Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Best 80s Pop and New Wave Music Part 2

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

Charles Dickens may not have known it at the time, but he was talking about 80s music.

Read Part 2 of my Hub Pages on 80s music:

http://chrisauman.hubpages.com/hub/The-Best-80s-Pop-and-New-Wave-Music-Part-2

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Best 80s Pop and New Wave Music Part 1

The 80s were the best of times, and perhaps the worst of times, but the lasting appeal and influence of the music, clothes and hairstyles inspired by New Wave can still be seen and heard today.

Check out my Hub Page for more juicy details:

http://chrisauman.hubpages.com/hub/The-Best-of-80s-Pop-and-New-Wave-Music

Sunday, November 30, 2014

HOLIDAY SHOPPING WITH REGLAR WIGLAR!

The Holidays are fast approaching. Get yourself over to the Reglar Wiglar Store and buy some gifts that people actually want! 

(We do not exploit elf labor like some people we could name)

Friday, November 14, 2014

READER MAIL!














Dear Reglar Wiglar,

Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you'll marry a music man
Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
And now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand

Jesus freaks out in the street
Handing tickets out for God
Turning back she just laughs
The boulevard is not that bad

Piano man he makes his stand
In the auditorium
Looking on she sings the songs
The words she knows the tune she hums

But oh how it feels so real
Lying here with no one near
Only you and you can hear me
When I say softly slowly

Hold me closer tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today

Signed,

Rocket Man

Dear Rocket Man,

Your concerns have been noted. Thank you for writing. Please stay in touch. 


Office Manager

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

READER MAIL!














Dear Reglar Wiglar,

Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?
You been out ridin' fences for so long now
Oh, you're a hard one
I know that you got your reasons
These things that are pleasin' you
Can hurt you somehow
Don't you draw the queen of diamonds, boy 
She'll beat you if she's able 
You know the queen of hearts is always your best bet
Now it seems to me, some fine things 
Have been laid upon your table 
But you only want the ones that you can't get
Desperado, oh, you ain't gettin' no younger 
Your pain and your hunger, they're drivin' you home 
And freedom, oh freedom well, that's just some people talkin' 
Your prison is walking through this world all alone
Don't your feet get cold in the winter time? 
The sky won't snow and the sun won't shine 
It's hard to tell the night time from the day 
You're losin' all your highs and lows 
Ain't it funny how the feeling goes away?
Desperado, why don't you come to your senses? 
Come down from your fences, open the gate 
It may be rainin', but there's a rainbow above you 
You better let somebody love you, before it's too late

Signed,
Concerned

Dear Concerned,

I read you loud and clear, buddy. Thanks for writing!


Office Manager

READER MAIL!














Dear Reglar Wiglar,

So this ain't the end - I saw you again today
Had to turn my heart away
You smiled like the
Sun - Kisses for everyone
And tales - it never fails!
You lying so low in the weeds
Bet you gonna ambush me
You'd have me down on my knees
Wouldn't you, Barracuda?
Back over
Time when we were all
Trying for free
Met up with porpoise and me
No right no wrong your selling a
Song - A name whisper game.
If the real thing don't do the trick
You better make up something quick
You gonna burn it out to the wick
Aren't you, Barracuda?
"Sell me sell you" the porpoise said
Dive down deep to save my head
You...I think you got the blues too.
All that night and all the next
Swam without looking back
Made for the western pools - silly fools!

Signed

Not Down on My Knees

Dear NDoMK,

I think you may have me confused with someone else, but thank you for writing!

