This week on Pump Up The Jam: Fischerspooner, The Birth Defects, Holy Motors, Priest, and JB Dunckel.
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Iron Man is trapped in another dimension, and as the Avengers try to rescue him, the Leader and his new Cabal of super-villains confront them. Are Iron Man and the Avengers lost forever in these animated Secret Wars? Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “Avengers No More, Part One.”
We have been bereft of new Doctor Who for an entire year (“The Power of the Daleks” doesn’t count), since the last Christmas special, “The Husbands of River Song,” a madcap and bittersweet conclusion to the River Song saga. To trump that adventure, showrunner Steven Moffat pulls a new rabbit from his hat – Doctor Who does superheroes. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “The Return of Doctor Mysterio.”
Ed Gass-Donnelly’s got style and atmosphere to burn, that’s for sure. In the opening moments of his new elegiac horror-thriller Lavender, we track into a frozen tableau of police investigating a grim crime scene in a rustic farmhouse. The cops hover like statues over sheet-draped bodies as the camera glides between them, coming to rest on a petrified girl slumped against a bedroom wall, clutching a bloody razor. As she stares blankly into us, we wonder, is this girl a killer? Why would she do such terrible things?
This week on Pump Up The Jam, we’ve got Ghost, Cold Cave, Belle Ghoul & much more.
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The Inhumans are still among us on Avengers: Ultron Revolution as we meet more new Inhumans in the persons of the new Ms. Marvel and the Ghost, along with Inferno, in this plot to steal Tony Stark’s AI Friday. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on season three’s eleventh episode, “The Kids Are Alright.”
Welcome to a new weekly column on Biff Bam Pop, “Pump Up The Jam,” in which I take you through some of my musical highlights of the week, including music news, new releases, and other things you might have missed.
In the early nineteen nineties, I signed up to be a disc jockey for Radio Erindale of the University of Toronto, Mississauga. I signed up because I loved music, was heavily into the alternative live music and club scene in Toronto, and because my longtime friend, Gary Matos, was their newly christened Station Manager.
With a few other select personnel, we planned to collectively make a musical difference at a small, and slightly beleaguered, suburban campus radio station. We’d fill the thirsty ears of the student body with the music that we liked to listen to, with the tunes we were hearing in the downtown clubs we were regularly frequenting: La Vie, Catch-22 and Empire. And, most importantly, we’d get to talk bands and records and new music all day and all of the night.
I signed up for the late shift that quivered between ten o’clock in the evening and one o’clock in the morning. It was a time when solitary figures of the student body ghosted across campus in the dark, arms full of books and bags, and faces full of essay anxiety. I, meanwhile, was left alone to spin my personal records and compact discs, ethereally reaching out to everyone through the hallways, residences and student lounges.
It’s fitting, then, that this particular story takes place one evening at the end of October, the month when the days are short and the cold nights come early, near an intersection of foot pathways between university buildings appropriately called The Crossroads.
Here I was. Alone. At midnight. With music. With the unexplainable.
In their second episode. Titled “57 Maidens and No Wrestling at TIFF,” Less Lee and Jeffery X discuss La Grand Bouffe, Ghost’s latest album Meliora, and Iron Maiden’s new single “Speed of Light,” among a dozen other topics that pop up along the way. You can check it out here.
Check out Episode 2 of The Official Popshifter Podcast right here.