Song of the Week (02/25/17): Marika Hackman -“Boyfriend”


U.K. singer-songwriter Marika Hackman’s new release has much more of full-band vibe to it than her earlier work. Bringing her friends from The Big Moon to back her up, she turns “Boyfriend” into a hazy, woozy rock tune. Listening to the opening melody, you’d swear that the guitar slide is being played in reverse. It’s a wonderfully weird bit of riffage that sticks in your brain.

“It’s fine ’cause I am just a girl/’It’s just a dream’/A woman really needs a man to make her scream,” she sings, the sarcasm dripping off every word. If her tone wasn’t enough to make her point, the furious squeals she forces out of her guitar sends the message.

Hackman’s new album, I’m Not Your Man, will drop on June 2. It will be her first record on Sub Pop.

WTF – DC Teases Looney Crossover

In the history of wacky comic book crossovers, this may not rank in the top 10, but when DC Comics teases a crossover with the Looney Tunes by including Lobo and Jonah Hex, things are bound to get a little crazy.

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Hello Flash fans! We’re back from our brief break with one of the highlights of the season! Why so? Because Gorilla Grodd returns! Not only is he as angry as ever, but his intelligence has evolved to match his rage.

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Trailer Thursdays: Song to Song

In music, there’s nearly no bigger scene for rock than Austin, Texas. It seems like everyone is playing gigs on any and every street corner, trying to make it in the Live Music Capital of the World.

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Book Review: Star Wars Catalyst

catalyst_a_rogue_one_novelRecently, I reviewed the novel Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt and was unfortunately underwhelmed. The Aftermath series in general hasn’t impressed me and I’ve started to wonder if the new Star Wars canon would be able to put out something worth recommending. Fortunately, while not without its flaws, I can wholeheartedly say that Star Wars Catalyst by James Luceno is worth picking up.

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SONG OF THE WEEK (02/18/17): Los Campesinos! – “The Fall of Home”


Los Campesinos! isn’t exactly known for low-key ballads (See: the exclamation point). But on “The Fall of Home,” they turned the volume way low, for a simmering, sad slow-burner. Acoustic guitar patterns play alongside heart-tugging strings, rising and falling like the bumps of a slow car ride.
Gareth Campesinos, never one to shy away from melancholy, sings about the downsides of nostalgia. It looks at that time when you grow up and become a stranger to your childhood home. “Left your home town, for somewhere new/Don’t be surprised now it’s leaving you,” he croons, using the upper-end of his range like never before. “Battery dies on your monthly call/Budget cut at your primary school/Another family friend fell sick,” the lyrics go, as one-time earth-shattering changes become footnotes.
For fans of the band, many whom have followed them since their debut in 2008, time seems to have flown by just as fast. Now, as the group prepares its sixth LP, Sick Scenes, it may be as good as time as any for a sigh and a wistful look back.

WTF: Bad Comic Romances

When your life span covers decades of stories, a writer looking to do something new might try out a relationship from out of left field to try and shock readers. Or sometimes, the couplings just don’t mix well and it forces you to say “WTF?” when you read it.

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