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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Needless Things Podcast Episode 40: Music and Black Friday with Joel Brody

Earlier this year Phantom Troublemaker became quite taken with the idea of Record Store Day.

If you don’t know, Record Store Day was started by a group of independent store owners as a way to draw attention to independent shops and create hype around the hobby of record collecting. For more information visit the website:

We’re doing things a little backwards, as the actual Record Store Day occurs in April. The subject of today’s episode is Black Friday and what special Record Store Day releases will be hitting then. That’s why, just a few days from the event, Phantom Troublemaker recruited local expert Joel Brody to talk about the event, the releases, and music in general. Listen in and learn about this great event!

Here are Phantom’s picks for this Friday’s releases:

*Dead Milkmen – Big Lizard in My Backyard – 12” inch vinyl – 2900 green/100 yellow

*Fishbone – Truth and Soul – 12” vinyl – 2900 cherry red/100 green

*Mastodon – The Motherload – 12” picture disc w/ B-side of “Halloween” - 5000

*Outkast – Player’s Ball – 10” vinyl – 5000 translucent green

*Run DMC – Christmas in Hollis – 7” vinyl w/audible postcard - 2000

*They Might Be Giants – Flood – 12” vinyl – 2900 translucent green/100 yellow

*Wu-Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M. – 10” die-cut vinyl - 5500

*Faith No More – Motherfucker – 7” vinyl – run not specified

*Soundtrack - Guardians of the Galaxy – cassette – run not specified

This is a tiny sampling of the awesome collectible records (and cassette) that will be available this Friday at your local independent record store. For the full list go here and to find a store near you go here
Phantom and the rest of the Needless Things crew will be visiting Joel at his home base at CD Warehouse on Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth, GA. Check them out here.

Not all participating stores will be carrying all releases, so be sure to contact your local stores between now and then to find out who is getting what. 
Procrastibate” by

The Maestro” by The Beastie Boys

Monday, November 24, 2014

Toy Review – Batman: The New Adventures Batman from DC Collectibles

I couldn’t even count the number of action figure lines I have been excited about over the years. I love toys and there’s just something in my nature that gets me excited to see how new toys are going to look and play; even if they’re a license, franchise, or concept that I have only a passing interest in.

I can, however, count the number of toy lines that I have been anticipating in a way that was borderline obsessive – the Star Wars relaunch of 1995, Sideshow’s Universal Monsters, the GI Joe 25th Anniversary line, and the 4 Horsemen’s Outer Space Men.

And then there’s the toy line that has filled me with a singular excitement that has left me almost literally on the edge of my seat every time I’ve read about it. The line that is based on my favorite – and arguably the greatest – animated franchise of all time. The line that is being produced by a toy manufacturer that over the last three years has stepped up their game to the point where they went from near the bottom of my list of great companies to the very top. The line that has the potential to top Masters of the Universe Classics as one of the most integrated and amazing toy lines ever produced.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Earth Station Who Episode 88: Series 8 Overview

Series 8 Episode Posters by Stuart Manning
If you’ve been listening to Earth Station Who – and you should be – then you know that I wasn’t very happy with this most recent season of Doctor Who.

It seems like the two most vocal groups online are those that hate Stephen Moffat and those that hate those that hate Stephen Moffat. Both groups consist of a bunch of loud, overly involved asshats that are clearly unfamiliar with the term “middle ground”. I think they’d get along really well if it weren’t for Stephen Moffat.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Underoos Situation

Even superheroes dream about Underoos.
It has been brought to my attention that Underoos are back. This is a situation that cannot be properly addressed through a social media comment. I need a venue with a longer form to properly address all of the various minutiae and ramifications of this new paradigm.

Also, I just needed a post for today.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Comic Book Wednesday – Grimm Fairy Tales 2014 Holiday Edition from Zenescope

As our loyal readers know I have recently become an official reviewer for Zenescope Comics. This means that I receive PDF copies of everything that they release. Obviously I can’t personally review everything that they release, but as long as I hit a certain number each quarter they’re cool with it. I’m bringing another regular writer on board to help with that, so we’ll be putting them up a bit more frequently than that.

In this Comic Book Wednesday I’m taking a look at the Grimm Fairy Tales 2014 Holiday Edition. It’s available today at your Local Comic Book Shop! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

LEGO "MIXES" It Up With Mixels

Whew, October was a crazy month. Needless Things delivered some absolutely amazing content to celebrate the creepiest month of the year. It's been far too long since I have done anything concerning LEGOs. Today I am going to remedy that. This is not going to be an official review of one item. Instead this is going to be an overview of LEGO's new series Mixels.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Needless Things Podcast Episode 39: Jim Stacy

On this week’s Needless Things Podcast, Phantom Troublemaker sat down with Emmy winning television host, restaurateur, chef, artist, musician, writer, and comedian Jim Stacy of Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy