Wednesday, November 30, 2005

And the Nominees are...

I'm pleased to announced the nominees for the Inaugural Brownies Awards:

Music

Check These Guys Out! (Best New Artist)
- Danger Doom (The Mouse & The Mask)
- Decemberists (Picaresque)
- Ray LaMontagne (Trouble)
- Damien "Jr Gong" Marley (Welcome to Jamrock)

Constant Rotation (Album of the Year)
- Gorillaz (Demon Days)
- Bruce Springsteen (Devils & Dust)
- U2 (How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb)
- Weezer (Make Believe)
- White Stripes (Get Behind Me Satan)

Pure Musical Genius! (Artist in Need of Wider Recognition)
- Death Cab for Cutie (Plans)
- My Morning Jacket (Z)
- Okkervil River (Black Sheep Boy)
- Scratch Track (The Simple)
- Sufjan Stevens (Illinoise)

These Guys Are Still Around? (New Work By Seasoned Artists)
- Chemical Brothers (Push the Button)
- Paul McCartney (Chaos & Creation in the Backyard)
- Nine Inch Nails (With Teeth)
- Rolling Stones (A Bigger Bang)
- Neil Young (Prarie Wind)


Comics

Top of the Reading Pile (Best New Series)
- Captain America (Marvel)
- Desolation Jones (Wildstorm/DC)
- The Goon (Image)
- Ultimates 2 (Marvel)
- Young Avengers (Marvel)

Don't Wait for the Trade! (Best Miniseries)
- Astro City: Dark Age (Wildstorm/DC)
- DC: The New Frontier (DC)
- Seven Soldiers: Klarion (DC)
- Sleeper (Wildstorm/DC)
- WE3 (Vertigo)

This Guy Can Write! (Best Writer)
- Ed Brubaker (Captain America, Sleeper, X-Men Deadly Genesis, Books of Doom)
- Chynna Clugston-Major (Queen Bee, Blue Monday)
- Warren Ellis (Desolation Jones, Planetary, Fell)
- Grant Morrison (Seven Soldiers, WE3, Seaguy, Vimanarama)
- Brian K. Vaughn (Ex Machina, Y the Last Man, Runaways, Ultimate X-Men)

This Guy Can Draw! (Best Artist)
- John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Planetary)
- Tony Harris (Ex Machina)
- Rags Morales (Identity Crisis, Wonder Woman)
- Frank Quitely (WE3, All-Star Superman)
- J.H. Williams (Desolation Jones)

Buy This Book Now! (Best Original Graphic Novel)
- Epileptic (written and illustrated by David B.)
- Quitter (written by Harvey Pekar, illustrated by Dean Haspiel)
- Queen Bee (written and illustrated by Chynna Clugston-Major)
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (written and illustrated by Bryan Lee O'Malley)
- Tricked (written and illustrated by Alex Robinson)

Pure Comic Genius! (Creator in Need of Wider Recognition)
- Kyle Baker (Nat Turner, Kyle Baker, Cartoonist, Plastic Man)
- Darwyn Cooke (DC: The New Frontier, Green Lantern: Secret Files 2005, Solo)
- Eric Powell (The Goon)
- Peter Tomasi (The Light Brigade)
- Brian Wood (The Couriers 3, Local, DMZ)

Capes And All! (Favorite Ongoing Superhero book)
- Astonishing X-Men (Marvel)
- Daredevil (Marvel)
- Ex Machina (Wildstorm/DC)
- Gotham Central (DC)
- Invincible (Image)


Capes Need Not Apply (Favorite Ongoing Non-Superhero Book)

- Fables (Vertigo/DC)
- Losers (Wildstorm/DC)
- True Story Swear to God (Clib's Boy Comics)
- The Walking Dead (Image)
- Y the Last Man (Vertigo/DC)

