Last of the Brooklyn oeuvre. Not the most compelling of tales, but fun to draw and I got to listen to a lot of WTF while doing so. It’s at least nice to know I’m not the only one drawing the YouTube logo these days.
And so I ask you, the eleven people who, on a good day, read this blog, what would you like to see more of from me/the blog/Big Loose Comics in general? Longer work? More single panel strips? More gag strips? More thoughtful ones? Ads? How’s the layout? I’m thinking of printing a Big Loose #1.5 that would be a print compendium of selections from the first year. Do you even want that? Would you buy that or is it a waste of my energy? Seriously, folks, you’re the ones what gotta look at this, what would you like to see?
This is the view from the living room window of my Bed-Stuy apartment. The last time I properly attempted a still life was in a high school art class, and while everyone seemed to like it, nobody thought it actually “looked” like the subject, which is to say I’m not great at capturing light and perspective and realism and stuff.
And now, the “content.”
2011 somehow turned out to be a pretty productive year for me musically, despite my frequent attempts to quit that filthy habit. I’ve made plenty of allusions to the various projects I was involved with during that time on this blawg, but the obsessive completist part of my brain wants to see it all together in one place. So here’s a comprehensive list of everything I played on that was either recorded or released in 2011 (listed in the order in which they were recorded). If you haven’t done so already, buy or otherwise acquire everything here; I’m proud of it all for different, complicated reasons.
I played bass in this group November 2007 through January 2010. We released a 7″ in October of ’09 and then recorded our full-length just after I left the band that January. Solar Hits was ultimately released on Ms.Wendy Stonehenge’s Archer’s Guild label in July ’11. I am on the cover as a serf. It’s available on LP through Midheaven.com or you can download it from their Bandcamp page.
I joined the 21st Century on bass after I quit Glitter Wizard ’cause I didn’t wanna be in bands anymore. Oops. Anyways, we recorded this in Texas in November 2010 and I ultimately got fired a few months later. But I did get the majority of my basslines down on this recording that was finally released earlier this month. I think Amazon‘s where to buy it.
Arthur Tea is my musical monicker, left over from Glitter Wizard. This is my solo EP that I recorded myself and play everything on except drums, female vocals and a couple guitar solos. I did all the tracking in May 2011 as hastily as possible and almost entirely in my apartment in Oakland and put it online in June. Thoroughly depressing little number about heartbreak. Awwww. Available through my Bandcamp.
Me, Micah and Dusty formed Family Matters sometime in spring 2010 around my needing to blow of 21st Century steam with some loudass guitar skronk and my vision of forming a band that sounded like Monoshock and did a cover of Nikki Sudden’s “New York.” Mission accomplished? In any case, our friend Timmer recorded us in his practice pad in San Francisco in May 2011, and we hastily got it out in September 2011, warts ‘n’ all (which actually makes it better, I think), when I decided to move to Brooklyn. (I’m moving back to Oakland) Available as a free download from our Bandcamp.
I think I’m actually getting worse. That or my attempt to focus on getting these damn things done and not worry so much about details, composition or straight lines is really paying off.
Normally I’m opposed to people posting pictures of their food on the Internet, but since it’s my blog and I can do whatever I please, here’s a picture of what my Christmas looked like. I am now officially Jewish.