Welcome to the Joe Vig Top 40 for July 2014
Visual Radio Live is taking the summer off until around August 25, 2014 as our brand new studio is being built! So we have THE BEST OF VISUAL RADIO in circulation and some unreleased shows to keep everyone entertained!
#1 THE INTERNET'S OWN BOY
The Story of Aaron Swartz
In The Internet’s Own Boy, director Brian Knappenberger has captured the work of a genius, Aaron Swartz, and along with this important story of a man’s life, makes a statement on society, government’s failure to protect the civil rights of citizens and provides information that wasn’t part of the headlines over Swartz’s arrest and death. There are conspiracy theories flourishing on the internet, which is hardly irony, actually more like deserved. Swartz’s ghost is alive and well and filtering in and out of the worldwideweb in a fashion that would make Anthony Hopkins’ “spiritual switchboard” in the film Freejack proud.
“Aaron was looking at the very real possibility of spending much of the rest of his life in prison” says a reporter on The Daily take while Cenk Uygur states “You know what’s criminal? What our government is doing to its citizens.” See the YouTube video to get a taste of the buzz out there since Aaron’s passing.
Knappenberger takes the “secret and suppressed” (thank you the late Jim Keith) out of the film and puts the facts front and center. Where Looking for Johnny (the 2014 Johnny Thunders documentary) director Danny Garcia jam-packs the music bio-pic with information, as Thunders’ story demanded, Brian Knappenberger has to be specific to make this complex saga work to both keep the attention of the viewer as well as slamming the moral of the story home. From his mother to his brother to his girlfriend and colleagues and heroes, the genius at work can only be understood if pleasant music is behind the quotes, the conversations, the speeches. Of course it is Swartz himself who resonates with his prophetic vision, take a quote from the Huffington Post:
I think you should always be questioning. I take this very scientific attitude that everything you’ve learned is just provisional; that it’s always open to recantation or refutation.The not very subtle message is, along with Swartz’s inventiveness and grasp of things much larger that ordinary people miss is his mission of “access to public information.” The problem is, of course, that TMI – too much information – can bog one down in sifting through tons of sand to find a nugget of gold. The movie is so inspiring that it demands multiple views, and there are a number of lessons to be learned, not the least of which is John Lennon’s message in his song “Working Class Hero” – that the “they” out there “hate you if you’re clever” while despising “a fool.” Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
With a waterfall of data people can make up their own minds, but there’s always that tug of war between those we consider the good guys and those we consider the bad element. The film The Internet’s Own Boy brings some kind of clarity to all of these issues and more – was Swartz a thief or a tortured genius? Did the government overreach? What are the implications for those using the computer on a daily basis – or walking by stores with video cameras capturing your image just about every moment of the day.
And perhaps the most chilling point made is what we lost with Swartz’s untimely death. That a human being was bullied with no mediation, no give and take, no respect for what he gave to the world, just a control by those in positions of authority, is what provokes thought. The “very rich 19 year old” was important to progress that our society needs to make. My perspective on the film could go on for fifty pages. Let’s leave it at this: The Internet’s Own Boy is one of the most important films of the year.
Joe Viglione is the Chief Film Critic at TMRZoo.com. He has written thousands of reviews and biographies for AllMovie.com, Allmusic.com, Gatehouse Media, Al Aronowitz’s The Blacklisted Journal, and a variety of other media outlets. Joe also produces and hosts Visual Radio, a seventeen year old variety show on cable TV which has interviewed Jodie Foster, director/screenwriter David Koepp, Michael Moore, John Cena, comics/actors Margaret Cho, Gilbert Gottfried, Gallagher, musicians Mark Farner and Don Brewer of Grand Funk Railroad, Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals, political commentator Bill Press and hundreds of other personalities.
