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Matthew Perpetua talks X-Men, music, and being a critic

“disrupting the idea of superhero vs super villains and more about what happens within any community”

Music critic Matt Perpetua is writing about X-Men comics on his new site https://www.houseofx.org. He is also the sole writer of the independent music site Fluxblog since 2002, more recently expanding beyond the site itself to playlist curation on Spotify. In addition to the site, has also contributed to Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, and New York Magazine, and was the founding editor of BuzzFeed Music.

Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/perpetua

His music blog http://www.fluxblog.org/ is a must read for anyone who loves music criticism.

For Matt’s educational and electrifying playlists visit: https://open.spotify.com/user/123059001

Here’s the Industrial one we spoke about:

Watertower Music Releases Lucifer’s Soundtrack and Stargirl’s Score

WaterTower Music has two new releases for two fan-favorite DC/Warner Bros. Television series: Lucifer: Seasons 1-5 (Original Television Soundtrack) and DC’s Stargirl: Season 1 (Original Television Score). The WaterTower Music releases are available at all platforms now, as well as the online store at DC FanDome: Hall of Heroes.

Lucifer: Seasons 1-5 (Original Television Soundtrack) features 13 songs from the first five seasons of the devilish drama, featuring performances by series stars Tom Ellis, Lauren German and Lesley Ann-Brandt, as well as guest star Lindsey Gort and performer Skye Townsend. Recently renewed for a sixth and final season, Lucifer’s fifthseason premieres Friday, August 21, on Netflix.

Lucifer composers Jeff Russo and Ben Decter relished the opportunity to tap the musical skills of the cast in performing a number of classic and contemporary standards: “Getting to record amazing songs with a fantastically talented cast is a rare experience. And creating this Lucifer soundtrack album was a treat. If only every cast were as fun! We feel lucky.”

Series star Tom Ellis, who plays the title character, was equally enthusiastic: “The music of Lucifer has been one of the main reasons I have loved playing this role. It rekindles my passion for singing, which ironically started in church when I was a child. Funny old world, isn’t it?”

DC’s Stargirl: Season 1 (Original Television Score) features 22 tracks from the debut season of the hit series. Recently wrapping its first season on both The CW and DC UNIVERSE, DC’s Stargirl was recently renewed for a second season exclusively on The CW. Based on the character created by Geoff Johns, DC’s Stargirl features an epic score by the award-winning film and television composer Pinar Toprak, who received her first Primetime Emmy® nomination this year for her work on HBO’s McMillions.

Grateful Dead: Origins is Being Released August 4 for Jerry Week 2020

Grateful Dead Origins

In 2019, Z2 Comics entered into its largest partnership to date chronicling the history of the iconic Grateful Dead. Grateful Dead Origins takes an in-depth and personal look at the formation of one of the most important American rock bands of all time, exploring the early days of Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Pigpen, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart. The story of the band’s transformation from a bar band performing as the Warlocks to becoming the creators of their own sound and forefathers for the jamband culture is depicted in the original story written by Chris Miskiewicz and illustrated by Noah Van Sciver. The team behind the book will appear on the publisher’s Comic-Con @Home panel on July 23 at 3pm PST, via the official Comic-Con YouTube channel!

Grateful Dead Origins will be available in a strictly limited collector’s deluxe edition to be released on August 4. The standard softcover edition will feature an exclusive download of rare selections from the early years of the band. The limited-run collector’s deluxe edition will come in a hardcover, oversized, individually-numbered coffee table edition featuring exclusive prints and autographed by the comic creators, along with an exclusive vinyl LP of an unreleased recording from an August 1968 performance at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. The deluxe edition is available for pre-order. Pre-orders are now available for all configurations of Grateful Dead Origins to in time for this year’s celebration of Jerry Garcia.

This previously unreleased show includes the first known West Coast live rendition of “St. Stephen,” and the first known performance of its “William Tell Bridge,” which would join “St. Stephen” to “The Eleven.” The show was recorded to 8-track analog tape, and was mastered by Grammy-winning engineer David Glasser at Airshow Mastering in Boulder, CO.

Dark Nights: Death Metal Rocks a Music Video Trailer

Get ready for the earth-shattering encore! The legendary team behind Dark Nights: Metal and Batman: Last Knight on Earth take center stage and reunite for one last tour. When the Earth is enveloped by the Dark Multiverse, the Justice League is at the mercy of the Batman Who Laughs. Humanity struggles to survive in a hellish landscape twisted beyond recognition, while Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman have all been separated and fight to survive. Unleash the beast and let the head banging begin!

You can read Dark Nights: Death Metal#1 now.

Gorillaz Debut in Comics with the Gorillaz Almanac from Z2 Comics

Stop the presses! Twenty years in the making, the Gorillaz Alamanac is the very first annual by Gorillaz, published this October 2020 in partnership with the renowned Z2 Comics.

Inspired by the great British tradition of the hardback annual, Gorillaz Almanac is a full color, one-of-a-kind, fun-packed, 120+ page, sideways homage to two glorious decades of Gorillaz. Jammed with exclusive new artwork, including the first ever strip to star 2D, Noodle, Murdoc Niccals, and Russel Hobbs; puzzles, games and more; plus a raft of special guest appearances from Gorillaz collaborators past and present, Gorillaz Alamanac is a compendium of delights which finally puts the most real band around on the printed page.

Gorillaz Almanac by Gorillaz is available in October 2020 in three special editions:
Gorillaz Almanac Standard: £24 / $24.99
Gorillaz Almanac Deluxe: £80 / $99.99
Gorillaz Almanac Super Deluxe: £160 / $199.99
Pre order HERE

Gorillaz Almanac

KJ Apa Talks his First Gibson

Gibson TV is the iconic guitar maker’s all-original video network. It’s been running an interesting series called “My First Gibson” where artists tell the story of how they acquired their first Gibson guitar.

