Hillsong Films

Successful Christian band Hillsong United has a new live project being released next week, and it looks, and of course sounds, amazing. of Dirt and Grace was recorded in Israel, and below you can see the trailer for the live DVD, as well as a great rejig of Prince of Peace, one of my fave songs off their last album Empires.

Besides that project, Let Hope Rise, is an exciting new documentary that opens in September, which follows Hillsong and the impact and origins of their church and music ministry.

Kirby Krackle’s New Site and Album

Named after legendary artist Jack Kirby’s explosive renderings, nerd-rock band Kirby Krackle continue to wow audiences at conventions around the world. Why, they even came here to Perth! They just relaunched their website and have also announced that their latest live album will be released next month. Look for the Live in Calgary EP on February 4. The album includes 6 songs from their recent tour with Weird Al Yankovic. The guys will laos be performing at Emerald City Comicon on March 28 and Spokane Comicon on March 31.

Kirby Krackle Live EP

Listen To Switchfoot’s New Album For Free

Switchfoot have been around since 1996, and are one of my favourite bands. Their 9th studio album, Fading West was released last week and you can listen to all of it for free over at the excellent site, Relevant.

Fading West Album

 

There’s also a film related to the album featuring the band on tour, which is now available on Video on Demand services, and hopefully on Blu-ray/DVD in the near future.

It’s All Happening With The JLA

The Justice League of America. My favourite superteam! Grant Morrison’s run in the ’90s is oen of the best superhero series I’ve read. I haven’t been reading much of the New 52 version though, but it looks like some interesting developments are happening.

Namely, bald baddie Lex Luthor is joining them! This is actually a good idea. He’s proven that he is  a resourceful genius, and after the events of Forever Evil, things are changed. He’s also bringing Flash baddie Captain Cold with him. Writer Geoff Johns is a huge fan of Cold, so that’s no surprise. He’s given him great prominence in the last few years. That means Superman and The Flash are being replaced by their own enemies which will certainly bring the friction.

“With fame and spotlight comes scrutiny and detractors,” said Johns, adding Luthor is breaking new and unfamiliar ground.

“I think the most interesting thing is that Lex doesn’t realize what it’s like to be a super hero, what the life is like. You make enemies, they attack you on a personal level. And he’s just Lex Luthor. He has no codename, no mask,” he said. “He has to deal with the ramifications of that.”

Lex Luthor's League

Look for Luthor’s JL debut in Justice League #30 on April 23.

JLA doesn’t stand for Justice League of America anymore. Well actually it still does, but now there’s a new League too – a Canadian League that is. Marvel have had a Canadian superteam for years (Alpha Flight), but I don’t believe DC ever has, until now. Members include Stargirl, Martian Manhunter and ( a now Canadian) Adam Strange, whose sci-fi travelling between worlds will figure prominently in the new series.

Justice League United, written by Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Sweet Tooth), with art by Mike McKone (Teen Titans, Marvel’s Avengers Academy) also launches in April.

“It was really important for me to try to reflect different aspects of our country,” the writer says. “I thought it’d be great to create someone who represented that aspect of the culture.

“I’ve gotta say I’ve put more work into this book than I have for anything I’ve ever done for DC. It’s been really fulfilling, and hopefully on top of all that it’s a big fun action-adventure superhero comic that people will enjoy.”

JL United

Finally, Man of Steel 2, which features both Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman (and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman) has been delayed a whopping ten months (possibly due to Affleck’s recent leg injury), which means it will now be released on May 6th, 2016 rather than its original date of July 17, 2015. That’s okay though, as 2015 will be a stellar year for films anyway, with Star Wars: Episode VII, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Jurassic World, Terminator: Genesis, and new Fast and Furious and James Bond films.

Martin Smith’s New EP

Fans of one of the best bands ever, delirious will be happy to know that although the band aren’t together anymore, music from the English lads continues. One Sonic Society, consisting of delirious guitarist/songwriter Stu Garrard, have released their first album consisting of songs from their 3 EPs. It’s called Forever Reign and is available on iTunes.

delirious’ songwriter/frontman Martin Smith has also released his first solo EP, called God’s Great Dance Floor. So there you go.

 

Two Kirby Krackle Music Videos

Nerdcore duo Kirby Krackle have just released the first video from their third album, Super Powered Love. The song is Nerd Core and has a great, “if I won the lotto, I’d buy…” approach to it.

They’ve also created the theme song for Marvel’s official Who Watches the Watcher? online news, and here’s the video for that too.

Their songs and videos just keep getting better.

Kirby Krackle’s Super Powered Love Out Now

Nerdcore band Kirby Krackle’s third album, Super Powered Love, has just been released. They’ve also released new merchandise, a music video and a live album from Australia recently. Yay!

Get SPL right here or on iTunes. The album cover is again by artist Jim Mahfood and comes with an 8 page booklet and includes 13 songs (their most ever), all inspired by comics and pop culture such as Mario Bros. and Transformers.

