REVIEW: 30 Minutes or Less

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First let’s look at the facts that should have made this movie great. You’ve got Ruben Fleischer, the guy that directed Zombieland directing four great people – Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari and Nick Swardson. Not to mention the movie also has Dilshad Vadsaria, Michael Pena, and Fred Ward. If you look at what we’ve got already chances are you’re saying “I will see this movie”. I think that’s pretty much what happened with 30 Minutes or Less, because it had all the right crew but the movie just didn’t deliver (no pun intended). Jesse Eisenberg is a pizza delivery boy whose life isn’t all that great. He makes a delivery one day to the broke and somewhat dumb bad guys Danny McBride and Nick Swardson. Basically he’s got to rob a bank for them or they’ll blow him up with the bomb that’s strapped to him. As you can imagine it goes wrong somewhere along the way and hijinks ensue. The movie wasn’t bad it just wasn’t as good as it should have been with the tools it had. It was decent but far from hilarious. It’s a decent movie to watch if nothing else is on but I wouldn’t say you’d have to go out of your way to see this.

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REVIEW: Cynics: Dave & Angela EP

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This is the Dave & Angela EP from Cynics; it’s the same band that is now known as Great Cynics, just before the name change. This is a digital EP released through Kind of Like records, you can download it for free so you’ve got no excuse not to, what do you have to lose?

‘Dave & Angela’ A catchy little song, it’s like a pop rock jam with a very slight bit of country thrown in. Like Frank Turner with more pop. There’s a nice group sing along part thrown in there for everyone’s enjoyment.
‘Moorhen’ This song I don’t really care for, it’s not bad, it’s just not really great either. It’s just kind of sitting there in the middle of the EP.
‘Twenty Five’ Things get back on track fast with this high energy song. This short three song EP closes things out on a high note with the best song. If nothing else this one song should leave you wanting to hear more from this band.

1. Dave & Angela
2. Moorhen
3. Twenty Five

REVIEW: The Quarantines: Zombie Army

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The Quarantines are back with their second EP, this time with zombies as the focus instead of robots. The cover is almost the same as the first 7″ with slight changes, which I like a lot; I hope they keep this theme going. I guess you could call The Quarantines a concept band, Ramones-core songs about robots and zombies, their first EP was great and this one continues down that road of great pop punk songs about stuff that nerds will love singing along to. A split release out on Insubordination Records and Zombies Ate My Music Records, be sure to check this one out if you like quality pop punk…and zombies.

‘Shoot to Kill’ Most of the Quarantines songs have a Ramones edge in them, but I hear a lot of MTX in this one though. It’s not often you hear a love song about shooting and zombies.
‘Robot Takeover’ A song getting back to my favorite subject, robots. A simple song to learn and sing along with, the counting parts almost sounds like a kid’s song. It’s pretty incredible.
‘Infected’ What’s the worst thing that can happen when dealing with zombies? Getting infected. A poppy song for a pretty terrible thing to happen to you.
‘Zombie Army’ Even though there’s the threat of becoming a zombie and being part of their army, you can’t help but tap your foot to this tune. At least you better before it rots off from the infection.

1. Shoot to Kill
2. Robot Takeover
3. Infected
4. Zombie Army

Releases Worth Getting October 25, 2011

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DVD/Blu-Ray:
More Brains! A Return To The Living Dead
Captain America: The First Avenger
WWE Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart: WWE’s Greatest Rivalries
Robot Chicken: Season Five
Destroy All Monsters
Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings

Music:
Charles Manson: Trees
Jedi Mind Tricks: Violence Begets Violence
Miles Davis: Warner Years 1986 – 1991
Wizard: Of Wariwulfs & Bluotvarwes
Barreracudas: Nocturnal Missions

REVIEW: Saturday Night Karaoke: So I Can Write a Song About It + Bonus

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If you don’t know Saturday Night Karaoke, well you should get to know them. They’re a pretty good pop punk band from Indonesia. They’ve put out a few EP’s and so far all of them have been good. Here’s their first EP from back in 2008. The album cover is almost a one panel comic, which I think embodies pop punk pretty well.

