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I Wanna Be Literated #146
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A Contract with God: And Other Tenement Stories Hardcover Centennial Edition by Will Eisner   Let’s talk about the words “graphic novel.” You know it just means comics, right? Well, the thing is, mainstream comics want to use it to label their kiddy superhero comics and try to “legitimize” them. Where it really applies is the comic book stories that have been approached with a sort of elegance and integrity that has eluded superheroes comics for the past god-knows-how-long. The...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017
Vinyl Vlog 205
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the 2LP reissue of Dig Your Own Hole by The Chemical Brothers. …And then, with the release of Dig Your Own Hole, The Chemical Brothers became a pop culture phenomenon. Now, it could be contended that the arrival and immediate public embrace of Dig Your Own Hole was the result of several different factors intersecting (after grunge, Brit-Pop overtook both the charts and popular imagination thanks to bands including Blur, Oasis and...

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Thursday, 02 March 2017
I Wanna Be Literated #145
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Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong No matter how much you think you know about Seinfeld, there’s always more to uncover. I considered myself a fan of the show ever since I would watch the live broadcast back in high school. But it’s only several years later when the show was being released on DVD in these nifty box sets that I decided to actually commit and rewatch the entire series. By then Seinfeld...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017
From the GC Archives: The Weirdo Years by R. Crumb: 1981-’93
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The Weirdo Years by R. Crumb: 1981-’93   Robert Crumb is THE man in indie comics. Having been around for so long and having put out material of such high quality, and having been such an influence on not just other artists, but other writers and on pop culture in general, it’s imperative that everyone even remotely interested in art (any art) should check out R. Crumb’s work. But where to start? Like I said, R. Crumb has such a...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Vinyl Vlog #204
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Ben Webster Gone With the Wind   I think it says a lot that I can go from listening to GG Allin to Ben Webster in the same day. But that’s what being a true punk rocker means: your music world is constantly expanding and your appreciation for different genres is elevated. The punk and jazz connection is there in some form or another and I’m sure entire articles and even books have been dedicated to the subject. But, let...

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Friday, 24 February 2017
From the GC Archives: Beck “Morning Phase” Vinyl Vlog
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Beck Morning Phase Beck, you guys. Beck! One of the only artists (along with Radiohead) that appealed to me in high school, taught me a thing or two about how good music should be made, and kept me with them all these years. Odelay changed the game for me. At first, I thought it was too different and weird. Then I just realized that I was the weird one and that his albums were just fine. Unfortunately, after his album...

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Thursday, 23 February 2017
I Wanna Be Literated #144
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Demanding The Impossible: A History Of Anarchism by Peter Marshall Demanding the Impossible has been on my to-read list ever since I saw its cover with a Noam Chomsky quote on the book racks at Powell’s. However, this is one hefty book and I didn’t want to tackle it until I knew I was mentally prepared. I’m glad I braced myself because Demanding the Impossible is thorough to say the least. I’ve read a good amount of anarchist literature and...

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Vinyl Vlog #203
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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2XLP Music by Angelo Badalamenti Artwork by Sam Smith Few TV series have been as compelling as Twin Peaks. Being a very strange show about death, mystery, and the supernatural that somehow captivated its audience, it’s even more remarkable how it’s lived on and made new fans after all these years. It probably doesn’t hurt that this bizarre show is even weirder when you place it is its original...

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Friday, 17 February 2017
I Wanna Be Literated #143
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Cheap Novelties: The Pleasures of Urban Decay by Ben Katchor This book is nice and simple, and maybe our review of it should be the same. Comics get a bad rap for being only about superheroes so their potential for telling common everyday stories is often ignored or overlooked. As a medium they can tell stories as subtle and personal as any other art form, and Cheap Novelties is as good of an example as any. Knowing nothing about Ben...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017
TV Party Tonight! #025
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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence   Ghost in the Shell is back in the headlines, and I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing. It seems like the upcoming live-action remake of a classic like Ghost in the Shell is doomed to fail, not only because fan expectation is going to be so high, but also because Ghost in the Shell might not survive a Western translation. The original movie is so deep and I dread thinking...

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Friday, 10 February 2017