Showing posts with label VIII: Strength. Show all posts
Showing posts with label VIII: Strength. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Crowded House at the Crossroads


The newer guys at work are all in their early 20s, but they can seem to get enough of 80s pop radio. I think I've heard Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over" everyday for a least two weeks, and the fact that I seem to just love it more and more - after loving it for most of my life now - really says something about what a great tune this is. Kinda has a similar feeling to Tears for Fears, and it makes me wonder how much it was influenced by Orzabel, Stanley and Hughes, whose Songs From The Big Chair came out about a year before Crowded House's eponymous debut. Either way, great song.


Dude! It has felt like a goddamn year since the previous issue! Seriously, Jed McKay's masterstroke of bringing in the House of Secrets as Moon Knight's new Midnight Mission has me 100% over my wishy-washy attitude toward this title. ALL IN!

Am I just sucking Marvel's dick at this point? Maybe. But I have to admit, I'm curious as hell.

I've missed Vault. The moment I saw the title and cover, I knew I'd be giving this book a shot. 

I've been geeking out so f*&king hard over Immortal X-Men that I almost forgot the tapestry of interstellar espionage, politics, and betrayal picks back up this month where S.W.O.R.D. volume two left off a few months ago. 


I was not lucky enough to score this variant when Symbiote Spider-Man: Crossroads issue #1 came out. I didn't even know it existed until I just did an image search for this post. However, after finally tracking down the fifth issue of this series, I did a re-read and can tell you, THIS is my favorite era of Spider-Man. Black costume, pre-Venom, 80s NYC. And it meshes perfectly with one of my favorite Hulk eras - his exile to the Crossroads, circa early 300s, written by the inimitable Bill Mantlo. All that Hobby Shop SciFi stuff I was attempting to explain in the previous post? Mantlo was definitely one of the architects of that for me, and it makes perfect sense that the man who inherited The Incredible Hulk from him - Peter David himself - wrote a story that perfectly meshes several major eras of these characters into one really cool story. And yeah, it has Devil Dinosaur in it, too! Can't beat it, 'nuff said!


Quicksand - Slip
Year of No Light - Consolamentum
M83 - You and the Night OST
M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
The Mysterines - Reeling
Orville Peck - Pony


Yes. I need Strength. Long day.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Crystal Fairies

Man, I totally forgot about this record. I remember posting about it back when it was announced, and then again after it came out, however, it has to be a few years since I last jammed the debut - and still only - album that brought together as formidable a lineup as Teri Gender-Bender from Le Butcherettes,  Buzz and Dale of the Melvins, and Omar Rodríguez-López of The Mars Volta, At the Drive-In, Antimasque, and, like ten other bands (at least). 



Pretty bummed to read that Netflix's live-action Cowboy Bebop has officially been canceled. I'll just leave this here to mourn and go back and start rewatching the animated series again, then go back into the live-action, which was WAY better than the legions would have you believe, IMO.


FFS - Eponymous
Underworld - A Hundred Days Off
Spotlights - Love and Decay
Zombi - Liquid Crystal
Sunn O))) - Monoliths and Dimensions
OOIOO - Gold and Green
Crystal Fairy - Eponymous


I've been really feeling Old, with a capital "O." I'm pretty sure it's because I sleep roughly five hours a night almost every night, and, closing in on 46, it's starting to catch up with me. So Strength is a regular thing - a needed sense of reserve fuel to get through any given day. I could go to bed earlier - I SHOULD go to bed earlier, but when it comes time to do so, I just fuck it up and stay up. Previously, one or two naps a week made all the difference. These days, every day is a nap day. I need to do something, I'm just not sure what. Well, that's not true. I need to go to bed earlier.