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  1. I finished Terry Moore's Strangers in Paradise (and amazingly managed to do spoiler free.) Despite the fact that I hated a lot of the prose text and song lyrics, completely skipped the Molly and Poo stuff, disliked many of the plot turns, and even some of the characters, and wasn't 100% satisfied with the final issue, it was still a hell of a journey with two incredible central characters. There was one issue during the final stretch that was so amazingly well told that it had me in tears. Moore poured 14 years of his life into SIP, which is impressive given how so many creator owned series wind up abandoned and left to collect dust. Thanks for the ride, Terry!
  2. 1983... Gary Moore's Victims of the Future... man, this was 80s sounding. There were a number of tracks that could have easily been in a movie soundtrack. I much prefer the grittier, less commercial Japan release from this year. Crass' Yes Sir, I Will. -- noisy anarcho-punk. Lots of bitching about Thatcher's England. I've had my fill of bitching about Thatcher over the years, and to be honest, this was completely over the top. Mariah's Utakata no Hibi... Mariah were a group of well-known Japanese studio musicians who formed a jazz-fusion group that dabbled in progressive rock and other genres. Here they go totally art-pop with an avantgarde mix of Japanese synth pop and Armenian folk songs. This is the kind of thing you'll either appreciate as an interesting LP or disregard as hipster crap. I can't see much middle ground myself. Subhumans' The Day the Country Died... more anarcho-punk. I liked this better than the Crass album. It was recorded in 5 days and mostly plays off George Orwell's 1984. I'm not an anarchist, so the message here doesn't mean a lot to me. I'm in it for the music, and personally this wasn't hardcore enough to really excite me. Randy Newman's Trouble in Paradise... this was a solid Randy Newman album. It was pretty much what you'd expect from him -- strong songs, clever song-writing, and witty lyrics. African Head Charge's Drastic Season... dub fans think this is amazing. I found it monotonous. Not my favorite genre of music. The Barracudas' Mean Time... Now we're talking... garage rock with a mix of power pop and jangle pop... how could I not love this? Looking at the music landscape as a whole in '83, there was definitely room for revival acts to have a little fun with their music and The Barracudas are tops. Los Abuelos de la Nada's Vasos y besos... Argentinian new wave, pop rock, yes please! I'm totally aware that I have an unfair bias towards this because it's Spanish and from another country, but I love it anyway. Lyrically it could be the shits, but musically it pricked up my ears. Tracey Ullman's You Broke My Heart in 17 Places... I'm old enough that i remember when Tracey Ullman was popular. I read a neat quote from Ullman about how she likes visiting record stores and finding her old LPs mixed in with far more famous records. She was going for a retro Girl Group vibe here, but she does a comedy bit on the version I listened to where she does different accents, which was a specialty of hers, and I swear she would have made a better punk rock vocalist than a Ronette. Malcolm McLaren's Duck Rock... this basically alternates between hip hop and African music. It was an important LP at the time of its release, as it helped spread both forms of music to a wider audience. I liked it, but I'd argue it's more famous than good. Herbie Hancock's Future Shock... this album doesn't have a great rep. I don't know if that's because jazz fans hate it. It's not as bad as its rep suggests, although there's nothing on the record that matches the brilliance of Rockit. If it had been entirely scratch based and more of a turntablism LP, I probably would have liked it more, but Hancock was also embracing the emerging electro and synth funk scenes, and those tracks don't work as well. Willie Nelson's Tougher Than Leather... Willie Nelson is a National Treasure and one of the greatest living American songwriters. He wrote this while he was in hospital with a collapsed lung and meditating on reincarnation. It's a followup album in a way to Red-Headed Stranger, just not as good. Basically, it's Willie Nelson, and if you can't find something to enjoy here, I don't know what to tell you. Was (Was Not)'s Born to Laugh at Tornadoes... this didn't sound like any Was (Was Not) that I've heard. So weird. I listened to this a few times, and I began to appreciate how clever it was lyrically and dig some of the songs, like "Knocked Down, Made Small (Treated Like a Rubber Ball)" with its brilliant low budget music video, and "Zaz Turned Blue," an awesome cocktail jazz blues song that they get Mel Torme to sing. I think it's the guest vocalists that threw me off on the first listen, as they get a ton of people to sing on this, including Ozzy Osbourne, Marshall Crenshaw, and the Knacks' Doug Fieger. It's not really the art funk from their first LP, but art pop. Commercially unsuccessful, but I'm glad I gave this another shot because it gets more rewarding with each listen.
