Friday, December 31, 2010

Al's Haphazard 2010 Best Music List

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Top 5 Albums
  • The Black Keys' Brothers
    This is the perfect melding of their earlier albums and the previous one they did with Danger Mouse. Polished, yet raw. And Michael Carney's packaging is dope. I'm hoping he gets a Grammy for this!
  • The Roots' How I Got Over
    This is The Roots' most uplifting album and the first in a while I didn't feel obligated to like, just because they're The Roots. It's just GOOD. Secret weapon: Dice Raw. His sung vocals on the title track and "Now or Never" were surprisingly quite good and one of the many highlights for me.
  • The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's Controversial Negro
    Look, I know this is a reissue. This is my list, hombre, and I'll put what I want on it! Anyway...I've been wanting to listen to this for more than a decade, so I was overjoyed when I found out that Shout Factory was releasing it. This live album (with killer bonus tracks) encompasses everything I love about the Blues Explosion. It's sexy, sweaty, and more rock n' roll than you can handle.
  • Shad's TSOL
    Folks who don't even like rap, like Shad. That's pretty fucking cool. He's a clean cut, God-fearing emcee that can still slap the taste out of a wack rapper's mouth. I'm kinda bummed that he didn't win the Polaris Prize, but the fact remains that he's put out one of the best Canadian rap recordings ever.
  • Pip Skid's Skid Row
    Full disclosure: Pip is a homie, and I handled the design for this album. With that said, I'm also a fan, and I think this album is brilliant. Kutdown laced this with bangin' beats, and Pip brought his trademark vitriol to the table. Nothing else really needs to be said, man. It's outstanding.
Also Worth Mentioning...
  • Guilty Simpson's Ghettodes
    This was a free download of Oh No-remixed Ode To The Ghetto tracks from Stones Throw, and I would've gladly paid for it. Sadly, I liked this more than his OJ Simpson album with Madlib (too many interludes, Mr. Jackson!).
  • Nestor Wynrush Ensemble's So High From The Lo
    I was there the night this was recorded, and it was a lot of fun. Glad to have a document of it!
Albums I Should've Spent More Time With
  • The Sadies' Darker Circles
  • Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' I Learned The Hard Way
  • Greg MacPherson's Mr. Invitation
  • Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Albums I Should've Bought
  • LCD Soundsystem's This Is Happening
  • Janelle Monáe's The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III)
  • Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot
Regarding these last two lists: I'm not perfect (I know, you're surprised). I moved and I became a dad. Music kinda took a backseat. Also, I gotta keep up with wrestling and all of these podcasts I've downloaded to won't listen to themselves (yet they still pile up!). I can't forget all of these blogs trying to get in my ear, telling me about the hottest shit and slipping me leaked tracks. I'm only one (attractive) man!

It ain't gonna get any easier next year.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Boxing Day Haul

Boxing Day Haul

I'm a simple man with simple needs. In addition to admiring squirrels, eating fatty foods, and enjoying large behinds, I like bound pages with lots of cool fucking pictures.
All of these were purchased at Comics America at 40% off. From top to bottom:
  • The Jackson 500 Volume Four by Tim Biskup
  • Peepo Choo Vol. 2 by Felipe Smith
  • The Professional: Golgo 13 DVD
  • Shenanigans by Ian Shaughnessy and Mike Holmes
  • The Ice Wanderer and other stories by Jiro Taniguchi
  • Lucky In Love Book One by George Chieffet and Stephen DeStefano
  • Motel Art Improvement Service by Jason Little
  • From The Ashes by Bob Fingerman
  • Strange Tales II, Number 3
  • King City, Issue 12
  • Illustration Magazine #31
  • Illustration Magazine #30
  • Bent by Dave Cooper
I also headed to McNally with Dante and Sarah and bought some magazines (plus the reissued Crumb and The Snowy Day for Dante).

Sunday, December 26, 2010

BOXING DAY!

Centre Court
Boxing Day: Polo Park's Centre Court, 2006.

The day I look forward to all year! My plan so far: Advance Electronics at 7 a.m., Comics America at 9 a.m.
Why Advance? I want a turntable! It's been too long. We'll see if I get one.
Comics America? The usual. From my brief look at the flier in their window tonight, it's 40% off of everything this year. Can't front on that.
Before you say anything, I'm aware of my boycott earlier this year. I've backpedaled, somewhat. I wasn't entirely committed to it when I posted it. I've shopped there, but not as much as I could have. My money has gone to Amazon and McNally whenever possible. The fact remains though, that they carry everything. And to their credit, they've reduced the amount of dust-gathering toys and added better shelving in one section, thereby (hopefully) reducing the amount of wreckage from all the usual piles of bullshit.
With all of that said, today should be fun. If I still have some energy and cash, I think I'll hit up McNally with my gift card. There are wayward art books and magazines that need a home.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Dante: Perplexed
My son is unaware of Christmas, but he does deserve a little slack.
He's only been around for six weeks. All the best to you and yours!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt


Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt is the latest series from Gainax (famous for such titles as the FLCL series* and the feature-length film Wings of Honneamise). It's profane, often disgusting, perhaps even a little sacrilegious...and a whole lot of fun.
I'm sure this sounds rather naive to you, but it's rather cool that a currently-running Japanese animated series is so readily available here in North America. Gone are the days when one would have to wait for Adult Swim or Teletoon to bring a dope anime show over. Now, it's up to you: you can watch it on YouTube illegally, or get with Crunchyroll and watch with a clear conscience (and a few commercials).
Of course, you could also hit up a torrent, you fuckin' pirate.
EDIT: All due props to Labyrinth for introducing me to the show!

*I just found out that Funimation will be carrying the long out-of-print series on DVD. I'm all happy n' shit!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Videos From Some Homies Of Mine

The Gumshoe Strut's "On The Move"
I mentioned this in October, and it's good enough to mention again! Download the EP!


mcenroe's "Keeping The Faith"
I do believe this is my favorite joint off of The Paper Champion.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Whacked!



I've been watching Whacked from the get-go, and loving it. It's described as "Abbott and Costello meet The Sopranos", and I couldn't agree more. Fellow GP member Kirk Diedrich plays Vinny.
This one's my favorite:



Visit vinnyandtony.com for more info.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dante David Thor Lorde: The Fact Sheet

Dante: Six Hours and Thirty-Three Minutes Old
The little man in his hospital-provided toque (uh..."woolen hat" for those of you outside of Canada).

