“This is what Joe Strummer trained you for;” Steve King, civility, white nationalism, and punk rock

As a music writer, I’m well aware there were some limitations in my coverage. I know that I didn’t write that many articles about punk bands. Some of that comes down to taste. A lot of punk sort of fell into a blind spot for me. It was my little brother who was knowledgeable about… Read More “This is what Joe Strummer trained you for;” Steve King, civility, white nationalism, and punk rock

MSTing Links: Cinematic Titanic episode 8, ‘East Meets Watts’

With its eighth release, Cinematic Titanic switched from recording in studios to using live recordings for its home video releases. There were some trade-offs. On the negative side, it meant no more Shadowrama effect, with the riffers’ silhouettes visible on screen. Instead, Joel, Trace, Josh, Frank and Mary Jo’s faces are all visible on the… Read More MSTing Links: Cinematic Titanic episode 8, ‘East Meets Watts’

PENvinciPALs: The nerdiest thing I’m proud of

This week my nerdiest claim to fame comes to an end. For more than a decade, one of my creations has appeared in Robert Kirkman’s best comic. No, not that one. I’m referring, of course, to “Invincible.” Back in 2003, I named the comic’s letter column: “PENvinciPALS.” This week “Invincible” comes to an end with… Read More PENvinciPALs: The nerdiest thing I’m proud of

MSTing Links: Cinematic Titanic episode 7, ‘Blood of the Vampires’

“Blood of the Vampires” was a meaningful release for Cinematic Titanic for the troupe, as well as for me. It was the final studio release for the Titans (more on that in the next entry of this intermittent series), and it was the film I saw Cinematic Titanic riff live back in 2008. I feel like… Read More MSTing Links: Cinematic Titanic episode 7, ‘Blood of the Vampires’

MSTing Links: Cinematic Titanic episode 6, ‘Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks’

For its sixth release, Cinematic Titanic returned to the exploitation genre after its brief foray into more child-friendly fare. The Italian film “Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks” was also known as “Terror! Il castello delle donne maldedette,” “Terror Castle,” “The House of Freaks,” “The Monsters of Dr. Frankenstein, “Dr. Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks” and “Frankenstein’s Castle.”… Read More MSTing Links: Cinematic Titanic episode 6, ‘Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks’