Click here to play this episode. Gweek is Boing Boing's podcast about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps, and other neat stuff.
My co-hosts for this episode are:
Ed Piskor, the cartoonist for Boing Boing’s weekly Brain Rot comic strip. Has illustrated 2 graphic novels with Harvey Pekar (Macedonia, and The Beats). His first solo graphic novel, Wizzywig was released in July.
Joshua Glenn, a Boston-based writer, publisher, and semiotician. He is co-author of Significant Objects, published by Fantagraphics this month, and Unbored, the kids’ field guide to serious fun coming from Bloomsbury this fall. He edits the website HiLobrow, which as HiLoBooks is now publishing classics -- by Jack London, Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle, and others -- from what he calls science fiction’s Radium Age.
In this episode:
How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection. A book about the creation of the Philip K. Dick android head, and how it vanished.
Rhino Resurrected. A documentary about the legendary record store and music label.
Weird Tales of the Ramones (Box Set)
The Wire: The Complete Series
The Powerpuff Girls: The Complete Series - 10th Anniversary Collection
Ego Trip’s List of Rap Singles from 1979-1992
Joshua: Spotify came in handy when Robin Gibb died in May. I don’t own any Gibb, but I badly wanted to hear “Massachusetts,” “New York Mining Disaster,” “I Started a Joke”... Good argument for cloud music — for every song you want to own, there are a million you don’t.
Joshua: Also in love with Karinne Keithley Syers’ ukulele covers, which she did as a reward for Kickstarter backers of her novel LINDA at HiLobrow. (Leonard Cohen’s “Bird on a Wire”, Bel Biv DeVoe’s “Poison,” Joy Division’s “Ceremony,” I asked for Selecter’s “On My Radio”)
Google Nexus 7 tablet
Snark Super Tight All Instrument Tuner
And much more!
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