Z is for Frank Zappa

zappaZ is for Frank Zappa…

The King of Weird himself is my last of the alphabands posts…. for now…. Rememeber when i only started at ‘M’ with Mudhoney?….  Yeah, well it’s kinda like cheating…. So, i plan on doing ‘A’ through ‘L’…..  sometime….. Gotta take a little break from them for the moment, but i will finish this project eventually…

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X-Files sketchbook comic…

x-files_jamI watch a lot of X-Files, and many times when doing so, i am doodling away in my sketchbook… Here’s a little “jam” comic i made (alone… not very jammy…) on one of those nights..  Sloppy and stupid!

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A Tribute To The Ramones…

ramones_tributeOver the weekend the last remaining member of the original line up of The Ramones past away.  Tommy Ramone was the first drummer and their early producer.  Their sound was largely due to him.  I had to pay a little tribute, after all, The Ramones may very well be the most important band in my life.  They opened the doors to punk rock and inspired pretty much everyone who came after them.  Their songs are timeless pop gems that could only be made by them.  I would have never stuck to playing guitar if it wasn’t for them.  They couldn’t play when they started.  They gave hope to people who just wanted to do something but didn’t necessarily know how.  They are true originators of punk music, but they made it sound like bubblegum pop that somehow went horribly wrong.

Now that they have all passed (sorry Marky and CJ, we love you too!) i can’t help but think that maybe they are all jamming up in the sky together…  Johnny and Joey didn’t really get along, but time (or death) heals all wounds?  So this one is for the four “brothers” from Queens wrapped in leather.  We love you and miss you…

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Y is for Neil Young

neil_youngY is for Neil Young….

Okay, so this may be the most obvious music post I’ve done.  You may say it’s cliche, or whatever you wanna say.  I could have dug deeper for someone who we know less about.  I’m sure there are lots of musicians and bands that start with “Y”, but after thinking about it, i just said fuck it!  Neil is easily one of the most influential music figures around, at least in my life.  I have spent so much time listening to and debating this man.  Stylistically, i pretty much learned how to play guitar from obsessing over him (not that I’m anywhere near his talent).  He has had a profound affect on me.  I’m Canadian after all (and most of our mega stars are a joke – Bieber, Nickelback, the list of bad musicians goes on….), I’m supposed to be this way.  So quit beating around the bush.  He’s the man, deal with it…

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X is for X Ray Spex

x_ray_spexX is for X Ray Spex…

X Ray Spex was an english punk band that formed in 1976.  Fronted by Poly Strene, the Spex were part of the first wave of british punks, and what stood them out (aside from Poly herself) was the fact that they had a saxophone as a prominent instrument.  I don’t know as much about the Spex as some of my previous posts, but listening to them it’s easy to see how they solidified their place in music history.  Loud and fast, i need more of this in my life.  Their first single “Oh Bondage, Up Yours” is so effing good, i can’t believe i missed this growing up.  Well there’s no time like the present, so if you need me, i’ll be the one with the stereo cranked at 11…

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Made for the alphabands tumblr site…

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Commissions!

our_houseHere’s a piece i made for my wife, for her birthday.  It’s our house (just look in the corner, i didn’t need to state that…).  Just some pens and watercolours.  I am open for hire for pieces like this.  Slap ‘em in a frame and they make a great gift!  Art enriches everybody’s life, so you should hire me to make you some!

Send all enquiries to murskee@gmail.com

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My 2014 NxNE Recap!

nxne-14Well, i made one last year, so i felt i should do a quick North by Northeast comic this year…  Unfortunately i didn’t really partake in the festivities this year.  There feels like there’s been a shift in the world of NXNE; it feels more corporate and more about money.  Wristbands were just way too expensive… as you can tell if you read the comic above.  Honestly the bands that were billed really didn’t do much for me.  I had seen most of the ones i wanted to already, and i’ll catch the local acts throughout the year.  Seeing Spiritualized would have been amazing… but it’s still too much money for one show…  Aside from that, i’m fine with staying home and not running around like a madman trying to see too many shows, and barely getting into any of them…

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