  3. Nah, that was on an EP they released called The Last of the Mohicans.
  4. More from '83... Hellhammer's Triumph of Death.. another demo tape from the Swiss band, Hellhammer. There wasn't a lot of extreme metal being recorded in '83, so kids like Hellhammer had to turn to hardcore punk for inspiration. Poorly received at the time, their demos were later recognized as some of the earliest examples of black metal and became highly influential. Two of their members went on to form Celtic Frost. Pretty cool in retrospect. Nile Rodgers' Adventures in the Land of the Good Groove... Nile Rodgers was in a tough spot in '83. The backlash against disco had crippled his career, and he was still transitioning into his role as a writer-producer. He disowned this album later on, claiming he was doped up and unsure about what he wanted to do musically, but Bowie liked it enough to have Rodgers produce Let's Dance. More interesting than good, but not a bad LP. Johnny Thunders' In Cold Blood... they sure were putting out a lot of Johnny Thunder records in '83, including this cobbled together double album (a mix of studio and live recordings), but that's okay because I freakin' love Johnny Thunders and spent a couple of days with You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory stuck in my head. Quintessential rock and roller, died young and left behind a brilliant catalogue of music. Love all of his stuff. Cybotron's Enter... important electro album. Bit of a mixed bag. I've never been a huge techno fan, so take my words with a grain of salt. Could be a classic LP for all I know. Change's This is Your Time.. Change were kind of middle of the road as far as funk bands go, but they always produced highly quality boogie/synth funk records and this was no exception. Like many of the better r&b acts from this era, they were able to mix it up with male and female vocalists, and the songs get better with every spin. Pulp's It... it's crazy to think that Pulp were around in '83. This has its fans, but I found it to be largely forgettable. I don't know if Cocker was aping Morrisey, but it sounded that way to me and I found it annoying. Social Distortion's Mommy's Little Monster... this did nothing for me. I dunno why. It's been a long time since I've been on a punk kick, but I did love that Dicks album. I guess I don't really care about the things bands like Social Distortion are rallying against. Toy Dolls' Dig That Groove Baby... humor based punk is the worst punk if you ask me. Bow Wow Wow's When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going... I was not expecting to like this as much as I did. The opening track, Aphrodisiac, is such a great song and sets the tone for the rest of the LP. I love Annabella Lwin's vocals. Hard to believe she was 16 or 17 at the time and wrote all of the lyrics. Husker Du's Everything Falls Apart... I absolutely love Husker Du's debut record. I don't know why this doesn't get more love. It kicks so much ass.
