Shawn’s Best of Films: 2012

 

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Okay, it’s officially 2013 – I wanted to wait until the very last shadows of 2012 had passed before putting this up, A) because I’ve written up a number of ‘Best of’ lists here in the last week or two and B) because what better way to cap a year completely than by replacing the cork after it’s over and the taste has left your mouth. To me this final list will be a kind of lemon sorbet – a palette cleanser. After this 2012 – which was by no means a bad year – is gone forever and I move steadfastly onto something… new.

Thee Comic Column #17: Best Comic Moments of 2012

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Grez Top Albums of 2012 : First Listen Regardless of Initial Release Date

As music in general progressed over the past 10 years, more and more musicians are recording and releasing more and more quality material. Couple that with how easily available many of these artists are due to online presence and it’s difficult to have time to keep up. There truly is an overwhelming amount of music to which to listen. So the thought came to my head to review material that is NEW to ME regardless of when the artist released the said recording. Upon compiling the list of 12 recordings (10 was not enough, plus it is 2012), I’ve noticed I still have 4 releases from this year and 9 releases total debuting within the last 3 years. So relatively speaking much of the list is quite modern. I make no concessions nor apologizes. After consulting Shawn Baker about compling such a list he proclaimed: “Do it! It’s your list!” So keep in mind that mine may not be as “up-to-date” as all other critiques.
As well, there is no stipulation as to where or how I came across the releases on this list since the release year does not bind them. Some were recommendations, some loose tips from a night at the bar and some were results of my own research. All though are releases that I’ve listened to at least a few times in 2012 and now have as part of my permanent collection.
Enjoy and responses are welcomed and encouraged. Here is to a year of great music. Hopefully you had one as well, if not there is little but still time. ;)

Thee Comic Column #16: The Xmas Buying Guide

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In honor of the consumer frenzy and gift-buying insanity of the season, I thought I’d throw up a little guide to some of the collections and graphic novels that I feel would make great gifts for any discerning fan of graphic fiction. I figured to help you match like-minded material with potentially varied interests of those on your lists I’d break them up into three categories.

 

 

The Super Hero/action fan – defined as those who may or may not be familiar with comics but are fans of big budget movies based on them, ie – Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, Christoper Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy or flix like Kick Ass, Super or the brilliant Chronicle.

Shawn’s Top 10 Albums of 2012

This is never easy. Despite what naysayers might have you believe about the quality of music and its supposed decline over the past twenty years I maintain (as I always have) that there is so much good, new music out there I could very easily go bankrupt buying it.

The emphasis there is on buying it in a post-pirate world.

Soooooo how hard is it for me to narrow my yearly musical endeavors down to a handful of records? Pretty f”ing hard. Nonetheless, I do it every year and this year is no different. What follows are my ten favorite albums from 2012.

Chicago Music : A Word with songwriter/guitarist Bill MacKay : Joup Interviews

Bill MacKay at his best - creating (billmackay.wordpress.com)

Bill MacKay at his best – creating (billmackay.wordpress.com)

Muay Thai Special: Part 3 of 3: Fight Night w Charn Chai and Liam Kirkham

Muay Thai Fighters in Pail Thailand (sesame/joup)

Muay Thai Fighters in Pail Thailand (sesame/joup)

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