I hate everything tonight for some reason. Maybe it’s because I made the mistake of seeing how many posts I’ve done on this site (1100+) right at the moment that the site was threatening to implode for four hours last night, I dunno. (“I’ve spent HOW much time doing WHAT now?”) Probably. But seriously, right now?
Rather than salt your day with my thoughts on all your favorite comics, though, here are some things that I do like right at this moment:
-And “I Ain’t Mad Atcha” might be his best song:
-I’ve been thinking a lot about Mobb Deep’s “Quiet Storm” after it popped up on a mixtape I downloaded. It’s such a good song, and the intro is one of my all-time favorites for a song:
-And that remix featuring Kimberly Jones before she burned out:
-Mobb Deep at their best… it’s that nihilism, that bleak outlook on life, that makes Prodigy so compelling. Getting that feeling across to the listener, that’s his strength. From The Infamous… to now, his voice has always sounded a little strained to me, like he’s tired. Not tired like “Just ran up and down some stairs like Young Jeezy does before he raps” (ha haaaaa), but tired like he’s tired of life. It’s been too long and too painful. He’s got that Gil Scott-Heron creak to his voice.
-Quiet Storm: “You try to stop mines from growin’, I’ll make your blood stop flowin'”.
-Sudden flash connection: Mos Def on “Astronomy (8th Light)”:
Black like assassin crosshairs
Blacker than my granddaddy armchair
He never really got no time to chill there
Cause this life is warfare, warfare
-And “Life is warfare, warfare” bounces me right to “Shook Ones Pt II”:
I got you stuck off the realness, we be the Infamous
you heard of us
official Queensbridge murderers
the Mobb comes equipped with warfare, beware
of my crime family who got ‘nough shots to share
for all of those who wanna profile and pose
rock you in your face, stab your brain wit’ your nose bone
-I dunno, maybe this is how kontinuity kop komics kollectors feel when they spot Kang or something in comics.
-My friend Steve wrote the shortest of short stories on his tumblr. I like it a whole lot, and it’ll take you fifteen seconds to read.
-John Rozum wants to do an Annotated Xombi post. Please support his efforts!
Steampunk provides writers and artists with a way to take hold of the past and fix it, molding it into a much more interesting, and perhaps even healthier, shape than it possessed before. It lets you wash away the unpleasantness of yesterday and replace it with something majestic. It’s nostalgia for a time that never was.
-I dunno. It’s probably an okay read. Esther edited it into a readable shape, which was verrah nice of her.
-I love Decapitate Animals. That link gets nsfw at a few points.
-I love at least six photos in each new post, minimum, and I like way more than that. It’s one of my favorite things on the internet.
-It’s a photoblog and there’s always a few themes running through each image. What’s fun is figuring out the themes and how they connect or fade into one another as you scroll down the page. It’s one of those things like–I love the three pictures of people laughing here. And the pictures come after weed, sunken ships, horrible wartime death, and terror. It’s a release. Of course, it’s followed by an image from Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s The Walking Dead (speaking of things i don’t have kind words for) where something horrible has happened, so maybe it’s a brief respite, a nervous laugh.
-Maybe it’s intentional, maybe not, but the author’s intent doesn’t really matter here.
-I feel like I’m explaining the joke, and I don’t want to do that. Poke around their site. There’s a lot of beauty there. There’s a lot of terror/comedy/smiles/melancholy/beauty there.
-Anyone who tells you colors don’t matter in comics is an idiot. Look at that transition.
-I actually bought a lot of vinyl this past weekend, but I had a coupon.
-Dogg Comix are the best comics.
-Comic books… give me a couple days.
-No, that isn’t true. I’ve been reading a lot of Kishimoto’s Naruto lately. Seven volumes? Might could be eight.