REVIEW: Secrets of the samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan

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I like samurai’s, I like martial arts, so I had to buy this book. If there’s one thing this book is its informative, maybe a little too much. It gives you a wealth of information on samurai’s their lifestyles, weapons fighting styles and everything else, complete with picture diagrams. If there one thing this book has as a downfall is it’s somewhat hard to read, written more like a textbook than a history book sometimes you might be finding yourself fighting to get through this next chapter. But if you can push through the 464 pages that make up this bad boy, you’ll have a lot more knowledge in your brain than you had before you started reading. Written by Oscar Ratti and Adele Westbook it’s not for everyone, I’d stay the hardcore Samurai/Japan lovers should be on the lookout for this one, people who just kind of like Samurai stuff might wanna go looking for something else.

Get Secrets Of The Samurai – The Martial Arts Of Feudal Japan – A Survey Of The Martial Arts Of Feudal Japan from Amazon HERE

IRON MAIDEN: North American Tour Announcement Coming Next Week?

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British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN are expected to make an announcement about possible 2010 North American live dates on Thursday, March at 3:00 p.m. EST. No further information is currently available.

IRON MAIDEN recently finished recording its new album at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas with producer Kevin Shirley. According to a posting on Kevin’s official web site, “There’s still work to do, but the band portion is complete and in the can, so to speak.”

Shirley previously worked on the last three MAIDEN albums — 2000’s “Brave New World”, 2003’s “Dance of Death” and 2006’s “A Matter of Life and Death”.

The next IRON MAIDEN album will be the band’s fifteenth studio record, and they face a challenge to follow up “A Matter of Life and Death”, which was received well critically and saw the group play the whole album on tour.

Speaking at last year’s premiere of the band’s documentary film “Iron Maiden: Flight 666″, guitarist Adrian Smith stated, “There’s always a bit of pressure to follow up the last album. In a way, it’s good, because it motivates you.

“We never get complacent; we always try our best for our own sake as much as anything else. As far as pressure for another album, we just do what we do — we’ve been doing it long enough now; we know what we’re doing. [laughs]“

IRON MAIDEN guitarist Janick Gers revealed to BBC News in November that the band was on its way “to Paris for three weeks to work on some new stuff.” He added, “The most important thing for a band is to create new music, otherwise you’re not valid — you become a parody.”

IRON MAIDEN will headline this year’s edition of the U.K.’s Sonisphere festival, which will be held Saturday, July 31, 2010 and Sunday, August 1, 2010 at Knebworth.

MAIDEN became the first outfit in history to travel round the world in a customized jet during their “Somewhere Back in Time” tour, as detailed in award-winning movie “Flight 666″.

The Boeing 757 carried musicians, crew, gear and guests with singer Bruce Dickinson, a qualified airline pilot, at the controls.

via BLABBERMOUTH.NET – IRON MAIDEN: North American Tour Announcement Coming Next Week?.

REVIEW: The Riptides: Tales From Planet Earth

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Asian Man Records brings us the new Riptides album. New classic pop punk, this will fit in on your shelf very nicely between your Queers albums and your Steinways records. They’ve got a sound that instantly hooked me and I think this is their best album to date. Awesome cover and even better sounds. If you’re a fan of pop punk don’t wait to go get this record.

1. Hung Up
2. She Gets Around
3. I Go Mental
4. Omega Man
5. Dial M For Murder
6. Two Minute Penalty
7. Stranger in the House
8. Shell Shock
9. I Can’t Have A Merry Christmas
10. Call Me
11. Tattletale
12. Shit Outta Luck

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REVIEW: 3 X Carlin: An Orgy of George

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The late, amazingly great, George Carlin wrote some books during his long career. Three of these books are here all in one big aptly titled, Orgy of George. We’ve got ‘Brain Droppings’, ‘Napalm+Silly Putty’, and ‘When Will Jesus Bring The Portchops’ plus more brand spankin new stuff. Clocking in at a hefty 896 pages these are full of a lot of stuff George talked about in his act. Ideas on how to improve the word or society in general, general odd observations about things ranging from TV to sports to people getting sick, and random ideas on how to entertain yourself. I think my personal favorite part in these books, or this book depending on how you want to look at it is the there are pages and pages of totally random things it seems he just wrote down as he went along, like “fuck soccer moms”, no explanation. This is one of the better comedy books I’ve read, it’s a must for a George Carlin fan and not a bad way to spend a few weeks (or months depending on how fast you read).

