Monday, July 24, 2017

Muse and Thirty Seconds to Mars @ Jones Beach 7/22/18

 

And here's the first concert post in a little bit: this time I returned to Jones Beach to finally see Muse live for the very first time. I'm pleased to say the show was everything I hoped it would be.

Let's start was Thirty Seconds to Mars, a band I casually like but I'm not too familiar with beyond their singles. Whatever you think about Jared Leto (I happen to like him as he's in two of my favorite movies), there's no doubt he was charismatic and sincere during this show. The best part for me was when Leto performed an acoustic version of "The Kill" while standing in the audience. Here's their setlist:
  1. Up in the Air
  2. Conquistador
  3. This Is War
  4. Kings and Queens
  5. Alibi
  6. The Kill (Bury Me)
  7. City of Angels
  8. (Unknown)
  9. Do or Die
  10. The Ocean
  11. Closer to the Edge
Then came the Muse portion of the show, and wow. Again, it was an extremely energetic performance that really engaged the audience. Here's the set list for their portion of the concert:
  1. Dig Down
  2. [Drill Sergeant] + Psycho
  3. Interlude
  4. Hysteria
  5. Resistance
  6. Plug In Baby
  7. The 2nd Law: Isolated System
  8. Stockholm Syndrome
  9. Supermassive Black Hole
  10. The Unfortunate Not That New Kind of Kick
  11. Madness
  12. Dead Inside
  13. Munich Jam
  14. Starlight
  15. Time Is Running Out
  16. Mercy
  17. The Globalist + Drones
  18. Uprising
  19. Knights of Cydonia
The highlights for me: lead singer Matt Bellamy performing "Starlight" while standing with the audience, seeing "Knights of Cydonia" live, and their incredible performance of "Mercy" (complete with confetti and smoke machines - this part was one of my favorite concert experiences ever).

I'd like to share someone's YouTube video of "Mercy" to punctuate how much I enjoyed this part of the show; of course this video won't do the performance justice, but it sure makes me happy to look back and relive the experience.



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Check Out the New Art Book by Rafael Rivera



A few years back I plugged this collection of awesome art from Rafael Rivera (a.k.a. DARAF). Well now, Rafael's back with Jab, Jab, Whammo!!! The Art of Rafael Rivera A.K.A. DARAF Round 2 - and this book is even better than the first! Half the reason is because this time around, I have a full page foreword. It's a great read, but I'm a little biased.



I have a hard copy of this book and I mean it when I say: it's gorgeous. It's extremely well put together and as alwaysm the art inside is extraordinary. Recall that Rafael has been my go-to artist since the days of Purgatory Comics. Most notably, he illustrated and colored the entire Purgatory Comics comic book (still available, still free to download). 

I was really honored to write the foreword for this one, and it really made me reflect on how far back Rafael and I go now (nearly a decade!). His art is only getting better, as you'll see in this collection. Check it out!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

20 More Tweets from WarmMilkFilms Twitter Account

A couple of years ago, I made a post highlighting some tweets from the Warm Milk Productions Twitter account. Now, almost two years later, I figured why not do it again.





















Congrats, once again you made it to the end! Now check out the actual Twitter page for WarmMilkFilms and give a follow!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

20 Minutes Gone Episode 27: Death


Here's a short, easily digestible episode for you all. One of my oldest and dearest friends Laura joins me in the studio along with her husband/my pal Chris - and also Steph returns as well! Here, we discuss our own mortality, and how we learned about the concept of death. Morbid! But fun!

Okay I changed my mind since the last post... this episode shall be the "season finale" before a hiatus. I thought this would be a really good one to go out on for now.

Monday, March 20, 2017

20 Minutes Gone Episode 26: Steve's Brother


So generally how it works is, my cousin Steve pops over, we have a few drinks, share a few laughs, and then record some podcasts. This episode was the last one we recorded during a long session, so that might explain why we're a little extra loose and giggly. I said it MIGHT explain why.

Anyway this episode is about Steve's brother and my good friend/family member. Enjoy! This will be the last episode for a little while as we're going on another hiatus to get some more recordings in the can. Now's a great time to catch up on old episodes!