Put This One In Mylar! (Best Single Issue of the Year)
- Desolation Jones #3 (written by Warren Ellis, illustrated by J.H. Williams)
- Infinite Crisis #1 (written by Geoff Johns, illustrated by Phil Jimenez)
- JLA #119 (written by Geoff Johns & Allan Heinberg, illustrated by Chris Batista & Mark Farmer)
- Justice #2 (written by Jim Krueger & Alex Ross; illustrated by Doug Braithwaite & Alex Ross)
- Solo #7 (written by Mike Allred & Lee Allred, illustrated by Mike Allred)

This is Almost Worth Being Fired For! (Best Comic Blogger)
- The Beat (Heidi MacDonald)
- Bloggity-Blog-Blog-Blog (Laura "Tegan" Gjovaag)
- Cognitive Dissonance (Johanna Draper Carlson)
- The Comics Reporter (Tom Spurgeon)
- Progressive Ruin (Mike Sterling)


Television

Why God Created Tivo (Best Television show)
- CSI (CBS)
- Gilmore Girls (WB)
- Gray's Anatomy (ABC)
- The Shield (FX)
- Veronica Mars (UPN)

Bust A Gut TV (Funniest Comedy on Television)
- Arrested Development
- Everybody Hates Chris
- Family Guy
- My Name is Earl
- Scrubs

TV's Not Beneath Him (Best Television Actor)
- David Boreanaz (Bones)
- Steve Carrel (The Office)
- Vincent D'Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent)
- Jason Lee (My Name is Earl)
- Goron Visnjic (E.R.)


TV's Not Beneath Her (Best Television Actress)

- Patricia Arquette (Medium)
- Geena Davis (Commander In Chief)
- Sandra Oh (Gray's Anatomy)
- Oprah (The Oprah Show)
- Betty White (Boston Legal)

15 Minute Overtime (Best Reality Show)
- The Amazing Race (CBS)
- The Apprentice (NBC)
- Rock Star: INXS (CBS)
- Survivor (CBS)


Movies

Don't Wait for the DVD! (Best Movie of the Year)
- Cinderella Man
- Crash
- Good Night And Good Luck
- March of the Penguins
- Rent

The Tom Hanks (Best Actor)
- Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zorro)
- Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda)
- David Strathaim (Good Nigh And Good Luck)
- Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence)

The Meryl Streep (Best Actress)
- Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Rent)
- Charlize Theron (North Country)
- Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line)
- Renee Zellweger (Cinderella Man)

From Page to Screen (Favorite Comic Book Movie)
- Batman Begins
- Fantastic Four
- A History of Violence
- Sin City

Judges have until Sunday the 18th get their votes in. Winners will be announced on Monday, December 19th.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Lefty Gives Thanks




2005 has been a very bad year for me personally. Things have been hard with my wife's health, our relationship has been tested like never before, and rising everything prices has left us a day late and a dollar short. Oh, and the country re-elected George W. Bush. I know comparatively speaking I reside in one of the richest countries in the universe, so I always feel a little bit off my rocker when I complain like Job.

But I would like to take a moment to highlight some things that I am thankful for:

+ My wife, Mrs. Leftybrown. -Despite everything that has happened this year, I do love her so very much. I'm thankful that she and I like spending time together, doing things, and sharing what's on our hearts and minds.

+ U2. -I've been in a funk or spiritual slumber for a while now, but after seeing U2 earlier this month, I really experienced the lyrics to U2's Yahweh (off of their latest CD), and felt that sleeping giant of faith start to wake from hibernation. Plus the band rocked my ass off.

+ Comic Blogosphere. -Yeah you guys and girls out in comic bloggersville. Thanks to y'all I get exposed to books I wouldn't ordinarily seen, heard about, or picked up. I would like to singly out Mike Sterling for his pushing of Superf*ckers, and Graeme McMillan (of the former blog, Fanboy Rampage) where I first heard of the name Brian Wood, and some little project named Demo.

+ Arrested Development -Alas we hardly knew ye. Soon to be cancelled, this comedy was the first show that I really will feel it's loss. TV shows come and go, so I'm thankful that we got nearly 3 seasons out of this comedy masterpiece. I wonder what a Bluth thanksgiving would look like?

