99 SONGS I WANNA HEAR AT MY WAKE: Say You’ll Go and Peg O’ My Heart

Like many born before the Apollo Moon landings, I listen to a lot of 20th century music. I’m not only old enough to have amassed actual vinyl. I’m so old, my own first record was released exclusively vinyl, ‘cause that’s what they sold at Tower Records through most of my college years. But despite what … Continue reading 99 SONGS I WANNA HEAR AT MY WAKE: Say You’ll Go and Peg O’ My Heart

99 SONGS I WANNA HEAR AT MY WAKE: IN WALKED BUD

“Dizzy he was screaming Next to O.P. who was beaming Monk was thumping” That’s how the percussive, syncopated lyrics Jon Hendricks sang vocalese / scat style to Thelonious Monks’ In Walked Bud begin. Countless recordings of the song out there. Monk revisited it himself many times. Find a good example on a classic 1968 album, … Continue reading 99 SONGS I WANNA HEAR AT MY WAKE: IN WALKED BUD

Imagineer for a Day

I was talking about Marvel in the 90s, a bloody time for comics: A superhero speculator boom cycled bust Marvel’s owners pushed it toward its bankruptcy Publishers shipwrecked the industry upon short-sighted exclusive distribution deals, costing thousands of people who made comics, published comics, distributed comics or sold comics their livelihood Amidst the Marvelcution, do … Continue reading Imagineer for a Day

What If The Mouse Bought Marvel and No One Came

Hey, in our Internet face this month: Odd, amusing and counter-intuitive revelation: Aquaman, who suffers “talks-to-fish” jokes even in his own title outsold the monthly product dump of X-Men Depressingly business-as-usual outrage du jour over a complex case of trademark enforcement It’s got me thinking about Marvel. Remember Marvel? Marvel, the company. And Marvel, the … Continue reading What If The Mouse Bought Marvel and No One Came