The Joup Friday Album: The Phantom of the Paradise OST

phantomofparadiseTwo years before he tackled Carrie in 1976 to open himself up to a much wider audience, Brian De Palma made the absolutely bonkers musical/rock opera/horror schlock film The Phantom of the Paradise. The movie is a take on The Phantom of the Opera and Faust, but taking place within the music industry. William Finley plays the wide-eyed Winslow Leach, an aspiring music composer and singer whose songs catch the eyes and ears of satanic record producer and club promoter Swan, played wonderfully and devilishly (pun absolutely intended) by Paul Williams. From there, we have love, betrayal, murder, mutilation, a deal with the devil, and a string of grand, rock and roll music numbers.

Endless Loop: I’m So Tired

fugaziHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“I’m So Tired” by Fugazi

Thee Comic Column #125 – A Valiant Way of Doing Things

RaiLet me tell you about my trip to the comic shop the other day. As is my custom, I headed to Manhattan Beach’s branch of The Comic Bug on my way home from work, using the stop off as a welcome respite from the five-day a week insanity that is the Southbound 405 Freeway* at 3:00 PM on a weekday. Ah, the sights and sounds of a comic shop on new release day – it is pure, unadulterated joy to me. And on this particular day there was double the joy when I met one Andy Liegl, Sales Manager of Valiant Comics on my way to the register. Andy’s a friendly guy whose passion for comics runs as deep as my own, so within moments of his inquiry into what I had in my stack and the perfunctory small talk that revolved around the first issue of the new Luther Strode series and James Tynion, IV I knew that I wanted to hear what this man had to say. Andy had a table decked out with trades and single issues showcasing the Valiant Universe as it is today, almost three years after the re-launch that brought them back in 2012, about the same time a certain other comic company did their re-launch. But I’ll get back to that. So I inquired and Andy, Andy was only too happy to talk to me about what Valiant is doing – besides signing a nine-figure movie deal to open a movie division that is. I wanted to know about the comics, a company I’d been peripherally aware of since their inception in 1988  So Andy gave me his pitch and when all was said and done, I was impressed.

The Joup Friday Album: Oliver Nelson – The Blues and the Abstract Truth

Oliver nelsonAround the time of the late Aughts, the idea of “authenticity” had permeated indie rock so thoroughly that individual band members’ biographies and “previously in” credits nearly eclipsed whatever new project they happened to be involved in. It seemed as though every new release came with a sticker that read, “Featuring former members of such-and-such.” No one seemed interested in moving forward so much as holding on to the last remnants of a perceived heyday that realistically never existed. Indie rock was not a commercial, mainstream movement in popular music, despite the importance it had in the minds and lives of Gen Xers.

Endless Loop: Funeral for a Friend (Love Lies Bleeding)

eltonjohnHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Funeral for a Friend (Love Lies Bleeding)” by Elton John

The Joup Friday Album: The Devil’s Blood – The Thousandfold Epicentre

thedevilsbloodcoverI believe in things that whisper secrets and bring wisdom. Confuse and try to destroy you upon thee. And the fact that this is not something that you should be afraid, but something desirable. You can tell already that I, directly communicating with this source, which leads me. But I might not now describe his or her face.” – Selim Lemouchi

Thank God for VOD! – Late Phases

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!

latephasesLate Phases

Werewolves are the redheaded stepchild of horror movies. While vampires and zombies get all the celluloid, accolades, and cold hard cash in our movie theaters and on our TV screens, werewolves are unjustly delegated to roles in crappy action franchises and ridiculous young adult garbage. It’s not fair. Where are the good werewolf movies? Where are the flicks I want to see? Where’s the meat? Sure, there are some great films out there like John Landis’s An American Werewolf in London, or Joe Dante’s The Howling, or Neil Marshall’s Dog Soldiers, but we need more of them. Werewolves need more. Werewolves deserve more.

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