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Playlist:  Selections from my Top 20 Albums of 2011

Playlist: Selections from my Top 20 Albums of 2011

By in Blog on January 1, 2012

Considering the faltering legal status of my usual go to music playlist site Grooveshark.com, I am also including a link to the playlist through Spotify. Selections from Top 20 Albums of 2011 Until its future demise I will continue embedding playlists from Grooveshark. If you do not see the embedded playlist below please follow this link or check it on Spotify through the link above. Originally Pubished at:

Review: Secret Avengers #20

Review: Secret Avengers #20

By 365Dom in Reviews on December 31, 2011

Warren Ellis wraps up his Secret Avengers one shots with an elaborate time traveling story that even Alex Maleev couldn't keep-up with.

This Week In Punchy 12/30/11

This Week In Punchy 12/30/11

By Niam Suggitt in Reviews on December 30, 2011

After a bit of a Christmas break, TWIP is back with a Santa-sized loads of comics reviews. So many comics, so little time.

Angry Citizens in First Date, Pt.6 Get Your Mitts Offa Me Wing Boy!

Angry Citizens in First Date, Pt.6 Get Your Mitts Offa Me Wing Boy!

By J.M. Hunter in Webcomics on December 30, 2011

{hide_in_full_view}Oh boy contact! Will the Cynic and The Ieal be able to solve their differences without losing a couple of teeth and limbs in the process? Your 80's Action style happy meal continues!{/hide_in_full_view}

Why I Love Comics #65: Darkclaw was awesome with Ron Marz

Why I Love Comics #65: Darkclaw was awesome with Ron Marz

By Eric Ratcliffe in Podcasts on December 30, 2011

On this episode of the podcast, Eric does his best to fight against a cold...

Charismagic #4 Preview

Charismagic #4 Preview

By GLX in Previews on December 30, 2011

Here's an advance preview of Charismagic #4, which hits store shelves on January 18th!

Angry Citizens in first Date, Pt.5: Concerned Citizens? Yea Right!

Angry Citizens in first Date, Pt.5: Concerned Citizens? Yea Right!

By J.M. Hunter in Webcomics on December 30, 2011

{hide_in_full_view}Well the baddies are thrashed now it's time for The Cynic and The Ideal to get to know one another!!{/hide_in_full_view}

Advance Review: Dark Matter #1

Advance Review: Dark Matter #1

By Jeffrey Haas, Outhouse Contributor in Reviews on December 29, 2011

An advance review of Dark Horse's Dark Matter!

The Zaboo Interview or So Tell Me About Your Mom's Comic

The Zaboo Interview or So Tell Me About Your Mom's Comic

By Dom G in Features on December 29, 2011

Sandeep Parikh, co-star of The Guild, stops by the Outhouse to talk about his first comic, The Guild: Zaboo!

Advance Review: Fatale #1

Advance Review: Fatale #1

By Royal Nonesuch in Reviews on December 29, 2011

The next higly-anticipated book by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips will hit shelves January 4!

Review: Fathom #3

Review: Fathom #3

By Sarah Sed, Outhouse Contributor in Reviews on December 29, 2011

A review of Fathom #3.

Angry Citizens: First Date, Pt.4

Angry Citizens: First Date, Pt.4 "A Game of Clue, Who The Hell Are You?!"

By J.M. Hunter in Webcomics on December 29, 2011

{hide_in_full_view}We're back and with a special interview with Angry Citizens co-creator Christopher Rice on his "first tango" with artist Joshua Cassara!{/hide_in_full_view}

Angry Citizens in First Date, Pt.3: And We Can Dance..If We Want to...

Angry Citizens in First Date, Pt.3: And We Can Dance..If We Want to...

By J.M. Hunter in Webcomics on December 28, 2011

{hide_in_full_view}Two Crimefighters show up at the same time? What are the odds!?!{/hide_in_full_view}

Review: Uncanny X-Force #19

Review: Uncanny X-Force #19

By Tyler Mills, Outhouse Contributor in Reviews on December 27, 2011

A review of Uncanny X-Force #19.

