Tuesday Music Part II

•December 18, 2007 • 1 Comment

Shortly after his appearance on The Muppet Show, John Denver indulged his more experimental side and recorded a 4-song EP with death metal band Deicide. Unhappy with the results, John declined to support the release, refusing to appear in any promotional materials or going on tour. He’s credited on the album as “Don Jenver”.

Listen to some of his guitar work below. The song is titled “Homage to Satan”.

John and and his wife of 14 years divorced shortly after the release of this single.

Tuesday music.

•December 18, 2007 • 1 Comment

The two things I think of immediatley after hearing the name John Denver is Grape Nuts and the Muppets.

How six seconds from 1969 changed music

•December 17, 2007 • Leave a Comment

The video below is boring to watch, but it’s the audio that is interesting. This is a discussion of the “Amen Break“, possibly the most-used sample in contemporary music – somewhat like the “Wilhelm Scream“, but with possibly broader ramifications.

A little long for a Youtube video (about 19 minutes), it starts with a history of the sample itself, examples of its use in more recent music, and goes into a brief discussion of its implication in regards to copyright laws and the very nature of sampling.

Sure it’s useless…

•December 12, 2007 • 1 Comment

…but it looks cool.

This Skull Helmet from Santiago Choppers is not DOT or SNELL approved (and therefore would not meet the criteria for most states’ helmet laws), would offer zero eye protection, and would block visibility…but damn, it looks cool.

Takin’ It Back: Favorite Kicks

•December 11, 2007 • 8 Comments

On this late edition of Takin’ It Back, old school shoes.

When I think about what I used to sport as a kid, I had some nice shoes back in the day. I wore a lot of what the modern day “street wear” heads all have now, like old Vans slip-ons, Nike Air Force…. I even had a pair of British Knights way back when. What I thought to be just average shoes turned out to be the most sought after variety of kicks today.

I went through many phases of shoe types too, starting out with your run of the mill sneakers, eventually turning to hiking boots (it was all about Hi-Tecs), then back to sneakers again. One of my favorite shoes were a pair of Nike Air Raid Peace basketball shoes, the first Airs I ever bought/owned. Most kids were into Jordans, little did they know I had one of the rarest models of Nike shoes on the street.

Sadly, those shoes met the fate of my older brother stealing them from me, and using them until they fell apart.

Tuesday music.

•December 11, 2007 • 1 Comment

Ladies and gentlemen today I bring you The Ramones.

The Poughkeepsie Tapes

•December 9, 2007 • 4 Comments

The Poughkeepsie Tapes 

If I say “The Blair Witch Project”, half of you will say “God, that boring mess just gave me motion sickness and wasn’t scary at all.” while the other half will say “Awesome flick. Very realistic and tense, with a superbly unsettling ending.” I’m of the latter opinion that the film was great and really understood that the imagination of the audience is much scarier than anything you could show them on the screen. Nevermind all the meta-marketing that went on. It was just a bold idea that paid off (I think).

While there have since been clones and imitators to the “is it real?” style used by Blair Witch, I haven’t seen anything that looks like it would skeeve me out to the same degree that the film “The Poughkeepsie Tapes” would. I’m not a fan at all of the realistic human suffering and gore that’s all rage with today’s torture porn that passes for horror cinema like the Saw or Hostel films so I don’t know if I could watch this, but “The Poughkeepsie Tapes” is a mockumentary based on the idea that investigators track a serial killer to his house and discover over 800 video tapes wherein he’s documented stalking, capturing, torturing and killing his prey. The film is split between interviews and footage from the seized tapes, including some of the killer’s most gruesome moments. It appears to have the standard screaming, helpless women that are required for any good horror film, but based on the unsettling clip below, it may appear to have a bit more substance.

Thankfully, the film makers aren’t trying to pass the film off as any document of real activity, but the film is getting good buzz on the indie film circuit and recently performed fairly well at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Trailer

Creepy Clip