Stoplight Sleep is finally back from its summer vacation!
To make up for last time, but post will include more music and comics than a SS post ever has.
1. Last year one of the greatest contemporary punk bands, Hot Snakes broke up. On August 15, Swami Records will release a live recording, Thunder Down Under including a live version of this track:
Hot Snakes - "LAX"
but not this one:
Hot Snakes - "I Hate the Kids"
Both of these songs are from Suicide Invoice.
Hot Snakes on insound
Hot Snakes on Amazon
2. Over the last few days I read Marvel Zombies, which a friend loaned to me. If you read my review of Walking Dead, also written by Robert Kirkman, you can plug in my comments about the dialogue in those books. I'm not so upset that the Marvel heroes don't sound like zombies, because who really knows. But I'm upset that the characters don't even sound different or like themselves. The story does take place in a alternate universe, apparently one where Wolverine, Iron Man, and Giant Man all talk the same.
Besides that small gripe, I really enjoyed the books. The stories fun, compelling, and graphically impressive. The 5-issue series was highly popular with every issue having at least 2 printings and a variant cover. I wouldn't be surprised to see a sequel to this miniseries.
Buy the Marvel Zombies TPB on Amazon
3. Robots in Disguise - "DIY" from their self-titled album.
4. Wasteland is out now from Oni Press. Antony Johnston (Spooked) and Chris Mitten created this comic about a post-apocalyptic world somewhat similar to that of Mad Max. In the first issue alone there's ton of action, punch dialogue, and hints of the magic(?) of the universe.
The Wasteland website
5. Here's a couple newer songs from bands that everyone has talked about:
Oh No! Oh My! - "I Have No Sister"
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - "Ramblin' Man"
Oh No! Oh My! on insound
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, Ballad of the Broken Seas on insound
6. News from Comic Con: Adam Brody (The O.C.), Paul DeMeo, and Danny Bilson (father of Brody's co-star and rl girlfriend Rachel Bilson), and artist Jerry Ordway have created Red Menace, which Wildstorm will release this fall. The comic combines McCarthism and golden-age superheros. Read more at Newsarama.
7. A mini-mix. Enjoy.
a. Quixotic - "Anonymous Face"
b. Death Cab for Cutie - "405" (acoustic version)
c. Braille Stars - "Beautiful Fiction"
d. Songs: Ohia - "I Made the Change" (demo version)
e. Human Television - "Tell Me What You Want"
f. Monster Movie - "Letting You Know"
If you like any of these songs, please look into the artists and buy their stuff, or better yet, go to a show.