Ok. Since this is my first post, let me get a few housekeeping things out of the way. These will be the rules by which this blog will be governed. SO SAYETH DOOM!!!
1. Don’t take me too seriously. Although I am VERY passionate about the topics I cover here, my primary goal is to entertain. So if I say that anybody who would actually pay to see something like the A-Team or Jonah Hex should be cast into a boiling stew comprised of the rotting flesh of the cast of Jersey Shore, I’m not actually talking about you. Well, I am, but with love.
2. I tend to like obscure things, so my goal is to try to shed a little light onto musicians, movies, and comic books that a) you may not have heard of, or b) you’ve heard of them but don’t know much about them, or c) you’re very familiar with them, and completely disagree with whatever bullshit opinion I’ve come up with.
3. Disagree if you will, but do so with respect to the original creators that I’ll be reviewing. Real people create this stuff, so let’s try to be respectful of their personal lives.
4. I really don’t care about spoilers. To me, the way a plot is crafted is far more interested than the actual story beats of said plot themselves. That being said, I’m in the minority, so I’ll try to label spoilers as such. Please do the same.
A few things about my tastes:
Music: You know how when you ask someone “What kind of music do you like?” and they respond by “Oh, I listen to everything”, when what they really mean is “I listen to everything that society has deemed acceptable for me to listen to, so mostly a smattering of watered down pop, rock, faux-country, faux-rap, and dance music. Oh, and I also label everything I don’t understand with the word jazz.” ? That’s not really me. I do listen to everything, but for me that’s about trying to constantly broaden my horizons, and to listening to as many types of obscure music as possible. I really try to give a fair shake to everything, but for the most part music that’s played on the radio isn’t my cup of tea. I love music from many international genres, but my 2 true loves are jazz, and soul. And peanut-buster parfaits from Dairy Queen. So it’s actually 3 true loves. Well, and there’s my wife. 4 true loves. If you see her, tell her I mentioned her first ok?
I have MANY favourites, but some artists that constantly find their way to my ears include: The Abyssinian Gospel Choir, Ornette Coleman, Son House, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Fugazi, Tom Waits, Clifford Brown, Fela Kuti, Jerry Butler, Lou Rawls, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Otis Redding, Art Tatum, Andrew Hill, Captain Beefheart, and MANY MANY more.
Contrary to popular belief I don’t just listen to music by dead black guys, and some modern acts I dig include: Mi Ami, Dirty Projectors, Red Baraat, Tallest Man On Earth, Mastodon, P.O.S., BLK JKS, the Jim Jones Revue, The Dirtbombs, Staff Benda Billili, Marnie Stern, William Parker, and MANY MANY more. I’ll be doing album and concert reviews regularly.
Movies: I love all sorts of movies, and genre doesn’t mean much to me. I love big budget adventure movies when they don’t treat me like I’m an idiot, and I love little foreign indie-arthouse movies when they don’t treat me like I’m a pretentious douche. That being said, I hold films up to a very high standard and don’t believe in sugar-coating my reviews. Some recent favourites of mine would include: A Single Man, Let The Right One In, Revolutionary Road, Moon, District 9, and some classics that I love would include: Night Of The Hunter, Touch Of Evil, Unbreakable, F Is For Fake, Rear Window, Unforgiven, and for some god-forsaken reason, Diggstown. I’ll be doing movie reviews regularly, and I often get to see big budget films a few days before they come out.
Comic Books: This will probably the medium I review most. Although I grew up in superhero land, and still have a lot of love for well-told stories in that medium, I love well-told graphic stories in all genres, including western, political non-fiction, history, fantasy, sci-fi etc. I love the work of contemporary creators such as Chris Ware, Darwyn Cooke, Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, Karl Kerschl, and Warren Ellis, grizzled veterans like Jaques Tardi, Dennis O’Neal, R. Crumb, and Rick Geary, and past masters such as Will Eisner, and Bernie Krigstein. I plan on writing a week in review column about the books that came out that week that I read, but I also plan on discussing older works that I’ve recently rediscovered.
I hope you enjoy.
Are you sitting comfortably?
Then we’ll begin.