• He was basically a child prodigy -wasnt considered as prodigious as Sasuke Uchiha who was both very smart but also was considered a prodigy bc of his namesake (but got his shit kicked out of him by Rock Lee in no time) - even so that he was almost recruited to become a ROOT member. He was like what, 8? But Danzo was like “wow shibi your son is so smart and talented, he should come join my top secret organization. No im serious. It’s an order.”
• Blew a mother fuckers arms off in a fight at age 12, like tell me thats not the realest shit.
• Tracked down Sasuke AND sassed Sasuke (“i hate repeating myself” godbless), fought Kankuro and turns out he did this for himself but also to give Sasuke, who he didnt even talk to, time to go fight Gaara without any hindrance. Like fucking he almost died of poison and just laying there hoping he gave Sasuke enough time
• The Shino laughing episode and him just being like god i just wanna fuckin die like me too buddy
• Looking for the beetle to track Sasuke down and him just kinda like “the fuck ever” when 3 grown ass petty adults were like “fuck your clan you 12 yr old fuck.” Like uhh he dont care who tf are you
• Trolled the others hardcore when they tried figuring out what his eyes looked like and was like “oh you wanna see my eyes? No problem heres what my eyes look liBEETLES!”
• Actually has rly rly rly bad abandonment issues that causes him to be wary of trusting ppl (thought Kurenai was abandoning him and his team)
• SALTY SHINO MAD BC HE COULDNT GO ON THE SASUKE RETRIEVAL ARC
• The episode he secretly trained some pre genin and in his flashback kiba was like “arent you mad hinata has the upper hand” and shino was like “no i am not, why? Because I do not discriminate between opponents”
• Him training rly hard to be good at hand to hand combat bc he didnt want to be weak and not be able to help his friends so he kicked a Jonins ass and was like “ you insult my insects? You hurt my friends? take this!” And fucking just tackles the fucker
• Shino telling his students he has faith he will survive bc his friendships
• The ep he basically almost killed himself trying to save Kiba, Neji, and fucking Akamaru, using his own chakra to keep theirs flowing despite him damn knowing if he runs out hed fuckin die but he dont care
• Uhhh the episode with Torune??? And Shino basically calling him brother??? And young Shino almost being put into the ROOTs as a human tool?? And wanting to be like Torune and CREATING his own fuckin mutated beetles
• GOT PAST his fears of abandonment bc of Torune’s encouragement and bc of everyone else showing him it’s ok to be vulnerable
• HIS ATTACK THAT CAUSES GIANT BEETLES TO GROW AND BLOW UP
• HIS DREAM IS TO FIND A WEIRD GIANT NEW INSECT SPECIES. HE EVEN DREAMT HE RODE ON A GIANT BEETLE
• Him being asexual as all hell and being all awkward and needing reassurance it’s ok that he didnt want a romantic partner, he just wanted to study bugs and support his pals
• TAKING DOWN AN ENTIRE FLEET OF WAR SHIPS SINGLE HANDEDLY TO A HEAVY METAL RENDITION OF FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLEBEE BC YA KNOW WHY NOT
Reasons to not like shino:
• Not enough episodes
• Hoodie covers his pretty face
After the Quarry Men completed their afternoon performance, Ivan and Paul visited the band in a nearby Scout hut, where Paul cooly performed renditions of ‘Twenty Flight Rock’, ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’, and a trio of Little Richard tunes, including ‘Tutti-Frutti’, ‘Good Golly, Miss Molly’, and ‘Long Tall Sally’.
