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Sunday, January 02, 2011
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BEST RECORD OF 2010
EXILE ON MAIN STREET THE ROLLING STONES PRODUCED BY JIMMY MILLER
The month of May, 2010 has Mick Jagger on your TV screen…from Jimmy Kimmel to Larry King, with welcome chatter about the greatest band in the world…and the quintessential double album that is now expanded with bonus tracks…EXILE ON MAIN STREET. We’ll be reviewing the Exile On Main Street DVD in the very near future…but as I haven’t opened the “official” Universal Music promo copy download of the CD (what the heck? Can’t even hold the disc in your hands when reviewing…what’s the world coming to?) for now we’ll revisit a space in time with the man who made Exile On Main Street, the late Jimmy Miller. Jimmy Miller remembered Read more here: http://www.tmrzoo.com/?p=11585
Cast: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Edward James Olmos, David Harbour and Tom Wilkinson
In the 3D action-comedy The Green Hornet, Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is the son of LA’s most prominent and respected media magnate and perfectly happy to maintain a directionless existence on the party scene – until his father (Tom Wilkinson) mysteriously dies, leaving Britt his vast media empire. Striking an unlikely friendship with one of his father’s more industrious and inventive employees, Kato (Jay Chou), they see their chance to do something meaningful for the first time in their lives: fight crime. To get close to the criminals, they come up with the perfect cover: they’ll pose as criminals themselves.
Protecting the law by breaking it, Britt becomes the vigilante The Green Hornet as he and Kato hit the streets. Using all his ingenuity and skill, Kato builds the ultimate in advanced retro weaponry, Black Beauty, an indestructible car equal parts firepower and horsepower. Rolling in a mobile fortress on wheels and striking the bad guys with Kato’s clever gadgets, The Green Hornet and Kato quickly start making a name for themselves, and with the help of Britt’s new secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), they begin hunting down the man who controls LA’s gritty underworld: Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). But Chudnofsky has plans of his own: to swat down The Green Hornet once and for all.
DVD: Live! At The Bitter End along with HOLD THE FIRE 1. Dragging The Line 2. Crystal Blue Persuasion 3. Say I Am 4. Sugar On Sunday 5. Gettin' Together 6. Tighter And Tighter 7. Crimson And Clover 8. Hanky Panky 9. I Think We're Alone Now 10. Mony Mony 11. Sweet Cherry Wine 12. Mirage 13. Mony Mony (Reprise) 14. Individual Song Commentary 15. Discography 16. Full Length Interviews 17. Biography
Press Release The Airplane returned to the club where they started, the Matrix in San Francisco, for this 103-minute show that is so chock-full of goodies for fans that is hard to know where to start! Like, for instance, the only live performance of 'Share a Little Joke' and of an *instrumental* version of 'Ice Cream Phoenix'—both songs wouldn't appear on record until 'Crown of Creation' was released seven months later! It also features the only live performance of 'Blues from an Airplane', which harkens all the way back to band's debut album. Also here: 'Somebody to Love; Young Girl Sunday Blues; She Has Funny Cars; Two Heads' (final live performance); 'Martha; Kansas City' (final live performance); 'Other Side of This Life; Today; Won't You Try/Saturday Afternoon; It's No Secret; Watch Her Ride; Plastic Fantastic Lover; White Rabbit; 3/5ths of a Mile in 10 Seconds; Fat Angel', and 'The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil'. Universally acclaimed among Airplane cognoscenti as a real gem!
A cold, cold January night in Boston for the WFNX premiere of Season of the Witch at the Regal Fenway in Boston (near Fenway Park, of course) and a packed house got to experience the kind of horror film that was common place in the 1960s and early 70s when American International Pictures put the works of Edgar Allan Poe on the big screen, a throw-back to the era of the Universal monster movies from the '30s and '40s. Director Dominic Sena (he of Kalifornia/Swordfish/Gone In 60 Seconds and Janet Jackson videos fame) pays tribute to the past masters. It's interesting how Wikipedia writers can't wait to get information on a film up before its opening and the collection of reviews there has Salon's Andrew O'Hehir referencing Corman's Poe films, thinking that Sena should have indulged Corman more and other elements less.