Webcomic Review: The Webcomic Factory

Webcomic Review: The Webcomic Factory

By Dan Buckley in Reviews on December 27, 2011

A review of the webcomic site The Webcomic Factory

Review: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #5

Review: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #5

By David Dean in Reviews on December 27, 2011

A review of Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #5!

Angry Citizens:

Angry Citizens: "First Date" Pt.2, Funny Meeting You Here!

By J.M. Hunter in Webcomics on December 27, 2011

{hide_in_full_view}Here we go! What are the Cynic and the Ideal doing in the same place? Hmm...and what's seems a bit different about each?{/hide_in_full_view}

Angry Citizens:

Angry Citizens: "First Date" Pt. 1

By J.M. Hunter in Webcomics on December 25, 2011

{hide_in_full_view}The next part of our special Angry Citizens preview continues with a new creative team! Welcome back Christopher Rice and artist Joshua Cassara!{/hide_in_full_view}

Nightfly's Music Video Week in Review 12/18/11 - AWOLNATION, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna and more!

Nightfly's Music Video Week in Review 12/18/11 - AWOLNATION, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna and more!

By Nightfly in Features on December 25, 2011

Nightfly lists his preferred picks among last week's newly released music videos.

Nightfly's TV Week in Review 12/18/11 - Homeland, The Mortified Sessions, and more!

Nightfly's TV Week in Review 12/18/11 - Homeland, The Mortified Sessions, and more!

By Nightfly in Features on December 25, 2011

Nightfly lists his preferred picks from primetime TV and the world of entertainment.

Angry Citizens: Watch out world! I'm coming to kick your ass!

Angry Citizens: Watch out world! I'm coming to kick your ass!

By J.M. Hunter in Webcomics on December 25, 2011

{hide_in_full_view}This is it, the end of the debut of The Cynic!{/hide_in_full_view}

Grimm Fairy Tales 2011 Holiday Edition Review

Grimm Fairy Tales 2011 Holiday Edition Review

By GLX in Reviews on December 24, 2011

GLX takes a look at Grimm Fairy Tales 2011 Holiday Edition.

