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SaMcast Episode 85 – “YUGGHCK”

This week the Mike and Adam link minds, sharing a pick and then each bringing rap and videogames:

Footnotes/Follow Up

Lifting diary, 3.

More band work this week. Bad camera placement but you can get the gist of what’s happening. Same as with the bench the other week, the assisting bands let you have the full weight out of the rack and at the top of the movement but give you a little help out of the hole at the bottom.

This was the first time in a couple of weeks I was able to squat without pain. It turns out that my form had been off and I was adding load to my knees that shouldn’t have been there. It’s the damnedest thing, the movements don’t hurt when you do them the right way!

Since it didn’t hurt I went a little heavier than I planned. I paid for it this morning. All of my squat muscles are super-sore.

“Ideal Home” by Near Future

A collaboration between Blancmange’s Neil Arthur and solo electronic artist Bernholz (who also performs live as part of Gazelle Twin).

Files were swapped, sounds and lyrics re-wired, and debut LP ‘Ideal Home’ is the gloriously minimal result.

It’s got a nice goth-y vibe to it. Not deathrock and not darkwave, but maybe darkwave adjacent? It’s a good listen.

It’s on Spotify if you want to stream it.

A Lost John Coltrane album?!?

Holy mackerel. From the New York Times:

In the years leading up to “A Love Supreme,” his explosive 1965 magnum opus, Coltrane produced eight albums for Impulse! Records featuring the members of his so-called classic quartet — the bassist Jimmy Garrison, the drummer Elvin Jones and the pianist McCoy Tyner — but only two of those, “Coltrane” and “Crescent,” were earnest studio efforts aimed at distilling the band’s live ethic.

But now that story needs a major footnote.

On Friday, Impulse! will announce the June 29 release of “Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album,” a full set of material recorded by the quartet on a single day in March 1963, then eventually stashed away and lost. The family of Coltrane’s first wife, Juanita Naima Coltrane, recently discovered his personal copy of the recordings, which she had saved, and brought it to the label’s attention.

I spent months in my 20’s trying to get my head around A Love Supreme. I don’t think I ever cracked the code but it was my entry into jazz and I love it. The John Coltrane catalog just before A Love Supreme is some of my favorite music ever. And now I get a whole new album of it? In and in.

D for Effort: The Numero Guide to Slowcore

Freaking Numero. They just don’t miss.

Please enjoy this playlist of slowcore bands. (Slowcore = “generally characterized by bleak lyrics, downbeat melodies, slower tempos and minimalist arrangements.“)

It’s 4+ hours!

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

It’s been about 200 years since I was current on Spider-Man’s happenings but I love the look of this trailer.

I don’t know if this is supposed to be in 3-D or not. There is a lot of RGB channel shifting, but it isn’t there all the time so I’m not sure.

Even with that nit-pick, I love-love the imagery and it’s got the fun dialogue that the Marvel hero movies have done so well.

I want to see this in a theater.

“Um, is it sea-cock?”

Been reading through old issues of Marvel Team-Up. The 70’s were a strange time.

Swami John Reis interview

Riot Fest has a great interview with one of my favorite artists, John Reis. He’s the mastermind/frontman of some of my favorite bands (Rocket From the Crypt, Hot Snakes, Night Marchers) and he always has some sun-bleached So.-Cal. wisdom for people.

We’ve always just done things in a way that we would appreciate if someone else did them. If one of our favorite bands came through and did a whole tour of shows for free, that’d be so cool. We could afford to do it, so we did that.

The Hot Snakes are playing the Fest. The rest of the lineup looks ridiculous.

The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

The Murderbot Diaries is a series of novellas by Martha Wells. They’ll all be published this year. The first two are out now, with #3 due in August and #4 in October.

As novellas, they’re an easy length and they don’t get bogged down in too much worldbuilding arcana. It was a nice change from The Luminaries.

The premise of the first book:

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

The fist two are good reads. It’s not genre-defining fiction or anything, but there are some really cool ideas and it’s written well. I’m looking forward to the rest.

Thumbs up.

Lifting diary, 2.

My current one-rep max on the bench is 275lbs. Here I am training with 265 on the bar and 30-35 pounds of assistance from the suspended bands. It is a little tricky to get the bands perfectly balanced, but a 2-pound difference between the sides isn’t a dealbreaker.

This exercise with the reverse bands and a paused first rep (“reverse” because I’m using the bands to assist the lift rather than add resistance to the lift) train a couple of things:
1. speed – with the bands helping you lift from the bottom you can experience moving heavy-ish weight quickly
2. explosive movement from the bottom – it’s different from speed, the pause forces you to “explode” into the up-motion instead of using momentum from a bounce off of your chest
3. heavy weight in your hands at the start – a common mental block I run into when I’m benching is just how heavy a 100% or 105% lift feels at the start. The bands allow you to feel the full weight at the top but then assist the movement through the range of motion. It’s a trick you’re pulling on your brain (which I continue to fall for) and a confidence builder.

As always, 10,000 thank-yous to everyone at The Weight Room for all of the coaching, programming, and support.

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