Album Review: Andy Kaufman ‘Andy and His Grandmother’.

Image courtesy of Drag City Records

ANDY
(laying it on thick)

We are all gathered here today to
bid one final farewell to Anthony
Sebastian Clifton — who passed
from our midst far too soon. The
world has lost the greatest superstar
of all time … and I … have lost my …best friend.
But grieve not, my brothers, for
Tony need not be forgotten.
Fortunately, he can be remembered
forever … through this magnificent …
(pulls album out from behind podium)
DOUBLE MEMORIAL ALBUM. $18.95!

– Andy Kaufman & Bob Zmuda, ‘The Tony Clifton Story’ unproduced Screenplay, 1st draft 1/1/1980

Joup Interviews: Paul Colilli: Canadian Doctorate, Musician and a Simply Saucer

This intrawebs fascinates me everyday because of the people I come across and what they have done with their lives. Take one Paul Colilli for example whom I had the privilege to interview for Joup. Colilli, recognized in the 70s Canadian Pop Culture with his time with Simply Saucer, boasts a Doctorate Degree in Medieval Italian literature. Now some 40 years after he’s recording music under his self-title. How in the hell did I come across someone like this? I think it’s worth a look-see.


“Hello Chester,

I’m Paul Colilli, a founding member of Simply Saucer…”



Paul, you have my attention.

Thee Comic Column #44 – 1988: The Year Marvel Destroyed Pittsburgh

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Wow. Recently my local comic shop The Comic Bug acquired a MASSIVE 1980’s-centric collection of comics and put a lot of the stuff out for $1 an issue. I went in the other day to pick up my week’s worth of new stuff and came out with so much more.

Thee Comic Column #43 – Snyder & Murphy’s The Wake

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Okay, I’ve been waiting for this one for MONTHS. After spending an absurd amount of money to ensure that I get to see British Industrial legends GodFlesh in not one but two cities I found myself a tad light in the wallet and thus waited an extra two weeks to hit The Comic Bug this month. And when I finally did make it in last week I had not only the first but also the second issue of this new Vertigo series by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy waiting for me. And my friends, The Wake did not disappoint.

Technology: Create your Own Style Online with help from Chicago Stores: Do You Reppio?

Lisa Sikorski chats up Annie Dean of Reppio (Joe Grez)

Lisa Sikorski chats up Annie Dean of Reppio (Joe Grez)

I will admit that just the word “vintage” conjures up memories of poorly organized antique shops and mysterious pungent odors. I love the thought of vintage, but most shops I have ventured into leave me wanting to run for the hills. However, a new website called Reppio.com is out to help guide true lovers of  all styles to the best and brightest privately owned shops in Chicago neighborhoods. “It’s all about helping small businesses,” states Reppio Rep Annie Dean. “A lot of people who come to the city don’t know where to begin and might end up dismissing the charm of a neighborhood like Wicker Park just because they wandered into a store that’s wrong for them and their style.” Reppio is online and ready to help you find the designers, shops, and items that will suit your style whether you’re shabby chic or trendy urban.

Thee Comic Column #42 – The House on the Borderland

 

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Just Announced: New Ministry Album 9/6/13

image courtesy of the band’s press agency

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.

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