I Married An Angel, by Sammy Davis Jr.

I don’t usually use this space to talk about my personal life at all, but because I do occasionally discuss music on this site, I wanted to share this version of Rodger & Hart’s I Married An Angel. It was a toss up between this version and Nat Adderley’s take, but I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for Sammy.

So why this song, and why today? Because two years ago today, I married the most amazing woman in the world, and ever since, I’ve felt as this pretty much summed up how I felt about the whole thing. My close friends know that this has been a bit of a tough year for me, but my incredible wife has been about the only thing that’s kept me sane (relatively) through all the drama.

My love, this is for you.

New Tom Waits: Bad To Me – Streaming Now

For me, listening to a new Tom Waits album for the first time is what I would imagine reading a new Dead Sea Scroll is like for Christians: It’s exciting, it’s new, and it’s just possible that it might change the way I think about the world.

That’s how much this man’s music means to me. I have been very fortunate in my life to have experienced some of the world’s greatest musicians live, but nothing comes close to seeing Waits in concert. There are perhaps only one or two other artists whose albums I would reach for when the apocalypse comes, but Waits is the only one who could actually provide the soundtrack for said apocalypse.

Which brings us today. Bad To Me officially releases next week, but Anti has created a streaming site where you can preview the album now, for free: http://www.badasme.com/

All you need is a listening code. I’ve got three codes left, and whomever sees them here is welcome to them:  zqb-rvqdg, fnb-7zi86, ogb, spl7i.  But if those don’t work, just go to TomWaits.com and ask for one.

I’ll be doing a full review when the actual album comes out, but in the meantime I’ll just say that so far it’s shaping up to be the best studio record he’s put out since….ahhh, I can’t do it.  Picking which Tom Waits album I like best is like choosing which of your children is your favourite, without the advantage of seeing her grade scores so that you can know which one will most likely earn the most money. But if you ask me right now? This is the best album of the year.



First Post. Ta Da.

Lil' Doom. Awwww...!

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.

It's one to grow on.

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.

Son House. He's dead. I like his music.

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.

The Spirit, created by Will Eisner. Legacy later shat on by Frank Miller.

I hope you enjoy.

Are you sitting comfortably?

Then we’ll begin.