The album cover for Edgar Died Today’s “Dusk”. This single-outing record by the completely obscure quintet compiles the most crushingly despondent music ever penned. Heartache is a melancholy passage by comparison. The eerie instrumentals that migrate slowly through what feels like a timeless and utterly joyless journey set the tone for what is actually 55 minutes wrapped in suffocating heaviness, and there is no bottom to the despair in the sheer futility that spills from the lyrics.
It’s unfortunate that there are no apparent surviving copies of this extremely low print run album. With the members disbanding into anonymity and the complexly layered music only existing in dark smudges of the memories of those that heard it, there is no means to convey the singularly never-ending black night of hopelessness that the songs from this record convey.
Several years ago, I stumbled on an artist on MP3.com that has become one of my favorites. MP3.com is an innovative commercial site created to enable new artists (and some established ones) to introduce their work. It was an antecedent to Pandora and much more of a commercial site, but similar in effect. A lot of what I listen to now was heard on and often purchased off the site.
The artist was Greg Hale Jones. Greg was a composer that specialized in what he dubbed “folktronica.” Folktronica is a music style that combines new elements from electronically synthesized sounds with vintage vocals. Most of his samples came from American folk songs archived in the Library of Congress collection.
Greg’s neo-primitive music follows a general theme you’ll see on our website. The combination of old and new is a fascinating experience. A good example in the comic book world is Mister X. As with Dean Motter’s antique futurism, Greg combined his musical elements for a completely fresh sound. Moby has done some similar work as well but Greg’s particular style uses a lot more vocal input so there’s a sense of storytelling that gives each song a uniquely personal element.
Greg scored several films, most notably “General’s Daughter” (1999) starring John Travolta and Madeleine Stowe. His most recognizable song off the album is “She Began to Lie.”
Unfortunately, Greg passed away in 2004. His website is still accessible and his works are still available for purchase.
This video titled “Lost Springs” was a student project that uses my favorite song “Boll Weevil” as the background sound. The Depression-era feel to the film is captured in a beautiful vintage style.
I’ve gotten lazy. I have so many pictures that I want to add to my site, but I haven’t been enjoying writing anything lately. So, I’ve been posting most of them to Pinterest instead. I now have well over 2,000 images on Pinterest including a few hundred I’ve re-pinned from other Pinterest users. Here’s a breakdown:
I didn’t realize it until today but my blog is now just over two years old. I submitted my first post on September 3rd, 2011.
The blog has evolved from its original purpose. I started it to sell and trade comics, cards, and other pop culture memorabilia. I even set up pages with some of the items I had. The “A Go-Go!” theme was based on a very loose interest in the kitschy pop culture theme from the 1950s and 1960s. I have no idea why. It must have been because I was listening to Esquivelduring the time of conception and fancied an image of a bachelor pad with go-go girls partying on a patio. Sounds good enough.
Anyway, after a while I realized I didn’t have the time to dedicate to the venture. In order to make an über-cool website, I not only needed a ton of fresh and current content, but also superior web design skills. Plus, I very quickly realized I was starting to diverge from comic books and writing posts about music, movies, politics, and any other thing that happened to be on my mind at the time.
So why keep it going? Well, two reasons. First, it’s cathartic. I enjoy writing, even if I do it lazily. I also love images, especially funny ones (funny to me, anyway). Esoteric or large versions of things like comic book covers or San Diego Comic-Con swag are also a passion because I hate not finding a good picture of something obscure so I figure others probably feel the same way.
Second, the blog has been more popular than I thought it would be. I’m approaching 200,000 page views which may be peanuts compared to other websites, but it’s a lot more than I ever thought would have. Google has given me a lot of love, mostly because I’ve added thousands of pictures and included content on things that are hard to find on the Internet such as covers of 1980s independent comics. I love seeing who visits me from where, so I take a look at the site stats frequently.
One of the funniest things I’ve discovered is that whenever I post a sexually-oriented entry, my stats spike. I created a post of sexy cosplayers from the San Diego Comic-Con this year and it has generated thousands of page views all by itself. I figure if I want to start getting a lot more than my current average of 400 page views per day, I should create a “Biggest Tits of the Day” gallery or a “Nude Comic Book Femme Fatales” running feature. While that sounds like fun, I’m trying to keep the blog to a PG-13 level and there are plenty of other things to write about (having said that, my stats have taken a dive in the last week, so my next post will be about something titillating).
Thanks for the visits. Hope you enjoy your time. Feel free to link, leave comments (positive or negative, I don’t care), and take copies of my images. I would love to be given credit if you post my content elsewhere, but I obviously can’t enforce that.
I’ve been following Mickey Zero since I discovered him on MP3.com. MP3.com was a fantastic source for budding artists to post their music and gain a following in a way that wouldn’t have been possible through traditional record stores and radio. Think of it as kind of a limited precursor to Pandora.