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by Christopher Grant Harris

Friday, 1 July 2016

“Of the Month” July 2016

Video Game of the Month:
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Yoshi’s Woolly World

This game is frikkin’ adorable, and it’s actually a good bit of fun to play. It’s got a good balance of puzzle-solving and platforming action, and in fact it can be played either way (you can storm the levels and just go for the goal, or you can methodically choose to pry out every last secret from each level). The graphics are 👍👍👌. It keeps surprising me in delightful ways, like how rivers of lava are represented by knitted red-and-orange scarves being dragged across the ground. I also enjoy when the yarn aesthetic becomes important to play, like when you create a Chain Chomp by wrapping yarn around an empty wireframe. GOOD GAMES.

Movie of the Month:
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Deadpool

IT’S FUNNY, ALRIGHT!? F**K OFF! Seriously, I don’t know when I’ve laughed this hard in a movie theater. It holds up pretty well on repeat viewings; though the initial shock-value laughs are much diminished, the movie has an infectious energy and surprising charm. Ryan Reynolds nails the character. Just flawless. My only very-minor quibble is that I wish there had been more of a personality difference between the (presumably sane) pre-transformation Wade Wilson and the absolutely-nutty, post-transformation Deadpool. But that is a minor quibble in an otherwise excellent piece of entertainment.

Tweeter of the Month:
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@Devlen_Goaway

Devlen_Goaway is a very funny and occasionally bitter tweeter who styles himself “Moon Mayor” and frequently ruminates on how he would run things on the Moon were he to be made Moon Mayor:


He is currently creating series of excellent tweets from Ronald Reagan and George Washington, wherein they yell nonsense at their wives:


Plus he tweets just generally funny stuffs:


Oh, and he also makes some truly bizarre Star Trek videos at his Youtube channel, Head Injury Productions:

Categories: Of the Month.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

My Famous Friends: Geoff Slays Commercial Music!

Mmmm... so steamy...

Mmmm… so steamy…

My excellently-talented friend (since kindergarten) Geoff is an excellently-talented musician. Until recently he was the bass-playing part of Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount (he can be heard on all of the FFD albums released up to this date). He is also the singer and 1/2 of the composers (I’m the other 1/2) of The Crazy Boy Floyds. He also produced a bunch of Trevor Peach’s recent musics. And a bunches of other stuffs.

Now he’s written the musics for a commercial for Slayer Espresso’s new steam machine! Here’s what Geoffs says:

Hey guys! Not only is Slayer an awesome company that I have loved since it’s inception, but a while back Arthur Allen started working in their marketing department and asked if I’d be willing to make a little tune for the promos of their upcoming products. Of course I said yes! And of course Arthur has done amazing things with it! Thanks for the opportunity, man! I hope I get to work with you moooore!

Watch the ‘mercial here and wissen to da musics within!

Also, that looks like a pretty kick-ass machine. If only I thought coffee had a good flavor taste instead of tasting like burnt bits you’d scrape off the bottom of an oven!

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Did You Know There’s a Fools Play Show This Weekend?

Fools Play Summer Improv: It's True!

It’s true!

Details:
Fools Play Summer Improv
Saturday, June 18th 9:00 PM
@ 924 Broadway, Tacoma, WA (map)
All-Ages, $10

I’ll be there, up on stage! So can you (be in the audience).

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play, Tacoma.

Friday, 3 June 2016

“Of the Month” June 2016

Book of the Month:
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Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

My second “Of the Month” in a row for G. Willow Wilson! I think that might be a first. Anyway, yes, apart from writing amazing comic books, Ms. Wilson also wrote this novel, an urban sci-fi/fantasy mashup that takes computer programming and djinn and wraps them up in a fascinating yarn that is ultimately about the importance and power of language. It’s rather fast-paced and its unnamed middle-eastern city setting is exceedingly well-drawn. Ms. Wilson certainly has a gift for descriptive prose. It’s like a cross between William Gibson and Neil Gaiman (particularly in one thrilling sequence where coding a program becomes an hallucinogenic vision trip). I wish the protagonist were just a bit more likeable, though; he tends to get pissy and mean when he’s under stress, and he’s under stress pretty much the whole entire book. Overall an excellent read.

Musicians of the Month:
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Aivi & Surasshu

An amazing duo made up of two composers: an organic girl named Aivi and a machine boy named Surasshu. They make beautiful, lush compositions with classical instruments and chiptunes interwoven. They’ve written an album, but also music for video games as well as music (and songs) for Steven Universe! Yes, much of the mind-blowingly-awesome compositions from Steven Universe came from Aivi and Surasshu. So give them a listen, fo’ realsz.

TV Show of the Month:
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Puffin Rock

When you have a toddler, you end up watching a bunch of TV aimed for the toddler market. A bunch of it is, let’s face it, crap. So when you find a great show, it’s like finding a diamond in the rough. Puffin Rock is an Irish-made cartoon about a small island off the coast of Ireland populated by shrews, seagulls, seals, crabs, and (of course) puffins. And it’s frikkin’ gorgeous. Seriously, this series has some of the best artwork I’ve seen in a cartoon. It’s like Little Golden Book come to life. And the characters are rather charming (their little Irish lilts do help quite a bit), especially main character Oona and her little brother Baba, who is undeniably one of the cutest cartoon characters in existence. The stories are light and breezy and never hit you too hard over the head with a moral or message. It’s fun. And oh-so-pretty.

