Thee Comic Column #0: Kevin Eastman’s New TMNT

image courtesy of the Opinionated Bastard

NOTE: This article, in a slightly different form, was originally published here on CHUD.com. However, now nine months into the new TMNT book IDW is publishing, I thought it bore repeating/expanding upon. I’m a firm believer if you dig something you spread the word, so that something doesn’t disappear.

Bobcat Goldthwait’s God Bless America

A couple of years ago a conversation about movies between some friends and I led ’round to the movie Falling Down, which I had not seen since its initial release on VHS in, oh about 1994 or so. I remembered very little about Falling Down save for a few key scenes that left a favorable and rather iconic impression on me. I found my friends had not ever seen the film and I made plans to have them over again in a week’s time for a viewing.

RIP Adam Yauch aka MCA

Some Thoughts on The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones that have toured the world on a seemingly continuous basis since… oh about 1983 are NOT The Rolling Stones.

Well, they are and they aren’t. Let me attempt to explain.

Thee Avid Reader: Irvine Welsh’s SKAGBOYS

With Skagboys Irvine Welsh – prolific Scottish author, playwright and underground taste-maker has once again returned to the world of his beloved Leith boys to give us a prequel to his 1992 novel Trainspotting.

Now, two years ago or so when I read that another of my favorite authors, Bret Easton Ellis, was returning to do a sequel novel to his debut Less Than Zero, I was slightly suspicious. Don’t get me wrong – I read Imperial Bedrooms and loved it, thus squashing my suspicions (as I knew Ellis would). However, in a world where almost everything has been based on pre-existing material for what feels like aeons* the unfortunate fact is that any return to pre-existing material is suspect, regardless of perceived good faith. That’s just the way it goes. Fortunately, much like Ellis, what Irvine Welsh has done is to strengthen my resolve to continue to have faith in the authors that I love.

GodSpeed You! Black Emperor Live @ American Music Hall, SF 04/17/12

If you’ve ever read anything about the phenomena known as Synesthesia you might think it is an interesting condition to posses. It is – I’ve had it for as long as I can remember. Of course it was not until a little over ten years ago that I put a name to what I just knew as a really intense relationship with music. Then I began reading about the phenomenon and more and more I found that Synesthesia explained the almost unbelievably visual relationship I tend to have with music. Even more recently I’ve come to theorize that – to my nervous system at least – music is a drug. A drug that I am hopelessly addicted to and that affects my brain in often debilitating ways. A  drug that has served as a gateway to other drugs in seeking to enhance its already amazing effects, and a drug that sometimes prevents me from getting anything constructive accomplished as I space and pine over the sounds spilling out of my speakers or through my headphones.

First Glimpses of New Album by Liars Does Nothing to Dispell Idea They are the Second Coming

I used almost the exact same title back in early 2010 when bizarro New York-cum-Berlin avante garde rock outfit Liars announced their (then) new album Sisterworld for a different website. Sisterworld of course turned out to be just as awesome as I had anticipated it would be (the remix disc not so much, but oh well…). Liars approach their music and image in some pretty profoundly originally and wonderfully strange ways* and nowhere can their oddness be seen more than in the videos that always accompany their tracks**- leading up to that album the band created rabid anticipation with the video for the track Scissors, which I love so much I’ll go ahead and post again here:

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