Riverdale star KJ Apa is a guest on the show talking about how he became a fan of Angus Young and Gibson’s SG guitar. KJ Apa is known for his role as Archie Andrews on the CW drama series Riverdale.

Catch the video above to catch this crossover between comics and music.

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Original Video Game Soundtrack to be released on LP for the first time

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire original soundtrack

May the 4th be with you! In celebration of Star Wars DayVarèse Sarabande Records is thrilled to announce the upcoming special release of the Original Video Game Soundtrack for Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire by GRAMMY-nominated composer Joel McNeely. The soundtrack will be released for the first time on LP and reissued on CD on August 7, 2020, exclusively from Varèse Sarabande Records.

Pre-order for LP and CD is available now.

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire was developed and published by LucasArts for Nintendo 64 on December 3, 1996, and sold one million copies in its first year. A version for Microsoft Windows followed in 1997, and sold out reissues have kept the game alive amongst the Star Wars fan base since its release over 20 years ago.

As part of the Shadows of the Empire multimedia project, a full soundtrack was composed by Joel McNeely and recorded with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Samples of the soundtrack were used in both versions of the game, with the Windows version containing many of the full tracks. The album art features the main Star Wars characters and was created by legendary illustrator Drew Struzan (Blade Runner, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future).

In the game, which serves as backstory between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the player controls the mercenary Dash Rendar in his efforts to help Luke Skywalker and rescue Princess Leia from Prince Xizor.


TRACK LISTING Side A:

  1. Main Theme from Star Wars and Leia’s Nightmare (3:41)
  2. The Battle of Gall (7:59)
  3. Imperial City (8:02)
  4. Beggar’s Canyon Chase (2:56)
  5. The Southern Underground (1:48)

 Side B:

  1. Xizor’s Theme (4:35)
  2. The Seduction of Princess Leia (3:38)
  3. Night Skies (4:17)
  4. Into the Sewers (2:55)
  5. The Destruction of Xizor’s Palace (10:44) 

The Proliferation of Marvel Universe Timelines Has Made It Impossible For Me to Use Search Engines to Determine Which Issue From the 70s Had Loki Predicting the Immanence of Ragnarok In Its Final Panel But It Certainly Wasn’t #272, or, New Mountain Goats Tape Song

The Mountain Goats have been busy during the COVID-19 pandemic putting together a new EP and pondering comics.

They’ve released a new song where they wonder what issue of Thor predicted Ragnarok… it definitely wasn’t #272, oh yeah, there’s also a new tape coming.

Check out “The Proliferation of Marvel Universe Timelines Has Made It Impossible For Me to Use Search Engines to Determine Which Issue From the 70s Had Loki Predicting the Immanence of Ragnarok In Its Final Panel But It Certainly Wasn’t #272, or, New Mountain Goats Tape Song”

Z2 Comics Reveals the Cover Art and Tracklist for an Unreleased Grateful Dead LP as Part of the Deluxe Origins Package

Grateful Dead Origins takes an in depth and personal look at the formation of one of the most important American rock bands of all time, exploring the early days of Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Pigpen, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart. The story of the band’s transformation from a bar band performing as the Warlocks to becoming the creators of their own sound and forefathers for the jamband culture is depicted in the original story written by Chris Miskiewicz and illustrated by Noah Van Sciver.

Grateful Dead Origins will be available in a strictly limited collector’s deluxe edition to be released on June 19, with a standard edition coming the following week on June 23. The standard softcover edition will feature an exclusive download of rare selections from the early years of the band. The limited-run collector’s deluxe edition will come in a hardcover, oversized, individually-numbered coffee table edition featuring exclusive prints and autographed by the comic creators, along with an exclusive vinyl LP of an unreleased recording from an August 1968 performance at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.

This previously unreleased show includes the first known West Coast live rendition of “St. Stephen,” and the first known performance of its “William Tell Bridge,” which would join “St. Stephen” to “The Eleven.” The show was recorded to 8-track analog tape, and was mastered by Grammy-winning engineer David Glasser at Airshow Mastering in Boulder, CO.

Grateful Dead Origins
Grateful Dead Origins track list

Exclusive: Get Immersed with the Graphic Novel Nicnevin & The Bloody Queen Soundtrack

This week sees the release of Nicnevin & The Bloody Queen, the debut graphic novel writer Helen Mullane, acclaimed artists Dom Reardon and Matthew Dow Smith, and celebrated colorist Lee Loughridge. It’s a haunting and unsettling coming-of-age horror story for our times and Helen Mullane has created a Spotify playlist of what the main character–NicNiven AKA Nissy, is listening to throughout the story.

In the story, London teen “Nissy” Oswald is stuck in the countryside for the entire summer with only her mother and little brother for company, but things start to look up when she meets Reggie, an attractive and mysterious older man to whom she feels inexorably drawn. As Nissy divides her time between feuding with her mother and lusting for Reggie, the small town is rocked by a grisly murder and everything changes.

Helen writes:

This is a playlist of what Nissy is listening to throughout the story.At first she’s very pissed off that she has to go to Northumberland, listening to a lot of quite aggressive, angry sounds. Later the is intrigued by and then falls for reggie so it gets more romantic and self affirming as she needs to big herself up. Then her heart is broken and finally she comes through a period of trauma and realisation.

Published by Humanoids the book features a stunning cover by Jock and is out now.

Check out the soundtrack and some of the art from the graphic novel below.

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