Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Books in My Possession, Part 1

I own a shitload of books. And some of them I'm not too crazy about, but am too lazy to put on eBay. Here are some reviews on my staggering mass of volumes:

The Bad Guys:

This I got at a great used book store with a vast selection of books impossible to find (Many were staggeringly old. One ancient tattered bible, which was only for desplay, had blood on a page which was tested and had bubonic plague. I kid you not). It's a written history of the movie villain and I really like it. It goes in depth and is very well-written.

Hacking Video Game Consoles:

Why I got this I don't really know. It shows how to make old video game systems into portables. I saw it and thought it might be cool to do, so I bought it. I am confident I will never spend the time and money on the projects. As my father said on several occasions, "That's more money shoved up a hog's ass".

Naked Lunch:

William S. Burroughs' masterpiece. I'd recommend it to a stranger.


This is just a classic which everyone should read. Set half in a nazi war-camp, half in outer space.

A Pictorial History of the Talkies:

I just bought this for caricature practice. It's fantastic content though. Bought it at the same place I bought The Bad Guys.

Rebel Visions, The Underground Comix Revolution:

Yeah, that's right. I love underground comix and don't care one bit what John K. says about 'em. I have a small collection of them myself, including a rare Mr. Natural #2! Am I bragging? I hope I'm not.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Lenny Bruce!!:

I love this book. Lenny Bruce is my favorite comedian of all time with no exceptions. I got it for 5 CENTS at a library sale!!!! Now I know I'm bragging. Sorry.

Friday, January 23, 2009

I Bought a Laserdisc Player

Hi folks! Glad to get back to work on a new post. Anyway, recently I did one of my favorite things to do: Buying something I don't need. This time, it was a Laserdisc player. For those of you who aren't familiar with these ancient pieces of obsolete machinery, I'll grudgingly explain what they are; In the dark ages, before the invention of DVD, Laserdiscs came into existance. These bulky things contained digital movies in higher quality than VHS. But, they were more expensive than video cassettes, thus sales were few, and in the mid-90's, production of the discs was halted. So why would I get a stupid Laserdisc player? Well, there are many Laserdisc releases which were not re-released on DVD, such as The Flintstones: The First Fourteen Episodes box set that John Kricfalusi worked on, and that has many features that aren't available on anything else. And the Criterion James Bond movies with banned commentary tracks, etc.

(The mammoth Laserdisc beside a meager, nonthreatening DVD)

So I bought a player off eBay in full working order for pretty cheap. It hasn't shipped yet. Anyone know how to work one a' these things?

Note: I'm not knocking DVDs. They're great!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

My Kinda Music

I love old music. Especially jazz and blues. Novelty too. Here are some of my favorite musicians:

Charlie Patton:

Son House:

Frank Stokes:

Bo Carter:

Spike Jones:

Blind Willie McTell

Skip James:

Cannon's Jug Stompers:

John Coltrane:

Blind Lemon Jefferson:

Jelly Roll Morton:

King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band:

Clarence Williams:

"Dock" Boggs:

Frankie Franko & His Louisianians:

As I've stated in last post's comments, when it comes to music, I'm an old man!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Neglected Blog

Please visit Kurdt's creativegarbagedump.blogspot.com. There's some really good stuff on there and apparently, less than a handful of people know about it. His music tastes kinda differ from mine but he makes up for it. For example, he did a great poem called "For You Blue". Head on down to it!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

My Favorite Artist

The great sculptor, Stanislav Szukalski. I don't know how to describe his genius. I can only encourage you to go to the website: szukalski.com (no "www.").