Bloodhouse, Please Don't Meet Me/Cool Intentions (Caesar Cuts)
Oh god, I'm scared. Bloodhouse blends dark and riffy, heavy and strangely ethereal while exploding brains with great melody lines. Please write and record more songs, please.
Hunx and his Punx, Too Young to be in Love (Hardly Art)
Lusty '60s bubblegum featuring a surprisingly cohesive mix of bratty and big vocals. Seth Bogart (AKA Hunx) has made his most stylish recording to date. And that's saying something.
Thee Oh Sees, Castlemania (In The Red)
A wacky collection of B-side-feel material odds, Castlemania puts the cap on years of John Dwyer's artistic experimentation at his San Francisco home. It's like an ode to late night parties that turn into creative epiphanies.
Tongan Death Grip, Chula Vista (P-Trash)
So incredibly fast it gives you a pain in that secret place in your heart where you hold all your dreams of shredding on guitar. Perfect punk morsels, coated in sweet, sweet harmony.
Weekend Dads, Weekend Dads (It's Alive)
They may not be breaking the mould, but they are pouring something really awesome into that mould, patiently letting it set and then displaying it proudly as a solid, strong punk seven-inch.
Bad Vibrations, Black Train (Brotherhood) LOCAL
Deerhoof, Deerhoof vs. Evil (Polyvinyl)
Dog Day, Deformer (Fundog) LOCAL
Fat Stupids, EP (Independent) LOCAL
Outtacontroller, Power Out (Independent) LOCAL
Thee Oh Sees, Carrion Crawler/The Dream (In The Red)
TOP 11 of 2011 comedy albums, podcasts, etc
I love laughing. Especially all the way to the bank. But if I don’t have to go to the bank, I also like laughing at home with these things. Here are the top 11 things of 2011 that made me do that. Stephanie Johns (with brainstorming help via text with Greg Boone)
Donald Glover, Weirdo (Comedy Central)
Glover’s Comedy Central special is guaranteed to make you think of your best and worst childhood moments.
Patton Oswalt, Finest Hour (Comedy Central)
Gaining weight, dressing poorly, struggling between accepting people and shouting at their stupidity---all wrapped up in a little comedy album with some truly amazing artwork.
Picnicface TV series (Comedy Network)
Visually over the top, supremely uncomfortable and a great weird show to unwind with on a weekly basis.
Nick Flanagan, I’m Here All Weak (Talent Moat)
Sounds like bombing, but it’s not. Promise.
Michael Ian Black, Very Famous (Comedy Central)
So we all have crushes on Michael Ian Black by now, right? There’s some airline humour, but it’s good. Grab an Ambien dipped in Cool Whip and settle in.
Julie Klausner’s How Was Your Week? podcast (http://howwasyourweek.libsyn.com/)
The first 15 or so minutes are always my favourite, when Klausner discusses the highs and lows of her week, before getting into honest sounding interviews with such guests like Jackée, Mink Stole and Kristen Schaal to name a few.
Mary Charlene’s Twitter (@IAmEnidColeslaw)
Very inappropriate and very funny jokes that are just safe enough to read at work. Actually, they aren’t work safe at all. Scratch that.
Kate Beaton, HarkI A Vagrant (Drawn and Quarterly)
I have some friends in the US and whenever I need help explaining cultural differences, I forward them a *Hark! A Vagrant*. Now in book form!
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Two (Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate)
It’s itsy bitsy time! Cutest jokester on the list, for sure.
Louis CK: Live at the Beacon Theatre (louisck.net)
Reward Louis for circumventing labels and overpriced albums and tickets by sending him a mere $5 via PayPal for his latest. In return you get slightly meta jokes that stick with you.
Any joke Greg Boone has made this year.
Especially that one about me being like a centaur but without all the man parts.
Steph has never broken a bone. Arts editor for The Coast. As a child, starred in a commercial for bread. Turned out to be a metaphor for her life.