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by Oliver Ho

18 Nov 2009

Perpetually smiling and jokey, Kazuo Umezu seems to have cornered the market on “Where’s Waldo”-style red and white jerseys. He looks like a jovial dude, a little goofy, and more likely to tell a fart joke and giggle inapproprately than to plumb the macabre depths of emotions through haunting tales (unless fart jokes do that for you).

By contrast, Hideshi Hino looks like manga’s ichiban badass motherfucker.

Since the 1970s, these two mangaka have shaped the genre of horror in Japanese comics, and indirectly, Japanese and Western horror movies. Along with their love of terror, and degree of influence upon artists who followed them, Umezu and Hino also share a storytelling style that leans heavily on Japanese folklore, and an early grounding in comedic work.

With so much common ground between them, it’s their differences that make them compelling and fascinating subjects for comparison, even on a superficial level. For example, the two men could not appear more differently in public.

This Friday’s upcoming Iconographies feature will examine two seminal works by these artists, both of which were recently republished in the West: Umezu’s two-volume Cat-Eyed Boy, and Hino’s Lullabies From Hell.

by Tyler Gould

18 Nov 2009

Bonny Billy & the Picket Line
Funtown Comedown
(Drag City)
Releasing: 15 December

Will Oldham continues to wreak havoc on iPods everywhere, releasing an album as Bonny-with-a-y Billy with Kentucky bluegrass band the Picket Line. “Death to Everyone” won’t be on the album, but comes from the same live, in-studio session as everything else.

SONG LIST
01 Ohio River Boat Song
02 May It Always Be
03 Hemlocks and Primroses
04 The Glory Goes / Wolf Among Wolves
05 We All Us Three Will Ride
06 Easy Does It
07 Lay and Love
08 Rider
09 Rambling Fever
10 You Want That Picture
11 Idle Hands Are The Devil’s Playthings

Bonny Billy & the Picket Line
Death to Everyone [MP3]
     

by Tyler Gould

18 Nov 2009

Still no tracklist for Gainsbourg’s Beck-produced IRM, which comes out next year, but we do have a perfectly sensical video from the pair. People stack skateboards on hamburgers all the time.

by Tyler Gould

18 Nov 2009

Re: this song, our own Mehan Jayasuriya said it well:

“On “Quick Canal”, he lovingly builds up and tears down a cathedral of sound for Sadier to inhabit, layering a deep bass groove, tambourine hits and a wall of gently panning organs atop a steady, shuffling beat. Midway through, the song falls apart, briefly taking a detour into glitchy noise before giving way to a squall of fuzzed-out guitars. Try as Cox might to obfuscate the vocals, however, Sadier’s voice proves indefatigable.”

by Tyler Gould

18 Nov 2009

Neko caps off a good year for her and Middle Cyclone with a visit the the Risible One:

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