  5. The Celtics are the latest victims of that old adage, "You never know if you'll get back again."
  6. Sound President Odion Iruoje's Down to Earth... Nigerian Afro-funk. Won't change your life or anything, but pretty dang cool. The Raincoats' Kitchen Tapes... The Raincoats were an all-girl post punk band that Kurt Cobain made famous. Their first LP, in particular, is fantastic. This is a live album that's mostly acoustic. It's a bit of a mixed bag. Some songs work, and some are a bit weird. I don't think it adds a ton to The Raincoats experience, but ymmv. Maanam's Night Patrol... I've always loved the Polish new wave band, Maanam, but I found this fairly unremarkable. Nothing to really sink my teeth (ears?) into. King Kurt's Ooh Wallah Wallah… This was a UK psychobilly act that dabbled in a lot of different genres and covered a wide variety of songs. It was hard to tell at times whether they were taking the piss, but I'm gonna assume that there was genuine affection for the styles they were drawing from. Definitely a fun record. Neats' Neats.. This was a mix of psychedelic, Paisley Underground and post-punk, which on the surface sounds vaguely interesting, but this was decidedly mid-tempo and... average? Cool cover, though. The System's Sweat... The System were Prince wannabes, but there are far worse things to be than a Prince wannabe. You're in My System is one of the great dance tracks of 1983, I can tell you that much. Alien Sex Fiend's Who's Been Sleeping in My Brain??? -- this doesn't live up to the name of the band, or the name of the LP. Disappointing. Tom Tom Club's Close to the Bone... Man, I love Tom Tom Club. People claim this doesn't live up to their first record, but they're ungrateful so and sos. Pleasure of Love is such an amazing song. This needs to be re-released instead of existing as a crappy vinyl rip.
  7. Still in 1983... Kano's Another Life... this is Italian disco with a touch of synth funk and synth pop. It's cheesy, and awesome. Don't tell me you expected anything less. V8's Luchando por el metal.. I love listening to metal from different countries, but I couldn't get into this Argentinian group. They weren't really heavy enough for my liking, and definitely not fast enough. More hard rock than metal (to my ears.) The Creatures's Feast... I kept thinking this sounded like Siouxsie and the Banshees, and lo and behold, it was Siouxsie. The Creatures were a side project she did with her bandmate, Budgie. They almost had something with this record, but it wasn't as good as their Banshees output. They got close enough that I could see people championing the LP if they particularly like post-punk music, but personally, I'll chalk it up as an ambitious record that doesn't quite work. Red Rider's Neruda... this was supposed to be new wave but it sounded more like heartland rock to me. Definitely didn't sound anything like the new wave that was coming out of the UK, New Zealand and Australia, or the New York club scene. It wasn't bad, but there was way too much guitarwork in it be new wave. The Replacements' Hootenanny... The Replacements were about to become a much bigger deal over the next few years. In fact, I wouldn't disagree with anyone who argued they were the best band of the 80s. I can see that. But don't sleep on this early EP. It has all the energy and excitement of a great band that's on the cusp of breaking out. Great record. Makoto Matsushita's Quiet Skies... this is such a beautiful record. Proof positive that city pop could be equal parts smooth pop and progressive rock. Highly recommended. Mtume's Juicy Fruit... The Biggie sampled Juicy Fruit dominates this record, but I thought this was a really tight LP with a unified theme, and an excellent funk/soul album from an era where that type of music was dwindling. Shonen Knife's Burning Farm... early Shonen Knife record. They hadn't quite mastered their Ramones-style bubblegum pop yet, but Shonen Knife are a pure joy. I could lock myself in a roomful of Jonathan Richman and Shonen Knife records and be happy for the rest of my life. P-Funk All Stars' Urban Dancefloor Guerillas... cut and paste what I said about the George Clinton album. Same deal here, but I'm happy that this album exists. A lot of the time, I quit listening to an artist's discography because I reach the stage where their albums are no longer highly rated, but you miss out on a lot of good things when you do that, and in particular, you can hear here how this LP may not be groundbreaking but is a positive addition to the soul/funk catalogue from 1983. Midnight Star's No Parking on the Dance Floor... the main track from this album is a really great synth funk song (one of my favorites from 1983.) The rest of the album was excellent as well. I have a soft spot for this era of funk -- Midnight Star, Lakeside, Dazz Band, Zapp, the S.O.S Band, etc. Some folks may not like the fact that they traded real instruments for synthesizers, but the real question is, does it make you wanna dance? And it does. J.J. Cale's #8... this is J.J. Cale doing his thing. It doesn't sound like he gives a shit about what's happening in the charts, and you've got to respect that. A little bit of blues, a little country, some folk... A musician's record. The Nomads' Where the Wolf Bane Blooms... Good Lord, this is awesome. Swedish garage punk! I absolutely loved this. This is why you go digging in the crates (metamorphically speaking -- doing it online is a shitty substitute.) Now I need to listen to everything these guys have ever done.
