Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Waiting for the End of Time

Nothing will ever replace Barry Adamson's 1998's As Above, So Below as my favorite Barry Adamson album, but this? This might be my favorite song he's ever recorded. 


Wednesday is the best day of the five-day week because it's New Comic Book Day. Although my pull lists are growing shorter, I still love this day to the core of my being. Here's what I'm picking up today:

The final issue of the third mini-series entry in David Dastmalchian's Count Crowley series. I still haven't read any of these, but I'm familiar enough with the concept to think I'll probably tear into this one from the first issue now that it's finished. Gotta pick up those other two trades...

One more after this, and both are Kieron Gillen, so this should be a proper slog. Let's see what ridiculous bullsh*t they come up with to end the Nathanial Essex Dominion storyline.

It occurs to me - if Marvel is taking the X-Books back to the pre-Krakoa paradigm of individual superhero teams, maybe they can course-correct one change that Hickman ushered in and Gillen really played up that I hate: Mr. Sinister as a dandy fop. I much prefer the version in the 80s, an evil, brooding masochist, to the one of the Krakoa era. In fact, I'd have to say changing Sinister's disposition is the only thing about Hickman's run I don't like, and it's really reached a crescendo of annoyance with all the Sinister Clones running around, complete with different card suites on their foreheads. I mean, I guess it really doesn't matter if they change him back, as I'll be gone. 

I really can't say enough good things about The Six Fingers and its sister book, The One Hand. I think both series conclude next month, so I'd definitely recommend picking up the trades if you're into the idea of a good, quasi-cyber punk, Blade Runner-ish Neo-Noir story. 


Now, please.

Is it just me, or has the release date for the final season of Netflix's Stranger Things been pushed back like, four or five times now? I need a fixed point on the calendar so I know when to start rewatching the series from the beginning. 

Few mainstream things in 2024 are worthy of the hype. Stranger Things is, in my opinion. 


LCD Soundsystem - New Body Rhumba (single)
LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening
The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize (single)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps (single)
Mr. Bungle - Violenza Domestica ("single")
LCD Soundsystem - Eponymous
Big Black - Songs About Fucking
Naked Raygun - Over the Overlords
Mad Love - White With Foam
Mr. Bungle - Eponymous
Mr. Bungle - California
The Raveonettes - Sing
Phil Collins - Face Value
Shellac - Excellent Italian Greyhound
High on Fire - Surrounded By Thieves
The Flesh Easters - I Used to Be Pretty


Back to my trusty, original Thoth deck for today's Pull. 

• Ace of Disks
• 10 of Swords: Ruin
• 9 of Disks: Gain

A possible monetary breakthrough, but apparently one of a tempestuous nature, as the line between loss and gain appears to be paper thin. Curious if this has to do with some stock positions I've been watching act erratically over the last three weeks.

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