+ Friends -You know a poet once said, "Friends are friends forever if the Lord's the Lord of them." Actually it wasn't a poet, it's was a really cheesy bad and oft-quoted Christian song by Michael W. Smith. This year was really interesting because we had one set of friends move away, and when they did we got closer together via blogging and email one another. Also during all these hard times with my wife, it's been good to have friends that are praying for us, and offering whatever support they can.


+ My Boss. This year we hired a new library director after our previous one passed away after a long battle with cancer. As much as I respected our last director, he was not that much of a leader or advocate for the library. When our new library director arrived in his job, immediately I felt a noticeable difference. We have staff meetings, we chat about music and what-not, and most of all he has put the library on the radar of a lot of folks on and off the campus. It's great having him as a boss, and makes me feel empowered in my job. He's also been encouraging me to get my MLIS degree. This year I've really fallen back in love with my job, and he's a large part of why I am.

Anyway those are some of my reasons to be thankful this year. If you'd like to leave your own reasons, feel free to leave them in the comments section.

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Last Chance! The Brownies Nominations!

Now is your last chance to get your nominations in for the first annual Brownies Awards. For more info, click here. I'm closing nominations on Saturday. On Monday I'll announce the nominees. If you'd like to nominate in any of the categories, drop me an email or leave your nominations in the comments section.

The award categories are as follows:

Music

Check These Guys Out! (Best New Artist)
Constant Rotation (Album of the Year)
Pure Musical Genius! (Artist in Need of Wider Recognition)
These Guys Are Still Around? (New Work By Seasoned Artists)


Comics

Top of the Reading Pile (Best New Series)
Don't Wait for the Trade! (Best Miniseries)
This Guy Can Write! (Best Writer)
This Guy Can Draw! (Best Artist)
Buy This Book Now! (Best Original Graphic Novel)
Pure Comic Genius! (Creator in Need of Wider Recognition)
Capes And All! (Favorite Ongoing Superhero book)
Capes Need Not Apply (Favorite Ongoing Non-Superhero Book)
Put This One In Mylar! (Best Single Issue of the Year)
This is Almost Worth Being Fired For! (Best Comic Blogger)

Television

Why God Created Tivo (Best Television show)
Bust A Gut TV (Funniest Comedy on Television)
TV's Not Beneath Him (Best Television Actor)
TV's Not Beneath Her (Best Television Actress)
15 Minute Overtime (Best Reality Show)

Movies

Don't Wait for the DVD! (Best Movie of the Year)
The Tom Hanks (Best Actor)
The Meryl Streep (Best Actress)
From Page to Screen (Favorite Comic Book Movie)

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Monday, November 21, 2005

Comedy Film Meme

Via my wife and Roger Green (films I've seen in bold, ones I own with an asterisk):


Airplane!*
All About Eve
Amelie
Annie Hall
The Apartment
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery*
Blazing Saddles
Bringing Up Baby
Broadcast News
Caddyshack
Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb*
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story*
Duck Soup

Ferris Bueller's Day Off*
Four Weddings and a Funeral
The General
Ghostbusters*
The Gold Rush
Good Morning Vietnam
The Graduate
Groundhog Day
A Hard Day's Night
His Girl Friday
Kind Hearts and Coronets
The Lady Killers
Local Hero
Manhattan
M*A*S*H
Monty Python's Life of Brian
National Lampoon's Animal House
The Odd Couple
The Producers
Raising Arizona
Roxanne
Rushmore
Shaun of the Dead*
A Shot in the Dark
Some Like it Hot
Strictly Ballroom
Sullivan's Travels
There's Something About Mary
This is Spinal Tap*
To Be or Not to Be
Tootsie
Toy Story
Les vacances de M. Hulot
When Harry Met Sally...*
Withnail and I


I've seen 34 out of 50. I'm officially funnier than my wife.

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Halloween Mixed Bag Review: Gordon D.

