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Back in the Saddle Again

Trying to get the ball rolling with Music Thursdays, here are a few tracks I’ve been listening to in the past month.  Let me know if you enjoy them….


01 Chris Garneau | Music for Tourists | Saturday
02 Chris Garneau | Music for Tourists | Not Nice


03 Bat for Lashes | Two Suns | Glass
04 Bat for Lashes | Two Suns | Siren Song
05 Bat for Lashes | Two Suns | Travelling Woman


  1. Ned

    Thanks for the music Toby. These posts are a real boon to my weeks and I always look forward to “cracking them open.” Just returned from a busy visit to McPherson, but I will get to this as soon as I can.

    Incidentally, my parents passed on my comic collection so I will be digging in the dirt sometime soon, “to find the place where I come from.” There are a few Lone Wolf books as well as a couple of Interplanetary Spy books.

  2. Ned

    So far I like the Bat for Lashes tracks. I like the other, but I have to be in the right mood. He reminds me of Damien Rice, who was good, but if I’m not in the mood, he can strike me as artificially emotional and, well, kind of mopey.

  3. Shotts

    Ned–Do you mean your parents gave you back your comic collection? I have mine up in our attic. I keep wondering if anything there is worth more than fifty cents, but at the end of the day, I don’t really care and will give them to Beckett after a few years.

  4. Ned

    I looked at an online pricing guide to discover that most of my comics are worth between 3 -10 dollars, which makes my collection worth something, but not exactly a jackpot of unbridled wealth. According to this site (which seems tempered, but who knows) my most valuable issue is Amazing Spiderman 300 priced at $90.00. But we all know very few people if any would pay that for it. I guess what was kind of reassuring is that my taste in art was pretty solid back then. I remember thinking Uncanny X-men, 205, the Wolverine solo issue illustrated by Barry Winsor Smith was one of the best, and I’ll stand by that. The drawings really are pretty nice. I still have several boxes of fantasy junk I need to reclaim. My forays into the past don’t usually last too long.

  5. Shotts

    Ned, you foray long and you foray wide, when it comes to the past.

    I imagine my comic collection is probably somewhere in the same vicinity of worth. I’m glad to know about Amazing Spider-Man #300, because I also have that issue, by MacFarlane. I also have some of his issues of Batman. I have some of the John Berne issues of X-Men too. Admittedly, I went more for the stories than the art, but that’s probably not a huge surprise. It’s one of the reasons I loved the Walt Simonson run on The Mighty Thor, because he based those so intriguingly on the original Norse myths. They’re worth very little, I suspect. I wonder if those Secret Wars issues are worth anything. I remember at the time thinking “These will be worth a lot someday.” But of course, absolutely everyone bought those issues, so I’m sure there are many copies in mint condition sitting in plastic slip covers in safety deposit boxes. I had some of the early Punisher stuff too, and the complete Wolverine first limited series.

    As for fantasy junk, I have all our old Dungeons and Dragons stuff up in a box in our attic too. Included there are the original Player’s Handbook and Dungeon Master’s Guide, and someone once mentioned those are supposedly “worth something.” It’s amazing to open those boxes and consider all the time that was poured into those comics and maps and adventures and characters. Ned, I’m sure there’s some of your handwriting somewhere in that box.

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