The Cut Season 2 Episode 26

It’s been a long, busy week. The afterglow from our staff retreat barely lasted a day before it was wiped away with the demands of the fast-paced, high-pressure world of newsletter production. But we are here for you, Readership. Our sacrifice is your reward.

As we start this sunny weekend, let us entertain you with the insides of bowling balls, the fiftieth anniversary of a stone cold classic and the eerie sounds of The Apprehension Engine.

Now is the time. Here is the place. This is The Cut.

Ten-Pin Bowling is, you’d think, a simple game. Get the ball down the lane and knock over the pins. But no. It’s a complex puzzle involving physics and finely tuned mechanical engineering. Wired profiles the man who changed the game for ever in the 90’s by looking into the very heart of the matter…

We have nothing but respect for the mighty Danny Trejo. A prolific actor whose work has a fearless truth behind it. He’s absolutely lived the life he portrays in so many of his films, to the point where he can advise film-makers when their attempts to tell stories of Mexican gangs are dangerously mis-informed…

Comics about music shouldn’t really work—after all, the Ninth Art is a medium without a soundtrack. But that’s where the magic happens. So much of what makes comics special comes from the way our imaginations fill in the gaps between the panels, seeing action which isn’t really there, hearing voices which are just words on a page. We’re excited for a new venture coming soon—a graphic profile of the loudest band in the world!

The art of preservation and fermentation has come back into fashion over the past few years, and The Situation got many of us playing around with sauerkraut, kimchee and kombucha. The Scandi way of preserving fish may be a step too far in terms of intense smell and flavour, but it’s certainly worth exploring the way of the rakfish.

We were unaware of Cornell Barbecue Sauce prior to this excellent Atlas Obscura article, but now we really want to try it. Hey, it’s warm enough to grill outside later. Who’s with us?

The music of horror cinema is an integral part of the experience. The jump scare would not be the same without that sudden bang of atonal noise. The Film Desk argues that it’s the buildup to the shock which is more important, putting us on edge and building expectation. Open Culture looks at an instrument which is designed specifically to soundtrack those moments. Introducing The Apprehension Engine!

Discover the Apprehension Engine: Brian Eno Called It “the Most Terrifying Musical Instrument of All Time”

We’re big fans of the Netflix series Lupin around these parts. The Gallic take on Sherlock, it takes the idea of the beloved pulp classic and gives it a smart modern twist. Much of the charm of the series comes from its star, the brilliant Omar Sy. His confident yet vulnerable performance grounds the show and gives it real heart. This New Yorker profile tells us more…

Here’s a fascinating bit of history which profiles one night during World War 2, when American troops stationed in a sleepy English village came to blows. The reasons for the riot, and the villagers reaction to it, make for a fascinating read.

And finally. It’s the fiftieth birthday this week of a long-time favourite of the Music Desk and Cut Central as a whole—Blue by Joni Mitchell. Celebrations have been going on all week, and we even saw an appearance from the reclusive lady herself. We liked this Guardian article which gave a plethora of musicians the chance to choose and talk about their favourite tracks.

There’s no excuse not to feature a track from the album as our Exit Music. We’ve chosen A Case Of You. It sums up Joni and her worldview so beautifully. As world-weary booze-sodden romantics we can’t help but empathise.

See you next Saturday, lovers.


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