Monthly Archives: February 2012

Social Distortion – Mommy’s Little Monster (1983)

Lately I’ve been immersing myself in the glory of 80s American indie rock. There is too much great music to make a list here, suffice to say the list would include The Butthole Surfers, REM, Flaming Lips and Nirvana.

And Social Distortion.

Social Distortion, unlike other punk bands from the era, survived and evolved/matured, starting as a fairly straight forward punk rock band, before bringing in the country, blues and rockabilly influences. And that’s it, they found a formula that works. It’s another case of the AC/DCs, I guess.

Their first album, Mommy’s Little Monster is a great example of the sort of US punk that was coming from the underground in the early 80s, loud, fast, angry about most things. The Sex Pistols and The Clash are the clearest influences here. To the point that if you crossed The Clash’s debut album with Never Mind The Bollocks, it would probably sound like this. Lyrically, Mike Ness is found railing against the same things affecting other suburban punks around the USA, including police harrassment, boredom, love, hate and generally being treated as outcasts by society. Just a group of angry young kids, making music for angry young kids.

Definitely in keeping with The Sicilian, by Oakland punks Fleshies, this album makes me feel like I’m 17 years old again

Lukas Dam.

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Jack White – Love Interruption

Old Jackie, rumoured to be trapped inside an opium den surrounded by some chinamen (or not?) hit us with his latest solo offering, Love Interruption, a little over two weeks ago.

That James Bond theme song was good, true, but it’s the James Bond theme, y’know? Fly Farm Blues was a brilliant lo-fi blues that demonstrates his love of solo bluesmen like Robert Johnson, or Son House. Most recently he covered You Know That I Know for the recent Hank Williams compilation album, ably showing that country music doesn’t actually suck (as so many people would lead you to believe).

His most recent dip into the eternal well of songcraft that is The Deep South brings out his love of Stax-style soul. duetting with vocalist Ruby Amanfu. The track begins with tinkling piano and acoustic guitar, slowly the song builds as more instruments are introduced, and finally the playing becomes more and more intense before dropping to a whisper. And repeat, more or less. It’s like a deliberately acoustic Pixies covering some soul gem, forgotten ’til now.

Enjoy.

Lukas Dam.

The 50 Greatest Metal Frontmen of All Time

1. Robert Plant (Band of Joy, Led Zeppelin, Rockestra, The Honeydrippers, Page and Plant, Strange Sensation, Alison Krauss)
2. Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden, Samson)
3. Ronnie James Dio (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven and Hell)
4. Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses, Hollywood Rose, L.A. Guns, Rapidfire)
5. James Hetfield (Metallica)
6. Angus Young (AC/DC) (Argue it if you don’t agree!)
7. Alice Cooper (Alice Cooper)
8. Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)
9. David Lee Roth (Van Halen)
10. Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath, Ozzy)
11. Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, Tomahawk, Peeping Tom, Lovage, John Zorn, Kaada/Patton, Dillinger Escape Plan, Hemophiliac, Maldoror, General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners)
12. Gene Simmons (Kiss, Wicked Lester) (Argue it if you don’t agree!)
13. Dee Snider (Twisted Sister, Desperado, Widowmaker, S.M.F.’s (Sick Mother Fuckers) )
14. HR (Bad Brains, Human Rights)
15. Rob Halford (Judas Priest, Fight, 2wo, Halford, Bullring Brummies)
16. Sebastien Bach (Madam X, Skid Row, Frameshift, Damnocracy)
17. Iggy Pop (The Stooges, The Iguanas)
18. Henry Rollins (State of Alert, Black Flag, Henrietta Collins and the Wifebeating Childhaters, Rollins Band)
19. Marilyn Manson (Mrs. Scabtree, Marilyn Manson)
20. Serj Tankian (System of a Down, Serart, Axis of Justice,)
21. Phil Anselmo (Superjoint Ritual, Christ Inversion, Down, Arson Anthem, Viking Crown, Pantera)
22. Lemmy (Motörhead, The Rockin’ Vickers, The Head Cat)
23. Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails Pigface, Tapeworm)
24. Kerry King (Slayer) (Argue it if you don’t agree!)
25. Danzig (Misfits, Samhain, Danzig)
26. Zach De La Rocha (Rage Against the Machine, Inside Out, Hardstance, One Day as a Lion)
27. GG Allin
28. Scott Ian (Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death, Damnocracy, Pearl) (Argue it if you don’t agree!)
29. Rob Zombie (White Zombie, Scum of the Earth)
30. Tomas Lindberg (At the Gates, Disfear, The Great Deceiver, The Crown, Skitsystem)
31. Maynard James Keenan (TexA.N.S., Children of the Anachronistic Dynasty, Tool, Green Jellÿ, Tapeworm, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer)
32. Gaahl (Gorgoroth, Trelldrom, Wardruna)
33. David Coverdale (Whitesnake, Deep Purple)
34. Doro (Snakebite, Warlock)
35. Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan)
36. Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe)
37. Wendy-O-Williams (Plasmatics)
38. Lita Ford (The Runaways)
39. Conrad Lant (Venom, Cronos, Probot)
40. Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies, No Mercy, Infectious Grooves)
41. Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom, Sinergy, Kylähullut, Impaled Nazarene)
42. Jeff Walker (Carcass, Blackstar, Brujeria, Electro Hippies)
43. Tom G Warrior (Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Apollyon Sun, Triptykon)
44. Wino (The Obcessed, Spirit Caravan, St. Vitus, Wino)
45. Joey Demaio (Manowar)(Argue it fuckers!)
46. Chuck Billy (Testament, Dublin Death Patrol)
47. Mike Monroe (Hanoi Rocks, Demolition 23)
48. Dead (Mayhem, Morbid)
49. Sakevi (GISM)
50. Till Lindemann (Rammstein, First Arsch)

