Archive for August, 2012

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TGiF!

August 31, 2012

The great page Northern Soul (find them on Facebook here) just posted the second installment in their series Top 500 Northern Soul Classics on YouTube and it’s a great collection of tracks. For the next 8 weeks they’ll post a new 50-track playlist filled to the brim with great music every week, so make sure you check ’em out!

In case you haven’t heard the phrase “Northern Soul” before, read more about the Mod movement here.

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Pic o/t Week II

August 31, 2012

Yeah, don’t get me started on that whole rant against CGI  again buddy.

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Pic o/t Week

August 31, 2012

Yes, I’ve already admitted it, I’m a vinyl nerd. I’m not gonna bore anyone by explaining how the audio dynamics of an analog recording are far superior to a digital one, so just trust me on this one okay?

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The World’s Forgotten…Toy

August 29, 2012

I just found this cool lil’ item at the Drastic Plastic webstore; the Iggy Pop bobblehead! Standing at about 7 inches tall it is very detailed and a must for every fan of this crazed vocalist. Limited to only 1000 copies it’s sure to sell out fast, and with pre-orders being accepted you might wanna reserve yours now! Check it out here.

Speaking of Iggy; even though he’s made a great career as a solo artist – his late-70s albums The Idiot and Lust For Life are well worth checking out – I still prefer his albums with The Stooges. Delivering punk rock at least a decade before anyone accepted it as a new musical genre they unleashed three albums on an unsuspecting world between 1968 and 1974. My personal favorite of these is Fun House, a monster mammoth of primal sounds released in 1970 that sounds ahead of its time a good 40+ years later. Check it out:

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Manhunter

August 29, 2012

Well, cheesy title be damned, Michael Mann‘s 1986 version of Thomas Harris‘ novel The Red Dragon (apparently somebody at Dino De Laurentiis decided to change the title on account of fearing the movie-going audience would think it was a kung-fu flick!) is a damn good psychological thriller where William Petersen (CSI: Las Vegas) stars as an FBI profiler trying to catch a serial killer excellently portrayed by Tom Noonan – and being forced to seek advice from William Cox‘s superior Hannibal Lector.

Granted, there’s a lot of pastels in this one – making it kinda hard on the eyes if you know what I mean, ha ha ha – but I consider this version way better than the much-famed The Red Dragon starring Edward Norton and Anthony Hopkins. Mainly because, well, it’s more realistic. Can you imagine getting into the heads of these complete psychopaths on a daily basis? I’ve read John Douglas‘ gripping biography MINDHUNTER – Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit and Petersen makes an excellent portrayal of a man haunted by the evil he’s forced to not only witness but actually has to penetrate in order to do his job – and the toll it takes on him. Second, Cox’s Lector is so much more believable as he steers clear of that teen-horror “ogga-bogga-booo” bad guy acting and instead delivers a chilling portrait of a true psychopath that completely lacks empathy.

Just one of many titles I’ve been watching this week and if you haven’t seen it – DO!

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Lovecraft Film Festival

August 29, 2012

Oh man, it’s time to break yo’ piggybanks peeps because September 28th – 30th it’s time for The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in San Pedro, California! Tons of cool films, short films. guests etc. – all honoring this great author’s work! How about the previously unreleased The Evil Clergyman starring Jeffrey Combs (read more about it here), a live drama performance of The Statement of Randolph Carter and the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society themselves attending!

It looks like a blast and I am so bummed out because there’s no way in hell I can attend this. Check it out here.

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Geek-a-Licious

August 29, 2012

Yowsa! I found this via Eva Halloween‘s Facebook, These Girls Are Better Geeks Than You and I can assure you these ladies sure gives a nice ring to the phrase! Check it out here and try to keep it within the boundries of good taste gentlemen.

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Update

August 29, 2012

Well, I guess the saying that goes something along the lines of you should never make plans because life takes its own routes anyway is pretty damn correct. Having my only week off until X-Mas I was looking forward to just sleeping late and then finish up The Norliss Tapes Herz und Liebe EP, instead I started off Saturday morning with dropping a half-full cup of coffee on my damn computer keyboard pretty much frying it – hence my lack of posts – and once that was sorted out my damn back problems had me pretty much turned into a vegetable on account of the painkillers being pretty strong stuff.

Anyway, I’ve decided to skip the pills in order to be able to think straight again, so there’s more posts coming soon. Black Flag‘s Wasted is an amazingly primal piece of music. If you haven’t heard it, give it about 56 seconds:

 

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Videodrome (remake)

August 24, 2012

Again getting the news via Deadline New York and again concerning remakes I think I’m about to burst and let The Old Fart loose, shaking his fists at passing-by clouds and hollering inane stuff about “you damn kids”; Universal Studios just signed commercial director Adam Berg to direct the remake of David Cronenberg‘s psychedelic masterpiece Videodrome. You can read about it here. And sure, its theme might be even more fitting today than back in the 80s, and there’s no doubt they can create some truly mindblowing FX for it (unless they take the much-maligned CGI road), but really, is this necessary?

Yes, it’ll be real nice getting the (I’m guessing) re-released remastered deluxe edition of the original on DVD, crammed with bonus features for us devoted nerds, but does the studio honestly think there’s a market for this oddity? Writer Drew McWeeny offers up a really good analysis of the phenomena on HitFix, so check that one out and let’s hope that the studio doesn’t totally gut the original in order to sell the younger generations a pale PG13 pastiche.

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Kiss Kiss Kill Kill II

August 24, 2012

Here we go; director Scott Griffith just sent me a heads up the second part of The Adventures of Super7even Operation: Kiss Kiss Kill Kill is available online. Pretty cool episode and I’ve already told the guys I like the concept and leading man Jerry Kokich‘s kinda deadpan delivery – the whole thing actually reminds me of 60s Batman TV-series!

Check it out and make sure you visit them on Facebook here.

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