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April 11, 2007

Underground

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

David Lovelace's "Retarded Animal Babies" represents a lot of likeably rude, "what has that guy been smoking?" skill and imagination. Once upon a time we had underground comix. (My own favorites: Gilbert Shelton's "The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers," Robert Armstrong's "Mickey Rat," and David Boswell's "Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman." Genius stuff, all of it.) Perhaps today's equivalent is the raunchy and lunatic Flash animation. Here's David Lovelace's own website, where the creativity is beyond-fizzy. There's no question that the man really likes keyboards.

Best,

Michael

UPDATE: Shouting Thomas could use some links. Here's a note from him:

I've been searching for good weblogs on a number of topics, but primarily:

1. The Philippines
2. Country Music
3. Blues

It's so easy to find political weblogs. Tough to find well written, independent weblogs in other areas. The political stuff is beaten to death.

I am fascinated by the culture of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Would love to be informed of well written weblogs that address these cultures.

In respect to the music weblogs, I'd like to find those that are intelligent and honestly address the history of cultures of the music... no fanzines.

Does anyone have any good blog-tips to pass along to ST? Shouting Thomas' recent posting about how unhealthy being a musician can be is well worth a read.

posted by Michael at April 11, 2007




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Thanks for the link. Can't look at this stuff at work, but I'll take a peek over the weekend.

I've been creating a series of Flash and technology sites at my blog. I'll link up to Lovelace's site.

I can't even keep up with the daily proliferation of web technology, and it's my job. Technology is so much more interesting than art right now. Sad, but true. The art world doesn't seem to be able to keep up with the tide.

At the raw age of 57, I'm beginning to learn the basics of character animation and cartooning. Why not?

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on April 12, 2007 8:45 AM



Hate to dump two comments in a row, but here goes:

I've been searching for good weblogs on a number of topics, but primarily:

1. The Philippines
2. Country Music
3. Blues

It's so easy to find political weblogs. Tough to find well written, independent weblogs in other areas. The political stuff is beaten to death.

I am fascinated by the culture of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Would love to be informed of well written weblogs that address these cultures.

In respect to the music weblogs, I'd like to find those that are intelligent and honestly address the history of cultures of the music... no fanzines.

Lovelace ought to consider cartooning and Flashing about the culture of blues and country... like Robert Crumb.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on April 12, 2007 9:00 AM



Thomas, I really enjoy this site as well as the magazine:
No Depression

Or this one is great:
Red Dirt Scene

Posted by: Cowtown Pattie on April 12, 2007 1:22 PM



Thanks, Cowtown Pattie. The Red Dirt Scene is a really nitty gritty site, with a strong Texas flavor.

What a great music scene in Texas! Texas also has a great blues history.

Filipino friends of mine are moving to Texas soon, so I'll have an excuse to visit.

And "In Texas, Bob Wills is Still the King." You can ask Willie Nelson. At least, that's what Waylon Jennings said.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on April 12, 2007 4:20 PM



I'd also add Hickory Wind as a wide-ranging and thoughtful country music group blog.

Jack Sparks belongs in his own category: he's obsessed with the decline of country to Nashville pop and has a great writing voice.

http://blogs.citypages.com/jsparks/

http://www.hickorywind.org/

Posted by: joel on April 14, 2007 3:30 AM






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