Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Music Review: The Dead Daisies - Make Some Noise




The Dead Daisies is a band that originally started as a rock based jam band in Australia back in 2012.  The band was made up of various seasoned rock musicians who were known for touring with various bands like Whitesnake, The Rolling Stones and Guns n Roses.  Early on, the band had constant revolving members, but they eventually put out a debut album.  In 2014, John Corabi joined the band for a tour and by the end of the tour the band decided to solidify its line-up with Corabi on vocals.  Corabi being involved in this band is when I got interested in them.  For those who don't know, John Corabi is the singer/songwriter who took over as the lead singer of Motley Crue for their brilliant 1994 self-titled album.  I've been a fan of his ever since.  His songwriting and vocals are simply killer.  He has fronted several bands and even released a solo album over the years, but it really feels like he has found his home with The Dead Daises.

With Corabi in place, The Dead Daises quickly released an album in 2015 and while that album was pretty good, it felt a bit rushed.  Their newest album, Make Some Noise, doesn't feel rushed at all and it really shows how great this band can be.  Anybody who knows Corabi's lyrics and music can just hear his influence on this album and that is a great thing.  The album starts with the lead single called Long Way To Go, which is a great rock song that describes how we as human beings haven't progressed the way we should have by now.  Other songs on this album that I really dig are We All Fall Down (my favorite from the album), Make Some Noise and Mine All Mine.  The entire album features great hooks and Corabi's great rock vocals.

The Dead Daises are touring the entire planet to promote this album and I'm sure that is a classic rock show worth checking out.  Hopefully I will see them if they come back to the States.





GRADE:  B+

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Walking Dead - Season 7 Ep 1 Thoughts




Wow.  I mean, wow.  Like all Walking Dead fans, I've been waiting to see who Negan was going to kill with Lucille and this episode was just explosive.  I won't put any spoilers here, but I will write that the scenes were perfectly done.  The acting, by everyone was incredible.  Yes, the special effects and gore were top notch, but it was the acting that made these scenes so powerful.  The emotion that Andrew Lincoln portrayed as Rick, without even saying a word, was incredible.  Jeffrey Dean Morgan's portrayal as Negan is probably one of the most badass 'bad guy' performances ever.  This episode was emotional, raw and it lived up to the hype.  I don't read the comic books, so I don't know what is ahead for Rick and Negan, but I can't wait to find out.  Honestly, I think this episode was so good, I don't know how the remaining episodes this season can live up to it.

The best show on television.  No question.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Nomination Thoughts




The new list of nominees have come out for the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and here they are:

Pearl Jam
Tupac Shakur
Depeche Mode
Electric Light Orchestra
Jane's Addiction
Janet Jackson
Journey
The Cars
The Zombies
Yes
Bad Brains
Chaka Khan
Chic
J. Geils Band
Joan Baez
Joe Tex
Kraftwerk
MC5
Steppenwolf

From that list, I'd vote for Pearl Jam, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), The Cars and The Zombies.  I wouldn't mind Journey and Yes getting in there, but in my opinion, I'm not sure the rest deserve it.   Also, this would be an excellent time to mention that bands like Judas Priest, Motley Crue and Iron Maiden are well overdue for nominations to the Hall of Fame, but the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame has never given metal the respect it earned and deserves.  It would also be an excellent time to mention that rap does not deserve a place in the ROCK N ROLL Hall of Fame; so screw the Tupac nomination.

They do have a fan vote for this years group, so if you'd like to cast your vote, go here:

Monday, October 17, 2016

Music Review: David Bowie - Blackstar




David Bowie is obviously a legend and his death earlier this year was a major loss to all music lovers.  My favorite era of Bowie is his 70's glam era, but his career is filled with great and memorable songs.  What makes Blackstar so interesting is that Bowie made this album knowing that he was going to die soon.  This makes some of the lyrics on this album cryptic and emotional.

