Alice in Chains Release 1st Single off New Album

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Thee Comic Column #19: Luther Strode Returns

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2012’s The Strange Talent of Luther Strode was one of my favorite new mini series in a year filled with fantastic mini series brought to the light of day by Robert Kirkman and the good people at Image Comics. Last month Luther Strode returned in a new series that picks up five years after the events of the last book and sees Mr. Strode in a very bloody state of affairs. It is just as awesome and violent and bloody and awesome and violent as the last series and thus far, after only two issues, promises some juicy revelations into the world of Luther Strode.

SURPRISE!!! New David Bowie single drops

Well, Mr. Bowie has been out of the spotlight for quite a few years. Reality (my favorite Bowie record) came out in 2003, and other than a live album from that tour that released in 2010 the man has been silent. Then today, on Mr. Bowie’s 66th birthday, from seemingly out of the blue, the new single “Where Are We Now?” from his forthcoming album The Next Day (March) dropped. Check this out and you can pre-order the album on Bowie’s official site here and happy birthday David Bowie. Thank you for the present on your birthday.

Thee Comic Column #18: Rick Remender’s Captain America

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Some of you may be saying, “Gee, why doesn’t Shawn just rename his comic column “Thee Rick Remender Column”. Well, if the man continues to put out this level of good books I just might.

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. ;)

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