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It Came From the Bins – Activity Fun

I’m always excited when I find vintage coloring books at the bins, and on one of my more recent visits, I was lucky enough to find one that I consider to be amazing. It’s a book called Activity Fun, published by Whitman Publishing in 1968.

 

Just like other activity books of its kind contains pictures to color, instructions for games, crafts to cut out, etc. and the photography on the cover is pretty good too.


Drawings by Hazel Hoecker.

Hazel Hoecker is a published illustrator. A published credit of Hazel Hoecker is Myles Standish..adventurous Boy….childhood of Famous Americans.

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New Music Friday 9/15

New music? At first glance, I’m seeing a lot of older stuff I’m somewhat interested in hearing; Foo Fighters, Weezer, Björk, Marilyn Manson… We’ll see though, it’s gonna take some time to wade through the rest of the bull–ish. Welcome to this weeks episode of New Music Friday.

Arrows – Foo Fighters

“I only write hits” I could tell in the first few seconds that this was something reminiscent of a time that once was. This song is great, it’s got this dark Gary Neuman feel… and the chorus is a typical Dave Grohl style thing.

Misbehaving – Labrinth

This song is pretty interesting, but it really makes the list because of the little breakdown in the middle. Reminded me of what you would think a church is like down south. With no A/C… in the summer… just sweating, and wishing you weren’t at church.

Beach Boys – Weezer

Ha! This guitar riff is so quirky… I thought this was Cake. I hate the Beach Boys though, I’d say that my favorite Weezer song about an old band was in the Garage, when they talked about Kiss. As far as the whole “nerd” thing talking about hip-hop stuff… I think it’s a little tired. What I would really love to hear is a new Rentals album.

The Last Of The Real Ones – Fall Out Boy

For a minute I thought there wasn’t really anything too terrible in todays mix, then this happened. Maybe I only remember the one radio song they had, but when did Fall Out Boy become an all out pop group? I saw them at the Shelter once and I swore they sounded like Bad Religion. It’s amazing how time works sometimes. This song is super generic… no Sir, I don’t like it.

Out of It – The Story So Far

I don’t know much about this band, but this is also pretty generic.

You’re The Best Thing About Me – U2 Vs. Kygo – U2, Kygo

I think this may win the garbage of the week… I couldn’t even listen to the entire song. It was like Bono was singing a strobe light to an epileptic ear.

Bust Down – Trippie Redd

Gross of the week. This is shit.

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New Comics Day 9-13

It’s a pretty damn awesome lineup for comics this week!

Harrow County #25

Harrow County’s back with a new story arc with #25. Hard to believe I’ve been reading this one for a couple years now. I first picked it up with issue #5, and it’s been a pretty solid read the entire time. This is one of my favorite’s from Cullen Bunn, though The Sixth Gun is also worth checking out. Anyway, let’s see what else looked good this week…

Grass Kings #7

Another from today’s comic grab-bag I’m pretty excited for is the new Grass Kings. The first Tyler Jenkins book I remember seeing was Snow Blind. I bought the entire series before I read it because I was immediately impressed with that style of artwork. Tyler’s watercolors are beautiful. They have sort of a sketchy illustrative sense, like Jeff Lemire in a way, but a little more confident in his line work. In addition to that, Matt Kindt has written some pretty amazing stuff. Right now, I’m pretty deep into Dept.H (no pun intended), as well as Grass Kings. I think these guys work really well together, and I’m really excited to see more from Tyler in the future. Lastly, this week we were greeted with another addition to miss marvel. I feel like over the years I read less and

Ms. Marvel #22

Lastly, this week we were greeted with another addition to Ms. Marvel. I feel like over the years I read fewer and fewer Marvel comics. I thought it was kinda weird and they did a lot of normal everyday things with their superheroes. I did really enjoy the Vision books and this one though. Ms. Marvel is like watching a high school teen movie, with a lot of interesting multi cultural nods. It’s interesting seeing the stress of being a teenager and trying to maintain a second “secret life” as part of the Avengers. I guess it’s sort of like trying to be a Boy Scout and also be in public school. Which I remember having conflictions with as a youth.

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New Music Friday 09/08

This week leads off with a video by Sam Smith (whoever that is.) It looks like it was shot with a vertical cell phone, which is a look I’m not super into. Anyway, looking forward, there’s some interesting looking stuff by Beck and Foo Fighters on the list this week. Let’s forage on and see what’s good.

God, I wish I had a Nesbitt Honey Lemonade right now.

Dusk Till Dawn – Radio Edit – ZAYN, Sia

This is, also, not a song about a movie with a ridiculous plot twist. To learn more about what I’m talking about, click here.

