Sunday, August 28, 2016

Friday, August 12, 2016

Classic Woodrows Albums: Naked


(Woodrow Hill) 1981 

The follow-up to the Drunk LP. Twice the power, four times the fun! Thirty-seven songs including: "Naked," "Tube Sock Toby," "Marvy's in the Jug Tank," "Been Naked," "Freak Patrol," "Röt Güt," "Buck Naked," "Caught in the Raw" and more!!!

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GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW: Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballads

Nick Hayes [Abrams Comicarts

For those who may be unfamiliar, Woody Guthrie was an American folksinger and songwriter who is responsible for writing "This Land is Your Land" and about 999 more songs. He was also considered a bit of a rabble rouser (agitator?), a socialist (commie?) and political commentator who gave a voice to tens of thousands of migrant workers and impoverished farmers during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl period of the 1930s.

Nick Haye’s beautiful and moving graphic novel Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Balladschronicles Guthrie’s early years on the move from Okemah, Oklahoma to Pampa, Texas and to the Cisco Mountains in search of silver. If you’ve read John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath or Woody’s own autobiography, Bound for Glory, or are just familiar with the Dustbowl Era in American History, this depiction provides another perspective on the journey that saw thousands of Midwestern families, like Steinbeck's Joads, traveling from the Midwest and Oklahoma in particular, to California in search of jobs and opportunities that did not exist. 

Hayes recreates the language of the American Midwest in the early 20th century and captures well the look of grainy black and white Depression-era photography. He expertly employs sepia tones to create the feeling of a different time — a time when color was a luxury few could afford. Hayes also builds an emotional bridge for the reader to connect us to a time we've never known. He portrays a period of American history where food, jobs and hope were hard to come by. As Woody traveled around the country in search of work and opportunities to play his music, he learned he couldn’t rely on the government certainly, but neither could the church be trusted to give him a bowl of soup when he was down and out and willing to work for it. Everyone was suspect in that world, authority was to be questioned and nothing made sense.

Hayes uses alliteration to create prose that is poetical and lyrical. He details the conflict that is sometimes man versus nature, man versus man, and man versus god from one chapter to the next. Woody battles the system, he battles the authorities, he battles poverty. All the conflicts he encountered in a hard world acted like a whetstone to sharpen Woody but without making him bitter. Instead, the hard times inspired him and instilled in him the heart of a crusader. Haye's panoramic page layout depicting the landscape and Woody's dreams/visions/hallucinations are beautifully rendered and provide a good counterweight to some of the injustice of the times.

Hayes past work includes an update of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s famous poem, The Rime of the Modern Mariner. He is also a contributing cartoonist to the Guardian newspaper and the New Statesmen magazine in the UK where Hayes lives and works.
 —Chris Auman

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Classic Woodrows Albums: Duality


(Woodrow Hill) 1981 

Er, ah, um, this one is a little arty—even for '80s new wave! But it is The Woodrows, after all, so you know it's the bomb. A double LP concept record that explores the duality of man. Includes: "Whispers," "Soul Bared," "C'est Bon, Baby," "Whispers II" and many more. Don't worry, nobody else gets it either! SO ESOTERIC! You don't want your cool friends to see this one in your record collection!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Classic Woodrows Albums: Pumped


(Woodrow Hill) 1981 

Ain't nobody gonna give the Woodrows shit. Not any more! After the boyz watched Conan the Barbarian twenty-eight times in a row they came down with a severe case of Schwarzenegger Fever. These former ninety pound weaklings pump out ninety minutes of sweaty, rippling riffs: "Woodrow's Gym," "Let Me Pump You... Up,", "Pummeled," "I'm a Biceptual," "I Ain't No Dumbbell, You Moron,", "Tight Tush Toby," "All Pumped Up," "Twelve Pack Abs" and more. Great workout music!

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Classic Woodrows Albums: Mamma Din't Raise No Fool

Mamma Din't Raise No Fool

(Woodrow Hill) 1981 

Oh yes she did! In fact, she raised four of 'em, but we won't hold that against her. Sixteen infantile tunes including: "Bread Samich," "Big Boo Boo," "Nubby Rub," "No-No Fatty"!

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Monday, August 08, 2016

Classic Woodrows Albums: Prom Night

Prom Night

(Woodrow Hill) 1981 

No, The Woodrows didn't get dates to the prom! What are you NUTS? But that doesn't mean the fellas can't get all gussied up for their big night. Killer tunes include: "Spiked Punch & Quaaludes," "Hang (and Then Stab) the DJ," "Chaperone This," "May I Have This Dance, Bitch?" and eleven more!!!

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