Posts from November 9th, 2017

Thursday, 9 November 2017

“Of the Month” November 2017

Hey, sorry this is so late. Having a kid born the day after Halloween means the beginning of November is kinda hectic!

Album of the Month:

Brick Body Kids Still Daydream by Open Mike Eagle

A few years ago Mike released Dark Comedy, an hilarious album tinged with anger and darkness. Well, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream is kind of the opposite; it’s a dark and angry album tinged with hilarity. And it is SO SO GOOD. A concept album about the now-destroyed Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago where Mike (and earlier, Mr. T) spent some of his youth, BBKSD is a stark exploration of some very big injustices. It’s also at times extraordinarily beautiful. Just listen to “Daydreaming in the Projects” here:

Also listen to the sun-drenched, wistful nostalgia that gushes out of the just lovely “95 Radios” here:

I don’t want to make this album sound like a complete drag; Mike is still as geeky as ever, and there is some genuine hilarity like in “No Selling (Uncle Butch Pretending it Don’t Hurt),” in which very funny braggadocio serves to illustrate both the toxic environment that induces men to act tough and unfeeling as well as the toxicity of such behavior itself.

Man, this album is smart. The best album of 2017 by leaps and bounds.

Cartoon of the Month:

Over the Garden Wall

I initially didn’t watch this cartoon when it aired on Cartoon Network a few years ago because I thought it was some dumb cartoon about garden gnomes (understandable, considering it has the word “Garden” in it and the main character wears a conical hat). But the truth is this is a dark and creepy and surreal dive into weirdness and the nature of fear. About two children (well, one teenager and one child) who get somehow lost in “The Unknown,” a very strange and anachronistic forest environment where talking animals and magic are commonplace, Over the Garden Wall is a miniseries of ten 11-minute episodes. So at 110 minutes it’s very possible to watch it all in one sitting, which I highly recommend. Taking place in the days after Halloween, it’s an absolutely perfect show to watch on a dark fall evening with some hot cider and a blanket. You’re going to underestimate this show; you’re not prepared for how good it is.

Show of the Month:

Stranger Things 2

Stranger Things 2 is to Stranger Things as Aliens is to Alien. Sometimes in some very direct ways. It takes the original concept and expands upon it mightily without losing the fan-frikkin-tastic characterizations that you came to love in the first season. Plus, Paul Reiser is in it as a very sketchy and somewhat smarmy individual! A loving tribute to both Steven King and Stephen Spielberg, with plenty of callbacks and references to them both. Also Aliens.

Categories: Of the Month.