35 Albums in 35 Years: 2002

In an ongoing attempt to bleed my opinions all over your computer screen, I’m selecting one album from every year that I’ve been alive that has some sort of significance to me…and then writing about it. Welcome back to 35 Albums in 35 Years.

 

bowieheathten2002: David Bowie’s Heathen

Underrated: Joe Dante’s “The ‘Burbs”

burbs“I want to kill everyone. Satan is good. Satan is our pal.”

Like so many others, I first saw The ‘Burbs, Joe Dante’s brilliant comedic ode to suburban rut and paranoia on cable when I was a kid. To say the movie has stuck to me like some lost, drunken night’s tattoo is to understate its impact. It’s a film I have gone back to time and time again over the last 25 years, be it via a worn and fuzzy VHS copy recorded off of HBO when I was in grade school, or the DVD copy I scored years later. I never grow tired of it. The story, the scenes, the dialog are so engrained within my psyche, that quoting lines from the thing has become a kind of litmus test as to whether or not we can be friends (see also The Monster Squad).

35 Albums in 35 Years: 2001

In an ongoing attempt to bleed my opinions all over your computer screen, I’m selecting one album from every year that I’ve been alive that has some sort of significance to me…and then writing about it. Welcome back to 35 Albums in 35 Years.

 

andrewwk2001: Andrew WK’s I Get Wet

PARTY TIP: Partying doesn’t make life easier, it just makes it better.

The Joup Friday Album: Midnight Juggernauts – Dystopia

midnightjuggernautsA triumphant blend of electronic pop, new wave, and disco, Australian synth-maestros Midnight Juggernauts’ 2008 debut album Dystopia plays out like the end product of Daft Punk travelling back in time 30 years in a Delorean to produce a dance record for David Bowie. Drums and bass thump. Synthesizers pulse and swirl. Booties shake. I don’t know what’s been in the water down in the outback the last several years, but the local synth enthusiasts have sounded the battle cry, the denizens of analog electronics raising their keyboards and arpeggiators high into the sky for the whole world to see. The results have been fun as hell, and it all started (for me at least) with Midnight Juggernauts.

Failure Live at House of Blues, or: How I Went to Houston for 24 Hours, Bought some Records, Hung out with some Old Friends, Drank Way Too Much Beer, and Saw one of My Favorite Bands of All Time

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWednesday Morning

Traditionally (at least for the last few months), Wednesday has been my day off from a week’s worth of work drudgery, my day to spend with my son, going to the park, playing with the dog, watching horror movies, reading comic books, and napping.  It’s a wonderful day.  Last Wednesday, I didn’t get to do any of those things…well, the boy did take a 30-minute power nap on me before we left the house…but the day was wonderful nonetheless.  Just a different kind of wonderful.  The find-a-record-you’ve-been-looking-for, friend-seeing, beer-swilling, see-a-band-you-thought-you’d-never-ever-see road trip kind of wonderful.

Thank God for VOD! – Almost Human

I don’t get to go to the movies as often as I’d like to, but that doesn’t mean I can’t watch awesome flicks at home. Thank God for VOD!

almosthumanAlmost Human

I’m actually a little late on writing about Joe Begos’ directorial debut feature length film Almost Human. Late, in that I actually watched this movie almost two months ago, and late, in that the film is actually getting its DVD/Blu Ray release this week (I think). So, it kind of defeats the whole purpose of my initial concept for these Thank God for VOD! columns. That being said, who cares? The movie is a whole lot of fun, and you shouldn’t let my tardiness in writing about it keep you from giving it a view.

35 Albums in 35 Years: 2000

In an ongoing attempt to bleed my opinions all over your computer screen, I’m selecting one album from every year that I’ve been alive that has some sort of significance to me…and then writing about it. Welcome back to 35 Albums in 35 Years.

 

radiohead2000: Radiohead’s Kid A

It was only going to be a matter of time before I wrote about Radiohead.

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