Name: Gordon D.

Blog Name: Blog This Pal!

Name of Mix: Svengoolie & Barnabas Sing Romantic Halloween Duets

Number of cuts: 23

Song list:
1. Dead Milkmen -Intro/The Thing That Only Eats Hippies
2. Marketts -Out of Limits
3. Cramps -Surfin' Dead
4. Flamin' Groovies -Shake Some Action
5. Stooges -Gimme Danger
6. Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet -Good Cop Bad Cop
7. Sonics -He's Waitin
8. Rascals -You Better Run
9. John Wesley Harding & the Good Liars -If You Have Ghosts
10. House of Pain -Jump Around
11. Damned -Plan 9 Channel 7
12. Specials -Ghost Town
13. Troggs -Night of the Long Grass
14. Graham Parker & the Rumor -Howlin' Wind
15. CCR -Bad Moon Rising
16. Undisputed Truth -Smiling Faces Sometimes
17. O'Jays -Backstabbers
18. William Shatner -No Tears for Caesar
19. Link Wray & the Wray-men -Jack the Ripper
20. James Carr -Dark End of the Street
21. Beatles -I'm So Tired
22. Jimi Hendrix -Burning of the Midnight Lamp
23. Ruts/Outro/Encore -West One (Shine On Me)


Already reviewed by: Gordon gives us his director's commentary

General Thoughts: Wow. I want Gordon to make me monthly mix CDs because this one is infectious. It simply is a Halloween mix you could listen all year round. This one is in constant rotation at work. Gordon, you need to send me a list of CDs I must go out and by, because I found a lot to love on this mix.

Things I Particularly Loved: Where do I start? I will soon go out an by music by the Stoogies, and Flamin' Groovies. I have to say I loved about 95% of the disc, and liked the other 5%. It is really a stellar mix.

On the Other Hand: William Shatner is the weakest link, but even that was enjoyable. I guess the only bad thing I could say is I want more, more, more!

Office Friendly: Yes at least to my knowledge.

Only Vaguely Related: Gordon lives in St. Louis, MO...in 1997 my wife and I drove through St. Louis on a summer vacation and paid 89 cents for a gallon of gasoline. We were on our way to Denver, Colorado, having just left friends in Wheaton, IL. A few days later my wife would fall in love with the Allman Brothers, thus making me the luckiest man on earth.

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Friday, November 18, 2005

Lefty's Friday Three Questions

It is really a TGIF today. I've spent the week shifting periodicals and kneeling on carpeted concrete has really taken a toll on my legs and knees, so I'm looking forward to a weekend of relaxing. But before I can relax I have 3 questions to ask. My answers to those 3 questions will be in the comments section of this post, where you are invited to share your thoughts as well.

Tonight, my favorite elementary school teacher and I are off to see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, so today's 3 question theme is on Harry Potter:



1. Is you-know-who really morte (dead)? If not, how would you explain what happened? (Don't read the comment section is you don't want this spoiled.)

2. Snapes. Really a bad guy, or just really, REALLY misunderstood?

3. The next book is the last book in the tale of Harry Potter. Should there be more? Has the Potter phenomenum been good for kids (and adults)?

Bonus question: The kids are going up REALLY fast. Think we'll see all 7 books made into movies with the three principle actors?

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Who Would Jesus Torture?

This morning I woke up pissed off, and all day I've been pissed off. You know how one sometimes gets a song stuck in their head and it just haunts them all day. Well, I had something similar. I got up this morning with this thought:


"Why the fuck do we have to torture anyone? Some asshole is torturing a prisoner or captive in my name! Goddammit! Motherfuckers!"


And I've been like that all fuckin' day. The thing that really chaps my hide is that this is coming from an administration that once got there by running on compassionate conservatism. Maybe they offer the prisoner a peppermint candy before they washboard them? How considerate, you know when I'm pushed to mental and physical extremes I would love a little something to keep my breath nice and minty. Who would Jesus Torture?

