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35 Albums in 35 Years: 2010

In an ongoing attempt to bleed my opinions all over your computer screen, I’m selecting one album from every year that I’ve been alive that has some sort of significance to me…and then writing about it. Welcome back to 35 Albums in 35 Years.   arcadefire2010: Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs I’m going to have to fess up here. I used to be very jealous of the success that Arcade Fire has garnered over their now 10+ year career as a band. It’s stupid and petty and trite of me, but here are a bunch of guys and girls roughly the same age as me setting out to seek and capture a dream…and succeeding, all the while I sit toiling at my day job and performing at night for an audience of me in my living room. I think that because of the fact that [more]

Thee Comic Column #99: Grant Morrison’s Multiversity

Comics-the-multiversity-1Anyone who reads this column on a weekly basis will no doubt notice I missed last week’s installment. That doesn’t happen very often, and it’s not so much that I wanted to start out this week’s column by explaining myself, it’s more the fact that last week’s absence directly helps define what I’ve been wanting to write about for two weeks but simply have not had the time or ability to figure out how exactly to do so. And if you somehow didn’t see the title of this piece then my confessed inability to comprehend and discuss today’s comic of choice may no doubt lead you to the conclusion that this slippery topic of discussion is none other than Grant Morrison’s new DC book Multiversity.  The tip off is that although GM’s stuff is almost always intense it has become especially dense [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Mercury Rev ‘See You On The Other Side’

Othersidemercuryrev ‘Empire State (Son House in Excelsis)’ transports me to a gold and frozen 70s New York Morning. Like the intro to some film that doesn’t exist, the staccato piano stabs and underlying atmospherics serve as a sun-dappled Hudson, before the drums, bulbous bass and fluttering flutes summon-up some 16mm Manhattan panorama, speeding up, slowing down, growing in stature as though to pencil-in the enormity of it all. Horns come blasting-in after the 4:15 mark in a staggering pantomime of car horns, dizzying buildings, swelling and spinning until everything accelerates into chaos like the throng of vehicular and human traffic on the streets below. ‘Young Man’s Stride’ bids a final farewell to the galloping jams that made up much of 93′s exhilarating ‘Boces’, while also reminding you of just how much of a dry run that album was for this one, but [more]

35 Albums in 35 Years: 2009

In an ongoing attempt to bleed my opinions all over your computer screen, I’m selecting one album from every year that I’ve been alive that has some sort of significance to me…and then writing about it. Welcome back to 35 Albums in 35 Years.   paperchase2009: The Paper Chase’s Someday This Could All Be Yours, Vol. 1 Things are likely to get a little heavy. In the grand scheme of all things, we are not defined but what we like, what we watch, what we read, what we listen to. Ultimately, none of that stuff matters. The art and the culture are just a fading reflection of what a person or a people felt, what they expressed about themselves, or what they’ve seen while living on their own chunk of this spinning rock. But it does not define them. We are defined by our actions, [more]

The Joup Friday Album: The Blue Meanies – Full Throttle

Full throttleHey! It’s Friday and you know what that means? Yep – welcome to another edition of The Joup Friday Album. First, many thanks to Tommy for passing the torch my way and in no way sir should you feel the need to apologize for pulling me away from my novel. It’s always a pleasure to get called upon for selecting the week’s album and this week I’m especially excited because I’m finally posting an album I’ve been wanting to post for months now. Circa early/mid 90′s my good friend Mr. Brown introduced me to The Blue Meanies’ album Kiss Your Ass Goodbye. The Meanies’ caustic blend of punk, ska, metal and polka immediately made a huge impression on me, in no small part because of the speed and dexterity with which they fused these parts into a stream-lined and aggressively beautiful whole. [more]

35 Albums in 35 Years: 2008

In an ongoing attempt to bleed my opinions all over your computer screen, I’m selecting one album from every year that I’ve been alive that has some sort of significance to me…and then writing about it. Welcome back to 35 Albums in 35 Years.   fdup2008: Fucked Up’s The Chemistry of Common Life There’s just something about a bald, bearded, naked, fat guy hoarsely yelling at the top of his lungs that does it for me. Fucked Up’s Damien Abraham is a total showman, channeling his band’s brand of hardcore punk rock music through his throat, sacrificing his body to the crowd (I’ve seen him get the shit kicked out of him in the mosh pit before), and ever smiling between sneers, offering sweaty hugs and high-fives to everyone, panting and bleeding for the duration of the performance. The other members of the band [more]

 

Drinking With Comics #12

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