No Limit – G-Eazy, A$AP Rocky, Cardi B

This song, might just win garbage song of the week. It had that cheesy No Limit style high hat at the start, which sealed the deal that I was in for something magic. Then the actual words started when I began to considered it. Then the girl started singing, and I’m pretty sure that this song is literally about being a prostitute (and it glamorizes it like crazy.)

Up All Night – Beck

Having listened to Beck since Loser first graced 120 Minutes, it’s no surprise that this was going to sound a lot different than anything he’s done in the past. My big surprise was that it sounded a lot like everything else. The beginning of this just sounded like any other pop music coming out these days… only, it was Beck’s voice for some reason. Either way, the hook is pretty solid, and it does have that dance-ability that we all know and love. I was just expecting a bit more of that “ahead of it’s time” thing.

Quicksand – SZA

I got pretty excited about this, because it totally sounded like muzak or vaporwave until it turned out to have vocals. Then it turned into some chopped & screwed garbage. Apparently, it’s from a soundtrack to an HBO series called Insecure.

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So, I had this dream -2017.01

In my first dream, I had to guest host an episode of Adventures in Design. Sort of a “Thanksgiving Special” episode where Genevieve and I were having Thanksgiving at one of her friends houses. All I remember was there was one point where just about everybody was naked except for us and a couple other people. There were probably about 15-20 people all together. The people who were naked seemed really upset that we didn’t want to do whatever it was they were trying to do. We ended up staying the night there in one of the spare bedrooms, and there was an opening in the wall that went right into an alleyway. We noticed because it had rained in a little bit, it was really weird.

So I Had This Dream
For my second dream, a couple of my Whole Foods friends got jobs working at Meijer. Of course, the Meijer was located inside of a mall directly across from the Whole Foods. I saw them walking into the store so I followed them in and we were talking about something I don’t remember. Probably work, seems fitting. Then I saw my grandpa, and he was standing along the aisle in one of the softlines departments, shaking peoples hands. My friend, Shannon, seemed to know him, so she walked up and he said “Hey, how are you?” He didn’t see me at first, but I followed around and I gave him a big hug and said “How are you? It’s been so long since we’ve seen each other.”

At this point, I can’t remember what he said to me, but I remember that it was a question about my life. Something I had done somehow put him at peace with his. That’s the weird thing about dreams. It always seems like the most important part is the part that you forget. Which makes you think, did I forget it because it was so important? Or was it that important because I forgot it?

After that he immediately fell over dead and that he was wearing his own obituary pinned on his shirt like a name tag.

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It Came From the Bins – 2

Picked some pretty interesting “new” music today…

My first stop was the Bins, which is typically good spot to find old records. I’ve even found some really great LPs there from time to time. Not this time. There was some guy there indiscriminately grabbing everything, and yelling at everyone around. For fear they might break some of the records. Either way, I got away with:

  • a Hall & Oats album
  • Cat Stevens, the album about the cat.
  • a couple Linda Ronstadt albums
  • Johnny Rivers
  • Ina Gadda Da Vita (however that’s spelled) by Iron Butterfly. I had owned once before, but that was years ago.

Those were the few albums that were missed in the blind record grab. I can only imagine what great things I had missed out on. So, after that failed attempt, I stopped by the Salvation Army. …and they were closing in five minutes. I ran to the back and dug through their short stack with no avail ultimately deciding to stop by the local Goodwill on my way home.

Best decision I made all day. I came out with some pretty good stuff:

  • Buck Owens LP that we didn’t already have.
  • a Willis Brothers album I’d never seen
  • Fool on the Hill, by Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66. I’d had owned this album previously, but lost years ago
  • a Percy Faith album with one of the best album covers I’ve ever seen
  • a sweet 80’s rock compilation of great stuff like Ozzy and Krokus

The cover of the compilation looked like some super 80’s cheese, but the music on it was great. I listened to it multiple times over the weekend, and at this point I’m going to say that it was probably the best album of the overall pick. Compilation LP’s are always good, they’re like a stack of 45’s that you don’t have to flip every 2 minutes.

Fuck you record grabber guy, I just won the day!

 

nick

New Comics Day 8/30

So, today the comics I’m coming home with are a bunch of really great issues of really amazing things I’m not going to read any time soon. All three of the books are on their second story arc, and I plan on doing their “second season” Netflix style. (Sorry in advance for the lack of review, imagination and storytelling.)

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Rebels: These Free & Independent States #6

First up is Rebels, and I’m pretty sure this story is supposed to finish up in about two issues. The first arc was amazing, I’ve referred to it as “fake history” in the sense that it reads like fictional stories involving factual characters. I remember getting super into the first issues, and I’ve just been hooked from the beginning. Even though it’s a little more wordy than comics I typically read, I am really excited to get into this arc in another month or so.

