Saturday, July 15, 2006

The Hogtown Stompers

I have a new favourite band as of today. They are the Hogtown Stompers, from Kickapoo (heh) Valley, Wisconsin. They are a jug band. Because these bands use the musical jug (an under-appreciated instrument), as well as banjo, mandolin, washboard and kazoo. These were apparently the 1920s equivalent of rock 'n' roll. I guess because it is good time music, and often contains subversive, tongue-in-cheek lyrics. I have been a fan of this kind of music since hearing Robert Crumb's band, the Cheap Suit Serenaders. I've downloaded the Stompers' whole demo album. As far as I can tell it's mostly covers of original jug band staples, but Come On In is probably my personal favourite, if only for the line "I'm drunk and disorderly and I don't care. If you want you can take off your underwear". Link:

Tuesday, July 11, 2006


Okay, it's time for me to start using this blog for its original intended purpose, which is to foist my own half-arsed doodles upon a small anonymous audience. I will begin with a selection from my sketchbook that have been drawn over the past couple of weeks. And so, without further adieu...

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Cupco World Safari

My Cupco stickers came in the mail last week, in an envelope with a hand-drawn cartoon over the seal - some strange skeletal character. They make plush toys for grown-ups - that is, discerning art collectors. Although I like the idea of turning scary media images (e.g., suicide bombers) into harmless little toys, I'd have to say that I'd rather own one of those big Ganeshas. The stickers have pictures of the puppets. I got an English knight, a Chinese soldier, the Devil, Albert Einstein, and a Werewolf. All stuck to my wall with blu-tac because I didn't want to waste their stickiness (I've always been anal when it comes to stickers). Link: