Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Cole asks Leila a very important question, but it’s too bad Leila’s too busy thinking about something else.

Cole asks Leila a very important question, but it’s too bad Leila’s too busy thinking about something else.

Sunday, September 30, 2012
Izzy tries to combat the FCC with a pure onslaught of obscenities. Only her plan seems to backfire.

Izzy tries to combat the FCC with a pure onslaught of obscenities. Only her plan seems to backfire.

Saturday, September 22, 2012
Comic No. 3
Leila finds out the extent of the FCC’s invasion.

Comic No. 3

Leila finds out the extent of the FCC’s invasion.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Comic No. 2By Michael Layman

To see more comics by Michael, or anything else from The Louisville Cardinal, click here.

Comic No. 2
By Michael Layman

To see more comics by Michael, or anything else from The Louisville Cardinal, click here.

Comic No. 1By Michael Layman

To see more comics by Michael, or anything else from The Louisville Cardinal, click here.

Comic No. 1
By Michael Layman

To see more comics by Michael, or anything else from The Louisville Cardinal, click here.

Thursday, April 12, 2012





The Mars Volta(Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros.)

The Mars Volta delivers solid sixth album with ‘Noctourniquet’
By Ben Nance
The Mars Volta is back to once again polarize the music world with their weirdness. Some will praise their technical brilliance and see them as innovators of rock; others will dismiss their overwrought salsa-prog songs as silly and self-indulgent. Since releasing their magnum opus “Frances the Mute” in 2005, the band has unfortunately fallen into the Tim Burton pattern, where every other release turns out to be a dud. Thankfully, their latest album “Noctourniquet” follows the highly disappointing “Octahedron,” so the pattern rules say this one has to be good.
If you don’t like The Mars Volta by now, then “Noctourniquet” will do little to change your mind. However, for fans that adored the audacious, aggressiveness of “The Bedlam in Goliath” and the melancholy hooks of “Frances the Mute,” there is a lot here to treasure. In opening track “The Whip Hand,” lead singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala lays in his reverberated vocals on top of frantic stop-and-go drums, while an unexpected dubstep bass line buzzes in the background. It’s a fresh surprise that shows the band’s willingness to evolve their sound into stranger electronic territories. They continue working outside their comfort zone on songs like “Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound,” where their trademark eclecticism is temporarily abandoned and traded for something that resembles a commercial ballad. It’s the closest they’ll probably ever come to repeating “Televators.”
While there is plenty of frantic jamming to go around on “Noctourniquet,” as evident in the songs “Molochwalker” and “Dislexicon,” the album takes on an unusual nighttime gothic feel. I never thought I’d be comparing The Mars Volta to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, but it’s hard not to think of Cave’s “Up Jumped the Devil” while listening to the dark howl of “The Malkin Jewel.” Lead guitarist and prolific songwriter, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, knows how to restrain his crazy licks at crucial musical moments, allowing room for the studio effects to shine. This has always been an admirable quality of The Mars Volta. Like the greatest and tightest prog-rock bands, they operate as a collaborative team, utilizing whatever sounds necessary to make each song odder than the last.
“Noctourniquet,” for all of its sonic power, feels overstuffed. It makes one wonder what great heights Zala and Rodriguez-Lopez could one day achieve if their goal wasn’t to always back themselves into a corner of unnecessary complexity. Still, this is a very fine, intricately textured album that warrants a purchase. Both genuinely interesting and cinematic, it proudly stands out in an endless sea of forgettable, underdeveloped indie releases.



To read the complete article, click here.

The Mars Volta
(Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros.)


The Mars Volta delivers solid sixth album with ‘Noctourniquet’

By Ben Nance

The Mars Volta is back to once again polarize the music world with their weirdness. Some will praise their technical brilliance and see them as innovators of rock; others will dismiss their overwrought salsa-prog songs as silly and self-indulgent. Since releasing their magnum opus “Frances the Mute” in 2005, the band has unfortunately fallen into the Tim Burton pattern, where every other release turns out to be a dud. Thankfully, their latest album “Noctourniquet” follows the highly disappointing “Octahedron,” so the pattern rules say this one has to be good.