Adam Young Interview

At Relevant, there’s a great interview with muso Adam Young, AKA Owl City about his faith and feel good, pop electronica music. My dentist actually got me onto his great work, and I’m glad I discovered him. His latest album, All Things Bright and Beautiful has just been released and it’s just as good as his first 2 albums, and this one comes with the added bonus of Ronald Reagan, and rapping!

Here’s my favourite part of the interview:

I’ve always just asked the Lord that this music be useful more than anything else, and really beyond that my job is just to remain steadfast in my relationship with Him, and just kind of let these songs write themselves more or less, and ultimately never be ashamed of my faith and of my personal relationship with Jesus Christ. So yes, it’s never been my intention to really overthink, “Well, am I going to write up tons of Christian songs, or am I going to try and skirt away from it a lot?” I’ve always just kind of prayed for like, “God, just send me the songs you want me to write, because once they’re written and recorded, I’m going to send them all back to you and point all fingers back up to you.” It’s like, it’s almost none of my business in a funny way. Once these songs are done, I just want the Lord to use them however He chooses.

Read the whole interview here.

Spirit Blade

I’ve been meaning to mention this for far too long, but never got around to it. It’d be a shame to never mention it as it does deserve some attention, so here goes. It’s a great audio drama called Spirit Blade that, although is the kind of future set tale in which the government controls everything, still offers something intriguing, with its refreshing spiritual tones and surprisingly, even a few songs. I must admit, I was rather taken aback when I first heard singing, as I wasn’t expecting it at all, but everything about this production is classy and professional. Now, I’ve never been a regular listener of audio dramas, but i did find this quite believable and entertaining.

I recently moved house, and before I did I used to listen to this on my hour long train rides each day. Since I’m now closer to work, I don’t listen to anything really as my journey is now made up of two much shorter train rides. That means it’s been a few weeks since I last listened to this, so I’ll let the team behind Spirit Blade explain it.

SPIRIT BLADE is a full-cast Audio Drama that uses cinematic sound design, a pulse pounding score, and dynamic acting and musical performances to unleash an action-packed experience for your ears and imagination!

In a future where the government mandates the spiritual beliefs of its citizens, only a few rebellious “Seekers of Truth” remain to free the world from deception.

On his quest for meaning, Merikk follows a path that leads him across our world, and into another. Against his will he is thrown into action alongside members of the Underground Liberation, standing face to face against forces human, alien and demonic. Science fiction and the supernatural collide in a genre-bending adventure! Open your mind and then brace for impact as you discover the power of the Spirit Blade!

Spirit Blade is designed to appeal to fans of science fiction, fantasy and big action films. It is a dark and edgy story with songs and a soundtrack that fans of industrial electronic music will enjoy.

The voice acting and sound effects are great and once Merikk has his eyes opened to the world he’s really living in, the pace and scale and intensity of the story ramps up considerably. For a long story, it’s always easy to follow and the creation of the world just by dialogue is convincing.

You can find heaps of freebies about this unique production here, such as previews and interviews, to see if it’s your cup of tea. Honestly, this is a great time for Christian produced art, with the likes of church driven Sherwood Pictures getting mainstream attention for films like Fireproof and the upcoming Courageous.

Spirt Blade is a 2 and a half hour audio drama and you can buy it in CD ($13) or Mp3 format ($10) right here, as well as other audio dramas, such as the sequel to Spirit Blade, Dark Ritual, which was produced more recently and seems more polished.

Trailer for Spirit Blade below.

Extra Sequential Podcast #30-Strange Worlds

70 mins. Good and bad horror flicks, Star Wars and our look at characters travelling to new worlds.

LISTEN TO IT BELOW, DOWNLOAD IT HERE OR ON ITUNES


1:07 NEWS

Frank Miller’s DKR art auction

Diane Lane is Superman’s earthly mother in the reboot film

Floyd Gotfredson’s collected Mickey Mouse

Kabbom’s Peanuts film adaptation

X-Men anime trailer

Aussie Oscar winners

Oni Press Mixtape by nerdcore rapper Adam Warrock

14:05 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Evil Dead II

Killzone 3

The Making of The Empire Strikes Back book by J.W Rinzler

Digested by Bobby N

Brightest Day #21

The work of French artist Caza

The similarities between Image’s Carbon Grey #1 and Resident Evil: Afterlife

The excellent Ryan Reynolds stuck in a coffin film, Buried

37:50 THEME-STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND

We look at some of our fave comics in which characters discover new, and surreal, worlds.

Tintin, and Asterix and The Great Crossing

Air from G. Willow Wilson and M.K. Perker

Neil Gaiman’s The Books of Magic

Doug TenNapel’s Earthboy Jacobus

Guy Delisle’s Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea

 

Free Oni Press Mixtape

Nerdcore rapper Adam Warrock has teamed up with indie publisher Oni Press to create some funky new tunes. What a grand idea. Official info and track list below, and if you want more geek centred music, check out the excellent Kirby Krackle.

