Jim Shorkey


She & Him – In The Sun
February 28, 2010, 1:40 pm
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New single from She and Him. Volume two album on it’s way.

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Reading Round-Up

Most of my current reading has been catching up on the magazine pile and the J.D.Salinger short stories from the site mentioned in an earlier post. There were a couple of comic related books that I did fit in a coup[le of weeks back.

Rebel Visions is a look at the underground comix that prospered in the sixties. I first started squeezing these comix between the superhero and horror comics I was reading at the time. I truly found some shocking but artists like Robert Crumb, Vaughan Bode and Richard Corben kept me returning to the downtown magazine store that fronted the adult store at the back. When Will Eisner’s Spirit appeared on the cover of Snarf I was confused at what was exactly the dividing line between the undergrounds and the more “adult” black and white horror comics from Warren and the humour mag National Lampoon. The confusion was exhilarating.

Fantagraphics has started translating and reissuing one of my favourite French comic artists, Jacques Tardi. “You Are There”  starts like some minimalists Beckett play about a man named There who’s life is totally contained to the top of the walls that divide a French Town that is actually independent with the country itself. The plot starts to fatten up and becomes more complicated and political. Not the direction I desired, but Tardi’s artwork was reason enough to finish it.



Goldie and the Gingerbreads
February 27, 2010, 9:44 pm
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I recently tripped over this all girl band from the sixties. They couldn’t have picked a better song.



The Unicorn in the Garden
February 21, 2010, 11:33 am
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As a kid, I was a big fan of the televison program, “My World And Welcome To It”. It was based on the work of James Thurber. Most of his work was featured in the New Yorker, but at the time I would more likely have connected him to this cartoon.



The Perfect Disaster – 55 Miles
February 15, 2010, 10:39 am
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More in the series of neglected bands. In the case of Perfect Disaster, they may have been under my radar as well if I hadn’t come across them by accident while checking out a small basement club while visiting London. Their bassist did go on to some fame later on with the Breeders.



Mel Torme – Comin’ Home Baby
February 9, 2010, 11:46 am
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When looking up the Ella Fitzgerald clips I came across this link to the old Mel Torme number. It came in handy as “An Education” finally made it to this burgh (though the MUSE festival series) and the song figured in one of the scenes. If I had seen the movie a week before I would have been racking my brain trying to figure out who the singer was.

The soundtrack for the film was impressive including fifties stalwartsFloyd Cramer, Brenda Lee and Percy Faith.



Ride – “Vapour Trail”
February 5, 2010, 11:44 am
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Another neglected pop band.