First off, let me say how happy I am that Spinal Tap is back. I’ve greatly enjoyed this band sense it came into all of our lives with the brilliant movie/mockumentary. Sense that time they’ve seemed to be a metal version of the Monkees, they started out as a fake band but sense then have released some albums, toured and almost become a real band. Granted they’re not quite as true as the Monkees, but the Monkees never had to deal with finding a new drummer so often. Onward to the album however, we’ve got a CD release with an included DVD packed in with some stand up cutouts and a stage of the band on the inside all capped off with some amazingly badass cover art, how can you not buy this? The DVD is about an hour long and features interviews of the band about each song on the album, it’s pretty good, definitely captures the life of what Spinal Tap has always been about, I’m really happy this was included. The CD is nineteen tracks of Spinal Tap, cranked up to 11 awesomeness. They’ve got some new songs on here mixed in with some classics such as the best fake metal song ever written “Stonehenge”. I think my favorite track on the entire album though is the title cut “Back From The Dead”, it’s really just a fucking awesome song. Anyone who likes the essence of Spinal Tap or metal in general should be hurrying to their local music store to pick up a copy today.
June 15, 2009
Two bands very popular bands within the pop punk community doing one record together. This release was very eagerly anticipated by many around, I say it delivered. Don’t jump to conclusions though, this delivered because of The Ergs! side of things. They gave us my all time favorite Ergs! song “Introducing Morrissey”, in which it has one of my favorite lines ever “Life is long when your lonely”. This song alone is worth the price of admission. But after that we’re given a cover of “Hey Jealousy”. Yes the Gin Blossoms’s “Hey Jealousy”, now I’m not a fan of the Gin Blossoms at all, but this is a quality written song which I never noticed before. I’m glad The Ergs! gave it life, its a great sing along and actually a great song, despite the original recorders. On the flip side of the record is where the record starts to lack. I like Lemuria, not as much as a lot of people, they took a while to grow on me, but I dig them. This however is not their best effort, possibly even their worst. I’ve given this side of the record multiple listens thinking I might come around to it, much with a lot of Lemuria’s stuff but this just fails to grow on me. Even with that the greatness of The Ergs! side is more than enough to counteract the lacklusterness of the Lemuria side. This was originally a split release with Whoa Oh Records, and Art Of The Underground, both of these have sense been released on The Ergs! compilation record “Hindsight is 20/20, My Friend”. One thing the original has over just getting the compilation is the album art, we get a pretty badass looking purple warthog chilling on a beach somewhere, good stuff.
A1 The Ergs! Introducing Morrissey
A2 The Ergs! Hey Jealousy
B1 Lemuria Little Silver Children
B2 Lemuria Clean
June 13, 2009
Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung team up to make a crime story with Wilson Yip, strap in, this is gonna be good. Here we’ve got a police squad lead by Simon Yam closing in on a big time crime boss played by Sammo. Donnie Yen is the new man in town, he’s coming in to take over the squad, as you might expect this isn’t going too well because the team doesn’t like the new guy taking over. Adding to the complications in order to put Sammo away for good the team of cops decides to frame him, this they’re trying to hide from Donnie. Sammo decides to go on the offence and sends Kenji Tanigaki out as an assassin to take out the team of cops. This in turn triggers the anger of Donnie Yen who doesn’t take too kindly to his new team whom he’s trying to become friends with getting offed, so he decides to go after the assassin and Sammo. This leads to one of the greatest showdowns I’ve ever seen. Once Donnie gets focused he hands out an ass kicking to everyone and asks questions later, making only one mistake when he changes his focus to a bottle of vodka, he may or may not make it past this. The movie contains two endings, one is good the other is great; I’m not going to spoil the end because it works much better as a surprise. If you dig marshal arts movies or crime stories or both you won’t be disappointed with this one.
June 10, 2009
Here we’ve got a two rock/slightly indie bands that sound simular and different at the same time. Maryland’s Sick Sick Birds is comprised of ex-members of the Thumbs along with the talented Vena Cava. I really want to say that the Sick Sick Birds is the best side of the record because the Thumbs were a great band and Sick Sick Birds are really good. But to tell you the truth the Vena Cava side is the best side, not to say either one is bad at all, both are really good, and this is a really solid record.
1. Johnnie Walker vs John Cougar
2. Find Myself Missing
Sick Sick Birds:
1. Marathon Monk
2. Debtor’s Prison
June 9, 2009
Tony Jaa spent over an hour and a half kicking ass in Ong-Bak; it was some of the most amazing shit I’d ever seen. Best thing sense Bruce Lee, with Tom Yum Goong coming out people either wondered if Tony would be a flash in the pan or if this would be amazing as well. Pretty quickly you realize this movie is going to be awesome, someone steals Tony Jaa’s elephant and he is pissed. Out to get his elephant back and destroy anyone in his way I realized this movie actually Ong-Bak’s Ong-Bak about the time Tony is trapped in a room with about fifty guys and solves this problem by quickly breaking the bones of every man in the room. This was the first movie that I watched for the first time, than immediately turned it on and watched it a second time in a row, it’s that fucking good. Back in the director’s seat is the crazy Prachya Pinkaew, most likely 50% of the reason this movie rules so hard (the other 50% of course being Tony himself). There’s not much else I can say about this movie besides just HOLY FUCK! If you liked Ong-Bak, marshal arts movies or just pure ass kicking’s, this movie is a must see, must own.