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22
Aug
08

Suck it Cleveland!!!, Hall of Fame coming here!

Cleveland?… known to some  as “the mistake by the lake” currently home to the Rock and Roll hall of fame and museum. Why Cleveland many have wondered? what’s “rock and Roll” about Cleveland? Certainly NEW YORK is a billion times more “Rock and Roll” right?. Well Cleveland was the stomping ground of legendary DJ Alan Freed who is widely credited as inventing the phrase “Rock and Roll”. He got such props that his ashes are not in a cemetery, they are on display in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and museum in Cleveland. I took a pilgrimage to the mistake by the lake with a girlfriend for  weekend a few years ago (her Valentines day gift to me) and I have to say it’s one of the most amazing things you’ll ever experience. Exhibits that go from the amazing, to awe inspiring, to just plain weird. Lennon’s round specs, the ZZ top “legs” car, Paul Simonon’s Bass that he destroyed on the cover of the Clash’s “London Calling” album, Prince’s purple trench coat from the “Purple Rain” days, Guitars, guitars, guitars! Kim Gordon of Sonic youth’s bass!, Kirk Hammet’s  axes, when i was there there was a U2 exhibition and retrospective which included everything from hand written lyrics to “with or without you”, to rejection letters from several different record labels with comments like ” we wish you well but don’t think your sound will ever catch on”..lol. It truly is an amazing temple of sacred ruins for a rock fan. Cleveland though?,……..just not convenient to get to.

The good news is coming this November the rock and roll hall of fame and museum is opening an annex (a smaller New York version basically) in Soho!. 76 Mercer street will be the new home to the 25,000 square foot New York chapter of the Rock and Roll hall of fame and museum. mayor Bloomberg made the announcement the other day at a press conference with Billy Joel on hand among others. What will be on display there? well at the press conference, some of the artifacts that will be in the museum were on display with Bloomberg.  On either side were guitars owned by Johnny Ramone, and Eric Clapton,  behind them was a phone booth from CBGB, and a few feet away stood Bruce Springsteen’s first car, a banana-yellow 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible.THAT is a pimp mobile!.

Mayor Bloomberg  and directors of the Hall of fame spoke about and  celebrated New York’s contributions to rock history, reminiscing about concerts in historic clubs and theaters, many of them — like CBGB, the Bottom Line and Max’s Kansas City no longer exist. 

Anyway the plan is for the museum to open in November,……………..So much for the mistake by the lake, this is New York F%$#*&G CITY!!!!!. That is all, END Transmission!

 

                                                                  

18
Aug
08

Does it offend you, yeah?

Ok so I admit freely that i am a child of the 80’s! a fan of the 80’s,  an 80’s phile if you will. So it’s no wonder that I love this song so much. These guys ae on tour with Nine inch Nails right now, they’re called “Does it offned you, yeah”. Their first jam “we are rockstars” is a totally different feel, a sort of daft Punk meets prodigy deal.

 

 

 

This one, ” dawn of the dead” came out in 2008 but could have easily come out in 1988!. Plus is it me or does this singer dude look frighteningly like Bam Margera?…………….. Check it out, this is fricken good stuff

 

 That is all, End Transmission!

14
Aug
08

All points west?. Sleeper hit!

So last weekend’s all points west festival at Liberty state park from what i hear varied wildly from day to day. I went Friday after my show and while the new Pornographers were cool, Underworld was really good although they couldn’t really maximize their light show (which is a big part of that sort of band’s appeal) as they went on at 6:30 pretty much in broad daylight. Radiohead were of course radiohead, I dont know if it’s that ive seen them at least five times or that they just didn’t do much more than make me yawn Friday night. However the higlight I have to say was Girl talk. Girl Talk, a one man “band” of sorts who basically just dj’s and runns stuff off of computers but will mash up anything from Jay Z rapping over radiohead “paranoid Android”, to mashing up Nine inch nails, Kelly Clarkson and Blur!. Sounds less than cutting edge to some Im sure but it’s honestly just FUN….anyone remember FUn in music?. Anyway check this out, it’s an example of Girl talk taking a song that  is easy to recognize and working his magic to the point where it is another song entirely.

