The Little Lighthouse official year-end chart

1. Tim Lee – Concrete Dog

http://www.timleemusic.com
When you strip rock’n’roll down to the basics, what it comes down to is great songs and shiny riffs. That’s exactly what we have here. Tim Lee did not forcefully try new sounds or topics, or to reinvent the wheel… He simply refreshed the main ingridiences of rock’n’roll and packed them up on this lp without any additives. Southern thing.

The rest of the album chart and other charts are in the comment area…

Goodbye Wiz of Mega City Four

Another sad news comes to us from London. Darren Brown, better known as Wiz of the legendary British group Mega City Four died on December 6th due to the brain clot complication in his hospital bed. Next to him were his friends and family.

Mega City Four appeared in the late 80s with a series of excellent 45s and an LP called Tranzophobia. Their second LP Who Cares Wins was an international breakthrough. With Words That Say 45 and Sebastopol Road LP and extensive US tour their tried to make a US breakthrough, but that didn’t work quite well.

Known for their catchy 45s, the band was often compared to Buzzcocks, but they always indicated Husker Du as a bigger infuence. To underline their appreciation, they often ended their live gigs with a cover of Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely.

However, their biggest quality were extremely personal and honest lyrics that Wiz kept writing. As such, Mega City Four was completely different to any of the late 80s, early 90s British bands. Wiz often came out to the younger crowd as a wise older brother who offered patient advice and instruction on how to survive in this ugly world. Yours truly here was extremely influenced by what Wiz was preaching. Many times and many situations I found myself saying – hey this is like in an MC4 song. On my philosophy notebook in my highschool, I had this MC4 quote on the cover: “My spirit will never fall.”

Band ceased to exist in 1996 and after that Wiz had two unobrtusive comebacks with two new bands: Serpico and more recently with Ipanema. Even though he didn’t put too many songs in past 10 years, for the shear geniuis he displayed in Mega City Four, his presence will be sorely missed.

Shadowland

My copy of Kim Deitch’s Shadowland came in yesterday. I haven’t read anything of length by Deitch other than The Boulevard of Broken Dreams, which still haunts me. (I never got around to buying that one. I’d just read it on break at the bookstore over and over again, until it hand to go back to the warehouse. I ordered it last night.) Perhaps my memory has made Boulevard more grand, but Shadowland seems too short in comparison. It’s an earlier work obviously, but once a few tantalizing details were hinted at in the early stories, it turned into a torrent of fantastic details that tied together rather neatly and almost rushed.

Otherwise, it was deliriously odd, full of unsettling dream logic and discomforting taboos. I’m a sucker for anything that comes out of sideshows and traveling carnivals from the turn of the 20th century to World War 2.
I want new fully realized graphic novel from Deitch though.

meteorite older than the sun found to contain “organic globules”

Holy shit. It’s the Tagish Lake meteorite. My brain just keeps getting stuck on the part about “organic globules” in a piece of debris that was formed at the same time as the sun. This sentence has me giddy:

The meteorite likely formed in the outer reaches of the asteroid belt, but the organic material it contains probably had a far more distant origin.

Hell yeah.

I know, i know…. it ain’t life…. but it’s organic. I’ll take it.

70,000 year old ritual site found in Kalahari Desert

This is strange in just wrote an email to someone about the !Kung. The story is from Live Science, but i’m hoping that there will be quite a few more stories about this find in the coming months.

Thu Nov 30, 10:15 AM ET

A startling discovery of 70,000-year-old artifacts and a python’s head carved of stone appears to represent the first known human rituals.

Scientists had thought human intelligence had not evolved the capacity to perform group rituals until perhaps 40,000 years ago.

But inside a cave in remote hills in Kalahari Desert of Botswana, archeologists found the stone snake [image] that was carved long ago. It is as tall as a man and 20 feet long.

“You could see the mouth and eyes of the snake. It looked like a real python,” said Sheila Coulson of the University of Oslo. “The play of sunlight over the indentations gave them the appearance of snake skin. At night, the firelight gave one the feeling that the snake was actually moving.”

The bigger surprise

More significant, when Coulson and her colleagues dug a test pit near they stone figure, they found spearheads made of stone that had to have been brought to the cave from hundreds of miles away [image]. The spearheads were burned in what only could be described as some sort of ritual, the scientists conclude.

“Stone age people took these colorful spearheads, brought them to the cave, and finished carving them there,” Coulson said today. “Only the red spearheads were burned. It was a ritual destruction of artifacts. There was no sign of normal habitation. No ordinary tools were found at the site.”

The discovery was made in a remote region of Botswana called Tsodilo Hills, the only uplifted area for miles around. It is known to modern Sanpeople as the “Mountains of the Gods” and the “Rock that Whispers.” Their legend has it that mankind descended from the python, and the ancient, arid streambeds around the hills are said to have been created by the python as it circled the hills in its ceaseless search for water.

That legend made the discovery of the stone python all the more amazing.

“Our find means that humans were more organized and had the capacity for abstract thinking at a much earlier point in history than we have previously assumed,” Coulson said. “All of the indications suggest that Tsodilo has been known to mankind for almost 100,000 years as a very special place in the pre-historic landscape.”

Yet another surprise

The scientists found a secret chamber behind the python carving. Worn areas indicate it’s been used over the years.

“The shaman, who is still a very important person in San culture, could have kept himself hidden in that secret chamber,” Coulson explained. “He would have had a good view of the inside of the cave while remaining hidden himself. When he spoke from his hiding place, it could have seemed as if the voice came from the snake itself. The shaman would have been able to control everything. It was perfect.”

The shaman could also have made himself disappear from the chamber by crawling out onto the hillside through a small shaft, the scientists found.

Paintings in the cave appear to support part of modern San mythology.

While cave paintings are common in the Tsodilo Hills, inside the python cave there are just two small paintings, of an elephant and a giraffe. The images were painted at the exact spot where water runs down the wall.

One San story has the python falling into water, unable to get out. It’s saved by the giraffe. The elephant, with its long trunk, is often a metaphor for the python in San mythology.

“In the cave, we find only the San people’s three most important animals: the python, the elephant, and the giraffe,” Coulson said. “That is unusual. This would appear to be a very special place. They did not burn the spearheads by chance. They brought them from hundreds of kilometers away and intentionally burned them. So many pieces of the puzzle fit together here. It has to represent a ritual.”

Just got another version of the story from the Daily Grail, and this version has photos of the spear points.