REVIEW: Rickles’ Book

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(stolen from the first page)
Two guys meet on the street.
“You read Rickles’ Book?” asks the first guy.
“What’s the title?” asks the second.
“Rickles’ Book.”
“You told me. But what does he call it?”
“He calls it Rickles’ Book.”
“Why?”
“He Couldn’t think of a title – that’s why.”

I fucking love Don Rickles, a lot of people feel the same way, a lot of people disagree. His jokes are mean and bitter and that’s why I love it, he’s just mean to everyone across the board. And while I’m on the subject of his jokes, a lot of people say Don Rickles is racist, I disagree. I’ll admit a lot of his jokes are racist, but the man himself doesn’t seem to have a genuine mean bone in his body. Plus I’m not sure how much you can call a guy a racist when he’s giving it to everybody equally. But enough about Don’s act, onward to the book. It’s not the longest book I’ve ever read, 239 pages, but I’ll take a short Don Rickles’ book over no Don Rickles’ book any day. Written by the man himself and David Ritz it actually covers a lot of ground in a short amount of time without seeming like it skips a lot. Don tells how he started out in comedy and climbed the ladder through the years making friends and playing clubs. You not only get incite to his career but you really get a sense of who Don Rickles is here, he truly seems like a good guy all around, the kind of dude that will do anything for a friend. The book brings the laughs too, by page three I was laughing out loud. If you like Don Rickles at all you should own this book, if you like comedy you should own this book, and if you just like to hear about how things were in the 50′s in Vegas you should own this book.

(stolen from the book jacket)
Why you need to buy RICKLES’ BOOK immediately:

RICKLES’ BOOK will help you win friends and influence people.
RICKLES’ BOOK will introduce you to all of his famous friends, from Frank Sinatra to Johnny Carson.
RICKLES’ BOOK will help you lose weight.
RICKLES’ BOOK will help you gain weight.
RICKLES’ BOOK will improve your love life.
RICKLES’ BOOK will make you cry. (If your love life doesn’t improve.)
RICKLES’ BOOK will make you laugh. (If your love life doesn’t improve.)
RICKLES’ BOOK will make you love one of the great Americans of our time, Don Rickles.
RICKLES’ BOOK will give you something to talk about at parties. (If you’re ever invited to parties.)
RICKLES’ BOOK, along with the Bible and War and Peace, will grace your bookshelf and upgrade your literary status.
RICKLES’ BOOK will keep you up at night.
RICKLES’ BOOK will put you to sleep at night.
RICKLES’ BOOK will make you rich (If you treasure great humor.)

Get Rickles’ Book: A Memoir from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: Dr. Frank: Andromeda Klein

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Andromedaklein7Many of you Dr. Frank fans may know he recently came out with his second book titled “Andromeda Klein”. With that book he released this 7″, which he sort of considers the theme song for the book. This is his first music release since The Mr. T Experience’s “Yesterday Rules” in 2004, so I along with many others eagerly awaited this one. In the book Andromeda met  a boy who at one point writes a song for her, the first song on this record may very well be this song, at least it starts out the same, and the book only gives us the first two lines. The first time I listened to this song I thought it was alright. After a few run through it’s really grown on me, I think having read the book brings something to the song as well. The B side of the single is a song called “Bethlehem”. This song instantly became one of my favorite Dr. Frank solo songs. It has everything that made the world fall in love with MTX. It’s quick, catchy and fun. If I’m making a Dr. Frank greatest hits CD you damn well better believe this song will be on it. Jealous Butcher was the label that put this one out, there were pressings on Red and Black, with Red being limited to around two hundred if I’m not mistaken.

A. Andromeda Klein
B. Bethlehem

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Format Change

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For almost a year now Uncle Critic has been bringing reviews to the masses, recently (today) we expanded to giving information on weekly releases. Soon we will be expanding even further. This upcoming expantion focuses mostly on the music aspect of things. We will be bringing you news, release information, tour information that comes along. We will also be doing a (hopefully weekly) profile on a label and band. These new changes are not limited to any certian type of music they will be across all genres.
Do not worry, we will continue to do reviews of music, movies and books. However with the changes they will most likely be limited to one or two per week.
Change most likely coming in the next week or two.

