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Thee Comic Column #121: Why Spider Gwen is Important

spider-gwen-1-cover-robbi-rodriguez-109184 (1)First: there will be some who will roll their eyes at the title I chose for this piece. That’s fine. However, the fact remains that nothing is “important” until we choose to assign that value to it. Under different circumstances I might have rolled my eyes at an article bearing this title. As you read this piece you’ll see that initially I wasn’t the most receptive person for a title with a decades-deceased character re-packaged with familiar super powers. However, several things happened that changed my mind and in the process made Spider Gwen suddenly feel very important in the context of the comic book industry and Geek culture overall. It is this importance I’d like to discuss now, so whether you’re one of the folks who LOVE this new character or a skeptic, follow me down the rabbit hole [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Chris Cornell – Scream

screamReleased in 2009, “Scream” was Chris Cornell’s third solo album. It debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200 chart, but its sales were abysmal — it secured that spot with only 26,000 units moved, which tells you a lot about the state of music sales even six years ago. It was also met with a lot of negative press, most of which seemed not to appreciate the scope, subject matter or musical experimentation that the former frontman of Soundgarden was pursuing at the time. Granted, this was a semi-radical departure insofar as it brought in a lot of electronic, bass-heavy elements to the production (mostly courtesy of producer Timbaland, whose label Mosley co-released “Scream”).   Reviews of the album called it a “big-budget disaster” (AllMusic), misguided and flat-out terrible. It’s not surprising, six years post-release, that Cornell has rejoined Soundgarden and is cashing in on the [more]

Endless Loop: Love Is Blue

paulmauriatHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop. “Love Is Blue” by Paul Mauriat If there is some supreme being out there, or a super race of creatures beyond our own limited understanding and perception watching and observing us, toying with us, playing with us for their own amusement and entertainment, I have one request for them. Just one thing that I want. So, here it goes:

Dear Demigods, If you ever put together a cinematic montage of my life’s events, milestones, highs, lows, etc., please score said montage to Paul Mauriat’s orchestral, instrumental version of “Love Is Blue.” I think it would look pretty damn [more]

Beneath the Panels #3: Nameless and the Tree of Life

Nameless02Way I see it, everything’s been fucked up since 2001 anyway. Since the towers came down – since the pylons fell on Trump 18 and Malkuth was gathered up into Yesod.” This direct reference to the Qabalah is where I left off at the end of my previous entry into Beneath the Panels, my attempt to catalogue the Occult correspondences Grant Morrison has built into the “code” beneath the surface of his new comic Nameless. And Qabalah is an area I am considerably more familiar with than last week’s foray into the staggering subject of Enochian Magick – although researching that particular arm of ceremonial Magick really rekindled something in me. But before we jump into a new area of study I wanted to drop a link to the Donald Tyson essay I referenced at such great length last week. As [more]

Thee Comic Column #120: Re-reading Alan Moore’s Promethea

sophie 5 largeIf you have by chance encountered the new column I recently began to post here on Joup you’ll know that Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham’s new series Nameless has reawakened an old passion in me. The column, Beneath the Panels, is an attempt to investigate the Occult underpinnings of Nameless, and it’s really got me on my toes. Reading it you will no doubt see me illustrate how, when dealing with the Occult, it is very easy to get lost amid the hundreds of invisible wires that run between scores of disparate concepts and even seemingly conflicting ideologies. Many of these ideas end up connecting in ways that are not always obvious or even intuitive, however, getting to that point takes quite a bit of work! This is because contrary to what conventional wisdom would have you believe, the Occult is at its [more]

The Joup Friday Album: The United States of America

usaalbumAs “The American Metaphysical Circus” begins, the atmosphere is indeed akin to that of a circus, a hodgepodge of sounds swirling along together in an audio soup. Ragtime dances play with classical marches and jazz numbers before subsiding as the electronic pulses take over and a female voice beckons you in. The mood is progressive. The ideas are many. The palette is open to an array of new sounds. Welcome to one of the most fantastic and experimental psych rock records of the 1960’s, the self-titled, sole release from The United States of America. This psychedelic, political beast, primarily the brainchild of band members Joe Byrd and Dorothy Moskowitz, finds its origins in leftist, Communist thought and broad experimentation. Elements of hard psych rock, lighter west coast folk, jazz, prog rock, classical music, and electronic sound paired with counter culture political ideas [more]


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    • The Doors – Horse Latitudes: I somehow missed out on this song until just a few months ago. This is incredible… http://t.co/bbulqK2X8s
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