I hope you assholes voted today.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
10/24/2017. I’m back but still recovering. Let’s do this.
- Couple tour announcements coming your way today. The first is from Igorrr who will be hitting the road with Spotlights for a few dates in North America early the next year. I’m going to do my best to be there because that sounds fun.
- The second is, obviously, Decibel Magazine Tour, which features Enslaved, Wolves in the Throne Room, Myrkur, and Khemmis. Yep. This one is definitely a must. Dates start February 15th, 2018.
- Sadly, I was informed this weekend that Celtic Frost bassist, Martin Eric Ain, has passed away. It may be old news at this point, but it’s new to me and I had to include it here.
- Finally, let’s switch things up and close with a new music video from 9Electric for “Beautiful”.
I’m no 9Electric fan, but bringing attention to breast cancer and suicide prevention and awareness gets this video/band props in my book.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
I have a very complicated relationship with didactic comics. Sure, nowadays there are a million achingly earnest cartoons circulating on Tumblr instructing the reader in the head-spinning nuances of contemporary identity politics, but the history of using comics to teach is as old as the comics medium itself. For example, in the 20th Century, comics were used to warn military men about the dangers of STDs and to teach children in India how to behave by using hilariously grisly imagery. Didactic comics want you to think learning can be super-fun because comics can be super-fun! But let’s face it–most of these kinds of comics are using a sugary coating to get us to swallow some otherwise unpalatable social engineering pill. Hey, guess what poster-making people? I’ll leave banana peels all over the goddamn place and slip if I want to because I’m grown-ass woman and I do what I want and there is NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT.
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Remember being a kid and trying to start your first band? Those awkward high school days where your attempts at original songwriting end up sounding like covers of the bands you’re into at the time? I went through that phase in a big way –– and much to my dismay, there weren’t too many kids in my school that wanted to hear contemporary attempts at AC/DC or Maiden. (And they certainly didn’t want to hear it from pudgy, zit-filled kids with long hair.)
Alas, the guys in Oslo’s Sarke have the same problem. A Norwegian black metal supergroup, they’re neither kids, nor particularly new at all this. Yet eight years and three albums in, the band’s never been able to shake their influences from their sound’s blackened sleeves. And unfortunately, that remains the case on their new, fourth album, Bogefod. Continue reading