Ah, to my love of lists. Friends and I have aruged throughout time who was the more effective front man in Mike Patton or Maynard James Keenan? Fortunately the list comes away in favour of my opinion.

Courtesy of Blabbermout.net

Django Django – Django Django

Released – 30 January 2012
Members – David Maclean, Vincent Neff, Jimmy Dixon, and Tommy Grace
Label – Because Music

Wow. I’m still getting over the year in music that was 2011. I still can’t stop listening to Wye Oak, EMA, War on Drugs and certain M83 tracks.

But here we have it. My first album of the year. I’ve spent a lot of time with this one already and I’m certain it’ll be appearing on my end of year lists.

It was here at Any Decent Music where I read the first few things about this band. They shared comparisons with that of the late Beta Band. At that moment I was sold. I’m one of those people who believe that the Beta Band will survive the clutter of music in this time frame. They had something special. With further research I learn that Django Django member David Maclean is John Maclean (Beta Band/Aliens) younger brother. Bingo

From the Introduction into ‘Hail Bop’, ‘Firewater’, ‘Waveforms’ to Wor. It’s all impressive.

Please if you have not heard this record yet it’s time to get onto it. It’s fabulous, fresh and strangely uplifting.

Sounds like – a date between the Beta Band and Ennio Morricone.

Eight.Five/Ten.

Kurt Vile vs Patrick Stickles (Titus Andronicus)

Man, sometimes things just slide straight past you. In a nutshell in late last year Kurt Vile’s track “Baby’s Arms” appeared in a Bank of America commercial to which the Titus Andronicus man discovered and took it too his twitter account to mildly put it, accuse Vile of selling out. Vile responded by telling him that he needed the cash for some pretty realistic things.

My question is it selling out if you either:

A) Don’t care?
B) Care but want the money?

Stickles of a yet to sell out stadium shows band should know the pressures of an up and coming musician and probably would have done the same right?

Here’s some of the messages that transpired:

PS – Did I hear that Kurt Vile’s great song ‘Baby’s Arms’ was in a Bank of America commercial? If so, man, that’s “shit” if anything ever was.
– Come on, Kurt Vile, yr a million times better than that.  If it is even true! Can someone confirm?
– if it is real, then you need to get real, man. I thought you were, like, the best dude in music

After Vile came back with his remark of: sorry titus. i did it to be like the carpenters.and to buy my daughter high end diapers. and to pay back my publishing advance. and because i never cared about that sorta thing. whoops,i even have a bank of america account. B-P (and that’s a dude with sunglasses sticking out his tongue,i’m so sorry.)

Poor PS – Shot back with this statement
A lot of times, people will open their mouth to talk about someone else, like they can know another person’s business…but they usually just do it because they are feeling insecure or threatened or vulnerable about their own selves…and they project their own fears and insecurities onto that other person. It would be much better to just try and live…in accordance with yr own values, and be a model for those values, live yr life and let other people live this. So what I’m saying is I’m sorry I let yr name come out of my mouth. Yr life is yr own to live. is the new Tom Petty. I’m just petty.

Titus Andronicus – A More Perfect Union.

?uestlove

Only lately has Ahmir Thompson or otherwise known as The Roots bandleader Questlove come to my attention. Forming The Roots in 1987 and delivering their first album “Organix!” six years later. It’s now 2012 and with comfortably setting themselves up as the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon has some of the members personalties started to shine through. Not just some hip hop drummer, we discover after many interviews and research Ahmir is a massive record collector. The knowledge of music that sits inside his mind is an amount I could only wish to obtain.

Facts:

  • He has over 60,000 records.
  • He built a special library to hold all of his records.
  • He has spent $3000 – 4000 a month on records since 1993

Please if you have the time here are some links to some interviews through larger established sites.

Pitchfork
Believer
Spin

Video Footage of Questlove’s Record Collection. Impressive Stuff.

Here.

The Roots – Don’t Feel Right.

JGL the Director?

