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  1. As for hip hop, I thought Nas' comeback album was by far and away the best album of the year, and I've never been a huge Nas fan. I also liked Immortal Technique and Aesop Rock.
  2. 2001 I listened to quite a lot of music from 2001, and I actually came up with a laundry list of songs I like, but I couldn't really find that one defining album that will stick with me. I really, really liked Nick Cave's album. That was probably my favorite. The most acclaimed record of the year seemed to be from The Microphones. I liked it fine, but it wasn't something that I'll return to. Reading through my list of songs, it seems I liked the New Order stuff from this year. That surprised me. Bjork was still putting out amazing music in 2001. I don't know if people have forgotten about her these days, or if she's still respected, but she definitely strikes me as one of the most important artists of the era. I thought the book got the wrong Strokes song. The awesome Nick Cave. And those New Order songs I was talking about. The rest of my discoveries: Discoveries cont. I told you it was a laundry list. This is it, I swear. I still like these tracks as well: And how can I forget Andrew W.K.?
  3. I finished up Gene Colan's run on Batman. It started off okay. I liked the early Gerry Conway scripts. But there were no classic stories and the monthly continuity wasn't that interesting. No matter how hard Moench tried, I wasn't interested in Batman's romantic relationships or the cast of characters. Colan had a lot of different inkers, and I don't know if it was his pencils or the inkers, but I didn't like the way a lot of the characters' faces were depicted. I especially disliked the way he drew Jason Todd and other kids. His Bruce Wayne was inconsistent as well. It's possible that his work on Batman works better in isolation than reading it within the continuity. The last issues I read were Batman #373 and 383, which he drew after he stopped working on the Batman book regularly, and those books were much more interesting visually than his end run on Detective, but again, that may be because of the inking. The reason I started reading Colan on Batman is because I liked a lot of Colan's work on Daredevil, but I'd have to say that his Daredevil work was better than his Batman run. Not sure if anyone feels differently about that.
  4. It sucks, but all of us who were in our 20s when we first encountered OSJ and are now in our 40s, definitely have something to live up to.
  5. Shout out to OSJ. I'll miss his contributions to this thread. They always had me scampering off to read up on the artists he mentioned.
  6. I thoroughly enjoyed Grant Morrison's New X-Men once I accepted it for what it was -- "new" X-Men. It's the most modern take on the X-Men that I've read, which is kind of amusing given it's twenty years old. I didn't mind the art. A lot of the art on writer driven Vertigo/DC stuff can be just as inconsistent. The covers bothered me more than the interiors. Are modern covers usually like that or was it particular to New X-Men? I wasn't thrilled with the final couple of arcs, especially the big reveal, but I was keen to read more right up until Morrison walked. I'd have to read a hell of a lot more modern comics to know where the run stands in the grand scheme of things, but for me it was a unique and enlightening experience even if it's not really a modern comic anymore. I also finished Michael Golden's run on The 'Nam. Not bad. Is there a compelling reason why I should keep reading it now that Golden is gone? JRJR's run on Punisher War Zone was fun. It was blatantly exploitative -- the Punisher was jacked, his guns were huge, and he had relations with women, but I liked Dixon's scripts. It was grim, but the mental anguish was kept to a minimum, the action was good, and it was a pretty good story arc considering it was the third bloody Punisher title on the market. Your mileage will vary, however. I was less keen on Weapon X. I know everyone was gaga for Wolverine's origin story back in the day, but it didn't do much for me as a read. I suppose the art was nice, but is it really what I want to see BWS pencil? I dunno. He seemed to borrow a lot of writing tics from Claremont as well, especially snippets of conversation that take place offscreen. Another title I read was Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee's Inhumans. I've been trying to find good Marvel comics from the 90s since it's such an unpopular era. I appreciate that they tried to do something with the Inhumans, but I have to question whether there was enough story to justify a 12 issue mini-series, and the entire thing felt too dark. Jae Lee does some beautiful looking close-ups, but his storytelling lacks fluidity. So often it looks like characters are standing around posing (usually grimly.) The series had its moments, but not a favorite. Lee drew a great Lockjaw, though. Finally, after a long, hard slog, I finished Gerber's Man-Thing. Well, that's not entirely true, I still have some of the Giant Size issues to go, but it's a series I'm glad to have put behind me. I get why Gerber wrote the series the way he did because of the inherent limitations of the main character, and I can understand why people thought his take on the comics medium was revolutionary at the time. I guess having grown up in the era of independent comics and creator owed titles that it's not as special as it was in the 70s. Some of the satire feels dated, or should I say of its time, and I never quite got into the mesh of fantasy elements, social commentary, and deconstruction of the comics medium. I feel like a bit of a philistine, but you can't enjoy 'em all.
  7. 2000 I listened to a bunch of stuff from this year. There were a lot of good records but nothing that blew me away like that Neutral Milk Hotel album. I was taken with the Flaming Lips, though. I had never heard their 00s stuff. To me, they were that band who did the She Don't Use Jelly song in the 90s. I really like the lead singer's voice (at least in the studio, he's pretty bad live), but I guess I'm partial toward singers who can't sing. There were a lot of great hip hop records in 2000. A friend of mine was really into hip-hop around this time and would make mix tapes for me. I'm still making my way through a few records, but I think hip hop was the champ as far as musical styles go in 2000. Here is the usual collection of songs: Part two:
  8. I finished James Robinson's Starman today. I started off unsure whether I liked the main character and Robinson's dialogue and wound up heavily invested in the relationship between Jack, his father and brother, and the rest of the supporting cast. It was definitely a comic book for folks who grew up reading comic books, but it had plenty of heart. I was really impressed by the overall structure of the series and how all of the pieces fit. Robinson wasn't the first British writer to take DC property and reinvent it, but the way he built a mythos behind Starman was impressive. I'd definitely rank the series alongside any other series of its ilk, and I'll probably check out the spinoff titles at some point, but for now, I want to reflect on the journey. Starman is one of those books where there's a lot of foreshadowing and it's clear that things have been carefully planned in advance, but it's the emotional core of the book that truly matters. I feel like that was something that grew as the series developed. It went from being a book about collectibles, pop culture references, and comic book history callbacks, to a series about friendship, and family, and relationships, and children, and the sacrifices that heroes and their loved ones make, and mortality and death, and legacies and memories, and so many grand concepts. It was a heck of a book and a testament to Robinson's imagination.
