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July 15, 2013 11:03 PM   Subscribe

Comic creators Matt Fraction (Casanova) and Mike Allred (Madman) make their ultimate summer playlist and discuss everything from Brian Wilson to robots.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants (11 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
The Best Superhero Comic of the Year Is About a Crime-Solving Dog Who Loves Pizza
posted by Artw at 11:11 PM on July 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Hawkguy and Pizza Dog are the single best thing to happen to superhero comics in recent memory.
posted by The Whelk at 11:21 PM on July 15, 2013 [4 favorites]


I may disagree with many of the songs on this list, but I'll always love Matt Fraction for giving us a Jerry Cornelius pastiche who speaks in Mountain Goats lyrics sometimes. Its one of those 'wait, other people's brains work a bit like mine' moments.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 11:25 PM on July 15, 2013


Matt Fraction: I think it should be the national anthem, and I think we should have to remain on our feet for the entirety. You always hear, “When I’m the president, blah, blah, blah.” Well, that would be mine: “Rock Lobster,” everybody, for the full seven minutes.

YES. And everyone in the stadium does the sea animal noises.
posted by jason_steakums at 11:48 PM on July 15, 2013


awkguy and Pizza Dog are the single best thing to happen to superhero comics in recent memory.

Bro.
posted by Artw at 11:48 PM on July 15, 2013 [3 favorites]


I'm surprised there was no mention of Allred's Red Rocket 7. Totally apropos to this discussion.
posted by jason_steakums at 11:50 PM on July 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


His FF is pretty damn neat.
posted by Artw at 11:52 PM on July 15, 2013


I'll always love Matt Fraction for giving us a Jerry Cornelius pastiche who speaks in Mountain Goats lyrics sometimes.

Have you seen Fraction's essay for the rereleased All Hail West Texas (so so psyched he's rereleasing now), titled "Notes on imaginary extant, lost, deleted, and unrecorded tracks written, performed, recorded for or during the period of time in the life of John Darnielle that would produce “All Hail West Texas" not included in this collection because they are all imaginary."?
posted by jason_steakums at 11:54 PM on July 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Well, you can imagine how happy I am that "Rebel Rebel" made the list. Allred's Red Rocket 7 is basically "There's this spaceman rock star a lot like Bowie (who meets Bowie, and just about everyone else in pop music) and he has clones and they have adventures." Plus, of course, the Darkness on the Edge of Town love.
posted by Halloween Jack at 4:44 AM on July 16, 2013 [2 favorites]


1978 summer stands out as the first year I was aware that something very good was coming together in the local music scene. No REM yet and the B-52's were just a (super) local band with no national recognition, but they had a shocking amount of company in the unknown-but-super local band department. Bands not just in bars but even ones still at the stage of accepting houseparty gigs but already good enough to make people stop and forget to party because of a sudden urgent need to listen. Something very good happening, and VERY unexpected (which was a large part of the pleasure) in a tail-wags-dog small GA town containing a big public university, a town previously known only for UGa football.

That said (and I know real B-52's fans will disagree), "Roam" is my favorite, both for the song itself and for the moment in the video when the screen is suddenly covered with animated worm thingies slithering around. Which you expect to come together shortly and form some message, so you wait for it. But no, just worms.
posted by jfuller at 6:44 AM on July 16, 2013


Bro. Rock Lobster, Bro.

Bro.
posted by lownote at 2:06 PM on July 20, 2013


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