My perspective is that slasher thrillers have done serious damage to the genre. I Know What You Did Last Summer, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Halloween all spawned series of their own, and that probably won't happen here. This appears to be a one-off ode to multiple blood and gore genres, from Zack Snyder's cataclysmic swordfight indulgence 300 - which they could have cut and pasted for the first portion of this movie, to The Mask Of The Red Death. Beginning in the city of Villach in 1235 AD and the killing of women for "consorting with the devil", witchcraft (all spoken in 2011 English, naturally), to Nicholas Cage and Hellboy/Beauty And The Beast star Ron Perlman found 800 years later in 1332 crusading for the Catholic Church. If the Vatican had a problem with the Da Vinci Code or Angels & Demons, it surely won't be happy with this dark history being utilized for commercial purposes, but the film jumps quickly as if it is a movie version of the Quantum Leap TV show trading in the hundreds of weapons for a bit of Medieval sword and sorcery...and the Black Plague to boot. The great Christopher Lee is hardly recognizable as Cardinal D'Ambroise, from Dracula to Star Wars to this, it's good to see director Sena indulging true monster movie fans their heroes. Castles and carting the witch to a far-off monastery the stay in Wormwood Forest is a cross between the first Predator movie and The Wolfman. There are some genuinely terrifying scenes and some great atmosphere but at the end of the day this economical 98 minute adventure might not hold up to repeated viewings. Season of the Witch misses the A mark, the flaws dragging it to a B or a B+, but in this age of slasher flicks and buckets of blood, all involved get credit for giving it the good old college try. Irish actor Robert Sheehan as Kay could reprise his role to keep the Key of Solomon from falling where it doesn't belong, but don't count on it. The sacrilege, the demon-hunting, the wolf-stomping, dagger-driving fog-enshrouded mystery will probably earn its forty million dollar production costs back as the youthful audience in Boston gave it more of a thumbs up than the critics appear willing to.
Rugged Australian actor David Lyons is pretty much unknown in these parts, his appearance as Dr. Simon Brenner on ER's last two seasons giving TV fans a glimpse of his talents. In The Cape he plays as cliche a superhero as you can get, as close to Batman as NBC can bring the character without a copyright infringement suit. His "cape" is made out of spider's web, given to him by Max Malini (actor Keith David), who is - for all intents and purposes - Morpheus from The Matrix working with Neo, Lyons' Vince Farraday/The Cape character. If you thought The Matrix took every element it could from movies and tv that came before, series "creator" Tom Wheeler thought so too. You'll find pieces of The Terminator TV series, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Spiderman 1, 2, 3...and The Matrix, of course, all wrapped up in this serious version of the Batman TV series from the 1960s, sans Robin, of course. But there is Orwell, played by Summer Lyn Glau from, gee whiz, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles where she was a terminatrix called Cameron. You can't get away from how the producers cleverly are picking up on the fan base built by the Terminator TV series which aired for two short seasons in 2008 and 2009, and for those who enjoyed that program, many of the atmospheric touches transfer over to this.
Is character development too pushy? You betcha, but Max Malini (how bad can you get with a name like that? Mad Max indeed...) is one of the better characters with his philosophical ramblings making the show a clear case of "give the people what they want". It's a weekly Dark Knight program for television which will settle in on Monday nights starting with the repeat of "Pilot" and "Tarot" on Monday, January 10 (2 hours) and one hour programs beginning on Monday January 17th. There are no disguises, the villain who runs ARK Corporation, Peter Fleming (played by James Frain) might as well be the head of Blackwater or Gotham City's Arkham Asylum. His henchman, Chess, might as well be Scarecrow/ Dr. Jonathan Crane from Batman Begins, the masked fellow who uses drugs and psychological terror, much like Chess does in The Cape. Scales, played by Vinnie Jones, could be Harvey Two Face from Batman and/or The Kingpin from Spiderman, take your pick, the producers don't care, long as you watch. As Marvel and DC Comics had similar super heroes and super villains, NBC is quickly cashing in on the power of the comic book mystique doing so well on the big screen, hoping it translates to home viewers. It's instant replay, and it worked a couple of seasons for the 1960s Batman and for the Terminator Sarah Connor Chronicles, though both series diving rather quickly. If this blatant amalgam is to take off it needs to find its own identity quickly and break some new ground. Time will tell if The Cape can find its niche.
Captain Beefheart - Under Review is a two hour documentary film tracing the roots and history of this iconic musical legend. It features rare live and studio performances of Beefheart, interspersed with contributions from virtually all members of The Magic Band along with a panel of esteemed experts. The film also features rarely seen promo films, interview footage with Beefheart, TV clips, location shots and a host of other features. Covering his entire musical career and loaded with extra features, this is not simply the only Beefheart DVD on the commercial market, it is also the best ever film about the man and his music yet to emerge.