Plus it’s narrated by Roy (Chris O’Dowd) from BBC’s The IT Crowd. Seriously. So that’s just a hoot. He gets flustered and tongue-tied sometimes, and sometimes even tries to interact with the characters and influence them in spite of the fact that they clearly cannot hear him. It’s some of the more enjoyable narration I can think of.

Puffin Rock is only available on Netflix in the states, but it’s worth it to seek it out if you have wee ones.

Categories: Of the Month.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Trevor Peach Has Got You Covered

...SONG covered, that is! Get it?

…SONG covered, that is! Get it?

The Fourth volume of Trevor Peach’s one-song-a-week project (AKA “Squandered Promise of a Wasted Year”) has begun, and this one is a pretty awexome hum-dinger. In his previous volume he did remakes of some of his own “classic” songs. But in this volume he is going to be putting his own spin on other musicians’ songs with a series of cover songs! He’s released the track list, and it includes some delightfully surprising and bizarre choices. Here they all are (and you can listen to them all) right here:

1. Black Sparrow – J Hacha De Zola

2. Your Mother Doesn’t Love You – Jason Brunet

3. Long Way To Fall – The Electric NoNo

4. Jesus, Friend of Sinners – Joshua Stephens

5. First 48 – Chris Blount

6. Secret Squirrel – Robb Benson

7. Nightmares – Open Mike Eagle

8. Nightmares – The Hoot Hoots

9. Blueberries – Julia Massey

10. Shake – The Great UM

11. White Whale – Kid in the Attic

12. Mr. Boots – Incanus

13. Dada Pops – Chubby Mummy

Volume IV marks a musical departure from the previous three volumes as well, because they’re not being produced by Geoff B. Gibbs. They’re being produced by Vincent Fresco. That’s right: the Vincent Fresco who produced Trevor Peach’s very first EP back 12 years ago!

The first cover has already been released. You can take a wissen right here:

I’m particularly excited to see how Trevor and Vincent handle Open Mike Eagle’s hip-hop and Chubby Mummy’s general incompetence. Also, there are rumors that there might be a couple of bonus tracks that aren’t listed here. There’s some exciting things in the pipeline from Trevor Peach this summer FO SHO.

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Open Mike Eagle is Admitting the Endorphin Addiction

(Pssst! The dancer represents "Addiction" *winku*)

(Pssst! The dancer represents “Addiction” *winku*)

Hey, Open Mike Eagle has another excellent video for an excellent song from his excellent new album, Hella Personal Film Festival. This one is for “Admitting the Endorphin Addicton.”

I heart Mike’s expressions in this video. He has a “What the eff is going on? This is effed up” look on his face most of the video as the dancing girl drags him all over the place.

... this is effed up.

“… this is effed up.”

It’s a good’un, and another catchy as eff song as well.

As I feel my withdrawal
I understand them 90’s songs.
Rap music has ruined me, I always want to loop my favorite part.

You should buy this album. You should buy this album here. Just admit that you really want it.

Admission is the first step.

Admission is the first step.

Categories: Music, Videos.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Glory of Glories: You Can Now Download Chubby Mummy

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Is this the real life? Or is it chubby fantasy?

All of my musical fever dreams are coming true. Last year, we finally got the glorious music of Trevor Peach released.

Earlier this year, the long-gestating glories of The Crazy Boy Floyds began to trickle out into the world.

And now we have the Glory of Glories, the most exalted of all music.

All of Chubby Mummy has been upload to the internets.

All Time Alblums

A Quarted of Insane Inane Genius

For those of you who aren’t in the know, here is the official description of Chubby Mummy:

Two fully grown siblings whose improvised silliness is preserved on platinum hit “alblums” via tape recorders and cell phones. Chubby Mummy kind of has to be heard to be believed.

That really doesn’t do it justice. For starters, they’re completely bonkers insane. For seconds, they can’t carry a tune and have almost no sense of rhythm. They make The Shaggs seem as competent and skilled as Yo-Yo Ma. But they are frikkin’ funny. Many “songs” just collapse at the end because one or both of them are laughing too hard to continue. They’re also unreasonably enthusiastic and it’s completely infectious.

May I be pretentious for a moment? I shall: CHUBBY MUMMY IS THE GREATEST “OUTSIDER ART” MUSICAL ACT SINCE WESLEY WILLIS. Chubby Mummy is the raw, unspoiled joy of absolutely-uncensored improv.

Here’s a typical sample, where the two try to come up with what the next song will be, and then try (and fail) to perform that song:

And here is one of their more “successful” songs, where they actually manage to keep going for more than a few seconds:

Glorious.

Wait, I didn’t do that right.

GLORIOUS

There’s that’s better.

Head on over to the Chubby Mummy Bandcamp site to catch ’em all! You might be sorry you did! Or you might just find everything you never knew you were missing in your miserable life (spoiler: that last part probably won’t happen).

Don't let Chubby Mummy down!

Don’t let Chubby Mummy down!

Categories: Music.