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“Yes, Definitely” Update

26th June 2011
by Michael

“Yes, Definitely” Update

So thanks to some red hot information from DC Women Kicking Ass, I am updating the Justice League from “Yes, Provisionally,” to “Yes Definitely.” Check out this picture to find out why.

Justice League

See the woman in the lower right hand corner of the image? I do believe that’s Mera! I’m am very jonsed, especially because I know how much Geoff Johns loves her. Plus, that might be Black Canary above her. At any rate, the addition of three more superheroines makes this a must read for me.

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25th June 2011
by Michael

What I’m Looking Forward to in the DCnU

It’s been a few weeks, and the dust has started to settle. Here are my thoughts about the big DC Comics announcement that they would be relaunching their universe with 52 new #1 issues — a total revamp of their superhero line. Like many, my knee-jerk reaction was, what? How could they do this? That’s it for me. This quickly turned into cautious optimism, even excitement about the bold new direction, and groundbreaking attempt to turn the superhero comic industry around.

Of course, not everything is a win, nor would I expect it to be. I certainly don’t buy and enjoy all the superhero titles that DC has coming out at the moment. And for every Batwoman, there are still numerous examples of how women and handled so shabbily in the world of superhero comics. (Don’t even get me started on the apparent fate of Mera in the Flashpoint event). Anyway, you can see the whole line-up of newly revamped titles coming out in September at Newsarama. I’m also going to list them all below, separated into five categories.

The “Yes, definitely” category – These are titles I will buy, and I expect to enjoy. Titles I’m really looking forward to for one reason or another.

  • Animal Man (Lemire; Foreman) – The family aspect of Vertigo’s Animal Man series was my favorite element, so the fact the Jeff Lemire is going to focus on Buddy’s family is a big plus for me. Plus, Lemire did some pretty interesting work on Sweet Tooth.
  • Aquaman (Johns, Reis) – Despite the paranthetical reference to Mera’s shabby treatment in Flashpoint above, Geoff Johns has done wonders for her in recent years. I’m on board with Aquaman because I think I read somewhere that Mera will feature prominently. If she does, I’m in. If she doesn’t, Aquaman slips to the next category.
  • Batwoman (Williams III; Reeder) – Most anticipated series in as long as I can remember. Batwoman is way cool, and with alternating artistic arc by J. H. Williams III and Amy Reeder, this is going to be heaven for me.
  • Justice League Dark (Milligan; Janin) I’m a big fan of the mystic side of superheroes, plus Matt Wagner and Amy Reeder made Madame Xanadu one of my favorite DC heroines, so I’m looking forward to this. Peter Milligan does some pretty interesting stuff, especially when he’s allowed to play a little crazy, and with his pet character Shade the Changing Man involved, this sure to be a little crazy. And Zatanna’s involved too. Win!
  • Justice League International (Jurgens; Lopresti) – I’ve been enjoying the JLI reunion. Fire, Ice and Vixen are all characters I enjoy. Plus Dan Jurgens did some fun stuff with Booster Gold, so I’m sure he’s committed to this project.
  • Legion Lost (Nicieza; Woods) – Legion fan here. I would give any Legion title a chance, so I’m on the ride for this one. Plus Nicieza handles team books well. Love Dawnstar too… and Yera is a bonus!
  • Legion of Superheroes (Levitz; Portela) – See above. I’m a big fan of Levitz’ current Legion run, and word is there will be little change in the relaunch. I’m so in.
  • Swamp Thing (Snyder; Paquette) – Giving this one a pretty confident try. I’m been around for all the Swamp Thing series, and all had strands that kept me entertained. This is probably the title in this category that I’m least convinced I will still be buying in a year, but I’m looking forward to it.
  • Wonder Woman (Azzarello; Chiang) – Huge WW fan, but not a fan of this most recent relaunch, which is wrapping up just in time for this next relaunch. Not a huge fan of the new costume, but I’m getting used to it. I’d be on board for just about any Wonder Woman comic, but I have to admit that I’m really intrigued by this creative team. I think Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang are just about the last two creators I would have pegged for Wonder Woman, and that’s probably a good thing. Very excited about this.

Okay, this post is long enough. I will follow up with the rest of my categories tomorrow.

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11th June 2011
by Michael

30 Day Song Challenge Day 29 – A Song From Your Childhood

Two slip-ups in a months. Not bad. So, I should have posted this yesterday, but somehow the time got away from me. There are lots of songs from my childhood, but I’ve included two of my earliest memories of music. Having a sibling 15 years older than me meant that when I was still in shortpants, I had a sister who was listening to the Beatles. Beatles VI was released in 1965, when I was three years old. I don’t know when Mary got the album, but perhaps my earliest memory of a “rock ‘n roll” song was track two, Eight Days a Week. Boppy melody, gorgeous harmonies, this song would remain one of my favorite Beatles songs to this day, largely because of this early childhood memory.