  • Full Name: Dante David Thor Lorde
  • Born: November 12th, 2010 at 2:00 PM. Right on time, and two weeks late.
  • Parents: Sarah and Allan Lorde
  • Vital Stats:
    Weight: 8 lbs., 12 oz. | Length: 20¾ inches
  • Temperament: Mellow. Becomes agitated when hungry, like his old man. Working on the sleeping thing. This kid's got a weird internal clock.
  • Name Breakdown:
    Dante: Dante's namesake is legendary rap insider Dante Ross. I first heard him mentioned in De La Soul's classic debut 3 Feet High and Rising, specifically on the skit "Can U Keep a Secret?" ("Dante is a scrub!") As a 14 year-old kid, I though "Dante" was a pretty cool name, and it stuck with me. I'm glad Sarah thought it was pretty cool, too. For the record, I found out about Dante Alighieri a few years later.
    Fun fact: Mr. Ross is represented in the 3 Feet High and Rising liner notes as a talking duck with a brush cut. Awesome.
    David: Carrying on the tradition – there are three Davids in the McCulloch family, and it's also the middle name of Sarah's father.
    Thor:
    This one's for Sarah's mom. She had suggested it for years, half-jokingly. We thought, "why not?" There are Swedes in Sarah's family. Norse mythology in the house!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Barbra, Burton, and Me

You know about that Duck Sauce joint "Barbra Streisand", right? You don't?
Watch this, then come back here.



Ah, you're back. Dope vid, eh?

Now, give this version a spin:
It's the Winnipeg edit, brought to you by my homies Co-op and Hunnicutt.
Hunnicutt ran into Sarah and myself at Kimich'i On Albert a few weeks ago, and he asked me to contribute. I was more than happy to.
Download it and dance with yerself.
Also, check out Co-op's free instrumental EP, Nice Work If You Can Get It, on Marathon of Dope! 19:44 of goodness. FOR FREE!

Friday, November 05, 2010

A Dubious And Tenuous Connection For The Greater Good

Some friends of mine and I have been having a conversation for the past few days via Facebook about blackface during Halloween, and how fucked up it is (at any time of the year, not just October the 31st). I mentioned on a related note how I'd like to dress as Rastus, the Cream of Wheat mascot someday. This needs to happen.
Anyway, this was somewhat fresh on my mind when Wordburglar's "Cream of Wheat" came up randomly on my iPod this evening. That made me smile.
Good music and cultural mockery shouldn't be mentioned within the same breath, I know this; but I'll use any excuse to show you this cool video:

Friday, October 29, 2010

Lemonade...Detroit style.


I found out about this film via a Twitter post by Aaron Draplin, and if you act now, you can buy a piece of it. This sounds like a project I can get behind.

I've got a lot of love for Detroit. No, I've never been there, but I've felt a tenuous kinship to the city since we got TV from there for nearly 10 years. Also, I see a few parallels between Peg City and Detroit. Maybe I'll elaborate in another blog post.

At any rate, give this trailer a look. It lifted my spirit a little.

Monday, October 25, 2010

iTunes Canada's Serious Defect

[melodramatic]Canuck iTunes is broken. You know why? LL Cool J's Mama Said Knock You Out isn't available for purchase. Neither is Walking With A Panther, but I'm getting ahead of myself...the fact that his finest moment on wax isn't legally available on the digital juggernaut is a travesty of musical justice. If things were right in the world, I should be able to have "Eat Em Up L Chill" and "To Da Break of Dawn" come up randomly on my iPod, so I can bug out at my fucking cubicle. iTunes Canada...do you really like me to be sad? Apparently, you do. Your omission of this album and Walking With A Panther kills my (natural) high, dawg. And what's up with keeping 14 Shots To The Dome around? Nobody likes that fucking album! It's quite clear that you have a hate-on for me, and I don't know what I did to deserve this kind of treatment. I'm so done with you after I buy this exclusive iTunes Session with the Black Keys.[/melodramatic]

Kanye's Runaway


I watched this a couple of hours ago, and I kinda liked it. Yeah, there were some goofy moments, but there were some dope tunes and a ton of explosions. I can't get mad at that.

After watching this, I couldn't help but compare this to the work of Matthew Barney. At that moment, I realized I've never actually watched a full Matthew Barney film, but I've seen plenty of stills; many perplexing stills. So...I hit YouTube, and watched several lengthy clips from the Cremaster Cycle and Drawing Restraint 9. Mind-boggling shit. So, my comparison to Barney's work isn't warranted, really. Kanye's symbolism is easy to interpret (his chick is a phoenix, and he's smothering her. Phoenixes gotta burn, homie!), while you need a series of charts, diagrams, and Coles Notes to figure out what the fuck is going on in the Cremaster Cycle...and there's a good chance you'd still be wrong.

Man, those explosions were cool.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Random Thoughts: October 20th, 2010

The Wrestling Ring

  • Three ropes, fool. I can't tell you how pissed off I get when I see illustrated depictions of wrestling rings with two or four ropes, and I do believe I saw two examples recently.* It really speaks to the importance of having reference around, and a simple Google image search should kill any doubts you may have. Now, having said this, you now have free reign to call me out on the next thing I fuck up graphically. However, there's a chance I actually did my research, so the error can be chalked up to ineptitude.
    So, get it straight, chump: three ropes = wrestling ring, four ropes = boxing ring.
    Two ropes? I seriously don't know what the hell that is.

  • Lack of Francais. I was listening to A Propos on Saturday, remembering the time I made my elementary school French teacher cry.
    No, I'm not boasting. It's one of the many regrets I have.
    She overheard me expressing my frustrations with learning the language, and how I didn't plan on taking it in high school. She lost it. My imposing sixth grade teacher (he's the tall Belgian in the photo Jeope is holding) made damn sure I apologized to her in front of everybody the following day. If I remember correctly, I did take French in junior high, but didn't for the latter years.
    Years later, I can say searching for female nudity on CBWFT during my youth cultivated an appreciation of French cinema**, even though I have to read the subtitles, which I don't really mind. It'd be cool to understand it a little more beyond the handful of words I know, though. Sometimes, I think it'd be dope to try and re-learn it, but I'm still trying to remember all of the Japanese stuff I've forgotten.

