Monday, December 31st, 2012 at 12:00 pm
The Geeks Of Doom Round Up concludes with our 24th and final episode. This week, we took a look back at The Round Up from its very inception, and have a quick improvised glance back at the year that was 2012. Andy gives us a rundown of what’s happening with The Drill Down, while Greg says farewell to the Social Blend podcast and gives us a preview of what to expect on the upcoming Blendover podcast.
Later in the show, we take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly relating to the comic book The Amazing Spider-Man #700, with some opposing views and opinions. We also RESOLVE the mystery of the Indiana Jones journal that was sent to University of Chicago, and covered by TheMovieGod right here at Geeks Of Doom.
Fulfillingness’ First Finale, by Stevie Wonder, and is part of his whirlwind success of the string of his classic albums released in the 1970s, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5.
Released in the Summer of 1974 after his funky Innervisions, (which won a Grammy for Record of the Year) and before his sprawling, amazing double record set Songs in the Key of Life, (which won a Grammy for Record of the Year too) Fulfillingness’ First Finale acts as a nice checkpoint/rest stop between those two aforementioned albums. Fulfillingness ALSO won a Grammy for Record of the Year, setting a musical precedent which brought the aptly named Wonder to even newer, more successful heights. With warm R&B musical interludes like “Too Shy to Say,” “Heaven is 10 Zillion Light Years Away,” and the radio and chart hits like “Boogie on Reggae Woman”; the wonderfully cynical stomp of “You Haven’t Done Nothin’,” and sporting guests as diverse as Paul Anka, The Jackson Five, Minnie Riperton, Sergio Mendes, The Persuasions, and Michael Sembello, this record is a nice, albeit rather underrated album, atypical of the 1970s Stevie Wonder style, and remains in a canon full of explosively R&B/funk/pop slices of sonic greatness that comes from the mind and soul of this musical master.
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Can’t Buy A Thrill, the debut album by the cryptically sarcastically sneering yet jazzy rock/pop group Steely Dan, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5.
Released in 1972 and starting off right out of the gate with the now-oft played, loved, and remembered musical paean to Las Vegas gambling over-indulgences, “Do It Again,” the sound and style of what made Steely Dan one of the benchmark groups of the 1970s is already evident. Coming to the fray with a more musical literary, erudite approach in their arrangements and lyrics and spearheaded by the duo of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, Can’t Buy A Thrill is much more than an embryonic version of the later Dan. It’s also a smart, sharp record, with tight ensemble playing; hard rockers blended with soft yet still punchy ballads and radio friendly and Billboard charters like the aforementioned “Do It Again,” “Reeling in the Years,” “Midnight Cruiser,” and fan favorites, “Dirty Work,” “Kings,” and “Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me).” A worthy debut by a very worthy hall-of-fame caliber group.
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Dude, straight up, this comic is pretty awesome. The pitch: A la The X-Men, every one in a million people will be blessed and cursed with a power that will develop in their awkward, pubescent teen years, but rather then popping claws or mastering magnetism or whatever-the-hell-it-is-Cable-does these kids get one specific power – to bring anything they imagine come to life through drawing. And just like that, you got a lovely set up for a meta story about comic book storytelling, the process of making comics itself, and disgruntled youth.
More to the point, The Creators inaugural issue focuses on Maya, a typical 16-year-old whose into fairy tales, art class, and whose begun showing signs that she’ll be gifted with this power and her parents as they react, quite reasonably, to balancing their new obligations of registering their daughter to the government which will ship her off to their Creator Academy and being loving parents.
Kind of Blue, the Miles Davis recording which is considered by many to be one of the 20th century’s most popular, innovative, and influential jazz records ever released, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5.
Jazz music sometimes seems like it is wholly improvisational for the most part to the casual listener, but the approaches Miles Davis employed on 1959’s Kind of Blue really explored those sonic tenets of the jazz idiom and language. Davis mapped out loose, skeletal frameworks, and basically gave them to the musicians, who turned out to be one of the most stellar back up bands in jazz history: Paul Chambers on bass, who in his short life was a highly rhythmically and original stand up player, whose punchy bass lines accented the other musicians; Jimmy Cobb on drums; the wonderful Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly on piano; and the saxophone tandem of Julian “Cannonball” Adderly and the spiritual, always sonically reaching sax master, John Coltrane. Davis, however, keeps a firm center throughout, his presence is felt even when he isn’t playing his instantly recognizable trebly trumpet. Bits and pieces of the album have been heard in countless other forms of medium, films, commercials, TV shows and consciously and unconsciously have been nicked by other musicians, and not only just in the jazz genre either. Songs like “All Blues,” “Blue in Green,” “So What,” and the others ring like a watercolor painting in a summer rain and grab one’s emotions and soul with full aplomb. Words can’t do it justice here, what lies here in its grooves tell the tale indeed. A true authentic American classic, Kind of Blue is the on-ramp to one’s discovery of all the world of jazz has to offer.
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