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Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

Rue Britannia

Just brought to my attention via this Comic Book Resources piece about titles they’re looking forward to in 2007 is Phonogram, a new six-issue limited series on Image that’s set in modern-day London but is based in the Britpop days of the mid-90s, thankfully not in a wholly nostalgic light though the album cover homages have been nice. I’ve only lightly cruised the first few issues but it looks pretty good, sort of a cross between Hellblazer, Transmetropolitan and Books Of Magic but with an Echobelly soundtrack. Could be promising.

Newsarama has the whole of the first issue available to read online and the first story arc, Rue Britannia, is supposed to be out in trade paperback in March though that presumes that the individual issues will have already come out by then, never a sure thing. But check it out. It actually made me sort of wish I still had my Sleeper CDs.

Coincidentally, I’ve been thinking that I might be looking to make my listening habits a little more Anglophilic this year… not exactly sure what that means, but I may be ready to stop knee-jerkedly disliking anything that comes with a whiff of NME buzz (full backstory here). Here’s hoping that there’s actually something interesting and worthwhile to discover. Suggestions? Anything that can be best described with the words “snotty” or “Doherty” need not apply. And while it’s not necessarily forward looking on my part, I can say that the Jarvis Cocker record is really good. Like REALLY good.

Interesting – there will be a Buffy The Vampire Slayer season eight… in comic book form. TV Guide talks to creator Joss Whedon about how it happened and what to expect. Via Drive Blind.

The Guardian wishes David Bowie a happy 60th birthday next Monday.

Thanks to Bradley’s Almanac for sharing some audio from the Touch’n’Go 25th Anniversary party back in September, not only because the three-day fest featured some great bands but because his coverage day two coverage includes a couple tracks from The New Year’s set, and I also opened 2006 with a post about the band. Also check out Brad’s coverage of days one and three

So how’s everyone? Have a good holiday? Good, good. I had some family time, some friend time and spent a lot of the remainder in front of the TV. Watched all of Deadwood (great show, disappointed with the end of season three, I want those damned movies!), watched season five of Six Feet Under (a show I never really loved but got sort of hooked on anyway) and all of Twitch City, which I enjoyed even more the second time around and which I’ll write up properly in the near future.

And if you’re feeling so inclined, you can nominated me for a 2007 Bloggie Award because the only thing better than being a four-time loser is a five- or six-time loser. The “Best Music” and “Best Canadian” categories would be most logical but if you think I qualify for best food weblog as well, I’m certainly not one to argue.

By : Frank Yang at 7:50 am
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  1. Torr says:

    frank frank frank, the problem is you keep conflating the NME praising a band as having anything to do with them being a good new British band! Ignore the NME, that’s what the rest of us anglophiles have been doing for about 10 years now :-)

    Have you checked out Fields? They’ve released an EP (in the UK & US) and a single, with a full-length on the way.

    http://www.myspace.com/fiel

    p.s.
    I thought Jarvis’ album was quite good, then I went back and listened to some of the old Pulp albums and realized it’s not in the same league.

  2. Torr says:

    btw: Fields are nothing to do with the weak English band Field Music.

  3. Frank says:

    hey Torr

    I know Fields, saw them a couple months ago and really like the EP. The new Field Music isn’t bad, either. Was eh about the first record but will be revisiting the new one some more.

    And I was just using the NME as more of a descriptor than actual reference. A lot of the British stuff that I’d check out based on a little buzz has seemed to be rather disposable-sounding, or very much victims of the "one catchy song, lots of filler" phenomenon.

    But I’m keeping the ears a little more open.

  4. Austin says:

    The Bees have a new one coming out this year. What I’ve heard sounds great.

  5. Karl says:

    I like the Bees track’s I’ve heard, too. BTW, I used the Bowie essay today as an excuse to link up some of the more odd/rare Bowie videos you-know-where. Enjoy!

  6. vicky says:

    As someone completely ignorant of the comic world, how/where would one go about procuring a copy of it in Toronto when it comes out?

  7. Frank says:

    The Beguiling near Bloor and Bathurst is the best store for those not used/immune to comic book geekery. Give them a call around march and see when the trade paperback is going to be available. http://www.beguiling.com

  8. geekent says:

    Dude, I told you about Phonogram MONTHS ago…
    *grumble*

  9. Frank says:

    I vaguely recall that.

    but Graig, you know I don’t listen to anything you say anyways…

  10. geekent says:

    All to aware of that, my friend… and it’s not just you! It’s a chronic condition I’m afflicted with, medically diagnosed and everything.