The Cipher 08/18/10

August 18th, 2010 by | Tags: , , , ,

Stuff What I Wrote: SLG needs legal help, Deathlok demolishes, and BPRD brings Hell to Earth.

Music What I Bought:
Curren$y – Pilot Talk: I like Spitta, but dude seriously needs to start switching up his flow and subject matter some. I like weed, slow flows, and other people’s (pause) as much as the next dude, but an album full of it was unexpectedly draining. Curren$y varies from into it to lethargic from song to song, and sometimes the production vastly outshines him. This one isn’t bad, but I’m not sure if I’ll still be spinning it in a couple weeks. I think what it is is that I don’t like it as much as How Fly, his mixtape with Wiz Khalifa. Still, the production is dope, the guest spots are ill… this album is straight. Video: King Kong.

Kassin+2 – Futurismo: I’m fully unqualified to actually discuss this album in terms of technique or artistic merit, but The +2s are dope and make this kind of really funky, relaxed, hype, dance music. That doesn’t make any sense, but listen to “Ponto Final” and a few other cuts. You can sit around reading to this stuff, or shake it like a salt shaker. Kassin+2 also did the music for Michiko e Hatchin, one of the dopest shows out that has yet to actually get licensed for release.

Gorillaz – Plastic Beach: I bought this one on Graeme‘s recommendation and was left pretty pleased. I liked the Gorillaz in high school (though apparently the song goes “I ain’t happy,” not “Iiii’m happy”) and this kicked off this whole thing where I’m spending all of my time listening to the Gorillaz and figuring out what I like about it. Right now, it’s “I like the range and versatility.” Later, it may be something else. I’ll tell you what, though. I’m really interested in theatricality and gimmicks and narrative, and Gorillaz are all of that rolled up into one. Video: Stylo (with Mos Def and Bobby Womack [!!!!])

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): Do you know how often I buy movie or tv show soundtracks? Almost never, that’s how often. I liked the music in the movie enough to grab the soundtrack, though, and I left pretty dang pleased. I hadn’t heard Metric before, but I like the way that sounds. The in-movie stuff, the Sex Bob-omb songs? Those sound great, too. “Garbage Truck” is fantastic. I could do without the chiptunes song, tho. Bleah. Black Sheep (featurette)

Stuff What I Been Reading: Shade (finally started book 3 after a few false starts), other stuff

Stuff What We Gonna Buy:
David Days: Amazing Spider-Man 640, Atlas 4, Hellblazer 270, King City 11, New Mutants 16, Thunderbolts 147
Esther Planet We Reach is Dead: Tiny Titans 31, Streets of Gotham 15, Power Girl 15
Don’t Gavin Lost In Heaven: Authority The Lost Year 12, Azrael 11, Green Lantern Corps 51, Age Of Heroes 4, Atlas 4, Avengers Academy 3, Avengers And The Infinity Gauntlet 1, Deadpool Corps 5, Deadpool 26, Marvel Universe vs The Punisher 2, New Avengers 3, Secret Avengers 4, Shadowland Power Man 1, Thunderbolts 147, Darkwing Duck The Duck Knight Returns 3

Stuff What Is A Drag:
This OMIT story in Amazing Spidey. Extremely pretty, but extremely who cares. Should’ve just kept on going with the status quo instead of explaining something boring.

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13 comments to “The Cipher 08/18/10”

  1. Listening: a lot of Pitchshifter, and the new Street Sweeper Social Club EP, Ghetto Blaster, which features a STORMING hard rock version of Momma Said Knock You Out.

    Reading: well, I pick up my books monthly so I don’t know specifically about this week, but- all the Hellboy stuff, all Morrison’s Batman stuff, Scalped, Criminal, Unknown Soldier and Jack Staff are the main things on my pull list I can remember right now.

  2. Reading: I read Blacksad recently and was totally blown away. Guarnido draws immersive environments and complex characters and makes it all look easy. It’s refreshing to look at; I like Brian Hitch and all, but every time I look at his art my hands cramp up.

    I loved Plastic Beach almost as much as I loved Demon Days. Both came along at rough spots in my life (unemployment woes and high school, respectively) and totally spoke to me. Also: I can’t get enough of their music videos. Hope they make more than just 2 for P.B., though considering the tone of the most recent one, don’t know if that’s likely.

  3. I’m really feeling curren$y. It hink the mellow flow works for him you know

  4. I just got Blacksad this last week as well, great stuff. Also a new King City came out? How did I manage to miss that? I heard Metric live at a concert back in March. Pretty good stuff. Unfortunately for them they were opening for Flogging Molly at their St. Patrick’s Day concert and it was a total non-fit with both the crowd and musically…

  5. I totally agree about OMIT– in many ways this is mirrored in Morrison’s short run in Batman at the moment, and seems to be dictated by the more anal side of comics fandom who desperately need all things explained in detail, as opposed to being hinted at.

    I do feel OMIT undermines the whole ‘new start’ aspect to the thrice monthly Spider-man, and I’d have far preferred it to have been run either as a mini series or an annual (which is pretty well how much material it needs, really). That said, I find it difficult to ignore for exactly the same reasons as you– Rivera’s art is fantastic. It’s such a shame it couldn’t have served a worthier story.

  6. Did King City #11 actually come out?

  7. King City didn’t ship this week, apparently.

  8. Ex Machina #50 was soul crushing

  9. David, do you have any clue WHY SLG are being threatened? Are the Winchesters upset about this comic or what?

  10. Cipher!!! Fucking love the title of your column bro.

  11. that OMIT book sounds like the further Roy Thomasing of comics.

  12. @Lugh: No idea, but that’s what I assume. It’s a little fuzzy, I assume because no one wants to say too much and ruin whatever may happen to negotiations.

    @seth hurley: It’s making comics a little Wayne Boring, ha ha ha

  13. @david brothers: “Hey remember that one panel? No? Well, here’s five issues explaining what happened between that and the next one.”