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October 25, 2009
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.
June 9, 2009
Tony Jaa spent over an hour and a half kicking ass in Ong-Bak; it was some of the most amazing shit I’d ever seen. Best thing sense Bruce Lee, with Tom Yum Goong coming out people either wondered if Tony would be a flash in the pan or if this would be amazing as well. Pretty quickly you realize this movie is going to be awesome, someone steals Tony Jaa’s elephant and he is pissed. Out to get his elephant back and destroy anyone in his way I realized this movie actually Ong-Bak’s Ong-Bak about the time Tony is trapped in a room with about fifty guys and solves this problem by quickly breaking the bones of every man in the room. This was the first movie that I watched for the first time, than immediately turned it on and watched it a second time in a row, it’s that fucking good. Back in the director’s seat is the crazy Prachya Pinkaew, most likely 50% of the reason this movie rules so hard (the other 50% of course being Tony himself). There’s not much else I can say about this movie besides just HOLY FUCK! If you liked Ong-Bak, marshal arts movies or just pure ass kicking’s, this movie is a must see, must own.
May 20, 2009
Music, Pop Punk, Punk, Reviews, Rock 40Engine, ALL, band, Bonesaw Romance, Chad Price, Descendents, Goodbye Harry, music, pop punk, poppunk, punk, records, review, Reviews, Scott Reynolds, Stephen Egerton, The Pavers, uncle critic Leave a comment
Twenty years ago Scott Reynolds joined “the band that wasn’t the Descendents” aka ALL. He was with ALL for about five years, after he left ALL he started a band called Goodbye Harry who put out two albums. After the split of Goodbye Harry, The Pavers formed, The Pavers where around for a few years putting out numerous EP’s and albums, currently they’re on hiatus. Sense then Scott has seemly been dormant, seemly but this was not the case. The past year or two he finally let loose with the long awaited album of his next band Bonesaw Romance also formed a band with All band-mate, guitarist Stephen Egerton, 40Engine. And last but not least, possibly even best Scott put together a ragtag group and got a long talked about album out, the band Scott Reynolds and the Steaming Beast, the album, Adventure boy. This is much different from his other stuff, every band this man forms seems to be different in some form or fashion, that’s part of what I love about every band he’s in. The sound of Scott Reynolds and the Steaming Beast is more of an acoustic, lounge-type style. It’s catchy and soothing, something that you’d be listening to while skipping work and lounging in a hammock on a hot day with a mixed drink in your hand. Think along the lines of an entire album that sounds in the vain of The Paver’s “Thank You Mr. Hollywood Fancypants”. This album also includes a cover of Goodbye Harry’s “Angel”; this time around the song is more of a straight country song, with help from the boys from Drag the River, than the almost goofy version that was on the 1996 album ‘I Can Smoke’. However the best song off of the album may be the one that came about from the most absurd circumstances. Oh so way back when while Scott was still trying to scrape together some sort of band for this album he had a contest of sorts online. He got people to send him song ideas, once he had a fair amount of these ideas he posted them all up for the masses to vote on. Something he probably didn’t see coming however was the guys from the dorkboard, posters of which were the loyalists from the ALLboard before it went down. Someone had thrown out the idea to write a song about this message board, this won the vote by a landslide, so the genius Scott Reynolds is started about writing “None of This is Funny”; a song which is basically about the message board’s posters, aging punkers who are still young at heart but growing older and having to deal with the obstacles of work, family and life in general. All in all this is a great album, I like it a lot, and I own multiple copies of it. On the other hand I can see where some people wouldn’t be into it, they might buy the album thinking this is going to be ALL 2.0 with songs like “Box” and “Mary”, instead they’ll get the hammock laying, mixed drink drinking, lounge stylings of “Boy Who Stole Your Heart” and “Adventure Boy”. And I’m in no way saying that’s a bad thing.
1. Jesus, Satan, Gene Beeman, His Car, & Pizza Hut
3. Boy Who Stole Your Heart
4. Scaffold Lick
5. Line Check
6. Tracy Hardman’s Cheek
8. Adventure Boy
9. None of This Is Funny
10. Truth Teller’s Soul
May 17, 2009
Music, Pop Punk, Punk, Reviews Beach Boys, Beatnik Termites, Dazes, It's Alive Records, Japan, music, pop punk, poppunk, punk, records, review, Reviews, rock, surf, surf rock, The Queers, uncle critic, Wimpys Leave a comment
It’s Alive Records brings us a split from a couple of bands from across the globe, The Dazes and The Wimpys are both from Japan, but they’re music to the ears across the globe. The Dazes deliver two tracks of the pop rock that they’ve come to be known for. While the Wimpys bring us a couple of presumably Beach Boys inspired surf rock songs reminiscent of the Queers and Beatnik Termites. You can practly feel the sun and taste the sand while listing to their side of the record. All four songs together make for a fun highly enjoyable split record, one which has already been listened to multiple times (and I’ve only had it for a day). You might want to hurry up and order this one, first pressing is only five hundred.
1. Be My Popsicle (The Dazes)
2. Heart On My Bumper (The Dazes)
3. Weekend Runaways (The Wimpys)
4. She’s The One (The Wimpys)
May 17, 2009
Two fairly established pop punk bands come together here for this fun split record. “Songs About Fucking Up” features a “Big Black: Songs About Fucking” rip-off cover and four tracks about, what else, fucking up. I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed with this one, but perhaps my expectations were set a little high. Two bands I really like coming together for one record, it doesn’t happen too often. Regardless, it’s still a good solid record, one that you shouldn’t have any second thoughts about picking up. Currently the first track on here is still my favorite on the record. We’ve got a pretty decent amount out for the first pressing thanks to It’s Alive Records, five hundred on clear vinyl and another five hundred on black vinyl.
1. Grown Folks Business (The Copyrights)
2. Days Of Despair (The Copyrights)
3. Try This Kids At Home (The Dopamines)
4. October 24th (The Dopamines)
May 15, 2009
Country, Music, Punk, Reviews Armchair Martian, band, Chad Rex, Chris Pierce, Country, Drag the River, Ergs, Eric Powers, Joey Erg, Jon Snodgrass, punk, records, review, Reviews, rock, Steinways, Suburban Home Records, The Ergs!, Two Cow Garage, uncle critic Leave a comment
Alright I’ll start out by saying this, If you’re a fan of Drag the River or Armchair Martian and you don’t own this yet, just stop reading now and go pick this up. If you like the above two bands then you should know exactly what to expect here, it’s Jon from both DTR and Armchair Martian with his first solo album. A slightly rock infused country album with lots of visitors making up the band, hence the title of the album. We’ve got people from Two Cow Garage, Chad Rex, Joey Erg, Chris Pierce, Eric Powers, and more. After listening to this bad boy a few times I can already tell it will be in constant rotation whenever I’m drinking or just trying to have a chill day, great record. Not surprisingly put out by Suburban Home Records, the guys who have brought us a number of great stuff including most of Drag the River’s catalog.
1. Brave With Strangers
2. Thru The Fan
3. Remember My Name
4. Song For Jake Nichols To Sing
6. Fast In Last
7. Long Way Found
8. Fast One Sloe
9. Not That Rad
11. Visitor’s Band