If you've never heard of Miracle Fortress you are like most people, as MF are a band lacking the exposure they so rightly deserve. Miracle Fortress are a Canadian band at the forefront of the Brian Wilson inspired indie scene and are based in Montreal.
You may have seen him... that Stewart Lee. He's one of those things that they have these days... those comedians. You know, the comedian men that they have these days... they go up onto a sort of... raised platform and they look down at you, and tell you inane things about your life that you find hilarious and you agree with your laughter.
You know, the men with the sort of... big sticks that stick up from the platform that they are standing on... and they have a sort of device protruding from the stick. A kind of... a device that you see that all the kids use, and it makes the comedian man's voice that bit louder so you can hear them over the sound of the laughter that is coming out of your mouth hole.
You've seen them right? The comedian men... the ones on the platforms with the sticks and the devices that the kids use, and they speak in a loud voice about all the inane things that happen in your life, and you laugh out of your face and they keep talking and talking and making noises about appliances that aren't made very well and drawers with all bits of stuff in them and you feel that somehow they know things that you don't.
Yeah well, I met one of those. His name was Stewart Lee.
I travel around a lot and quite often I have late night train journeys home. I'm not very good at sleeping whilst sat up (and in front of people) but I still worry about missing my stop by dozing off, so I usually draw to stay awake. When I get right to my limit, the kinda of drawings I do are usually incredibly rubbish and odd. Below are 4 examples of my sleepy train artwork:
Arangipan Slamma Lamma Ding Dong!
Boy Shadow How
Wormy Mean Guy
I'll post up more of these some other time. But you get the idea.
So I'm aware that one of the more popular features of my blog was always my sketch Diary, and I've kinda fallen off of updating it. So I'm gonna try to make it more regular. Here's a drawing to get it started back up again. I believe I was sat on a train when I jammed this fairy tale scene.
So here's the second instalment of our little catch up of the kind of stupid things that get me through a work day. After this I will try and get back on top of my updates, so that the jokes can be a bit more timely to you readers.....
Example 2.j - Where The Wild Things Are
Example 2.k - Dear John
Example 2.l - Prophet, A
Example 2.m - Did You Hear About The Morgans
Example 2.m - Nine Dead
Example 2.n - Go Diego, Go
Example 2.o - Season of the Witch
Example 2.p - Bad Lieutenant
Example 2.q - King's Speech, The
Example 2.r - Love & Other Drugs
Example 2.s- True Grit
Example 2.t - Just go With It
Example 2.u - I Am Number Four
Feel free to comment on these posts by the way about any of the gags you like, go ahead and repost them elsewhere as long as you credit the source as well. Peace.
One of the greatest things about Hip Hop is it's ability to change and adapt. That's one of the main reasons why it consistently reaches new listeners and tops charts all over the world. The kind of Hip Hop I am bringing to you attention today is not the sort that will ever top charts. but it is the sort that's exploring the cutting edge of Hip Hop.
Shabazz Palaces is a Sub Pop signing of the ex-Digable Planet's rapper Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler. It is a departure from the positive jazz influenced vibe of his previous band, treading new sonic ground entirely.
It's not very often that new acts come along like this, but the first time I heard a Shabazz Palaces track really sent my mind back to the first AntiPop Consortium record. Just unabashedly forward thinking HipHop. Very exciting... Please check it.
It is likely that readers of my blog will have no Idea that I've been continuing with my Quick Comic Panels at work, because I have entirely failed to update it with the new work! (Sorry... eeep.) I've had a couple of emails about it so I thought I would drop a "catch up" in 2 parts, reminding you why you bother even following my all-over-the-place blog of nothingness.
Jean Grae (A.K.A. Jean Greasy) released her new FREE mixtape "Cookies or Comas" yesterday and if you like Hip Hop and you DON'T download it, you are stupid. IT'S FREE and AWESOME!
For those of you don't know, Jean Grae is a Hip-Hop wordsmith of the highest order, simultaneously mixing humour, thought-provoking social commentary and personal confessional style raps. Somehow balancing an extensive knowledge of geekdom (Her name is a reference to an X-Men character.) and a New York street-cool that you just can't fake.
This release is a precursor to Her upcoming album on Talib Kweli's indie label Blacksmith which will be called "Cake or Death". (Again, a geeky reference to the British cross-dressing comedian Eddie Izzard.) I implore you to download this mixtape and be converted.