Musically, Blackstar is really unlike anything anyone else is doing.  For example, the song Blackstar is an almost 10 minute song that almost feels like you are in a dream as you are listening to it.  Then there is Lazarus which is lyrically a commentary of Bowie's upcoming death and the music in the song is just amazing.  The guitar and the saxophone at the end of the song is just incredible.  Another favorite of mine on the album is Girl Loves Me which is a song that I love because of the way Bowie sings it and the great beat and rhythm to it.  There are a couple songs on the album that I enjoy, but they don't do much for me, but overall this is a great album.  

While we miss Bowie, this is a special album for him to go out on.



GRADE: A-




Friday, October 14, 2016

Corey Feldman Performs on the Today Show Again!!!



I can't believe I missed this, but our good buddy Corey Feldman was on the Today Show again yesterday and he performed!  If you remember, Corey performed in September on the Today Show and it was so bad, it went viral.  Here he is back at it again, but this time he is doing a "serious" song and trying to redeem his past performance.  I will say, at least this time, there is no horrible dancing, but dear lord, this is one shitty song.  You can tell he is attempting to try to hit the Michael Jackson emotion of Man in the Mirror and Earth Song, but he just doesn't have the voice for it and this song sucks donkey balls.  It was a good try though.  I do have to wonder, what the heck is up with this stupid hood thing he keeps wearing?  It is almost as dumb as this song.

Anyways, watch the video and enjoy Corey doing his "best".

New Movies Friday: 10.14.16




This weekend, there are only two movies coming out this weekend that will make noise at the box-office.

Who are you? (she fearfully asks)
I'm the accountant. (he mumbles)

The Accountant looks to take the number one spot this weekend with a movie about the most badass accountant ever.  Unfortunately, the reviews for the movie are below average as the film is pulling in a poor 50% at Rotten Tomatoes.  That shouldn't slow the movie down though as Affleck has become a big enough star to open this one around 20 million this weekend.

Kevin Hart mixes a movie and his stand-up routine in Kevin Hart: What Now?.  Hart has become a big box-office star, but this movies R-rating will keep this movie from opening as high as his movies have in the past.  The movie is pulling in good reviews with a 79% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes and that should help the movie open around 15 million this weekend.

Looking for horror movies to watch as Halloween approaches?  Go here for our 31 recommendations.




Thoughts on the Rogue One Trailer



I have to start this off by writing that I am looking forward to the new Star Wars movie - Rogue One.  The teaser and full trailers make the movie look fun and I'll take any movie that is part of the Star Wars universe I can get.  What comic book movies are to some; Star Wars movies are to me.  If we are going to get a Star Wars movie of some type every year for years to come, I'm down with that.  Despite those feelings, I have to admit that I am not as excited about Rogue One as I was Episode VII or I am about Episode VIII.  As good as Rogue One may be, I will miss lightsaber battles and the Skywalkers involvement in the story.

As for the trailer, I like seeing Darth Vader walk around, though I doubt he is in the movie much and the action scenes look great.  I do have one question though?  What the hell is up with all the English accents?  I keep waiting to see Paul McCartney in the movie.

Anyways, Rogue One is a movie I'll see opening weekend, but I'm not going to see it the first showing I can like I did  with Episode VII.  Of course, ask me on December 15th and I may say otherwise.

Reverb Interviews Butch Walker



Reverb recently did a 10 minute interview with my favorite singer/songwriter, Butch Walker, regarding one of his songs off of his latest album, Stay Gold.  It is a great interview that includes a performance of the song Ludlow Expectations.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Music Review: Airbourne - Breakin' Outta Hell




Now that the legendary AC/DC has become a touring cash grab with only one original member left, it is time for a new band to take their place and who better to do so than Airbourne?  Like AC/DC, Airbourne is from Australia and there is no doubt that AC/DC is their biggest influence.  I have been a fan of Airbourne ever since their debut album in 2007 and I have been singing their praises to every AC/DC fan I know.

