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For The Love Of Comics – 2017: The Year of the Bastard

sb_coverI’ll be damned if Southern Bastards didn’t just one-up itself AGAIN! Well, okay, it didn’t one-up itself. Jason Aaron and Jason Latour are the men who make the book and they’ve plotted a course that, while sometimes frustratingly slow – there were literally three issues published last year. I’m not complaining to criticize or undermine Messrs. Latour and Aaron – for all I know somewhere on social media or in the letters columns (for all my damn complainin’ I haven’t read through the last few of those despite the amazing recipes and biting social commentary that takes place therein) one of them has issued a heartfelt plea for understanding due to personal tragedy. I really hope not. What I’m merely trying to say here is, well, I guess I’m waxing philosophical about the absolute hole the book left me with in [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Jessy Lanza ‘Oh No’

 Jessy Lanza List of things you should do while listening to Oh No, by Jessy Lanza:
  1. Go to an 80’s themed dance party
  2. Drive around in the rain
  3. Shop for some really upscale, nice clothes
  4. Make out and/or make love
  5. Buy it on vinyl (it sounds great)
  6. Play the title track, “VV Violence,” and “Never Enough” over and over and over again
  7. Immediately listen to the thing again and see why it’s a brilliant synth-pop record
For a year that was so cruel to many of us on a societal and personal level,  2016 garnered a lot of ridiculously great records. I’ll be damned if I were to say the music gods were not kind to us throughout this train wreck of a year; with great material coming from all sides. Longtime favorites and new comers alike. When i think retrospectively of [more]

Thank God for VOD! – The Autopsy of Jane Doe

autopsyofjanedoeI 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! The Autopsy of Jane Doe Generally when writing year-end lists of my favorite things, I try to wait as long as possible before posting them online, holding out in the event that something is released at the very last second that somehow takes hold of my heart and worms its way into the top 10 or 100 or whatever.  With films, it’s generally because the year is so backloaded with excellent selections that there is just no way I’m going to get to see everything I want to…but maybe just one, if we can find a sitter and the kids are cool.  And so, I saw La La Land on the 26th, loved it, [more]

Shawn’s Favorite Albums of 2016

david-bowieWhat a year, eh? While 2016 was easily the most devastating year I’ve seen in my 40 on this planet. To kick things off David Bowie died before the damn News Years clock had hardly even stopped ringing. Follow that with Prince, Richard Lyons, Sharon Jones, Phife, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell, Merle Haggard and just before the closing bell, George Michael. That’s not even all of them, but it’s more than enough to illustrate that the Universe had A LOT to make up for. Ying and Yang, right? You cut down a tree, you plant one in return. Well, I don’t know if the scales balanced, but I certainly found a ton of great new music this year. A heaping helping of it it is published by the wonderful Felte Records, so you may want to bookmark their website and keep an [more]

The Joup Friday Album: Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes

  violentfemmes-largeThe year is finally over. We made it. I can’t say the same for a good chunk of our heroes, but we’re here, and we must sort out a world without Princes, Princesses, and a thin, white Duke. Wonka is dead, and one of the Oompa Loompas are taking charge. We’ve said goodbye to icons, begrudgingly acknowledged the elephant in the room, and watched countless instances of human suffering unfold around the world.  That doesn’t even consider the personal struggles any of us have faced. For my partner and myself, it has been a doozy. That’s not what New Year’s is about. New Year’s is about positive reflection and fresh starts. It’s about celebration. Although not my favorite holiday to celebrate, I have a big reason to bust out the confetti and air horns this year. Ten years ago, on December 31, 2006, I met [more]

For The Love Of Comics

saw-viper-coverI was a HUGE fan of Larry Hama’s GIJOE comic, published throughout the 80s by Marvel. The title actually continued on into the early 90s as well, but by then it was well past its prime. I remember I checked out at some point when Claremont’s X-Books overtook Joe in the battle for my allowance and my attention span, somewhere around issue #119 or so. But even then, in 1991 at 15 years old I had a serious case of fan inertia with the book. Conceptually I still loved GIJOE, not the toy but some of the bigger ideas Mr. Hama floated through the book. Many of those ideas were personified by the Ninja characters and arcs of the book, but also things like the town of Springfield – state unknown – where Cobra had an entire American small town under [more]

The Joup Friday Album – Christmas Edition


A World Lit Only by Yule Time Fire

I’d imagine it was with a smiling sense of irony that Amy tagged me for this christmas edition of The Joup Friday Album. It certainly was with that same sense of gleeful irony that I accepted the challenge. You see, although I am a devilish manifestation of the evil one, well, I can’t say that I do not, in some way, fall in for the cheer and good times of the holiday season. The bells, garland, trees and lights; buttered rum, santa slippers and stockings hung by the chimney with care. We never had that where I’m from, and although I remained steadfastly against it for the first few decades I spent on this Earthly plane, well, it won me over. That said, the holiday has undoubtedly become co-opted by crass commercialism [more]

5 Things that Made 2016 a Little Less Shitty



Let’s just go ahead and get this out of the way: 2016 really fucking sucked.  A bunch of really cool people died.  A surly, orange clown somehow managed to con his way into the most powerful position on Earth.  Rampant nationalism seems to be sweeping the globe.  And we may be looking down the barrel of so many loaded guns (climate change, Supreme Court nominations, the gutting of health care, diplomatic relations with China, Turkey, Russia, The Philippines, etc.), that it’s enough to induce an all encompassing panic attack…the kind that last’s a lifetime. People are scared.  I’m scared.  And we should be. Because of all of this, it was a little difficult to come up with a good list of things to celebrate from the year that was 2016, though if you want to check out my thoughts on the [more]

Endless Loop 100: Estranged

guns-n-rosesHave 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. “Estranged” by Guns ‘N Roses And so we’ve reached the 100th entry of this rambling, semi-coherent column. What better way to celebrate that milestone and close out the year than a nod to one of the most bloated, overwrought, and ostentatious songs of the 20th century that I also happen to have an unbridled and unwavering adoration for. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for the epic majesty that is “Estranged” by Guns ‘N Roses. Clocking in at over nine minutes, “Estranged” kicks off the back end of 1991’s Use Your Illusion II, a dramatic and overstuffed finale to an [more]


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