It’s the Friday before a 3-day weekend for most of us, so there’s a good chance you’re waiting out the clock today, ready for that HR email letting you free early. You certainly don’t feel like working, so here’s some recommendations our guys put together to keep you distracted.
Aw Yeah Podcast – An off-shoot of Word Balloon, the long-running comic book podcast hosted by John Siuntres, Aw Yeah is a window into the lives of cartoonists Art Baltazar and Franco, the creators behind Patrick the Wolf Boy and Tiny Titans. It’s ostensibly about comics, but the pair, along with co-host Siuntres, are just as likely to end up talking about Art’s love for day-time talk show host Wendy Williams, Planet of the Apes, and the lives of celebrities from the 70s. It’s worth subscribing for the oddball comedy alone, but the inside knowledge on the making and business of comics makes it invaluable listening for anyone interested in the medium. [AB]
Europe by ‘Allo Darlin – ‘Allo Darlin’s self-titled first album was full of great singles, but suffered when it leaned too much on frontwoman Elizabeth Morris’s ukelele. Their follow-up, Europe, is a lot broader but with the same C86 throw-back pop sensibility. The songs bounce and shuffle along, but the highlight is always Morris, who incidentally played in twee-pop icon Amelia Fletcher’s newest band Tender Trap for a while, and her sweet, melancholy vocals. “Capricornia” and “Some People Say” are standouts, but the whole album is great. It’s only available digitally for now, but a physical relase is upcoming. [AB]
KCRW Online – Great radio station out of California. They also have a dynamite iPad app. [NV]
One Fish, New Fish – Great New Yorker article following Ozzie Guillen around the new Marlins Park. It’s a hilarious look at MLB’s tackiest team—hilarious, that is, unless you’re a Marlins fan. [NV]
Newbury & Hobbes Stories – George Mann writes a series of books that are steampunk meets Sherlock Holmes. These are a few free short stories set in that world. [SC]