Office Manager

Friday, November 07, 2014

John Porcellino Seeks the Cure to What Ails Him

Reposted from Sound on Sight

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John Porcellino (Drawn & Quarterly)

John Porcellino is an alternative comics artist who has been drawing his signature series, King-Cat Comics & Stories for 74 issues across four decades and several US states. Since the late 1980s, Porcellino has performed in several bands, run a record label and produced numerous comics and zines. In addition to running his Spit & a Half Distribution company, comics have proven to be his one enduring passion. Porcellino, who recently took a nationwide victory lap to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of King-Cat, has also seen the publication of several collected works, (King-Cat Classix, Map of my Heart, Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man, to name a few). He his known for his simple line work, poetic writing and biographical themes. It is with his new collection, Hospital Suite, (Drawn & Quarterly) that Porcellino delivers his first, previously unpublished collection of stories.

Hospital Suite is composed of three sections; “The Hospital Suite,” “1998” and “True Anxiety.” Each section can be read independently, but together they tell a story about the struggles of mental and physical illness that have plagued the artist throughout his adult life. The stories detail John’s long stint in the hospital in the late 1990s, his hyper sensitivity to certain sound frequencies and volume (a condition known as hyperacusis), his OCD, and the removal of a tumor from his intestine. All were debilitating. There were times when John's OCD was so acute when producing his comics, he would have a dreadful feeling that drawing a building without a chimney would cause its real-life inhabitants to asphyxiate and die, as if he had the power to alter reality through his work. This sort of disorder can be crippling. Even while the sufferer realizes the irrationality of their thoughts, and recognizes the absurdity of their fears, they cannot overcome them. Porcellino does overcome them temporarily only to succumb to them again when stress triggers a relapse.

Mysterious illnesses, misdiagnosis and a never-ending quest to root out the causes of his ailments occupy much of John’s life. Buddhism helps. Avoiding wheat and dairy helps. Antidepressants help, but it’s a continuous game of whack-a-mole, where as soon as a physical ailment is hammered into remission, a mental one pops up to take its place. As a result, relationships deteriorate along with physical and mental health. Two marriages end and John crisscrosses the country from Chicago to Denver and back, then onto San Francisco and back again. (Porcellino now lives in Beloit, WI.) It’s hopeful to think that by the book’s end John has been cured of all that ails him, however, this may never truly be the case.
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In addition to the 25th anniversary tour and the release of Hospital Suite, John was also the subject of a documentary shot in 2010 but just released this year. In Root Hog or Die (made by filmmaker Dan Stafford), John recounts some of his medical history as well as his struggles with OCD. High school and college friends and ex-wives are interviewed, but they reveal little about John that he hasn’t already revealed about himself. In addition to his minimalist drawing style and Zen-like writing, honesty has always been John’s policy. He has no qualms about explaining his intestinal issues or describing masturbation habits. The film, when viewed in the context of John's past and current work, helps create a picture of an artist who is devoted to his art by a compulsion to create that cannot be altered or halted by any external forces — or internal ones, for that matter. There will be many more chapters in this story. Some will have happy endings, some not. Either way, John's suffering is his readers' gain. Hopefully, it is at least cathartic of the creator.
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The Cassetty Super Store is Now Open for Business!

What the F is exactly right, buddy, and we'll tell yah what the F: The brand new Cassetty Super Store is now open for business just in time for whatever the hell holiday you all celebrate (if any).

Monday, November 03, 2014

The Bad-Ass Slayer-Themed Scion is Rad!

Back in '86, when Muggsy was just a young, pimply-faced headbanger listening to Slayer's Reign in Blood on cassette over the shitty speakers of his 1972 Plymouth Duster (Thanks, Uncle Mike!), he could only dream of the day when automobiles like the "Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC" were common on highways all over the world, or as he imagined they'd be called "deathways." 

Muggsy always fancied a car that he could pull over in front of his old lady's house, whip out his Kramer six string electric, and launch into a monster Jeff Hanneman (R.I.P., brother) riff through a Marshall stack mounted in the trunk. 

Looks like Muggsy is a bit of a Nostradamus as that fantasy has finally come to pass. In Muggy's future universe, however, the spikes protruding from the wheel hubs were a lot longer and pointier, and the head of Morrissey was impaled on the hood ornament. A guy can still dream though, can't he?