Breakin' Outta Hell is Airbourne's fourth album and like its predecessors, it is a kick ass rock n' roll album.  In the same way AC/DC fans always knew what they were going to get with each new album, the same can be said for Airbourne fans.  This album is filled with AC/DC style riffs, screechy lead vocals and in your face choruses.  In fact, regarding the vocals, there were a lot of AC/DC fans who wanted Airbourne's lead singer to take over vocals for Brian Johnson, but AC/DC brought in Axl Rose instead.  Lyrically, this band goes the classic 70's and 80's rock route.  Name another band out there that can do a song about going to hell and another song about breakin' out of hell on the same album?  They also have songs about rock n' roll never being too loud, drinking and sex.  I mean, this is AC/DC style sleaze rock at its finest.  Songs that will make you want to bang your head include Breakin' Outta Hell, Rivalry and Down on You.  Like AC/DC, Airbourne is an unapologetic rock band and I wouldn't have it any other way.




GRADE:  A-





Monday, October 3, 2016

Thoughts: Kim Kardashian Robbed in Paris




Let me start this off by saying that I am glad Kim Kardashian is okay.  She has two young children who need their mom and the fact that she is able to get back home to them is the most important thing.  That said, there are some things that piss me off about this situation and it isn't that she was robbed.

You can call the United States the best country in the world if you want to, but the fact that this no talent hack is famous pisses me off.  The fact Kim is able to travel to Paris with 10 million dollars worth of jewelry in her suitcase pisses me off.  In the United States, we have homeless on the street, we have people who go bankrupt due to healthcare costs, we have millions that need food stamps because they can't get a living wage and this "celebrity" has this type of wealth?  Isn't this a perfect example of everything wrong with this country and our society?  This woman travels with 10 million worth of jewelry, which is most likely just a fraction of what she has at home, and people think this is okay?  That type of indulgence is sickening.  The fact that this no talent hack makes the type of money she does is disgusting.  

Chris Rock once said, "If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets."  This event gave you a glimpse into how rich these rich people are and it should piss you off.  And not to go full on political here, but this Kardashian world is exactly who Donald Trump is.  He was born into extreme wealth and that is all he has ever known.  You could probably find 10 million in change between his seat cushions of his couch.  How can a person who has only known this type of wealth relate or understand the rest of us?  He can't.  I bet if you took Trump to the gas station, he'd have no idea how to fill his tank.  I bet if you took him to a grocery store, he'd have no idea how to buy food.  The Kardashians and the Trumps of the world are the problem.  They are the ones who need to change their way of thinking and living, not the 99.9% rest of us.

I am happy to report that one good thing did come from this robbery.  Kanye West was performing a concert when the robbery happened and when he got word of it, he cancelled the rest of the show.  This is great news because Kanye West's music sucks as much as Donald Trump's hair.

31 Horror Movies To Watch In October



Oh sweet, wonderful and evil Halloween.  You are so special.  I look forward to you all year long.  Not only is Halloween my birthday, but October truly is the start of the holiday season.  Now, I am a horror movie fanatic, so I watch horror movies all year long, but in October, they are a little more special.  This year I decided to compile a list of 31 horror movies that I feel should be watched in October.  These movies are guaranteed to get you in the Halloween spirit.  I was sure to include some classics along with some movies that are only a few years old to make sure I wasn't limiting the list to just certain eras.  This list is in alphabetical order.


A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

The Elm Street series is the most successful slasher film series ever.  The reason why is because Freddy Krueger is the only killer to have personality.  While Krueger became funnier later in the series, in the first film, he was dark and sinister.  It is a joy watching Krueger torment his victims in a way Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees can't.  He's an evil little tease.

Bram Stroker's Dracula (1992)

Francis Ford Coppola directed this amazing adaption of the Bram Stroker novel and it is the last great film of his career.  This movie is part horror story, part love story and it works on both levels.  The movie excels with its incredible special effects, set design, costume design and one of the best musical scores ever.  The acting by everyone other than Keanu Reeves is excellent and Coppola does a great job behind the camera.  In my opinion, this is the best Dracula film ever made.


Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

This sequel to the original Frankenstein came out four years after the original and the advancement in special effects and sound is very impressive.  While the movie isn't as good as it predecessor, Boris Karloff's performance as the monster is really special as the monster speaks in this one.  The movie also added a great humor element to the movie which I really enjoyed.