For almost a year now Uncle Critic has been bringing reviews to the masses, recently (today) we expanded to giving information on weekly releases. Soon we will be expanding even further. This upcoming expansion focuses mostly on the music aspect of things. We will be bringing you news, release information, tour information that comes along. We will also be doing a (hopefully weekly) profile on a label and band. These new changes are not limited to any certain type of music they will be across all genres.

Do not worry, we will continue to do reviews of music, movies and books. However with the changes they will most likely be limited to one or two per week.

Change most likely coming in the next week or two.

Releases worth getting Oct 27, 2009

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This is a new feature for Uncle Critic, about the only thing that will break the ‘reviews’ mold. Every week I’m going to list upcoming DVD and CD releases. This will not be a list of everything that is coming out that week but just the stuff worth getting. Most likely updated every Sunday.
Releases worth getting Oct 27, 2009
DVDs:
Monty Python: Almost The Truth – The six part mini-series on the IFC Chanel comes to DVD.
Monty Python: The Other British Invasion – If anyone purchased the old complete DVD set of Monty Python’s Flying Circus they may have been annoyed when a new set of it came out with a couple new documentaries. Well this DVD is basically those documentries in one nice location, now you don’t have to re-buy if you already own the old set.
The Best of Monty Python – A best of for thoes that don’t own the complete series.
Django Shoots First (1966) – Yet another sequal from the Django series.
Night of the Creeps – The classic horror movie from ’86 FINALLY gets a DVD release, I’ve been waiting years for this one.
Tales from the Darkside: The Second Season – The classic TV series got a season 1 release not long ago, here comes season 2.
The Prisoner: The Complete Series Megaset (Collector’s Edition) – Amazing show, this is a new set with new features. I believe it’s remastered as well.
Life After People: The Complete Season One – Pretty sweet ‘what if’ type series on the History Channel.
Ax Men: The Complete Season One – If anyone’s seen Ax Men they know it rules, History Channel with another big win.
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown – Looks to be a sweet ass documentary on  H.P. Lovecraft, I hear a few top name horror directors are involved here (I personally expect to see Carpenter and Gordon).
Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows – The ‘Bret Hart side of the story’ documentary about the famious ’97 Screw job. This was made years ago, first release on DVD. Apperently it comes with a bonus never before released on DVD,The Life And Death Of Owen Hart.
Music:
B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, Earl King: The Four Kings of Blues Guitar
John Lee Hooker: Live at Soledad Prison/Never Get Out of These Blues Alive [IMPORT]
Bob Dylan: Self Portrait
Sweat & Tears Blood: Child Is Father to the Man
Kenny Rogers: The Greatest Duets
Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years (3 CD) [BOX SET]
Deep Purple: Who Do We Think We Are (180 Gram Vinyl Reissue)
Hawkwind: Strange Daze ’97
Sacred Steel: Carnage Victory [IMPORT]
Boris: Boris at Last – Feedbacker
R.A. The Rugged Man: Legendary Classics, Vol. 1 (Personal most anticipated music release of the week!!)
Swollen Members: Armed To The Teeth
Snowgoons: The Trojan Horse
Tech N9ne: k.o.d.
Kool Keith & Denis Deft: Bikinis and Thongs Collection
The Nerves: Live at the Pirate’s Cove [LIMITED EDITION] [LIVE]

This is a new feature for Uncle Critic, about the only thing that will break the ‘reviews’ mold. Every week I’m going to list upcoming DVD and CD releases. This will not be a list of everything that is coming out that week but just the stuff worth getting. Most likely updated every Sunday.

Releases worth getting Oct 27, 2009

DVDs:

Monty Python: Almost The Truth – The six part mini-series on the IFC Chanel comes to DVD.

Monty Python: The Other British Invasion – If anyone purchased the old complete DVD set of Monty Python’s Flying Circus they may have been annoyed when a new set of it came out with a couple new documentaries. Well this DVD is basically those documentaries in one nice location, now you don’t have to re-buy if you already own the old set.

The Best of Monty Python – A best of for those that don’t own the complete series.

Django Shoots First (1966) – Yet another sequel from the Django series.

Night of the Creeps – The classic horror movie from ’86 FINALLY gets a DVD release, I’ve been waiting years for this one.

Tales from the Darkside: The Second Season – The classic TV series got a season 1 release not long ago, here comes season 2.

The Prisoner: The Complete Series Megaset (Collector’s Edition) – Amazing show, this is a new set with new features. I believe it’s remastered as well.

