Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Flies on Sandstone


Heaven Is An Incubator recently posted "Love Fade," from Tamaryn's 2010 album The Waves, long a personal favorite since one of my old-school Inventory team back at Borders Torrance turned me onto it. No other Tamaryn album has ever slipped so perfectly into my personal sonic cosmology, but I've laid beneath the stars in Joshua Tree and soaked this one in. It's special, so I had to break it out and post a track, too.
Thanks Tommy!!!



About three months ago, I kind of surprised myself by re-starting Drinking with Comics. This was something that had been on my mind off and on for a while; I LOVE the idea of the show, but it's hard to move beyond the previous iterations. For me, the pinnacle was when Mike, Chris, Jordan and myself were in front of the camera and Kirsten was running tech. Doing the whole thing at Atomic Basement never felt fully 'right,'  and whenever I look on YouTube for someone discussing comics that move me, I'm almost always disappointed. 

Other than Comic Book Herald's channel, pretty much every "discussion" video I've attempted to watch does that annoying YouTube thing of drawing out what you're there for as long as possible to increase their watch time. I fucking hate that! So, I finally decided I'd let the old Drinking with Comics be what they were and start a new iteration. It helped that I get to call it Vol. 4.


My good friend Jesus surprised us with some Christmas presents in the post this past Friday. Jesus and I tend to ship books back and forth to one another, and he's introduced me to some incredible novels. Well, he outdid himself this time, because one of the books he sent was C.J. Leede's 2023 debut novel Maeve Fly

I read it in just over a day.

I can't recommend this one enough, the only caveat is, I'd say you should definitely read Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho first, as this book is very influenced by it, and even pinions some elements of the seminal volume of transgressive 80s literature. Despite this, however, Maeve Fly is definitely its own thing, and I couldn't be more in love with Leede's prose. Also, this book made me insanely homesick for L.A.


Various - Learn to Relax: A Tribute to Jehu
Van Halen - 1984
Amigo the Devil - Everything is Fine
Godflesh - Purge
Godflesh - Hymns
Steve Moore - Bliss OST
Fever Ray - Radical Romantics
Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist
Rein - Reincarnated 
Tamaryn - The Waves
Calexico - Seasonal Shift
Rodney Crowell - Christmas Everywhere
Thou - Rhea Sylvia
Frayle - Skin & Sorrow
James Last - Christmas Dancing with James Last
Willie Nelson - Pretty Paper
J. D. McPherson - Socks
Luciano Pavarotti - Christmas with Pavarotti
Iwan Rebroff - singt Weison von Wodka und Wein


From Jonathan Grimm's Hand of Doom Tarot, which you can buy HERE.

• Queen of Disks
• Knight of Disks
• Two of Swords

Emotional aspects of Earthly matters, honed by Will, collaboration of intent. Not sure if this is telling me I'll find the 'honing' in collaboration or not - seems doubtful - but I'm definitely feeling like Earthly matter could use a shoring up. 

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