Album Review: The Thirsty Crows – Hangman’s Noose

The Thirsty Crows Hangman's NooseHere’s the thing with genre – there are tropes and trappings that can create an ‘easy peasy, check the boxes platform where the quality of the work suffers. Perfect example: Steampunk. There came a point in the 00s where a lot of books were coming out as Steampunk simply by following a checklist. Victorian England? Check. Dirigibles? Check. Cumbersome names for modern technology? Check. Follow that formula and wha-lah! You just wrote a Steampunk novel, buddy.

Shawn’s Favorite Albums of 2018

Fav albums Thumb 2018Once again we come to that time of year when all the people who love and listen to music foist their opinions on anyone who will listen. And yes, dear reader, I openly admit that I am no different. If I hear something that I like I want to spread the word to the world; I love when people recommend albums, books, movies, comics, podcasts, and anything else they think I might enjoy, so I try to return the favor.

The Joup Friday Album: The Fixx – Shuttered Room

Shuttered RoomI don’t believe I have ever been without access to a record player. Not to say I’ve always been as into Vinyl as I am now; the collecting bug is, I believe, a mild form of mid-life crisis (thanks to the one episode of Mark Maron’s podcast I listened to for helping me to figure that out).

Beats Harleys and prostitutes.

The Joup Friday Album: The Final Cut – Consumed

The Final Cut ConsumedSenior year in high school, so we’re talking the fall of 1992, bumper stickers for The Final Cut’s album Consumed began to appear all over my friend Brian’s house. They worked their way through our group of friends and eventually you saw them everywhere: school, other people’s houses, bumpers, the walls at the local burger king where people hung out after school. Everywhere. It was the best example of sticker-based marketing I’ve still ever seen, and all from a band that chances are, few people remember today.

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The Horror Vision: Hold The Dark

In a few days the first episode of my new podcast will drop. The Horror Vision is a four-man discussion on all things horror, where my friends Ray, Anthony, Chris and employ a round-table, informal setting to wax philosophical on a featured movie every month. The format of the show will come into its own eventually, but for the moment we’ll begin each episode with a catch-up, spoiler-free discussion on anything we’ve seen since the last episode that we want to tell people about, and then move into the featured film, where spoilers will not be a consideration. For the first episode, which we recorded last Sunday and which should hopefully go up on our forthcoming website and iTunes tomorrow, we chose Benson and Moorehead’s The Endless. While we wait for that to drop, I’ve been thinking. I’ve started watching a lot of movies again, and I wanted to have a place to discuss them. I also wanted to start a new column on Joup since my previous one ended, so I figured, why not combine both? So welcome to the inaugural installment of The Horror Vision: The Column.

The Joup Friday Album: White Lung – White Lung

maxresdefaultI have a new director who, in three films, has planted himself in my favorites category. Richard Bates, Jr. Man! This guy’s films are fantastic – funny, uncomfortable, disturbing and sometimes horrific, Mr. Bates really knocks it out of the park with Suburban Gothic and Trash Fire, the two films I had seen previously (the former is on Prime, the latter Netflix). Then, a couple of nights ago I got around to the film of his I’d been saving since I discovered it on Shudder: Excision.

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Drinking, Fighting, F*&king, and Crying

The Cure DisintegrationAnd, as with all good things, we come to an end. My end with this particular column, at least. I’m hoping the future for Drinking, Fighting, F*&king, and Crying will unfold in an irregular but enthusiastic embracing by my fellow Jouptonians, and every now and again (or as often as anyone wants) a column pops up under this banner, no order to the choice of the four subjects necessary. As with everything on this site, write what moves you at the moment; if we see twelve drinking columns in a row, so be it! Nine crying posts? Good! For now though, let’s go into the final Cry.

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