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Super Skull Podcast - Issue #90: Will Eisner Was 7ft Tall

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May 5, 2016 at Downtown Library Netcasting Studio

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This week on Super Skull: a long awaited (by no one) examination of the 2016 Eisner Nominations, your official history of Free Comic Book Day, and a normal amount of hyperbole and mispronunciations.

Our Big Picks this week were:

  • Punisher #1
  • Dungeons and Dragons: Shadows of the Vampire #1
  • Weavers #1
Contains explicit content.
Length: 00:56:36
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)


 

Super Skull Podcast - Issue #89: Extremely Unpre-peared

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April 28, 2016 at Downtown Library Netcasting Studio

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This week on Super Skull it's another juicy episode of mayhem, comic books, Marcus' unfinished bets, and disappointment. 

Our big picks this week were:

  • The Worst X-Man Ever #3
  • Over the Garden Wall #1
  • Doctor Strange: Last Days of Magic #1
Contains explicit content.
Length: 01:02:26
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)


 

Super Skull Podcast - Issue #88: Nugs Before Swine

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April 20, 2016 at Downtown Library Netcasting Studio

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The following podcast is not suitable for anybody. Furthermore, the pot jokes found throughout this week's episode (recorded on April 20th) do NOT represent the views or habits of Vault of Midnight Incorporated or Marcus Schwimmer specifically. They are, in addition, not sure funny. Also there's some stuff about a speedboat, barbecue sauce, and some nifty comics.

Our big picks this week were:

  • Elseworlds Batman Vol 1
  • Fourth Planet #1
  • Dept. H #1
Contains explicit content.
Length: 01:08:14
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)


 

Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Martin interviews Andy Partridge, co-author of Complicated Game: Inside the Songs of XTC

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March 8, 2016

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One of the defining rock groups of the post-punk / new wave era, XTC was led by the gifted British singer-songwriters Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding. Active from the mid-70s through the early 2000s, the band is best known for the songs Dear God, Senses Working Overtime, Making Plans for Nigel, Life Begins at the Hop, and Mayor Simpleton. I still have fond memories of seeing the band perform with the Police at the Michigan Theater back on Jan. 22, 1980!

The book Complicated Game offers unique insights into the work of XTC founder Andy Partridge, one of Britain's most original and influential songwriters. It is also an unprecedentedly revealing and instructive guide to how songs and records are made.

Developed from a series of interviews conducted over many months, it explores in detail some thirty of Partridge's songs - including the controversial 'Dear God' - from throughout XTC's thirty-year career, as well as an extensive interview dedicated solely to the art and craft of songwriting. While the interviews cast new light on the writing of lyrics, the construction of melodies and arrangements, the process of recording, and the workings of the music industry, they are also filled with anecdotes about Partridge, his XTC bandmates, and their adventures around the world - all told with the songwriter's legendary humour.

Martin’s interview with Andy Partridge was originally recorded on March 8, 2016.

Length: 00:27:01
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library


 

Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Martin interviews Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

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March 9, 2016

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Harvard sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond has written a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that will forever change the way we look at poverty in America.

In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of several families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Vanetta participates in a botched stickup after her hours are cut. All are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind.

The fates of these families are in the hands of two landlords: Sherrena Tarver, a former schoolteacher turned inner-city entrepreneur, and Tobin Charney, who runs one of the worst trailer parks in Milwaukee. They loathe some of their tenants and are fond of others, but as Sherrena puts it, “Love don’t pay the bills.” She moves to evict Arleen and her boys a few days before Christmas.

Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As we see families forced into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America’s vast inequality—and to people’s determination and intelligence in the face of hardship.

Martin Bandyke’s interview with Matthew Desmond was originally recorded on March 9, 2016.

Length: 00:11:13
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library


 

#6 Ann Arbor Stories: Ghost in the Attic

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April 28, 2016

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For a town as old as Ann Arbor, it has surprisingly few ghost stories. But in the late 1950s, the congregation of the First Methodist Church in Ann Arbor was pretty convinced they had a spirit on their hands. Caretakers sometimes heard footsteps late at night, but never spotted anyone in the church. Until the early morning hours of August 30, 1959, when they made a chilling discovery.

Music by People Get Ready

Further reading from AADL's Old News:
Initial Story
Bill of Health
Lim Gets Aid
Going Back to School
Graduating Saturday
Hit by Car
10-year retrospective
Retrospective after Cheng's Death

Length: 00:12:16
Copyright: Copyright Protected
Rights Held by: Quite Scientific Records, LLC


 

#5 Ann Arbor Stories: Ann Arbor's Oldest Gay Bar

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April 14, 2016

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It started on April 30, 1949, when Cupid Bar rebranded itself as The Flame Bar, turning a popular downtown student watering hole into a slightly more popular downtown student watering hole. Almost 50 years later, The Flame would close, shuttering an Ann Arbor institution. It wasn’t Ann Arbor’s first gay bar, and certainly not its last, but The Flame played a major role in the lives of many among Ann Arbor’s LGBT community - for good and ill.

Music by Lightning Love

Further reading from AADL's Old News:
The Flame bar review
Death of Harvey Blanchard
The Flame Bought
The Flame Reopens on Liberty

Length: 00:17:16
Copyright: Copyright Protected
Rights Held by: Quite Scientific Records, LLC


 

Super Skull Podcast - Issue #87: Introducing Crème Fraîche

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April 14, 2016 at Downtown Library Netcasting Studio

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It's issue 80-something and whatever! There's a big Vault of Midnight Detroit announcements, Marcus tells a harrowing tale of stairs horror, and Captain America turns 75. Feed your brain and listen to this week's episode.

Our big picks this week were:

  • Xena Warrior Princess #1
  • C-3PO 1 Shot
  • Black Road #1
  • The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye
Contains explicit content.
Length: 01:14:21
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)


 

Super Skull Podcast - Issue #85: w/ Special Guest Arnold Ziffel

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March 31, 2016 at Downtown Library Netcasting Studio

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This week on Super Skull we contribute to the timeless and continuing discussions surrounding the contrast between the urban and pastoral in fiction and politics. There are also some poop jokes, Batman and Superman, and we bray like the donkeys we are.

Our Big Picks were:

  • Golem
  • Sam Wilson Captain America #7
  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan Vol. 1
Contains explicit content.
Length: 01:05:15
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)


 

#4 Ann Arbor Stories: The Birth of Iggy Pop

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March 31, 2016

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Muskegon claims him because he was born there. Ypsi claims him because, for most of his childhood, he lived in a trailer park on the outskirts of town. But it’s Ann Arbor - along with cocaine, meth, acid, booze, pills, AND ambition - that deserve the credit for turning James Newell Osterberg into Iggy Pop.

Music by FAWNN

Length: 00:12:35
Copyright: Copyright Protected
Rights Held by: Quite Scientific Records, LLC


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