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Your Heart is a Hemophiliac…

DUN DUN DUNNNNNN

PITCHERS!

Open Mic Night for Apotheca in Goffstown.  Not sure if I ever uploaded this.  WHERE’S MY MONEY COREY? HMMM?

I may have already uploaded this one too.  NO CARE EVER.

This show was really awesome.  AND I really liked most of this flyer.

Definitely one of my favorites

Definitely NOT one of my favorites.  Tried something different, failed.

Sticker design that never got made.

Drawing for a Billy Raygun shirt D SOL and I did behind the rest of the bands’ backs.  Take that.

Here’s the finished product:

Ask me if you want one.  Hand screen printed on whatever you want.

Poster for WUNH’s Hi-Fi (weird star) Fest.  Colors are off because its a shitty JPEG.  If you want the real version lemme know.

Front and back (it’s a gatefold cover silly) of the upcoming Billy Raygun/Lipstick Homicide split.  Photograph of Sephie, my floor, and words all by me.  Help by D Sol.  Edited digitally with Photoshop.  Nothing is digital besides the black and white and halftone effects.  Pretty neat.

I also did the layout for the inserts and the labels on the vinyl, with Bill Pinkel providing the other set of art.  The release is a ‘reversible’ LP jacket with two entirely different covers on each side.  YOU choose which one you want to display!  SUCH POWER!!  Screen printed by Shout Out Loud and should be available June 14th.

That’s it for today.  I have been incredibly lazy/burned out since doing all this stuff.  We have some shows coming up, so expect more flyers.  I also have a finished first Boy Commander Rex comic I haven’t uploaded since it hasn’t been released.  The second one is getting started.

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Dying on the inside…

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Here is a whole lot of pictures.  Mostly doodles and dumb stuff.  You have been warned.

A more substantial update with flyers, shirts, and album arts is forthcoming.  I PROMISE.

Also:

Check out my blog for my radio show, CAT PARTY.  It has downloads/streams of old shows and full, generally out of print, albums for download.  LOOKEE:  http://partyingcats.blogspot.com/

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Instead I’m just crazy…

Hey its been a while, huh?  This month has been stupid.  I’ve been completely uncreative and lazy, and on top of that my scanner broke, my house flooded, and I’ve been at work for most of the month.  OH WELL.

Here is a drawing I did for the upcoming show at SH5.  Nightbirds/Billy Raygun/Georgian/Adult Braces.  Deep Sleep dropped off, which sucks a lot.  We might be getting another band to replace them, but we’re not sure yet.  The flyer will be finished when the line up is complete.

March 26th, be there or be a dummy.

I have more drawings to scan in, but I’m not gonna do that today.  You’ll see them soon.

I’d like to talk a little about this comic, Mesmo Delivery, that I picked up on a blind buy.  It’s written and drawn by Rafael Grampa and it is FANTASTIC.  Buy it now.  Its a really quick read, but you can get lost for hours in the beautiful art.  Grampa’s line work is absolutely stunning.  The story is also really unique and full of twists.  I don’t want to post too much about it because its going to be more rewarding if you don’t know a lot about it.  I’ll just tell you it follows 2 dudes who are bringing a mysterious freight cargo somewhere.  Here is a taste of the wonderfullness:

Its got gore, humor, fantastic design and composition, and just absolutely lovely illustrations.  I can’t emphasize enough on how important it is for you to get this.  WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

I’ve purchased a shitload of records over the past week too, and I’d like to talk about them too.  Here is my recent record haul.

Not the metal band by the same name.  This is a fucking killer rock and roll record.  Originally recorded in ’74, its just recently seeing the light of day with this reissue.  If you like Bad Brains, MC5, The Stooges, and the like you’re gonna love this.  Unfortunately its only like 7 songs, but they rip.  There is a really cool story as to how this ended up getting reissued too.