If you don’t like The Mars Volta by now, then “Noctourniquet” will do little to change your mind. However, for fans that adored the audacious, aggressiveness of “The Bedlam in Goliath” and the melancholy hooks of “Frances the Mute,” there is a lot here to treasure. In opening track “The Whip Hand,” lead singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala lays in his reverberated vocals on top of frantic stop-and-go drums, while an unexpected dubstep bass line buzzes in the background. It’s a fresh surprise that shows the band’s willingness to evolve their sound into stranger electronic territories. They continue working outside their comfort zone on songs like “Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound,” where their trademark eclecticism is temporarily abandoned and traded for something that resembles a commercial ballad. It’s the closest they’ll probably ever come to repeating “Televators.”

While there is plenty of frantic jamming to go around on “Noctourniquet,” as evident in the songs “Molochwalker” and “Dislexicon,” the album takes on an unusual nighttime gothic feel. I never thought I’d be comparing The Mars Volta to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, but it’s hard not to think of Cave’s “Up Jumped the Devil” while listening to the dark howl of “The Malkin Jewel.” Lead guitarist and prolific songwriter, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, knows how to restrain his crazy licks at crucial musical moments, allowing room for the studio effects to shine. This has always been an admirable quality of The Mars Volta. Like the greatest and tightest prog-rock bands, they operate as a collaborative team, utilizing whatever sounds necessary to make each song odder than the last.

“Noctourniquet,” for all of its sonic power, feels overstuffed. It makes one wonder what great heights Zala and Rodriguez-Lopez could one day achieve if their goal wasn’t to always back themselves into a corner of unnecessary complexity. Still, this is a very fine, intricately textured album that warrants a purchase. Both genuinely interesting and cinematic, it proudly stands out in an endless sea of forgettable, underdeveloped indie releases.

To read the complete article, click here.


Comic No. 8By Michael Layman

To see more comics by Michael, or anything else from The Louisville Cardinal, click here.

Comic No. 8
By Michael Layman

To see more comics by Michael, or anything else from The Louisville Cardinal, click here.

Thursday, April 5, 2012
By Michael Layman

To see more comics by Michael, or anything else from The Louisville Cardinal, click here.

By Michael Layman

To see more comics by Michael, or anything else from The Louisville Cardinal, click here.

Comic No. 7By Michael Layman

To see more comics by Michael, or anything else from The Louisville Cardinal, click here.

Comic No. 7
By Michael Layman

To see more comics by Michael, or anything else from The Louisville Cardinal, click here.

Comic No. 6By Michael Layman

To see more comics by Michael, or anything else from The Louisville Cardinal, click here.

Comic No. 6
By Michael Layman

To see more comics by Michael, or anything else from The Louisville Cardinal, click here.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Comic No. 5By Michael Layman


To see more comics by Michael, or anything else from The Louisville Cardinal, click here.

Comic No. 5
By Michael Layman

To see more comics by Michael, or anything else from The Louisville Cardinal, click here.


Comic No. 4By Michael Layman


To see more comics by Michael, or anything else from The Louisville Cardinal, click here.

Comic No. 4
By Michael Layman

To see more comics by Michael, or anything else from The Louisville Cardinal, click here.

Comic No. 3By Michael Layman

To see more comics by Michael, or anything else from The Louisville Cardinal, click here.

Comic No. 3
By Michael Layman

To see more comics by Michael, or anything else from The Louisville Cardinal, click here.


Comic No. 2By Michael Layman
To see more comics by Michael, or anything else from The Louisville Cardinal, click here.

Comic No. 2
By Michael Layman

To see more comics by Michael, or anything else from The Louisville Cardinal, click here.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Comic No. 1By Michael Layman
To see more comics by Michael, or anything else from The Louisville Cardinal, click here.

Comic No. 1
By Michael Layman

To see more comics by Michael, or anything else from The Louisville Cardinal, click here.