Lady Killer 2 #5

Joëlle Jones did an amazing job with the first five part series, the artwork and story are all amazing. We even have a couple prints that we picked up at Boston Comic Con a couple years back that she did as promotional ads for the story. It’s got a retro vibe, a hitwoman/murder vibe, and a fun plot that sort of reminds me of Mad Men at times.

Black Magick #7

I heard a rumor that this series got picked up as a television show, then it sort of disappeared. So, I was happy with the first five issues… but, then when I saw that it was coming back, I literally bought it. The series, in case anyone hasn’t read it, is about a police officer who is a practicing witch with a lot of powers… if I remember correctly, there’s (spoiler alert) a murder in the witch community, and the killer is trying to out our heroine. How will this next chapter play out?

Sorry for such a poor introductory volume of New Comics Day, hopefully next time I’ll get a little time to actually read one… that’s doubtful though. It may take me until winter when I go on my comics bender.

nick

It Came From the Bins 08/29

This week at the bins, I found a couple books of CD’s…

Misfits, AFI

…which are pretty worthless these days, but it’s not always about the money when it comes to picking. So, let’s talk about the nostalgia of compilations, weird music listening habits, and stupid things I think are cool for whatever reason… Sometimes the things that I never would have expected to have any value to me end up having some kind of worth when I stumble upon them in a different light.

2PacWhy I like CD’s

In this digital age I’ve tried over time to keep a decent record of everything I listen to online. I find it interesting to see what I was listening to heavily a few months back as well as what I may have been listening to a few years back. It’s also neat to see how much time I spent listening to music, or making music on certain days of the week. I was pretty addicted to Last.fm the first time I saw the site, but it’s also good to have some guilty pleasures… and Last.fm can’t track my CD player (or my record player for that matter.) So, bring on the garbage music…

Phantom Planet, Birdman

New Music Challenge

Over the years I’ve challenged myself to expand what I listen to by finding new music through unconventional means. This was another aspect of Last.fm that I loved… and now the way I use Spotify. There have been a few other New Music Challenges over the years, but the most recent one involves the bins, and works a bit like this…

When I find CD’s (or records,) I just grab them indiscriminately, then I force myself to listen to them. All of them (…at least once.) In addition, I have a rule that I only allow found CD’s in my car. Nothing that I’ve paid new prices for… I feel like CD’s in the car usually get messed up or broken, so it’s a pretty good rule to have only CD’s that we’re extremely cheap be allowed to ride shotgun.

So here’s some interesting stuff that I found in my most recent trip to the bins…

Incubus – the album they came out with after S.C.I.E.N.C.E. that I (for some reason) always refer to as Pardon Me
Boo-Tay – This is a compilation, that may as well be a 2 Live Crew album. It does, however, have Hip Hop Hooray, which makes it amazing.
Poison the Well – I used to listen to these guys for a bit, here and there, back in the day… never got too into them, but this is the 2nd one of their albums I’ve found whilst picking, and I gotta say… I don’t know the names of any of it, but this is some good -ish.
Norma Jean – The cover is black on black, just like the music… the only thing I don’t like is 13 minutes into track 5. I’m wondering why any of these tracks needs to exceed 3-5 minutes.

 

nick

New Music Friday 8/25

This week I was awestruck by a pleasant surprise on New Music Friday.

New Quicksand

Holy Shit! There’s a new Quicksand album coming out November 10th.

New Music from Quicksand

About a month ago, Genevieve and I went down to Boston to see the Melvins, and noticed that Quicksand was going to be coming through in September. As awesome as that would be (have been?) it was kind of exhausting driving into the city, and we’d gone in 3 or 4 times that week. So, we decided to pass. Either way, today on Spotify, they “dropped” the first song, Illuminant, from the new album… it’s already got over 18K plays, and the Boston show is sold out.

I’m not really sure how I feel about this song yet, but I have no doubt that the album (upon it’s release) will be nothing short of greatness. I’ve been a Quicksand fan for quite some time now, and it’s nice to hear something new from the band that has introduced me to so many new people over the years.

My pre-order for this long-awaited release has been reserved.

Random Highlights

Ayokay feat. Baker Grace – Too Young (youtube)
This track has all the clichés of what makes me think of what “new” sounds like…

  • soft voiced female lead
  • repetetive chorus
  • overstating the word young
  • blaming a lack of motivation on everything but yourself

Then it does that stupid scratchy-glitch thing with the vocal track, and after it ends (for some weird reason) the algorithm plays a Nerf Herder song (shrug) I’ve never liked that band, but I thought that was interesting. Either way, something about this track made me feel like it was to overall winner for the day.

You can find this track, along with a bunch of other garbage, in my Garbage Playlist on Spotify.