Life After People: The Complete Season One – Pretty sweet ‘what if’ type series on the History Channel.

Ax Men: The Complete Season One – If anyone’s seen Ax Men they know it rules, History Channel with another big win.

Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown – Looks to be a sweet ass documentary on  H.P. Lovecraft, I hear a few top name horror directors are involved here (I personally expect to see Carpenter and Gordon).

Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows – The ‘Bret Hart side of the story’ documentary about the famous ’97 Screw job. This was made years ago, first release on DVD. Apparently it comes with a bonus never before released on DVD,The Life And Death Of Owen Hart.

Music:

B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, Earl King: The Four Kings of Blues Guitar

John Lee Hooker: Live at Soledad Prison/Never Get Out of These Blues Alive [IMPORT]

Bob Dylan: Self Portrait

Kenny Rogers: The Greatest Duets

Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years (3 CD) [BOX SET]

Deep Purple: Who Do We Think We Are (180 Gram Vinyl Reissue)

Hawkwind: Strange Daze ’97

Sacred Steel: Carnage Victory [IMPORT]

Boris: Boris at Last – Feedbacker

R.A. The Rugged Man: Legendary Classics, Vol. 1 (Personal most anticipated music release of the week!!)

Swollen Members: Armed To The Teeth

Snowgoons: The Trojan Horse

Tech N9ne: k.o.d.

Kool Keith & Denis Deft: Bikinis and Thongs Collection

The Nerves: Live at the Pirate’s Cove [LIMITED EDITION] [LIVE]

REVIEW: Two 7″ records from The Methadones…

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methgarygliterGary Glitter b/w Over The Moon
It’s Alive Records brings a five hundred pressing of the Methadones new single record. The first side “Gary Glitter” a little heavier than their normal songs, at least in the guitar work department, this isn’t a bad thing at all, I think I might like to hear more of their songs with this style actually. It’s a catchy somewhat dark song, but you wouldn’t be able to tell if you weren’t paying attention because it’s poppy as always. The second song is alright, nothing special though, it’s rightful place is a B side to a single, maybe the middle/bottom of an album type song. But not bad.

A: Gary Glitter
B: Over the Moon

methadones_exit17I Believe b/w Exit 17
Underground Communque Records brings us the second record here, another single. “I believe” isn’t the Methadones greatest song but I can’t really call it bad either. “Exit 17 is a mostly acoustic number, a little different for the band but I’m into it. It’s a good song, slower than normal, a lot slower actually, but good. All together this isn’t a great record but if you can find it cheap its got some good stuff on it. The track listing on the label is mixed up too, which is also very annoying.

A: I Believe
B: Exit 17

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REVIEW: Marked Men: Ghosts

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MarkedMenGhostsI’ll start off here by saying I’m not a big Marked Men fan, I never really got into their stuff. So when I heard how good this album is I was very sceptical and it took me a long time to check it out, but I finally did. What I found when I listened to “Ghosts” is that this is indeed a really fucking good album. Reminds me a lot of later Dag Nasty stuff (“Minority of One” in particular), and fits in to your pop punk collection with more ease than you might expect. Put out by Dirtnap, this should have clued me into how good this is because they almost always have some quality music to bring to us, this one is no exception. If you’ve slept on this one, its time to wake up and give it thirty minutes of your time.

1. All in Your Head
2. Ditch
3. Fortune
4. My Love
5. I Must Be Dead
6. Head Set
7. Locked Up
8. Not That Kid
9. Stay Away
10. Get to You
11. Ghosts
12. Shaky Ground
13. Red Light Rumors
14. One More Time
15. Blew My Head

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REVIEW: I Am Spock

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spockI never really intended to read this book, I kind of fell into it accidentally but I’m kind of glad I did. I’m a fan of Star Trek, the original series, but I’m nothing close to a fanboy about it. “I am Spock” is what I’m going to call a Star Trek biography by Leonard Nimoy. It talks about how the show started to how it was canned and then the movies. We get information on is friendship with co-stars and some strange stories about some celebrity fans of the show. 356 pages is a lot more than I would think a normal person would be able to fill talking about Star Trek, but Leonard Nimoy is no normal man. I wouldn’t say this book is for everybody, I enjoyed it but it’s obvious the real target audience here is the hard Star Trek fans.

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