The Changeling (1980)

No, this is not the movie of the same name starring Angelina Jolie.  That 2008 film has nothing to do with this 1980 Canadian horror classic.  If I had to choose, The Changeling is my favorite haunted house story.  It's plot is a great mystery and the scares are all suspense based.  The movie also has the greatest seance scene ever filmed.


The Conjuring (2013)

The Conjuring is a haunted house story that mixes elements of The Exorcist and Poltergeist.  In my opinion, a good haunted house story is difficult to pull off and The Conjuring does so perfectly.  The movie has great acting, a killer musical score and Jame Wan proves himself to be the new master of horror with this movie.


Dawn of the Dead (1978)

While it is Romero's Night of the Living Dead that started the zombie genre as we know it, it is this sequel that is the best zombie movie ever made.  I can't imagine anyone would have ever thought that a zombie movie could ever be over 2 hours and work, but this movie does.  There is no other zombie film that has influenced The Walking Dead more than Dawn of the Dead.


Dead Alive (1992)

Before Peter Jackson became an Academy Award winning and blockbuster delivering director, he made some horror movies and the best of those is Dead Alive.  This is a horror movie that never takes itself seriously and it blends over-the-top gore with comedy in a way that is very enjoyable.  Any movie that has a character killing zombies with a lawnmower is worth watching in October.


Dracula (1931)

This is the movie that really started the horror film genre in the United States.  It also began the amazing string of Universal horror movies of which four are on this list.  The Gothic look of this movie still holds up today, but it is Bela Lugosi that makes this movie so great.  When people think of the Dracula character, it is Lugosi's Dracula they think of first.


The Evil Dead (1981)

Before the aforementioned Dead Alive, there was Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead.  It also mixed over-the-top gore with humor in a way that made for a great horror experience.  Along with the over-the-top gore, there is Bruce Campbell great over-the-top performance that is just gold.  Bruce Campbell is groovy baby.


The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist is not only the best horror film ever made, it is one of the best movies ever made.  Enough said.


Frankenstein (1931)

The same year Universal released Dracula, they released Frankenstein.  This movie caused people to run out of the theater and one scene in particular bothered audiences so much, they had to cut it out.  I saw this movie on the big screen a couple years ago and that was an awesome experience.  The main musical theme for this movie is amazing as well.


Friday the 13th (1980)

The success of the film Halloween created a new genre of slasher films and the Friday the 13th series became one of the most successful ever.  The first film in the series is by far the best and it has a nice twist to its story that will surprise those new to this 80's classic.


Halloween (1978)

Arguably the most influential horror movie of all time and the most obvious choice for people to watch during October.  The story, the suspense and the musical score make it a perfect horror movie experience.


Halloween II (1981)

By the time Halloween II had come out, there had been several other slasher films that had come out and found success.  You can see their influence on this movie as it was a little more gory than what the original was.  Luckily, the movie still had that Halloween magic and Jamie Lee Curtis was as great as she was in the original.


Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

In my opinion, Halloween 4 is the best of all the Halloween sequels.  The reason why is because the makers of this movie went back to what made the original so good, suspense.  The movie has the same look and feel of the original and it's ending is awesome.  Several years ago, I saw Halloween 4 on the big screen and the film holds up just as well as the first one does.


The House of Devil (2009)

This film was written and directed by Ti West and it is a film that I instantly fell in love with.  This is a horror film that it is all about atmosphere.  It is a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat because of the feeling of impending doom that surrounds lead character.  It is a movie that reminds me of Rosemary's Baby, which is one of my favorite horror movies.


Insidious (2011)

Director James Wan makes the list again with the excellent Insidious which is a movie you think is going to be a haunted house story, but instead it turns out to be a movie about a haunted child.  Again, Wan casts the film well and scares are great.  The music score is amazing and the Darth Maul looking demon is killer.


The Lost Boys (1987)

The Lost Boys is more of a horror/comedy than a horror film, but it is a must watch.  The movie stars Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Jason Patrick and Kiefer Sutherland.  In a world of Twilight vampires, it is great to be reminded that vampires can be badass.  The movie is filled with great humor, performances and a real fun story.  Finally, there is only one time in history that the mullet actually worked and it was on Sutherland's character in this flick.


