If Only Impeachment was “Sexy”…..

A report by the Defense Department’s inspector general reveals that the Pentagon purposely manipulated intelligence in an effort to link Saddam Hussein to al-Qaida in the runup to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Meanwhile, the Libby Trial continues to paint a clear picture of how the Administration broke the law to smear high-profile critics of the invasion.

So naturally, the Media is falling over itself to give us non-stop coverage of the bizarre Astronaut love-triangle-murder story, and the death (and train-wreck of a life) of a Z-grade celebrity known for her tits.

Does it need to be any clearer?

More Pulp-y Goodness!

Thanks to the kind efforts of , I now have the first three editions of the new reprints of The Shadow to go along with the Doc Savage reprints I mentioned earlier this week!

As the hip kids say: HELLZ Yeah.

(A convention sketch from Mike Kaluta and Dave Stevens. Nifty, ain’t it?)

Friday Music

Strange mix this week — but hey, that’s my mood all over.

First up, another classic track from the 30s, in honor of the pulptastic reading that I’ve managed to do this week. The Slim Gaillard Orchestra (Feat. Charlie Parker) – “Flat Foot Floogie.”

I haven’t posted any hip-hop in a while, and I came across two tracks this week that I really like. The first one bridges the gap from jazz, as it’s based around a sample from Nina Simone: Talib Kweli – “Get By.”

The second track is from the closing credits of the neo-noir film Lucky Number Slevin, which I finally managed to see last week, and enjoyed quite a bit. J. Ralph – “Kansas City Shuffle.”

Keeping on the noir angle for a bit, here’s something from the German group Flanger, whom I’ve heard described as “post-jazz.” I was initially attracted by the song title, and the song itself certainly did not disappoint: Flanger – “Crime In The Pale Moonlight.”

Carbon/Silicon is a new project from Mick Jones (The Clash/Big Audio Dynamite) and Tony James (Sigue Sigue Sputnik), which was enough to get me to listen. Even cooler is the fact that they have a page on their website filled with free MP3 downloads. Here’s one of the tracks: Carbon/Silicon – “The News.”

Aphrodite’s Child was a Greek progressive-rock band from the late 60s/early 70s which featured Vangelis (who went on to such things as scoring the films Chariots of Fire and Bladerunner). I stumbled across this track earlier this week, and its oddness won me over, so I’m presenting it here: Aphrodite’s Child – “The Four Horsemen.”

Lastly is a track that I will fully admit I only listened to because of a kick-ass song title. The band name was equally nifty, so I gave it a shot. It’s not quite what I expected, but I kinda like it: Apostle of Hustle – “My Sword Hand’s Anger.”

There you go, kids. Enjoy.