>Fat and Happy and Tired

>I’m bursting with a couple, no three! long posts that I’m just not going to get out tonight because I’m tired and have to get up at 4:00 AM tomorrow to catch a flight. But there are a few things that need to be discussed because they are just too important to wait.

New KISS Album Underway!

It seems like it is really going to happen. This from Ross Halfin’s diary:

Spoke to Paul Stanley on email who tells me Kiss are well on the way recording their new record. He says ‘It sounds unmistakeable and very much like the early classics, though sonically miles beyond.’ I’m looking forward to it. Paul’s off with the Gods Of Thunder to South America.

I can’t freaking wait for that. Speaking of can’t freakin’ waitin’. . . .

Ape Uprising!

From Cruz Del Sur (magnificent Italian record label) music:

San Francisco’s veterans SLOUGH FEG will release their new album, “Ape Uprising” on the 8th of May in Germany and Europe, 11th of May in UK and June 2 in USA/Canada via Cruz Del Sur Music.

Yes! If you are a fan of anything related to old school, NWOBHM style rock, you must check out the mighty Slough Feg. They are the best band out there, period.

Barack the Barbarian?

Sounds like it might happen. I think this is kind of lame, actually, but their rendering of Sarah Palin is certainly one for the ages.

My Minneapolis Nerd Fest

I hesitate to even call it “geek” or “nerd” but what the hell. Smirk all you want, but I love this stuff and always have. I’m glad I haven’t “grown” out of it. Anyway, today I spent a couple hours in DreamHaven Books in Minneapolis. I have a bunch more pictures and at least a couple blogs to write about it, because it made me reflect on the depth of my love for a lot of this genre stuff, and also touched on a couple other things I’ve been thinking about lately. I’m not going to get to it all tonight, but I figured I’d start at the end of my afternoon and upload the pic of what I rolled out of the store with; it would have been much more if I wasn’t limited by my luggage capacity for the flight home tomorrow! And, after looking at the pictures, there are bunch of items I fully intended to leave with today that I forgot to go back for!

In roughly an backwards “s” from the upper left, this is what we have:

Rue Morgue Magazine, April 2009 issue: I’m really not a horror buff, at least not what generally passes for horror (i.e. splatter movies and gore), but Rue Morgue‘s latest issue has a great article in honor of the late Lux Interior of The Cramps. Couldn’t pass that up.

Ken Kelly: Escape: Ken Kelly first attracted my youthful attention as the artist who painted the cover of the first album I ever bought: KISS — LOVE GUN. He also painted DESTROYER, as well as some covers for Manowar and other bands. He is a great artist, occupying a tier in my pantheon, with others, just below Frank Frazetta. This is a collection of some of his art, and the book is signed!

Doc Savage #24, from Spectrum Books: My 5th grade teacher got me into Doc Savage. I had seen these new collections from the pulp days online, but they are much cooler in my bag headed back to my office! If I get hooked, there are also titles for The Spirit and other pulp characters, all being put out in this format by Spectrum. Consider this pickup my “gateway drug.”

The Swordsman of Mars by Otis Adelbert Kline: Kline was the heir apparent of E.R. Burroughs when it comes to Martian pulp fiction, though I’ve never read him. That’s about to change!

Hyperion by Dan Simmons: I really like Dan Simmons, an author who is tough to classify. This book is something of a fantasy classic, and for $3.00 I couldn’t pass it up.

Kiss of Death – The Art of Fastner and Larson: This is trashy fantasy art that I probably shouldn’t even like, but I do. Plus the price was right. Don’t hold it against me.

Comic Art Now by Dez Skinn: Comic art gets sneered at by a lot of people, and I think that’s unfair. This book proves there are a lot of people with a lot of fantastic chops in the genre. This is an awesome collection, in a beautiful hardbound edition spanning multiple genres and styles.

You know you are all jealous. . . .

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