Best Stuff catch-up: Days 9 to 11

Alright, so school is officially cramping my desire to work on this blog. But I set myself a target, and I intend to hit it. Without further ado, then, come three more contributions to the canon of amazing things that I experienced in 2010: Day9: Comedy Death Ray They have a podcast that I hear … Continue reading

Best Stuff Day 7: Soundway compilations

I’m perfectly willing to admit that my appreciation of Afrobeat probably stems from some combination of Akron/Family, Paul Simon and the folk fest, all of which helped bring together the genre’s basics in a way that I could finally make sense of. Whatever did it, I’m glad for it, because it means I can appreciate … Continue reading

Best Stuff Day 5: Julia Tiller, Illustrator

Back when I worked at Fast Forward (lo those many months ago), I was always amazed at the quality of the illustrators who were willing to freelance for us. The only problem was, there was never enough room to use as many illustrations as I wanted, so sometimes crazy-talented people wouldn’t get the work they … Continue reading

Best Stuff Day 4: Eye Spy zine

As if Flemish Eye records hadn’t already done enough to solidify a reputation as one of the most consistent labels in Canada (seriously — The Cape May, Chad VanGaalen, Women, Pale Air Singers and now Braids?). Now they go and put out a 36-page full-colour zine with illustrations by Clinton St. John of the Cape … Continue reading

Best Stuff Bonus: El Guincho (NSFW)

For your (NSFW) viewing pleasure, one of the year’s best music videos: El Guincho’s “Bombay.” Come for the Spanish Carl Sagan homage, stay for the hypnotic tropicalia and bizarre imagery. Also, a lot of breasts. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Previous best stuff: Dominion The Anthology Project

Best Stuff Day 2: The Anthology Project

See that cover to the left of this text? It’s gorgeous, isn’t it? It’s an illustration by the ridiculously talented Joy Ang, an ACAD grad and occasional Fast Forward contributor (she did one of my favourite cover illustrations while I was an editor there) who, in her spare time, put together a wonderfully bound compilation … Continue reading

Best Stuff Day 1: Dominion

Before we get to the ensuing geekiness, a quick word: If anyone wants to contribute an “All the Best Stuff 2010” logo that’s better than the one I hacked together in MSPaint at 1:30am, I would not turn it down. With that out of the way: Board game geeks, if you have not yet experienced … Continue reading