Gorjus Media: Books, Comics, & Records of 2006 (plus maybe some TeeVee Shows and Video Games).

faked by Sunday, January 1st, 2006


Books read in 2006:
January.
01. Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer, Warren St. John.
02. Jujitsu for Christ, Jack Butler.
03. Lightning Song, Lewis Nordan.
04. The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God, Timothy Schaffert.
February.
05. Body of Evidence, Patricia Cornwell.
06. Empty Summers, Henry Rollins.
07. Dawson’s Creek: The Beginning of Everything Else, Jennifer Baker (based on a screenplay by Kevin Williamson).
08. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers.
09. Star Trek: The Entropy Effect, Vonda N. McIntyre.
March.
10. Get on the Bus (2004 edition), Henry Rollins.
11. Mixed Reviews, Aaron Cometbus.
April.
12. The Hardy Boys, The House on the Cliff, Franklin W. Dixon. [#2; 1959 ed.]
13. Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon.
June.
14. Pattern Recognition, William Gibson.
15. Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, Nick Flynn.
16. The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien.
August.
17. Wolf Whistle, Lewis Nordan.
18. Pistol Poets, Victor Gischler.
19. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner.
September.
20. LIAMT, etc.
21. Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton’s Little John?: Music’s Most Enduring Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed, Gavin Edwards.
October.
22. World War Z, An Oral History of the Zombie War, Max Brooks.
23. Forty Million Dollar Slaves, William C. Rhoden.
24. Red Weather, Pauls Toutonghi.
25. Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR, Neal Thompson.
26. Everything Is Illuminated, Jonathan Safron Foer.
November.
27. Metallica: This Monster Lives: The Inside Story of Some Kind of Monster, Joe Berlinger and Greg Milner.
28. Utz, Bruce Chatwin.
29. On the Black Hill, Bruce Chatwin.
December.
30. In Patagonia, Bruce Chatwin.
31. The Way You Wear Your Hat: Frank Sinatra and the Lost Art of Livin’, Bill Zehme.

Music.
Compact discs procured in 2006:
January.
01. The Jam, In the City.
02. The Jam, All Mod Cons.
03. Interpol, Remix (Four songs from Antics remixed).
04. Arcade Fire, self-titled EP.
05. Patti Smith, Horses.
06. Tegan & Sara, So Jealous.
07. Elliott Smith, XO.
08. Bruce Springsteen, March 9, 1974, KLOL Radio Broadcat, Houston, Texas.
09. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, December 29, 1980, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York (3 x CD).
10. Bruce Springsteen, April 30, 2005, Glendale, Arizona (2 x CD).
11. “Mortal Kombat” mix by Jaysus.
12. Untitled Mix from Bobby Sunshine.
February.
13. Cat Power, The Greatest.
14. Eric Stracener and the Frustrations, The Trickbag.
15. Emmylou Harris, Red Dirt Girl.
16. Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat.
17. Bruce Springsteen, June 6, 2005, Rome, Italy (2 x CD).
18. Mountain Goats mix by Prof. Fury.
March.
19. The Gossip, Standing in the Way of Control.
20. The Hong Kong, forthcoming record produced by Ric Ocasek, provided by Herman Snell.
21. The Hong Kong, Ep.
April.
22. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Gold Lion” CD single.
23. Brad, Brad vs. Satchel.
24. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Show Your Bones.
25. Stevie Nicks, Bella Donna.
26. Flaming Lips, Finally the Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid.
27. Flaming Lips, At War with the Mystics.
28. Bruce Springsteen, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions.
29. The Gants, Roadrunner—the Best of.
30. Cowboy Junkies, The Trinity Sessions.
May.
31. The Thorns, self-titled.
32. The Jayhawks,
Tomorrow the Green Grass.
33. Aretha Franklin, Amazing Grace (2 x CD).
34. Rainer Maria, Catastrophe Keeps Us Together.
35. Nick Drake, Pink Moon.
36. Pretty Girls Make Graves, Élan Vital.
37. Pretenders, s/t.
June.
38. The Mates of State, Bring It Back.
July.
39. Band of Horses, Everything All the Time.
40. VHS or BETA, Night on Fire.
41. Neil Young, Living With War.
August.
42. X-Ray Spex, Germ Free Adolescents.
October.
43. Ben Kweller, Ben Kweller.
44. The Mountain Goats, The Sunset Tree.
45. Neil Young, Living with War (extra copy to give away).
45. George Strait, 20th Century Masters—Millenium Collection.
November.
46. George Strait, It Just Comes Natural.
47. DJ Shadow, Entroducing . . .
48. X, More Fun in the New World.
49. X, See How We Are.

