Sunday, November 29, 2015
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Friday, November 27, 2015
My niece's birthday is this weekend which means, apart from presents, doing a card for her and a nice family dinner. She always does great cards for me and this year's was a favorite (tho she did vainly choose a younger picture of herself). Her mum is indeed a dark overlord and a fairly accurate description of me taking her too school.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
I really like these two books a lot. Especially NO MORE HEROES which is a real nice reference// biography/discography volume. I'm sometimes surprised by omissions tho. In NO MORE HEROES there is no entry for the Outsiders, a really great band that put out what is I believe the first UK punk band self released lp, Calling On Youth. Both that and second record a year later are great albums and not just obscure singles (both of which I only have vinyl reissues of sadly), What happened? Its more curious since the singer /songwriter of the band went on to form a great post punk band called The Sound mining territory between Joy Division and Echo and the Bunnymen uniquely with amazing songwriting and guitar playing by leader Adrian Borland. Critically acclaimed but not commercially which would be ok except The Sound are not even mentioned in RIP IT UP which I find pretty bizzare since they're better then a lot of the bands that get mentioned here. I have a small connection with Borland in that my brother in law formed a band with him and worked with him for about a year and half post Sound before breaking up so I've heard stories of how brilliant and difficult he could be to work with.
from the first Lp released '79
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
Back from a road trip to the Finger Lakes, an area I really love. I'll post photos and sketches soon but
here is some nice finds from the trip. The Wintertime book has beautiful art by Tom Oreb who did lots of amazing animation design work in the 50's and 60's. The Yogi is illustrated by the great Mel Crawford. I came across the Dark Shadows game in Rochester and they wanted 75 dollars for it so that was not going to happen but then I found it Ithaca for 15 which was perfect. Complete with a fairly tattered paper board game but still all there and such great illustrations.