It's almost as if we're fashioning a modern day Crusade. We must retake the middle east in the name of oil and Jesus! Praise be to God and Chevron who sits at His right hand! Jesus died for your H3 Hummer! No shut the hell up and never mind the electrode pinching down on your testicle!

We should be marching on Washington! The United States should never torture! Never! Never! As much as Cheney says we need to protect our country, there is always a better way. Besides, oftentimes torture isn't really effective. Many times those that are tortured will say ANYTHING to make it stop, including admitting things that just aren't true. But the larger issue is that we should never become monsters to fight monsters, and right now I am mad as hell that my country that I love is turning into a monster of epic proportions. And everytime some son of a bitch tortures someone they are doing it in your name, in my name, in the name of our great democracy, in the name of the United States of America.

We must stop this. Now.

Besides, I can't stomach agreeing with John McCain so much. It's not good for me and leads to poor decision-making.

(That was a joke, the rest of this post isn't)

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All-Star Superman Addendum

Yes I quite liked All-Star Superman. It is the type of story I love from Grant Morrison, a touch of weird wildness, but not so "out there" that I need an appendix or blog to tell me what's going on. Sure the Lex Luthor feels a tad too much like Professor X's villainous sister, but overall the story is great. I love the futuristic feel mixed with the classic sense of adventure. I also like that Morrison makes use of an outre scene. And I didn't expect the surprise ending come so fast in the series.

Highly recommended, and I look forward to the next issue.

BTW, my L.C.S. didn't receive any of the Neil Adams cover, but damn that's still a fine, fine Quitely cover.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Up, Up, and Away (to Your Local Comic Book Shop)

I was never much of a Superman fan, until very recently. The first time I really grooved to Superman was Action #775 which featured Superman showing that killing is never an answer to conflict, which is pretty interesting viewpoint know that the DCU in embroiled in Infinite Crisis.

Today, being new comic day, I have to say I'm pretty excited to pick up All-Star Superman. All-Star Superman features the work by the always fascinating (and sometime very bizarre) Grant Morrison, and the wonderful art of Frank Quitely. Those two previously have worked together on New X-Men a few years back, and really turned out an incredible X-Men product that re-energized the line for a while. Now they turn their talents on Superman. The All-Star line takes the iconic personna of the characters and sheds the decades of continuity to tell a compelling story. Some have compared it to Marvel's Ultimate line, but the All-Star line is slightly different. Instead of rebooting characters back to their teens, All-Star most shakes off baggage of continuity.

It's been said the Morrison's All-Star Superman is a step back and forward in how comic book readers conceive Superman. Morrison has said in interviews that he wants some of that Silver Age flavor to his run, which had some crazy ideas pop out. If it's anything like the Showcase Presents...Superman that was released recently, we are in for such a treat.

Without a doubt, All-Star Superman will be at the top of my reading pile this evening. My local comic shop owner is even saving me the Neal Adams variant cover, which has the legendary artist returning to draw for a Superman book after several years. The cover is pretty good, but I have to say I love that Quitely cover as well, with Superman taking some "me time" over the city of Metropolis. I just might have to pick them both up.

The only thing I'm nervous about is the other All-Star comic, All-Star Batman & Robin, had a lot of promise, yet after reading the first few issues, just turned me off. From Lee's over-the-top art (which I generally like), to the near-psycho Batman dialogue that the usually amazing Frank Miller wrote. So I'm hoping Superman gets a much better All-Star treatment.


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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Brownies....There's Still Time!

Nominations for the 1st Annual Brownies Awards are still open. The nomination period is open until November 25th. The nominees are chosen by you. If you would like to nominate anyone/thing, drop me an email. Also if you want to be a judge, I have room for three more people. If you do want to be a judge, you must be able to read/listen/watch to all the nominees by time the votes need to be submitted. For complete details, check out this post.

