Thursday, February 25, 2010
Issue 602 of the comic features Captain America investigating a right-wing anti-government militia group called "the Watchdogs". Hoping to infiltrate the group, Captain America and his African-American sidekick The Falcon observe an anti-tax protest from a rooftop. The protestors depicted are all white and carry signs adorned with slogans almost identical to those seen today in Tea Party rallies like "tea bag libs before they tea bag you" and "stop the socialists."
An outraged Sarah Palin commented that the "Captain should be ashamed of himself and apologize to the American people." Advisors to the former governor of Alaska later explained to her that the comic hero was not real.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
You find things in life that instantly set you on a path. Sometimes these things are serious and sometimes they are not.
Let's focus on the not so serious things.
I've heard a lot of people say Star Wars changed their lives. On the surface it sounds crazy, but I totally get it. JJ Abrams has said this and last I checked he was doing pretty good.
I think I've had a few things in life that have changed my path and made me a person that I would not have been otherwise. Star Wars is on that list, as is Marvel Comics.
Though when I think of music, I can still remember specifically a particular song and video that changed me forever. It made me realize that there was more to music than what the radio played me and it made me curious about what else was out there. Because of this weird little song I went on to find The Clash, the Ramones, the Sex Pistols. Which led to Minor Threat, Black Flag, the Misfits. Which led to Funkadelic, Run DMC, the Beastie Boys. Which led to Nick Cave and the Birthday Party, DEVO and so on and so on... til eventually I said, "hey, I want my own band!"
Funny, I wonder where I would be and what I would be doing had I not turned on the TV and saw this!
Offering some rare and exclusive stuff in the coming months!! Exciting!
Monday, February 1, 2010
OK, It's no secret that the Grammys were never on the cutting edge and generally only honor the most commercial and safe music (yes, kids, Lady GAGA is pretty safe). That's fine, no big deal, that doesn't bug me.
What does bug me is that everyone cloaks their performance in shit that isn't even relevant to their music. Look, I love artists with strong images and even gimmicks. I love Kiss, DEVO, David Bowie, Daft Punk. Shit, I'm the guy with a band that wears Robot helmets. Though to me all the theatrics of these bands make sense, all part of a larger statement. It worked in harmony with their lyrics, sonics and life style.
So, please someone tell me what relevance there is to Pink swinging around upside down like she is in cirque du soleil or Green Day turning into a Broadway musical (I could just feel Joe Strummer turning over in his grave) or The Black Eyed Peas trying to represent some vision of the future. Nothing felt the least bit authentic. It all just seemed like a distraction.
I'm not going to pass judgement and tell you that you shouldn't listen to any of that music or claim that it is crap. I'm a firm believer in liking what you like and that's it. It's not a matter of something being popular or commercial, I love tons of commercial music, in fact most stuff that I do listen to would be considered pop.
I'm no elitist. I'm no hater. I just want to hear, see and feel something real.