HOW DO PEOPLE FIND THE TIME: Lego South Park Musical


Someone made a Lego version of the song “Do What You Wanna Do” from the “Elementary School Musical” episode of South Park.

In this episode, the boys find that the whole school has gone crazy for musicals because of a cute boy named Bridon, and resist attempts to break into song every time there is an emotional moment. It turns out Bridon doesn’t even want to sing all the time and the episode ends with all the roles reversed.

So let’s review:

• South Park
• Legos
• High School Musical parody

HAT TRICK!

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Captain America — F*** yeah!


From Team America to Captain America — the great message comes through.

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Remake of ANNIE on the way from Will Smith

201101261345.jpgVariety confirms that everyone’s favorite orphan is getting a reboot, courtesy if Will Smith’s production company, with daughter Willow Smith set to star. Smith’s production company is teaming with Jay-Z to form a new movie-making joint venture and ANNIE is on the list.

The remake will be a musical, which is great because all little girls like to sing songs from ANNIE. Jay-Z also likes to sing songs from ANNIE, so the new version will sound something like this:

And yes, she is usually known as a redhead and everyone is going to go bonkers over this but, guess what, we live in a multicultural society now and WIllow Smith is an adorable kid who already has an album in the works.

ANNIE is based on Harold Gray’s classic comic strip, which provided an adventurous mirror of Depression-era America, as the plucky orphan was continually separated from her guardian, the ultra-rich Daddy Warbucks. A previous version of the ANNIE musical was filmed in 1982 by John Huston, with Albert Finnney as Daddy Warbucks and Aileen Quinn as Annie. Quinn acts occasionally, but mostly works as a drama teacher in New Jersey these days.

Wagon Christ is back in March

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The first new Wagon Christ album in 7 years (!) is due March 14th: Toomorrow. Wagon Christ is also known as Luke Vibert, aka Rephlex, Amen Andrews, Kerrier District and many other things. If there is one artist that is a constant soundtrack for work at Stately Beat Manor, it’s Vibert — his music is melodic, cheerful, unobtrusive and always giddy. If Raymond Scott, Henry Mancini or Esquivel had been acid disco/IDM DJs they would probably have been Vibert. (He actually made an album with Jean Jacques Perry.) He favors chunks of chords pounded on the organ, so it always sounds like you are in some hip roller rink. Although Wagon Christ is his best known avatar, based on the description, I doubt Toomorrow will sound much different than Rhythm or We Hear You, his last two albums as Vibert, which sound like Irving Berlin drum ‘n’ bass.

He has no webpage, no Facebook, no Twitter. As far as I can tell, he hasn’t done an interview in four or five years. He never comes to the US to DJ, (although he did once, five years ago, and I went.) He is a total mystery to me. He has nothing to say for himself but hours and hours of music that make you laugh and feel good.

I actually wrote this post just to see if I could embed this mp3. And I can! Enjoy!

Wagon Christ – Manalyze This! by Ninja Tune & Big Dada

PS: here’s the website for cover artist Celyn Braizer’s website — a video is in the works!

Comics culture: MF Doom's Operation: Doomsday gets spiffy new release

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MF Doom is one of the peripheral players of comic-dom — a hip hop stylist who wears an iron mask, originally based on Doctor Doom. He also frequently slips nerd-referenced samples and lyrics into his work (notably on Dangerdoom), and his team-up with Madlib — known as Madvillain — produced the comics-themed video below.

Now his first album, Operation: Doomsday is finally getting a deluxe remastered reissue from Stones Throw Records. And best of all, it comes in an MF Doom lunchbox with art by Jason Jagel and Jeff Jank. We’re in.


[Via Nisha Gopalan]

Holiday rewind: Team Venture Christmas Song

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Totally missed this before, but better late than never?
“Shallow Gravy”

JG Jones covers Revolver

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The new issue of Revolver magazine salutes the rock greats who died this year, and has a special painted cover by JG Jones, artists of such things as WANTED and FINAL CRISIS. The cover depicts Ronnie James Dio, Slipknot’s Paul Gray, Avenged Sevenfold’s the Rev, Type O Negative’s Peter Steele, Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell, Metallica’s Cliff Burton, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, Ozzy Osbourne’s Randy Rhoads, Queen’s Freddie Mercury, and Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley rocking together in heaven, and it is available as a free poster in the issue.

“Music is a huge part of my creative process,” Jones says. “I’m always listening to stuff in my studio to help me get the tone right whether it’s on something like Wanted or when I’m doing Batman. When Revolver asked me to do this cover, I jumped at the chance because so many of the dearly departed in the piece had been so influential to me.”