But before even that song, I have a very vivid memory of the song Marianne. I had it on this strange album that was filled with Calypso-themed songs… songs from the islands or something. Harry Belafonte doing Lime in da Coconut and other nonsense. I don’t remember who performed this particular version of Marianne; reviewing tracks on YouTube I think it may have been Terry Gilkyson, but I’m including here a version by the Lennon Sisters and Dick Dale from the Lawrence Welk Show.

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2nd June 2011
by Michael

30 Day Song Challenge Day 21 – A Song That You Listen To When You’re Happy

Okay, that’s more like it. There are tons of songs I listen to when I’m happy, but I will restrain myself to posting just two here. The first comes from one of my favorite artists, and lots of her songs make me happy. Her songs also make me laugh, make my cry, make me sad… She’s a true original, and her name, once and again, is Jane Siberry. This particular song isn’t the first song of hers I heard. It was from her third album (the second that I purchased). It was the first video of hers that I ever saw, and it’s a joyous, wacky video featuring Jane, the oddest family you’ve ever seen, and a very large cow. How can you not watch this video, and listen to this glorious song and not revel in its joy: Jane Siberry’s One More Colour.

Another song that I love to listen to when I’m happy comes from 80’s synth-pop band Book of Love. I just adore this song… it doesn’t matter that we sometimes affectionately called lead vocalist Susan Ottoviano, Miss Monotone, it’s a song full of joy and makes you want to dance. It’s also another song that I included on a mix tape that I made for my husband Scot when we first started dating, so I have a personal connection to it as well. Unfortunately, the only version I can find on YouTube is the 12″ version, which I enjoy, but not as much as I love the album version. Oh well, you’ll get the idea. Please enjoy Book of Love’s You Make Me Feel So Good.

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31st May 2011
by Michael

30 Day Song Challenge Day 19 – A Song From Your Favorite Album

I’ve already posted one song from my favorite album, but since it’s my favorite, I obviously don’t mind posting another. Day 1 featured my favorite song, Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love. That album is the title track from my favorite album, but another favorite song off that album is The Big Sky, which is today’s highlighted song. The Big Sky is such a raucous, joyous song, the type of song Kate Bush isn’t as well known for, and lyrically it’s both silly and profound. It’s got a pulsating, driving bass line, the layered drums that were so prevalent on Hounds of Love, and vocal gymnastics to die for. The video is tons of fun, an all-out celebration of things in the sky. It’s a great song to dance to, it’s a great song to blast at high volume, and Kate looks and sounds fabulous in the video. So please, enjoy, The Big Sky.

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30th May 2011
by Michael

30 Day Song Challenge Day 18 – Song You Wish You Heard on the Radio

Very few if any of the songs I like get played on the radio, and I don’t really listen to the radio at all anymore, but there is definitely one artist I’ve never heard on the radio, who is uber-talented and incredibly overlooked. She’s got an incredible vocal range (think Anne Murray dueting with Kate Bush and you’ll come close: I kid you not), is a gifted songwriter, a talented guitarist and keyboard player, and uncompromising when it comes to her music. I would be thrilled to hear any of her songs on the radio, but this one in particular would be really cool as you don’t hear many songs about architecture that also mention the word “underwear.”

And about her voice again? Seriously, this song focuses mainly on her lower register, but you do get a taste of her upper register toward the end, but until you’ve seen her perform live and see how effortlessly she flips back and forth between her you will probably think it’s studio tricks. Believe me, it’s not. So now, please welcome Happy Rhodes with Building the Colossus.

And for good measure, here is a live version of my all-time favorite Happy Rhodes song, Save Our Souls. It’s just beautiful.

Okay, now I can’t stop. One more, the spellbinding cover of Kate Bush’s And Dream of Sheep. It’s astounding. She’s a talent, and I miss her music.

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29th May 2011
by Michael

30 Day Song Challenge Day 17 – A Song That You Hear Often on the Radio

I don’t actually listen to the radio very much, so it’s rare when I hear a song “often” on the radio. There was a time recently however when I did seem to hear Florence + the Machine’s The Dog Days Are Over several times in a very short time span, which is okay, since I enjoy the song, and I had just seen the band live in concert. So here’s Florence singing her big hit.

Of course, the one radio show I do tend to hear quite often is “Standing Room Only,” WERS’ weekend musical theatre show. They do tend to repeat themselves pretty often… from the slightly obscure, like Unworthy of Your Love from Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, to this song, the ubiquitous Defying Gravity from Wicked.

Nothing terribly exciting here… but honestly, that’s what radio is all about.

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28th May 2011
by Michael

30 Day Song Challenge Day 16 – A Song You Used to Hate and Now Love

Okay, so I got this one backwards. It’s supposed to be A song you used to love and now hate, and I’ve been spending the last day or two trying to think of a song I used to hate and now love. So rather than rethink this, I’m changing Day 16 to the more positive point-of-view that ends up with a song I love. I mean really, as I’ve said several times already, why would I want to post songs I hate on my blog?

