Reading: Quick Hits

  • Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn is really good.  It’s the kind of story I want to see more of in the new Star Wars universe.  One that develops established characters without having to worry about the mythology of the universe.
  • I’ve read the first volume of a couple of Rebirth titles.  Superman was good and really worked well for those of us that have no idea of what happened in the new 52.  Justice League of America had great action but I was left wondering why should I really care.  I really enjoyed Green Arrow in that it had its eye on bringing in viewers of the TV show but telling its own story.  I’ve only read the first issue of Wonder Woman in her volume and I thought that story was fantastic for a new reader of her comics.
  • I’m also reading Cured by Lol Tolhurst.  It’s a memoir from the co-founder of the Cure.  It’s not a straight history because Lol admits that his memory was chemically suppressed from years of drinking.  It’s more of snapshots of what he can remember.  I’m reading it sporadically, so I’m only at the formation of the Cure.  However, there is a certain joy in these chapters that makes the book infectious.
  • I’ve been reading Black Panther as they came out until #7.  Then I realize they are really dense and I need to read them all at once to truly enjoy them. Either that or I really need to read them the way I read books in my History grad school classes.  That’s pretty amazing for comic.

Reading: Nerd Links for September 24-30, 2016

Stars Getting Rich Off Of Conventions: Fans of our page know that comic cons are something we love to attend.  We know it’s big business. This article states how big it has become for acting talents. However, the article only hints at how the convention market is becoming over-saturated which could potentially lead to a bubble burst. I would love to see an article about the business side for comic book writers and artists, the people that give the conventions their name.

Lol Tolhurst Opens Up About the Cure: Founding member of The Cure, Lol Tolhurst, was kicked out of the band for basically drinking himself to the point he no longer contributed.  He’s since sobered up and looks back on this time with the Cure with a new memoir.  Here, he gives insight in an interview as to what to expect in the book.

Sorry for a small amount of Nerd Links.  I didn’t do much reading online this week.

Concert-ing: The Cure at UNO Lakefront Arena on May 11, 2016

Plainsong”* by The Cure is the greatest opening song to any album. Ever.  I’m not saying it’s the best song; I’m saying it’s the best first song for an album.  It opens Disintegration, The Cure’s magnum opus, and it sets the entire tone for the rest of the masterwork.  It was the song I wanted to hear more than any other song.

The night before they played one song from Disintegration. This would rectify that.



The Cure as Plainsong Started



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Concert-ing: The Cure at Lakefront Arena May 10, 2016

The Cure, like the Replacements, have had an immeasurable effect on my life.  Once, I became a fan, I became obsessed.  People often mistakenly state that the Cure’s music is depressing.  I have never found the music actually makes me depressed.  When the music reaches into depression, like on Pornography, it is really a catharsis experience for both Robert Smith and the listener.  In other words, when people hear the Cure’s music as depressing, I hear it as hopeful.  As someone who has dealt with anxiety issues and, more recently, chronic pain, along with the depression the comes with those conditions, the Cure has become a source of comfort for me.  Plus, the Cure’s ability to delve into dark moods only makes their happy songs like “Friday I’m in Love” and “Mint Car” even more special.


I’ve seen The Cure three times before May 10, 2016.  I saw them at UNO Lakefront Arena in 1992 on the wish tour, at the Saenger for the Bloodflowers tour, and in 2013 at Voodoo Fest.  I’ve seen them play shows featuring their “hits” (they really haven’t had many songs place on the charts) and I’ve seen them play theme shows.  Being that this was the first show of the tour, no one had a clue of what would be played.  Over at Chain of Flowers, the best fan run site of the Cure (and his run by a guy from New Orleans), stated how exciting it was to go to a show and not have a clue of what will be playing.  All Cure fans, the ones that know the hits and the obsessed, all have their own wish lists.

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Reviewing: Quick Hits

Since we are both AP teachers, we have been a little preoccupied with getting our kids ready for the last couple of weeks.  So a couple of quick thoughts before we pick up our regularly scheduled blogging/podcasting.