This is awesome news straight off the grapevine. Joseph Gordon Leviitt (Brick, 500 Days of Summer) is jumping into the directors seat for the first time from a script he wrote. The film is currently untitled but will be starring himself and the wonderful Scarlett Johannson. The films premise is loosely described as“a sexy comedy about a modern-day Don Juan and his quest to become less of a selfish dick.”

Coming up this year already are 50/50, Dark Knight Rises, Premium Rush, Looper, Lincoln and Django Rising. Could this be his year? Will he jump to the A List?


(Here’s a still from Dark Knight Rises)

Fleshies – Sicilian

Fleshies

The Sicilian

2003

 

So basically, this band is signed to Alternative Tentacles, Jello Biafra’s label, former home to Dead Kennedys and Butthole Surfers.

It’s aggressive, it’s passionate, it’s meaningful, it’s meaningless, it’s “wierd”, this is rock and roll.

It’s almost self-explanatory.

It has re-awoken the 17 year old inside of me.

Lukas Dam

The Artist

The Artist (Released 2 February 2012)

I’ve always kind of wondered what it would have been like to of seen a film in the Golden era, lining up outside the marquee etc, not only for the type of films that were being made but for more so the experience. For a moment in time I’m taken back way before the Golden era into the Silent era. Whether this film is an homage to that era or just an idea that suddenly came to fruition with a loud bang it doesn’t really matter as I’m transported back to the 1920’s Midnight in Paris style.

The story in a nutshell is centered around the life of Hollywood star, George Valentine (Jean Dujardin) a once at the top of his game a a silent film star who stumbles upon up and coming starlet Peppy Miller (Berenice Bego) who is now one of the biggest stars of the new talkies era.

The Artist is an achievement in so many ways. It introduces new stars to the American/English audience as well as confidently weaving its magic of silence through its effective black and white picture from beginning to end. It’s practically up to the viewer on whether or not this appeals, is it really that much of an issue that’s either/or in black or white or silent? Most like minded just want see something interesting as this fits right into that cateogry, ticks all boxes if you will. I’m unsure of the demographic and its ability to win the high prized Academy Award but all of those things don’t take away any of the charm that The Artist displays. The film is an achievement of our time and as someone said to me today “It’d be somewhat unacceptable to dislike this film, being that it’s now internationally regarded, but stay true to yourself if you don’t like it you don’t like it.

The message is simple and reading in between the lines is the fun part with the most cheerful ending you’ll ever see. I put this on level with another little gem titled “The Purple Rose of Cairo” a film that make’s me proud to be a film fan and completes my theory of sometimes you have to go back before you continue forward. I hope you see this film and enjoy it as much as I did.

Directed by – Michel Hazanavicius
Stars – Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bego,

****

For those wanting to read on here’s an interview with director Michel Hazanavicius via film maker magazine.

and the Oscar goes to…(The one that actually counts)

Honestly this year is basically guess work compared to yester years, plus the Academy decided that each year they can nominate between 5 – 10 films for best picture which to me is an absolute sham. Choose a number and stick to it. Anyway there’s a lot of competition and anyonecanwin scenarios plus a lot of unexpected nominations and omissions. I have yet to finalise my picks as the ceremony does not take place until the 26th of this month. Still have a few of the flicks to watch within that time and am incredibly keen to check out “My Week with Marilyn”. Here’s all the relevant information for your reading pleasure.

BEST PICTURE

War Horse
Hugo
Moneyball
The Help
The Artist
The Descendants
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

BEST ACTRESS:
Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis – The Help
Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams – My Week with Marylin

BEST ACTOR:
George Clooney – The Descendants
Brad Pitt – Moneyball
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Damian Bichir – A Better Life
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Kenneth Brannagh – My Week with Marylin
Jonah Hill – Moneyball
Nick Nolte – Warrior
Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Max von Sidow – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Octavia Spencer – The Help
Berenice Bejo – The Artist
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs

Animated Feature Film
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

Art Direction
The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
War Horse

Cinematography
The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Costume Design
Anonymous
The Artist
Hugo
Jane Eyre
W.E.

Documentary Feature
Hell and Back Again
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Parad ise Lost 3: Purgatory
Pina
Undefeated

Documentary Short Subject
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
God Is the Bigger Elvis
Incident in New Baghdad
Saving Face
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Film Editing
The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Moneyball

Foreign Language Film
Bullhead
Footnote
In Darkness
Monsieur La zhar
A Separation

Makeup
Albert Nobbs
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Iron Lady

Music (Original Score)
The Adventures of Tintin
The Artist
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse

Music (Original Song)
Man or Muppet – The Muppets
Real in Rio – Rio

Short Film (Animated)
Dimanche/Sunday
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life

Short Film (Live Action)
Pentecost
Raju
The Shore
Time Freak
Tuba Atlantic

Sound Editing
Drive
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Sound Mixing
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Moneyball
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Visual Effects
Harry Pott er and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Hugo
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
The Descendants
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Writing (Original Screenplay )
The Artist
Bridesmaids
Margin Call
Midnight in Paris
A Separation

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