  8. 83. Mike Oldfield's Crises... so, Moonlight Shadow starts, and I'm like, "Hey, I know that song! That was Mike Oldfield!?" That song's a banger! Love the guitar solo. The rest of the album is great as well. It's a mix of art pop and prog but super accessible. I imagine there were fans of Oldfield's older stuff who hated this shit, but I'm down with radio friendly Mike Oldfield. The Durutti Column's Another Setting... this was okay. It was dreamy, ambient post-punk art pop (I really enjoyed stringing those words together!) Most of these records are first listens. I'm kinda listening for a song or two I like that makes me want to hear more from the artist. Plenty of the records deserve a second listen, but it's all about first impressions for now. Johnny Thunders's Hurt Me... this was excellent. Acoustic folk punk from the New York Dolls and Heartbreakers' Johnny Thunder. I'm a big fan acoustic singer-songwriter types, and the fact that this is folk punk makes it all the better since punk and acoustic guitar don't immediately match. This could easily be an indy pop record from the 00s. The Nits' Omsk... The Nits are an art pop band from the Netherlands. I like a lot of their singles, but this didn't really come together as a unifying whole. George Clinton's You Shouldn't-Nuf Bit Fish... there's always something to enjoy on a George Clinton record, even a minor one like this. We're getting further and further away from the heyday of Parliament and Funkadelic, but Clinton is still experimenting and producing interesting music. Half the appeal of P-funk, for me, is the clever word play, and I dug the lyrics on this. High Power's High Power... French metal! This was awesome! Now I'll be honest, this could have had the worst lyrics in the history of metal and I'd be none the wiser, and there is an element of me that likes this because it's French, but screw it, it rocked and it was cool that it was in French. The Fleshtones' Hexbreaker! -- garage rock with a touch of power pop and new wave, just to keep with the times. Highly enjoyable. Joan Jett and The Blackhearts' Album... this wasn't as highly regarded as some of the earlier stuff that Joan Jett had done, but that probably doesn't mean as much in 2023 as it did in 1983. If you like Joan Jett, this is more of the same and a record you should listen to. Mink DeVille's Where Angels Fear to Tread... I love Mink DeVille, just like I love every band that came out of the CBGB scene, but I never got this far in their discography. This was, I wanna say, pretty close to the end stretch for those bands in terms of their peak, but a really good album from an awesome band. DeBarge's In a Special Way... this was one of the better contemporary soul/funk/r&b/boogie records of '83. The production sounds a bit dated at times, but they were trying to sell records. Trippy moment when the sample from I Ain't Mad at Cha drops. Alan Vega's Saturn Strip... I didn't know that Alan Vega from Suicide had a solo career. I also didn't know that he recorded idiosyntric synth punk. He looks like Prince on the cover. This was cool. Martha and The Muffins · M+M's Danseparc... I'm not gonna lie, I totally listened to this because of the band's name. Didn't disappoint. Quirky post-punk new wave. I dug it a lot. Gary Moore's Dirty Fingers... I liked this a lot. This was an older recording from Thin Lizzy's Gary Moore that was shelved in favor of something more radio friendly and released in Japan (back when Japan did that sort of thing.) Thank you, Japan! There's some cheesy, of-the-moment songs wailing about imminent nuclear war, but hey, people were legit scared. Mostly it's Moore playing the crap out of his instrument. Very cool. Stray Cats' Rant n' Rave With the Stray Cats... rockabilly is a fun genre, and the Stray Cats are a fun band. i believe they're still playing (they recorded something for their 40th anniversary a few years back.) I guarantee that if you like this, you'll delve into their back catalogue. Super, super fun.
