Aggregator aggravator

April 29th, 2011

Special “Repeat after me fuck queen and country!” edition – UPDATED WITH A RIGHT ROYAL REWARD FOR ALL OUR LOYAL READERS!

It’s been a while since the Mindless did some linkblogging, but it’s a sunny Friday morning and I’ve been working away like a good little republican (Best not mention the fact that you’re taking a day off in lieu eh? - Ed), so here we go!

IMAGE COMICS, Kane & Hine style!

  • ALSO NOT COMICS: And here’s Stewart Lee with the Only Other Royal Wedding Commentary You Need. I’m not going to keep banging on about this one, I’m just not a fan of glorifying privilege, whether it’s of the active and systematic kind or of the twee, Tourist Attractiony variety. Also, did I mention that I’m working today when I could easily have been off? Yeah, this is all my own fault, but when has that ever stopped me moaning before?
  • MEANWHILE, IN THE FUNNY PAGES: Matt Seneca talks to Shaky Kane and David Hine about The Bulletproof Coffin. Here’s a wee taste, just to get your juices going:

    When I first read Burroughs’ Naked Lunch it haunted me precisely because I didn’t understand half of what I was reading. It’s the same with David Lynch’s movies. You come out of his movies with your head spinning, trying to figure everything out and just when you think you have a grasp on it, it slips away like a greased pig. The best works of art always leave things unresolved. The only real criticism of The Bulletproof Coffin that I have seen is that maybe we tied things up a little too neatly in the end. But in fact if you take a close look you’ll see that there are more questions than answers. Not to mention enormous plot holes and dangling threads. All deliberate, of course.

  • CRUCIAL INFORMATION: The only thing I love more than a Shaky Kane is a David Hine. The only thing I love more than a David Hine? A Shaky Kane. Shaky Hine. Good to see Kane and Hine confirming that the second Bulletproof Coffin series, Disinterred, is happening.  Just remember, you heard it here first (then here, w/extra swearing).
  • HAKY SHINE VS. KAVID DANE: You’ve all probably seen Shaky Kane – Unravelled by now, but this documentary is a thing of beauty and it deserves to be remembered as such (via Mark Kardwell, originally).
  • MINDLESS PLAGIARISTS WANTED: So it turned out that this guy hadn’t actually ripped off Zom’s excellent essay on David Bowie and the Joker, but maybe he should have? Just saying.
  • “BORN IN THE USA” DEPT: Blah blah fuckity blah, Superman hates America now, oh noes, who will lie beside me at night and keep me warm as I masturbate over old glory?! Honestly, I’m struggling to keep my eye on this story because I’m still trying to work our whether the whole Barack Obama “birther” thing actually happened or not.
  • “MORE THAN FRIENDS????” DEPT: While we’re talking about Superman, go check out Kate Beaton’s brilliant Lois Lane strips.  It’s been established that All Star Superman is the best, but I always felt that Lois Lane didn’t really get the scenes she deserved in that series. As such, I’ll be printing out these comics and stashing them in the back of my Absolute All Star Superman (AASSman) to redress the balance.

Secrets of Superdickery, Uncovered!

  • FOR SERIOUS THOUGH: Despite what I  about Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy in my Kapow! write-up, you can rest assured that I didn’t write the words “Lois Lane strips” above as a cheap way of attracting a few quick, sleazy hits. This post is all about giving links, not receiving them, so take that into account next time you’re writing mean things about me on the toilet wall why don’t you?
  • GOOD TIMES IN BAD COMPANY: Back to comics again, this time through the wonderful twin mediums of television and time travel for a 1988 Night Network interview with Peter Milligan and Brett Ewins. Milligan sometimes seems like the most elusive and least easily characterised of all his writerly peers, so it’s great to see him looking droll, detached and frankly cool as all fuck in this video clip (via the Mindless Hivemind).
  • ALSO ESSENTIAL: Two great articles on the backup strip in the latest Casanova reprint, one by Sean Witzke and one by David Brothers. It’s all about doing something new with your old obsessions; I think you can relate.
  • AGAIN, FOR THE FIRST TIME: Plok does Luther Arkwright. Sample:
  • There is always another “why”. Why should this earnestness be threatening, what is wrong with things being of their time? What is wrong with us twenty-first century readers that we might ask them to be anything more than that? Of its time, of its time…well, everything is of its own time, so why should we care, why should we feel the slightest embarrassment about it? We don’t feel embarrassment at Orphee or at the Bowery Boys…I Spy and Equus are not embarrassing to us, and for that matter neither is Dickens, or Ballard…so what’s between that time and this one, that LA’s New Wave concentrations pluck the string of? What aesthetic do we feel it touches, that persuades us for a moment to recoil before we are forced to swear the other way even more severely: “no, it’s damn good“?

  • ROYAL RELATIONS DEPT: Just in case anyone thinks it’s all treason all the time round at Mindless HQ, I thought I should remind you all that we had our very own Royal Visit as part of The Amusing Brothers’ adventures as Knights of the Realm. Make sure you read that story to its stunning conclusion or you might miss the Right Royal Reward!


22 Responses to “Aggregator aggravator”

  1. Illogical Volume Says:

    Greg Ruka joke goes here.

  2. Botswana Beast Says:

    I don’t understand, what the Rucka joke would be?

  3. Illogical Volume Says:

    Repeat after me: fuck Queen & Country.

