Hutch Owen Let's Get Furious coming from Top Shelf at SPX


Let's Get Furious

I spent 5 years on these strips, running them daily in Boston and New York, expanding greatly the Hutch world and environs. See! Hutch's new country in a junkyard! See! The first appearances of Nora, as she slugs her way into the strip. See! A full-length story in which Dennis Worner decides to go down into the streets where the poor live. 

Despite the crude drawings, which really took off by the end of this arc, this is a story I take a lot of pride in. Real Mitt Romney type stuff. You can read a lot more about that story here.

Some other highlights. The creation of Rebelville, which Dennis sets up in Hutch's Junkyard, the appearance of The Rockabilly Kid, Image advisor to Trashistan, and The Unpajamable Snowman, who eats, grows and morphs into a monster who sits on Congress.

Some more samples.


The Four Passions, Sept 24, 2012

The Four Passions, Sept 23, 2012 This set got a little sadder, probably I hadn't seen Leela in a few weeks, and of course, Rosalie in almost a year. Some story songs led us off: Lou Reed's Street Hassle and then a Turkish torch song which must be sad, by Sezen Aksu, my new favorite. I had never found a compatible groove with her, but I'm starting to catch on .

Then we played some Turkish film music, certainly with a story, this one a little silly, from the clip below.
Link here to the Turkish Film Music site Leela and I frequent.

Then more from the Amazing, Sleepy, Sludgy, Dreamy, Drifty Ethiopian Jazz Musician Getachew Mekurya, catch more of that one here.

Two songs by Ron Rege + Lavender Diamond, then some Carter Family, below (They might not be on the playlist cause I forgot them, but they were before or after Karen Dalton.)

I can't remember what else I played. Half the time I'm just barely holding on. I call this Music To Stay Alive By.

Playlist below. Podcast here. 

Lou ReedStreet HassleBetween Thought and Expression
Sezen AksuGuvercinDeniz YildiziTurkish
Ask AlfabesiYsimTurkish Film Music
Talk Break
The RaveonettesObservations
Lavender DiamondLike An ArrowImagine Our Love
Poor MoonHolidayPoor MoonSub Pop
Talk Break
Getatchew MekuryaTrack 2UnknownAwesome Tapes From Africa Blog
Latin PlayboysCrayon SunLatin PlayboysSlash
Lavender DiamondOh My Beautiful WorldIncorruptible Heart
Karen DaltonOther Side to this Life1966
Cat PowerAlways On My OwnSunMatador
Talk Break
EMAThe Grey ShipSound Cloud
Brain FV-2sleep roughgrave mistake
Levekcanterbury bellsLook A Little CloserLefse
Heavenly Gospel SingersI'm a Pilgrim and a StrangerBap-tizum.com Blog
Shintaro SakamotoHow to Live With a PhantomHow To Live With A PhantomOther
Wendy ReneAfter LaughterStaxStax
Mazzy StarHalahShe Hangs Brightly
Talk Break
SmokeAwakeHeaven on a Popsiclestick
SmokeFreak (Winn's Song)Heaven on a Popsiclestick
EsmerayAyrilik Olsa BileIstanbul 70: Psych, Disco, Folk ClassicsTurkish
John CaleFear is a Man's Best FriendFearIsland
John CaleParis 1919Paris 1919Island
Lou ReedThe Last Great American WhaleNew York


The Four Passions - Sept 17, 2012

Sept 17 was a good show, good variety, lots of Ethiopian, a bunch of stuff I couldn't pronounce, you know how it is.

Played this great Turkish film song:

From the Turkish Film Music site:

Played a little from Awesome Tapes From Africa:


As much as I could from Excavated Shellac

The great Tilahun Gessessee. Watch the singing and watch the swaying:

More great music from The Raveonettes, furthering my conviction that I love music by people who abuse substances

Here's the podcast, enjoy.