  9. Yep, 1983. Marc & the Mambas's Torment and Toreros... this was a style of music called Dark Cabaret, which was almost like spoken word over the top of new wave, art pop. Some interesting songs, especially the up tempo tracks, but a wee bit difficult for yours truly. The Three O'Clock's Sixteen Tambourines... this is a Paisley Underground record. I keep saying how much I love jangle pop yet I'm so picky about it. I was never that big on the 60s psychedelic sound,so I've never gotten too deep into Paisley stuff. In fact, I always mistake it for a Prince side project. The album was okay. Black Flag's Everything Went Black... this was just okay? It felt like a comp tape of early pre-Rollins Black Fag material, including a shit ton of radio ads for Black Flag gigs. Cool vibe, but as a record it felt disjointed. Cabaret Voltaire's The Crackdown... nice record! I struggle immensely with industrial, but add a little electronics to it and hey presto, you've got one of the more distinct sounding of the era. For a borderline synthpop, new wave act, this was very anti-pop. I dug it. Dicks' Kill From the Heart... I love music, but I don't really know dick about it. What I do know is that one barometer for how much I enjoyed an album is whether I instantly want to hear more by that artist, and I definitely want more Dicks. Ritual's Widow... part of the fun of being an early 80s metal band had to be choosing the band name, then deciding on the album name and the cover art. I can only imagine these guys being a bunch of pimply-faced, greasy UK teenagers, getting high and spit balling the most metal ideas they. A lot of early metal & NWOBH blends together after a while, but this guys were going the whole occult route, which not that many UK bands did (from memory) and there tinges of doom metal here and there. Decent stuff. Severed Heads' Since the Accident... industrial record. Huge struggle for me, but that's more on me as I should have known better than to listen to this. Sounded like something stuck in the dishing washing machine. Asmus Tietchens' Litia... I'm not a big electronic guy, and was never that comfortable on the dance floor with that type of music, or on any kind of dance floor really, but this German electronic album was decent background music (is that a sin?) The Fixx's Reach the Beach... Very good new wave album. This was solid the whole way through. The kind of album where if you get into the top new wave releases from this year and you're looking for more, this is the perfect tonic. Takanaka's Can I Sing? -- this album is a perfect example of why people enjoy city pop, as Takanaka blends jazz fusion into his pop tapestry and produces another hidden gem for western ears. Verbal Abuse's Just an American Band... this either sounds like a bunch of snotty-nosed American teenagers or an awesome hardcore LP. I vote for the latter.
  10. I don't think I'd ever listened to a Tears for Fears record before. If someone had mentioned Tears for Fears,I would immediately sang "Shout, shout, let it all out."