2) Wounds to Bind
Jerry Burgan of the WE FIVE
3)NAZARETH ROCK 'n' ROLL TELEPHONE
NAZARETH Rock 'n' Roll Telephone
Rock 'n' Roll Telephone is one of the more complete albums I've heard in awhile, the band striking a good chord throughout on this beautifully produced, written and performed selection of songs. While Classic Rock in Boston is starting to add 90s music and beyond (meaning artists that are considered more alternative than classic rock) a terrific album like this that would keep the core audience, that deserves the airplay, gets replaced by sounds that don't resonate with those who tune in to classic rock radio for the sound of classic rock. Which is why the audience is turning to other mediums while driving in the car, CD player and beyond. Most of this new CD, which sounds great in the car, can be found on YouTube so we'll take you track-by-track on this very well constructed and very entertaining disc.
1)Boom Bang Bang
Opening track "Boom Bang Bang" takes things for Nazareth into an unexpected and wonderful direction, devolving into some anti-disco neo-industrial machine rock that Marilyn Manson could have a blast with. This song could revitalize Manson's career, in fact.
It's fun, a mixture of sounds you can't place but you know you've heard before, a clever riff and superb guitar work making for a nice entree into the 11 titles on the non-deluxe version of Rock 'n' Roll Telephone.
2)One Set of Bones
"One Set of Bones" is as "in the pocket" as any tune on the Aerosmith DVD reviewed here, Rock for the Rising Sun. Hard-hitting, direct and sweeping from the blues to Zeppelin sludge rock.
3)Nazareth's "Back 2B4" from the Rock 'n' Roll Telephone CD draws an amazing line between Sutherland Brothers & Quiver meets AC/DC gone folk. It's a terrific, laid back let's have some fun melodic barroom unplugged chant. Just exquisite and it moves the group into 2014 in a very nice way with some intelligent and intriguing guitar at the 2:49 mark before the great chorus kicks back in.Back 2B4
4) Winter Sunlighthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrjhPgBHP9w
The group Angel had a beautiful "Winter Song" which would be superb played back to back to this sweeping pop/ballad excursion into magic lands, would make a nice song for a video of old Viking ships sailing to places unknown.
Track 5) Rock N Roll Telephone
Title track "Rock 'n' Roll Telephone" is another instant sludge-rock classic, like track 2, "One Set of Bones." Guitar lines emphasize the vocal as the riff drives this playful declaration probably of a musician on the road, or someone emulating the Jerky Boys, to bother people 'cause there's nothing better to do.
Track 6 "Punch a Hole in the Sky" takes things back to the 70s rock sound the fan base knows and loves, straight ahead and less experimental than some of the more interesting numbers here, it still drives and has the magic.
7)Nazareth - Long Long Time
The seventh track segues into another dimension from "Punch a Whole in the Sky," not the Linda Ronstadt hit from her 1970 disc Silk Purse but a quasi alternative meets new wave pop and it is an exquisite dip into another genre for the venerable hard rock group.
8)The Right Time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMUFEDXMN8I
The theme on tracks 7 and 8 is time, and we go from the catchy "Long Long Time" to a blues ballad straight out of Rod Stewart's Gasoline Alley. The pensive number gives this Rock 'n' Roll Telephone disc a very well-rounded set of material from conventional to unexpected, in a pleasantly surprising way. The band is stretching the boundaries on this lp and the results are most satisfying.
Track 9 Not Today
Not Today is pure Nazareth from days gone by, triumphant expanded guitar behind and between strong backing vocals in another determined epic to roll the nightmares away, the singer out to get what he wants.
Speakeasy again shakes things up, venturing into Kiss territory, and why not? Anthemic like Rock n' Roll All Night (and party every day,) rousing, uplifting and fun! Again, the classic rock stations should be eating this up. A tour with Kiss might be a fun thing as well.
12)God of the Mountain
At first glance you'll think "God of the Mountain" is for Zeus or Thor, but the music video Union Square Music issued has young athletes skiing down the icy slopes a la many a James Bond movie. All in all a terrific closing number for the non-deluxe version of the album, a very good album for Nazareth fans and one that can open the group up to a new audience.