Inside the issue, Revolver remembers the cover artists and many of hard rock and metal’s other fallen heroes via exclusive interviews, including the first with Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Shawn “Clown” Crahan, Chris Fehn, and Joey Jordison since the death of Paul Gray, and the first with the surviving members of Type O Negative since Peter Steele’s passing. Also interviewed are Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, Alice in Chains’ Mike Inez, Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde, Ramones’ Marky Ramone, Melvins’ Buzz Osborne, rapper Ice-T, and more.

As a tie-in to the issue and a special tribute to Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell, Revolver has produced a highly limited-edition commemorative coin in his honor. The coin comes free with the magazine when purchased at Barnes & Noble. Otherwise, it is available with the issue and an antiqued metal coin holder at: www.revolvermag.com/store, where a portion of the sale proceeds will go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

Henry and Glenn…the Anti-Christmas Cartoon


Do we have a new holiday classic on our hands? Just about. Tom Neely and some friends have made this 6-minute cartoon based on his Henry and Glenn characters — any resemblance to rockers living or dead strictly coincidental, even when characters named John and Daryl show up. This will seriously make your spirits bright and metal at the same time.

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Henry and Glenn debuted from Microcosm last year. and have appeared in their own book and even a spinoff sketchbook .

All The Venture Brothers Christmas singles

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Every year, the producers of the best cartoon of the 21st century, The Venture Brothers, unleash a new Christmas single — here’s a handy link to all of them to date Including Venture-Aid 2006 and The Monarch singing The Christmas Song. There are rumors of a new song for 2010, but until then, enjoy the mellow sounds of Venture-mas past.

Comic Books vs Scroobius Pip

Scroobius Pip is one half of UK indie hip hop duo dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip. Their songs tackle issues including suicide, domestic violence, and teen pregnancy with humour and intelligence lacking in mainstream hip hop. Earlier this year they released their second album, The Logic of Chance, and Scroobius Pip released his first graphic novel Poetry in (e)motion, a collection of adaptations of his songs.

The graphic novel began a few years ago when Pip chose around a dozen of his poems – “The ones that lent themselves to more interesting submissions” he says – and put out a call to artists on MySpace and Twitter, offering them the opportunity to illustrate one of them. The pieces ranged across his work coming from Angles, his first album with dan le sac, his live spoken word sets, and even a few that had never been performed.

He wasn’t sure where it would lead, or even if he’d get any responses, but thought he’d try anyway. “I wanted a way of putting out a book of poetry that would engage people who wouldn’t traditionally read poetry,” says Pip. “So I came up with the idea of presenting it as a graphic novel.”


(Art from When I Grow Up by Joe Cunningham.)

Pip had grown up reading comics, but had fallen away from them as he grew up. “I’ve never claimed to be any kind of expert,” says Pip. “But I did go through a period of collecting a lot of comics, as most kids probably did.”

“I was really into Ghost Rider and Spider-Man,” says Pip. “Then the Venom series came out and I got really into that and collected all the special edition covers.”

But it was only recently that Pip got back into reading comics. “Watchmen was what reignited my love of comics,” he says. “It got in Time Magazine’s top 100 novels of all time, and I went ‘Ah, I need to give this a look.’”

Since then he’s started reading an increasing number of comics. “I’ve become addicted to The Boys. It’s one of the best comic book series I’ve ever read.”


(Art from Reading My Dreams by Damian Claughton.)

Pip decided to release the graphic novel as an alternative to more traditional poetry collections. “[A] lot of people asked if I wanted to put out a book of poetry, and it kind of felt arrogant to do so just because I didn’t read a lot of poetry. I always preferred to watch it performed live.”

Pip also wanted to create something different from the usual lyrics/tablature collections or “appallingly written” histories most bands release as books, and felt that a graphic novel fit the bill.

Despite the personal meaning behind many of Pip’s work he was excited to see how other people would interpret his work, even going so far as to refuse to give any direction other than that the piece had to include all the lyrics in the correct order.

Once the adaptations began to arrive their quality impressed Pip immensely. “Over the first year I had over a hundred responses from people, they just started to flood in,” he says. “It was amazing to see reactions from people from all over the world.”


(Art Rat Race by Cow Free.)

Two of the adaptations in particular stick out in Pip’s mind. “There was one poem called Rat Race, and it was drawn [by artist Cow Free] really scribbly and scratchy and jotted,” says Pip. “[Cow Free] didn’t know that I’d written that poem on the back of till receipts when I was working in a record shop, but they looked exactly as if they were scribbled on the back of till receipts and it really excited me and hit home.”


(Art from 1000 Words by Anthony Gregori and Michael Spicer.)