Vinyl procured in 2006:
01. Bruce Springsteen and the “E” Streeters, December 14, 1978, Winterland, San Francisco, California (3 x LP).
02. Alex Chilton, Document.
03. George Harrison, “What Is Life” b/w “Apple Scruffs.”
04. George Harrison, “My Sweet Lord” b/w “Isn’t It a Pity.”
05. Bonnie Tyler, “It’s a Heartache” b/w “It’s about Time.”
06. 11 as of yet unsorted singles by the Grass Roots.
February.
17. The Killers, box set of singles.
18. The Tuff Luvs 45.
April.
19. Rat Traps.

Music in Heavy Rotation in 2006:
January.
01. Gillian Welch, Time (The Revelator).
02. The Ark, “One of Us Is Gonna Die Young.”
03. Cat Power, “The Greatest.”
04. U2, Wide Awake in America.
05. Tegan & Sara, So Jealous.
06. George Harrison, “What Is Life.”
07. Bonnie Tyler, “It’s a Heartache.”
08. “Mortal Kombat” mix by Jaysus.
09. Bruce Springsteen and the “E” Streeters, December 14, 1978, Winterland, San Francisco (3 x LP).
10. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, December 29, 1980, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York (3 x CD).
11. Bruce Springsteen, April 30, 2005, Glendale, Arizona (2 x CD).
February.
12. Bruce Springsteen, April 30, 2005, Glendale, Arizona (2 x CD).
13. Cat Power, The Greatest.
14. Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat.
15. The Killers, “Under the Gun.”
March.
16. Mountain Goats mix by Prof. Fury.
17. Vic Chesnutt, Little.
18. Bruce Springsteen, June 6, 2005, Rome, Italy (2 x CD).
19. Vic Chesnutt, “Isadora Duncan.”
20. Jolene, “Isadora Duncan.”
21. The Gossip, Standing in the Way of Control.
22. Mates of State, Team Boo.
April.
23. The Hong Kong, forthcoming record produced by Ric Ocasek.
24. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Show Your Bones.
25. Flaming Lips, At War with the Mystics.
26. Flaming Lips, Finally the Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid (disc one).
27. Exploding Hearts, Guitar Romantic [blast from the past].
28. Bruce Springsteen, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions.
May.
29. The Thorns, “Blue.”
30. The Jayhawks, “Blue.”
31. Rainer Maria, Catastrophe Keeps Us Together.
June.
32. The Mates of State, Bring It Back.
33. The Jam, In the City.
July.
34. Band of Horses, Everything All the Time.
35. VHS or BETA, Night on Fire.
36. Neil Young, Living with War (especially the title track).
August.
37. Concrete Blonde, “Someday?”
38. Paul Westerberg, “Best Thing That Never Happened.”
September.
39. Gants.
40. Metallica, . . . And Justice For All.
41. That one Mazzy Star record that’s pretty.
42. That Rilo Kiley record I don’t really like, the second one.
October.
43. The Hold Steady, “Chillout Tent.”
44. The Hold Steady, Boys and Girls in America.

Comixx / Graphic Novels read in 2006. (note: unlike Books, supra, comics are read immediately upon purchase).

