Fuck You, I Like This Song

And I can’t stop listening to it.

Wikipedia says “Sloan is a Toronto-based rock/power pop quartet from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Throughout their career, Sloan has released 12 full-length albums, two EPs, a live album, a greatest hits album and more than 30 singles. The band has received nine Juno Award nominations, winning one.”

And yet I’d never heard of them until this song popped up on Underground Garage.

EDIT: Bonus song!

The Call Of Cthulhu

Some of you bastards may recall my obsession last year with Nick Derington’s Cthulhu idol sculpture, of which he only cast 28. (What a bastard.) As a refresher, here’s how H.P. Lovecraft describes the idol in “The Call of Cthulhu” …

The figure, which was finally passed slowly from man to man for close and careful study, was between seven and eight inches in height, and of exquisitely artistic workmanship. It represented a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind. This thing, which seemed instinct with a fearsome and unnatural malignancy, was of a somewhat bloated corpulence, and squatted evilly on a rectangular block or pedestal covered with undecipherable characters. The tips of the wings touched the back edge of the block, the seat occupied the centre, whilst the long, curved claws of the doubled-up, crouching hind legs gripped the front edge and extended a quarter of the way down toward the bottom of the pedestal. The cephalopod head was bent forward, so that the ends of the facial feelers brushed the backs of huge fore paws which clasped the croucher’s elevated knees. The aspect of the whole was abnormally life-like, and the more subtly fearful because its source was so totally unknown. Its vast, awesome, and incalculable age was unmistakable; yet not one link did it shew with any known type of art belonging to civilisation’s youth— or indeed to any other time. Totally separate and apart, its very material was a mystery; for the soapy, greenish-black stone with its golden or iridescent flecks and striations resembled nothing familiar to geology or mineralogy. The characters along the base were equally baffling; and no member present, despite a representation of half the world’s expert learning in this field, could form the least notion of even their remotest linguistic kinship. They, like the subject and material, belonged to something horribly remote and distinct from mankind as we know it; something frightfully suggestive of old and unhallowed cycles of life in which our world and our conceptions have no part.

Something got me looking online recently to see if any of Derington’s 28 were for sale. No dice, and even if any were available, there’s no way in hell I could afford one. There are tons of awful other interpretations out there, but I did find some substitutes that are pretty cool. In fact, I bought this one on Amazon for about $20.00.

Even better, I stumbled onto a sculptor named Joe Broers, who casts his resin sculptures on demand for about $60.00. Here’s one based on Lovecraft’s original sketches.

I LOVE EET. So much in fact, that I’ve contacted Broers and will be making a purchase in September.

The Once And Future King?

John Byrne is my all-time favorite comic artist, going waaay back to his original run on The Uncanny X-Men beginning with issue 108 in December, 1977. Here’s some potentially big news as reported by Newsarama

John Byrne has stated that Marvel has reached out to him about new work – which, if it happens, would be his first for the publisher since 2000.

During a spotlight panel at Fan Expo Boston 2018, Byrne revealed it as part of explaining how his self-published continuation of his Uncanny X-Men run, called X-Men: Elsewhen.

“There was some discussion on my website: ‘What if you went back to Marvel?’ and it planted this itch in my brain. I thought, what if I went back to Marvel? Could I go back to Marvel? Can I do that? I haven’t drawn like that in 20 years,” Byrne said (as transcribed by Adventures in Poor Taste).

Byrne has drawn over 20 pages of X-Men: Elsewhen, classifying it as a fun side project he doesn’t intend to publish. Be that as it may, it got the attention ot Marvel’s Editor-In-Chief C.B. Cebulski.

“And then I got an email from C.B. Cebulski saying, ‘Love it! Let’s talk about this!’ Oh, that’s unexpected,” continued Byrne. “So yeah, it just happened as a fun thing. It’s still just a fun thing as far as I’m concerned.”

Confess, My Love, Or Die By Inches

Not sure what I love best about this cover, the Nazi’s helmet and tank top ensemble, the mummified corpses of previous victims stood up like trophies around the torture chamber, or the damsel’s totally indifferent facial expression.

Do You Dare Try And Conquer Valravn?

Valravn, the TALLEST, FASTEST, LONGEST dive coaster in the world …

After leaving the station, the train turns 180 degrees to the left, then begins to ascend its 223-foot-tall (68 m) chain lift hill. Once the train reaches the top, it turns right, slightly hangs over the first drop and pauses for four seconds. The train then drops 214 feet (65 m) at a 90-degree angle where it reaches 75 miles per hour (121 km/h), its maximum speed. The train then enters a 165-foot (50 m) Immelmann loop before rising into the mid-course brake run. After the midcourse brakes, the train goes through a second drop at 131 feet (40 m). Out of the drop, the train enters a dive loop that leads into its third and final inversion, a 270-degree zero-g roll. The train encounters an airtime hill before turning left and entering the final brake run.

Valravn holds records for the following:

Tallest Dive Coaster (223 feet)
Fastest Dive Coaster (75 miles per hour)
Longest Dive Coaster (3,415 feet)
Longest drop on a Dive Coaster (214 feet)
Most inversions on a Dive Coaster (3)
Highest inversion on a Dive Coaster (165 feet)

What’s In The Bag…

Here’s a new way to lose track of time and waste hours. What’s in your bag is a series of videos on You Tube where your favorite artist runs around Amoeba records and fills up a bag with their favorite music/dvds, and then tells you about why the picked whatever they selected. It’s been a nice go-to for finding new music, and a great way to waste hours without even realizing it. Here’s a few to get you started. They’re only a few minutes long…