  • Don't sleep on Winnipeg. There's a lot of good shit coming through before the end of the year, rap-wise. You already know mcenroe dropped a tight EP. You should also be aware that Yy's new full-length will be coming in December. And via the good folks at Marathon of Dope:

    • The Gumshoe Strut's Too Long In The Tooth will be available November 2nd. He had a release show on the 15th of this month, compete with physical copies of the EP, and I can tell you that it's very good. It's about being broke down and ragged, so I can totally relate. For the moment, check out this dope video he shot for "On The Move". Man, I love that beat!
    • Birdapres' got some raw shit for ya. This sounds serious, y'all. Of course, I'd expect nothing else from Bird. I'm stoked!
    • John Smith's collab with producer Murdock, It's True Because It Rhymes, is finally seeing the light of day. I've been bugging both of them for so long about this album's release date, that the interlude I appeared on ended up being a cruel joke, so it got dropped.*** All of that doesn't matter, because people need to hear this shit. For the moment, read homie's bio and stay tuned.

    That's a tidy, jam-packed list that'll keep tongues wagging throughout 2011. Don't front.
     
  • Covered/Repaneled. Covered: Classic/not-so-classic comic covers re-imagined. Repaneled: Same concept as Covered, except individual panels get the treatment. Both rule very hard.
*I won't link to them, because I'm classy. And, uh...I can't remember where I saw them.
**Playtime is one of my favorite films. There's no nudity in it.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Potent Quotes

"... I one day expect to find him perched on my couch prattling on about Oxo bouillion cubes or something."
– Illustrator Rod Filbrandt on Douglas Coupland.

"At least pornography has a function."
– Steve Albini on fashion. This GQ interview he did is typically acidic.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Random Thoughts: September 22nd, 2010

Curtained!
Thanks to my wife, I have curtains in the workspace.

  • Paper Champion! mcenroe's The Paper Champion EP is now available via the Peanuts & Corn site, iTunes, and eMusic. It's great to have him doing rap shit again, and that's no disrespect to his Edge of Town album (which I enjoyed quite a bit). I'm telling you right now...I can't listen to "Gearing Up For Getting Down" without wincing a little, as it's about being an aging hip-hopper. I'm happy to say that Rod is far more positive about getting older than I am, so while it hits home, it's also a fine example of acceptance. You'd best cop this. Do something good with your life for once!

  • The best Who tribute by an emcee goes to... Another EP of note is Blueprint's Who. I wrote a lil' something about it at my other blog. Favorite track? "Pain". He used the same beat on the equally ill "Cold Out Here" and married it with the "Won't Get Fooled Again" organ break. 'Print writes shit that I can relate to, and his verse on that joint is proof positive.

    On a related note, can I say how much I like Bandcamp and how I wish more folks would use it? The design is slick, the sound is top notch, and I can properly preview an album before I buy it. Take Ghettosocks' Treat of the Day: I've been meaning to cop this for ages. Holding out hope, I've been looking for the album at various local outlets to no avail. Yeah, I could order it from one of them, but I have to admit that I'm a little burnt out on the special order thing, as it doesn't feel special anymore (yeah, I went there. Stop groaning!). And this is from a guy that still favors the physical product over a (legal) download. Amazon kinda took the fun out of that by getting it to me faster than they would.
    But I digress...I can get both the digital download and CD of 'Socks TOTD right from his Bandcamp spot, and preview/download tracks from his Teenburger and Twin Peaks projects. Snazzy.

  • Patton Oswalt Talks About This Age We Live In. Here's his quote in GQ, as posted by comic dude Dean Trippe. I agree. I reblogged it and added an observation here (where else?). With that said, I do miss the '90s...just a little bit.

  • Tough Design Love (NSFW). Good Fucking Design Advice. I downloaded the "Stop fucking procrastinating" desktops for my Mac and iPhone. They're effective shame tools.
    Props to Aaron Draplin for the heads up on the link.

  • Massimo Vignelli Ain't Boastin', He's Truthin'. While working last night, I heard a terrific interview with design legend Massimo Vignelli via the Design Matters podcast (conducted by the lovely Debbie Millman). Through school, I was aware of his work, but I don't think I was really aware of the man until I saw Helvetica. I can't really recall the last time I heard a man so sure of his skill, and it comes through in this interview. He can back it all up though, unlike a million people I could mention. Watch him expand on his belief that we use too many typefaces. He uses no more than three or four, while I'm often looking to use something other than Trade Gothic Bold Condensed No. 20. Is it bad that I downloaded The Vignelli Canon (grab it here) a year ago and merely flipped through it? I should cop the print version when it drops.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Random Thoughts: September 16th, 2010

Pathetic Library
Done!

Inspiration station, before and after. Photos taken July 11/14, 2010.
  • A Synopsis. Been busy. Work has been a mix of frustration and tiny victories. I'd elaborate, but that'd be really fucking boring (and the last thing I want to do is incriminate myself). Baby room-wise, things are coming together, in addition to making the rest of the house comfy. I've posted progress pics of my workspace's transformation here. I have to admit...I've really been pissed at myself ever since I discovered my drawing desk is actually backward. Seems I need to spend more time at it! Fuck. On a related note, Veronica Hebard has a dope workspace. Natural light, cool trinkets, stuff on the walls...I've got everything except that last one.

  • Afflicted with Tumblritis. Currently, a lot of my writing takes place at my other blog, Mr. Lorde Should Be Drawing – that is if you can call it writing. Via the power of reblogging, I often find myself making sure folks know who certain artists and models are, because I'm all about attribution, and a lot of folks using Tumblr are not. Being older than your average Tumblr user, I feel like an iconoclast swimming against a wave of entitlement. As maddening as that sounds, I really do enjoy it. It's the immediacy of it all, I guess. In the three or so hours it takes me to write a simple Blogger-based post, I can say a whole more with a video or photo and a few explanatory lines in Tumblrland. I'm not ready to drop The Place Where Al Dwells yet, but some things might have to change. I think I'm one of those things.

  • Speaking of blogs... Did I mention my wife started one? She's off to a great start. For the record, she feels the same way I do about some of the parenthood advice we received a while ago. My missive wasn't unilateral.

  • An End to the Whingeing. In an earlier draft of this entry, I was going to continue bitching in the style of the aforementioned blog post, but I think it's time to dead that. Instead, I'd like to shout-out the folks who gave me solid, real, down-to-earth advice when Sarah and I announced that we were expecting. I'm eternally grateful.

  • John Smith's "I'm Rollerblading!" I was just re-listening to Blunderbus, or "In Transit" and got to the controversial "I'm Rollerblading!" (apparently, skating diehards weren't too fond of this joint), and I wondered when ESPN decided to drop inline skating from the X Games. According to Wikipedia and other sources, 2005 was the year. I was wondering why I hadn't heard Arlo Eisenberg's name for a while.
    This Kids In The Hall sketch was inspiration for that track, by the way.

  • All Things Garage-y. About a week ago, I finished reading Eric Davidson's We Never Learn, and it was truly a joy to flip through. Even though I had only reached the 33rd page, I decided to give the book a healthy nod via Tumblr reblog last month.