  11. 1983... X's More Fun in the New World... technically, X are a punk band, but they cross over into any sorts of genres like power pop and rockabilly, and frankly, they're fun, they rock, and make me happy. Big tick for this record. Ilegales's Ilegales... one of the best rock albums of 1983. Rock was in a tight spot in '83 with hard rock and AOR losing a ton of ground to punk and metal. Bands like Illegales were clever enough to embrace punk, post-punk, new wave, art punk, and still rock. The Ex's Tumult... straight out of the Netherlands, we have one of the best post-punk records of '83. Post-punk is one of those genres where you're really listening for something clever and brilliant to distinguish it from the multitude of other post-punk albums out there, and this delivered in spades. They released another record in '83 that paled in comparison. Probably not a great idea to release two albums in the same year unless you're a jazz musician. Krokus' Headhunter.. straight heavy metal, but gotta respect OGs that came up from their 70s hard rock roots and were part of the first wave of metal. Enjoyable record. Loquillo y Trogloditas' El ritmo del garage... Another fun Spanish rock album. This one had more of a garage rock sound. Kudos to Spain for keeping good old fashioned rock alive in the early 80s. Bauhaus' Burning From the Inside... I was expecting this to be heavier than it was, but it was a lot peppier than you'd expect from a goth record. Almost like new wave goth music. Not bad! The Robert Cray Band's Bad Influence... Super fun. Maybe I spoke too soon about those Spaniards. This was super enjoyable blues rock. Cleaners From Venus's In the Golden Autumn.. this was okayish. I love jangle pop so much that I have super high expectations for it, which leads to a ton of disappointment when those expectations aren't met. ESG's Come Away With ESG... speaking of expectations, this completely blew mine away. I knew it was a dance punk album, but I didn't realize it would be quite so danceable. They were clearly influenced by James Brown and other funk acts, and the punk element really came from being part of the New York punk scene. This was a bit of a find for me, personally. Strong influence on hip hop and dance. Toshiki Kadomatsu's On the City Shore... soooo 80s. City pop meets yacht rock meets smooth jazz. Japan was still in the midst of its economic bubble and this was every yuppie's dream of a beach vacation somewhere in Okinawa or Guam. Nice record.
  12. There is ZERO chance Jimmy stays on that Rockets team. Jimmy, Chris Paul and James Harden co-existing? Forget about it.
  13. More from 1983... António Variações' Anjo da guarda... this was fantastic. A sublime mix of art pop, synthpop and new wave from Portuguese singer-songwriter, António Variações. Sadly, Varjacoes only released two records before his untimely death at the age of 39, but what incredible records, mixing contemporary pop with traditional Portuguese rhythms and melodies. Acid's Maniac... Belgian speed metal band. Metal was still in its infancy at this time, but it was an incredibly exciting time for the genre with bands popping up in every corner of the globe. I like speed metal A LOT, so I was down with this. They released an earlier self-titled album in '83 that wasn't as good (didn't really care for the female vocals, tbh.) Stick with this record. Soft Cell's The Art of Falling Apart... this was so fucking weird. Soft Cell are one of those bands where you know they were famous for covering Tainted Love, then you listen to one of their LPs and realize they are nothing like you expected... So much weird shit like a Jim Hendrix medley and a bizarre, psychedelic song about a boy named Martin where they keep chanting "Martin! Martin! Martin!" endlessly. Memorable, if nothing else. Big Country's The Crossing... perfectly acceptable mashup of early 80s styles. An easier sell than a lot of post punk records mentioned, and even some new wave LPs, too. The Fun Boy Three's Waiting... didn't leave any real impact one me, which is possibly why I've never heard of this new wave group. Tomoko Aran's Fuyū-kūkan... a few years ago, the internet discovered Japanese city pop, largely through YouTube, I believe, which I guess is a thing now, and not surprising since Japan is absolutely useless at exporting its music to the world. So, nowadays, you get a lot of city pop album recognition when the genre had been all but forgotten in Japan. I love city pop, but it was basically yuppie music. This album, however, is a lot more sophisticated than I was expecting and almost reminded me of a Japanese Sade. Normil Hawaiians' More Wealth Than Money... one of those albums that washes over you, then goes back out like the tide. It came and it went.
