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Thee Comic Column #102: Black Science Returns

BlackScience7coverUnbelievable that I have not yet addressed this book in these pages, especially since Rick Remender has grown to be pretty much my favorite non-Grant Morrison writer over the last two years. All his books – whether for Marvel or his creator-owned stuff Image is currently putting out by the truckload (Yay!) – are fantastic; Mr. Remender treats iconic, cannon characters like Wolverine, Rogue, Janet Pym and Thor with not only the utmost respect but also the restraint of a Claremont; the cash cows don’t need to be the focal point of every story in a team book. He also has that je ne sais quoi that Morrison has, the one that enables him to construct fresh and intriguing approaches to otherwise vapid characters. He’s done this numerous times, whether it’s using X23 and the *ahem* female Ghostrider from a few [more]

The Joup Friday Album: JEFF The Brotherhood ‘Heavy Days’

71E2P1Wj9UL._SL1500_ A 65 year old guy named Gene called it; “…for performers who are also songwriters — the creators — for rock music, for soul, for the blues — it’s finally dead. Rock is finally dead.” He should know, he Rocks N’ Rolls all night and parties ever-ry day. Diagnosis? Murder. “The death of rock was not a natural death. Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. And the real culprit is that kid’s 15-year-old next-door neighbor, probably a friend of his. Maybe even one of the bandmates he’s jamming with. The tragedy is that they seem to have no idea that they just killed their own opportunity — they killed the artists they would have loved. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed, and now it won’t, because it’s that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No [more]

35 Albums in 35 Years: 2012

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.   chromatics2012: Chromatics’ Kill for Love Oh nostalgia. I write about it all the time. This entire column has been one long trip down memory lane, a grand rediscovery and reassessment of music and times I haven’t listened to or thought about…sometimes for almost decades. It’s been fun. It’s been exciting. At times it’s even been cathartic. We should all look back every now and then. It’s good to remember. Even though Chromatics’ 2012 magnum opus Kill for Love is only two years old now, it carries with it an air of times long since past, a breeziness that feels [more]

Thee Comic Column #101: Grant Morrison & Frazer Irving’s Annihilator

2014-09-10-AnnilhatorCoverI first heard about Annihilator back somewhere around this past January. Excited at the prospect of one of my favorite writers having a new original book again I waited anxiously for it to arrive. Time passed as it always does – too quickly; I didn’t hear anything else and then forgot about Annihilator in the tide of all the other great books that have been knocking me out all year. Plus, Morrison’s stuff tends to hit in waves, so somewhere inside I think I recognized that shortly after the also long-awaited Multiversity hit Annihilator might rear it’s pincered head as well (now, where’s that Wonder Woman book? And yes, Grant Morrison is the only person that could get me to read WW). And lo and behold, it did! Dropping this past Wednesday from seemingly out of the [more]

Joup’s Friday Album (ahem): Television Marquee Moon

Television Marquee Moon

Television – Marquee Moon

New York cool comes in many shapes, forms, visions and wavelengths. Especially in the 1970′s. Take Scorsese’s Mean Streets or Taxi Driver. Or maybe The French Connection? Perhaps Lou Reed post Velvet Underground? Maybe the New York Dolls in some fashion way. And OF COURSE there is The Ramones and CBGB’s. I mean come on, of course. And then speaking of CBGB’s we have a oft forgotten group by the name of Television and their debut album Marquee Moon. Our Friday and weekend artist as they are appearing at Chicago’s Riot Fest and Sunday night at the Bottom Lounge which I am attending.
The first time I heard Television was after a sound check at Chicago’s Beat Kitchen back in 2002. Bakes, Sonny, Jeremy and I had just got off the stage [more]

35 Albums in 35 Years: 2011

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.   hank32011: Hank Williams III’s Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown What can I say? I had been familiar with Hank III for a few years, but had never really paid him much attention. Then, on a whim, I decided to check out the massive double album Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown, one of three different releases the man put out in 2011, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Here we have an album that blends old school country, bluegrass, punk rock, folk, and just some all around general weirdness with occasional lyrics akin to some white trash, hillbilly [more]


Drinking With Comics #13

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    • 35 Albums in 35 Years: 2012 Chromatics’ Kill for Love #35Albums35Years @Heav_Inc http://t.co/apRDUAYhDZ
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