Nazareth's Rock n Roll Telephone is up on Amazon.com
- Audio CD (9 Jun 2014)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Deluxe Edition, Double CD, Extra tracks
- Label: Union Square Music
- ASIN: B00J3R144W'
Deluxe CD digipack and double vinyl gatefold versions include 7 bonus tracks.
‘When we began working on Rock ‘n’ Roll Telephone we had no idea that it might be Dan’s last album with the band, so to have it turn out so fantastically well has been a real delight. This is an album that will remain in our hearts and mind for a long time. ENJOY!’ Nazareth February 2014
Product Description2CD deluxe edition. 23rd studio album of heavy rockers & bluesy ballads w/second disc of 2 studio & 5 live tracks
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ROCK FOR THE RISING SUN:
A Concert Film Event
#7 Eric Bana in DELIVER US FROM EVIL
Better film than current reviews are saying.
But, and here’s the key exception to the rule – as an impressionable 11 year old watching Ursulla Andress in She, the successful Hammer film epic of 1965, has a moment where Andress as Ayesha can make the audience jump out of its seat, as me and my childhood friend both did simultaneously. Deliver Us From Evil has a few of those “jump out of the seat” moments, and they are worth the admission fee to the film. They are, of course, offset by actor Bana getting the double whammy, as annoyed by his wife here, Mrs. Jen Sarchie (Olivia Munn,) as he was by Clare (Rachel McAdams) in The Time Travelers Wife in 2008/2009. It’s a bit much and the female histrionics, and Ralph Sarchie’s responses (as were Henry DeTamble’s in the Time Travelers Wife, but at least he had an excuse.)
However the plot is pretty decent, incantations and demonic spirits from some cave in a war zone overseas come back to haunt New York City and a rogue priest who had a heroin addiction in Boston comes to pair up with Sgt. Sarchie to save the day. The priest, Mendoza (Édgar Ramírez) is seen in the film as more of a partner than Sarchie’s actual cop partner, Butler (Joel McHale), and it is the lack of teamwork that is used to build the tense moments. Kind of bothersome (see Keanu Reeves/John Cleese above) but, despite some cloying moments, and this is what surprised me, I came away liking the film and the experience. All things being equal, rife with flaws and cliché, Deliver Us From Evil (at least the fourth film with that title) has that intangible and is worth a visit to the theater for.
(The computer won't let me put the rest of this in BOLD at 1:13 AM...maybe it's the demons opening a portal?)
Check out former Sgt. Ralph Sarchie's site
#8 The Real Kids
I first experienced the (Real) Kids live at the Rat, December 4, 1974. On July 4, 2014 I put their CD into my car player and was amazed at the recording, something very special pouring out of the grooves. On this disc is "Fly Into the Mystery" - a song I heard them perform 39 1/2 years ago, opening up like Venus in Furs from the Velvet Underground, it's a Jonathan Richman classic from the days when Jon Felice - leading light of the Real Kids - performed as a member of The Modern Lovers.
___________________________________________________ 9)Ian Anderson
The 22 page booklet on this release – from the high end KScope Music company – contains the written-word wisdom and wit we expect – that we crave – from Ian Anderson. He explains that it is as much an Ian Anderson disc as a new release from Tull, something this writer did not read until I composed the above opening paragraph noting that.
The musicians provide Anderson exactly what he needs to express himself. John O’Hara (keys including accordion) and bassist David Goodier http://jethrotull.com/musicians/ are from the 2007-2011 Tull; guitarist Florian Ophale along with drummer Scott Hammond and Ryan O’Donnell – performing on vocals, mime and “general stage tomfoolery” – form as formidable a crew as John Evan, Clive Bunker, Glen Cornick, Mick Abrahams and those others who came before.
With words/lyrics all allegedly by Gerald Bostock – based on the writings of Ernest T. Parritt (c.1927) – one can decide on their own if these aren’t all the concoctions of the playful Anderson. The jovial writing of Ian Tull are always compelling, so we asked Jethro Anderson in a Visual Radio interview about any thoughts of going on the lecture circuit; he said he would “leave that to Tony Blair” – the essay in the booklet as inviting as the music on the CD itself.