The Omen (1976)

The story of the anti-christ being born and protected by evil forces is one of the best horror films ever.  The movie has an excellent cast which features Gregory Peck who is just awesome in the movie.  The plot, characters and scares are just top notch.  The movie also features a music score that won the Academy Award for best score.


Pet Semetary (1989)

There have been many horror movies based on books by Stephen King, but none are better than Pet Semetary.  I recently showed this movie to my oldest daughter and I was shocked to see how well this movie holds up.  The movie's plot will suck you in, take you on a wild ride and scare the daylights out of you.  Lesson learned from this one, cremate your pets.


Poltergeist (1982)

On this list I've had what I feel is the best haunted house movie (The Changeling) the scariest (The Conjuring) and now it is time for the most fun.  Poltergeist is a blast because the characters are so fun, the special effects are great and the story really works.  While it didn't make this list (maybe next years?), Poltergeist II is also a fun one to see.


Pumpkinhead (1988)

Pumkinhead was horror movie that was released in theaters and was pretty much ignored by audiences; however once it hit VHS, the movie became an 80's cult classic.  This movie is directed by Stan Winston who is one of the greatest special and make-up effect creators in film history.  The Pumpkinhead creature looks amazing and the movie is pure 80's horror greatness.


Return of the Living Dead (1985)

While Romero's Dead series are the greatest zombie movies for zombie purists, Return of the Living Dead is the most fun.  This was the first time a movie had fast running zombies and it also has zombies that talk!  The movie is filled with great scenes and humor.  If you ever wanted to find out why zombies have to eat human flesh, this movie has your answer straight from the zombies mouth.


Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Horror fans and critics both consider the 70's the greatest horror decade in film history and Rosemary's Baby is the movie that is considered the film that started that decade for horror.  This is a movie that builds its tension around the main character by the feeling of impeding doom and when the climax occurs, the movie really delivers.


Saw (2004)

Here is James Wan's third film on this list.  The original Saw is the movie that started the "torture porn" genre of the 2000's, but it was easily the best of any of these extreme gore films.  The story was great and it had a great plot twist that nobody could see coming.  While the sequels that followed were hit and miss, the original Saw was a great horror film that changed the genre forever.  It was also James Wan's first movie, so it also gets credit for jump starting an excellent career.


Scream (1996)

Scream is the horror film that rejuvenated the horror genre in the 90's.  It was also the movie the re-energized Wes Craven's career.  The movie was a fresh take on the slasher genre that also paid tribute to the movies that came before it.  The opening sequence featuring Drew Barrymore just might be the best opening sequence in horror film history.


The Shining (1980)

While Stephen King hates the movie and the movie doesn't have much in common with his book of the same name, Kubrick's adaption is excellent.  The movie is scary, weird and beautiful, but it is Jack Nicholson's performance that makes the movie so good.  Watching Nicholson go from a loving husband/father to a madman is a great ride.


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Imagine being a horror fan in the 70's and getting The Exorcist in 1973 and then The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 1974.  These were two horror films that were so brutal, people ran out of the theater while watching them.  Chainsaw Massacre introduced Leatherface and his chainsaw to the world and it has been buzzing ever since.


Trick r Treat (2007)

While the movie Halloween takes place on Halloween, the greatest movie about the Halloween holiday is Trick r Treat.  This movie tells a bunch of different stories that all intersect on Halloween and then come together at the end.  The movie also talks about some of the rules that are important to follow on Halloween...or else.


The Wicker Man (1973)

If you don't think a horror musical can work, you obviously have seen this cult classic.  Christopher Lee stars in this movie as a cult leader and he is just fantastic.  The songs are awesome (in a cheesy way), the movie has a ton of great nudity, but the best part is the ending.  Seriously, it is awesome.


The Wolfman (1941)

For me, The Wolfman is my favorite of the classic Universal horror films.  Lon Chaney Jr. is great in it, Evelyn Ankers is gorgeous and Maria Ouspenskaya as the gypsy is freaky.  The story is great and I love the make-up in this film.



So there you go.  You have your movies to watch.  Get watching.