Sunday, December 24, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
The Examiner interviewed Benn and this is our IM conversation about it:
atomicbenn: am i really that skinny?
sugarrooster: It's called a wide angle
sugarrooster: That's why your arms are so big
atomicbenn: damn you
atomicbenn: i am that skinny!
sugarrooster: I'm going to blog that
But it doesn't have to be. And each year, we have a few customers/friends who make us awesome holiday music mixes (thanks!) that prove the point!
Here's another example of some great music perfect for this time of year:
NEKO CASE - Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis [MP3]
Neko is covering a Tom Waits song. For more MP3s of holiday music that doesn't suck, check out the blog Podbop's ongoing series of posts, Crazy Christmas Mix.
You might also want to try these holiday music CDs in order to avoid the musical stylings of Mr. Burl Ives:
A John Waters Christmas (our copies come signed by John - while supplies last!)
Christmas Time Again by the dB's & friends
What I Really Want For Christmas by Brian Wilson
Songs For Christmas by Sufjan Stevens (sold out, but we're hoping to get more before Christmas)
Emily Flake has left the country! At least for the Winter. I hope they don't ask her to leave like the Bush Twins
Guam is so delicious! Or at least TSOGB makes it seem that way.
Glitter Pissing's crafty life in Seattle is always fun to read.
Life in NoLa marches on and my friend, B, reports on all things, universal and personal.
Visit the strange world of Warren Ellis! He's watching you.
Friday, December 08, 2006
I was truly surprised at how much I liked this. I've followed AYC on and off for years, and always find it good for a few laughs and a few raised eyebrows, but this issue specifically seemed to operate on a much higher level. Maybe it's just that Johnny Ryan sustained a storyline (called Boobs Pooter's Joke-Pocalypse) for the entire issue instead of over just a few pages or panels, but in doing so he showcased his filthy sense of humor in the best possible light: as one situation bleeds into another, the storyline developes a dada logic to it that reminded me of both Slacker and the films of Luis Bunuel, albeit in the most disgusting and lowbrow way possible. Well worth a look, as long as you're ready for a 10 on the offensiveness scale.
Benn read a bunch of first issues:
Seems to be a lot of new series starting up, so I thought I'd tackle a bunch of first issues that have come out over the past week or so.
Batman Confidential #1
by Andy Diggle/Whilce Portacio:
This reads as Batman: Year 2. Andy Diggle's Batman dialogue has a lot of that forced, fascist, vigilante, Clint Eastwood dialogue that Frank Miller used to define his Batman. But instead of feeling dated and cliched, it makes for an interesting juxtaposition for Bruce Wayne who is competing against Lex Luthor as a military contractor. A tad melodramatic, yes, but contemporary and full of potential. Hopefully Diggle will use this Batman to take a look at Wayne Enterprises in a fasco-corporatist America.
by Warren Ellis/Salvador Larroca:
Okay, honestly, I don't remember the details of Marvel's New Universe ages ago, but I remember liking it. Ellis' story plays like Neil Gaiman's The Eternals meets the tv show Heroes. This is a world where the twin towers still stand,so we know things are off. The art seems to want to convey a Hollywood blockbuster or made for TV mini-series feel, with characters bearing strong resemblances to real life actors (Lost's James Ford, Bruce Willis, Johnny Depp, James Gandolfini, and Gene Hackman). If this is more than just a storyboard for a movie, and artists are going to use actors' likenesses, why not do something completely impossible and use actors from various generations, both living and dead?
Friday The 13th #1
A solid start for a franchise that holds a special place in many horror fans' hearts. If you're bored with Japanese horror, self-aware post-modern horror, and the let's torture them to death gorefests, this Friday the 13th has all the classic elements that, strangely, now feel fresh again.
Crossing Midnight #1
by Mike Cary/Jim Fern:
This could be described as Vertigo's take on manga, except it isn't at all like manga. With its foundation Japanese fairytales, this reads more like a Japanese reinterpretation of Sandman, which would then be reinterpreted by Vertigo.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
photo by Hannahchan
Uh, nothing says Xmas like Darth Vader...wait, that's not true.
You gotta love our Mayor's Christmas Parade (the 34th Annual this year). There's always something unbelieveably...odd.
For more traditional oddness, here's Underdog singing Silent Night with the Awkward Sounds of Scott & Skizz at the end of the parade.
The magic window is called The Wire and last night, I watched the Season Four Finale (in On Demand, it airs this coming Sunday) thinking that it was the last episode of the show. I was SO depressed this morning I actually cried (I know! Can you believe it? I'm not even hormonal right now). I knew this season would be a heartbreaker and it was.
But then I realized, wait, there's ONE MORE SEASON. I cheered up a little bit, but still, those kids..!
Slate interviews David Simon about the best show on television. Why is this show so incredibly awesome? Is it because so many of the show's writers are actually, you know, writers?