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FINNTROLL, MOONSORROW: North American Tour

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Finnish folk metallers FINNTROLL will embark on a spring North American headlining tour, dubbed “Finnish Metal”, with support from MOONSORROW, SWALLOW THE SUN and SURVIVORS ZERO. Brought to you by King Foo Entertainment, the tour will cover over 20 cities in what is hoped to be a yearly event.

All four bands have now added a special event VIP ticket for a pre-show meet-and-greet to take place one hour before doors. Each night, fans will get to meet and greet the entire tour package for a special event that will include all the band members from all four bands. These special VIP tickets are on sale now at EnterTheVault.com and each venue will put them on sale through whatever ticketing system they use in the coming days.

The dates are as follows:

Apr. 06 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx

Apr. 07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero

Apr. 08 – New York City, NY @ Grammercy Theater

Apr. 09 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium

Apr. 10 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda

Apr. 11 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial

Apr. 12 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House

Apr. 13 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys

Apr. 14 – Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s

Apr. 15 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

Apr. 16 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

Apr. 17 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4

Apr. 19 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird

Apr. 21 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

Apr. 22 – Vancouver, BC @ Red Room

Apr. 23 – Portland, OR @ Satyricon

Apr. 24 – San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside

Apr. 25 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

Apr. 26 – Mesa, AZ @ U.B.’s

Apr. 27 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rock

Apr. 29 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s

Apr. 30 – Houston, TX @ Meridian

May 01 – Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater

via BLABBERMOUTH.NET – FINNTROLL, MOONSORROW, SWALLOW THE SUN: Special VIP Tickets Available For North American Tour.

Weekly Band Profile: Black Flag

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Name: Black Flag
From: Hermosa Beach, California
Web Site: n/a
Lifespan: 1977–1986
Genre: Punk
Best Release: Nervious Breakdown
Releases:
Albums:
Damaged
My War
Family Man
Slip It In
Loose Nut
In My Head
Singles/EPs:
Nervious Breakdown
Jealous Again
Six Pack
The Process of Wedding Out
I Can See You
Louie Louie
TV Party
Annihilate This Week
Info:
Black Flag, most people have heard of them by now and more than a fair amount are fans. A punk band from the early days of the 70’s they’re influence still reaches out with a tight grip even today. Like any punk band worth their weight they’ve had more than a few members over the years, almost 20, not bad for a four piece band. Greg Ginn baby originally early members were him Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski and Brian Migdol. After Morris gave up singing duties and Ron Reyes was brought in to fill that role, this didn’t last too long and Dez Cedena came in. After Dez’s voice couldn’t hold up the man who gained the most fame, and one of the most badass people ever walked into the band’s life, Henry Rollins. This was the band’s most controversial move, some rejoiced at Rollins being in Black Flag others hated it and thought the band lost a lot with him in it. The band hit their peak in popularity and production with Rollins but ultimately, like most bands broke up. Towards the end of the Band’s career their sound changed quite a bit which was off-putting to a lot of fans. Despite this the Band Spawned the SST Records label and a ton of other great bands and continue to be relevant today, their logo is simple but still incredibly recognizable.

REVIEW: Cory Branan & Jon Snodgrass: S/T

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Suburban Home Records brings a surprise split record, Cory Branan and Jon Snodgrass. I’m a big fan of Jon’s stuff both solo and with the different bands he’s been a part of, however this is the first time I’ve heard Cory Branan. These two make a great pair, they take turns with their songs, most of the time I don’t like this style of split record but this blends so well I think it was a good choice. Jon’s songs seem to be the slightly stronger of the two, a surprise only because it is so close to call. After I’ve heard this I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for Cory Branan’s stuff. Anybody who’s a fan of the type of music Jon Snodgrass offers up (alt-country, folk, acoustic greatness) should have this record in their box. Limited to a thousand copies, five hundred ‘sun colored’ five hundred ‘moon colored’ I’m not too sure what sun means but the moon I have is really just clear vinyl.

Side A
1. Alone & Distanced
2. Corner
3. Solo in Soho
4. Wild One

Side B
5. Walk Around
6. Born Apart
7. Yeah, So What

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