Author & Punisher Live @ The Echoplex 01.05.14

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Pardon the vulgarity of the following statement but it seems appropriate: If Godflesh and In Slaughter Natives fucked their offspring might be Tristan Shone, aka Author & Punisher.

I had the wonderful opportunity to see Mr. Shone perform in Los Angeles last Sunday night at intimate venue The Echoplex. His performance was transcendent – something more than a concert it was an audio/visual experience that interfaced with my nervous system and short-circuited my ideas of what music is and can do.

I had pretty much expected no less.

Thee Comic Column #67: My Favorite Comics of 2013

Yes indeed I am a little late with this, but things have been heating up the last few weeks what with the holidays and a crazy work schedule so I’ve not had the ample time to reflect on all the absolutely amazing comics that were published last year. Yeah, I know – excuses excuses. After doing a similar column last year with a ‘best of’ moments snapshot I thought I’d do another but focus more on the books that blew me away in 2013, as it was a grand year for comics all around. Below is a short list of some of my favorites.

Underrated: Gregg Araki’s “Nowhere”

nowhere“It’s like we all know way down in our souls that our generation is going to witness the end of everything.”

Way back sometime in late 1997 or early 1998, Gregg Araki’s film Nowhere wormed its way into my psyche, grabbed hold tight, and made me show it to all of my friends.  I was completely enthralled.  I watched it over and over again.  I dissected it, analyzed it, explored its themes, bought the soundtrack, and watched Araki’s other features.  It was easily my favorite movie for a brief period in college, and I screened it for everybody, hoping in vain for a compatriot to share and revel and delight in this overtly stylized film.  Somebody, anybody had to feel the same as I did.  Certainly one of my friends would be as captivated as I was.

Thee Comic Column #66 – Fare Thee Well, Cobra Files

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Last month with very little fanfare one of my top three books a month finished its brilliant almost six year run – GIJOE: The Cobra Files. Despite it’s tie-in with a major toy/movie/long-running character base the book, at the hands of constant writer Mike Costa, operated more like a sophisticated espionage thriller a la John Le Carre’s Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy or David Simon’s The Wire. The finale was sublime, magnificent and pulse-pounding. The series never really had a change.

List Making As Catharsis

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Am I seeking structure?  It’s all but impossible to make it through a normal day without putting pen to paper and concocting a list of some sort or another.  Lists of goals, lists of chores, or to-do lists.  Top fives, top tens, or top 100’s.  Favorite books, favorite movies, or favorite songs.  Today even, I spent a half an hour writing an overly long and detailed list of tasks and things to accomplish today and over the weekend, one of which was the actual writing of this essay.

 

 

Holy Cow! It’s Tommy’s Favorite Albums and Movies of 2013

Well, if my clocks are correct and Ryan Seacrest and Carson Daly did not lie to me a couple of nights ago, 2014 has officially begun.  So allow me to get my jollys by bombarding you all with some last second year-end, best-of lists.  To be fair, I’m repeating myself here, having already spewed opinion and favoritism all over my blog page, so in the spirit of brevity, I’m limiting myself to my top 5 albums of 2013 and my top 5 films of 2013 (for the full lists, go here and here).  Without further ado, let’s get to the ranking and filing…

Thee Comic Column #65: The Return of Stray Bullets!

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Last week before the bad news pertaining to one of my favorite books there was some good news. No, scratch that, there was some AMAZING news! David Lapham’s Stray Bullets, formerly published by his own independent El Capitan, is returning after a nine year (NINE YEARS?!?) hiatus and one of the most heart-wrenching cliffhangers since… well, since Twin Peaks season two’s final episode. And in returning, Stray Bullets has been picked up by Image Comics! So before you go any further reading this go to the series’ Image page HERE where the first four issues are FREE! After that you’ll be hooked and 5-40 are available digitally for $1.99 each. Or, if you’re like me and would rather hold the book in your hand after you see how great it is just wait – if you can – until March 12th when 1-41 are collected in the Stray Bullets Uber Allies Edition – which I believe will be priced at a mere $60 for all those great comics!

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