‘Right off, I could see John was checking this kid out”, Pete Shotton recalled. “Paul came on as very attractive, very loose, very easy, very confident – wildly confident. He played the guitar well. I could see that John was very impressed” (qtd. In Spitz 96). And indeed he was. “I was very impressed by Paul playing ‘Twenty Flight Rock’”, John remembered. “He could obviously play the guitar. I half thought to myself, ‘He’s as good as me’. I’d been kingpin up until then. Now I thought, ‘If I take him on, what will happen?’ It went through my head that I’d have to keep him in line if I let him join. But he was good, so he was worth having. He also looked like Elvis. I dug him
Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of The Beatles, by Kenneth
Seeing secrets: Trevor Paglen on photographing the NSA’s headquarters
Artist Trevor Paglen spends much of his time photographing places you’re not supposed to see, whether that’s desert military bases or mountainside listening posts or classified spacecraft. His first photographic monograph, Invisible: Covert Operations and Classified Landscapes, captured those secret spaces as hazy, nearly unreadable images: a collection of lights on the horizon, or a dark smear across the sky. He’s also reported on the CIA’s covert rendition flights and collected 70 military patches representing secret government projects. Most recently, he rented a helicopter to photograph several intelligence headquarters: the (now) well-known National Security Agency; the National Reconnaissance Office, which administers intelligence satellites; and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which provides mapping and geographical data to the government. Paglen released his images into the public domain. Via email, he discussed what intrigues him about such secret spaces and what images of them allow us, the viewers, to consider.
The headliners of this festival showed anyone and everyone why they are still held in such high regard after such a lengthy hiatus. Outkast drew everyone to the Amphitheatre, possibly the biggest Splendour crowd in history, and delivered hit after hit of insanely fun hip hop goodness. If there were naysayers before the show, we couldn’t find them afterwards.
YOUNG ACTS RUN FREE
Seeing young artists make the step up from the clubs we usually see them during the year is one of the best things about any festival. Splendour was no exception.
Both of our triple j Unearthed winners – Airling and Tora – absolutely dominated in their opening Amphitheatre shows.
DMAs looked and sounded like they came pretty much fully-formed. Tkay Maidza sent things into a dinoriffic frenzy early on day one. New Zealand’s Broods are likely to threaten the best Kiwi pop acts around at the moment (and there are stacks of them). Wave Racer had the Mix Up Tent grooving and Brisbane’s The Creases were a noise pop delight on the final day.
The Preatures dropped a ruling version of The Angels’ ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’ and dedicated it to fallen Aussie rock greats Doc Neeson and Chrissy Amphlett.
As mentioned, Tkay Maidza gave us Violent Soho’s ‘Covered In Chrome’ early in the day, which sent the crowd bananas.
The Kite String Tangle’s rendition of Flight Facilities’ ‘Clair De Lune’ got the crowd moving after a somewhat sleepy start.
Ball Park Music ended their set in the most epic fashion with a cover of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. It was a massive talking point for the day and a highlight for heaps of people.
Ásgeir joined in the fun with a version of Nirvana’s ‘Heart Shaped Box’, played in his typically low-key style.
Saskwatch double-dipped into the covers pool. Firstly they brought back memories of Splendour past by playing sadly defunct Aussie band Little Red’s ‘Coca-Cola’, before a great version of Jagwar Ma’s ‘Let Her Go’.
The warm and wonderful Vance Joy set ended with a hearty rendition of Ben E. King’s ‘Stand By Me’.
Danny Brown smashed out an awesome version of A$AP Ferg’s ‘Shabba’ in between chucking toilet paper at everyone in the crowd.
Skaters slipped a little bit of Violent Femmes’ ‘Kiss Off’ into the end of their set, while Kingswood slipped some QOTSA ‘Field Good Hit Of The Summer’ into the middle of theirs.
A CAVALCADE OF SPECIAL GUESTS
Some bands got famous friends on stage. Peking Duk’s star studded set was a first night highlight, featuring cameos from 360, Ben from SAFIA, Yeo and The Kite String Tangle. Dan Sultan got up with both Spiderbait and the Hilltop Hoods and a DMAs cameo leant even more awesomeness to the Sticky Fingers set.
There were a few not so famous friends on stage as well. Bender, the Mayor of Splendour, got up and did the running man during Ball Park Music’s set (check out the video of that here), Violent Soho bassist Luke Henery got his three-year-old son Oscar on stage during their massive main stage set and Outkast dragged a whole swarm of ladies up to dance to their smash hit ‘Hey Ya!’.
HAPPY BANDS = HAPPY FANS
Check out the look on Grouplove’s faces. Bands say this kind of stuff all the time, but this has truly got to be one of the best places in the world to play.
Honestly, the crowds who go to so much effort to pack out events like Splendour are the reason we get to see bands of this calibre returning year after year.