This 342 page book from !T/Harper Collins came out in 2009 and contains 22 chapters and an epilogue along with notes and an index. It’s a delight for sports fans from this region who want to revel in the victories. What’s really fun are the eight pages of color photos at page 150 – Papelborn and Ortiz with the Worlds Series Trophy, a young fan meeting Jim Rice during an appearance at a local supermarket, photos of Tom Brady and Randy Moss…the Moss caption stating that the player brought a “graceful artistry to the mix”, certainly when Tom and Randy were clicking, but strange how quickly things can turn in the sports world.
16)Good To See You Again: Live 1973 - Billion Dollar Babies Tour (Blu-ray)
Good To See You Again: Live 1973 - Billion Dollar Babies Tour (Blu-ray) Alice Cooper Release Date: 9/14/2010
From the Press Release Good To See You Again, Alice Cooper is one of the great lost rock films. The movie, which captures the original band lineup in the middle of the legendary 1973 Billion Dollar Babies tour, has never before been available on home video or DVD.
Shout! Factory is proud to present the original cut of the film (including skits featuring the band) which was given a very limited theatrical run—mostly at midnight screenings—in the mid-’70s+
Here's my AMG Review of the song: Songwriter Bobby Womack released this superb tune on his 1975 Safety Zone album, but in its form as the sleeper track on Janis Joplin's 1971 Pearl album, "Trust Me" emerges with great power, a performance that is Janis at her absolute best. Her voice goes from sweet in the first couple of lines to raspy when she so knowingly issues lines like "the older the grape, the sweeter the wine." Ken Pearson's organ works wonderfully alongside Bobby Womack's acoustic guitar and John Till's electric. Paul Rothchild's production work is simply amazing, choreographing this thick array of sounds and piecing them together perfectly, Brad Campbell's bass and Richard Bell's piano lines both dancing inside the changes. Listen to Clark Pierson's definite drums as the song fades out, a solid team effort recorded on September 25, 1970, just a week and a half before Janis would leave us. In a small catalog of work, "Trust Me" shows what truly gifted art Janis Joplin brought to this world. read more here: http://allmusic.com/song/trust-me-t4285668
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Two New Books by author Greg Prato...
MTV Ruled The World: The Early Years Of Music Video
The Eric Carr Story
As the author of such books as, 'Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music,' 'Touched By Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story,' and 'A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon,' Greg Prato has two new titles that are now available for purchase.
The first, 'MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video,' is the first-ever book to focus solely on the channel's important building-block years, specifically from the MTV's launch to when its original group of VJs left the channel. Comprised of over 70 all-new interviews ("Weird Al" Yankovic, Daryl Hall, John Oates, Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Rob Halford, Stewart Copeland, Rick Springfield, Jerry Casale, Geddy Lee, Ann Wilson, Chuck D, Alan Hunter, Nina Blackwood, etc.), the book is not only an eye-opening account of the early years of MTV and the stories behind its biggest videos, but also of the music industry, important music developments/events, and the "Big '80s" in general.
The second, 'The Eric Carr Story,' is the first-ever book to tell the life story of Kiss drummer Eric Carr. Comprised of all-new interviews, the book also doubles as a study of 1980's era Kiss. You'll find insight into all of Kiss' albums that featured Carr (from producers Bob Ezrin, Michael James Jackson, and Ron Nevison), as well as those closest to him (sister Loretta Caravello, girlfriend Carrie Stevens, Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick), and music-related friends (Eddie Trunk, Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy, Anthrax's Charlie Benante). Also included is one of the last-ever interviews conducted with Kiss' original manager, Bill Aucoin, and for the first time ever, Kiss fans will be able to learn what the real story line to Kiss' controversial release '(Music From) The Elder' was all about (thanks to an explanation from Ezrin).
With both the 30 year anniversary of MTV's launch (August 1, 1981) and the 20 year anniversary of Eric Carr's passing (November 24, 1991) approaching in 2011, what better way to celebrate both subjects than with all-new books? Both books are set up in an "oral history" format (in other words, you're getting the story straight from the source) and are chock-full of rarely seen (or in many cases, never-before-seen) photographs.
The MTV book is 427 pages long and priced at $24.99 (ISBN # 978-0-578-07197-8), while the Eric Carr book is 256 pages long and priced at $19.99 (ISBN # 978-0-578-07424-5). Both books will make perfect gifts this holiday season for rock music fans worldwide. For ordering information and to view samples from each book before purchasing, visit the following links...
