Releases worth getting Feb 2, 2010

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DVD/Blu-ray:
Zombieland
Ong Bak 2
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero: Season 1.3
The Wolf Man (Special Edition)
Bonnie & Clyde [Blu-ray]
The Departed [Blu-ray]
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas [Blu-ray]
The Godfather (Coppola Restoration) [Blu-ray]
The Godfather Part II (Coppola Restoration) [Blu-ray]
He Was a Quiet Man [Blu-ray]
The Lost [Blu-ray]
Mystic River [Blu-ray]
Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior [Blu-ray]
Spiral [Blu-ray]
Unforgiven [Blu-ray]
Walk the Line [Blu-ray]

Music:
Muddy Waters: Blues Legend
B.B. King: B.B.’s Blues
Korpiklaani: Karkelo (Vinyl)
Amon Amarth: Avenger (Vinyl)
Overkill: Ironbound
Exodus: Shovel Headed Tour Machine
Hanson Brothers: My Game
Hanson Brothers: Brad

Weekly Label Profile: House Party records

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Name: House Party records
Lifespan: 2008-Current (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong on this)
Web Site: http://housepartyrecords.ca/
Notable Releases/Bands: Barrakuda McMurder, Hextalls
Info:
This one’s gonna be short and sweet because there isn’t really a whole lot to say about House Party besides they’re pretty awesome. House Party Records, putting out quality pop punk records, with maybe the coolest name for a label in the history of time. They don’t have a lot out but that doesn’t mean what they put out isn’t great, check em out!

The Transgressions TOUR!

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The Transgressions PLAY SHOWS! See them in a town near your!

Feb 3 2010 8:00P

Baba Louie’s w/ Off With Their Heads, The Slow Death De Pere, Wisconsin

Feb 4 2010 9:30P

The Frequency w/ Off With Their Heads, The Slow Death, Direct Hit! Madison, Wisconsin

Feb 19 2010 8:00P

Subvert City w/ Red Phone Dispatch, American Dead Madison, Wisconsin

Feb 20 2010 4:00P

Ronny’s w/ Brickfight, Red Phone Dispatch, Liarbirds, Bust (EARLY ALL AGES SHOW!) Chicago, Illinois

Feb 21 2010 8:00P

The Brass Rail w/ Flamingo Nosebleed     Fort Wayne, Indiana

Feb 22 2010 8:00P

TBA Cincinnati, Ohio

Feb 23 2010 8:00P

Cosmic Charlies w/ Infected Lexington, Kentucky

Feb 24 2010 8:00P

Long Branch Saloon Knoxville, Tennessee

Feb 25 2010 8:00P

Wonderroot Collective Atlanta, Georgia

Feb 26 2010 8:00P

TBA Tampa, Florida

Feb 27 2010 8:00P

TBA – HELP US BOOK IT! New Orleans, Louisiana

Feb 28 2010 8:00P

TBA Austin, Texas

Mar 1 2010 8:00P

1919 Hemphill w/ genius party, stymie and totally high Fort Worth, Texas

Mar 2 2010 8:00P

TBA w/ The Needlepoints Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Mar 3 2010 9:00P

Replay Lounge w/ Battle! Lawrence, Kansas

Mar 4 2010 8:00P

Club Mustache Kansas City, Missouri

Mar 5 2010 8:00P

Haunted Basement Des Moines, Iowa

Mar 6 2010 8:00P

Getthefuckouttamyhouse w/ Written Off, Red Phone Dispatch     Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mar 12 2010 8:00P

Snakepit w/ The Brokedowns, Sass Dragons, Gusto     Madison, Wisconsin

Mar 26 2010 8:00P

Subvert City w/ The Dopamines, Be My Doppleganger, Bob Burns, Direct Hit Madison, Wisconsin

Apr 16 2010 8:00P

The Speakeasy w/ K Davis and the Have-Nots, Tension Generation     Madison, Wisconsin

May 30 2010 4:00P

Windy City Sound Clash w/ Teen Idols, Dopamines, Jetty Boys, Red Phone Dispatch +++ Chicago, Indiana

May 31 2010 8:00P

Madcity Music Debris @ TBA w/ Dude Jams + a bunch of others Madison, Wisconsin

via Shows « Rally Records.

REVIEW: I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action

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Ah Jackie Chan, one of the greatest martial arts actors of all time, but you may wonder how he got to be that way. Well Jackie is here to answer that question with a book written by the stunt hungry always smiling man who seems to be made of rubber. Clocking in a 416 pages it starts you out with Jackie as a kid going to the Peking opera because his family thought this would be the best direction for their son to go. We go through his life at the school, how at times it seemed to be too brutal that anyone would survive but eventually he graduated. We go from there to seeing how Jackie started out in stunts and movies with his brothers Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao. You get some great stories about things like how Jackie had to make his own furniture in his apartment because he couldn’t afford to buy any to his brushes with organized crime, and his fight to get films made in both Hong Kong and America. The book ends around the time that “Rush Hour” comes out so it’s somewhat current even at this point. Includes a list of his films, top stunts and injuries. A must read for any Jackie Chan fan, fucking great book.