The award categories are as follows:

Music

Check These Guys Out! (Best New Artist)
Constant Rotation (Album of the Year)
Pure Musical Genius! (Artist in Need of Wider Recognition)
These Guys Are Still Around? (New Work By Seasoned Artists)


Comics

Top of the Reading Pile (Best New Series)
Don't Wait for the Trade! (Best Miniseries)
This Guy Can Write! (Best Writer)
This Guy Can Draw! (Best Artist)
Buy This Book Now! (Best Original Graphic Novel)
Pure Comic Genius! (Creator in Need of Wider Recognition)
Capes And All! (Favorite Ongoing Superhero book)
Capes Need Not Apply (Favorite Ongoing Non-Superhero Book)
Put This One In Mylar! (Best Single Issue of the Year)
This is Almost Worth Being Fired For! (Best Comic Blogger)

Television

Why God Created Tivo (Best Television show)
Bust A Gut TV (Funniest Comedy on Television)
TV's Not Beneath Him (Best Television Actor)
TV's Not Beneath Her (Best Television Actress)
15 Minute Overtime (Best Reality Show)

Movies

Don't Wait for the DVD! (Best Movie of the Year)
The Tom Hanks (Best Actor)
The Meryl Streep (Best Actress)
From Page to Screen (Favorite Comic Book Movie)



Nominations are now open! E-mail me or leave a comment. Also, if you can help spread the word, I would greatly appreciate it.

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Indy Meme

I was called out by my wife, so here's the Independent Film Meme that has been making the rounds (films I've seen in bold, if I own them I've put a star next to them):

1. Reservoir Dogs*
2. Donnie Darko
3. The Terminator*
4. Clerks
5. Monty Python's Life of Brian
6. Night of the Living Dead
7. Sex, Lies, and Videotape
8. The Usual Suspects*
9. Sideways*
10. Mean Streets
11. Bad Taste
12. Eraserhead
13. Memento
14. Stranger Than Paradise
15. Blood Simple
16. She's Gotta Have It
17. City of God
18. Withnail and I
19. Lone Star
20. Slacker
21. Roger and Me
22. Nosferatu
23. The Evil Dead
24. Happiness
25. Drugstore Cowboy
26. Lost in Translation*
27. Dark Star
28. In the Company of Men
29. Bad Lieutenan.
30. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song
31. Pink Flamingos
32. Two Lane Blacktop
33. Shallow Grave
34. The Blair Witch Project
35. THX-1138
36. Buffalo '66
37. Being John Malkovich*
38. Grosse Point Blank
39. The Passion of the Christ
40. The Descent
41. Dead Man's Shoes
42. Swingers
43. Shadows
44. Amores Perros
45. Mad Max
46. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
47. Blood Feast
48. Cube
49. Run Lola Run*
50. El Mariachi*

25 out of 50. Okay I guess. Join me next week as I start a Meme in which I won't even score a perfect score of movies I've seen out of the movies I own on DVD. Then you can compare how many movies you've seen or own of my collection. That Meme is coming next week.

Oh and I won't call anyone out on this Meme.

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Monday, November 14, 2005

Lefty's Wishes

Here's some things I secretly wish for...

7-Up Gold -I loved this short lived soda. It's been gone for what, 15 or more years, and I still can remember the cinnamony-fizzy flavor, which was a tad different from ginger ale.

White Stripes Cover Band -But this cover band would strictly be a blues band interpreting/representing each song.

Small Wonder TV show on DVD -Not that I would actually BUY them, but I would certainly Netflix them.

One season of The Amazing Race -that doesn't include an ugly american comment or action that features a contestant making fun of a person's culture or country. I love the show, but every seasons there is always at least one scene or two.

More Arrested Development -The show is for the most part, cancelled at Fox. I'm not one to join Save Our Shows efforts, but I would be nice to see the show get a second life at HBO or Showtime. I can imagine a Larry Sanders/Arrested Development Sunday Night Hour. That would be powerful comedy there.