  14. It's a miracle the Celtics won in 2008.
  15. More albums from '83... Steve Hiett's Down on the Road by the Beach... mellow surf rock/ambient pop. Nice album to listen to on a Sunday morning or whenever you're chilling. Djeli Moussa Diawara's Yasimika... This was outstanding. I listened to a remastered version which removed the reverb. Some people claim the original version is better, but I can only judge based on what I've heard, and this was an incredible record. I don't know the details well, but it's essentially acoustic West African music with exquisite singing. Tears for Fears' The Hurting... I try to be open minded about music, but even I've got to admit I was looking at this thing and thinking "Aw, man, Tears for Fears?" But this was good... Really good. Mad World, and its remix, is a great single, but there are plenty of good album tracks too. Much more experimental than I was expecting. It must have sounded like it was from the future compared to 70s records. Cocteau Twins' Head Over Heels... I've always struggled to get into the Cocteau Twins. Their music is pretty, but I can't understand a word they say. It's like they're singing underwater. Ashbury's Endless Skies... If you want to hear a hard rock album that could have been released at the peak of the genre and considered a groundbreaking record, but was actually released in 1983, then this is the record for you. Very good. No Trend's Too Many Humans...... This was the nosiest, and probably the hardest, record I've listened to from 1983. If you hate people as much as these guys do, you'll be in fine company here. Misanthropic to the core. Peter and The Test Tube Babies' The Mating Sounds of South American Frogs... interesting title for a record. Kind of disgusting album cover. This was some solid Oi! punk rock, if you like that sort of thing. Fernando Pellon's Cadáver pega fogo durante o velório... the language barrier lost me here as this was samba that was supposed to be fairly dark, pessimistic and sarcastic. And here I thought it was pleasant sounding music. OMD's Dazzle Ships... this didn't work for me. I think there's plenty of better New Wave and Art Pop records out there and I wasn't very impressed with any of the sampling. I have a high tolerance for experimental music, but nothing caught my ear on this record.
  16. Not surprised that the Warriors' shitty season ended early. Kerr put it best when he said the team was maxed out. It's too bad that Wiggins was hurt for the final game. They absolutely needed him to have another great game to slow down LeBron and force a Game 7. Playing every other day hurt the Warriors as much as it did the Lakers. it'll be interesting to see whether the Lakers can get past Denver.
  17. I finished Matt Fraction's Hawkeye. It wasn't really a series I loved as I was reading it issue by issue, but it all came together in the end, and I thought the ending was cool. I can understand why it was well-received as the storytelling is completely different from a typical Marvel book, and Aja's art is stylish and chic. I really liked the character of Kate Bishop. I'm not sure if other writers can write her the way Fraction does, but she was the most memorable thing about the series, to me, and had the best lines.
  18. I don't know about anybody else, but every wrestling match I watch right now is like a salut to Dean.
  19. I've been deep diving albums from 1983 recently. Random thoughts. Charly García's Clics modernos... Argentina's great musician, or so they tell me. Can't understand what he's singing about, but the music is nice. Don't mind listening to music in a different language, but I know people who do. Liked this enough to listen to three more of his studio albums and an MTV Unplugged record. Mix of pop and singer-song writer tunes with a touch of New Wave. Brian Eno with Daniel Lanois & Roger Eno's Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks... sure is atmospheric. Dunno when I'd listen to this since I don't plan on heading into orbit any time soon. Maybe late at night some time? Really late at night? Oingo Boingo's Good for Your Soul... extremely 80s. I am 100% certain you could have only made this record in the 80s. It's a nice record that incorporates plenty of different sounds, including some world music influences, which helps make the tracks distinct from each other. