Entries by Violet Mice
Trying out a new direction in digi-social availability (that is not a term). What I mean to say is, “follow me on twitter now,” I guess. Maybe they’ll be secrets there. Top Secrets. Topsy. Krettz. UGH.
—is a fantastic acronym. Big things this, year, yes indeed.
I don’t even want to get into how long it took to color in that album cover (it’s certainly not traced)—but suffice to say the time spent more than makes up for the outcome, no? (Panels from “The Human Condition,” Part One. Coming soon.)
For The Human Condition:
Hey guys and gals, This is a nifty little announcement. CLICK HERE. Why “click there,” you ask? Well, it’s a link to my Big Cartel page, where you can now buy my mini-comics (all except Low Spark, because I’m in the middle of putting a new batch together, y’all.) Isn’t this awesome? I’m excited. You [...]
Ladies, Gentlemen, Yak Butter Statues, I present a new little collective EP, “The Goust.” It’s a Three-for-Two deal, by which I mean it’s three new Jams for Two Dollaz. Which I think is A) a pretty good deal and B) a way for me having financial confidence in how good these songs are. Here’s a [...]
Mick Karn, fretless bass player extraordinaire, just died. I’m pretty bummed out by this, as anyone who has known me in the last six months will know how important the band Japan had become to me. A month or so ago (or longer? who knows), I wrote a story about why Japan really struck a [...]
Everyone, while talking about The Walkmen, talked about “Angela Surf City.” I have no bone to pick with that song, it is also a great song. But what everybody kept saying was that “Angela” was going to be held up in their great song canon right up next to “The Rat.” I never quite bought [...]
In this age of the internet, things like “album release” dates get very messy. So when it comes time for me to put together my “fave songs” list, I remember that “Teen Dream” “came out” last winter, when really it just leaked then, and came out in January. It’s confusing, but basically I mean for [...]
I Am Miss Bones I feel like there were a lot of big “second albums” this year, or like, “second comings” or something like that. Maybe it was just that people did such a good job that it seemed like they’d been away for a while, like the work was so good it warranted a [...]
I read an article that was interviewing The National as they were finishing this song (Lemonworld). It made it sound like the band were pretty much fed up with making it, and went with something they weren’t totally happy with, and if I had read the article before hearing the song, I would have been [...]
I realize that a lot of my picks are the same as “everyone” else’s, but that’s no fault of mine, I think it’s the fault of there being a lot of really good jams that everyone had no choice but to agree on. That said, Kanye West is not on this list (but I still [...]
I remember seeing Women at Pitchfork the other year (ha), and being both surprised and casually “into it,” by which I mean I didn’t know anything about this band other than the fact that they had a cool name and album cover. But I particularly remember what turned out to be “Shaking Hand” really standing [...]
(That fan-made video is great! People really can do great things with time on their hands!) Another no-brainer, not really a surprise, but delightful nonetheless thing: Deerhunter returns with a totally awesome new album! Deerhunter has now solidified themselves as a band that truly can do no harm in my eyes. Every album they put [...]
Sufjan returned! And better yet, he confounded expectations! Was there a Banjo on any part of Age of Adz? Maybe not, but who cares, when his unbridled creative majesty was ALL over the place and made for a thrilling listen that apparently adults couldn’t understand. But I identified more with the nearly 20-minute guitar workout [...]
No one really seems to get “Congratulations.” Or rather, people “got” it, like, they knew what MGMT were trying to do, but no one seemed to really connect with it. Which is a shame, because they’re actually missing out on of the years secret Pop Gems! Yes, that’s right, MGMT’s “difficult” second album is a [...]
A simple thing: did you guys know I’ve embraced more of the digital age? Well, I have, and you can do that whole “like” thing on that one site with the “Liking” if you want. And, more importantly (i’d say, though i luv you all), I have a set-up at Bandcamp, an absolutely wonderful site [...]
I figure I’ll do a countdown here, a Top Ten. I’ll start with tracks, and do an “albums” later. So let’s start with Number Ten, and count down from there. Cee-Lo Green: “Fuck You.” I’m not going to try to add any thing more than the general consensus has already said, but then I’ve also [...]
Yes, I’m still working! On many things (that’s left vague so I can make a longer post later). Recently, I applied (or whatever the word would be) to re-do the illustrations in a book about Kids meeting Kids and Having Friends. I haven’t yet heard back from them yet, but maybe they’re just taking a [...]
So, R.I.P. Beefheart. It’s interesting, because I’ve never had a strong affection/connection to the man and his work, though I will admit there’s always been a distant sort of “yeah, all right, good work” ghost-camaraderie. But I will be the first to admit, I’m one of those people who has tried many, many, many times [...]
I wrote a long-form essay on The Smashing Pumpkins and my Complicated Relationship to them. Here it is below: “It couldn’t be any worse than the name of the band.” —D’arcy, referring to the “pretentious” title of their new album, “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.” Is there anything wrong with making an album that [...]
Violet Mice— looking for a band. Need Drums, Bass, Keyboard (?), and certainly a brass/woodwind section— specifically one Saxophone and one Trumpet. And HERE are the songs we’d be rehearsing.
Yes, since graduating, I’ve been working on a grand book, Birds & Wolves, cha. Also that Low Spark thing, and a new Album, a new song, tons of things! But did you know I’ve also been illustrating books on the internet? Who knew? I did! Here is the link to the first one I did, [...]