• Graphic novels

    9 Dic 2009, 15:11

    A somewhat short journal and not related to music but here we go:

    I'm late to the game so to speak when it comes to graphic novels. Within the last few months I've bought and read V for Vendetta and the Watchmen. I have seen V for Vendetta the film and thought the graphic novel was amazing and much better than the film.

    I've not seen the Watchmen and don't really desire to. The story is so good and the ending especially is quite amazing. I can't really put into words why I like it but I can say that I like how Moore handled the ending, even though I was pissed that my favorite character from the book was no more.

    So now I'm ready for more. Would like to take a bit of a break from Moore's work, just because I would like to see how other authors and artists work.

    On recommendation from a close friend, my next read will be the Sandman series by Neil Gaiman. I'm not familiar with Mr. Gaiman's work other than having seen a few movies from books he wrote such as Stardust.

    Having read a bit about the Sandman series it seems quite interesting and I look forward to checking out not only the stories but the artwork.

    Beyond this I'm not familiar with what is out there and am looking for recommendations.

    As I do live in Taiwan, I do have access to a very good book store that has a huge selection of graphic novels. This includes both western as well as eastern books. In fact one section is nothing but Japanese ones translated into English.

    So if there's any stories or authors I should check out feel free to let me know, thank you.

    As I've been on somewhat of an 80s bender recently as far as youtube videos go I leave you with one of my favorites, "Jeopardy" by the Greg Kihn Band. (The Weird Al version is quite good as well)

    Take care all.
    December 9th 2009
  • Can't believe they'd release such a product

    25 Abr 2009, 15:47

    So B-Boy Records decides to re-release Criminal Minded in mini-USB form. Sure, I'm with you there. But no, they go the extra step and make the USB look like a gun.

    For those that are unaware, Boogie Down Productions consisted of KRS-One, D-Nice and Scott La Rock. Scott was shot and killed in the South Bronx in the summer of '87. This ultimately lead to KRS' starting the "Stop The Violence" movement.

    Maybe I'm over-thinking this but really, why the hell would they release such a product?

    Any comments are greatly welcomed, I seriously want to know what other hip hop fans think of this.
  • Takes a licking, keeps on ticking

    11 Abr 2009, 15:11

    Please pardon the introduction, just need to get it off my chest so to speak.

    I was involved in a traffic accident last night, drunk guy on a bicycle came out of nowhere and I couldn't do anything in time and plowed right into him broadside (I drive a Yamaha 125cc scooter). Anyways, I'm in one piece no injuries and he was fine although I felt tempted to do something violent but his punk ass was not worth my anger let alone I don't feel like sitting in some Taiwanese jail, so turned the other cheek and am thankful I'm here to see another day.

    So the reason for this journal is more so for me to just reflect on why I listen to the type of music I listen to, a lot of my core interests come directly from what my family listened to.

    I remember sitting in the car driving up to the ski slopes or going on family vacations and my mom would listen to a wide range of stuff, Sting, The Beatles, Dire Straits, etc. First concert I ever saw was a Sting concert at the Gorge in eastern Washington. Was a great show.

    My oldest brother is quite a bit older than me and was really out of the house before I can really relate to what he listened to while he still lived at home, but anyways I do remember he listened to a lot of stuff, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, Faith No More, U2, Tears for Fears, REM, Nirvana, and more.

    My second brother directly influenced my listening habits, Moby, Aphex Twin, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, NIN, Living Colour, Pop Will Eat Itself, Massive Attack, and so forth.

    Of course a lot of what I'm talking of is prior to the internet. I grew up in Boise, Idaho which is fairly small city all things considered, but I'm glad that my family listened to a wide range of stuff which allowed me to expand my horizons via music.

    So above all I'm just glad that I'm still in one piece this day, have a great wife and family and friends and am able to listen to music from all over the globe to help me cope when other means of coping don't do the job as well.

    Stay safe out there everyone.

    April 11th 2009

    The video I leave you with is a classic from Dj Krush: Kemuri. In my own preferences, other than Primo, Krush is my all time favorite DJ. Enjoy.
  • Liking it so far

    7 Abr 2009, 13:42

    I'm not quite sure why I waited so long to join I've known about it for several years but never bothered joining. It was at the advice of a friend that I join, as I was asking him all kinds of questions about a group from his homeland to which he had no response as he didn't listen to said group.

    So here I am and I'm glad to see that the community is so lively. Plenty of trolls to be sure but this is the internet after all. Have met some really interesting people from all over the globe, some who have similar music tastes to myself and some that don't.

    To me however it doesn't matter if our tastes blend or not. I do view myself as a citizen of the world and love talking to anyone from anywhere, especially about music but anything else really. This is a great chance for me to do just that, and of course beyond that to find new acts and genres that I never listened to before.

    So while I've not been here a long time, I'm really enjoying it and hope I can meet more interesting people over time.

    Thanks to those out there that make this site so interesting and keep on playing tunes. I have a personal habit of just randomly clicking on different people's accounts and seeing what they listen to and from there see what their friends listen to and so on, it's led me to talk to some interesting people and find music I'd otherwise never know of.

    April 7th 2009

    P.S. I'd like to leave each journal entry I do with a youtube link to one of my favorite music videos.

    So with that I leave you Jan Delay's "Fur Immer Und Dich" Jan is a German artist and even if you don't understand German I suggest you check out the video, it's quite cute and I love the ending.