Anyway, there are a few songs that ran through my mind for this one. In the end, I had to go for two songs, because one I wanted to include here because it’s from my favorite band, and the other is too cool to leave out. The first comes from Fleetwood Mac, my favorite band. Despite being my favorite band, there was a time when Lindsey Buckingham annoyed me. After the amazing feat of pop mastery that is Rumours, Tusk took everyone by surprise by it’s experimental wackiness embodied in the studio hijinks of Lindsey Buckingham. Christine McVie has always been my favorite of the three principal songwriters, and back then, I was a huge Stevie Nicks fan as well. I loved Buckingham’s work on Fleetwood Mac and Rumours, but the direction he moved in for Tusk was very hit and miss for me. It wasn’t the strangeness that bothered me; I loved Tusk, Not That Funny, Walk a Think Line… but songs like Save Me A Place, my first pick for a song I used to hate and now love, really annoyed me. Now, as I look back, I see how much of what made Fleetwood Mac great was the result of Lindsey’s talent to take the songs of the other two and turn them into masterpieces. I also have a new appreciation for some of Lindsey’s songs that I formerly detested (Oh Diane is another one) and Save Me A Place in particular I find to be just beautiful. This crappy recording of the Mac performing the song live during the Tusk tour is especially fun as it features Christine McVie on guitar!

Another song that I used to hate and now love comes from the same timeframe as Save Me A Place (which came out in 1980). I really enjoyed Sweet’s three earlier singles, Little Willy, Barroom Blitz and Fox on the Run, but in 1978 they came out with a song that I just thought was stupid. Love is Like Oxygen seemed to be a nod to the disco era, which was raging at the time, and it really turned me off. Now, of course, years later, when I rediscovered Sweet, I can’t resist the infectious goofiness of this song. They were truly an underrated band in the glam scene, and I adore all their stuff now. I was just going to go with the Mac song until I watched this video… then I couldn’t resist including Love is Like Oxygen as well.

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26th May 2011
by Michael

30 Day Song Challenge – A Song No One Would Expect You to Love

As I have stated in the past, I can usually find something I like in most genres of music, but I’m not really a fan of rap. But with the onslaught of Rap music in the 90’s even I found something to like. Not surprisingly, the rap that I gravitated to came from Salt ‘N Pepa, whose forthright, sexy, girl power rap appealed to my gay, quasi-feminist sensibilities (I said quasi). Their videos were fresh and sassy, and they had such distinct personalities. Salt was smart and sexy, Pepa was tough (and frankly a little scary) and sexy, and Spinderella was soft-spoken, sweet, and quite honestly, kind of dirty listen to her verse in the song I chose. So while some people are probably aware that I’m a fan of Salt ‘N Pepa, there are probably a lot of people I know who would be surprised to learn that I own a couple of their albums! (Of course, I probably could have surprised as many people with the fact that I own a Queensryche album, and as mentioned below, not one, but TWO Corey Hart albums. (I do not own the abysmal Sunglasses at Night.)

Anyway, for Salt ”N Pepa, and the song no one would expect me to love, I’m choosing Whatta man. How can you not love this sexy, fresh, homage to good men and relationships, while representing a strong sisterhood. They’re even backed vocally by the all-girl En Vogue. It’s a slightly raunchy video, but it’s all in good fun, there’s some fine dance moves, and those ladies made some great videos.

“Good men are hard to find,” indeed.

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25th May 2011
by Michael

30 Day Song Challenge – A Song That Is a Guilty Pleasure

Guilty pleasures are interesting things, and I’m old enough not to actually feel to guilty about music I like. I could have gone with some obvious answers like ABBA or some mid-70’s schlock, but now that 70’s music is nostalgic, it’s kind of cool. Also, as I’ve stated before, the point of this exercise for me, is to post about some good music, so the song and band I have chosen I would defend as being good music. I went through a phase in the 80s of liking some unabashedly poppy stuff fronted by “pretty boys” and my guilty pleasure pick comes from one of those. I think I could have picked guiltier pleasures (I do own a couple of Corey Hart albums, and here comes a guilty admission… I was a member of the Glass Tiger fan club… as an adult!) but I’m sure some people will think I have plenty to feel guilty about regarding this band.

The band is Cutting Crew, primarily knows for their hits, (I just) Died in Your Arms Tonight and I’ve Been in Love Before. Cutting crew got the guilty pleasure rap largely I think because of that, “Ah, ha” sung before the line, “I just died in your arms tonight,” and the fact that lead vocalist Nick Van Eede was quite the pretty boy (hey, Scot, doesn’t he remind you a little of Daniel from Days of Our Lives?). But along with Mr. Van Eede (who still performs using the band name Cutting Crew) was lead guitarist and co-songwriter Kevin MacMichael, who happened to be Canadian, played with Robert Plant on one of his solo albums, and was pretty deft with the melodic, rock guitar lick. Tragically, Kevin has passed away in 2002 as a result of lung cancer. The song I’m choosing is one that probably a lot of people never heard It was the fourth single from their debut album Broadcast and didn’t crack the Top 100, although this video did get some airplay on MTV. It’s called Any Colour, and I really love this song still to this day. It’s got some great melodic guitar licks (see above), has nice lyrics, has a great tune, a nice video and gotta confess, I like Nick’s voice and he’s wearing an awesome pair of boots. Hope you enjoy!

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