Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Saturday January 2
Amoeba Music & Phil Blankenship present
'New Beverly Midnights'
1986, USA, 83 minutes
written & directed by Ted Nicolaou
starring Diane Franklin, Gerrit Graham, Jon Gries, Chad Allen
11:59pm, All Seats $7
MOMENT OF PARAMOUNT IN TRAILER: "He looked right at my studs and cooled out....this dude's into metal!!"
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Sunday, December 27, 2009
Sorry Santa, but those Mariah Carey winter tour tickets that were nestled so nicely under the tree this Christmas are about to be scalped on the street for a couple front row seats to Jim Gillette! Besides being an original member of the band Tuff and co-founding the band Nitro in 1987, this glam metal hero was most famous for his extremely high voice, which he often used, with audio amplification, to shatter crystal goblets as part of his act.
The above clip is an excerpt from Jim's vocal training video he released through Metal Methods in 1993. He is often cited to have had a range of over 6 octaves,though this has never been proven. An examination of his recorded output puts his range at 4 octaves, from E2-D6 (which is still in itself quite an accomplishment) and on the Nitro song "Machine Gunn Eddie". he was able to hold a soprano high B note (one semitone below soprano high C) for 32 seconds, whilst sliding between a high A and G in full voice.
I hoped that these days one could find Jim still shattering crystal goblets, as seen in the picture below. Sadly, his days of ear-splitting have come to and end, as Jim is said to now be focusing on personal training, being a father and most importantly, being a husband and boning Lita Ford...Jackpot!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
What says Christmas more than an old lonely man with a bandaged hand who spends all his time salting the sidewalks of the neighborhood and shoveling snow? Easy, a man that fits the above who also murders his entire family and than uses the salt to turn his bodies into mummies.
This character is available to all of us in Home Alone, contrary to the alleged perpetrator’s claims of innocence to the charges of familicide by snowshovel. Old Man Marley, or the "South Bend Shovel Slayer," has been an eerie symbol of Lincoln Blvd. for years. A lonely, scraggly old man, solitary in his behavior. And what people don’t understand, they fear. They fear Marley. And with good reason. Everyone in the area knows what he did, yet the evidence just isn’t there to put the old man away.
He claims to have an 11 year old granddaughter, a redheaded girl in the choir. He claims his relationship with his son is simply a bad one, and that he didn’t murder his family. There are conflicting stories all over this film.
Word has it that he slaughtered his family, the police couldn’t do anything about it. This is the story accepted as fact by the majority of his neighbors. Some reliable sources are supporters of this theory. "Back in ‘58, he murdered his whole family and half the people on the block…with a snow shovel. He’s been hiding out in this neighborhood ever since," says Buzz McAllister, local historian.
"There’s a lot of things going around about me, but none of it’s true," claimed Marley while at a church, where he has been seen several times alone and talking with little boys.
"It’ll just be a matter of time before he does it again," says Buzz.
Word has it he has been associating himself with a family, no official word is out as to whether or not it is his. Marley has also earned some face in the local neighborhood after he helped save a young lad in the grips of some local burglars.
Dive into the spirit of the holiday season by supporting "The South Bend Shovel Slayer" on Facebook today.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Position your television antennas correctly and adjust the tracking on your BETA player, because the new EP from Valerie's main man, College, is making its way through high-frequency airwaves and into our living rooms.
The title track, A Real Hero, features the vocal duties of Electric Youth. The marriage of the soft synths and airy vocals sound like the commencement speech that these two musical entities never got to deliver at the podium. The song has a somber feeling cloaked over it yet the steady synths welcome the track with a glimpse of hope. Next is Closer, a track which if you listen closely, you can actually feel the dew forming over the freshly-cut blades of grass. Then we're introduced to Critical Mass, a track for cruising on a motorbike through the post-apocalyptic remains of a city. As you coast through the ruins, all that's left are clouds of dust and a few survivors who spend their nights hovered over burning barrels in dark alleys, trying to keep warm. Following this is a little piece entitled The Mirage Makers, which combines obscure sound-scapes and sludgy electronics to create visions of a space-experiment gone horribly wrong. Lastly, the EP closes with the up-tempo Susan Waiting, the lost theme song to a forgotten TV show that takes place in San Francisco’s Bay. This song plays over the opening credits, where we see Susan riding her scooter over the Golden Gate Bridge, silhouetted by the late afternoon sun as this week’s episode unfolds.
COLLEGE - 'A REAL HERO MIX'
Monday, December 14, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Oneohtrix Point Never - Zones Without People LP
01 Computer Vision
02 Format & Journey North
03 Zones Without People
04 Learning to Control Myself
05 Disconnecting Entirely
06 Emil Cioran
This winter, Uncle TNUC is guiding you on an icey trip to foreign lands of the future with the Oneohtrix Point Never album, Zones Without People. This release has been out for a few months now, and OPN have since put out a double-disc collection entitled Rifts, spanning the work of 3 essential albums from the OPN project. The reason why Zones Without People has been selected for spotlight now is because we feel it encompasses every thing you need to quest for in the coming cold months that lie ahead.
The name, Oneohtrix Point Never, is derived from the infamous Boston soft-rock radio station, Magic 106.7. Anyone who spent their childhood in the Boston area running errands with their mom in her station wagon is most likely familiar with this radio station. The man behind the curtain in OPN is Daniel Lopatin, who had this to say about the mysterious name of his project:
"There's a local soft rock station in Boston called Magic 106.7 so it was a play on that. One and Zero is of course computer binary code... tricks are about manipulation... point never is about infinity...so those are the elements."
OPN's sound has nothing to do with soft rock. I'll let the blog comintoland.com take this one...
The second side feels colder and a bit confused, but the last track lets you imagine flying cars passing trough the hyperdawn and leaves no doubt that in near future everything is possible, like x-ray glasses or time traveling.
Zones Without People is the second LP of Oneohtrix Point Never after a few tapes, cdrs and his first longplayer Betrayed In The Octagon on Carlos Giffoni’s No Fun productions. Mastered by Pete Swanson and packed in beautiful artwork by Christelle Gualdi. Mike Pollard brings you this beauty in an edition of 450 copies on Arbor. Welcome to the new age!"
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Here's Edgar Froese, of Tangerine Dream fame, terrifying his neighbors by surrounding himself in a circle of synths in what appears to be a backyard somewhere in Germany. One can only hope he's located in some pleasant, family-oriented suburb. Imagine this guy being your next door neighbor? Every ones out at work during the day and the children are at school. Every one but Edgar. By lunch time, he's already halfway into his set, blasting through an improvisational jam session of deep synth and atmospherics, playing to an audience of birds, squirrels and cats.
By evening, he slows down and moves his gear into the house. What this afternoon-synth lover does to occupy his time indoors is still a mystery to many. One of the gossiping soccer moms of the community claims that he doesn't sleep at night. She says while she was walking her dog late one night, she saw Edgar staring out of his upstairs bay window, sporting his aviators, testing out his homemade lasers in his living room.
But hey, with Edgar living next door, you won't have to worry who's going to babysit the kids when you leave! Or do you...?