  • Masticators! I started a food blog with my homies Evan and Mark last month. I don't think I'll ever run out of things to write. I think I'm gonna whip up a couple of post drafts as soon as I'm done with this. They've been stewin' in the noggin a little too long. In the meantime, holler at us via Twitter.

Monday, August 16, 2010

An Open Letter To The Guy Who Sat Beside Me At The 10:10 Showing Of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Thanks for eventually shutting up.
Y'know...after I pointed out that I wasn't interested in what you had to say.
I drew the line after "why does everything have to be so epic?"
Your idiocy knows no bounds and your friends are just as stupid for hanging out with you.
Dick.

Your pal,
Allan Lorde

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Nestor Wynrush Ensemble poster

Nestor Wynrush Ensemble Poster

August 6th, y'all! Should be a fun night.
Poster design and photo by lil' ol' me. I'll get to posting the original photo on Flickr someday soon.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

R.I.P. Ryan August

Lil' Rider.

I just found out that Ryan August of I Want Your Skull passed away on July 11th. I'm stunned. I really wished I had met him in person. He encouraged me to contribute to the first issue of IWYS, and the result is above. Anytime I saw a new issue or a blog post with amazing skull-themed artwork, I felt bad that I didn't draw skulls regularly, and I still do. I'm just thankful that I was able to be involved in a project that got better with each issue. He pushed the quality every time, as did the people that provided the content.
Wherever you're at right now, Ryan, I know you're kicking ass in some fashion. R.I.P.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

My Jazz Fest 2010 Photos

The Slew 2
The Slew – July 1st, 2010
Some of the best shows I've ever seen were part of this year's TD Jazz Winnipeg Festival. I plan on telling my son or daughter about The Roots show someday. The photos can be found here.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Adventures In Album Cover Design

This thread is comedy gold. Don't take your album design too lightly. Noyz's post pretty much sums up where Infinite P went very wrong:
Original: http://layoutsparks.com/1/232393/moonlight-tropics-night-view.html
✓ Google "moonlight" and steal one of the first images that come up
✓ Fuck up the aspect ration by squishing instead of cropping
✓ Add a second moon/lens-flare because the other fake one wasn't big enough
✓ Add Smoke without basic photoshop skills
✓ Add Parental Advisory logo for spiritual reasons
The even sadder thing is, I bet this cover took you at least a month to make.
Classic.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Johnny Wander – you should read it.

I tend to get a feeling about certain webcomics when I'm introduced to them. If I get that feeling, I'll read it from the very beginning in one shot, no matter how many installments there are.
That's happened three times:
  • In 2002, a friend introduced me to Sinfest. I ended up reading two years of strips in one night, and I've been a fan ever since.
  • Almost two years ago, I discovered Girls With Slingshots and read four years of strips in one night! Needless to say, it was compelling.
  • Tonight, via a GWS guest spot, I found out about Johnny Wander, by Ananth Panagariya and Yuko Ota. It's very slice-of-life and hilarious. Did I mention that Yuko can draw her ass off? I'm already in love with this comic.

Friday, July 02, 2010

BNL-fueled Nostalgia


I'll admit it...I own The Yellow Tape. A lot of folks I knew back then did, too.
I just came in from work and heard a CBC concert featuring The Barenaked Ladies performing their very popular cover of Bruce Cockburn's "Lovers In A Dangerous Time" with Bruce himself. I suddenly remembered how I loved to watch the above video every chance I got (Much had it in heavy rotation back in the day).

For those of you unaware or too young to know, the record store in the video was part of the defunct A&A Records chain. I can't remember where any of the Winnipeg locations were.

I was going to say more stuff, but my sinuses are killing my ass, so my thoughts have evaporated. I'll leave you with this: to me, Steven Page will always be that guy that was in Barenaked Ladies, and the Barenaked Ladies will always be that band that Steven Page was in.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Game Trailer

Yeah, I'll be needing this. The villains pay off in loonies and toonies!
The man behind the look and feel of the game is Paul Robertson. I mentioned him here a little while ago.

The Clifton Santiago Honeymoon Suite...

...aka my new workspace. It's taking shape slowly. Gotta hang some posters up in this motherfucker, and soon! Not before I unpack these boxes that are taking up a third of the room. Bleh.

Taking Shape

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Unformatted Random Thoughts: June 3rd, 2010

Just moved into the new house, currently setting up my studio. An outlet that only takes two prong plugs is fucking my plans up. I'll survive.
No Internet until Friday morning — this post was generated via iPhone. I must locate my modem.
The grass out back is thicker than Trump's wack-ass hairpiece.
On a wrestling note: I can't help but wonder who's going to win The Best Of The Super Juniors tournament. Tiger Mask IV is out of the running due to a neck injury, and who knows how long Prince Devitt's knee will hold out.
Another wrestling note: this new season of NXT sounds fucking terrible.
A musical note (HA!): Shad's new album is amazing. You should buy it and make your life better.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Best Of The Super Juniors


The video above is a compilation of every Top Of/Best Of The Super Juniors tournament final, from 1988 to 2009. Before watching this, I was familiar with a handful of the matches; regardless, I was gobsmacked throughout the entire 12:58 of this vid. My favorite? The El Samurai/Koji Kanemoto match, which you can find at the 2:57 mark. The shit they were doing was insane.

This comp also contains footage of Chris Benoit (as Wild Pegasus) winning two of the tournaments. This is the first time I've been able to watch anything Benoit-related without wincing. Look closely, and you'll see other gaijin talent, like Fit Finlay, Scorpio, Dean Malenko, and Eddie Guerrero. Actually, you won't have to look too hard for Eddie...that's him beating Jushin Liger as Black Tiger in 1996 (at the 2:19 mark).

The 2010 edition is only days away, and among the participants is Winnipegger Kenny Omega. His tag team partner, Kota Ibushi, is also a participant. As opponents, they're no strangers to each other. Guaranteed, there won't be any "going outside" shit in the tournament.


Bonus stuff: watch the 2009 final between Kanemoto and Prince Devitt. It's amazing. Adam and Mike of F4W's Big Audio Nightmare figure Devitt will probably win this thing. I'm inclined to agree, as Devitt has been shut out of the tournament two years in a row due to injury, only to lose in the match above. It may be logical to give him the rub here. Part of me wants Davey Richards to win. That dude is a serious bad-ass.