  9. Some 1999 hip hop before I move on to the year 2000.
  10. I can live without serious Blink-182, but I'd take Adam's Song and I Miss You over that.
  11. 1999 I feel like I'm discovering indie pop for the first time with a lot of these years, but here is the stuff I liked from my scoot around '99: A few more plus some Japanese stuff: Plus one country song that struck a chord with me: As for the book itself, I liked that Magnetic Fields album a lot. I have nothing bad to say about Slipknot considering how much extreme metal I enjoy. Scar Tissue is a good song. I'm kind of surprised that Mother's Milk doesn't have a better rep, but I don't really care enough about the RHCP to go into bat for it, Mos Def wasn't the first socially conscious rapper. There has been socially conscious rap since day one. Heck, the even put The Message in this book. Moby was huge for a while. It's impossible to overstate how big he was. I will admit that I borrowed his album from my mom and dad to listen to. I still listen to that Macy Gray song when the mood strikes me. It always reminds me of the end of Spin City, though.
  12. A lot of people are worried about Inoki's health at the moment. He released a video from a hospital bed, but he didn't look great.
  13. I have seen every available World of Sport match barring a few oversights and some of the lesser 80s stuff. I've also seen a bunch of unavailable matches, including McManus vs. Pallo. The only time I watched it in chronological order was when I was doing the groundwork for the aborted 80s set, but I have a pretty clear idea in my head how the style and presentation changed from the 60s through to the 70s and 80s. I watched the majority of the footage out of order, however. And my thoughts on the matches are all over the place on WKO, and scattered in PWO microscope threads. It would be interesting to see someone go through WoS in chronological fashion, but the footage didn't air in chronological order on TWC and the taped stuff from the 70s and 80s that exists was compiled into random compilation tapes. It would be a difficult task to piece together chronological footage. I have a master list of everything I've seen and what exists from each year, but I don't think you can find it all on YouTube.
  14. 1998 This was my first year of university. I wasn't in the habit of coming home from school and watching music TV anymore and had started losing touch with current music. Gradually, I became interested in older music and from the 00s on pretty much everything will be new for me. I listened to quite a few albums before posting this. Some of it was good stuff, but it's not a year I feel very connected to. Having said that, Neutral Milk Hotel blew me away and I would rank their album highly on any kind of list you can think of. That said, I think OutKast was the best act of 1998. Aquemini was a great album. The usual indie pop: Some great hip hop albums in '98 -- Black Star, Gang Starr, Big Pun And of course:
  15. I am completely up to date with Attack on Titan. I think the last chapter comes out next month. Wow. So many twists and turns. I have no idea who is good or bad, right or wrong. The story became so big that it could have easily spiraled out of control, but it was gripping up until the penultimate chapter. One of the great manga series. I also started reading Comico's Jonny Quest. That second issue. Wow. A tearjerker that early?
  16. The Jonah Hex stories have greater continuity once he gets his own title. I'm up to the origin story. It was all right. I would have gone in a different direction with the facial scars, but Fleischer's reveal was decent enough.
  17. Conan the Barbarian continues to be a great book. The Conan books were definitely a highwater mark for 70s Marvel. It's amazing how much b*tching went on in the letter column, however. So many complaints about one of the great Marvel books. I have taken it as my self-appointed duty to find good Marvel books from the 90s. So far, I've started reading the Inhumans mini-series by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee, Earth X, and Punisher War Zone. I also read Amazing Spider-Man #400. Inhumans was decent, but the art isn't fluid. I guess it doesn't matter since there's so much narration over the top of it. Earth X was a slog. Amazing Spider-Man #400 was okay, but I prefer the work J. M. DeMatteis did on Spectacular Spider-Man and thought SSM #200 was a better anniversary story. Punisher was probably the most fun of the lot. It helps that I like early 90s JRJR artwork, but like a good genre flick, it's not trying to be anything more than what it is.
  18. I took the plunge and began reading Grant Morrison's X-Men. It was a bit jarring at first as I couldn't relate to how the characters looked or spoke. There's no real explanation as to why this group are the current incarnation of the team, and the art is off-putting, especially the way Quitely draws Cyclops. By the third issue there were enough hooks to keep me interested. I followed Michael Golden from Micronauts to The 'Nam. I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book, but Golden's cartoony style surprised me. Sometimes it looks like a daily strip about 'Nam. I guess in my mind I associate Vietnam with stark realism. I'm not saying it's bad. It's just different from what I expected. I also followed Barry Windsor-Smith onto Weapon X. I'm thinking that might have been a mistake. Fantastic art, but there's nothing in the story that rises above the early 90s comics milieu. Not yet, anyway.
  19. Meh, he's played as many games as Durant.
  20. How is Butler not an All-Star? Don't people remember what he did in the Finals last year? And while I'm at it, how can Sabonis average 20/10/5 and not be an All-Star?
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