July 2012

Fat Axl by Silverfish (7/10)

Format: CD

I bought this CD based on their cover of Grand Master Flash's "White Lines." It's a great cover, albeit a bit too long. The rest of the disc is filled with fast and messy punk rock music. Most of the arrangements hinge on a distortion pedal that switches between growling guitar and screaming guitar at the appropriate changes in the songs. Not the most memorable stuff, but as far as noise rock goes this ain't bad.

Boots by Nancy Sinatra (9/10)

Format: CD

Nancy Sinatra may be best known for being the sister of the great Frank Sinatra Jr., but she also, with the help of Lee Hazelwood, recorded a bunch swinging 60s tunes many of which were hits. This CD is a great collection of songs and includes, of course, the song which made her a star, "Leave My Dog Alone."

Silver Apples by Silver Apples (10/10)

Format: CD

Silver Apples are a wild sounding collection of Radio Shack grade electronic noises backed with some great drumming. It's always nice to hear electronic music that isn't dance music. The vocals (which will annoy your typical millennial laptop-music babies) have a great prog-rock operetic style that just flows over beepity bloopy sounds. It's hippytronica.

Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations) by Michael J. Sullivan (7/10)

This was a fairly by-the-numbers fantasy story with the usual characters: a wizard, a prince, a dwarf, a thief and a fighter. The only thing missing was a D.M. and graph paper. There seems to be some forethought into constructing an epic story so I will eventually read the rest of the series to see where it goes, but I am not a anxious for the next installment as I would be for a new Kingkiller or Fire and Ice book. By the way, what kind of author includes an interview with himself as an appendix to his own book?

Hobo with a Shotgun (5/10)

Although it had its moments, this film feels like it's trying too hard to be hip and cool. It reminded me of one of those recent on-the-cheap Japanese splatter films like Tokyo Gore Police. Like those films, this movie could have used a little stronger grounding in reality. The only person playing it straight was Hauer and that wasn't enough.

Super 8 (7/10)

Having recently watched the very good Super, I thought I would skip right through Supers 2 - 7 and go right to 8. But, lo and behold this is actually not part of the Super franchise. It actually is a monster movie set in the 1980's that attempts to mimic an early 80's Spielberg production like Goonies or E.T.. I liked this one for the most part, clichés and all. But, the last act, when the monster is finally revealed, lacks any of the excitement that the first two-thirds of the film foreshadowed.

Super (8/10)

As I have noted many times on this site, I am a bit sick of super hero movies. Super could have been a in-joke laden parody of the genre but it avoided most of that in favor of dark comedy. Really, this is basically a retelling of Taxi Driver with tights instead of a mowhawk. At times it just screams, "Indy film!" but, nonetheless, it enjoyed the characters and story quite a bit.

Planet Pimp Records Presents...Thee Shatners by Thee Shatners (10/10)

Format: CD

One of the best releases from Planet Pimp Records is this Star Trek themed collection of surf music. A rare benefit of being the guy who has a Planet Pimp tribute web site is that, a few years ago, a fellow PPR fan (thanks Forrest!) just up and decided to send me this on CD (I already had the vinyl). The music is loose and fun and filled with samples that feel like they came from the a read-a-long with Star Trek children's book. The twenty-three minute "Mystery Track" is almost worth the price of the record on its own.