Category Archives: Faves of 2017

Faves of 2017: Composer JG Thirlwell

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JG Thirlwell is a composer/producer/performer based in Brooklyn, NY. His discography is extensive under many pseudonyms including Foetus, Steroid Maximus, Manorexia, Baby Zizanie, Wiseblood, Clint Ruin and others. Thirlwell’s oeuvre stretches the gamut from orchestrations, big band, cathartic noise-rock to abstract electronics and sound sculpture, chamber music, serial music and imaginary soundtracks – sometimes all in the same album. In addition, Thirlwell scores the TV series The Venture Brothers, and most recently, has also begun scoring the TV series Archer.
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Andy Burns’ Faves of 2017

For all the strife our world went through, there were some solid pop culture releases that managed to make the year a little better place. As my colleagues here have been running down their favorite things, so too shall I. Let me know what you enjoyed, and if any of my faves made your list as well. Read the rest of this entry

Less Lee Moore’s Faves of 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

This year was a trash fire of epic proportions. If I have to spell it out for you, let me just say it starts with T and ends with Rump. However, despite all of the horrors we witnessed, all was not lost on the pop culture front. I’m sure I’m not the only one to find solace in art this year.
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Faves of 2017: Carol Borden, The Cultural Gutter

Carol Borden writes about comics and (many other things) at The Cultural Gutter, a website dedicated to thoughtful writing about disreputable art.
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Tim Murr Lists His Faves of 2017


Oh 2017, what happened? I remember looking forward to ’16 ending, with high hopes for the coming year, but then Trump shat all over the country and… no, positivity only here. Only the best stuff of the last year!
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Faves of 2017: Sachin Hingoo, Writer

Sachin Hingoo is a freelance writer when he is not working at an office job that is purpose-built for paying the bills while he works as a freelance writer. His writing has appeared on Popshifter,, the CBC Street Level Blog,, The Little Red Umbrella, and The Midnight Madness Blog for the Toronto International Film Festival. He has also been featured at Toronto lecture series Trampoline Hal and his mutant power is “feigning interest.”

In a year that was defined for many as full of dismay, disappointment, and outrage, picking faves was actually easier for me than I thought it would be. They were moments, big and small, across several mediums, that allowed me forget about the smoldering tire fire outside my window and on the other side of my screen, or maybe even gave me some hope that someone might, perhaps, throw a little water on that tire fire. Anyways, that’s 2017 for you.
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E. A. Henson’s Faves of 2017

When the prospect of putting together a piece on my favorite things of 2017 presented itself, I jumped at the chance. Then I almost immediately regretted it because 2017 has been a waking nightmare from which there was no escape. OR HAS IT?

While it’s super important for me to “stay woke” (as the kids say) and stay angry, it’s exhausting. So when I began to think back over the year and how I coped with it, my chosen methods of escapism began to float to the top. Let’s have a look.

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Faves of 2017: Moe Adame of Burning Image

Moe Adame is the singer and guitarist for California’s legendary deathrock band, Burning Image. The band recently reissued a remastered version of its 2011 album Oleander (reviewed here).
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Faves of 2017: Erik Foster, Dirty Sidewalks

Dirty Sidewalks were formed in 2010 by singer/guitarist Erik Foster, his brother and lead guitarist Evan Foster (also founder of Surf Garage rockers The Boss Martians), longtime friend and bassist Evan O’Neil, and drummer Aaron Nicholes. The band plays anthemic tunes informed equally by ‘80’s college rock, ‘90’s Britpop and ‘60’s pop harmonies. The band is set to release their debut album, Bring Down The House Lights, on January 12, 2018 via No-Count Records (Cobraside Distribution).
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Faves of 2017: WHIMM

For the past three years, Toronto’s WHIMM have brought the searing intensity of their live performances to stages across North America, honed through touring. Singer/guitarist Mounir Chami, bassist Andrew Matthews, and drummer Jonathan Pappo create ominous, emotionally charged avant-rock fusing spellbinding melodies with an urgency akin to 1980s anarcho-punk. WHIMM’s debut, A Stare Ajar, was released by Pleasence Records on October 27.
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