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pictures of Sick-Ass Wolves

Check out this bro pack, braj! These wolves are ballers, bro. Bro down at the moon, son. That moon is sick too, bro. It's on for the bro pack, brah. You know these wolves are gonna pull tail tonight. Survival of the sickest, broham!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pictures of Messed Up Mermaids

Oh no. No, no, no! This is messed up right here, dawg! I been trippin' out on this pony fish all day, man. Dang! That's just beautiful, man. God is good, ya'll. Good is GOOD!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It's T.R. Miller Tuesday!


Pictures of Messed Up Mermaids

Damn! This mermaid is hella fine, son! Shorty's playin' a harp too, dawg! That shit is MESSED up right there, yo!

Zine Review: Railroad Semantics #3

RAILROAD SEMANTICS #3
Aaron Dactyl [Microcosm]

Aaron Dactyl is back on the rails in Railroad Semantics #3, stowing himself away on freight cars and dodging rail workers and “bulls” as he heads east out of Portland on another railroad adventure. This issue recounts a 2010 trip Aaron took through Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, California and Wyoming and features his photos along with maps, diagrams and newspaper clippings detailing stories of life and death on the rails.

Aaron is a photo-journalist and self described hobo. He doesn't reveal much about himself in RS, outside of his train-hopping lifestyle. Where he lives and how he feeds himself when he's not riding the rails is not revealed, but he has been jumping on and off trains since the 1990s and documenting his travels along the way, painting a picture of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. It's not an easy life and Aaron doesn't downplay the fact that it can be bitterly cold and more than a little uncomfortable being huddled up in boxcars or sitting on the top of gondolas, but that’s what booze is for.

The appeal of Railroad Semantics, and of train-hopping in general, is the freedom it offers. To do it you must leave everything behind, only bringing with you what you can afford to lose, as your pack may need to be abandoned at a moment’s notice. This lifestyle can also be monotonous and lonely, all of which is self-inflicted — Aaron tells no one of his plans before he leaves which tends to increase his isolation in his own mind — but the rails act as a magnet that continually draw him back, and this depiction of that world attracts those who can only wonder about the transient life of the self-styled railroad tramp Chris Auman

Monday, October 13, 2014

It's T.R. Miller Monday!


Donald Trump Reviews Justin Bieber’s “Confident” featuring Chance the Rapper

This is Justin Bieber singing? I don’t know, sounds kind of wimpy. Is this him singing? He’s a good singer. Let’s face it, this kid is very, very talented. Does this make me a Belieber, if I listen to this? Am I a Belieber now? George is a Belieber. No, George isn’t a Belieber. I can’t see George listening to this. You like this, George? George doesn’t like Belieber music.

Wait, what is this, rapping? Is this a rap? Chance the Rapper? Never heard of him, but I have heard of Justin Bieber. “Confident.” I can relate to that because in business you have to be confident. I have been very, very successful in business because I am very, very confident. I have terrific confidence and I have made a lot of money. A lot of money.

I don’t get this music though, but this guy has been very, very successful so he must be very, very smart. I’ve been very successful in my field, so I know what it takes to reach a very high level of success. People get on Justin Bieber because they’re jealous. I know what that’s like. Only a loser would criticize someone for reaching a very high level of success. I told that to Miley Cyrus. They’re just jealous. I can’t understand the lyrics, but I’m sure they’re terrific. We’re gonna get Justin on Celebrity Apprentice. He’ll do it too. He’s smart. He won't get fired either. He might, he might get fired. We'll see.


Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The Return of Pictures of Dope-Ass Unicorns

Oh, HELL no! That is one dope-ass uni, homie! And check out, shorty, dawg. That mermaid is reppin' hard, son!


Friday, October 03, 2014

Don't Cluck With Me

ANARCHY ROOSTER'S GOT SOMETHING TO SAY

Anarchy Rooster doesn't go for all that crowing at the crack of dawn. It's best to just let this dude sleep it off and stay out of his way. He don't like to be hen-pecked and he don't like to be cooped up.