Rave Ups:  Chronicles – Volume One by Bob Dylan

Rave Ups: Chronicles – Volume One by Bob Dylan

By in Blog on December 24, 2011

My opinions of Bob Dylan have always been conflicted… I have always enjoyed his early recordings but have been mystified by his post-1970 output.  As I have aged, I have come to understand the extremely important role he holds in popular music and American culture.  This realization has brought me to put more effort into understanding his music and the easiest way for me to interface better with an artist’s output is with hearing the story behind it. After researching the myriad of book options available on the life of Bob Dylan, I’ve decided to start with the one written by the man himself. Dylan’s writing is powerful, yet still conversational.  Throughout the book I felt as if I was chatting with him over dinner.  His tone is of someone who is reluctantly, sometimes self-possessedly, getting things off his chest.  The book was not as structured as I had expected… but having known something of his past, as everyone does, I should have expected the books structure would be a bit abstract.  My main surprise was that he jumps around his life, each chapter a different time period which is not clearly defined.  I, like many fans, were hoping for Volume One to chronicle his life before fame and his early career much like Martin Scorsese’s film No Direction Home. The book is broken up into 5 parts (“Dylan breaks the book into 5 parts”?).  Here is a guide to give you an idea of exactly what periods he covers. 1.  Making up the Score (takes place in 1961 soon after signing on with John Hammond) 2.  The Lost Land (continues the narrative from the previous chapter with more scenes from 1961 and flashes of his upbringing) 3.  New Morning (focuses on the recording of the album of same name – recorded 1970) 4.  Oh Mercy (focuses on the writing and recording of the album of the same name – 1987-89) 5.  River of Ice (takes place in 1962 right after making his first Demos with Lou Levy of Leeds Music with more flashbacks) It seems like years pass while Dylan is telling his story, and in some ways, they do as he gets sidetracked and gives little glimpses of his upbringing or his pre-NY life.  The highlights there are info on his upbringing in Hibbing MN, his brief stop-off in Minneapolis/ Dinky Town before he took the train to New York City.  He also touches upon his experiences in early Rock N’ Roll bands which give you a little more insight into his musical influences.  Those portions were of most interest to me as I have first-hand knowledge of that geography, being from Minnesota myself.  Mainly though, he is engaged in telling the story of when he first arrived in New York or, in the case of chapters 2 & 3, what happened during the recording of two of his post-1960’s.  Dylan gives little info on his family members, probably out of respect for his and their privacy.  He doesn’t really talk much about his parents and only mentions his wife in passing.  Only 4-5 years of his life are covered in the book (plus bits and pieces of his pre-NY life.)  Some of my favorite parts of the book are when Dylan makes references to things or events that are more recent.  For example he, at one point, references the classic Dylan book Invisible Republic by music writer Greil Marcus… Or when he tells the story of his failed attempt to retrieve Woody Guthrie’s unused song lyrics and he goes on to (almost bitterly) report that those lyrics were used 35 years later by Billy Bragg & Wilco for Mermaid Avenue Volumes 1 & 2. What is left is a tremendous amount of ground for him to cover and, considering this is supposed to be a 3 part series.  As a reader, I worry that he won’t finish it or at least get to the most interesting bits. It’s obvious that Dylan is a great artist, on par with the great painters or classical composers.  In fact he seems at times to be the complete embodiment of the archetype.  He is a man that is extremely creative, self-absorbed to a fault, 100% left brain.  I found myself wondering if he had been born in a different time if he would have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, considering his behavior at times.  He even seems to portray himself as quite the narcissist, but then again what artist or musician isn’t at least a bit of one?  One of the things that struck me about Dylan was the shear amount of powerful cultural figures he crossed paths with, so much so he almost seems like a magnet for brilliant people. In the end I was left a little disappointed.   Although the book is enjoyable it doesn’t even scratch the surface of what Dylan has to offer. If you have a curiosity for this fellow I would suggest reading a biography (not an auto-)… although I do not have a specific one to suggest.  Beyond that is the wonderful documentary I mentioned before, directed by Martin Scorsese.  In the end though, even that cuts off a little abruptly and doesn’t cover him past his late 60′s material. A wonderful audio accompaniment to this book (for at least the NYC chapters) is The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 (buy it /listen to it) that Columbia Records released last year.  Consuming them together is an ideal way to do it but alone it sheds a lot of light on the kind of material he built his style on… mainly a lot of old folk and blues songs.  Originally Pubished at:

Advance Review: Whispers #1

Advance Review: Whispers #1

By Sarah Sed, Outhouse Contributor in Reviews on December 23, 2011

An advance review of the new series by Joshua Luna.

Angry Citizens: Beatdown in the Alley!

Angry Citizens: Beatdown in the Alley!

By J.M. Hunter in Webcomics on December 23, 2011

Mr. Cynic's epic beatdown of all lowlife's continues!!

Angry Citizens: To Beat Mr. Cynic You Gotta Have Brass Ones!

Angry Citizens: To Beat Mr. Cynic You Gotta Have Brass Ones!

By J.M. Hunter in Webcomics on December 23, 2011

{hide_in_full_view}Our Angry End of the Year Bash continues with more Angry Citizens featuring the debut of Mr.Cynic!! Get you some!!{/hide_in_full_view}

Marvel Preview: ALPHA FLIGHT #7

Marvel Preview: ALPHA FLIGHT #7

By PREVIEWtron in Previews on December 23, 2011

Courtesy of Marvel Comics, here's an advance preview of ALPHA FLIGHT #7, in stores on 12/28/2011!

Marvel Preview: ANNIHILATORS: EARTHFALL #4

Marvel Preview: ANNIHILATORS: EARTHFALL #4

By PREVIEWtron in Previews on December 23, 2011

Courtesy of Marvel Comics, here's an advance preview of ANNIHILATORS: EARTHFALL #4, in stores on 12/28/2011!

Marvel Preview: ASTONISHING X-MEN #45

Marvel Preview: ASTONISHING X-MEN #45

By PREVIEWtron in Previews on December 23, 2011

Courtesy of Marvel Comics, here's an advance preview of ASTONISHING X-MEN #45, in stores on 12/28/2011!

Marvel Preview: AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE #8

Marvel Preview: AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE #8

By PREVIEWtron in Previews on December 23, 2011

Courtesy of Marvel Comics, here's an advance preview of AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE #8, in stores on 12/28/2011!

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