Illuminated Chronicles: Run The Jewels Visits Portlandia

It’s 2016…practically 2017 so how do you drop an album now? Run The Jewels visits Portlandia for some “helpful” album drop suggestions…let the LOL commence:

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Illuminated Chronicles: Ascension

Over Christmas break I checked out Ascension a 2014 Syfy mini-series on Netflix.

Back in the 60s JFK launched an inter-generational space shuttle…it was going to take 100 years for it to reach its destination: Proxima Centauri. (The show was inspired by the real-life concept of Project Orion which Kennedy ultimately killed). Of course…things don’t go well and it’s all sparked by a murder.

Some of the writing is a bit cheezy, typical tv writing…but there are some fresh moments too. Only lasted 6 episodes then died (don’t ponder the ending too much as Syfy confirmed: “We were very happy with Ascension as an event series, but with so much high profile development in the works, we have decided not to pursue a full series.”).

You can knock it off in a lazy winter weekend.

Here’s the trailer:


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Reading is FUNdamental: James Bond by Warren Ellis

My latest comic book spy thriller following Brubaker’s Velvet and Waid’s Black Widow…is Dynamite’s new James Bond series by Warren Ellis. You can listen to Andrew and I “Bond-ing” over this series in Geek Hard’s Back Issue Bloodbath Episode 61.

I’m a fan of double-crosses and double-agents…the morality of spies is just fascinating.

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Goodbye Carrie Fisher

We lost a fantastic writer today.

Yes I’m aware the great celebrity reduction for Carrie Fisher will always be Princess Leia.

I struggled with Star Wars…even as a kid. (E.T. was another POS back in the day…pfft…you call this tripe sci-fi! I was a happy sci-fi snob from early on…)

She talked about that in her recent book The Princess Diarist. Apparently she had quite a number of I love yous/you were my first love etc. from boys and men over the years. Eh…not me.

Upon hearing of Carrie’s passing my mom reminded me of the time (she thinks it was Christmas) when I unwrapped a Princess Leia action figure and complained because “she’s sooooo boring!”

(Luke especially…just the worst movie character ever: as a kid I hated Luke; like do something cool already! Darth Vader was the only Star Wars character that captivated my attention…dude gets it done. #TeamEmpire).

(I ..took lotta flack for crapping on Star Wars and E.T. (Oddest response was people accusing me of trying to cool by being different…umm, that’s not how the 80s worked. I wasn’t cool at all. What a dumb thing to say out loud too…like the idea that my opinion might be thought out and authentic didn’t occur to you: stupid!)

Carrie evolved into a fine writer…if you haven’t had the chance check out Postcards from the Edge and Wishful Drinking both charming, sarcastic and smart writing. (Surrender the Pink is ok…bit uneven, read it at the beach if you wanna be a completest.)

S’never good when we lose an original trenchant voice.


Goodbye Carrie Fisher

We lost a fantastic writer today.

Yes I’m aware the great celebrity reduction for Carrie Fisher will always be Princess Leia.

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Hidden Gem: Souvenir Driver “I Touch You Honey”

Dream Pop!
Indie Rock!

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Patient Zero Caught Christmas Spirit

Merry Christmas!

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Uncle Sammy’s War on Coal

Talking to a small child in 2016…

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Boutique Bubbles

Man…bubbles are surreal…

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Hidden Gem: The Porcharitas “The Clap”

Girl talk with some garage dirt in your eye:

Sounds like female Ramones meets the Sounds with a dash of the Donnas.

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