 

 That is al, End TRansmission!

 

11
Aug
08

No more “chocolate salty balls”!!!!!!

Sad news this week as soul legend Isaac Hayes has shuffled off this mortal coil at the tender age of 65. Better known to most Krock types as the voice of “Chef” from “South Park”, the guy is one of the greats. Just listen to the 70’s classic “theme from Shaft” which still sounds bad ass today!

 

 REST IN PEACE “CHEF”

 

 That is all, End Transmission!

09
Aug
08

The great American Passtime,

 

Wellman, you’re a fricken rock star !I had forgotten how amazing this clip is and would actually consider moving to Mississippi if this is what the games are like down there!.  Note to the Mets: SIGN HIM UP!! can you say attendance up 400 percent? when’s the first Phil Wellman Bag tossing night?.

 

 That is all, End TRansmission!.

08
Aug
08

“The Shining!……

…… WITH ROBOTS”!!!!

 

 

 So weird…….lol.

 

That is all, End Transmission!

25
Jul
08

Comic book guy says:

“Worst ending ever…”

 

 Whenever you rent a DVD they try to push the “deleted scenes” as some sort of selling point. Most scenes are deleted for a reason, they don’t add anything, they’re not very interesting, or they don’t help the film in any way and actually slow down the pacing or confuse the storyline. My favorite of these tricks is the “Alternate ending”. Let me briefly explain the alternate ending reality; When a movie is shot before they release it they show it to “test audiences” and then the test audience scores the film on a rating scale, they fill out comment cards listing what they liked or disliked about said film, the comment cards go back to the studio, the studio then depending on the comments and the scores the film has received either tell the director to change the film based on the reactions of test audiences, or if you’re Steven Spielberg or someone else with a big time director rep, you can tell the studio to go take a flying leap off a rolling doughnut, unfortunately most directors don’t have that sort of clout, or what they refer to in the biz as “final cut” meaning “its my movie and I will give it to you exactly the way I want it to be seen, I have final cut”. A lot of times the ending of a film is a sticking point, the audience did not like the ending so the studio tells the director to shoot a new ending, usually a “happier” ending blah blah. So when you see an “alternate ending” on a DVD that is usually what the director shot in the first place, they tested it, t tested poorly, they change it, and that’s the ending that you see, and the original ending that the test audience said “boo hiss” to now becomes the alternate ending on the DVD so that the director can massage his ego by anonymously posting on blogs about how the alternate ending on the DVD was so much better blah blah.

 

 I give you this little Hollywood film crash course because I rented “the Ruins” last night a film which i really wanted to see in the theater but was only out for something like three weeks (which should have been my first clue). Horror as a rule is probably the easiest genre to just completely F up in any given film.  SO I watched the ruins THE DIRECTOR’s CUT which ended one way. Then on the special features it had the ” theatrical release ending” which was the way it ended in the theater version which was different than the dvd version. AND THEN it has the “alternate ending” on top of that. So in other words this film was such a mess they couldn’t decide what the hell to do with it to save it. Actually it really was not bad, they obviously just panicked over the ending since they shot three of them.  Let’s review:

 

“The Ruins”:

The Director’s cut which is on the DVD— This was the version that the director wanted in the first place

The theatrical release ending—- This was the way that it ended if you saw it in a theater, obviously the director lost the argument with the studio because they obviously got feedback which said “Jena Malone shouldn’t die she should escape the ruins and be allowed to live” ( OOOPS sorry if I just spoiled it for you)

 

 The “Alternate Ending” — The studio wanted it to end this way, the director did not, the director compromised and shot another different ending that ended up in the film that played in the theaters, yet all the while plotting to release yet another different version on DVD and stick it to the man with his artistic fist raised high in the air in a Che Guavara like show of strength.

 

And you know what? all three of them are actually pretty similar.

 

 That is all, End Transmission!




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