That makes the Reglar Wiglar Store the perfect place him. Stop by and visit sometime and fill Anarchy Rooster up with some coffee (or whiskey). You'll be glad you did.




Thursday, October 02, 2014

Kind Words from Quimby's

Years ago former Chicago-based Chris Auman used to regularly drop of copies of his newsprint zine Reglar Wiglar at Quimby's for the free section, and it never failed to make me chuckle. I remember one time he printed a letter from some guy who was angry that he was being sent Reglar Wiglar in the mail, and he wished to be removed from the mailing list. The editorial response was a congratulations that this reader's letter was selected as letter of the month, so it got to be published, and the prize was a free subscription to Reglar Wiglar. Genius. Chris moved to Madison and went digital with his zine, but this new issue is the first print one in almost ten years. It is hilarious of course, and I think you'll agree: blowing his allowence on Space Invaders, analyzing which numbers are awesome, hungover poetry, why you should appreciate Flock of Seagulls, Donald Trump vs Metallica and more. -LM

Buy RW#22 from Quimby's in person or by clicking here!

Raised by Wolves (Again) Ep. 3

Raised by Wolves Again Damn it!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Cassetty Gets a Mug Shot!

The Reglar Wiglar Store has been slowly cranking out great new products. For example, check out the quality Cassetty mug to your left. Thanks goes to Cassetty fan, Dan Kiss, for sending in this mug shot of his favorite coffee mug. Get your own shiny Cassetty mug here. And don't forget to enjoy some Cassetty Comics while you enjoy your morning coffee.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Donald Trump Reviews Iggy Azalea's Black Widow

IGGY AZALEA
Black Widow

Who is this? Ziggy something? Ziggy is a cartoon character. It's Iggy? Is that right, Iggy? Good. I never liked Ziggy. He's a total loser, has no hair. It's Iggy. I like that guy, Iggy. That's the guy that doesn't wear a shirt. He's great. We tried to get him on Celebrity Apprentice but he didn't want to do it. I don't know, I thought he was smart. I guess not.

Iggy Azalea? Like the flower, azalea? That's one of Melania's favorite flowers. Very, very beautiful flower. Just a terrific flower.

I don't like this though. What is this, twerk music? You listen to twerk music, George? George doesn't listen to twerk music. George doesn't twerk. Is it rapper music? I don't know. I'm sure Ziggy Azalea is very, very talented, but this isn't very good. In fact, it's terrible. Let me see a picture of her. OK, not a great beauty either. I'm sorry but not a great beauty. I have very, very good taste in women and she is not a great beauty.

Is this twerk music?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Reglar Wiglar #22 at Quimby's

Chicago is the birthplace of the Reglar Wiglar, so it is with great pleasure that I can reveal that Quimby's Bookstore is now freshly stocked with Reglar Wiglar #22.

Spending a hour or so perusing the periodicals, comics, zines and books at Quimby's was once a part of my Chicago routine. It's a great store, they have tons of stuff and it's in Wicker Park (but don't hold that against them).



Quimby's Bookstore
1854 W North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

RW #22 is also available from the RoosterCow Etsy Store & the Reglar Wiglar website.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Reglar Wiglar #22 at Rainbow


Good news for fans of physical copies of stuff, like, you know, zines and books... Rainbow Bookstore in Madison, WI is now freshly stocked with Reglar Wiglar #22


So, if you happen to find yourself on State Street and want to get away from the red sweatshirts emblazoned with big white Ws, take a detour down Gilman Street, duck into the Rainbow Co-op and check out some books, magazines, zines (and RW#22) in their newly remodeled shop.

Rainbow Bookstore
426 W. Gilman Street
Madison, WI 53703

Also available from the RoosterCow Etsy Store & the Reglar Wiglar website.