The Curmudgeon

As we slam the door on 2006 we look at 2007 with the usually end of the year suspicion. After all popular culture really floods the market right after the holidays In order to meet that first quarter profit margin.

It’s a dangerous time: books, films, comics and music are loaded with good things, bad things disguised as good things and completely useless crap completely undisguised. With that in mind caveat emptor!

Upon deep reflection, the greatest Christmas song of all time is “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues. It took nearly two years to write and forced Shane MacGowan to “raise his game” in order to match the perfect vocals of Kirsty MacColl. Their duet about a drunk who won at horses and a terribly disenfranchised and pissed off lover somehow manages to snarl, scream and punch itself into a “aw shucks it’s Christmas so let’s figure all this out later” ending. It is powerful, poignant and ripped full of anger and rage. It’s like a fistfight with a nice kiss at the end.

Remaking “The Year Without A Santa Claus” is the dumbest idea since having a trilogy of Christmas movies with Tim Allen. The new version was pure excrement.

There was something oddly fun about the Twisted Sister Christmas album. I am so glad their Xmas gift to the world was quitting.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:37:05+00:00 December 23rd, 2006|Books, Columns, Music|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice for 12/15

Sloshing through the swamp of pop culture so you don’t have to. We bring you ideas for how to waste your weekend.

Download the podcast here.

Of course, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting me use their absolutely badass song, “Promoter (of earthbound causes)” as my theme music for this.

Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find “Promoter”. Buy their latest album, Pitchforks and Lost Needles. Send them love and coin.

Also thanks to James Underberg, whose “The Moods of Man” bit of film score was available on PodSafe Audio and we snagged it for use in the intro.

BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab this feed here.

Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed is here.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:37:11+00:00 December 15th, 2006|Books, DVD, Music, Podcasts, Recommendations|0 Comments

New McKean Artwork for Limited Edition Mirrormask Books: At Least They’re Free to Drool On

Dave McKean: Mirrormask artwork

The Neil points out that Dave McKean has created new bits of artwork to be used for the limited, lettered editions of Mirrormask coming out from Subterranean Press. The lettered editions apparently go for $500, but as he points out, you can gape at them here without paying.

If you have scads of coin, this would be an okay Xmas present. For me, of course.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:37:45+00:00 December 6th, 2006|Books|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice for 11/10

Sloshing through the swamp of pop culture so you don’t have to. We bring you ideas for how to waste your weekend.

Download the podcast here.

Of course, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting me use their absolutely badass song, “Promoter (of earthbound causes)” as my theme music for this.

Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find “Promoter”. Buy their latest album, Pitchforks and Lost Needles. Send them love and coin.

BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab this feed here.

Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed is here.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:38:01+00:00 November 10th, 2006|Books, DVD, Music, Podcasts, Recommendations, TV|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice for 10/27

Note: The mixdown was screwed up. Let’s try this again. At about 12 minutes again, an old episode “intruded” into this one. If you are seeing this note in your iTunes or feed, you’re probably okay. If you have two files downloaded, kill the older one. Sorry for the fuck up. I blame poltergeists.

Sloshing through the swamp of pop culture so you don’t have to. We bring you ideas for how to waste your weekend.

Download the podcast here.

Of course, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting me use their absolutely badass song, “Promoter (of earthbound causes)” as my theme music for this.

Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find “Promoter”. Buy their latest album, Pitchforks and Lost Needles. Send them love and coin.

Thanks to Hiroshi for putting his song “Ghost Story” out on PodSafe Audio so we could use it for the opening bit.

BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab this feed here.

Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed is here.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:38:28+00:00 October 28th, 2006|Books, DVD, Music, Podcasts, Recommendations|1 Comment

Headsup: Top Shelf is Having a Sale

Top Shelf produces quality books. This is not news. What is news is that they have some of their finest quality books not only back in print but on sale–for a limited time. For the full list, you should go here. And bear in mind, Christmas is coming, right? But this sale is only on through November 8th. Here’s my tips for you:

From Hell is my favorite graphic novel ever. That’s right: ever. It’s amazing and if all you know is that it was made into a disappointing film with Johnny Depp, then you owe it to yourself to snag it. It’s back in print. Even better–they have limited copies in hardback. Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell bring you an apocalypse like no other. Get it.

Blankets, for which Craig Thompson won a Chazzie in 2003, is one of the best novels about coming of age you will ever read. Read my review here.

Anything by Alex Robinson, including Tricked, for which Alex Robinson received two 2005 Chazzie noms. Robinson creates the most painfully real people for his stories–and you know people who act and talk just like them.

The Surrogates, is one of the best sci-fi titles in recent memory, in which people stay home and let their avatars move about the real world–an excellent spin on the idea of cyberspace vs. meatspace.

Remember: November 8th. So go.

By | 2017-09-24T23:38:31+00:00 October 26th, 2006|Books, Comics, Headsup|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice for 10/20

Sloshing through the swamp of pop culture so you don’t have to. We bring you ideas for how to waste your weekend. Sorry for the tardiness on this one. We’re having big fun now.

Download the podcast here.

Of course, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting me use their absolutely badass song, “Promoter (of earthbound causes)” as my theme music for this.

Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find “Promoter”. Buy their latest album, Pitchforks and Lost Needles. Send them love and coin.

Thanks also to Katy Bowser for letting us feature her album and play a track. Find her at her website here or on MySpace here.

And thanks to James Underberg for putting his song “The Battle” out on PodSafe Audio so we could use it for the opening bit.

BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab this feed here.

Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed is here.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:38:57+00:00 October 20th, 2006|Books, Comics, DVD, Music, Podcasts, Recommendations, TV|0 Comments

Podcast Review: Anna’s Book Club

Anna’s Book Club is a sporadic, but innovatively formatted podcast version of a book club. Anna chooses books based upon her own list of books she’s been meaning to read, balanced with reader/listener suggestions. The podcast is formatted as a kind of audio discussion of the selected book, but the innovation comes in as Anna plays phone messages where listeners have called and left messages on her phone about the book. This allows all of us to have our say, and is a unique way to break up the drone of a host’s voice that plagues so many otherwise worthwhile podcasts. (I heard that! -ed.) If only Anna’s Book Club was more regular; it’s ostensibly monthly, but in practice is more like quarterly. If you’ve always wanted a book club, however, but can’t find one near you that fits your schedule, then absolutely give this one a shot.

Past selections have included The Autobiography of Malcom X, Allende’s The House of Spirits, and Irving’s controversial The Hotel New Hampshire .

You can find Anna’s Book Club at her website or via iTunes.

By | 2017-09-24T23:39:07+00:00 October 13th, 2006|Books, Reviews|0 Comments