from The Dresden Dolls’ self-titled first album.     Get a FREE copy of my short story, Only Friends by subscribing to my newsletter. [“I can even take him in the bath” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 18th March 2015]

“Oh my feet don’t touch the floor”

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Florence + The Machine have a new album coming out – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. I’m a big fan of their music so I pre-ordered the album on iTunes and was able to download a track straight away. It’s called What Kind of Man and has a striking video (Warning: Contains some imagery that may disturbing for some viewers, and boobies):   The album is due for release at the beginning of June.   [“Oh my feet don’t touch the floor” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 11th March 2015]

“I know a place where a body can hide”

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I first got hooked on Murder by Death (the band) when they traded cover songs with Amanda Palmer. She recorded Three Men Hanging and they recorded Another Year and the tracks were released as a 7″ single. I fell in love with both tracks and in a lot of ways, I prefer them to the originals. I’ll probably post them here at some point but for this week, here’s a Murder by Death track – Lost River.   Lost River is from the album, Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon – one of the many Kickstarter Projects I’ve backed over the years. [“I know a place where a body can hide” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 4th March 2015]

“We are the ones they left behind”

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Continuing the post-apocalyptic theme for the traditional Wednesday music post…  Get a FREE copy of my short story, Only Friends by subscribing to my newsletter. [“We are the ones they left behind” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 25th February 2015]

Apocalypse Weird Trailer

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Today marks the big launch of Apocalypse Weird – the shared world project from Michael Bunker, Nick Cole, Rob McClellan, Tim Grahl and a whole host of great authors. To celebrate, they’ve launched a new trailer for the series.   There’s also a Facebook launch event this afternoon (times are in PST) 2:00-3:00 PM: Chris Pourteau & Lesley Smith3:00-4:00 PM: Nick Cole & Forbes West4:00-5:00 PM: Hank Garner & Eric Tozzi5:00-6:00 PM: Kim Wells 6:00-7:00 PM: E. E. Giorgi & Kevin G. Summers7:00-8:00 PM: Michael Bunker & Stefan Bolz8:00-9:00 PM: Jennifer Ellis & Chris Pourteau   You can read my thoughts on Apocalypse Weird and why I think it’s a game changer right here. And I’m doing something that I’ve never tried on this blog before – author Q&As. I’ve lined up a mini-interview with each of the Apocalypse Weird authors, starting with mighty Michael Bunker. Michael’s Q&A will go up later today, with the rest following over the course of this week. I hope you’ll drop by and take a look.  Get a FREE copy of my short story, Only Friends by subscribing to my newsletter. [Apocalypse Weird Trailer by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 23rd February 2015]