January.
01. Carnet de Voyage, Craig Thompson.
02. Jimmy Olsen: Adventures, Volume One, Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta.
03. Fables: Homelands, Willingham, Buckingham, Hahn, Leialoha.
04. Y: The Last Man: Unmanned, Vaughan, Guerra, Marzán, Jr.
05. Y: The Last Man: Cycles, Vaughan, Guerra, Marzán, Jr.
06. Y: The Last Man: One Small Step, Vaughan, Guerra, Marzán, Jr., Chadwick.
07. Y: The Last Man: Safeword, Vaughan, Guerra, Parlov, Marzán, Jr.
08. Wanted, Millar, Jones, Mounts.
09. Seven Soldiers of Victory, Volume One, Morrison, Williams, Bianchi, Stewart, Sook, Irvin, Gray.
10. Legion of Super-Heroes: Teenage Revolution, Mark Waid and Barry Kitson.
11. Batman: The Long Halloween, Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale.
12. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Volume 3 (issues 21-30), Hama, Springer, Severin, Heaht, Vosburg.
13. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Volume 4 (issues 31-41), Hama, Whigham, Springer.
14. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Volume 5 (issues 42-50, G.I. Joe Special Missions #1), Hama, Whigham, Trimpe.
15. Spider-Man: Fearful Symmetry: Kraven’s Last Hunt, DeMatteis, Zeck, McLeod, Parker.
February.
16. Attack of the Bacon Robots, Tycho and Gabe of Penny Arcade.
17. Hellboy: Weird Tales, Volume 2, Mignola & various.
18. Wimbledon Green: The Greatest Comic Book Collector in the World, Seth.
19. Captain Britain, volume one, Alan Moore and Alan Davis.
20. Formerly Known As the Justice League, DeMatteis, Giffen, Maguire.
April.
21. I Can’t Believe It’s Not the Justice League, DeMatteis, Giffen, Maguire.

Movies.
February.
01. Match Point (with Sally, at the Malco Grandview).
May.
02. X3 (with JL + MIM & thee gang).
June.
03. The Lakehouse (with Sally, at la Grandaviewa).
July.
04. Superman Returns.
05. The Devils Wears Prada.
06. C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America.
August.
07. Talledega Nights: The Balld of Ricky Bobby.
08. Scoop.

Teevee.
1. Project Runway.
2. Survivor.
3. The Amazing Race.
4. Gray’s Anatomy.

Video Games.
I currently only play on a GBA SP and a Game Boy Micro that Jaxxie Glam gave me for Xmas. Games (still) in heavy rotation:
1. Advance Wars.
2. Mario vs. Donkey Kong.
3. Mario & Luigi Superstars.
4. Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising.
5. Fire Emblem 2: The Sacred Stones.
6. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.

Books purchased in 2006:
January.
01. Lightning Song, Lewis Nordan.
02. Welcome to the Arrow-Catcher Fair, Lewis Nordan.
03. The All-Girl Football Team, Lewis Nordan.
04. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers.
05. Star Trek: The Entropy Effect, Vonda N. McIntyre.
March.
06. Hawk Gumbo and Other Stories, Jack Butler (present for Prof. Fury).
07. Jujitsu for Christ, Jack Butler (spare copy for marking up when I look for site and comic references).
08. Wolf Whistle, Lewis Nordan.
(as an aside, so far all of these books have been purchased at Choctaw or the Book Rack in Ridgeland).

15 Responses to “Gorjus Media: Books, Comics, & Records of 2006 (plus maybe some TeeVee Shows and Video Games).”

  1. [...] nted to keep more track of what I bought and actively listened to. So my new running list is at this link, which is also in my “Gorjus Reads . . . ” category on the sidebar, and it’ll kee [...]

  2. Dr. Wagner says:

    Ooh damn, that’s a mighty fat pile of GIJoe your readin. Are you hurtin for Hama? Through issue 50? You read them yet or just holdin em?

    “Mortal Kombat” mix by Jaysus? I need to hear that. And what’s with all the Lewis Nordan?

  3. wah says:

    I haven’t started Jujitsu yet, cause I got so enamored with Mark Childress’ books. Reading Tender really made me want to work on an Elvis collab.

    I think I should re-read Carnet de Voyage a couple of times each year. It makes me want to draw.