Pink Floyd had fun with the notion of a businessman thinking Pink Floyd was a person, an actual musician in the group, Lou Reed weeding out the non-believers with his Metal Machine Music onslaught, and other major artists playing practical jokes which become insider fun, is something not foreign to Tull. Ian Anderson keeps his followers on their toes with the invention of fictional characters and with a body of work as extensive as Tull’s / Anderson’s it makes for good copy, and some additional adventure along with the entertainment.
The story of lyricist Bostock finding the only surviving copy of Teddy Parritt’s book – “Homo Erraticus” (the St. Cleve Chronicles) puts this Anderson work into perspective. Here Tull is paying attention to the alleged unknown British colonel from “the very early 20th century” – perhaps as the 20th century rock group gave new literary life to the 1701 inventor of the seed drill.
Referring to the work as “Parritt’s frazzled fantasies” and endorsing his “songwriting partner” as a certified loon, lovely man and evangelical – gives new meaning to the question “IS Shakespeare in his character or is the character in Shakespeare?” Anderson/Mr. Tull blllllurrrrrrsss the line of history with the amusing digression.
Though the fan base may desire a new-fangled “Cross Eyed Mary” or “Hymn 43″ – this excursion, including track four, the 7 minute 11 second epic “”Puer Ferox Adventus” – is more styled toward Thick As A Brick (which this collection is the 2nd sequel to) than Stand Up. The flute, heavy organ and progressive sounds remain, it matters not who provides the accompaniment for Jethro. Opening track “Doggerland” reminds us of Star Trek: The Next Generation characters Data, Captain Jean Luc Picard and Whorf singing “A British Tar” from HMS Pinafore at the opening of the film Star Trek: Insurrection – performing the classics – no Portsmouth Sinfonia here.
As fond of the tongue-in-cheek music of I.A. as we are of his literary scribblings, it is the songs of the maestro which drew us in, and the performance of this Pied Piper that has kept us all intrigued by the progression of sound he continues to issue.
Track 6, “The Turnpike Inn,” has subtle nods to “Locomotive Breath” and those elements make it the more commercial of these short stories. The one minute and thirty three second “Per Errationes Ad Astra” features Anderson’s voice only and – had a similar vocal intervention been placed in between tracks – had every other selection had these meandering digressions leap-frogging over the music, Homo Erraticus could have enjoyed the additional notoriety that :the LP David Bowie narrates, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf , garnered, not that that is really necessary for the worldwide Tull fanatics; it’s just that it would have been a nice, extra special touch. What NASA spacecraft have to do with “loony” Colonel Parritt’s essays is anybody’s guess, but as stated, the narration is a big plus inside the 3-part drama.
Of course, for those of you who did want a variety of spoken word tracks like ” “Per Errationes Ad Astra” and feel that you have the need to hear additional Ian Anderson-speak, you can listen to this writer’s conversation with him here:
Hear Ian Anderson on VISUAL RADIO with Joe Vig and read my review of Bowie’s classic reading of Peter & The Wolf.
#10 Elton John Vegas Residency
- The Million Dollar Piano DVD
Click here to download this press release as a PDF
THE MILLION DOLLAR PIANO
FILMED DURING HIS LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY AT CAESARS PALACE
~ON DVD AND BLU-RAY JULY 1, 2014~
New York, NY (May 14, 2014)— On July 1, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release The Million Dollar Piano by the inimitable Elton John. This amazing show was filmed in high definition and will be simultaneously released on Blu-ray and DVD [Pre-book Order Date June 6, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD]. The Million Dollar Piano is packed with Elton John classics including: “I’m Still Standing,” “Rocket Man,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Your Song,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Circle Of Life,” “Blue Eyes,” “Bennie And The Jets,” “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” “Crocodile Rock,” “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues,” and many more.
