Watching Stargate Universe is Part of My “Destiny”

November 13, 2009


To be honest I have never been a huge Stargate fan.  I haven’t seen the original movie. I’ve only watched a few episodes of SG-1 and I’ve only seen the first season and a half of Atlantis on DVD.  When I heard the premise of Stargate Universe I had a bad ST: Voyager flashback. The premise of SGU is that a group of scientists and soldiers are trapped on a ship billions of light years from Earth.  I thought to myself that this show was going to be Stargate’s version of Voyager.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The “crew” aboard the ‘Destiny” have no control over the ship. They are pretty much along for the ride. They also don’t have a lot of supplies or a Doctor. They are a Hodge podge of civilians, scientists, soldiers and cooks. There is no magic machine that makes food for them out of thin air. The characters on this show don’t all get along and there tends to be a lot of interpersonal conflict.  The drama of this show comes mostly from trying to survive.  SGU isn’t”The Alien of the week” kind of show. Nor is there any evil alien race that they are constantly battling.

This show is more about people trying to survive in an extraordinary circumstance. It is an exploration of the human psyche and motivations.  Even though SGU doesn’t have any crazy battle scenes like the previous two SG series it is very intense.  I would argue that it is a lot more intense than SG-1 or Atlantis ever were.  The emotional tone of the series clearly resembles that of the first two seasons of Lost. I suppose that in a lot of ways it is more similar to Lost than it is to any Sci-fi show that I have ever seen.

It airs on Sy Fy every Friday night. Check it out sometime and let me know what you think.


Industrial Music Battles Cancer

November 5, 2009

I have to admit that it warms my heart when I see artists come together for a worthy cause. Several Industrial bands are going to have songs on a massive 4 disc compilation project. All of the profits from this project will go towards fighting cancer. Awesome! It comes out  February of next year. I’m including all of the promotional info about it:


Featuring a huge number of amazing bands, this 4 disc compilation coming out on Metropolis Records on 2/9/2010 was put together by longtime 16volt friend and cancer survivor Jim Semonik with proceeds going towards the Foundation for Cancer Research and Wellness. Here is some more info from The Pittsburgh City Paper:

Like the city itself, Pittsburgh’s dark-electronic music scene encompasses both the clangor of the Industrial Revolution and the buzz-and-click of the Information Age. A consistent mover in that cyber-punk community is Jim Semonik, who’s put in a decade of both concert promotion (as Distortion Productions) and live performance, with electro-industrial band Rein[forced]. Semonik’s dedication didn’t waver during his difficult bout with Colon Cancer last year, and he’s eager to give back to the medical wizards who saved his life with an anthology called Electronic Saviors: Industrial Music to Cure Cancer.

Saviors has become a monumental undertaking: a four-CD box-set plus a downloadable fifth album, due on February 9, 2010 on goth-industrial juggernaut Metropolis Records. The 80-plus artist lineup includes industrial/EBM legends Combichrist, Chemlab, Suicide Commando, 16Volt and Leather Strip, and a contingent of local acts like Prometheus Burning and Semonik’s group. “It took 90 percent of my free time for the last eight months,” Semonik recalls, “but it was well worth it considering the tracks I got — there’s not one filler on the whole thing.”

Proceeds from the compilation will be donated to the Foundation for Cancer Research and Wellness situated in Harrisburg, PA. Furthermore, the compilation will be LIMITED TO 2500 COPIES!

The following is a complete track listing from the compilation:

Disc 1 – Diagnosis & Insurance:

1.SMP-Stay Sick
2.Stromkern-Notes From A War(First new track since 2004’s Light it up)
3.Boole-Smoking Gun
4.Interface-Never Say Farewell
5.Chemlab-Solar Max(The Jimmy Sextex Coil)(First New Track since 2004’s Oxidizer)
6.Bow Ever Down-Goodbye
7.The Gothsicles-Jim, Let Me Know When You Can Drink Again(Extreme Party Stylezz)
8.TERRORFAKT-Painkiller(First New Track in 3 years since Teethgrinder)
9.16 Volt-Things Unkind
10.Rein[Forced]-Malignancy(Pancreatitis Mix)(First New track since 2006’s Futile Longings..)
11.Ego Likeness-Save Your Serpent
12.Burikusu!!-7 Dimensional
14.Cesium 137-Endure(Encoder Mix)
15.Cyanotic Feat Eric Powell of 16 Volt-Axiome(Grey Version)
16.Silent Auction-Deliverance
17.Terror Firma Sky-Cancerous Catalyst Converter(First Released Track since Static Landscapes comp 2000)

