Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 is the new 2007

mine fave from 2008 was actually released in 2007. it's the John Maus album called "Love is Real". not only is love indeed real but this album is the real deal.
john maus - times is weird (mp3)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My Album of 2008: "Colorloss Record" by Belong

I've been listening to a lot of "Best of 2008" podcasts during the past couple of weeks. So here's my question: What is your favorite ALBUM of 2008? Mine is Colorloss Record by Belong. More than any other in 2008, its the record that has kept me coming back for more. So let's hear it - What's yours?

Juana Molina - ¿Quién? (Live)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Two Wonderful Christmas Times With No Picture

Leonard Cohen (featuring Jennifer Warnes) - Silent Night (mp3)

Kay and Ed - Christmas 1957 (mp3)

Christmas in Hollis

Merry Christmas, fellow 89ers! I just got back from Williston - I took the train there and then drove back with my folks to Minneapolis. Now I'll be here a couple days and then off to Philadelphia for a few days. So I likely won't get to post much for the next week or so. I love the Kirby stuff you've been posting.

Oh, and there's a slight chance Kelsi and I might hit Fargo for New Year's Eve. Do you guys have plans? Oscar's going to be in town so his Weezer cover band can play a reunion show at the Aquarium, so that might be fun.

Hans Baldung Grien's "Nativity"

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Kamandi Map

How awesome is this. The boys over at posted this map from Kamandi #1 the other day. Maps=Awesome. Kirby=Awesome. Kamandi=Awesome. Merry Kamadristmas.

Another World

Align Left

Antony & the Johnsons - Another World (mp3)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Kamandi - A Bit Musty But Good Enough for Me (I Suppose)

So, well, the good news is that I found an issue of Kirby's Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth for a buck-fifty. The bad news is that when I got it home and started reading it, I realized it smelled moldy and even had a few suspect black spots on the first few pages. You win some you lose some etc. I guess I'll bag and board it but I might have to toss it. I also got a big pile of Animal Man comics that aren't moldy. That's pretty good, I guess. No, it is. It is good. Some of them have great Brian Bolland covers and some are written by Grant Morrison and some are drawn by Steve Dillon. Here's an image from said issue of Kamandi.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Jack Kirby's Long Lost "Prisoner" Comic

Apparently none other than Jack Kirby worked for a bit on a Prisoner comic based (loosely? closely?) on the TV show. Sadly it never saw publication. Here's a page.

Saturday, December 13, 2008


"I Woke Up Today" Karaoke Style on Blogotheque

From, "Cambria Goodwin, Port O’Brien banjo player and singer, has a kind of California magic that renders New York City proprietors into rag dolls. The manager of Winnie’s, a Chinatown karaoke institution, had roundly refused to allow Port O’Brien to enter the venue with instruments. Kicked out to the street, Cambria looked over her defeated band and said, simply, "Give me a minute." She re-entered the bar. Three minutes later, Cambria waves the band in.

A couple of karaoke numbers to give the impression that this group of friends is just here to do a little singing. And they are. Bassist Caleb Nichols slaughters the Gin Blossoms. Tsingtao all around. And then, the sharp observer notes, pots and pans are being passed through the bar crowd. Suddenly, singer Van Pierszalowski gives the crowd a quick lesson: "Sing it with me: Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh!" Live instruments appear and the song is underway.

A glorious and brutal stomp that shreds the barrier between band and audience. Check out the proprietor (seated to the left of the band). This guy’s still a little stumped by what’s happening inside his bar."

feather by feather

the sun

Brilliant Noise from Semiconductor on Vimeo.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Lindstrøm, Ane Brun, and Thom Hell Wish You a "Wonderful Christmastime"

Bill Murray

We've been watching a lot of Bill Murray lately. Neither of us had seen "Razor's Edge" before - that was surprisingly good, but it was probably only good because of Bill Murray. Then Kelsi hadn't seen "Stripes" before, so we just watched that the other day. So here's a nice two-fer.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

You Like It?

Anyone like this new layout? I can change it back if you want. It just seemed kinda clean and nice. Whatevs. Apparently there is an alien in this duck. These kids are very good at hippity singing. Laterz.

Exercise Your Sense of Taste

But do not trust your senses. Flavor fools the wisest of us.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Sweet Punishment

Hey Steve, I know you like The Punisher so you might want to check this out. Issue #1 is scheduled to ship on January 7th. Its written by Rick Remender and drawn by Jerome Opena - two of my favorites. In fact, I'm a little sad about this as it may mean the end of one of my favorite books, Fear Agent. Well, at least the end of Opena on art one would guess (although he's actually one of two artists on the book so maybe he will stick around.)
Even if the new Punisher isn't very good, I guarantee the art will be excellent.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Clear Your Schedule

Hey - Bonnie 'Prince' Billy is coming here to perform for us at the Walker in March. That's plenty of time now for you guys to get a day off. It's March 19. That's a Thursday. And there's an 8:00 and a 10:30 show. I'll have to teach in Mankato that night, but I could make the 10:30 show. You guys could drive down after work Thursday too, then you'd only have to miss Friday work. Let's get tickets together! $25 a pop.

You Are So Beautiful (To Me)

A Groenling

the opening scene of werckmeister harmonies