Monday, December 13, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

CAN'T STOP MEME-ING: 15 FICTIONAL CHARACTERS

Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen fictional characters (television, films, plays, books) who've influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag at least fifteen friends, including me, because I'm interested in seeing what characters my friends choose.


Nick Smith, Metropolitan by White Stillman

Ogami Itto, Lone Wolf and Cub by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima

Dorothy Gale, The Oz Series by L. Frank Baum

Varla, Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! by Russ Meyer

Wilson, Wilson by Dan Clowes

Harriet Vane, Gaudy Night and other works by Dorothy L. Sayers

Unnamed Narrator, Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson

Hannah Mole, Miss Mole by E.H. Young

Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Gina Aeisi, Synners by Pat Cadigan

Eraserhead, Eraserhead by David Lynch

Helga Crane, Quicksand by Nella Larsen

Winifred "Fred" Burkle, Angel by Joss Whedon

Margarita Luisa "Maggie" Chascarrillo, Love & Rockets by Jaime Hernandez

Macabéa, The Hour Of The Star by Clarice Lispector



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Now playing: Blutengel - Weg zu Mir
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Thursday, December 02, 2010

RIFLE SPORT/BLACK SPOT




Back in the day, I swear I saw Rifle Sport on a monthly basis. "King Of Trash" was my theme song. I really like that type of lean, mean post-punk, usually associated with Chicago but we had our share, with RS, Breaking Circus, Vertigo and Arcwelder (though the latter was almost poppy at times). Is Flour one of the greatest bassists of all time? Possibly.

Of course, I could be confusing their shows with lead singer's J. Christopher's other project, the more metallic Black Spot, who sadly lack even a token Wikipedia page. I found this metal site which only lists one of their albums and falsely says they are from Chicago. They sing about being "stuck in the Twin Cities" and cover the Suburbs, for Buddha's sake! I think I sold their second album due to more conventional metal stylings, but I'm more tolerant in my old age, maybe I'd like it now.


Here they are--you can't quite get the awesomeness of J. Christopher because his hair is covering his scary, scary eyes. I swear, he looked like he'd take on the whole audience:





Here is some more for your edification:


Rifle Sport--King of Trash

Rifle Sport--Marseilles

Black Spot--Burn






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Now playing: Camouflage - Love Is A Shield
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