Feb 26, 2006
In order from top to bottom, left to right: Wonder Woman 226; What If . . . Wolverine; Savage Dragon 123; Punisher Max 28; Spider-Woman: Origin 1; 100 Bullets 70; Big Questions 8; Batman: Secrets 1; In The Blood 1; Crickets 1; Fell 6
In other comic news, the first issue of the Lark/Brubaker Daredevil is now out. I've been a big fan of the Bendis/Maleev run, but this was probably the first time I've been totally engrossed in a single issue. Brubaker's TV-drama style adds a more epic quality to the story. Even when Bendis changes point of view, he's a character-focused writer. I miss Maleev's artwork, but I love the new team.
I liked Lark's work much better before I saw it colored. I would love to see DD done as a b&w book. It's not that much of a stretch from Maleev's noir-ishly-shadowed* backgrounds and faces. It probably wouldn't do as well, but I don't know that DD was ever one of Marvel's biggest money-makers.
*Yes, I know that is total b.s.
Feb 16, 2006
It’s a special day on Stoplight Sleep. (Like there’s ever anything special about a n00b blog that almost no one reads . . .) I’m discussing a few of the best covers I’ve come across lately.
Saul Williams, in addition to being an accomplished poet, is perhaps one of the best MCs of all time. Like Kanye West and Common, his style often approaches spoken word more than what we might label as traditional rapping, but his vocal stylings are crisp and punchy. His lyrics are some of the most original, surprising, and through-provoking in hip-hop. You can listen to all of his self-titled album on his website.
Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley recently released her first “solo” album, which actually features a wide-variety of performers from the Saddle Creek scene and other venues. In late 2005, she and Swedish vocalist Robyn Carlsson performed a cover of William’s “List of Demands” on what I think is
Watch the video on Google.
If you read any similar music blogs at all, you’ve heard of
Jose González – Heartbeats.mp3
You can listen to Nouvelle Vague’s cover of “Love Will Tear Us Apart” here. I also love their cover of “Too Drunk to Fuck” by the Dead Kennedys.
Feb 13, 2006
Listen to "The Greatest"
I'm noticing that this is the second release in a row I've discussed from the great folks at Matador Records. If you're not familiar with the label, check it out. They have a great, reasonably-priced back catalog. You can pick up The Greatest and their other releases at the best record store on the net, Insound. They sell those CD things, too.
Feb 6, 2006
I still intend on picking the album up. I've also heard "Another Sunny Day," which sounds like a slightly amped-up version of Boy With the Arab Strap-era B&S.
The second volume of Hard Time (DC Focus) is a few issues in. I've been reading this book since issue 4 or 5, and it's one of my favs. It mixes my interest in prison culture (think a PG OZ) with my affinity for smart-mouthed adolescent male protagonists (a la Seth Cohen, Holden, etc.). Issue 1 of "Season 2" began at the end of a violent murder rather than the new-viewpoint plot review that we get later in the issue. At first I wanted to edit this timeline, but then I realized that first scene was exactly where Steve Gerber & Co. should have began. It sets the tone and stormy foundation of the dynamic setting that drives sixteen-year-old Ethan's struggle with angst, violence, romance, gangs, and his spirit. There are several twists to Hard Time that make it unique, but you'll have to read the book to find out more; I don't want to give away the best parts.