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For a Good Time, Check Out the Dilettantes!

Posted by Miss Ess, April 4, 2007 02:45pm | Post a Comment
the dilettantes joel gion jefferson parker brock gallandSo the other night I got to see local San Fran band the Dilettantes kick and shake some rock and roll booty at the Cafe du Nord.

There aren't so many actual rock n roll bands right now in San Francisco, and taking in the energy and attitude of the Dilettantes made me remember why I like good ol' rock n roll so much in the first place.
 
The band is centered around Mr Joel Gion, formerly of the Brian Jonestown Massacre. In case you missed the fantastic documentary Dig, which came out a couple of years ago, chronicling the band's years-long troubles with labels and the law (not to mention rival band the Dandy Warhols),  Joel's a tambourine player. If you did happen to see the flick, you'll easily remember Joel. He's the one who dumps a drink down his pants. You know, that guy. He's also the best tambourine player you'll ever see. The guy has the magic touch, no joke! He is the tambourine player, of course, in the Dilettantes, but he has taken his natural charisjoel gion brian jonestown massacre the dilettantesma up a notch now and is also a Lou Reed-esque vocalist. His stage presence is something to behold, full of appropriate and highly enjoyable rock n roll posturing and skill.

The two guitarists, Jefferson Parker and Brock Galland, also trade off singing different songs to great effect.  Jefferson's soloing skills are amazing-- remember when American indie bands had crazy epic guitar solos with effects peddles and feedback? I sure do. This guy's got it down. 

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Lady Terminator @ The Vista April 27

Posted by phil blankenship, April 4, 2007 12:12pm | Post a Comment
Lady Terminator = Nasy Hunter = Highly Recommended

Available on dvd from Mondo Macabro



Reposting the newest communique from my local heroes, The So Bad It's Good Film Festival:
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Now April is here!

Come out to the Vista this month to check out Lady Terminator!

LADY TERMINATOR
Vista Theater
4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles 90027
Friday April the 27th at MIDNIGHT
Admission $10 - Cash only


This enjoyable 'Terminator' rip-off is about a young anthropologist who becomes possessed and goes on a sexual killing spree. If the bad dubbing and stolen 'Terminator' moments don't grab you, why don't you check out the trailer on our myspace page. I dare you...
 
http://www.myspace.com/sbigfilmfest
 
 
More details and a bad-ass flyer coming soon...
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Celia Cruz - La Vida Es Un Carnaval

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 4, 2007 12:04pm | Post a Comment



No club or bar frequented by Latinos would be the same without it. Neither would any wedding reception, quinceañera or backyard party. In fact, if you were to drive through the L.A. barrios, my guess is that you would hear the song at some point in your journey.





Celia Cruz’s “La Vida Es Un Carnaval” was originally released in 1998 and it hasn’t left the dance floor since. The song was an international hit for both Celia Cruz and for recent Cuban expatriate Isaac Delgado, who released his version in 1999. Isaac’s slightly melancholy version is good but Celia’s version is bombastic. It maybe pop music but it’s good pop music. The horn lines are catchy to point that you will be humming them all day. The tempo is perfect. Not too fast for novice dancers and not too slow for the experts. It is a song that mixes well with other forms of Latin music. I’ve have heard versions done in Reggaeton, Banda, Cumbia, & Merengue style.

Then there is the chorus. It is the chorus that hits home for most people.

Ay, no ha que llorar,
Que la vida es un carnaval,
Es mas bello vivir cantando.
Oh, oh, oh, Ay, no hay que llorar,
Que la vida es un carnaval
Y las penas se van cantando.

Which roughly translates to:

Ay, no need to cry
Life is a carnival
It's sweeter to live singing
Oh-oh-oh ay, no need to cry
For life is a carnival
And singing relieves the pain

“La Vida Es Un Carnaval” makes me think of people I used to work with in the factories in my teens. My co-workers were mostly undocumented immigrants from Mexico, Central America and the Philippines. Most of them came to the U.S. to make money to send back home. Some escaped from the wars in Central America during the 80’s. Others saw no future where they were and came to the U.S. to try something new. Regardless why they came, they had to give up family and homeland to come here and work.

Chain Reaction

Posted by phil blankenship, April 3, 2007 11:12pm | Post a Comment

While the front of the dvd marks director Andrew Davis' key work as The Fugitive (1993), we here at Video Maniacs beg to differ. Even a cursory look at his IMDb profile finds a wealth of trash film treasure!

1972 cinematographer for the Paul Bartel cult classic for perverts, Private Parts

1976 cinematographer for Mansion Of The Doomed aka Eyes of Dr. Chaney / Eyes of the Living Dead / House of Blood / Massacre Mansion / etc.

1979 cinematographer for the coming of age masterpiece Over The Edge

1983 directed The Final Terror, a backwoods slasher notable for early film appearances of Rachel Ward, Daryl Hannah, Adrien Zmed & Joe Pantoliano

1984 cinematographer for the legendary Hollywood teenage prostitute Angel

1985 directed Code of Silence, one of Chuck Norris' 3 films from 1985 (with Invasion USA & Missing In Action 2)

1988 directed Above the Law, Steven Seagal's film debut !! thanks andrew !

1992 directed Under Siege, the definitive Steven Seagal pic. aka Die Hard on a boat.

1993 directed The Fugitive & made a lot of money.

As for Chain Reaction, it's a typical mid 90s actioner with the standard twists & turns. Basically a Fugitive redux, the plot hinges on the fact that Rachel Weisz & Keanu Reeves are brilliant physicists. She, maybe. Him, probably not. And before any of you smart alecs write in, I know Keanu's character is technically a grad student machinist.... but screw that, he figures out the key to generating a safe, easy & unlimited amount of energy from hydrogen.... therefore he's a scientist.

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Be On My Side, I'll Be On Your Side - Neil Young: Live @ Massey Hall

Posted by Miss Ess, April 3, 2007 10:35pm | Post a Comment

You might as well know this early on my postings: there is no music I like better than Neil Young's music.
neil young
Like any good Rustie, I already had some of the bootlegs from his solo acoustic 1971 tour, and have practically worn out the tapes and vinyl over the years.  This tour in 1971 came at a particularly prolific moment in Young's life. He had released After the Goldrush, one of his very best, and was done writing Harvest, widely regarded as his career best. (Although to me that's a debatable call.) Since at the time it had not been released, the songs from Harvest were completely new to the audience during the performance. As someone who has been listening to Harvest for 27 years, this is both difficult and also very exciting to imagine.

So, a few weeks ago on March 13, again like any good Rustie, I got ahold of the official release of Live at Massey Hall (the special version of course, including the dvd) as quickly as I could.

It rules.

The dvd is mostly footage from the show at Massey Hall, but it also includes vintage super 8 footage of Neil on his then newly-purchased ranch in Woodside with his dogs, fences and dappled light. The images only enhance the warm quality the music already exudes.

I'm not really one to use the word peaceful. I don't neil young
own a yoga mat. But this footage, this voice,
these songs, made me feel just that-- peacefully at home. I guess that's in large part because I grew up with Neil Young's music, was taught to sing harmony by my mom to his songs, was quizzed while a child as to who was guesting on his albums and where they were recorded. I remember our green station wagon and those long family drives to Yosemite, rocking the Neil all the way, dad drumming along on the steering wheel.

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