Disc 2 – Chemotherapy & Radiation:

1.The Dark Clan-Beat it, Kill it
2.The Azoic-Search and Destroy(Savior Mix)
3.genCAB-Version 2(Aesthetic Perfection Mix)
4.Christ Analogue-The Fight
5.Prometheus Burning Feat Jimmy Semtex of Rein[Forced]-Malignant Disco
6.Boxed Warning-Run First
7.Assemblage 23-Impermenance(Flight AC-112 Mix)
8.I:Scintilla-From A Wasteland To A Dream
9.Imperative Reaction-Giving In To The Change(Assemblege 23 Mix)
12.Sonik Foundry-Stigmata
13.XuberX-Fear Is Fear
14.Mindless Faith-Into The Wind
15.Cyber Strukture-Some Sorta Rhythmic Machine
16.vircon-Count Backwards From Ten
17.Jordan Decay-The Great War

Disc 3 – Surgery:

1. Deathline Int’l-Breaking
2. Encoder featuring Jimmy Semtex of Rein[Forced] and Patricia Wake-Jim’s Song
3. Vicious Alliance-Right Beside You (Save Me Now Mix)
4. backandtotheleft-Maybe Today
5. Nachtmahr-Katharsis(Purification Mix)
6. Null Device-Under the Gun Immune Response
7. Suicide Commando-Until We Die (Winter Edit)
8. Agnes Wired For Sound-Don’t Worry (We’ll Meet Up Again)
9. System Syn-Blood (2009 Edit)
10. Acumen Nation-The Juice of Rotted Fruit
11. Aesthetic Perfection-The Ones (genCAB Mix)
12. Dismantled-Not Me
13. FGFC820-Children Of Decay (Northborne Mix)
14. Everything Goes Cold-I’ve Sold Your Organs on the Black Market to Finance the Purchase of a Used Minivan (I Don’t Want Those Organs If There’s Cancer in Them Mix)
15. Leæther Strip-The Scalpel song (Neoplasm edit)
16. Mordacious-Sleeping Beauty
17. Flesh Field-Detritus of Reason

Disc 4 – Recovery:

1. Noisuf-X-White Noise (Gift Mix)
2. Hardwire-I Am Forever
3. The Atomica Project-Transmission
4. Massiv In Mensch featuring Mind.In.A.Box-Supermassive Gravity (Endanger Mix)
5. SD6-Free (Interface Mix)
6. Obscenity Trial-Here and Now (Banging Mix by XP8)
7. Alter Der Ruine VS Premeditated Light-Dawn
8. nolongerhuman-Survival
9. Iris-Imposter (ThouShaltNot Remix)
10. Debutante-Alive
11. Andraculoid-You Tried To Kill Me, But I Killed You First
12. Deviant UK-Access Denied (Rotersand Mix)
13. Hypefactor-The Sweetest Soul(Rex Mix)
14. Freezepop-Duct Tape My Heart (Chinese Theatre Remix)
15. Spahn Ranch-In the Aftermath (Moroder Mix)
16. Caustic-Jim Made Cancer His Bitch

Disc 5 (digital bonus) – Medication:

1. Wreckcreation-Incomplete Me (Remix)
2. Borderlines-Visualization
3. AimOniA-Three
4. Beloved Dead-Twist of Fate
5. Derek C. F. Pegritz-Please Let Me Go
6. Molecule Party-Riser
7. Patricia Wake-Peaceful Shores
8. Neurobash-Left 4 Dead
9. Jon Zaremba-The Best Way to Tear Anything Down is to Blast!
10. Less Like Flesh-Virus Free
11. EVP-Schrödinger
12. Surviving The Odyssey-Dissolving the Sanity
13. Retar-D2-EXTRA LIVES!
14. The Hose Face-Dread
15. Sachem Orenda-Evident Product of Effort
16. TowerOpensFire-With Heavy Hands

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