Thursday, December 29, 2005

Top Ten of 2005 in Music

I'm such a slacker, and here's it's the easiest week to post because I have my picks for Top Ten of 2005. Let's lead things off with Lefty's Top Ten of 2005 in Music:


1. Aretha Franklin & King Curtis -Don't Fight The Feeling: The Complete Aretha Franklin & King Curtis Live At the Fillmore West

2. My Morning Jacket -Z

3. Fiona Apple -Extraordinary Machine

4. White Stripes -Get Behind Me Satan

5. Buddy Miller -Universal House of Prayer

6. Bruce Springsteen -Devils & Dust

7. Bob Dylan -No Direction Home: The Soundtrack (Bootleg Series v.7)

8. Weezer -Beverly Hills

9. Nine Inch Nail -With Teeth

10. System of A Down -Mesmerize/Hypnotize


Tomorrow, it's the Top Ten in Television

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Lefty's Random Thoughts

* Am I the only one who upon hearing Prince's "Darling Nikki" immediately thinks of The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood"? It's like they are tangetically related or something.

* When is it okay to give away an ending to a movie? The reason I ask is because I never saw the original King Kong, so I was a little pissed off when someone gave away how the black and white and the new version ends.

* Now that the latest Teen Titans did a little tribute to Captain Carrot, can we now see some Atari Force again? Then again, maybe not. Although with the One Year Later event happening in DC Comics in a few months, I would die of fanboy joy if they published a new Dial H for Heroes (80s version with brother & sister), complete with reading emailing, messageboarding, or mailing in ideas for future costumes.

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Lefty Wants to Trade

I happened to come into possession of an extra copy of this:



It's the fourth trade paperback in the great comic book series (and recent Brownie award winner) The Losers.

So instead of just giving it away, I want to trade it for something else. I won't be too picky, it just has to be something I don't have. So if there's a trade or miniseries or what-not you want to pass along in exchange drop me a line (just email me). I also have issues 1 and 2 of All-Star Batman & Robin to toss in and a copy of the 25-cent Goon comic.

Update: I still have the Losers TPB available for trade.

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Monday, December 19, 2005

The 2005 Brownies Awards

You know what's the best thing about announcing the winners of the 2005 Brownies, here on the blog? No musical montages. For a list of all the nominees, click here. That being said, here are the winners of the first annual Brownies:

Music


Check These Guys Out! (Best New Artist)

- Ray LaMontagne (Trouble)



Constant Rotation (Album of the Year)

- U2 (How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb)



Pure Musical Genius! (Artist in Need of Wider Recognition)

- Scratch Track (The Simple)



These Guys Are Still Around? (New Work By Seasoned Artists)

- Chemical Brothers (Push the Button)




Comics


Top of the Reading Pile (Best New Series)

- Desolation Jones (Wildstorm/DC)



Don't Wait for the Trade! (Best Miniseries)

- Sleeper (Wildstorm/DC)



This Guy Can Write! (Best Writer)

- Ed Brubaker (Captain America, Sleeper, X-Men Deadly Genesis, Books of Doom)



This Guy Can Draw! (Best Artist)

- Tony Harris (Ex Machina)



Buy This Book Now! (Best Original Graphic Novel)

- Tricked (written and illustrated by Alex Robinson)



Pure Comic Genius! (Creator in Need of Wider Recognition)

- Brian Wood (The Couriers 3, Local, DMZ)



Capes And All! (Favorite Ongoing Superhero book)

- Gotham Central (DC)



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

- Losers (Wildstorm/DC)



Put This One In Mylar! (Best Single Issue of the Year)

- 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)



Television


Why God Created Tivo (Best Television show)

- The Shield (FX)



Bust A Gut TV (Funniest Comedy on Television)

- My Name is Earl



TV's Not Beneath Him (Best Television Actor)

- Steve Carrell (The Office)



TV's Not Beneath Her (Best Television Actress)

- Geena Davis (Commander In Chief)



15 Minute Overtime (Best Reality Show)

- The Amazing Race (CBS)



Movies


Don't Wait for the DVD! (Best Movie of the Year)

- Good Night And Good Luck



The Tom Hanks (Best Actor)

- Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Crash)



The Meryl Streep (Best Actress)

- Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Rent)



From Page to Screen (Favorite Comic Book Movie)

- A History of Violence


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Friday, December 16, 2005

Lefty's Friday Three Questions

Man times flies by when your neck-deep in journals that need to go to the bindery. This week's Friday 3 Questions theme is comic books, which I'll be reading a lot of during my impending Christmas break (that and uploading my music collection to a video iPod).

1. What was the last comic book you read? Was it any good?

2. If there was one thing you could change about comics in general, what would it be? (example, price, paper, making sure Rob Leifield never ever finds penciling work again, etc)

3. What the best graphic novel or trade paperback you actually bought this year? Do you have other work by the creator(s)? If so, what's their best work, in your opinion?

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Help Lefty's Fallen and He Can't Get Up

Yes, this 'lil blog of mine is still alive. I will get around to blogging regularly...I promise. Since my hiatus, things have been loco (to say the least). World-shattering stuff, marriage crumbling, wife's health problems, and end of the year bill crunch. Not to mention I've been under a deadline at work.

And then there was that run in with Earth-2 Superman.


More regularly posting soon, including the results of the first annual Brownies.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Lefty's Hidden Power

One thing I regret about growing up is that I can no longer fly. Well I didn't actually fly, like "Up Up and Away". I would more or less float in a slow but satisfying direction. Now that I'm older,as much as I try, I no longer have that ability. In my younger teenage years I would have lots of dreams in which I could float above the one and two-story cookie-cutter subdivision houses. My flight would begin, like any good flight should, with a running start. As I built up speed, I would start to jump. Those first few jumps would start to stretch into longer jumps, and then higher jumps. When I got to a certain height, I would then swim through the air as if through water. I would do the breast stroke to guide my direction. I couldn't fly fast, and I was always worried about flying too high. However I loved to fly, to view the tops of the houses that made up my neighborhood. I would look down at my friends playing tag football in the street, unbeknownst to the fan floating above them. It was peaceful and spectacular. I would peek through the window of a girlfriend to see if she wanted to sneak out so we could continue learning all about kissing the French way.

I can't remember when exactly I lost the ability to fly. Perhaps a psychologist could better explain how I gained or lost this gift. In the years since, I've tried to regain that awesome power. I would lie down in my bed in the most comfortable position I could. I would then mentally focus on the landmarks that made up my current neighborhood. I would try to reenact my take-off, but I could never remaster my lost craft. Each jump would always end up just a few feet from its initial launch, no incredible height being achieved. More years would pass, and I would forget about my hidden ability, until earlier this year when I read Jonathan Lethem's Fortress of Solitude, which featured a kid that had a magic ring which enabled flight.

I miss flying.

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Friday, December 02, 2005

Lefty's Friday Three Questions

Not much from me this week, that should change next week. For now, I'm pulling this weeks 3 questions out of the air...the theme is music.


1. What the best hip-hop or rap album ever made? (In Your Honest Opinion, of course)

2. What was the last piece of music you bought? Was it downloaded, or in physical form (CD, cassette, DVD)? And a follow-up, did you buy or receive an iPod or mp3 player in the last year, and how often you use it?

3. Name your Top Five Music Videos of all time. (You know that thing they USED to play on MTV)

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