We're a geek couple living in PA with our two boys -- Milo and Otis -- who are short, orange, and furry. Oh, and they're the cats we're bookended by! We love music, movies, TV, comics, books, and comic cons. And, from time to time, we'll share our thoughts on these nerdy things.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday 80s Flashback for January 12, 2018

[Lou's New York] -- On January 10, 1989, Lou Reed's 15th solo album, New York, was unleashed upon an unsuspecting public. I say unsuspecting because 1989 was not a year Lou Reed fans were expecting a stripped down, back to basics kind of record. First off, we're talking about 80s, a decade known for excess in production and instrumentation. Secondly, Reed's previous two studio records, Mistrial (1986) and New Sensations (1984), featured large ensembles that included horn sections. Horns! I mean, Randy and Michael Brecker played trumpet and saxophone respectively on New Sensations! New York, by contrast, was largely guitar, bass, and drums. But the leaner, simpler arrangements gave Reed's lyrics more room to breathe, so all those sewery corners of New York City hit your senses all the stronger.

The album's 14 songs clocked in at just under an hour. Which of those tracks have I selected for you this week? As usual, you can read and hear more after the jump.  

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Golemchik by William Exley

Golemchik by William Exley

I picked up this quick read about a month ago, but it had been sitting in my to-read pile that kept growing over the course of December and its holidays.

The book's cover definitely deserves its place in my collection of indie books. The first three pages are a bit ... Well, I was a little confused. Why are these kids carrying so much stuff if they're not going to do anything with it? And where did it go after that meeting?

Anyway, And our hero, Kevin, is obviously a comic lover. He's not necessarily a collector, as he takes his books into the woods with him (and leaves a few there).

The story definitely picks up after Kevin meets the golem. Er, Golem or Golemchik? Exley never calls the creature by either descriptor. Anyway, things pick up after the creature comes on the scene. In fact, things pick up so much speed that the ending feels rushed, though, maybe, not entirely unsatisfying.

This book succeeds -- or fails, that depends on your point of view -- on Exley's art. Though seemingly rushed or mashed at times, it is kind of adorable. And I feel it's well mated to the story of a bored (and possibly easily distracted) little boy's summer.

Here's the book description from the publisher's website: He just wanted a friend to spend the summer with. But as friends go, golems can be a bit destructive! Abandoned by his friends, one young boy goes searching for fun — and finds a golem on the hunt for the same. But as the two go about living out their dreams of having the best summer ever, the boy realizes that golems don’t know how to take it easy. To save his town, he’ll have to get his new friend under control!

Here are links to other reviews, but please note that they may contain spoilers.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Jupiter Jet #1

Finally read JUPITER JET #1 by Jason Inman, Ashley V Robinson, Ben Matsuya, etc. This issue was a little origin story and it sets up a cracker of a mystery! JUPITER JET was Kickstarted in early 2017, but now it's being published by Action Lab Entertainment and the first issue came out in December 2017.

JUPITER JET is a 5 issue all-ages comic book series. For more info, and some preview pages, pop on over to PopCultHQ’s write-up (Blast Off w/ Action Lab’s JUPITER JET #1 by Jason Inman, Ashley Victoria Robinson & Ben Matsuya; October 2017).

Friday, January 5, 2018

Friday 80s Flashback for January 5, 2017

[...But Seriously] -- It's the first Flashback of 2018! This weekend, we recall an album released on November 24, 1989: ...But Seriously,  Phil Collins' fourth solo studio album. This record was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, sitting in the #1 album position for multiple weeks in both the US and the UK. In fact, it was sitting atop the Billboard 200 this very weekend in 1990.

"Wait," I hear you protesting. "Why are you talking about 1990 in an 80s music post?" Well, you have to remember that here on the Friday 80s Flashback, we consider the 1980s to comprise all years between 1980 and 1990 inclusive. My Flashback, my rules. And Phil Collins was a fave artist of my mother, who passed away unexpectedly last October, so you have to expect him to pop up here from time to time. And, yeah, I'm a fan of the man's music, too.

...But Seriously spawned six singles, all of which charted on the Billboard Hot 100. Which ones have I selected for this week? Read and hear more after the jump.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Three of My Fave Comic Series of 2017

Over in a comic-loving Facebook group, we were presented with the question, "What are your top 3 favorite series of 2017 and why?" Now, I read over 80 different series released during 2017. Not all of them started and ended in this past year, but many of them did. And I enjoyed so many of them that I am hard pressed to pick three favorites. Still, I did whittle down the list to select three of my fave titles. So, in no particular order, I give you three comic book series that wowed me in 2017:

Friday 80s Flashback for December 29, 2017

[Goodbye 2017 in 1980s Style] -- It's the final Flashback post for 2017! In so many ways, this year has been a dumpster fire, particularly on the national and world stages. Sure, like any year, there have been some bright spots. And one of those bright spots is the opportunity to share my love of 80s music. So, how best to say goodbye to this past year in 80s fashion? Why, find a trio of songs such that each one, in one way or another, is about endings and changes. If you would like to know what those songs are this time around, you can read and hear more after the jump. 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Friday 80s Flashback for December 22, 2017

[Christmas Blues] -- I love the 80s. I love Christmas music. And I love jazz. So, for this week's Flashback post, I thought I'd share an album that deftly combines all three of those elements. In 1989, Holly Cole released her debut recording, the Christmas Blues EP, with the trio she had formed in 1986.  Holy Cole (vocals), Aaron Davis piano), and David Piltch (bass) recorded as a trio until 1995, at which time they simply recorded under Holly's name. But I don't care what they call themselves, they sound great together. Holly's voice and Aaron's piano playing in particular are well-suited for each other. Christmas Blues has only four tracks, one of which is a wonderful, jazzy cover of The Pretenders' "2,000 Miles." Are you familiar with the other three tunes? Well, read and hear more after the jump!