Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Vatican Assassin #4 of 4 Out Today!

Now you can read the entire new, full-color edition of VATICAN ASSASSIN: The Graphic Novel, as Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Comics today proudly releases issue four of four!

Head to comiXology and DriveThruComics to get issue four and the rest of VATICAN ASSASSIN: The Graphic Novel as digital downloads. VATICAN ASSASSIN: The Graphic Novel appears for the first time in FULL-COLOR thanks to the work of noted Argentinian artist Juan Carlos Quattordio (ZENITRAM)!

"Juan Carlos' color work takes the whole book to a new level," writer and letterer Mike Luoma said. "The color really brings out how cinematic Cristian Navarro's vision is in his original art, something that wasn't always as immediately evident in the original black and white edition."

VATICAN ASSASSIN is a science fiction adventure set in the not-to-distant future. Bernard Campion - 'BC' - visits Lunar Prime, neutral city on the Moon, on a mission - assassinate the Governor. If he's successful, reverberations will impact the survival of the entire human race!

It's 2109 - BC tries to take care of his "business" during an out of control interplanetary war between The UTZ - Universal Trade Zone - the commercial power of Earth - and the UIN - the Universal Islamic Nation - based on Mars. BC poses as a priest - but he's really an assassin for the Pope of the New catholic Church!

Issue four - of four - of VATICAN ASSASSIN: The Graphic Novel - out today at comiXology and DriveThruComics! From Mike Luoma, Cristian Navarro, Juan Carlos Quattordio, and Glow-in-the-Dark Radio Comics!

Be sure to look for the collected graphic novel in print and digital in mid-March, from Glow-in-the-Dark Radio!



Saturday, January 13, 2018

Mission to Hur

Alibi Jones is on his way to the planet Hur on a mission for his Aunt Anita – the reptilian alliance known as the Greater Tah just "annexed" Dakhur space, and Rakhar of the Dakhur has asked for help. Will that help lead Alibi to Kismet – where he's told he's a dead man? Mike Luoma – host, writer and narrator - presents Chapter Seventeen of Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur! Listen in for free audio science fiction adventure every week. The Adventures of Alibi Jones continue on Glow-in-the-Dark Radio!   



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Monday, January 08, 2018

Vatican Assassin Mix From An Old Notebook

Found an old red notebook, open to a page titled “Mix Tape for the Vatican Assassin“, and decided to put this Spotify mix together based on what was laid out on that page. Made these notes many years ago. If I remember right, this wasn't exactly a soundtrack, but instead, music to read the book by - "for Chapters One through Twenty" anyway, according to the note at the bottom - have no idea why it stops there.

A few things I had to change or modify. Spotify didn’t have The Tea Party covering “Paint It, Black”, so I opted for The Band of Susans' version. Nor did Spotify have Spock‘s Beard doing “Beware of Darkness” - as the SB version really owes a lot to his take on the song, I went with Leon Russell's interpretation. Not sure why I wanted The Days of the New covering "The End" - went with The Doors original, instead. It's not quite the version of "Joytown" by the late, great Kevin Gilbert that I wanted, but it works. And I couldn’t break up the versions of Holst’sMars” the way the notebook suggests, either. So, given limitations, this, then, is the modern approximation of the notebook's mix tape! 

With issue four of four of Vatican Assassin - The Graphic Novel on the way a week from Wednesday, on January 17th, the time might be right to listen to this mix while you catch up with the first three issues of the Graphic Novel! Get 'em at comiXology and DriveThruComics.



Sunday, January 07, 2018

Vindication?

Some Very Bad News just might vindicate Alibi Jones... Seems Alibi was right all along about the imperialist intentions of the reptilians known as the Greater Tah. They just "annexed" Dakhur space! Will Alibi's exile on Sloan now end? Find out as host, writer and narrator Mike Luoma brings you Chapter Sixteen of Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur, this week on Glow-in-the-Dark Radio! Listen in for free audio science fiction adventure every week – The Adventures of Alibi Jones!   




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Saturday, December 30, 2017

2017 - The Year in Music

The Best Music of the Year!! Well, in my humble opinion... Been wrapping up the year by looking back at the music I loved with a bunch of posts and playlists. Thought I'd bring 'em together in one place for easy sharing! My picks for 2017's Top Ten Albums, Top Twenty Tracks, and a Big mix of the Best Tracks of the Year!

Want to listen? I post playlists on Spotify, or for those who don't use it, they're also posted at 8Tracks.com (ad supported but they let you listen for a while for free). I have embedded both here.

The blog post links are to articles just a little further down the blog, but this will make it easy for you to jump to them. The blog posts for the Top Ten Albums have 2 YouTube videos from each album embedded, so you can sample there, too.

Mike's Top Ten Albums of 2017


10. Low Cut Connie - "Dirty Pictures" (part 1)
9. Conor Oberst - Salutations
8. Various Artists - Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live... And More
7. Paul Weller - A Kind Revolution
6. BNQT - Volume 1
5. Steven Wilson - To The Bone
4. Dan Wilson - Re-Covered
3. The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
2. Blitzen Trapper - Wild and Reckless
1. elbow - Little Fictions

Why these Ten? I give you my reasons - 10 to 6 and then 5 to 1 - a little further down on the blog.

