Octave Minds, “Anthem”
"Oh hey, Chilly Gonzales and Boys Noize are making a record together," is just about the weirdest sentence you could have told me a few months ago, but here we are on the cusp of the Octave Minds debut album and another track is out, thanks to Mixmag. What do I think of it? It’s very 1996 progressive house, innit? A bit too epic for its own good, but undeniable in its precision and sweep. I quite like it!
I really liked Eric Ryan Anderson’s photographs of Robyn and Röyksopp. View them here.
Robyn & Röyksopp.
I apologize for nothing.
RAC featuring Matthew Koma, “Cheap Sunglasses” (The Knocks Remix)
Weirdly, I’ve been a little cool on RAC’s album. It’s just a bit too precise, a bit too calculated for my tastes, but I really like how The Knocks have punched up one of the better songs as part of the promo efforts for their tour together.
Room 8, “Nobody’s Fool” (Featuring Richie Zito)
The North Hollywood duo brings in Jessika Miller for vocals and Moroder’s guitarist for a very special project…a cover of a song by 80’s hair metal greats Cinderella. Yes, that Cinderella. And it’s fantastic.
Next Monday is my birthday and, as I’ve done in previous years, I’m doing a fundraiser for classrooms and deserving charities. This year, since I’m turning FORTY on August 18, I’m going to go really big and offer up a piece of my personal comics art collection to one lucky donor, chosen randomly. That’s it up there.
The rules are simple: if you give $5 or more, you’ll be entered to win this original Stuart Immonen/Josef Rubenstein Superman art. Yes, really. I will give this to one lucky winner. I’ll pay for the shipping (within the US — international people might have to kick in a few bucks) and everything.
All you have to do to qualify for a chance to win is forward your receipt to email@example.com after you’ve donated. You can choose any of these projects, or all of them. I don’t care. If you want to make a note during your donation that it’s for my birthday fundraiser, that would be nice, but it’s not at all necessary.
A winner will be chosen at noon on Tuesday, August 19th, giving you all through my birthday to give a few bucks to help kids.
This is a local nonprofit I heartily endorse
Horizons for Homeless Children is, as their website explains, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children and their families by ensuring that they are prepared for school success. They do terrific work in the local area and I’ve donated what I can to them in the past.
I also like these projects on DonorsChoose.org:
Check This Out! at Frances J Warren Elementary School in Tuscon, AZ, serving underprivileged kids in a very poor district with a wide variety books to help them discover how great reading can be.
Notebooks for Writing at Mosaic Prep Academy in New York City, giving kids access to the very basics that will help them start creating worlds for themselves.
More Books For Our Classroom Library in Gautier, MS, offering up literary options that will engage kids and let them learn how great reading can be.
Creating a Classroom of Readers and Writers at James Bilhartz Junior Elementary School in Dallas, TX, helping fourth-graders get the basics to help them organize, read and write about library books.
Developing a True Multicultural Perspective through Literature in Atlanta, GA, teaching teens about the world at large through works that offer alternative perspectives on our world.
Please note: if you are a comics creator who would like to donate a book or original art or a commission or something to this effort, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to get some more incentives in place for donations.
The Juan MacLean, “A Simple Design”
Judging from the first two tracks released from In A Dream, they weren’t joking about this being a Nancy-centric album. I couldn’t be happier about this.
Mitch Murder, “Guile’s Theme”
How do you improve the single best video game theme of all time and space? You get Mitch Murder to cover it and offer it up as a free download.