‘Flaming Adolescent Passion on a Red Hair Chick From The Other Side Of The World’ Things start out with a song that has an amazingly long title but luckily it’s pretty good. Seems like the joining of The Ergs and Chixdiggit. As with many bands, and every pop punk band in the history of pop punk, it’s a song about a girl. This one on the internet, same ol’ story, new technology.
‘S.I.A.T.’ I could do without the harmonica at the beginning of this song. After that I can’t say that I can understand the lyrics but I definitely like the song.
‘Discipline Girl’ The recording quality on this is pretty bad but the song is pretty good. Reminds me of some of the faster Ataris stuff, back when they were still a good band, or some old Green Day. I miss most of the lyrics because of the recording which is a shame, because this sounds like a real good one.
‘Totally Ass’ I think the band was under the influence of some Angry Samoans for this one. It’s not great, but I wouldn’t call it bad either. Either way, it’s under a minute so you don’t get much time to know it.
‘It Took 18 Minutes to Write This One (crapcoustic)’ This song is fucking awesome, from the title I’m going to assume they weren’t too fond of this song but I think it’s the best one on the EP. An acoustic jam that could hang with many of the great acoustic pop punk songs around. Lyrically it reminds me very much of something Mikey Erg would do, it’s pretty incredible.

1. Flaming Adolescent Passion on a Red Hair Chick From The Other Side Of The World
2. S.I.A.T.
3. Discipline Girl
4. Totally Ass
5. It Took 18 Minutes to Write This One (crapcoustic)

Kind Of Like Smitten EP

I normally won’t review a cover album or in this case EP, but I figured this needed some recognition. Especially since it’s so damn good. It’s got a pretty stoked looking girl on the front and some pretty flawless versions of ergs songs inside, not to mention an original jam. Released back in April of 2011 on tape (ugh), luckily there were mp3’s too. Ergs fans get into it!!

‘First Song, Side One – A Very Pretty Song For A Very Special Young Lady Part II’ I said some of these were pretty flawless and this is a great example. The band covers things here pretty well and the vocals even sound kind of like Mikey. Hell they’ve even got some clapping.
‘Kind Of Like Smitten’ This one doesn’t quite match up to the original as well, but that’s just because they did such a great job with the first song. This is another incredible cover, the vocals sound a little less Mikey-like but it’s Ergs enough for me.
‘Introducing Morissey’ My personal favorite Ergs song ever, and I like how the band added a live Ergs into onto it. I couldn’t have asked for a better cover here. Saturday Night Karaoke has proved they’re a band that can keep up with the best of em.
‘FM Year Sucks (Boredcoustic)’ Maybe it’s because this was in behind three Ergs covers but this song has kind of an Ergs to it. It’s acoustic, it starts out with happy birthday, it’s got a shaker in it, a little jazzy at times, but none of that is bad.

1. First Song, Side One – A Very Pretty Song For A Very Special Young Lady Part II
2. Kind Of Like Smitten
3. Introducing Morissey
4. FM Year Sucks (Boredcoustic)

The Prozacs 2001-2011

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After ten years The Prozacs are breaking up. It’s a bummer of a day but they leave behind a pretty extensive discography which includes three albums a ton of splits, and some EP’s. The band says there’s no bad blood, it’s just a lack of time. Sorry to see you guys go but thanks for all the great tunes and times.

Discography:

Albums:
Thanks For Nothing
Questions, Answers, And Things Never Found
Playing The Chords We Love
Live at CBGB

EPs:
Monsters Night Out
Odds N’ Ends
Pieces

Splits:
Prozacs/Johnie 3 ‘Turntable Not Included’
Prozacs/Johnie 3 ‘We Should Split’
Prozacs/The Guts ‘Stickin With It’
Prozacs/McRackins ‘Somebody Out There Loves Us’
Prozacs/Super White Garlic Broken Smiles
Prozacs/No Intention ‘Another Bright Idea’
Prozacs/Regal Beagle/Burbs/Lebowskis ‘Summer Sounds: Four Reasons for the Season vol 1′

SHOWS I SEEN: Daikaiju – May 4th 2011 – Golden West Café – Baltimore, MD

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Golden West Café – Baltimore, MD

May 4th 2011

 

Geisha Lightning – Geisha Lightning was pretty badass, I’d never seen them before but I will be looking into getting more into them now.

Daikaiju – These guys were fucking incredible. The first time I’d seen them and they were hella fun. Masks, surf rock, getting the crowd into it, sitting on girl’s laps while playing. It seemed like there’s nothing these guys wouldn’t do to make this show fun. They even had various audience participation, and did a switch with the crowd where they made everyone get on stage while they played in the viewing area. If you ever get the chance to see this band, you’d better take it, you will not regret it.

Pandas – Pandas headlined but I had to leave before them, though I don’t think you can follow what Daikaiju did.

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