Get I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: (500) Days of Summer

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(500) Days of Summer, here we have a movie that’s very borderline chick-flick/drama/almost comedy. Marc Webb, who you will probably recognized from, nothing is the director in this film staring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Brick, “3rd Rock from the Sun”). Joseph is boy, Zooey is girl, boy falls in love with girl at work, and chases her, appears to be victorious in getting her then within weeks it all falls to shit. This is a pretty good representation of how relationships go for the most part, starting out great then taking a downward spiral once she gets tired of you, add more complications and drama and you’ve got life. But don’t let that turn you away from this one. (500) Days of Summer has a lot more humor than these teen romance movies that have come out lately (Adventureland, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist), in fact within the first thirty seconds I was laughing, and we’ve got some other nicely placed jokes too. But it’s still not a comedy, either way, good movie, check it out if you’re into that kinda bullshit.

Get (500) Days of Summer from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: The Hextalls: Get Smashed

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Thanks to the Hextalls we’ve got our first great pop punk album of 2010! The Hextalls bust in your face with an album full of booze, hockey, video games, and just in general awesomeness. The only thing I don’t like about this album is the intro/outro of the first song “I’m a Recluse!” I’ll admit I was a bit scared when I first heard it but the song quickly settled into something I enjoy. This band is a constant for fun songs and this album is no exception, I actually laughed out loud the first time I heard “My Dad vs Shina Twain”. “Pacman” is a great song, about…PACMAN! Like this song or you’re a shitty person. The next couple of songs are all fun in different ways, “Rally” is short and to the point, I love it. Coming up after that we finally get our first hockey reference, it took six fucking songs but that’s fine because it was worth the wait, I support any anti-New York song. “The Final Countdown II” the most epic song title on the album, it’s not what you think it is. The Hextalls also know how to give the lady’s what they want, power ballad. Ok maybe the name isn’t totally descriptive, but it’s a power ballad Hextalls style. Enough of that sappy stuff through, let’s get back to video games. Wait a minute “My Xbox Got the Red Ring of Death” isn’t actually about an xbox…or is it? You be the judge. “I’m an Alcoholic!” I might have to adopt as my new personal anthem, drinking, not wanting to go to work, these things interest me in my daily life. “Diaper Change”, quick, catchy, it’ll be stuck in your head soon. After that you might be thinking you’ve probably hit all the best stuff on the album so far. You might also think “hm, the album cover has an arcade machine on the cover but I’ve only heard a couple video games so far”, enter “We’re the Castle Crashers” or as I like to call it, the best song on the album. If you’ve played the game you’re already running through it in your head, this song is almost as great as the game is. After that it seems the band got tried of having songs that weren’t named after people, because that’s what we get for the next four in a row. But that’s cool songs about people are always fun, especially “Tina Turner”. Also among the ‘songs that have people names’ I want to give a shout out to “Kristine” because that chick sounds awesome, hit me up. Closing out the album is a sixteen second song that’s perfect to close out a Hextalls album.

1. I’m a Recluse!
2. My Dad vs Shania Twain
3. Pacman
4. I Met Her At the Ropetow
5. Rally
6. I Don’t Wanna be a New York Ranger
7. The Final Countdown II
8. Generic Mid-Record Power Ballad
9. My Xbox Got the Red Ring of Death
10. I’m an Alcoholic!
11. Diaper Change
12. We’re the Castle Crashers
13. Bryan Adams
14. Tina Turner
15. Kristine
16. Mark Wilson
17. I’m Hiding Your Car Keys In the Garbage

Get it from The Hextalls HERE

Get Get Smashed from Amazon HERE

Weekly Band Profile: The Doors

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Name: The Doors
From: Los Angeles, California
Web Site: http://www.thedoors.com/
Lifespan: 1965–1973
Genre: Rock, Rock and roll, Psychedelic rock, acid rock, Classic rock
Best Release: The Doors, Strange Days, Morrison Hotel, L.A. Woman (As you can see, this wasn’t an easy choice)
Releases:
(Albums only, not including Demos, Live, Compilations, Archives or Singles)
The Doors
Strange Days
Waiting for the Sun
The Soft Parade
Morrison Hotel
L.A. Woman
Other Voices
Full Circle
An American Prayer
Info:
One of my favorite bands of all time, Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, and Robby Krieger formed The Doors. However due to Jim Morrison being fucking crazy and writing 99% of the material most people just know him. They had a great career surrounded by a lot of conversely mostly due to Jim. In the end Morrison died in Paris, or so one story goes. Like Elvis that’s also up in the air as to weather or not Jim Morrison is really dead. That’s an entire story all on it’s own so I’m not even going to attempt to branch out to it, look it up if you’re interested. During the time they were a band with Morrison they only put out top notch albums, all of them are great. However after the leader died the band kept trying to go and put out two more albums, both of which are fucking awful.

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