Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

‘Seeded’ interview now podcast

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

You can now hear my interview on bfm‘s Seeded as a podcast, here:

Cartoonist Dylan Horrocks on a peculiar trip through his listening habits, which have informed his own work like Hicksville and Café Underground, and even crept in when he was working on Batman.
He recounts how he managed to introduce a character based on Bjork into a Neil Gaiman spin-off book Hunter; how his passion for “beard music” contrasts with his father’s passion for extreme noise metal; and how creating worlds on paper requires a soundtrack.

Sadly, much of the music is edited out of the podcast for copyright reasons (sigh). So feel free to pause the podcast at the relevant points and insert the music, with the help of these links (thank you, internets!):

  • The Velvet Underground: Pale Blue Eyes
  • Arvo Part: Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
  • Bjork: Cocoon
  • Low: When I Go Deaf
  • Gillian Welch & David Rawlings: Pocahontas (a cover of the Neil Young song). This song, sadly, is hard to find. Videos of it have been removed from YouTube, and as far as I can tell, it’s only available on a live concert DVD.
  • Bonnie Prince Billy: After I Made Love to You
  • Enjoy!

    (note: as always some errors crept into the interview. For example, I didn’t draw Batgirl and Batman – I wrote them, of course. But few people outside the comics industry get that distinction, so I’m kinda used to it).

    Rock Cookie Bottom

    Thursday, March 26th, 2009

    Just when you thought the internet couldn’t get any better, you stumble across Rock Cookie Bottom. This guy (Jonathan Mann) writes a song a day, and puts ‘em online (complete with music video) for us to enjoy. They’re smart, hilarious, and topical. My personal favourites (from the last week alone!) include:

    and his second economics-related follow-up hit:

    Go visit Rock Cookie Bottom now and improve your day considerably.

    More music I like: Bonnie Prince Billy DJs on NPR

    Wednesday, March 25th, 2009


    This is a lovely show: All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen sits and chats with Bonnie Prince Billy (aka Will Oldham), and they play some tracks from Oldham’s record collection and a few from his new album, Beware. The highlights (for me) are the first two tracks: ‘Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Back Seat’ (by Paul Evans) – which Oldham describes as an “erotic ballad” – and ‘The Girl in Me’ (by Bonnie Prince Billy & Cheyenne Mize). One of the (many) things I love about Oldham’s music is his ability to revel in sexuality while still being sweet and thoughtful, and sometimes very funny. Somehow those two songs, one after the other, seemed like a perfect example.

    Music I like: Weird Weeds

    Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

    Weird Weeds from Austin, Texas, make some pretty interesting sounds, and even sell a t-shirt drawn by the legendary Mark Beyer. What more could you want?