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Halloween Mixed Bag: Logan Polk

Name: Logan Polk

Blog Name: House of the Ded

Name of Mix: The Ded Mix vol.3

Number of cuts: 19

Song list:
1. Theme From Mission Impossible - Rehab
2. Bye, Bye, Bye -Further Seems Forever
3. Surefireway - Bass211(Mixed by)
4. Smooth Criminal -Alien Ant Farm
5. Points Of Authority/99Problems -Jay-Z/Linkin Park
6. Still Not a Player -Big Punisher/Incubus
7. Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nothin' ta Fuck With -Wu-Tang Clan/Chad Smith/Tom Morello
8. Spending one of these Nights with Kelly -Aggro1 (Mixed by)
9. Boyz-N-the-Hood -Dynamite Hack
10. Gin & Juice -Shinebox
11. The Tribute -Grimm/Nonpoint
12. Marijuanaville -Rodney Carrington
13. You're Crazy -Guns N Roses
14. Trouble of this World -Nappy Roots
15. Wind Cries Mary -Jamie Cullum
16. Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones/Neptunes
17. Fat Bottomed Girls - Antigone Rising
18. Encore -DJ Danger Mouse (Mixed by)
19. Too Cold -Vanilla Ice

Already reviewed by: Logan explains his mix

General Thoughts: Overall I liked the mix, but I found my Hip Hop/Rap tolerance starting to get in the red.

Things I Particularly Loved: Great beginning, and I even liked the 'Nsync cover. Some very nice covers that entertained like the Gin & Juice, Boyz in the Hood, and Wind Cries Mary. Oh and I loved, LOVED the Surefireway mashup. Excellent!

On the Other Hand: I'm sooooo tired of the Smooth Criminal Alien Ant Farm cover, and I hated the Kelly Clarkson/Eagles mashup which never really gelled, and felt like the two tracks were competing vocal-wise at the end.

Office Friendly: No, especially when you include a track Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nothin' ta Fuck With

Only Vaguely Related: Because of this disc I recently picked up an Antigone Rising disc..only to find out later that it wasn't the disc that included the Queen cover, and the Pink Floyd cover. It was all original songs, and I wasn't that impressed with it.

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Friday, November 11, 2005

Lefty's Friday Three Questions

Wow, this week went by so dang fast. So here we are, Friday already. This week's Friday 3 questions theme is Covers. As always my answers to the 3 questions is in the comments section, where you are invited to leave your answers there as well.

1. What do you think has been the most successful 'cover' of a song?
What do you think was the biggest cover of a Beatles song? (Cover Song)

2. How big will the Plame leak proceedings get in the next year or so? (Blown cover)

3. Cold nights are upon us, time for soups and stews. Do you have a simple and great recipe for crockpot cooking? (Keep it covered)

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Shhhhhhhh!

Lefty is back, but he's in hibernation. He'll write more when he gets back in the swing of things to tell you all about some thoughts he had, his greatest find of the decade in a record store in Berkeley, and how much U2 rocked his world.


And maybe a word or two on recent politics and some great comics. Not too mention some more Halloween Mixed Bag reviews.

Lefty will return on Friday...because Roger Green probably demands it.

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Friday, November 04, 2005

Lefty Sells Out

This weekend I'm putting a lot of comics and what not up on eBay. A few weeks ago, Mike Sterling of Progressive Ruin had a post that has been floating around in the space between my ears. You can read that post here.

He asked where do comics go after you die. A lot of folks had good suggestions, including donating them to libraries with a pop culture archive. Well, I decided to sell a lot of my collection, including my complete Flash vol. 2 that I cherished reading earlier this year. I don't have a lot of rare stuff, but I have a lot of stuff that was fun to read. I am keeping my Amazing Spider-man and Uncanny X-Men collection because it's been fun hunting down missing issues of those two series that made me the comic fan I am today.

I do have an ulterior motive. I want to buy one of these in a couple of weeks (without causing problems with our monthly budget):




So once again, if you are a regular reader of this blog, and happen to win one of my auctions, email me afterwards and I'll cut you a deal on shipping. Auctions should start appearing on Saturday. Go here to see them or click the link on the right hand column.

