Like most of you, I'm usually disappointed by everything artistic that I allow myself to look forward to. Not this time. CAGED, the first CD offering from my friends Septimus Orion (featuring sensational cover art by the late Dave Cockrum), is frankly the best musical project I've heard this year, and one of the finest in several years. With the exception of my guest appearance (I read "Queers" on the last track), I keep playing it over and over like an old Pink Floyd L.P., with each playing bringing new nuances and a broader appreciation. The guitar work, the vocals, the subtle production work, the sanctioned violence by J.R. -- it all adds up to a superior musical experience. Jethro Tull meets Franz Kafka.
Visit their website and download a track, then play it a few times. If you don't find yourself halucinating, I'll send you a mushroom.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
My friend Moshe Goldsmith from Itamar, a beautiful settlement in Israel, just informed me of a distressing story you won't see on CNN.
This past Shabbat, a terrorist infiltrated the nearby settlement of Yitzhar and stabbed a nine-year-old boy after setting fire to a house in the community. Thank G-d the boy survived the attack [despite] having been stabbed numerous times in his back.
Today, some Arabs set fire to the Itamar forest intending to burn down some of our houses that border the forest area. The army verified our account of the story. This of course did not stop the media from bad mouthing us as usual... This year alone, tens of times the neighboring Arabs have fire bombed our fields and caused fires in our community's surroundings.
CGC has created the Dave Cockrum Collection pedigree and ComicLink will soon auction the CGC'd comics from Dave’s personal collection, as well as file copies of comics Dave personally worked on. We're told to expect eye-popping bids on Dave's Golden Age and Silver Age books, to say nothing of his file copies... In the mean time, you can buy books from Dave's personal collection that have not yet gone to CGC. Click here for details.