  4. Dr. Wagner says:

    What’s Carnet de Voyage?! Wah makes it sound really great.

  5. gorjus says:

    It’s Craig Thompson’s travel journal as he ventured through Paris, Morocco, and Marrakesh. It’s astounding—check out some of those sample pages for what it’s like. And, it totally makes me want to draw, too.

  6. What are you thinking of Y: The Last Man? I’m still getting it on a month-by-month basis, but I’m starting to feel that it’s mostly just intertia carrying me along…

  7. Mr. Mooch says:

    thoughts on Seven Soldiers?

  8. gorjus says:

    Y is . . . disappointing. This was a second-time re-read to see if I was just a little jaded or if I missed something. And, I don’t think I’m going to read past this point. There’s so much possibility there, and yet Vaughn immediately goes to decades-old genre conventions and jokes. The lead character is unlikeable, the landscape could be so much more interesting, and it’s just generally not fleshed out well. Also, it’s gone on too long without any real development.

    So, there’s that. The Seven Soldiers TPB? I was stupid for not looking at what it contained before I bought it. It’s an idiotic grab-bag of some of the issues, in un-order. There is no cohesive storyline or understanding of how the characters mesh. You can have my copy; the crass commercialism of the packaging has almost ruined my taste for it.

    I can say that the only thing that looks real interesting from any of it is the Guardian, which is awesome, as the Prof. noted a few months back.

  9. My understanding is that the reason for packaging the 7S TPB that way was to highlight the otherwise oblique similarities and resonanaces among the various series (like, in one issue of the Guardian, the subway train he’s on runs over a monster; in an issue of Klarion, we see how that monster got there, and so on). I like that idea in principle, but from flipping through it in the shelves, and from what you say here, it seems like it hasn’t worked out very well; I just don’t like the mish-mash of art styles, myself. And I think DC missed a chance to do a nice value-priced TPB for each 4-issue mini; the complete Guardian mini for $9.95 would’ve been great. Anyway, I wouldn’t give up on the whole project.

  10. gorjus says:

    I like the idea of the project, but at the end of the day you’re right: it doesn’t mash together. And, I will likely dig the urban feel of Guardian, and NOT the magic world of Zatanna (don’t like magic overmuch), and not the craziness of Klarion (and also the magic parts). But, Frankenstein looks cool and I wanta read Mr. Miracle, too.

  11. brd says:

    Well, this piece is an interesting discovery. What did you think of the Sound and the Fury? And how about Wolf Whistle? I read S&F in the past year and haven’t quite made up my mind about Faulkner. I’m leaning to a general thumbs down (not style but content). However, I know that would be to run slam up against most acceptable literary notions, so I am probably way crazy. WW is on my pile of books to be read as soon as possible (i.e. within the next 2 years.)

    BRD

  12. brd says:

    Fury,

    I’m assuming that you are gasping at my comments about Faulkner. It is your job to convince me otherwise. I know that you know more than me, but there is a missing piece in my mind. There is something wrong and it is not stylistic. I love that. (If you liked the kind of music that I like, I could prove to you that I am not a traditionalist.) I will read more sometime, not yet, but soon. I probably need to read something a second time. Which do you think. (Please don’t say Absalom! Absalom!)

    How did Paradise go with your students?

    B

  13. Jody Fletcher says:

    good list. if i made a list like this my head would explode trying to track down all the art that came and went in 06.
    TWO SUPER HUGE THUMBS UP: tim o’brien, one of the most imaginative yet realistic writers i’ve come across.
    +The Sound and The Fury- CLASSIC.
    +Elliott Smith- one of my top listens, always!!
    +and always keepin it real with Neil Young.

    i didn’t see any m night shyamalan flicks on your list.. his Lady In The Water just came out a few weeks ago.. movie changed my life, as silly as it is!! check up on it.

    ohhh ps ++ i would LOVE to make you a mix cd. myspace me your address if you want, i got a good idea of the stuff you like and i got an even better idea of some songs you would REALLY dig your ear drums into!

    have a good one!

    fletchmonster

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