Lavendar DiamondEverybody's Heart's Breaking NowLavendar Diamond
Belle and SebastianGet Me Away From Here I'm DyingIf You're Feeling Sinister
Brain Fsleep roughsleep roughgrave mistake
Paul MelanconMr. Blue SkyCoversyoutube.com
Dinosaur jr.Don't Pretend You Don't KnowI Bet on Skyjagjaguwar
Cem KaracaAdilos BebeCem Karaca 4
Joint Damage(I'm) HauntedStrike GentlyState
The RaveonettesYoung and ColdObservatorVice
John FruscianteLossThe Will To Death
Staff Benda BililiOsali MabeBouger Le MondeCrammed Discs
UknownSurah Al HaaqqaOpike Pende: AFrica at 78 RPMDust-To-Digital
Debo BandAsha GedawoDebo BandSub Pop
Four soundsImbishi MbishiExcavated ShellacExcavated Shellac
Groupe El AzharMazal Nesker MazalProto-Rai
Frank OceanStart/Thinkin Bout YouChannel OrangeDef Jam
Talk Break
Lee HazelwoodSouls IslandA House Safe for tigers
Devamini OkuYorumTurkish Film Music
The HeavyWhat Makes a Good Man?The Glorious DeadCo-Sign
Lahbib BoutaxiTrack 1?Awesome Tapes From Africa Blog
Talk Break
Tilahun GessesseWeb AynamaDiretube.comyoutube.com
Scott WalkerWe Came ThroughBoy Child, The Best Of 1967-1970
Cat PowerSunSunMatador
T. RexMambo SunElectric Warrior
Rodd KeithEscape From SocietyThe Human Breakdown of AbsurdityMSR Records
Talk Break
Shelly Stuart & The Five StarsYummy Tummy Dum DumThe Human Breakdown of AbsurdityMSR Records
Patti SmithApril FoolBangaColumbia
Various ArtistsBemgnot AlnoremEthiopiques Vol 1
Scott WalkerIt's Raining TodayBoy Child, The Best Of 1967-1970


The Four Passions, Spetember 3 and September 10, 2012

The Four Passions: Music to Stay Alive By.

Played lots of great music this week and last at GROW RADIO. 
Been pulling more and more from Awesome Tapes From Africa and Morrocan Tape Stash including this week, an amazing Ethiopian Jazz number (described as "Floaty" by Leela ) and some amazing Morrocan call and response here:

Played some new music from The Raveonettes and Lymbic System, all stuff I hadn't heard. Loved the new Cat Power we played, as well as the Lee Hazelwood reissue. Not sure what that was, but it was lovely.

Also played Local Electronic Music Guru Roamer X:  http://soundcloud.com/roamerx

A song by Sister Rosette Tharpe from this blog http://bap-tizum.com/op/78

Another cover by Paul Melancon, this one, a Buggles cover, with imagery from this year's Dragon Con

Ok here's the playlists and the podcast links:

September 10, 2012  -  PODCAST 

Renaldo and the LoafBustle the BurgooSongs for Swinging LarvaeRalph
Django ReinhardtAvalonVolume IVEverest
Willis Earl BealeTrack 2Acoustimatic Sorcery
Jim Copp and Ed BrownWhat's a HonololulySea of GlupSchoolhouse Records
Tamari TahitiParapar'i Pararara'iVintage Hawaiian MusicRounder
Awalom GebremariemTrack 1DesaesAwesome Tapes From Africa
3ebjetini A LBaydaMoroccan Tape StashMorrocan Tape Stash
The Mountain GoatsBilly The Kid's Dream of Magic ShoesChile de Arbol
Paul MelanconAstroboy and the Proles on Parade by the BugglesCovers
Brian EnoBackwaterbefore and after scienceIsland
Rubber RodeoPlanning and Completing an Explorative Trip to MarsA Place of General HappinessEarnest Noyes Brookings
Cat PowerCherokeeSunMatador
Roamer XSeeds of FireSound Cloud
Laurie AndersonLate ShowHome of the BraveWarner Bros.
Lee HazelwoodSouls IslandA House Safe for tigersLight in the Attic
Felt PilotesNever SatisfiedNever Satisfied EPSpit and a Half
Omaha TribeOmaha Songs19 Omaha SongsIndian Records
Sister Rosetta TharpeHe's All I Need45Bap-tizum.com Blog
Best CoastRhiannonJust tell Me That you Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood MacCo-Sign
The RaveonettesDowntown OptionObservatorVice Records
The RaveonettesThe EnemyObservatorVice Records
Lymbyc SystemWaveSymbolyst
Getatchew MekuryaTrack 1Awesome Tapes From Africa Blog
The Music TapesThe Dark Is Singing SongsMary's VoiceMerge
Brave ComboSkinA Place of General HappinessErnest Noyes Brookings
The HeavyCurse Me GoodThe Glorious DeadCo-Sign
The ResidentsUps and DownsThe Commercial AlbumRalph
The ResidentsPossessionsThe Commercial AlbumRalph
The ResidentsGive it to Someone ElseThe Commercial AlbumRalph
Delicate SteveRamona RebornPositive ForceLuka Bop

