DJ MUGGS THE BLACK GOAT “THE CHOSEN ONE”

I don’t listen to much hip hop nowadays, but when your record is plastered in art from The Nuremberg Chronicle, you can bet I’m going to pay attention. Released via Sacred Bones, and due for a March debut, Dies Occidendum promises to be a complex and brooding work that I’m really excited for if it is anything like teaser track, The Chosen One, rich as it is with taciturn beats,...

Rats are Stirring All Through Houston

It’s late December—just a few days from Christmas—and it seems very likely that the sports franchise I have loved since forever—the Houston Rockets—are intent on dumping their franchise player, and someone I’ve watched play a ton of ball all the way back to his college days.  Brought in to replace him (and I use that term loosely) is the possibility of two players I’ve spent...

Best Albums of 2020 • A Blusterhouse Index

Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou - May Our Chambers Be Full I struggled with this. It could be argued that so prodigious is Thou's output, that they were going to make the list somewhere, somehow, but May Our Chambers Be Full is the perfect apotheosis of the work of Baton Rouge sludge pioneers on previous EPs and collaborations such as Inconsolable and Rhea Sylvia (2018), in...

evermore

It’s late, the radiance of the fairy light catches on the tinsel of the Christmas tree in the corner of the room, headphones on, the cat sleeping soundly on the edge of the sofa, and I cried my way through most of this record; I cried for all the things I never said, and all the things I would never let myself say again. I don’t know if any of us predicated a second act to folklore, and...

Sorry, Alberta THIS Jason Kenney IS NOT Your Premier!

I've known Jason Kenney for the better part of two decades now. We first met in the early 2000's during our wild salad days of online fan fiction. We've written together and collaborated often. We've talked petty shit and incited unnecessary beefs. We founded this very website together, I wrote the foreword to his pretend autobiography AND I'm still drawing a two page comic strip he wrote last...

THE SCUMBAG #1

Let me tell you about the exact moment I fell in love with Ernie Ray Clementine. Full disclosure though, when it was first announced that one of my favorite writer’s next ongoing serial was about a hard living, drug addicted, white trash, biker bar good old boy shitlord who happened to be a super powered espionage agent I was already sold. I was so unbelievably in the bag for this book that...

ABABGC: Not Postponed

On Sunday, August 23rd a video went viral on the internet that showed Jacob Blake, an African American man from Kenosha, Wisconsin, getting shot seven times in the back by a white police officer recently identified as one Rusten Sheskey.  That was the story, the place in the stage that the spotlight should have been. It was yet another incident of police brutality against African Americans,...

ABABGC VS. THE PLAYOFFS (ROUND 1: LAKERS VS. TRAILBLAZERS)

GAME ONE / TRAILBLAZERS 100 @ LAKERS 93 Mike EllisI want to start by talking about Skip Bayless. Throughout this whole restart and playoffs, Skip has come for Damian Lillard. He’s been on Dame’s jock like his name is Russell Westbrook or Pat Bev, and, well, we’ve seen how Dame’s responded. So, before game one, Skip does what Skip does and tweeted out “Lakers in four,” or some...

ABABGC VS. THE PLAYOFFS (ROUND 1: MAVERICKS VS. CLIPPERS)

GAME ONE / MAVERICKS 110 @ CLIPPERS 118 Jericho Vilar This game, nay, this series is going to showcase two of this year’s playoffs’ most important trends: hero ball and referee influencing. Concerning the Dallas side of things, the latter directly led to the activation of the former. The hero ball narrative came in the form of Maverick wonderboy Luka Doncic’s record setting postseason...

ABABGC VS. THE PLAYOFFS (ROUND 1: HEAT VS. PACERS)

GAME ONE / HEAT 113 @ PACERS 101 Mike Ellis On a day when the namesake of the very TJ Warren-like stat sheet had a very TJ Warren-like 22 on 50% shooting, he was out Teej’d by two Miami lads noticeably not named TJ. That would be the South Beach duo of Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic (who had 14 of his 24 points in the final quarter of the game). The man they call Buckets lived up to it with 28...