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Lefty's Friday Three U2 Questions



Yes I have U2 on the brain. After being a fan of the band for 17 years, this coming Tuesday I finally get to see them live in concert. I am so looking forward to it. To this day I still regret not cutting Physics to catch the free concert they did in San Francisco. So, this week's theme is U2. I'll ask 3 questions, my answers are in the comments section, where you can feel free to leave your own answers.

1. From Best to Worst, rank the U2 officially released albums: Boy, October, War, Under A Blood Red Sky, The Unforgettable Fire, Wide Awake In America, Joshua Tree, Rattle and Hum, Achtung Baby, Zooropa, Pop, All That You Can't Leave Behind, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

2. Do you have a favorite U2 band member? If so, why?

3. How many times have you seen U2 in concert? Which one was your favorite?

Bonus question: Name your Top Five U2 songs

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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Introducing the Inaugural Leftybrown Awards, The Brownies

As promised, I am starting up a new annual award, right here on Leftybrown's Corner...The Brownies.

Every November I will have open voting on nominees in various categories. Later in the month, November 25th, I'll close nominations, and announce the results. During that time I'll review each the top 5 choices in each category, and on December 19th I'll announce the winners.

It's still early in formulating how this all will go down, but I am thinking about forming a panel of 5 judges (plus myself) who will also have to review the nominees. If you are interested and committed to doing such a thing drop me an email. Judges (including myself) can not nominate anything or anyone for a category, so it all depends on you readers (and maybe you can plug the awards on your blog...that would help).

All nominees must have been created or released between November 1st 2004 to November 1st 2005. All submissions must also include the title of the work you are nominating. For example for a submission for This Guy Can Write!, it would look like this: Marv Wolfman -New Teen Titans #21

The award categories are as follows:

Music

Check These Guys Out! (Best New Artist)
Constant Rotation (Album of the Year)
Pure Musical Genius! (Artist in Need of Wider Recognition)
These Guys Are Still Around? (New Work By Seasoned Artists)


Comics

Top of the Reading Pile (Best New Series)
Don't Wait for the Trade! (Best Miniseries)
This Guy Can Write! (Best Writer)
This Guy Can Draw! (Best Artist)
Buy This Book Now! (Best Original Graphic Novel)
Pure Comic Genius! (Creator in Need of Wider Recognition)
Capes And All! (Favorite Ongoing Superhero book)
Capes Need Not Apply (Favorite Ongoing Non-Superhero Book)
Put This One In Mylar! (Best Single Issue of the Year)

Television
Why God Created Tivo (Best Television show)
Bust A Gut TV (Funniest Comedy on Television)
TV's Not Beneath Him (Best Television Actor)
TV's Not Beneath Her (Best Television Actress)
15 Minute Overtime (Best Reality Show)

Movies
Don't Wait for the DVD! (Best Movie of the Year)
The Tom Hanks (Best Actor)
The Meryl Streep (Best Actress)
From Page to Screen (Favorite Comic Book Movie)



Nominations are now open! E-mail me or leave a comment. Also, if you can help spread the word, I would greatly appreciate it.

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All Apologies

I am NOT used to my new schedule yet, hence the sporadic posting. Tonight I'll announce the new awards show, to add the ad nausaum end of the year awards...The Brownies.

Stay Tuned.


While I have your attention, does anyone know how to post scripts in a blog. I'm trying to link my Netflix Queue RSS in my right hand side column via Feedburner. If anyone wants to help me out the RSS is at: http://feeds.feedburner.com/netflix/BAZc. Drop me a line if you can help me out. Thanks.

Lastly, a sad farewell, but not goodbye to Dorian at postmodernbarney.com. If I get the facts straight, after a massive Vs. card game and knife fight, Dorian was forced to leave the thunderdome (aka Ralph's Comic Corner) and his employee discount. The good news is that he will be continuing his blog. Good luck Dorian!

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