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.

Endless Loop: Femme Fatale

velvetundergroundHave 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.

“Femme Fatale” by The Velvet Underground

Running Down a YouTube Rabbit Hole: 10 Old Songs that Made Tommy’s 2018 Brighter

joup2018So.  2018, right?  I just don’t know any more you guys.  I mean yeah, we got a ton of great music released this year, some great books, great comics, great television, and it was an absurdly good year for film too.  But as we hurdle closer and closer to a worldwide authoritarian state and the impending hellscape that awaits us from climate change inaction, it all just feels like one big distraction. 

Don’t get me wrong, some distraction is good now and then.  It keeps us sane.  Speaking of which, here’s a bunch of year-end lists I made over the last couple weeks (here, here, here, here, here, and here).  And I guess I’m going to keep on distracting, at least for the amount of time it takes you to read this article, another year-end list. 

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.

Endless Loop: Mindray

luskHave 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.

“Mindray” by Lusk

Endless Loop: Forever

charlatansHave 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.

“Forever” by The Charlatans UK

I used to never get sick.

Oh sure, I’d catch a little bug every now and then, but usually only once every couple of years, and I’d always recover quickly, some 24-48 hours later the last remnants of cold or flu or whatever just fading away.  I didn’t miss school.  I didn’t miss work.  Hell, when I was smoking, I didn’t even stop doing that, switching over to Menthols like a good little idiot who thought he’d live forever.

Endless Loop: An Ending (Ascent)

brianenoHave 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.

“An Ending (Ascent)” by Brian Eno

Brian Eno’s “An Ending (Ascent),” from 1983’s Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks, is easily one of my favorite pieces of music of all time, probably top five even.  It’s just so wonderfully moving, a haunting and beautiful instrumental that could score just about any moment in time, from bittersweet elation to quiet despair.  It can bring tears just sounding as it does without any discernable context whatsoever, just the notes, the melody, the sound.  And I love it for that.  That feeling is about as close to god as I’m ever likely to feel.

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