The Million Dollar Piano was filmed over multiple nights in 2013 at Elton John’s residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The show has been running since September 2011, with the most recent leg spanning 16 shows between March 29 and April 26 2014. The concerts are the culmination of Elton John’s decades long partnership with Yamaha pianos. This film features classic Elton John tracks from across his extraordinary career performed either with his band, solo, or with percussionist Ray Cooper. The multimedia staging is phenomenal with vast screens behind the stage illustrating the songs and the piano itself acting as a screen for graphics and animations.
As well as the 19 song full set from the show, the DVD includes as a bonus “The Making Of The Million Dollar Piano”, a feature which tells the story behind the concerts. In addition, there are four extra tracks filmed in Kiev in 2012: “Candle In The Wind”; “Sacrifice”; “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” and “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.”
Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, is one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists of all time. He has achieved 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time. Over the five decades since his career began in 1969, Elton has played almost 4000 concerts worldwide. He has been awarded numerous accolades including five Grammys, twelve Ivor Novello Awards, an Oscar, a Tony, the BRITs Icon Award, induction into the Rock‘n’Roll Hall of Fame and the Kennedy Center Honor. He is the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts, behind only Elvis Presley and The Beatles.
Elton John is the ultimate live showman, with live dates scheduled in June, and more to come in November [see eltonjohn.com]. The Million Dollar Piano is the definitive Elton John concert experience.
#11 Dawn Of the Planet Of The Apes
13) STATUS QUO
14) INSIDE BOWIE
15) SUZANNE VEGA SOLITUDE STANDING LIVE
Street Date: 05/06/14
PreBook Date: 04/01/14
Label: WIENERWORLD »
Run Time: 62 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Year of Production: 2003
Box Lot: 30
Territory: NORTH AMERICA
#16 Get On Up: The James Brown Story
The James Brown Story
#32 MOVING WITH NANCY (Sinatra) On Barnes & Noble.com
All Music Guide -
#33 LIVE AT THE RAT
#34 You'd Better Sit Down Kids
Joe Viglione. "Review from Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
#35 Common at Noon
BETTER BE GOOD
#37 Taxi Boys
At 1:47 the song is the third shortest by Jon Felice and his mates on their eponymous debut lp, but it made an extra impact as the name of a reconstituted Real Kids when heart-throb Bobby McNabb replaced Howie Ferguson on the drums - not on this song - but in the band named after it. The eventual addition of McNabb (recruited, surprisingly, from semi-drag act Lou Miami ) gave the band some pretty boy charisma they were lacking though Ferguson is tough to beat when it comes to beating on the drums. The group named after this song featured only half the original Real Kids, Felice and Paulino, thus the latter ensemble was dubbed by one scenester "The Tacky Boys"
#38 Do The Boob
Song Review by Joe Viglione [-]Speedy Chuck Berry riffs inverted and expanded is the formula at play on this song from the debut album from songwriter Jon Felice and his Real Kids. Where Boston area legends The Nervous Eaters played the style heavier and dirtier, and as The Ramones had incessant power chords as the undercurrent to their message, Felice keeps it all in treble tone and ultra energetic. Power Punk is what it is and it isn't for everyone. The gay slur was more than just a fancy way to grab attention, at least two of these boys displayed homophobia in the 1970's (though they've all reformed and entered the realm of policital correctness - somewhat -decades later). It's no Mark Knopfler jive as found in "Money For Nothing",
#39 All Kindsa Girls - the Real Kids
Song Review by Joe Viglione [-]Covered by Swedish power pop band Psychotic Youth on the 1998 compilation I Wanna Be a Real Kid: A Tribute to the Real Kids and Mercury recording artist Klover on their 1995 disc Feel Lucky Punk, this is one of the key titles from vocalist/songwriter/lead guitarist Jon Felice and his Real Kids. While ex-bandmate Jonathan Richman was content to find one "Girlfren" in the post-Felice Modern Lovers mainstream Boston scenester Johnny Barnes was not so content -he wanted "100 Girls" - a similar sentiment to what comes into play on this underground classic
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