You can listen to a mix of tunes - two each - from the Top Ten Albums -

On Spotify:




On 8 Tracks:




Mike's Top Twenty Tracks of 2017


Here's WHY I do both Top Albums and Top Tracks: LINK. And a list of the songs - not in a particular order, but arranged for flow:

SYML “Where’s My Love”
Lo Moon “This Is It”
Phoebe Bridgers “Motion Sickness”
Steven Wilson “Pariah”
Elbow “Magnificent (She Says)”
O + S “Remember When… (The Backroads)”
Jason Isbell “Hope the High Road”
Chris Stapleton “Millionaire”
Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors “Fight for Love”
BNQT “Real Love”
Low Cut Connie “Revolution Rock ‘n’ Roll”
Chicano Batman “Friendship (Is a Small Boat in a Storm)”
Blondie “Long Time”
Shout Out Louds “Oh Oh”
Grizfolk “In My Arms (feat. Jamie N Commons)”
The National “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness”
The Outdoor Type “On My Mind”
Dan Auerbach “Shine On Me”
Blitzen Trapper “Wild and Reckless”
The War On Drugs “Thinking of a Place”

Listen to the mix of tunes -

On Spotify:




On 8 Tracks:




Best Tracks of 2017 Mix


A mix of 60+ tunes from 2017, celebrating some hits, and the good misses, too - and reminding you of those you may have forgotten as the year rolled on. Dive in and listen!

On 8 Tracks:



On Spotify:



What did you like? Music is so subjective an experience. My lists are my tastes - what's your Best of 2017? Comment below with some favorites - or post your list! Kudos to my friend Rich Pesce - who kindly cites my list as inspiration (Thank You, Rich) - for now posting his list each year. For a different perspective and some very cool choices, check out Rich's Top Albums here: http://ow.ly/2eqb30hv4tc

Thanks for reading and listening!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Paying the Price for Failure!

Alibi Jones' latest mission was a failure. Now he has to head back to Solar Alliance HQ – and face the music! Find out what price Alibi will have to pay in Chapter Fifteen of Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur, this week on Glow-in-the-Dark Radio! Host, writer and narrator Mike Luoma brings you free audio science fiction adventure every week - The Adventures of Alibi Jones!




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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Mike's Top 20 Tracks of 2017

Told you about my Top Ten Albums for the year (10-6) (5-1) - here are my Top Twenty Tracks for 2017!

https://open.spotify.com/user/21nartxt2q556w4a7r4x3ruqy/playlist/2LxNQ0vbrkjQbERxPq3eGI

In the world created by downloads, segueing into the streaming world, individual tracks are becoming much more popular than albums. As an album fan, it's not a trend I'm fond of, but it is happening all the same. Folks stream or download the track they like, but don't do the deeper dive into a fuller work. Also, artists and labels, hedging their bets, are releasing more EPs - less of an investment - but an EP is really an extended single... An LP is an Album!

But because of this, rating albums only covers half the story of the year in music. You have to look at the tracks that worked for you, too. What follow are 20 favorites of mine. It's so subjective - even personally! At another time, in a different frame of mind, my own picks could be entirely different.

Some of the tracks are from my top albums, there is crossover. Although? Wasn't sure I should include them or not, at first, given that they're part of the other list. But this list is here to single out strong tracks. After brief internal debate, I decided to include any tracks I thought deserved to be on the list. Made sense.

Can't help myself... this impulse to "evaluate" or just plain look back at a year's worth of music at year's end comes natural to me. There's some art to it. At least, I tell myself there is. For example? Year-end lists can favor new releases over things that came out at the start of the year - haven't lived with the newer stuff as long. The earlier releases are slightly more time-tested - and time-worn. So you should keep that in mind when considering your picks.

I tend to violate this "rule" only with pop or dance tracks. They only sound good to me while they're still kind of "fresh" and not overplayed, over-loved, so my picks in pop are usually newer things. If any make it! A few did this year...

You can hear the Spotify playlist here:  https://open.spotify.com/user/21nartxt2q556w4a7r4x3ruqy/playlist/2LxNQ0vbrkjQbERxPq3eGI

Top 20 Tracks - The List - Arranged for Flow - Not in Any Particular Order

SYML “Where’s My Love”
Lo Moon “This Is It”
Phoebe Bridgers “Motion Sickness”
Steven Wilson “Pariah”
Elbow “Magnificent (She Says)”
O + S “Remember When… (The Backroads)”
Jason Isbell “Hope the High Road”
Chris Stapleton “Millionaire”
Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors “Fight for Love”
BNQT “Real Love”
Low Cut Connie “Revolution Rock ‘n’ Roll”
Chicano Batman “Friendship (Is a Small Boat in a Storm)”
Blondie “Long Time”
Shout Out Louds “Oh Oh”
Grizfolk “In My Arms (feat. Jamie N Commons)”
The National “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness”
The Outdoor Type “On My Mind”
Dan Auerbach “Shine On Me”
Blitzen Trapper “Wild and Reckless”
The War On Drugs “Thinking of a Place”

Listen to a mix of tracks from my Top Ten Albums of 2017 here:  https://open.spotify.com/user/21nartxt2q556w4a7r4x3ruqy/playlist/65rEoNme2E3xj5YqMpbsWO