The internet’s foremost comic book nerdcore rapper and the comic industries creator-owned publishing powerhouse unveil twenty tracks inspired by Oni Press creators and their work.

The ONI PRESS MIXTAPE features master lyricist Adam WarRock giving his spin to Oni comics including: Queen & Country, Super Pro KO, Possessions, The Sixth Gun, Hopeless Savages, Wasteland, Salt Water Taffy, Guerillas, The Crogan Adventures, and Stumptown. The album also features interlude tracks with creators Antony Jonston, Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt, Greg Rucka, Jarrett Williams, and Jen Van Meter!

The best part about it? It’s F. R. E. E. So go grab yourself the ONI PRESS MIXTAPE at his website!

http://www.adamwarrock.com/

Tracklist and credits:

1. “Intro”
Beat used: RJD2 “Things Go Better”
Samples: Grosse Point Blank, Henry Rollins interview

2. “Japanese Demons”
Beat used: David Byrne & Brian Eno “Strange Overtones”

3. “Super Pro K.O.”
Beat Used: The Last Emperor “Here We Are”

4. Jarrett Williams Interlude

5. “Guerillas”
Beat used: PJ Harvey “Meet Ze Monsta”

6. “Queen & Country” featuring Tribe One
Beat used: Soul Position “Run”

7. “The Sixth Gun”
Beat Used: Julian Casablancas “The Tourist”

8. Cullen Bunn & Brian Hurtt Interlude

9. “Crogan’s Vengeance” by Tribe One
Beat used: The Zutons “Pressure”

10. “Salt Water Taffy”
Beat Used; The Bees “Who Cares What the Question Is”

11. Jen Van Meter Interlude

12. “Hopeless Savages”
Beat Used: The Thermals “Now We Can See”

13. “The Damned”
Beat used: Squirrel Nut Zippers “Hell”

14. Greg Rucka Interlude

15. “Stumptown”
Beat Used: Infamous MC “Y’all Not Ready”

16. “Possessions”
Beat used: Mountain Goats “Romans 10:9″

17. Antony Johnston Interlude

18. “Wasteland”
Beat Used: Passion Pit “Swimming In the Flood”

19. “D.I.Y” (Outro)
Beat Used: Spoon “Don’t You Evah”

20. “Stumptown (Portlandia Remix)”
Beat Used: Washed Out “Feel It All Around”

Extra Sequential Podcast #29-Music

66 mins. We make beautiful music together.  We talk about the unique intersection between comics and music and also discuss which of the Friends we resemble, William Shatner singing and True Romance.

LISTEN TO IT BELOW, OR ON ITUNES OR DOWNLOAD IT HERE

2:22 NEWS

BOOM! Studios gets the Peanuts licence, DJ Caruso set to direct Preacher adaptation, Telltale Games brings the world Fables and Walking Dead games, writer Dwayne McDuffie dies

11:50 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Captain Wonder 3D

DMZ Volume 9

The Devil’s Trail #1 from Creator’s Edge Press

Burgerforce #4 and 5

26:30 MUSIC AND COMICS

Comics written by musicians such as Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance, Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Claudio Sanchez from Coheed and Cambria, Ghost Face Killa. Also comics based on Neil Young’s Greendale album, Alice Cooper, Prince, KISS , The Archies and Aerosmith.

Comic Book Tattoo based on the songs of Tori Amos

Belle and Sebastain anthology

27 from Image Comics

Paul Sizer’s B.P.M about a DJ called Roxy

Com.x’s hopefully upcoming Passions Requiem

Phonogram by Kieron Gillen and Jamie Mckelvie

Poseur Ink’s Side A and Side B

Matt Madden’s work

Mondo Urbano

20th Century Boys

Alan Moore’s work including League of Extraordinary Getlemen

Kid Koala

The Amazing Joy Buzzards

And for the education of your auditory inputs, here are the songs in order as heard throughout this episode.

Tracker – Flurry Part 2 (from the Blankets soundtrack)
Tori Amos – Cornflake Girl
Kid Koala – Nufonia Must Fall pg 165
Alan Moore, Downtown Joe & The Retro Spankees – You Are My Asylum

 

Secret Identity Music Video

Nerdcore duo Kirby Krackle have just released an animated music video for the song Secret Identity from their second album, E For Everyone. Check it out below, and Kirby Krackle’s site here. The clip is from Betsy Lee who also created their Up,Up, Down, Down video. If you like toe tapping music filled with clever comics and pop culture references, Kirby Krackle are the only way to go.

Talking With Gods in Melbourne

At the Australian Centre for the Moving Image at Federation Square in Melbourne you can see the new doco about comics writer Grant Morrison. It will be shown on Friday January 28 at 6:45 pm and tickets will be available soon.

The trailer is below and here’s the official site for Talking With Gods.

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