One of these days, I’m going to…


It’s the truth yet to be told to our dearest readers, compatriots, and fellow creators in arts and letters. One of these days, I’m going to sit down and write a few long ‘blog posts about the ongoing reckoning here at the Secret MICRO-FILM Headquarters and what it all means. As I box up the media, bring together the files, and scoop up the detritus that has collected wanton in recent times, it’s really easy to think too much about what has gone wrong and concentrate too little on what needs to be done. That’s why I tune out the brainwaves with tunes when it’s appropriate. In the tradition of “consumption” issues of low hug and Syndicate Product ‘zines, crafted for more than 20 years by my friend A.j. Michel, I’ve put together a playlist of what’s been filling the hallowed halls of MFHQ as I make my agreed-upon and semi-forced exit from the sesquicentennial Champaign neighborhood. A majority were conscious picks as I put away the compact disc herd, while a few were stragglers that happened to be left out and about before I corralled the bulk. I don’t have the patience or latitude to write up context for them, so just know they provide me with some comfort and wisdom as I muddle through this. If the selections mean anything to you then at the least you now know a bit more about where my music taste lies. As far as our output, C-U Blogfidential won’t be the same for a while and the movies of Champaign, Urbana, and the cities beyond simply have to wait. “This is not just movies, it’s our lives,” the tagline for MICRO-FILM used to exclaim, but in real life I’ve always recognized the movies as never my everything. The gulf between real and reel has been painfully clear, alright, especially these last four years. More soon.

~ Jason Pankoke


Akira Ifukube – Tokyo Symphony Orchestra | Symphonic Fantasia/Symphonic Ode: Gotama the Buddha | Les Disques du Soleil est de L’Acier-Sémantic

Alice in Chains | Jar of Flies | Columbia Records-Sony

Ani DiFranco | Dilate | Righteous Babe Records

Bob Rivers Comedy Corp | Twisted Christmas | Critique Records-Atco Records

Cowboy Junkies | Miles from Our Home | Geffen Records-Universal Music

Extreme | II: Pornograffiti | A&M Records

Extreme | III Sides to Every Story | A&M Records

Extreme | Waiting For the Punchline | A&M Records

Goldfrapp | Black Cherry | Mute Records-EMI

Goldfrapp | Silver Eye | Mute Artists

Goldfrapp | Supernature | Mute Records-EMI

Hum | Downward is Heavenward | RCA Records-BMG

Ice from the Sun | soundtrack | Wicked Pixel Cinema

INXS | The Best of INXS | Atlantic Records-Rhino Records

Jay Bennett & Edward Burch | The Palace at 4am (Part I) | Undertow Music

Lanterna | Highways | Badman Recording Company

Midnight Oil | 20,000 Watt R.S.L. | Sprint-Columbia Records

Midnight Oil | Earth and Sun and Moon | Sprint-Columbia Records

Midnight Oil | Essential Oils | Sprint-Columbia Legacy

Midnight Oil | Midnight Oil | Sprint-Columbia Records

Neil Young | Harvest Moon | Reprise Records-Warner Bros.

Oasis | (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? | Epic Records-Sony

Pet Shop Boys | Pop Art: The Hits | Columbia Records-EMI

Pet Shop Boys | Yes | Astralwerks

Peter Murphy | Deep | Beggar’s Banquet-Atlantic Recording Co.

Poi Dog Pondering | Natural Thing | Plate.tec.tonic Records-Tommy Boy Records

Poi Dog Pondering | Pomegranate | Pomegranate Records-Bar/None Records

Satan and Adam | Living on the River | Flying Fish-Rounder Records

Suede | Singles | Sony Music UK

The Beatles | 1962-1966 | Apple Corps-Capital Records-EMI

The Beatles | 1967-1970 | Apple Corps-Capital Records-EMI

The Beatles | Rubber Soul | Capitol Records-Parlophone-EMI

The Darling Buds | Pop Said… | Cherry Red Records

The Decemberists | The Crane Wife | Capitol Records-EMI

The Dream Academy | The Dream Academy | Warner Bros. Records

The Flaming Lips | Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots | Warner Bros. Records

The Great Crusades | Four Thirty | Innocent Words Records

U2 | Achtung Baby | Island Records

U2 | Rattle and Hum | Island Records

Wilco | Ode to Joy | dBpm Records

Wilco | Summerteeth | Reprise Records

XTC | Nonesuch | Geffen Records-Virgin

“Everything Matters” | mix CD

“Fuck Winter Vol.4” | mix CD

“The RadioActive Doghouse” Vol.1-4 | mix tapes

[Updated 5/3/21, 10 p.m. CST]

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