More bonus stuff: I'm a big fan of the Tumblr blog FUCK YEAH WRESTLING! (I'm not yelling...that's their name.) Random articles, photos, and videos – all wrestling. I'm happy to have contributed some items to the site.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Paper Champion

Many thanks to mcenroe for the EP cover. Looks dope!

Via mcenroe's Twitter:
Finished the rap mix of "The Paper Champion", my new EP. Now doing crazy dubbed out mixes for the bonus disc.
Needless to say, I'm looking forward to this. After his killer mixtape/album Mastermind, and his criminally slept-upon synth pop recording Edge of Town, there's been a bit of a gap between P & C releases. But he's addressed that. When will this come out? Only Rod knows. Keep your ears open.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Random Thoughts: May 17th, 2010

Bison Smokie On Donald & Portage
Friday's brunch.
  • Changes are afoot. In about a week or so, I'll be an uncle. In two weeks, I'll be a homeowner. Come late October, I'll be a dad. In-fucking-sanity.
  • Output. Creativity has slowed to a mere trickle, if you can call it that. With the impending move, the living room is full of boxes, so I'm even less inclined to do stuff. On Friday, my drawing desk was dismantled for easier transport. Factor in my scattered/dark state of mind, I've been the very picture of inertia. So, how have I been getting my kicks? Well, through impulsive writing/blogging/whatever via this blog, Twitter, and this blog's offspring (which is actually dedicated to rapid sharing and half-thoughts). And I'm alright with this. I'll get back to drawing. The creativity/consumption balance will be restored in good time.
  • Philip Lumbang Obey Sketch. Check it out. It's from his days of working with Mr. Fairey. Nice, eh? Quite a contrast from his bear-centric spreading of happiness, which is also pretty damn nice. Check out his work here.
  • Safeway In Winnipeg. The history of Safeway in Winnipeg at West End Dumplings in four parts, with copious pictures – start here. I've been meaning to link this up for a while now, because it's just so damn interesting. Props to Christian Cassidy for his dedication and research. Be sure to check out his other blog, This Was Winnipeg, and his Flickr photostream.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

GIVEAWAY!

Epson Stylus Color 880
The Epson color printer that used to be mine.

It's Giveaway Weekend! There's something fascinating about watching folks go through stuff that used to be yours. Before putting this printer out on the corner, I placed a box of assorted stuff out there first. Two people walked off with stuff while I watched from the second floor landing. That right there is tailored entertainment value. One of the two people came back for the printer, and I decided to stop watching until dusk. We'll see if there's anything left!
Best part? Two turkey-shaped items (a salt shaker and a napkin holder) = GONE.

This was prefaced by joining a long-ass lineup for a discounted compost bin and a rain collector across from Silver City Polo Park. Both are now in our living room.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Stop Draggin' My Heart Around

Pining for a Bygone Era
You have to admire his passion. Taken Sept. 11th, 2006.

I love this city to death, and I hate to see it get jerked around.
Minutes ago, I checked out today's lead story in The Winnipeg Free Press', and it seems that one more hurdle may have been cleared in the fight to keep the Coyotes in Phoenix for one more season. Fine, I say. If the whole buyer thing works out, great. Bettman's hard-on of stubborness is intact. Good on ya, Gary.

I just hate hearing the press jump on every rumor regarding the possibility of our long-lost Winnipeg Jets returning like the Prodigal Son. Truthfully, I'm not sure if that simile is appropriate, but it sure does sound good. Anyway, I just feel bad for folks in this city that get worked up over faint hope. The whole situation is some sort of open wound that forces outside of this town love to thrust a few fingers in for kicks. They love it when we squirm in the form of grassroot movements to fetch our team back from the indifferent Sun Belt.

And what about the Moose? Yeah, you remember them, right? I feel for those motherfuckers. Be real, y'all: the Moose are totally the jilted second wife in this mess. She knew Winnipeg and the Jets were tight, but the breakup was bitter, and she'd do anything to make him forget. The thing is, ol' Winnipeg never got over The Franchise, even though she crossed the border, changed her name and hooked up with Phoenix. Winnipeg got drunk every few years and openly pined for The Franchise, sending ill-advised texts and nude photos, all the while assuring wife no. 2 that everything was on the up n' up.

It's 4:58, and I've clearly gone too far with this metaphor. This post was just an elaborate ruse to use that photo.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Digital Dalliances

Hi. I've been in some dark places mentally, lately. I'll eventually get on track, including the Zero 2 Illo challenge. In the meantime, let me hit you off with some online bullshit.
  • Me at Flavors.me – flavors.me/misterlorde: I did this on a whim, inspired by my man Chris. Essentially, it's a one-stop contact page or social network business card. I just remembered I had this.
  • Mr. Lorde Should Be Drawingmisterlorde.tumblr.com: That title mocks me like nothing else. It's an effective shame tool. Basically, I started this when I fell out of love with my blog for a moment. Now, it's storage place for impulsive posts. So, The Place Where Al Dwells... = depth, Mr. Lorde Should Be Drawing = brain farts. I'm only 15 posts deep, but I'm beginning to enjoy using Tumblr, especially with this new theme I'm using. We'll see how long this lasts. I guess I should stay on board, as Mr. Mayer feels Tumblr is the future, and we all know how wise he is.
    A warning: nudity may show up every once in a while. None of my own. 
A note: History repeats itself. For nearly two years I said I didn't need Twitter, and then I joined. My joining of Tumblr shows that I'm pretty good at shooting my mouth off.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Allow me to be passive-aggressive for a moment...

Apparently, because I'm going to be a dad this year, I'm no longer allowed to acknowledge cool things. This came as news to me! All this time, I thought it was a healthy thing for someone to have interests outside of work and that it was possible to have these interests with offspring on the horizon. Well, I'm glad they straightened me out. I'm sure my son or daughter would rather have a dishwater-dull old man than a vibrant, pop culture-damaged idiot savant for a father.

Also, I've had more folks than I care to count (because that would mean taking an interest in something) tell me to get my gadgets now, because a child will fuck all of that up. Well, I'll be damned if that ain't some top notch advice. I mean, I knew I had to make certain sacrifices, but that notion hit me like a bolt of lightning! While I'm at it, I should stop buying comics, books, magazines, and music. Those items are frivolous and not at all life-affirming or informative, and my child should know that.

Thank you (hands clasped)...thank you for putting me on the right path, friends.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

New Japan Pro Wrestling's YouTube Channel

Streaming full-length matches from New Japan's 38 year history. This makes me happier than a bunch of puppies running into a kitchen!