Crime in Stereo’s latest effort.  Despite the awful album art, this is actually a pretty neat record.  They are all over the place on this one.  There are parts that sound like old CIS, Brand New, and even Nirvana.  The music has this space-y and dreamlike quality of it that was beginning to become apparent in “Is Dead.”  Despite how weird and electronic the music sounds, I guess it was all recorded without the help of synths or keyboards or anything like that.  I’ve been enjoying it quite a bit.

This is a great record. I had seen the video for “Lust for Life” by them and loved that song, so I picked this up.   Its like a fuzzy Beach Boys with Elvis Costello singing.  Its so unbelievably catchy and fun, while remaining a serious work and full of anger and sadness.  Most of the songs are about girls, losing them and whatnot.  I suggest checking them out if you like poppy, lo-fi, surf, or garage music.

Another awesome lo-fi rock and roll record.  If you’ve never heard these guys, change that immediately.  This sounds like its crawled its way up from the 60’s and dragged its belly across punk in the process.  They even cover “Operation” by The Circle Jerks.  HELL YES.

This is one of my favorite records of all time.  No Idea Records just reissued this and my other favorite, “Jersey’s Best Dancers” so needless to say I’m psyched.  I don’t have much to say about this.  Great melodic hardcore before it got hackneyed and overdone.  This band influenced every band today that has poppy hardcore songs but did it soooooo much better.  “The Gym is Neutral Territory” is one of my favorite tunes.

Cloak/Dagger play rock and roll infused old school hardcore.  Balls to the wall, fast, and full of riffs.  Awesome record.

One of the best bands doing music today.  I’ve already gushed a lot about them on here, so I’ll spare you.  This is the “License 2 Chill” 7 inch and its more awesome Ramones worship with catchy songs and fun lyrics.

Social Circkle’s new 7″.  It’s unfortunately only 2 songs and ones a Showcase Showdown cover, but its a great cover and the original song rips.   If you hate cops, and love garage-y hardcore then you’ll LOVE this.

Wes Eisold’s band before Cold Cave and after Some Girls.  It’s weird techno-dancey almost hardcore.  He screams a lot in it, and the songs are catchy.  It’s not a bad record, but it’s nothing I see myself listening to that often.

Later gator.

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Total Creep…

To make good on my promise of daily updates, here is…an…update?  I’ve been reading the shit out of Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing lately.  It’s ridiculously awesome.  It’s about The Swamp Thing, a force of nature, and his exploits struggling to find his identity and purpose while squashing out evil.  If you like horror, this book is for you.  It’s chock full of vampires/the occult/zombies/monsters and is done in a total old horror comic style.  Add to that Alan Moore’s perfect grasp on the comic book media, and art from Stephen Bissette and John Totleben among a couple others and you’ve got yourself quite the substantial comic book.  Don’t sell it short by calling it a typical horror book however.  It’s also got sci fi and superhero elements as well as deep morals and philosophical questions.

Here are a couple of pages that stuck out for me from the 2nd and 3rd graphic novels.

The story follows Alec Holland, who became the Swamp Thing after a chemical explosion (standard super power getting fare).  Alan Moore changes things up here though and turns Swamp Thing into solely a monster/force of nature by killing off the Holland side completely.  This scene depicts Swamp Thing burying Holland’s actual bones, proving that the man no longer remains inside the creature.

One thing I really like about the book is that in the story Swamp Thing can deconstruct his body and re-grow it anywhere there is plant life.  This allows for some great character re-designs.  His body looks different depending of the vegetation indigenous to the certain area.

This particular story was about a city of underwater vampires who adapted to a flood by growing gills and survived because the sun didn’t reach them deep underwater.  They ended up breeding somehow and created this crazy fish-vampire monster hybrid.

And finally this other story involved an old Swamp Thing villain, Arcane, who was masquerading as Abby’s (Swamp Things “love” interest) husband.  He’s a demon so he can do that sort of shit.

I have yet to read Moore’s entire run yet, and I eagerly await the next 5 or so books I have left.  Swamp Thing is a unique, action packed, horrifying look at an old comic book character.  Moore has put so much life and substance into this once forgotten character that I can’t possibly represent with my stupid ramblings.  Moral of the story: check it out.

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