The album opens with a five minute plus remake of a Peter Green composition from his Fleetwood Mac days, Showbiz Blues And we want people recording more early Fleetwood Mac, so Parcek Peter gets a thumbs up for doing so. The song's been covered by Gary Moore, a duet of Rory Gallagher and Green (on a 1997 disc, Rattlesnake Guitar: The Music of Peter Green - a dynamite version) and no doubt others.
"The Mathematics of Love" is a great idea for a musical composition...love is hardly math - or even something that has the possibility of being solved, like a math problem. Love, with its complexities and strange combination of emotions from both sides, makes the simplifying of it seem like misplaced faith...and a great prescription for a blues song. Parcek blasts away on a dark YouTube video of the title track which gives the song a Hendrix "Red House" kind of fire as the singer goes into a Preacher Jack styled rap "You don't have to be a doggone Einstein, that I need you by my side" as the plain and simple as a, b, c beat drives the point home.
Read the Press Release until my review is ready. PR posted 1-9-11
The album is called LIVE WITH WHAT YOU KNOW and features an all-star cast of international musicians with members of The Trews, Plastic Heroes, Rick Andrew (The Shakers), Sonic Blue Sound Review, Mark McCarron, The Maddhatters, Gary Pig Gold and the debut of vocalist Kate MacDonald on "Silver Lines" and other artists. A complete list of credits is here: http://www.bongobeat.com/DavRa_LivWiWh.php
Dave Rave approached this new album as a journey. Dave's original journey began at Grant Avenue studio where he began his career with Daniel Lanois at the helm. The beginning of this journey brought Dave back to Grant Avenue to work with one of its brightest lights, Amy King. The journey continued on to New Jersey where he got reacquainted with Gary Pig Gold and John Huelbig (Paul Simon). It was then on to England and the new groove of the Plastic Heroes followed by a trip to Paris to capture the wild drums of Christophe DesChamps (Celine Dion,Vince Taylor). The journey then winded its way back to Niagara Falls to producer Paul Gigliotti (Wave) and the Maddhatters, who recently played with Bruce Springsteen. Then it was off to the country where Dave was able to conduct musical experiments with The Trews, Mark Foley and producer Dave King at his studio, The Barn. Returning to New York , Dave Rave continued the journey with producer/songwriter Michael Mazzarella and the group Sonic Blue Sound Review, a group of New York pop allstars, and then headed over to Long Island to work with long time collaborator Mark McCarron. To complete the circle Dave reunited with fellow Shaker, Rick Andrew at his son, Jamie Andrew's studio.
The production of LIVE WITH WHAT YOU KNOW was directed by Lisa Millar, mastered by Paul Intson with Photography and Design by Ralph Alfonso.
Dave Rave debuted his new album with an all-star showcase at SXSW Austin, Texas, and continues to tour through the US, UK, Italy, France, Germany and Canada. His current tour dates and other info can be found at: http://www.dave-rave.com
The first of two compilations of Dave Rave music put together by producer Lisa Miller of Canada's Bullseye Records is a fascinating look into the creative mind of Dave Rave (aka Dave DesRoches). Anthology, Vol. 1 -The Hot Tunes is a complex overview of Rave's equally complex career. The 21 tracks on the first volume have a lot of great melody and performance to absorb in one sitting. "Madeline Says" is very Brit-rock and highly enjoyable, while "So Invisible" generates the same feelings with a totally different groove. Rave's ex-girlfriend Trixie A. Balm -- writer for Creem magazine who later turned back into her true self, Lauren Agnelli of the band Nervus Rex -- is … » Read more
The seventy-one-and-a-half minutes that make up the Dave RaveAnthology, Vol. 1: The Hot Tunes are augmented by another hour-and-five-minutes on Anthology, Vol. 2: The Cool Tunes from producer Lisa Miller and Bullseye Records. It opens with "Gotta Stay True to Your Neighborhood," a brand new composition and performance followed by an unreleased cassette recording from 1975, "Jillian." The music -- then and now -- flows wonderfully together, these compilations delivering a total of 37 titles separated by brown lettering for the first volume and blue lettering for the second. The third track is a folk tune -- "Rainy Morning Song" -- also previously unreleased, recorded at a coffeehouse in May of 1979. It would be a real jolt if placed next to the Frank Sinatra staple, "The Song Is You," which Dave Rave does a credible version of … » Read more
OK, I was going to avoid this one, but the inclusion of Boston in a made-f0r-tv movie, and Billy Baldwin pretty much reprising his fictional role as Max Kirkpatrickfrom FAIR GAME. Not really, but he looks like that officer 15 years later, aging more gracefully than brother Alec, that's for damn sure.