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's Texas Flood... Blues rock is my least favorite of all the blues genres, but this is pretty good for what it's intended to be and Vaughan's solos are good if you like that sort of thing. I did really like one of the tunes that was some really lowdown blues. The best thing about it was that it felt genuine and wasn't commercial sounding. Daniel Johnston's Hi, How Are You: The Unfinished Album... Daniel Johnston was a young, mentally unwell man who recorded albums in his bedroom and later turned into a cult figure, and in some folks' opinions, a musical genius. He never finished this album because he suffered a breakdown while recording it. It gives you a pretty scary insight into the struggles he was having at the time. He has this really weird singing style where he sounds like a teenager, but you get used it after a while and some of the tunes are really good. Lady Pank's Lady Pank... Polish New Wave, Pop Rock album. Couldn't under a word but bopped along to it anyway. I liked this a lot, though apparently the lyrical content is hugely important so I missed a big chunk of the album's importance right there. Bad Brains' Rock for Light... part punk, part reggae. I get why Bad Brains did that, but are you hardcore or are you reggae 'cos it makes my head spin switching between the two. Lewis' L'Amour... low key, ambient pop. Quiet record. I had a hard time hearing what he was singing. Listened to it twice but no impact. Oz' Fire in the Brain... Pretty standard early 80s NWOBHV influenced record. Some nice riffs. They get bonus points for being from Finland. Nothing on here is as cool as Turn The Cross Upside Down. Aztec Camera' High Land, Hard Rain... sounds like a mix of The Smiths and Crowded House. Pleasant enough but didn't jangle enough for my liking. Womack & Womack's Love Wars... smooth soul. I like my soul a little rawer, but it was well produced. Rudimentary Peni's Death Church... not as hard as I remembered or expected. I was expecting this to be balls to the walls, which it wasn't. Unless I wasn't listening properly, which happens. Minor Threat's Out of Step... this was also softer than I was expecting. I think I've been spoiled by other hardcore acts somewhere down the line. The Fabulous Thunderbirds' What's the Word... this was a lot of fun. Texas Blues with a strong Boogie element. Enjoyed this one from start to end. Stevie Ray's brother's band, for those of you who don't know. John Fahey's Railroad I... Fahey is an absolute legend as far as I'm concerned. I never got as far as his 80s albums when I binge-listened his records, but this was good stuff. Kinda crazy to hear when you think about 1983 and the type of music that was in vogue, but great to hear the legend continue to do his thing. Albert Collins & The Icebreakers' Don't Lose Your Cool... man, Albert Collins sure got goofy on this record. Fun, but goofy. I thought I was listening to Johnny "Guitar" Watson, or somebody else, the way he was jiving. Hell, it could have been a Screamin' Jay Hawkins record half of the time. However, it wasn't bad, and Collins' playing was rock solid.
  20. I've been coming to this site since 1999, so for almost 25 years. There have been a lot of folks who've come and gone since then, but Dean's love for pro-wrestling never waivered. He was still posting about it while his health was declining. Aside from the future he could have spent with his friends and family, the thing that bums me out the most is that he won't get to see the wrestling that's still to come because I'm sure he would have loved it. 20-25 years ago, everyone wanted to be like Dean with the jokes, the amazing one-liners and the personal anecdotes. But no-one could imitate him. Each new DVDVR was event. You'd run off trying to scrounge a copy of whatever tape they'd reviewed, and as others have said, Dean was generous in sharing the footage, especially when it became easier to share media. There were a lot of flame wars back in those days, but everyone respected Dean. And then he became a vet and gave just as much, if not more, to the younger generations that followed. And he was an old-school message board dude until the end. I played with my kid in the park today and I thought about Dean. I watched some wrestling in the evening and thought about him again. Wrestling won't be the same without him, but it wouldn't have been the same without him either, if you catch my drift.
  21. I'm in disbelief, but RIP Dean.
  22. The last issue was released in 2019. Shanower announced that it was the last floppy and that future issues would be released through Comixology. It was the first color issue and since then he's released color versions of the collected editions. In fact, he just released a new collection last week. What that means for the future of the book, I'm not sure, but he's still publishing it.
  23. I made it to issue #34 of Age of Bronze. I don't know if Shanower will finish the series, but even if he doesn't, it stands as a monumental work. One of the best series I've read since I returned to comics. It's a cliche, but every panel is a work of art. I wish there was more of an audience for these types of comics, however putting them out so irregularly doesn't help with sales. Still, what an incredible labour of love. Hats off to you, Eric Shanower.
  24. I finished Sex Criminals. In the end, it went in a direction that I didn't particularly care for, and I could have absolutely done without the coda which did nothing for me. It was a fun ride, even if it did feel like they were changing things as they went along, but fell short of being one of the best series of the Eisners era. Some nice character moments, but I gotta have that tightly woven plot.
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