Another adaptation that stunned Pip was 1000 Words by Anthony Grigori. “The standard of the drawings was absolutely amazing,” says Pip. “But when I showed them to a mate he noticed that the monument in one of the street scenes was actually a monument that was a ten minute walk from my home in Stanford Le Hope.” The American Grigori had never been to Pip’s hometown, but had used the internet to make the scene as accurate as possible. Commitment like that was, according to Pip, “overwhelming”.

Once he felt he had enough strong contributions Pip sent out feelers to various publishers. He had a few poetry publishers interested, but found a partner in Titan, the UK publishers of Watchmen and Kick Ass, amongst others. “The point of the book was to not just to attract the people who read poetry,” says Pip. “It would have felt a bit toiling to go through all this effort and then just put it out through a poetry publisher. So Titan have been perfect.”

Titan were enthusiastic about the project, but worried that the overall quality of the comics might not be up to standard. “Before the meeting they indicated we should get a few professionals on board, to commission a few pieces, just to bring the standard up to the level of what they normally put out,” says Pip. “It was great to go into the first meeting when I’d printed off ten examples and have them flick through and realize that we didn’t need to get any professionals in.”


(Unused art for Thou Shalt Always Kill by Yuzuru Namiki.)

Unfortunately, there were a few pieces that didn’t make it into the final book for a variety of reasons. “A Japanese guy did a really good drawing for Thou Shalt Always Kill,” says Pip. “But it was a picture of me wiping the lyrics off a mirror, and one of the restrictions of [the project] was that the poem had to be readable.”

The book has done well for Titan so far, having sold out of its initial print run and been reprinted. “We were prepared for it to not do very well,” says Pip. “Particularly as Titan hadn’t done something quite like this before.”

As for the future Pip has no concrete plans for more comics feeling that he doesn’t want to force out another collection after the first one came about so naturally. “I need to have another album or two worth of tracks, and loads more poetry written, for people to choose from and pull from,” he says. “I wouldn’t want to rush a second one out.” Instead there are plans for a tour of the USA and Canada, a solo album, a third album with dan le sac, and even a novel.

Despite this Pip has already thought about which songs from The Logic of Chance would make good comics. “There are two tracks, both quite dark, that storywise I’m fond of,” he says. “I think ‘Five Minutes’ and ‘Cowboi’ would lend themselves quite interestingly to adaptation, so those are both ones I’d look at in the future.”

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Matthew Murray can’t stop, won’t stop reading zines and minicomics, and reviewing them every day at 365 Zines a Year.

Morrison menaces MCR in full length video

Previously, teased, the full length video for My Chemical Romance’s “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)” has just been released, featuring band members in a post-apocalyptic desert chase with a villain portrayed by Grant Morrison. There’s apparently more adventure to come as the band members all have new fantasy personas (think Gorillaz) and a new album called Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. The clip was co-directed by frontman/writer Gerard Way and Roboshobo, and definitely seems to have been storyboarded by a mutant combination of Paul Pope and George Miller, featuring a storyline filled with ray guns, roller skating and vampires.

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BTW, we would totally pay $3.99 for a comic book by Grant Morrison and Paul Pope! Since such a thing is unlikely to happen in this lifetime, this video may just have to do.

U2 sings about Spider-Man


On tour in Portugal, U2 members cranked up Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me Boy Falls from the Sky, the first song from the Spider-Man musical to get play.
Via Hero Complex

Grant Morrison vs My Chemical Romance in new video


The BATMAN writer is the bad guy in a new MCR video? And here we always thought he was a force for good.
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“Garbage Truck” by Sex Bob-Omb


Call me crazy but I still love this. Music by Beck Hansen.

Con news: NYAF music schedule announced

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(Above: Boom Boom Satellites)

Boom Boom Satellites, Zazen Boys, Echostream and Puffy AmiYumi will be performing at the Far East To East Showcase (FETES) during the New York Anime Festival, it was announced today. The show takes place on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are $22 each.

FETES is produced by Superglorious, a live event production firm responsible for orchestrating events with a very eclectic and exciting mix of artists. The New York Anime Festival, an anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture convention, will take place October 8-10, 2010 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan. It is created by and co-located with the New York Comic Con. Boom Boom Satellites, Zazen Boys, Echostream, and Puffy AmiYumi will all appearing at NYAF for speaking sessions and autograph signings prior to their show. NYAF has additionally announced seiyuu and singer Minori Chihara and Japanese rock band VAMPS will also appear as guests, and comics legends Stan Lee, John Romita, Sr., and John Romita, Jr. will headline the New York Comic Con.

This year’s NYAF is teaming up with the New York Comic-Con for a full-spectrum comics and media event. More here.

Tonight to do: Anamanaguchi at Brooklyn Bowl

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Not comics really, but all nerd, chiptune punk band Anamanaguchi, who wrote the soundtrack to the Scott Pilgrim video game, is playing tonight in Brooklyn. And it’s free!