Monday, April 11, 2011

hullcrushdepth has moved

This blog, its lack of updates and my lack of motivation were getting me down.

So I made a new one.

Update yer bookmarks!

Monday, February 14, 2011


I'm calling to see if you've received a fax.
What is your name?
When did you send it?
Just a moment ago.
What number did you sent it to?
9292 9292
That's the correct number.  It hasn't arrived yet.  If you just sent it a moment ago give it 10 minutes then call us back to check again.
I'm just a bit worried about it because it has my credit card details on it.
You definitely sent it to the right number?
Then you don't have anything to worry about.
But it's got my credit card details on it.
Well it will either come through to us or it won't.
But it's got my credit card details on it.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bootleg Bloggers

I've got to hand it to Fan Made Recordings. For every gig I attend in Melbourne there's a very good chance that they're recording the show and it'll appear on their blog at some point within the next week. And I like the chance to listen again. I close my eyes and press my ear buds tightly into my ears and it's almost like I'm back in the sweating, seething mass of the show rather than the sweating, seething mass of the number nineteen tram at 8am on a Monday morning.

Last Wednesday and Thursday night saw The Tote host US garage psych destroyers Thee Oh Sees and sure enough, FMR already have both shows up, with support bands (Super Wild Horses and Boomgates were my pick of the bunch).

Thee Oh Sees - Enemy Destructs

2010 saw the site offer some fantastic sets by The Fall, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, My Disco, Pivot, and the amazing 10 drummer Boredoms set at The Forum (even if it doesn't quite translate as well into a live recording)

There are a bunch of other Australian blogs bootlegging local and international touring artists; Turn it up!!, Sydney Tapes and Sky Hut are also stand outs, and between them they've archived hundreds of live recordings. These people aren't just bootleggers, they're musical historians. Bravo!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

high into the air

Woke up with a sore neck. A pinched nerve. Had a pretty restless sleep. The Age reports that last night was the worst night of the year so far for hay fever sufferers in Melbourne. 200 ambulance call outs for hay fever sufferers! Hah! I've been suffering it for about a month and a half now, to varying degrees. It plus a cold instigated a sinus infection that's never quite gotten better. The second round of anti-biotics are keeping it at bay, but it's still there, lurking most of the day, attacking mostly at night, leaving me with an assortment of crusty and slimey boogers to expel in the humidity of a shower come morning.

I had a restless sleep and was reminded this morning of waking up in the night yelling about someone cutting my leg. I kind of remember, someone was hacking it off mid shin, diagonally, with a machete. I can't complain much about my dreams though, they're usually pretty decent. In the last year or so I've improved my ability to fly. It used to be something that would happen accidentally, and I'd fly around for a bit and drop back to earth and lose my powers. I'm a bit of a flying master now, can do it at will and don't often lose the ability. The main problem is actually getting too high into the air, not being able to fully control how high I'm going, up to atmospheric levels and getting dizzy.

My pinched nerve has gotten worse throughout the day and I'm sitting here with a hunched over posture (more so than usual, and unable to correct myself) and aching shoulders as well, like I'd been lifting heavy boxes up and down stairs all yesterday, except I hadn't. How did this happen in my sleep? I've experienced waking up with pinched nerves in my neck before, never aching shoulders and upper arms. My neck posture pillow is supposed to prevent this shit from happening.

I'm quite happy though, that I've found an iphone app that is able to broadcast the cricket by streaming it online. I envisage summer afternoons sitting in beer gardens, sunshine and happiness and good times with friends and me, sitting there with my iphone on the table, streaming the fucking cricket.

This arrived in the work mail. Thanks Brent! I don't know why it has decided to orientate itself vertically here. It's horizontal on my computer. I've had this problem before and eventually fixed it, I can't be arsed to do that this time. Heirs new album would undoubtedly be in my top 10 for the year, if I was egotistical enough to actually make a list. Go listen to them. I've seen to term "darkwave" thrown about to describe their sound and it's a fitting enough description. Love the artwork too. They're playing the East Brunswick Club on Saturday 11th Dec.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sack of Nintendos

After 17 hours sleep last afternoon/night I was feeling pretty good this morning, so I decided to take a stroll in the midday sun.  Walking down Smith Street, I had the intention of going to Woolworths to buy some ingredients to make mulled wine but ended up in Cash Converters then the Lost and Found Market.  Lost and Found is fantastic. They have a couple of levels of all sorts of shit; vintage clothing, books, furniture, toys, old hifi equipment, art, crockery, vinyl, ect etc.  Quality, hand picked junk. I always go into these sorts of stores, pawn shops and op shops secretly hoping to find a hidden treasure chest of retro video games at a bargain price. 

