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I’m Ekko. I’ve been blogging since 2001. I started with music, then added some humor and miscellany, and now also write extensively about comic books. These are my lifelong loves.

If you want to submit your music or art for consideration, please e-mail me ekalett@yahoo.com. I read and listen to all submissions, but only review the ones that I really like. I do not review music released on a label that is part of the RIAA. This is an independent site.

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FRANK TURNER-Positive Songs for Negative People

“I don’t want to spend all my life indoors, laying low and waiting for the next storm. I don’t want to spend all my life inside, I want to step out and face the sunshine.” The Next Storm is absolutely the perfect song for an album titled, Positive Songs for Negative People. It’s a raucous, “rise up” song: “Rejoice, rebel, the storm is passed!” he shouts at the end, and if you’re not on your feet throwing your fists up and looking for a reason to rally, you shouldn’t be listening to music. This is what it all used to be about: Meaning, power, movement. Change. The power of belief, the soaring inspiration that come from a feeling and words and sound and Goddamn I love this record.

This is Turner’s sixth album and his most mainstream to date. It’s an album he deserves to make money off—if this guy can’t make a living making music, nobody should be able to.

It reminds me of Joe Strummer, my favorite musician of all time, and so many other folk-rockers who have brought passion and fire to the world only to be forgotten too soon.

And if it’s too much of a break from his more rootsy punk background, get the bonus album: All acoustic, and just as terrific.

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BIRCH-Halfway (EP)

Brooklyn’s own electro-folk band debuts with a great EP full of terrific songs with good lyrics, and vocals that are different from your typical pop star. I’m loving it.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CAPTAIN MARVEL (3)

Captain Marvel, who would go on to lead my favorite superhero team ever (no, not The Avengers, NEXTwave!), first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16, by Roger Stern and John Romita, Jr.–maybe the greatest writer/artist team in history.

The book went on sale August 31, 1982.  And the story title?  “Who’s That Lady?”  Clearly a tribute to the Isley Brothers.

At the time, I believe Monica Rambeau was the third person to use the name Captain Marvel–after Mar-Vell and Rick Jones.

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WEEKENDS ARE FOR SINGLES: Featuring lots of cool covers of tunes that were hits before you were born


A regular feature: Single songs and covers I’ve heard lately, usually submitted to me, that you need to get your ears on.  Pronto!

I’m a sucker for a good Wichita Lineman cover.

I’m fairly sure I’ll be reviewing the entire album when I get it, but “Born Slippy,” the single from Albert Hammond Jr.’s latest album is tremendous. It has nothing to do with Underworld’s instrumental song of the same name—very odd that he’d pick the same title…

If you’ve never heard the original version of Joe Cocker’s cover of Never Tear Us Apart (INXS), you should google it. And then listen to this reworking. Cool stuff.

And speaking of INXS singles—this isn’t one! It’s an original song, and it’s fine as hell….

Check out this single. It makes the most out of the promise of Tokyo Police Club’s first album, and adds disco swing.

If you think “I Feel Free” is the stupidest Cream song ever, you may be right. But Delta Spirit elevates the shit out of it. And that seems a good way to close out this Friday’s edition…

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MOON KNIGHT!

LEE/KIRBY CREATIONS IN THE FIRST 100 ISSUES OF THE FANTASTIC 4!

The first 100 issues is arguably the most creative run on a comic of all time. Here’s why:

Agatha Harkness (#94) Awesome Android (#15)

Blastaar (#62)

Black Panther (#52)

Diablo (#30)

Dr. Doom(#5)

Dragon Man (#35)

Frightful Four (#36)

Galactus (#48)

Hate Monger (#21)

Impossible Man (#11)

The Inhumans (#44)

Mad Thinker (#15)

Medusa (#37)

The Microverse (#76)

Molecule Man (#20)

Mole Man (#1)

Psycho Man (#77)

Puppet Master (#8)

Rama Tut (Kang) (#19)

The Red Ghost (#13)

Ronan The Accuser (#65)

Silver Surfer (#48)

Skrulls (#2)

Sub Mariner (1st Silver Age)(#4)

Super Skrull (#18)

Adam Warlock (#67)

The Watcher (#13)

Yancy Street and the YS Gang (#20)

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