September 3, 2012  - PODCAST

Michael KiwanukaTell Me A TaleHome AgainPolydor
EMAThe Grey ShipPast Life Martyred Saints
Kazim KoyuncuBen Seni SevdugumiHayde
Archie Bell and the DrellsTighten UpTighten UpAtlantic
Jimi Hendrixall along the watchtowerThe Ultimate ExperienceMCA
The Make-UpPOW to the PeopleI Want SomeK
OndatropicaTiene Sabor, Tiene SazonOndatropicaSoundway
Lindsey MillsI Wanna BelieveDemo 2011
Paul MelanconChina GirlCoversFacebook
The New yearMy Bleeding WoundPersonal Space:Electronic Soul 1974-1984Chocolate Industries
Archer PrewittGo AwayWildernessThrill Jockey
Dan DeaconGuilford AvenueAmericaDomino
Dan DeaconTrue ThrushAmericaDomino
Robert WyattShipbuildingNothing Can Stop Us
Megan ReillySew The Threads Into Your HeartThe Well
The BuzzcocksGet On Our Own
TinariwenImidiwan Ma TennamTassili
Orhan GencebayHayat KavgasiIstanbul 70: Psych, Disco, Folk Classics
Shintaro SakamotoYou Just DecidedHow To Live With A PhantomOther
John VandersliceGainesville, FlaTime Travel Is Lonely
Yann TiersenI'm Gonna Live AnyhowSkylineMute
The AttractionsBurn up Some roadDoing Even More Stuff In The Shadows Of Motown
Alabama ShakesHang LooseBoys & Girls
John FruscianteA DoubtThe Will To Death
Sarah VaughanBlack CoffeeAfter HoursColumbia
Mary Lou LordCastles and Christians
Karen DaltonKatie Cruel1966


Tom Hart stuff at SPX!

I'll be at SPX 2012 with lots of new stuff, including:
  • A digital release of Hutch Owen: Let's Get Furious. Buy it for only $5.00
  • RL, the first installment in my 2011/2012 memoir. 
  • I'm in the SP17 GARO tribute anthology, with a 8 page story I think is one of my best.
  • Daddy Lightning, from Retrofit, if you don't already have it.
  • And this free newsprint poster, from Top Shelf, below: 

I'll be at the SAW table or giving workshops or on panels, etc.  

See you at SPX!


Audio source of my text-only 5 Obstructions Comic

This tweet came in from from Derik Badman @madinkbeard

Matted, framed, hung: an all-text @hutchowen"Hutch Owen" strip yfrog.com/oegujmxj

So I am posting the original text/sound file I made while scripting this strip, to get the rhythm right. The Obstructions here from Matt Madden, if I remember correctly, were to make it text only, only one syllable words, to "take inspiration" from Brian Eno (might be wrong about that one.) So, riffing off both King's Lead Hat rhythmically and more importantly "Julie With..." and "Spider and I" imagistically, I came up with this:

See the Obstructions here: