The unbelievable events in Boston are still unfolding as I type this. It's somewhat hard to fathom everything that's going on at the moment, from the manhunt for the surviving Boston bomber (and his possible co-conspirators) to the ricin letters arrest to the massive fertilizer explosion in Texas to the incredibly dispiriting gun bill filibuster to North Korea. How can all this be happening at once?
In any case, there were a few other items I would have otherwise spent large amounts of time on here on Flaming Pablum if the world wasn't currently imploding around us. Here's a quick roundup.
I'd originally penned a longer piece on this -- and may revive it at a later point -- but I was very saddened to learn of the death of graphic designer Storm Thorgerson of Hipignosis. As a budding music devotee, I was a tremendous fan of his work on so many seminal albums, notably for Floyd and Zeppelin (to name but two). The visuals he helped pair with the music are truly iconic. We have lost a master.
Iggy & the Stooges have a new album titled Ready to Die slated for release later this month. Presumably, the artwork for the sleeve was designed months ago, but I'm wondering if it's going to get a radical re-think in the wake of this week. The artwork in question looks like this.
Lovely comic book shop Jim Hanley's Universe is closing its location in the shadow of the Empire State Building. It's going to re-open somewhere else, supposedly, but I'm still bummed out by that.
And just as another parting tribute to the late Scott Miller, here's Game Theory's "big hit single," "Erica's Word."
Please stay safe, everyone.