Just Announced: New Ministry Album 9/6/13

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I’m a long time Ministry fan. The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste would definitely appear in my top ten albums of all time and overall there’s not a bad record to be found in their  career – a career now into its fourth decade (!). Whether it’s the weird, electro-dance of the Arista records, the heavy, tribal Connelly-era stuff or everything since it’s all part of the larger, iconic Ministry sound and it’s all very, very good. Even 1999’s Dark Side of the Spoon – which I consider a slight mis-step – trumps most of the other ‘heavy music’ released during those grim years of the late 90’s/early 00’s. Now, a little over a year since the release of the group’s previous album Relapse and roughly six months since long-time guitarist Mike Scaccia died of a heart attack on stage, Ministry is set to release their 13th studio album, magnificently titled From Beer to Eternity.

Thee Comic Column #41: Re-Reading Neil Gaiman’s Sandman

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Thee Comic Column #40: Garth Ennis’ Red Team

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You know, sometimes the best book is the one that you are completely unprepared for. The one you know nothing about and maybe hadn’t even heard of before you found it there on the rack. Always nice too, when said unexpected book is by an author or artist you really dig. Wait! How the hell is that possible in the age of the interwebs?

Totally possible.

Queens of the Stone Age … Like Clockwork

Queens_of_the_Stone_Age_-_…Like_ClockworkFor the sake of this discussion, let’s just say that there is a particular approach to writing and recording Rock music that began with Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Both bands started in ’68, one in London, one in Birmingham, so I’m not going to attempt to split hairs with which came first. For our purposes here we’re more concerned with the arc of their careers anyway, so for the time being, in spite of how we might regularly weigh in, let’s just consider both bands as equals, it will make everything easier. And of course with that being said there is one more little caveat to address before we go any further.

Thee Comic Column #39: East of West

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About two months ago my favorite music blog heavenisanincubator added a post about Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta’s new comic East of West, published by Image Comics. I’d not heard of the book until then, and knowing what good taste the ol’ Incubator has in music and comics (he’d previously blogged about how much he loved Saga, so there you go) I jotted down a little note and tucked it into the folds of my memory for the next time I went to my local comic shop, The Comic Bug. Unfortunately I was not the only one with this idea because when I did make it in to the Bug next I learned that the debut issue sold out rather quickly. Oh well, Image is great for second, third and beyond printings, so I’d just have to wait.

Thee Comic Column #38: The Art of Guest-Starring in the 80’s/early 90’s

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The original impetus for this column was based on a sudden lark I had a few weeks ago to go into my long boxes and re-read what I consider a classic three-parter from the early 90’s. However, actually finding the time to read the “New Fantastic Four” storyline from FF #’s 347-349 has proven rather difficult due to my recent schedule’s demands. So I’ve modified the idea for the column, and while it’s going to be a bit “puffier” than I’d originally intended (and later) I assure you it will still be packed with comicky goodness. So, in the spirit of what I started here, I’d like to go back and look at some of the cooler and perhaps lesser known storylines that leaned heavily on the age old comic gimmick of using gratuitous guest-stars in the age of the guest stars: the late 80’s and early 90’s.

Thee Comic Column #37: Interview: Ryan Black & The Kickstarter for his “Tension” Comic

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Ryan Black (AKA Ryan Gunwitch Black in music circles) is a man of many trades. I was first introduced to him via his Killbilly band Ghostwitch Family Band. Now the man has an indie comic book in the works titled Tension and the minute I saw the video for it on Kickstarter – which you can watch and contribute to until the end of the month of May HERE  – I knew I wanted to interview him. As my readers will have no doubt surmised I LOVE comics, but I also LOVE indie stuff. It was with great thrill that a little over a year ago I watched Brendon Seifert and Lukas Ketner’s comic Witchdoctor go from some awesome-looking posts on Warren Ellis’ forum Whitechapel to full on comic success, and that’s what I am both hoping and expecting to happen with Black’s Tension; it looks that damn good. Recently I had the privilege of interviewing Black via email. Here’s that session in its entirety:

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