Dynamite Kid vs. Tiger Mask, January 28th, 1982

Tiger Mask vs. Bret Hart, February 5th, 1982 (WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship match)

Masahiro Chono vs. Steve Austin, September 23rd, 1992 (NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match – I think this might be slightly clipped.)

A clip of Antonio Inoki vs. Ric Flair, May 1st, 1995 – Pyongyang, North Korea

Monday, April 26, 2010

Zero 2 Illo 12 Week Challenge: Week 3

Well, week 3 of the challenge is upon us, and again, I feel unprepared. Don't get me wrong, I've been doing research, but possibly not enough. The first of two tasks was to 1) "decide upon my business structure" – all the legal/tax stuff, setting up shop – and right here was where I felt kind of clueless. Other than hearing I can claim a certain amount of square footage on my taxes for freelancing, I don't know a whole helluva lot.
As far as that goes, this photo pretty much describes what my current set-up is like, even though it's almost two years old. That will change on June 1st, when my wife and I will move into our new house, where I'll have my own spot. (It's all happening at once...new house, new family member to prepare for!) The size is just right for me to do my thing, and I can't wait to set it up.
But, I digress. I think it's time I have a long-overdue discussion with my pal Sam about how she set her business up, and whatever struggles she may have encountered. If anything, I'm sure she'd be able set me on the right path.

Next, I had to 2) "lay the foundations of my marketing strategy", and if you look at the challenge entry, the first thing I have to do is figure out who I'm trying to impress. I have to say my target is art directors. The next step?:
Based on your research, I’d like you to gather a targeted list of 10 Companies, Publishers, Art Directors or Manufacturers that you will be contacting when we get to that part of the challenge.
Well, I took that as a call to gather the art director info for the following ten magazines/newspapers:
Playboy, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Walrus, Monocle, Esquire, Maxim, National Post, and Complex. This list might need some tweaking, as I've been thinking about some of these titles since college (I remember seeing Playboy Japan on an illustrator's client list and thought that was the most amazing thing ever). And the last step:
Armed with everything you now know about your list of contacts, plan out 6 portfolio pieces that you will be creating in the next 3 weeks of the challenge...
Okay, two or three of these will need to have caricature involved. Admittedly, not my strong point, but I'm down to get better. Some musicians, actors, political figures, etc. Maybe the other half should be concept-driven or humorous? I'd say that's the move.

I guess that's it! I really didn't think I'd get this far as flushing out what needs to be done. I did have a few notes to go by. I'm gonna roll by the Zero 2 Illo clubhouse and see what my compatriots have done, and take notes. And Jonathon has already posted this week's assignment, so I'm going to give it a look before bed.
I'm feeling way more accomplished than I thought I would. Either that, or I'm super-deluded!

The rumors are true!*

We're expecting!

Grand Beach, August 19th, 2006.

*I'm actually unaware of any rumors.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

R.I.P. Guru

One of the true greats is gone. If I learned one thing from the man, it's that it's mostly the voice, and that's an undeniable fact.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Zero 2 Illo 12 Week Challenge: Week 2

This week (and I'm a little late due to real life interfering), we were to come up with a one page business plan. Here's the info behind all of that. Personally, I think I'm going to have to re-write this at some point, as I think I'm repeating myself and not answering things clearly. But, time is of the essence, and I really hope I handle week 3 better than this. You can't  hear me, but I'm totally muttering under my breath about how I took care of this and I definitely plan on getting some feedback from the Zero 2 Illo fam. Whoa...is it really 5:13 AM? Yes. Yes it is. Bed time.


  • Objective:
    Ultimate goal – gallery shows and high profile illustration jobs
    Bigger goal – Solo gallery shows and world travel due to those shows
  • Goals:
    Income goals – charging and getting what I’m worth, augmenting current income
    Markets & Audiences – music/entertainment magazines, poster & music lovers
    Channels – Etsy and gigposters.com classified ad
  • Strategies:
    Income streams - selling my work via Etsy/GP, maybe a Big Cartel store?
    Market/Audience first focus - editorial illustration, I figure. I’d like to do something for Exclaim! before the end of the year.
    Services - I’m not sure what to say here.
    How will I deliver? - Personally, I figure. I don’t have an agent, and I figure it’ll be a while before I do.
  • Measures:
    Key milestones - seriously, if I sell out of an entire print run of art prints, I’d consider that successful. Other than that, I think I really ought to think about this a little more.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Art Break!

The End Result
The end result.

I finally got to posting the iPhone pics from the Art Break event I mentioned in this previous post. That event was truly fun. Take a gander!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Random Thoughts: April 13th, 2010

Friday BDI
It's BDI time, fool. Get you some.
  • Zero 2 Illo 12 Week Challenge, Week 2. This week? A business plan. Creative person Kryptonite. However, the way Jonathan and his lovely wife Lea have broken it all down for us, it seems simple enough to do! Believe it or not, I'm looking forward to chewin' on this one. Plus, it needs to be done.
  • R.I.P. Jenny Joyce. (This bit might be somewhat NSFW) Jenny was a MILF before the term came about. She was among the most visible of early '90s mature adult performers for Filmco/Totally Tasteless Video, including Kitty Foxx and Cathy Jones. And by far, she was my favorite. AVN wrote a nice obit/profile for her.
  • American Trademarks: Got a call today from the good folks at McNally that my copy of American Trademarks has arrived. Illustration and design powerhouse Micheal Doret wrote it up nicely on his blog, so naturally, I had to cop it. Also, Aaron Draplin – a man I look up to – is also profiled in this book, which is a incentive that put my approval over the top.
  • Frank Stockton. Looking through a number of illustration annuals over the years, I can say that subconsciously, I've become a fan of Frank Stockton. However, I think my admiration for his talent truly came to fruition while flipping through Illustrators 51. There, I found page 3 of his six-page story, "A Shot At Glory" (written by Zev Borow) for ESPN magazine. In particular, I'm taken with the superior, aloof stance of the pitcher, Martha, in panel 9. Before you say anything, yes, I fully realize she's big, which I love. But that isn't it. What I love really, is how she's constructed. Her stance is real. When she says, "you suck, Borow," you can't help but believe she means it. I dug this page so much, I went to my library to find the real deal, only to find the whole thing online.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

An Open Letter To YouTube

Hey, YouTube!

Yo...remember when I could have the comments turned off for all of the videos I wanted to watch? Yeah, that was pretty fuckin' awesome. You're so much cooler when you're free of stupidity and ignorance. Otherwise, you're doin' a bang-up job.

