Jim Shorkey


U2 – “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” video
July 23, 2009, 2:50 pm
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The song isn’t very special but the video is. Irish animator David O’Reilly directed the music video for U2’s “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight”.  He has a HD version on his website.

His website also has his awarding winning short, “Say Something” which reminds of Chris Ware’s Quimby the mouse and ultimately George Herriman’s Krazy Kat.



King Khan – “Welfare Bread”
July 15, 2009, 1:04 pm
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E-music had a free song of the day for King Khan and I found the sample intriguing but I was busy at the time and never went back to check out more. Luckily, the Brain pointed me back to him and I’m grateful.  His albums have shown up on e-music in many configurations (some now removed) and downloading the albums wholesale has meant a lot of redundancy on many songs. “Welfare Bread” could have easily got lost in the mess but it is really a stellar track, more poppy than most of his stuff but super soulful and just as rocking as his catalogue.

What Is?

What Is?

There are many live versions of the song on the interwebs but my fave has to be the one from McLaren Park in Brooklyn:

That, my friend is stage presence! Here is the studio version of the mighty song:



David Mazzucchelli – Asterios Polyp
July 15, 2009, 12:50 pm
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Comic storyteller David Mazzucchelli came from the superhero world and the small sampling I saw of his work then was pretty much traditional “Marvel” style. I did enjoy his work on Batman: Year One, where he simplifies his style creating real moody, noirish illustrations. He then retired from that world and did excellent work illustrating a comics version of Paul Auster’s City Of Glass and his own (too short) comic, Rubber Blanket. This was many years ago and since then his work has been rare, only showing up in the odd anthology. Just released is his Astrios Polyp, a mid-life crisis graphic novel.

Asterios Polyp

Asterios Polyp

New York magazine has an excerpt from the book:

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2009/07/asterios_polyp.html

And Walrus magazine has a pretty in-depth review of the book:

http://www.walrusmagazine.com/blogs/2009/07/08/asterios-polyp/



Chris Ware in the latest Granta
July 12, 2009, 10:35 am
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Granta used to be a must read for me, but I have long stopped my subscription but still cherry pick issues. The current one is their “New Fiction Special” and has a piece by Chris Ware. Oh ya, it also has Paul Auster, Mavis Gallant, John Banville and a host of others.

Granta issue 106

Granta issue 106



Rolling Stones – Hyde Park
July 12, 2009, 10:21 am
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It seems I’ve been leaning on the Stones a fair bit but here I guess that’s not that surprising for me. At any rate this is the 40th anniversary of the Stone’s free Hyde Park concert. It was originally meant as their debut of Mick Taylor, but due to Brian Jone‘s death a few days before, it became an impromptu memorial. They released white butterflies and played a cover of Johnny Winter’s “I’m yours, and I’m hers”, a fave of Jone’s.



Harry Nilsson – Popeye Demos
July 12, 2009, 10:04 am
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The Bedazzled website has pretty annoying ads, but you can find the original demos for Harry Nilsson‘s soundtrack to Robert Altman’s Popeye.

Popeye poster

Popeye poster



Neko Case – “People Got A Lotta Nerve”
July 12, 2009, 9:47 am
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Check out Neko‘s animated video for the standout track from Middle Cyclone.

Middle Cyclone

Middle Cyclone