October 29, 2010
Adam Green director of one of my favorite horror movies in the past ten years, Hatchet and the also great Spiral is back again, this time with a more suspenseful drama Frozen. The story of three skiers who get stuck on a chair lift, and left until the place would open the week after. This movie was fucking intense, there were some scenes in here that were really unsettling and a bit hard to watch. This movie was actually terrifying, most of that is due to the fact this is a very real situation that could happen. You get stuck on a ski lift, and then you wait to die. It’s so fucked. Green has another great movie on his hands with Frozen. Mostly unknown actors in here you may recognize Kevin Zegers from another fine horror film, Wrong Turn. And Shawn Ashmore was in X-men 3, ironically as Iceman. I’m not a fan of films today being compared to Hitchcock but this does seem like the type of movie that he would do. The entire thing takes place in the confined space of a chair lift (except maybe a few minutes) and it’s a drama filled and driven suspense movie. The soundtrack I could even see fitting right in with a Hitchcock movie. I can’t go quite as far as to say I loved this movie but it was really fucking good. A warning to people with a short attention span it is slow-paced but in this case it’s a movie that pulls that off very well. I feel kind of like the swimmer that just saw Jaws because I don’t plan on going skiing ever again. Highly recommended for people who are fans of Thrillers.
October 28, 2010
DC hardcore is alive and kicking; one of the bands carrying the flag high is Coke Bust. They’ve been around about four years but their debut album Lines in the Sand came out in 2009. But now a year later the much improved CD version of that album is on. You know Coke Bust is for real because the album (both versions) is out on Six Weeks Records, and they generally don’t fuck around. The best thing about the CD version we have here is it includes so much more than just the album, it almost servers as a band discography. The first seventeen tracks are the ‘Lines in the Sand’ album, followed by a track from the ‘Short Fast and Loud 10″ compilation, after that the next six tracks are from the ‘Fuck Bar Culture’ 7″. And finally rounding out the last eight tracks is the band’s demo. This was my first time hearing the band’s 7″ but I was already very familiar with the demo and the album. The album, while being the weakest thing on here, is really good loud fast angry hardcore. It took a bit to grow on me, the first few times I didn’t like the album but after a revisit this is a great example of pissed off hardcore. The songs from ‘Fuck Bar Culture’ are really good, as is the ‘Short Fast and Loud’ track but I think they serve their best place in the middle because they’re the second best thing on here. The best thing on here, which makes owning this disc a real gem, is what I’ve always loved from this band, the demo material. Still the best stuff the band has released it’s just so goddamn good. Why most of this demo material hasn’t been included on an album or something yet is beyond me. But if you like hardcore you’d be a fool not to at least check this out; you get great hardcore material off of four releases from one of DC’s best going hardcore bands.
1. Under The Streetlights
2. Bullshit Copout
3. Prove You Right
4. New Blood
5. White Island
6. Countdown To Death
7. Your Hold
8. Spit Out
9. Lines In The Sand
10. Slave To Democracy
11. Leave Me Behind
12. No One To Impress
15. Forced To Live
16. Dying For Respect
17. Cycle Of Violence
18. Time Theft (Short Fast and Loud comp 10″)
19. Fumigation (Fuck Bar Culture 7″)
20. A Lot To Digest (Fuck Bar Culture 7″)
21. Figured Out (Fuck Bar Culture 7″k)
22. Fuck Bar Culture (Fuck Bar Culture 7″)
23. Privileged (Fuck Bar Culture 7″)
24. Because Of The Label (Fuck Bar Culture 7″)
25. My Disgust (Demo)
26. Power Junkies (Demo)
27. Shut Out (Demo)
28. Beyond A Reasonable Doubt (Demo)
29. Source Of Misery (Demo)
30. Sick Of Routine (Demo)
31. No Middle Ground (Demo)
32. Slow Down (Demo)
33. It’s Time (Demo)
October 27, 2010
Hawthorne Street Records is here with Brain Banger’s follow-up to their ‘Yellow Belly’ album with ‘Munsoned’. Brain Banger isn’t a one man operation, it features members of Young Widows, Lords, Breather Resist and Black Cross. Their release, ‘Monsoned’ features five songs and runs just short of fourteen minutes in running time. Luckily this isn’t very long because you may need multiple listens for this one to grow on you. The first time I listened to this I was in my car driving around and I hated it. But then I happened to get lost while driving and not really paying attention to change music this rolled around another two or three times. After a couple spins I found myself thinking ‘this is pretty good, what is it?’ then I realized it was still the same CD that had been in before. From the front cover I was half expecting another folk punk album but what Brain Banger does is definitely punk rock, a style that leans towards hardcore but doesn’t go there.
‘A No Brainer’ Starts out with some really annoying high-pitched feedback backed up by the band, luckily that doesn’t last long. The production seems a little muddy and you can really tell on the vocals but it almost works for this.
‘Stay Down’ Starts out fast and steady handed then stays there, this might be the best song here.
‘Procession’ Track three slows it down a little, with a bit of a melodic rock sound to it, but there’s still a hard edge on it which comes out as it progresses.
‘Pay Attention’ Sounds like it was recorded in a hallway, overall I’m not crazy about this song, it’s the weakest one on here.
‘Save’ Closing it out is a song that’s alright but should have been in the middle. It’s more of a rock song, it’s not bad but it’s far from the strongest song on here.
1. A No Brainer
2. Stay Down
4. Pay Attention
October 25, 2010
Cassette Deck are the guys putting out BUST!’s Suck Kuts, a punk album that’s got some balls on it. Ten songs coming in at just over eighteen minutes. I think Cassette Deck is the perfect place for this band to be, they’ve also put out stuff by the Brokedowns and Sass Dragons and if you like those bands BUST! is right up you’re alley. The album starts, ramps up and doesn’t let go until it’s done with you. You can get this on a 10″ record, and it’s a lot of sound packed into that ten inches of vinyl, the band has a full sound almost like you’re there and the vocals are plenty turned up to hear. There are some bad points however, I don’t think there is really a stand out song here. The whole album is sort of a middle of the road vibe. If you end up not liking this style of punk you’re really not going to enjoy this album at all because there’s very little change throughout, but on the flip side of that if you’re into this chances are you’ll think this is a great album. The album cover is another issue entirely, it basically creeps me out, and I’m not sure why.
1. The Whinery (Merlot Blow)
2. Who Wants to Fuck Bill Rogers?
3. Pear At Heart
4. High on Life, Drunk off Mouthwash
5. Push Ups
6. That Don’t Impressuh Me Much
7. Talk Nerdy To Me
8. First Bench
9. Unsmooth Moments