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35 Albums in 35 Years: 2005

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.   lcdsoundsystem2005: LCD Soundsystem’s LCD Soundsystem I didn’t necessarily appreciate it at the time, but there’s just something about a doughy, thirty-something dude putting up the beats and angular, post-punk guitar chatter, going off half blitzed and smart-assed that makes me happy. It makes me smile. It makes this doughy, thirty-something dude want to get back on stage and give it another go. While James Murphy and company would go on to refine and perfect their sound over the next two LCD Soundsystem albums (2007’s Sound of Silver and 2010’s This Is Happening respectively), there’s just something about the raw [more]

Thee Avid Reader Interviews Sean-Paul Thomas

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While similarly named as my weekly comic column, Thee Avid Reader is, obviously, much more sporadic in posts. This is largely because I read a lot of books and I have increasingly less time to write about anything, so the idea of writing a piece about everything I read is simply impossible. Every now and again however something finds its way to me that I feel I need to add my voice behind – whether it’s the new book by a favorite author or something on the independent side that I feel I could maybe help turn people onto, the goal of this column is basically to tout what I like and help the readers find great stuff, experience something they might have otherwise not, or in the case of today’s installment, give a glimpse into [more]

Thee Comic Column #95: Zak Snyder’s Wonder Woman

image courtesy, from of all places, Forbes.com

Those who read this column, or even more so those who keep up with Drinking with Comics will know I give DC a lot of shit. Part of this is because I broke into comics on Marvel, part of it is because I honestly feel like DC has left A LOT to be desired in almost every aspect of their business of late – especially their movie business when you consider the fact that Marvel got their movie-verse up and running and before they were bought by Disney, whereas DC has been owned by Warner Brothers, one of the biggest movie studios in the business, for DECADES – and part of this is because I feel like DC’s characters largely harken back to the Golden Age and are [more]

The Joup Friday Album: ‘Niandra LaDes (& Usually Just a T-Shirt)’ John Frusciante

lrg-253-jfmakeupA mind is a terrible thing to waste, but damn if it isn’t fun to do so. Self destruction can be an expressway to artistic Nirvana, the catch is that you have to ultimately shed your physical self to get there, as someone who traded under that heavenly appellation would famously find out. ‘The dead do not improve’, just segue into a misunderstood and misappropriated Valhalla defined by the hands of a cumulative bastard- hack comprised of millions with their inaccurate imaginings. In 1991, on the last page of a British Metal magazine only just starting to reinvent itself as Cobain & Co’s hurricane gathered on the horizon, was an interview with John Frusciante that was epiphanic to my adolescent mind. It was my first glimpse at his idiosyncratic way of thinking – more outlandish and Dionysian than his bandmates could ever [more]

Thank God for VOD! – They Came Together

I don’t get to go to the movies as often as I’d like to, but that doesn’t mean I can’t watch awesome flicks at home. Thank God for VOD! theycametogetherThey Came Together And just when you thought I was all horror flicks, thrillers, blood and guts, and social commentary, here I come at you with a romantic comedy. A romcom. Or, in this instance, all of the tropes and beats of a romantic comedy completely ripped to pieces and then reassembled with a knowing smile and a wink by a killer ensemble cast and the comedic genius of a bunch of former members of The State*. They Came Together is a romantic comedy, but it’s a hyper-self-aware romantic comedy that bleeds absurdity and goes so far with its poking as to surpass satire. It’s an odd and hilarious film. I loved it. The post-State creative [more]

35 Albums in 35 Years: 2004

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.   goteam2004: The Go! Team’s Thunder, Lightning, Strike An eclectic assortment of random, scratchy, and often uncleared samples, a warm and lo-fi recording aesthetic, harmonicas, electric guitars, keyboards, tinny beats, and the bouncing, energetic, cheerleader vocals from a woman calling herself MC Ninja…there really was no way that I wasn’t going to love The Go! Team and their infectious 2004 debut Thunder, Lightning, Strike. Each track feels like an ode to life, a jumping, thumping, blaring, clapping mix of old school hip-hop beats, distorted guitar tones, and 1970’s TV commercial library music samples, a hum of familiarity that begs to [more]


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