  4. bobsy Says:

    Here I sit beneath some cunting bunting, getting the drunk & enjoying your links

  5. Botswana Beast Says:


  6. david brothers Says:

    It’s so weird that I keep finding people who enjoy Theodore Unit. I liked 718 quite a bit (“Who We Are” is great music to do things to, like every Bonecrusher song ever), but I just sorta assumed that no one else liked them.

    Great links.

  7. Illogical Volume Says:

    bobsy – Hope you English enjoyed your cunty bunting, but remember, you’re all going to pay when the revolution comes.

    David – Thanks man. 718′s a little rough, but I sort of love it and I could listen to ‘The Drummer’ all fucking day: “Method Man!”/”Tony Starks!”/”The most important MC in the whole wide world is you and you hardly even know it!”

    That Theodore disk came out the same year as The Pretty Toney album, right? I don’t think I’ve ever been as into Ghost as I was when those albums came out, even though I rate Supreme Clientele and Fishscale higher.

    I enjoy listening to most of those Theodore guys, with the exception of Shawn Wigs. He manages to put together a few good lines every now and then (the start of ‘Gatz’ is actually pretty intense, his verse on ‘Street Bullies’ is okay, even though that song belongs to Sheek Louch, etc), but I really hate the tone of his voice. Guy sounds like a drunk Kermit the Frog, sitting there with his own hand up his ass, whining. Anytime I hear him on ‘Greedy Bitches’ I find myself wondering when Miss Piggy’s going to turn up and slap the shit out of him.

  8. david brothers Says:

    One of my favorite GFK moments in recent memory is on The Big Doe Rehab when he introduces “Shawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwn Rickles!” I laughed out loud on the bus like a crazy person.

    He’s an okay emcee, but that bit cracked me up.

  9. Illogical Volume Says:

    Heh, yeah, okay – that bit’s pretty funny.

    Playing some Theodore right now. Trife’s pretty great, huh? Sometimes he sounds like one of The Clipse guys trying to rap like Ghost, which is no bad thing. He just needs some fresh subject matter and/or some A-grade production and I think I’d be up for a whole album of his shit.

    Sun God… well, the guy came from Ghost’s dick so I’m willing to cut him some slack, but he often sounds a bit sluggish, and even his his better rhymes just sort of sit there when they should rush you. I recommend that he serve an apprenticeship under Masta Killa – that guy could teach SG how to be a little lighter on his feet, you know?

  10. Brett Says:

    Illogical, you have posted the greatest thing ever with that Wu weedcarrier link!

    Ended up in a discussion with a work colleague about 12 O’Clock, of all people, earlier this week so the spotlight link on him is greatly appreciated. Hope to come back and add more to the discussion once I’ve had a good read of it all, cheers!!

  11. Thrills Says:

    There’s so much ace-looking stuff here, and I need my PC back fae the fixer so I can sit doon and have a look at it properly (writing this from borrowed laptop). Currently reading ‘Skreemer’, so that Ewins/McCarthy interview looks pretty delicious.

    The United Kingdom (no-Scottish-votes Tory government, forced Union Jack Royal Bastard Bullshit Jolly Shite) is doing a great job of turning me into a Scottish nationalist, whereas before I didnae really give much of a shit.

  12. Thrills Says:

    Ewins! I mean Ewins, not McCarthy. Yes.

  13. Zom Says:

    You just haven’t sat underneath enough cunting bunting.

  14. Zom Says:

    Couldn’t quite force myself to un-enjoy all the good company, sunshine, food and champagne at the royal wedding party Amy, Lactus and I attended on Friday.

    Gathering with people to watch The Kiss was a bit weird, though. The atmosphere was a strange mixture of irony, camp, and, from some quarters, earnestness.

  15. Illogical Volume Says:

    Brett – Nick Whitman’s doing some real quality work on that Weedcarriers blog, and poor old 12 O’Clock needs all the attention he can get so I’m glad you enjoyed those links!

    Thrills – You mean Milligan there, surely?

    I’ve definitely felt my latent nationalist tendancies becoming… less latent over the course of this past year, yeah. I fucking hated our previous Labour government, but I could never deny that my city and country voted for the cunts. This shower of Tory bastards, however, have no fucking support up here, so… yeah, here’s to an independent Scorchland and all that.

    Zom – I’ve decided that I’m a hypocrite, so it’s okay that you English Mindless and your pals all enjoyed your cunting bunting day because: you are Mindless, duh.

    I tripped over this the other day and laughed, because I get what the quote’s driving at, but no, I reserve the right to be hateful about those fuckers. Hating people in high school could be fun too you know!!!

  16. Botswana Beast Says:

    It is not okay, and it never will be. I didn’t watch one frame of that nonsense, and thereby win.

  17. Illogical Volume Says:

    You do win, because I saw about two seconds of it while showing someone at work how to use the iPlayer. Which, seriously, who doesn’t know how to work iPlayer?!

  18. Thrills Says:

    Argh, yes,I did mean Milligan/Ewins.


    I ‘celebrated’ the Right Royal Wedding by going to an Edinburgh Royal Mile anti-monarchy party/protest thing. I lost in that I acknowledged the wedding was happening, but won as I got a free beer from a stranger, and got to see the polis hassle some SDF/National Front nazi-saluting types. Though their continued existence makes losers of us all.

  19. Botswana Beast Says:

    No, tbf, I think you won even harder by doing that, thrills.

  20. Illogical Volume Says:

    Yeah, sounds like victory to me, especially compared with my efforts, which basically amounted to “Fuck the royals, I got to rearrange the office keys!”

    Anarchy in the UK: YES.

    Anarchy in the key cupboard: NOT ON MY WATCH!

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