Posts Tagged ‘Reviews’

A fair amount of new music comes my way on a fairly regular basis: and most of the time now I decline to post reviews.

This is partly because this website juggles a bunch of different content subjects/genres and I get less time than I’d like to focus on music (I really did primarily want this to be a music blog at one point in time); and also partly because I don’t like to write negative or critical reviews of fellow musicians – meaning that I tend to only post about music I genuinely like.

So when Phantom Sun‘s album Caldera came on to my radar, I was happy – because I genuinely really liked what I was hearing. (more…)



So last week, as Marvel launched a new Captain America  series, the first issue caught most people off-guard with its ending and even apparently offended a number of fans.

It also caused on online uproar and made headlines across most major American media outlets, along with accusations of ‘anti-Semitism’ and the writer even receiving death threats. ‘Outrage’ has never been so easy and so viral. All that’s missing are the pitchforks, torches and angry mobs.



I love PJ Harvey. I’ve always loved PJ Harvey.

Ever since, as a young, disheveled teen, I first saw her emerge as a potent, edgy singer/songwriter and purveyor of the most disarming, stripped down alternative music in the early nineties. (more…)


Paradox Girl #1  from Hana Comics presents a very fresh and original comic book; an interesting, original premise, written with smart wit, brimming with energy, and seamlessly illustrated.



As psychological subjects for a comic-book go, they don’t come much richer than the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader… or the Artist Formerly Known as Anakin Skywalker.
Though there are any number of characters from the rich Star Wars tapestry that I love, it’s hard to argue against Vader always having been the most fascinating.



I think one of my first experiences of the idea of romantic love might’ve been as a six-year-old, watching Princess Leia Organa cradling a blaster and fighting off Stormtroopers on the Cloud City of Bespin in the Empire Strikes Back. I sort of fell in love, and sort of vowed to my infant self that one day, somehow, I would have her.
Alas, it was not to be. I did, however, get a five-issue Princess Leia  series from Marvel instead; which isn’t quite what I’d had in mind, but it’s something.


When I was a little kid, I remember I used to draw Darth Vader, Boba Fett and the Imperial Tie-Fighters compulsively.
Whenever I had a spare bit of paper or whenever my mind wandered, I would end up doodling variations of those images. I also drew (and coloured in) a few fanboy, speculative comic-book covers; one with Fett crawling out of the Sarlaac pit and another of the Ewok Wicket.


The ability of Marvel’s various creative forces to come up with interesting and potent new characters even this far down the line is something to be celebrated.
In a fictional universe overflowing with good guys, bad guys, medium guys, super-teams, secondary teams and every obscure face or personage inbetween, you’d think coming out with even more characters would be a tricky affair.



Billy Corgan is definitely one of those guys who has gotten stranger as he’s gotten older.
An undisputed musical icon and innovator of his era in the nineties, writer of some of the most killer music of the last twenty years, and a man with probably a sizable ego too, his pedigree and talent has never been in question. And the Smashing Pumpkins remain one of the most enduringly popular and iconic acts of their time.