 (I stole this image from their website, I assure you this is not a paid promotion)

Back in the early 00s when I was living in Brisbane there was a Lifeline used furniture store just up the road that was an endless gold mine for that sort of stuff. In the space of a couple of years I acquired about a dozen NESs, SNESs, Mega Drives (+ a Mega CD) and Master Systems and countless games from that place.  Everything is currently stored at my folks' house in Bundaberg and I intended to retrieve it one day.

In the past couple of years my compulsion to hoard old video games has reared its sexy head once more.  Hell, I commonly dream about it. I recently had a dream where I found a back corner of David Jones that had about 20 limited edition transparent red Mega Drives (this did not actually exist) with Mega CD attachments all for $2 each.  Problem is that dreams are not real and in pawn shops old games are a bit too pricey to bother with.  I enjoy the hunt for a bargain.

So at Lost and Found I come across a glass cabinet and on the bottom shelf is a tumble weed of a tangle of cables with a few NESs and games amongst the the seething mass of leads. I ask a lady how much the stuff is, intending to maybe buying one NES if it is the right price.

"$90 for the lot", she says.  I look at the mess again and count no less than 4 Nintendo Entertainment Systems.

"I'll take it!"

"Oh man, I was going to go through that stuff", frowns a young male employee whom the lady asks to bag it up for me.

A fellow enthusiast.

"I'll give you $20 for one of the NESs", he says.

"Sure", I tell him, and he puts it all in a large white sack minus his newly acquired Nintendo. I sling it over my shoulder and go on my merry way, the Nintendo Sanata Claus of Smith Street.

When I get back to my flat I've sustained an injury to my right middle finger, having gashed it on the zip of my jacket when switching over sack carrying arms. That shit gets pretty heavy after walking for fifteen minutes but no time to stop to wipe it off. Got to get home and and see what's inside my sack of Nintendo.

I empty the sack and get to work. It takes about twenty minutes before I untangle everything. And damn, if it's not the best $70 I've ever spend on Nintendo wares.

2 x NES consoles with power supplies and RF modulators
1 x NES Top Loader console with power supply and RF modulator
2 x NES control pads
1 x NES Top Loader control pad
1 x NES Zapper

Super Mario Bros
Super Mario Bros 3
Metroid (score!)
Batman (bat-tastic!)
RBI Baseball
Super Sprint

Random Junk:
1 x Commodore 64 joystick
1 x generic Commodore 64 / Sega/ old PC joystick
1 x Quickshot multi platform auto-fire arcade stick
1 x hand held car racing LCD screen game
1 x Commadore 64 (I think) Supersportic game
1 x Sega RF modulator
1 x Playstation AV cable
2 x random AV / RF cables

The big victory here is undoubtedly the NES Top Loader. I think the only time I have even seen one of these in person was at the Game On exhibition at ACMI a couple of years back. It was a limited release NES that was out in the early 90s towards the end of the NESs lifespan. It is about half the size of the regular NES and has SNES shaped controllers. I would have paid $70 for this by itself! The original Metroid game is becoming hard to find as well, and this is the first time I've owned a copy.

I'm off to the pub to celebrate.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

It's been pretty quiet on this blog of late, and I'll attribute that towards two things; A general lack of motivation to write and a deep desire that everything I write to be at the very least "good". The general lack of motivation to write is a by product of having a general lack of motivation to do anything. Hell, lately I can't even be bothered lying on the couch watching TV. Last week I was in bed asleep by 9:30 on four of five weeknights because I was tired and didn't feel like doing anything else. Lame.

I got some blood tests back last Thursday that go some way to providing an answer for my tiredness and lack of motivation and that is having severely low Vitamin D levels. Literally the second lowest my doctor had ever seen. Knowing that there's a medically valid reason for my slothfulness and that I now have a way out of it (as much sunlight as I can absorb and 5 Vitamin D pills a day) has already given me more energy than I've had all winter, save belting out a few songs with Fell Over at The Fall tribute night early June.

As for anxiety about my writing being shit, fuck it. At least it's better than Eleven Magazine.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tonight I played Sonic 1 for 45 minutes and got to Level 4 (Labyrinth Zone) act one before losing a life. I picked up 4 lives along the way in Green Hill Zone (lv 1) and Marble Ruin Zone (lv 2) by collecting 100 rings in 4/6 zones.

This is one of the prizes for winning, there will be more. You can change your guess only in the last 3 days before the event and only once.