Love,
Al

Friday, April 09, 2010

Zero 2 Illo 12 Week Challenge: Week 1, Part 2

Time for me to answer the question: What do you want to illustrate? Or, to be more specific, what kind of illustration do I want to do?
Editorial
Art prints and other ephemera
Comics
Art shows

I really do think that sums it up. My official/unofficial motto for the longest time has been "I just want to make cool shit", and now I've just made the cool shit specific.
We, as zero2illo12wc participants, were also to ask ourselves some other questions, such as (these come directly from the site):
  • Is your idea commercially viable?
    You mean to do all of that stuff? Sure. I mean, the comics idea is mainly for the love of the art form and storytelling. It might be a pipe dream of sorts for me. I'm not sure I want to draw someone else's story. I really think I'd like to write and illustrate my own story, but I currently have nothing to say or tell. I just love comics. The truth is, there's no guarantee of success, and it's time-consuming. It's a labour of love to do it on the solo tip.
    So I could probably do all of that stuff, but I'll have to shift my energy as I need to. One part will pay more bills than the other. That's life.
  • What are the target markets (publications, manufacturers, brands and companies) currently commissioning this kind of illustration?
    • Editorial: My personal "big two" are The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. There's also Esquire, The Walrus, Exclaim! (even though they only have one spot for illustration now), Monocle, etc.
    • Art prints and other ephemera: No one's really commissioning this stuff, but immediate outlets would be the gigposters.com classifieds and Etsy.
    • Comics: Top Shelf, Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, Oni Press. I'd say those would be my ideal publishers.
    • Art shows: I'd kill to be part of a Gallery 1988 group show or something at Nucleus. Eventually, a solo show would be dope. I'd love to travel internationally for this kind of thing, but I'd have to be of Kozik or Baseman status. It could happen.
  • Who are the big players (illustrators) in this market?
    • Editorial: Peter de Sève, Tomer Hanuka, Marcos Chin, Sterling Hundley, and many more...
    • Art Prints: Dan McCarthy, Dave Kinsey, Evan Hecox, man...check out OMGPosters.com and even more names will pop up.
    • Comics: Man...uh, Jaime Hernandez, Daniel Clowes, Seth, Chris Ware, etc. These dudes are the elite in my eyes (and off the top of my head).
    • Art shows: Frank Kozik, Coop, Scott C., Glenn Barr, Dave Cooper, and others. I really look up to these people.
  • Why are they successful in this area? Look at their website and other online profiles, search for interviews with them online…How do they promote themselves? If you can break down what makes them successful (other than that they are very talented), you can apply this model to your own business.
    Well, first of all, they're all really good. And they never stop, they're constantly busy. A number of them maintain blogs, keeping people updated on their exploits/work/products/lunch. They're staying busy, relevant, and visible.
It's currently 4:38, and I should be in bed. However, I'm really glad I sat down and wrote this out. Maybe I'll be able to come up with a good game plan out of this. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Zero 2 Illo 12 Week Challenge: Week 1, Part 1

And so it begins!
So far, there are close to (or possibly over) 80 folks taking part in the Zero 2 Illo 12 Week Challenge, and the enthusiasm is high, so far. All of the bios that Jonathan has been able to post, including mine, can be found here, and an assortment of discussions are taking place at the newly set up Ning-based "clubhouse", including an introduction thread.
The first task seems deceptively simple, but requires a bit of soul-searching; it's a question: what do you want to illustrate?
I more-or-less have an answer, but I think I should take a little time to suss it out, as I'm making it a public record sort of thing. Of course, I have the right to change my mind later, but I doubt there will be much deviation. For now, I'm gonna write some notes, and get some sleep. Peace.

Skid Row Pimpin'

Pip & Ness

Pip (with the infamous Nestor Wynrush) performing "Cut Me Into A 1000 Pieces & Burn Them For 3 Weeks" at the West End Cultural Centre – March 13th, 2010. This shot is in the current issue of Stylus (thanks, Jenny!).

Y'all sick of me talking about Skid Row yet? I hope not. Because what I'm really saying is: YOU NEED THIS ALBUM. And now, you can get it within your filthy fingers via the good folks at Foultone. Purchase your physical copy via this link, and hit 'em off PayPal style.

What? You prefer zeros and ones? Well, it's on iTunes, too. US and Canada, fool. Get you some.

Still not convinced? What do I have to do? Free radio versions of three Pip tracks from foultone.com? You drive a hard bargain. All zipped up for your convenience.

This is some of the best shit Pip has ever recorded, and he'd be the first to tell you so. This is going to sound weird, but believe me, you will never hear self-hatred sound so good. Wanna know why? Because Pip's acidic, grimy rhymes and Kutdown's sublime beats are the finest tag team since the British Bulldogs. Kut outdid himself on the production tip, and he laces y'all with the shit that real heads dream of. A special shout-out goes to my man DJ Co-op for "You Got A Bad Name"; tap shoes have never sounded so dark. Good job, homie.
So, yeah, playa...enrich your life. Visit Skid Row.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Paul Robertson's Kings of Power 4 Billion %


Got 12:39 to spare? Well then, feast your eyes upon what easily ranks as one of the most insane things I've ever seen. It's unhinged, colorful, and bound to offend in some fashion. Therefore, it's genius.
Want to know what's even better? This man is behind the visuals for the upcoming Scott Pilgrim video game. Yes.
Props to Muttpop for lettin' a brother know. Visit Mr. Robertson here. Paul has made the film available for download from several outlets.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

The Briscoes vs. Sterling Keenan & Jason Blade


I just listened to a great interview with Jay Briscoe, the elder Briscoe Brother, so I was inspired to post a match of theirs. This was probably the first Briscoe match I had seen in entirety, and was happy I did, because they're fun to watch. I think you'll agree.
Jay is older than Mark, but it's kinda hard to tell 'em apart at first. Look a little closer, and you'll see that Jay has more teeth.

Friday, April 02, 2010

An Assortment of Great Internet-Based April Fools' Day Jokes

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Random Thoughts: April 1st, 2010

Dr. Al
Me, as Dre, at Winnipeg's Dre Day celebration at The Lo Pub – February 9th, 2010

I think we're done here.
The ties have been severed.

  • R.I.P. My Use of MySpace (2005 - 2010) My description of the screencap above on Flickr:
    I'm sure these get read rarely, if at all. Incendiary cartoonist Nick Gazin recently referred to MySpace as "the abandoned stripmall of the internet" in his Vice column.
    I'd say that's rather apt.
    I should've left ages ago.
  • I won't read anything more heart-touching than this all week. Peter de Sève's blog post, dedicated to his late pit bull, Darla. So sweet.

