Endless Loop: Aneurysm

nirvanaHave 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.

“Aneurysm” by Nirvana

Thee Comic Column #124: TMNT #44 SPOILERS

TMNT-44_Cover-AFirst, I cannot say this enough: if you follow the IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, or have ANY plans/desire to read it DO NOT read any further into this post. My intention here is to talk directly and without restraint about the events of issue #44 of the series and where I believe it will go from here based on having read the Turtles – in one form or another – for over twenty years now.

Fair warning? I’d say so.

<<<SPOILER COUNTRY YONDER>>>

Joup Friday Album: En hommage à la maîtrise d’un Django Reinhardt

Django Reinhardt

Django Reinhardt at his best. Photo courtesy of pixsharp.com

Endless Loop: Powder Blue

elbowHave 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.

“Powder Blue” by Elbow

Underrated: State of Grace (1990)

In the pantheon of great crime cinema that came out of the 1990s I have always felt that there is one movie that is criminally underrated. What better topic then, for an addition to the column fellow Joup writer Tommy introduced several months ago. I give you then, the next installment of UNDERRATED.

Thee Comic Column #123: Meeting Amelia Cole

Amelia_Cole_04.inddIf you read this column regularly you will no doubt have heard my mantra, born of both practicality and frustration: You can’t read everything.

You’ll also know I commonly follow that up with, “But you can try!”

That said, whenever we book a guest for Drinking with Comics whose work I am unfamiliar with I dig in and familiarize myself. This was especially true when my co-host Mike Wellman booked writer D.J. Kirkbride for this coming Monday, March 23rd. I’d read or heard about Mr. Kirkbride’s work for some time, yet up until last week had remained largely unfamiliar with it. Mike helped me out of that one.

The Joup Friday Album: Grouper – Dragging a Dead Deer up a Hill

grouperI imagine that at this moment, I’m knee deep in some sort of SXSW mayhem, my body and mind awash in music, free beers, breakfast tacos, and corporate swag.  I’m probably tired.  I’m probably thinking about when I need to cut myself off so that I can drive to go pick up my son.  I’m probably wondering where to go to next.  (I’m writing this a few days before now, so maybe I’m not doing any of those things.)  SXSW can be a blast, but it can also be an endurance test, so let’s all mellow out a little bit with Grouper’s 2008 album Dragging a Dead Deer up a Hill.  It’s time to come down.

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