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Mine All Mine

May 23, 2011

So keeping an accurate, detailed journal and a folder full of incriminating photographs of your boss can really pay off, it seems.

It’s true, folks. I, Gorman Moloko, now have full editorial control of the domian now known as KSWNO.com. The Ken Socrates World News Organization is all mine now.

Sure, it still retains that punk ass bitch’s name in the title but that’s just a matter of time, isn’t it? Time and a few well placed phone calls and e-mails with image attachments.

Meanwhile, those few of you demented enough to want to stay in touch with Socrates can find him at kensocrates.com.

Whatever.

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Latest Obsession

November 21, 2009

The Twilight Sad’s Forget The Night Ahead.

Just gorgeous music, powerful, driving. The singer’s heavy Scots accent fills the songs with that Celtic feel and the music, while having the soaring qualities of the best of GYBE’s loudest moments, is brimming with real emotion, real passion.

On Fat Cat Records. Two singles have been released, I Became A Prostitute and Seven Years of Letters, each contained an unreleased song. Worth tracking down foe sure, me laddos.

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Floored By Morgan Again

November 18, 2009

As much as Black Man embedded itself in my psyche forever, haunted as I will always be by the character of Carl Marsalis, the latest book I’ve read by Richard Morgan has knocked me to the ground once again.

The Steel Remains.

Brutal. Visceral. Unrelenting. Fascinating.

Morgan takes hold of the fantasy genre by the neck and gets it in a vicious choke hold before beating it to the ground with masterful authority. The Steel Remains stands over the ordinary hack work found so frequently in the genre and glares down at it. Daring it to get back up for another beating.

I don’t know, maybe it was the vivid gay sex scenes that told me this wasn’t a run of the mill swords and sorcery epic. Maybe it was the violence. Certainly it was the pacing and the dead on characterization that holds you in it’s grip and won’t let go. Ringil, Egar and Archeth. Remember those names,. If you read the book, there’s no chance you’ll forget.

Easily the best novel I’ve read in the genre since the early releases in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. Contains the best line I’ve read in any novel in maybe ten years.

“I’m with the faggot.” You’ll understand when you get there, trust me.

So highly recommended it hurts.

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Abandoned City

October 25, 2009

I’ve gotten involved with this band. You could say I’d like to become their Rob Gretton, if you will.

They’re called Abandoned City. Their first release is going to be an e.p. called Untethered on Dark Heart Records.

4 songs, two of which will appear on their forthcoming full length album in March, two of which are exclusive to this release.

1. Untethered

2. Broken Angels

3. We Fail We Fall

4. No Clock In My Head

Give them a listen.

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Heavy Rotation

October 15, 2009

For the new Piano Magic Album, Ovations.

Glen Johnson and co. joined by Brendan Perry on vocals for two wondrous songs and by fellow Dead Can Dance alum Peter Ulrich. I was so reminded of how powerful Brendan’s voice is. I recall seeing them live at the Berkely Music Performance Center in 1989. Brilliant.

Fantastic album all around.

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DC Comics Affected by Dangerous Time Warp

September 2, 2009

More evidence that DC Comics is dangerously close to sliding down some time anomaly or portal that will bring them back to 1995.

Check out Red Tornado #1, out this week, another mii-series about DC’s resident tortured android. All it’s missing is some sort of fucking holographic foil limited edition cover and it’d look fine gleaming vapidly on the shelves next to the latest books from Marvel or Image of that time period. Which is not a compliment, in case you were wondering.

Yes, I hate Ed Benes that much. And of course, the only thing worse than Ed Benes is a guy with the uncanny ability to draw exactly like Ed Benes. Looking at the artwork for the issue I felt like I did seeing all those imitators of that style come out of the woodwork and crank out so much worthless shit in the mid-nineties.

And don’t forget, I Love Red Tornado. Maybe with not as much nostalgia as I do The Vision, but he was always a favorite.

You don’t want to be seen like that, do you DC? Get rid of guys who draw like Ed Benes and find more who draw like J.H. Williams lll and you won’t be.

Otherwise, bust out the foil.

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More Evidence

August 14, 2009

Of why Comic Books are the greatest medium ever invented.

Because you can go around dressed like this.

Kicking people’s asses.

Admit it. That’s pretty cool.

The image (larger version here) is artwork from a forthcoming DC Comics series entitled The Web.