  • The End of Mass Appeal Mondays. There was an incident outside The Lo Pub on Monday that resulted in 4 people stabbed. What happened was isolated from the performance inside, which was a part of Mass Appeal Mondays, a weekly night dedicated to rap, which gave both up-and-comers and established performers a chance to shine.
    My man Cass, Mass Appeal's head honcho, voluntarily ended the weekly event. The Lo is a fine establishment*, and he didn't want them to continue getting the negative rub due to what went down.

    I'm saddened by the loss of the event, but I fully recognize that it's time to reflect upon what happened and regroup. The folks that dismiss rap music and hip-hop culture in general are skeetin' on themselves with glee at the moment, and that's just fine. They have their place in this world, and as far as I'm concerned, they only justify hip-hop's existence. For every negative stroke, there will always be something positive happening that will have those same people vexed and perplexed.

  • Best Sunday Ever. On the 28th, I spent a good chunk of the day at The Graffiti Gallery, participating in the Art Break program with artist Paul Butler and graphic designer/hip-hop pioneer Cey Adams. I'll post my iPhone photos of the event shortly. This was something I needed. I stepped out of my zone, and I loved it. I need to do more of this.
    After Art Break, I jetted on down to Silver City Polo Park to watch Wrestlemania XXVI, the first PPV I've watched since...Wrestlemania X-Seven. Wrestling on a giant screen, a ton of junk food, and rabid fans that accentuated the entire experience. Classic.

  • LB Kerfuffle. If you're a follower of Little Brother's Phonte Coleman on Twitter (and why wouldn't you be?), you were probably shocked to see this post directed to his former partner, 9th Wonder, as much as I was. To fully clear the air, Phonte took to Vimeo.
    In the end, all I could say was "wow", as I was truly unaware as to how acrimonious the split between Phonte, Big Pooh (on this side) and 9th (on that side over there).
    Pooh took the opportunity to make a statement, too.

  • Zero 2 Illo 12 Week Challenge. Read all about it here. I'm participating, and I'm really looking forward to it all. There's a lot I'm unaware of as far as what's gonna go down, but that's part of what's exciting about it, and I like Jonathan's spirit and attitude (especially ever since I heard his EFII interview). My bio, along with those of the other participants, can be found here.

    *The bar staff is really cool. I heartily recommend the poutine. Oh yeah, Drop The Needle is a damn good time, too.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Random Thoughts: March 27th, 2010

Me in Big Brain Comics
Me at Big Brain Comics – August 3rd, 2006. My favorite comic store.
  • Comics America. As many of you know, I regularly visit Comics America as part of my Boxing Day shopping spree. It goes back to my days as an RRC student, when I could afford to make a few comic purchases a year. I'd get a shitload of Christmas money, and drop a lot of it there during their annual sale. Now that I'm properly employed, I'm able to go several times a month. However, I haven't gone back since this past Boxing Day, and I'm not sure if I'll return.
    For years, I've been shopping there, while friends/acquaintances have asked me why I bother, as many of them consider the owner to be a dick and a shyster. Every time that happened, I'd acknowledge his eccentric behavior, but at the same time, mention that Comics America carries everyting. Fanboy shit, illustration books, indie titles...everything. And that's why I patronized CA for so long, and that's also part of CA's problem. Because they carry everything, items are often piled in a perilous fashion, and the pathways can be narrow.
    While trying to make my way through one of these paths in a careful fashion, said owner faux-encouraged me to get through successfully. I still managed to knock something over, no damage done, however.

    "Guess you might have to lose a little weight", he joked.

    I laughed in response, while thinking he was way outta line. I got my stuff, paid him, then left. I really tried not to let his off-hand comment get to me, but I have to admit that it stuck, and it has kept me from going.
    I recounted this incident with my homies Eddie Ayoub and Steve St. Louis after the Pip Skid album release show, and they were both aghast. Eddie recounted that when he bothered to shop there, he had a hard time getting around the store's items, and he's a small dude.
    I know one GP member would write off my soft boycott as the behavior of a "sensitive fatty". Maybe he's right, I dunno. However, I kinda like being respected, and at the moment, I felt I wasn't.
    So maybe I'll patronize Comic Factory instead. The dude that runs that place had the only copies of Scott Pilgrim Vol. 5 on the day of release. You don't forget a thing like that. Plus, I can always visit McNally and hit up Amazon. I can count on a measure of respect with them. And better prices.

  • Deadline. I've given myself a year from Thursday to make two major changes in my life. What will I do if I don't make it? That's not an option.

  • 2010 Layer Tennis Exhibition Matches. Coudal Partners' Layer Tennis is always fun, but I have to say that the past two exhibition matches from this year's season have been an absolute joy to witness.
    If you're unfamiliar with Layer Tennis, here's the skinny from their site:

    We’re hosting a series of live design events called Layer Tennis. This wouldn’t have happened without the support of Adobe® Creative Suite®, the weapon of choice for Layer Tennis players and creative professionals everywhere.
    We'll be playing matches using video, animation, sound, photos, type and lots more, but the basic idea is the same no matter what tools are in use. Two competitors will swap a file back and forth in real-time, adding to and embellishing the work. Each artist gets fifteen minutes to complete a “volley” and then we post it to the site live. A third participant, a writer, provides play-by-play commentary on the action, as it happens. A match lasts for ten volleys and when it's complete, Season Ticket Holders tell us what they think and we'll declare a winner, so sign up today
    And you should sign up; I fully encourage you to do so.
    Getting back to the exhibition matches I loved:

    Naz Hamid vs Sam Javanrouh: This was a photography-based battle with a music score created by Mark Greenberg of The Coctails. The result was nothing short of sublime. Both men captured their respective cities (Toronto and San Francisco) with humor and sweetness, and the score was terrifically matched. Luckily, no victor was to be declared, because I personally couldn't pick one. This was the highlight of my Friday, hands down. Check the battle from the beginning, or hit layer 10 for the whole thing.

    Matt Smithson vs Daniel Oeffinger: Epic. Comically so. That's how I'd describe this encounter. Every layer was magic. Robots, dead rabbits, digital Aztecs...this bout had everything. See for yourself.

    I haven't watched this week's match-up yet, but I will when I finish typing this bitch up.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

mcenroe Gives You An Update

This news is over a week old, but now that I've given this place a fresh coat of paint, I feel like throwing these newfangled, wide-ass videos up in here. Here's the man behind Peanuts & Corn Records getting you up to speed on what's happening with the label in 2010, and a taste of some demos. This is what I, and many others, have been waiting for.


"Edibles."

A set of my food photos, dating back to 2006. Just because. This ain't all of 'em, either.