Joshua Hale Fialkov

Purveyor of sheer awesomeness.

Joshua Hale Fialkov is the Harvey, Eisner, and Emmy Award nominated writer of graphic novels, animation, video games, film, and television, including:

THE LIFE AFTER, THE BUNKER, PUNKS, ELK'S RUN, TUMOR, ECHOES, KING, PACIFIC RIM, THE ULTIMATES, I, VAMPIRE, and JEFF STEINBERG CHAMPION OF EARTH. He's also written for NBC's CHICAGO MED and SYFY's upcoming INCORPORATED.

Photograph by Heidi Ryder

Untitled Project Playlist

For that new creator owned book I mentioned, I put together the following play list.  The book's got a weird inner city 70's vibe to it, despite being modern, but, it's not in the Parliament/Chi-Lites mold, so much... there's a sense of history and decay to it that most 70's stuff doesn't quite capture.  So instead, I built it mostly from blues and jazz from the mid 50's to the mid 70's, the kind of music that you might hear on a small power AM station back in my hometown. The key song, from where I built the entire playlist, and mood of the book, is one that I've been moderately obsessed with every since the first time I heard it used, which was on a production of a couple of Richard Wright One Act Plays that I was the Assistant Director of as a teenager.  The song was David "Fathead" Newman's version of Ray Charles' Hard Times.  It's a song, that as performed by Ray is a sad, solitary little song about the shit life can throw at you.  The Fathead version (from the album "Fathead Ray Charles Presents David Newman") is the opposite.  It's about triumphing over adversity and telling it to go fuck itself.  For a simple little blues song, it really drives it home.   You can actually listen to it on Newman's Myspace Page.

Here's twenty of the tracks, after the jump.

Song/Time/Artist/Album

Big Black Cadillac Blues    6:59    Lightnin' Hopkins    The Best of Lightnin' Hopkins

Fathead (Remastered LP Version)    5:21    David Newman    Fathead Ray Charles Presents David Newman

That's Enough    2:46    Ray Charles    The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years

Blue Monk    5:19    Thelonious Monk    The Columbia Years (1962-1968) Disc 2

Six And Four    7:18    Oliver Nelson    Straight Ahead

Brand New Car    5:32    Lightnin' Hopkins    The Best of Lightnin' Hopkins

Now She's Gone    2:19    Ray Charles    Blues Is My Middle Name

Walkin' Blues    2:58    Muddy Waters    The Anthology: 1947-1972

Epistrophy    4:30    Thelonious Monk Quartet With John Coltrane    At Carnegie Hall

Mean Red Spider    2:20    Muddy Waters    Muddy's Blues

It's Alright    2:18    Ray Charles    The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat    5:45    Charles Mingus    Ken Burns Jazz Series: Charles Mingus

Red Sails In The Sunset    3:07    Jimmy McGriff    Groove Grease

(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man    6:00    Jimmy Smith    Got My Mojo Workin' Time After Time    7:24    Oliver Nelson    Nocturne

Epistrophy    2:24    Thelonious Monk Quartet & John Coltrane    Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall

She's Nineteen Years Old    3:20    Muddy Waters    The Anthology: 1947-1972

Misterioso    3:22    Thelonious Monk    Ken Burns Jazz Series: Thelonious Monk

A Little Max (Alternate Take)    2:56    Duke Ellington With Charles Mingus & Max Roach    Money Jungle

Baby Please Don't Go    3:48    Muddy Waters    Muddy Waters Blues Band