Friday, July 31, 2009


Been so long since I posted up here. Life has been busy though. I have been covering one and sometimes up to two other people's jobs including my own at work. So i am tired an a bit wared. luckily the long weekend is here and I am just going to relax and try writing a comic i have been drafting up. In the meantime:

Current Favourite Albums: Isis, Wavering Radiant. Very solid disc that just stays with me. I am still unable to commit completely to the new Wilco album. (self titled) I like most of it, but I just don't think it is quite as strong as their previous three albums. I've also been digging up old albums, like Pond's The Practice of Joy Before Death and Sugar's Beaster. (aslo Sugar's song "Gift on their final album) Bob Mould is a very underrated musician and guitarist.

Last Film Seen: I rented The Bank Job recently. I liked it. I like Jason Statham, a wee bit of a one note actor in some respects, but it is a good note. Anyhow, this film was a nice change of pace from his usual fair. if you like heist flicks this is worth checking out. Just rented L4yer Cake so I will see what I think. As for theatre, I just hate seeing films alone so i don't tend to go.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Songs: My Top Ten All-Time Favourites.

I made this list as I was listening to my iPod and thinking about songs I never get tired of. The guidelines I set for myself is that they have to be more than a decade old for me. That means it can't be something from the `60's that I only just discovered. I have to have heard the song prior to the year 2000 and it has to be something I keep going back to again and again - on ethat I don't tend to skip over. The songs are in no particular order, that would be too hard for to organize and judge.

1. The Tragically Hip: "Grace Too"
2. Elvis Costello: "Beyond Belief"
3. Pavement: "Texas Never Whispers"
4. Charles Mingus: "Haitian Fight Song"
5. Black Sabbath: "Black Sabbath"
6. U2: "Out of Control"
7. The Kinks: "Autumn Almanac"
8. The Beatles: "Only a Northern Song"
9. The Rolling Stones: "Gimme Shelter"
10. King Crimson: "Red"

Runner-Ups: Sugar, "Gift". Robert Fripp, "Easter Sunday". The Pixies, "All Over the World". Dinosaur Jr., "Littel Furry Things". Al Green, "You Ought to Be With Me". Tortoise, "Djed". Wilco, "Outta Mind (Outta Sight)" - key to me getting over a women back in 1996. Tricky and Martina Toppley-Bird, "Children's Story". These are just a few of the many soings that I keep coming back to.
In some case I come back to bands or performers (or specific albums by) over and over in general. Some of these are: PJ Harvey, Björk, John Coltrane, Sonic Youth, The Who, Dave Brubeck, Public Enemy, DJ Spooky.
I may have to look at how this list canges in the next decade, say take stock in 2014 and again in 2019.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Running on Empty...

... to steal a line from Jackson Browne. Yes, I have not been posting much here lately, just not much that I have to say at the moment that others aren't saying already and better. Now this isn't to say that I am not writing at all, in fact, I am having quite the creative burst of late and have making copious notes for stories. I submitted a story to Vehicle magazine and am waiting to hear back whetehr it has been accepted or not, if they have an artist attached to it, etc. Have an idea that could take off quite well. The first story features a celebrity death match between a well known proponent of Atheism and a well known Christian apologist.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

From Roger Ebert's Journal: I'm a proud Brainiac

Pete Chattaway posted this up on Facebook. It is an interesting piece. I subjected myself to the first Transformers movie and have no wish to see the second. It distresses me that so many people excuse crap in the name of escapism.

Roger Ebert's Journal: Archives

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

If my my Mother could see me now.

Oh wait, she can - she's in town.