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Thee Comic Column #133: Dark Moon

dark moon 1I love Twitter. More than any other social media outlet, Twitter is something that yields a lot of unexpected results, often from very little work at all. Case in point: two weeks ago I received a notification that Dark Moon Comic had begun following me. The juxtaposition of these three wonderful words and what they promised once combined had my fingers moving over the keys in a matter of seconds. And the moment I saw the first image from Dark Moon I knew I had found something awesome. Something not like most things, if you catch my drift. Dark Moon is a comic but it is not just a comic. Dark Moon is an experience. That might sound a little pretentious in this day and age, where embellishment is often the [more]

The Joup Friday Album: T. Rex – Electric Warrior

trexOne of these days, I’m going to walk into a smoky, dimly lit room, an assorted crew of characters therein talking amongst themselves, sipping their cocktails or beers, and staring at walls or into space. And the light will shine behind me as I open the door, heads looking up and peering from around the room. And, as if on cue, T. Rex’s “Monolith” will begin playing, and I’ll smile and enter. There are few albums as effortlessly cool as T. Rex’s 1971 glam rock opus Electric Warrior, like that sleazy older guy who used to buy you alcohol when you were a minor. The record is all about girls and cars and dancing, love and fun and absurdity, a grand statement of nothing, awash in aloofness and a lack of pomposity. It’s back-to-basics songwriting, forty minutes of freewheeling lyrics and ear-worm [more]

Endless Loop: Fugue in D Minor

eggHave 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. “Fugue in D Minor” by Egg I watched a lot of cartoons when I was growing up. A lot of them. Saturday morning lineups and after-school blocks were part of my weekly routine well into my early teenage years, with primetime fare and cable offerings eventually taking their places as I grew older and the original networks began to lose interest in animated programming. But the music has always stayed with me. I credit my enjoyment of classical music to those cartoons because so many of them (Looney Toons in particular) used it to score their shows. I’m [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Gorillaz – ‘Demon Days’

gorillaz_demon_cd_cover_big More and more frequently I find myself wondering whether the world has always been this despicable or if I’m just becoming more conscious of it. Concurrent with this feeling is a realisation that our generation is being increasingly more spoilt with a Pop Culture smorgasbord: the Heroes of our youth dominate the Box Office, favourite bands of the past reform and tour, the best TV show of all time revived after a 25 year hiatus, Comic-Con has gone supernova. One of the few gifts of being a dentally challenged, pallid skinned Brit is an ever healthy cynicism possibly attributable to being of an island nation still living on a pension from a highly questionable Imperial legacy, which during the best of times enables many of us to take a dim view of anything that on the surface seems too good to be true. Back in my teens when [more]

Endless Loop: La Chanson de Slogan

sloganHave 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. “La Chanson de Slogan” by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin I’m in some thick, wooded area, pushing brush and branches from my face as I carefully make my way towards the sound. I’m not sure where I am. I’ve never been here before. The woods feel far away and exotic, but eventually I come to a clearing, and I peer into the valley below. I locate the music. There are many hooded figures, naked revelers, pagan imagery, dancing, and a mist or fog that covers everything, creating a mystical aura to the scene. I’m noticed…and I’m welcome…but as [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Gogol Bordello’s Super Taranta

Gogol_Bordello_Super_TarantaA friend once told me that throughout your life, you become about five different people. We change. That’s just the way it is. In my early twenties (surprise, surprise), I was completely lost. I searched. I prayed. I hoped that I’d figure out my place in the universe before the universe could eat me alive. I clung onto anything shiny and new that offered temporary relief from all of this emptiness, shunning away people that I felt were “problematic” to my new plan. The only result in all of this was guilt. I didn’t feel like I fit into a mold that existed long before myself. In a last-ditch effort, I moved back home to try and reset things. Rekindling previously alienated relationships took time, but it worked. I started doing things for me, and not because it categorized me, but because I [more]


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