  • I’m not impressed with episodes 2 and 3 of Game of Thrones.  Pacing seems off.  In fact this Game of Thrones skit nails it better than I can:


  • Captain America: Civil War was another triumph for the Russo Brothers.
  • Recently read Marvel’s 1872.  Makes me want to read Marvel’s Red Wolf, when it comes to Marvel Unlimited. Review coming soon.
  • Looking forward to start collecting some DC titles with Rebirth and giving my impressions of them.
  • Also, I have completed a few comic collections recently.  Now, I need to do some reading and reviewing.
  • Cristina recently read Watchmen for the first time. I’m rereading it. Hopefully we can do a podcast soon.
  • Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth has been on repeat. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen.
  • Speaking of music, The Cure opens its North American tour in New Orleans tonight.  Reviews will be coming soon.  The Cure, like The Replacements, are one of my all time favorite bands.

See, we haven’t given up on being nerds, we just don’t have any time to share our experiences.  However, to get your nerd fix, check out our nerd links.  The OZD podcast is done by a writer who I went to high school with.  He focuses on sci-fi, horror, and fantasy but he also provides a writing tip every week.  It has great production and he knows his stuff.  The Longbox guys  (this link takes you to their website, the one under nerd links takes you to their podcasts) are comic historians whose podcast serves as my weekly course of comic history.  Each week they focus on a theme, a new comic, and older comic, and a social issue that is discussed in comic books.  I don’t usually stick with podcasts very long and I’m quite often unfaithful, but this is one podcast that I make time to listen to every week.  The Longbox guys also do plenty of panels at conventions and they will be at Wizard World Philadelphia (as will we) so go to their panel!

As for us, keep coming back.  Summer is soon upon us which means this website becomes our full-time job for two months!


Episode 3: Disintegration by the Cure

This podcast discusses George Martin’s influence on how I listen to music and how I apply that to teaching, our On the Shelf album Disintegration by the Cure, our Want on the Shelf album Is the Is Are by DIIV, and our recommendations for things to do in New Orleans for the week of March 13-19 2016.

Intro and Exit Music: Lady of the Punks by Martijn de Boer (NiGiD) (c) 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. Ft: Doxent Zsigmond

Rambling: Random Music Thoughts on a Friday

  • The New Pornographers at the Civic Theater in New Orleans

    The New Pornographers at the Civic Theater in New Orleans

    All Cats Are Grey” by the Cure just sounds better on a cold and rainy night.  In fact, all of Faith sounds better in the cold as do most Cure albums.  It’s not that I find their music cold, it’s actually the opposite.

  • I’ve given Panda Bear’s Panda Bear vs the Grim Reaper a couple of listens. “Mr. Noah” and “Tropic of Cancer” are great songs, and I love his voice, but most of the music didn’t stay with me. After I finished listening to the album, I didn’t  really remember what I heard.  A few times, I didn’t  realize tracks had changed. Now, I never heard Panda Bear nor Animal Collective before 2015. I heard of both, but never listened to their music before.   After listening to it, I looked up reviews.  The positive and negative reviews seemed pre-ordained.  For The Needle Drop’s youtube review, I looked at the comments. I know, big mistake.  One person said the reviewer didn’t listen to the music properly.   So, I left a reply comment — I know, bigger mistake — asking how should I listen to this music.  No response.  If anyone reads this, how does one properly listen to this type of music:  headphones, blasting from a stereo, in a night club?
  • It’s been since November 7 that I saw a concert (The New Pornographers), and for my wife, it’s been since November 4 when she saw Nick and Knight.  We miss it.
  • Really looking forward to Record Raid on the 24th in the Bywater.  Thankfully we get paid before the raid.  Getting paid once a month requires thoughtful budgeting which we forgot to do around Christmas.
  • Pitchfork is often wonderful and horrible, sometimes at the same time.  However, there 5-10-15-20 series is great.  Stuart Murdoch’s response makes me understand his music more and why I like Belle and Sebastian.