Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dead Meadow "Three Kings"

Dead Meadow "Three Kings" Movie Trailer

From their website at "A stunning mix of fantasy film and multi-camera live concert footage, The Three Kings overlays the transcendental experience of the band's music with film vignettes of The Three Kings at work. The Kings look into our mortal world where each of the three human characters we play are tempted by the dark side of things and each react differently."

Dead Meadow "At Her Open Door"

Dead Meadow- "What Needs Must Be"

Dead Meadow- Coming To A Town Near You

DEAD MEADOW. If you haven't heard of this band, I VERY highly recommend clicking on the You Tube links I am going to post here. They are in the middle of their US tour now supporting their new concert film/ album "Three Kings" and are bringing their renowned stage show to a medium sized venue near you. Before they get too big for the clubs, you should really see them up close.

Under Great White Northern Lights

First off, the new White Stripes film is as good as expected.
Now, I am not a huge WS fan as it is. I like their music to a point, but for me it can get a bit tiresome after a while. I mean, really, how much can you really do musically when you have painted such a small box for yourselves as they have?
That being said, I loved this film. Even if you are less of a WS fan than I am- I think you will be captivated by this documentary. More than just a concert film, UGWNL is a travelogue of Jack & Meg's 2007 tour of Canada. The places they visit and the people they meet are as much of a part of this film as the music itself. For a casual fan, it creates a very interesting parallel to the music. And fortunately, Jack & Meg are very captivating subjects.
At times humerous, and other times surprisingly insightful, Jack dominates the commentary here, at one point even poking fun at this fact by goading Meg to speak up and let her voice be heard during an interview. Meg, in her typically shy manner, rarely says much at all, choosing instead to smile flirtaciously with the camera through much of the film. On the occasions when she does speak, her voice is so soft and her words so mumbled that the filmmakers actually choose to subtitle her!
The relationship between the two is perhaps the most interesting and engrossing part of the film. There is a real magic and undeniable chemistry between Jack & Meg that you absolutely cannot turn away from. At the conclusion of the film the payoff moment between Jack & Meg is both poignant and touching in a way I didn't expect. For all those who haven't seen it, I won't spoil it for you- but it really caps off the movie in the most perfect, unexpected way.

Monday, March 15, 2010

White Stripes Concert Film Screening

Tonight I am attending a live screening of the new White Stripes concert film "Under Great White Northern Lights" here in Buffalo. They are not showing it at a theater, but instead are going to have a public screening at a local bar/ music venue called Mohawk Place. All I can say is- I hope they put up some seating!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Waylon Jennings Vs. Bad Blake

I saw the movie Crazy Heart on Wednesday, a day before I took ill with the flu. It was an excellent film, acted and performed to authentic perfection by all involved. In watching the film I couldn't help but see many parallels between Jeff Bridge's Bad Blake and the real life Waylon Jennings. From Bad's grizzled facial hair to his music, Jeff Bridges seems to channel pieces of Waylon into every fiber of his character. Heck- they even seemed to dress alike! Check out these side by side captures above of the two in near identical wardrobes.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Posting Audio= Pain In My Ass

Okay. The main point of this blog is to post music here from my colection for y' all to listen to and download for your own listening pleasure. But I'll be damned if I cannot figure out how to get the music ripped to my windows media player posted on this blog. I have tried everything I can think of and lost many nights of sleep to no avail.
Much of the problem I believe stems from the fact that when I rip my cds to the computer, WMP makes them into wma files- not mp3's. And there is no embedded link to post like video clips. So, perhaps that is the root of the problem. I don't know. If anyone can help- please feel free to comment here. I'd appreciate any help I can get at this point.

A little Whiskey for your morning commute...

This has always been a favorite cip of mine. It has everything that made Whiskeytown a great band. We get Ryan pissed off and railing against some local critic onstage and damn close to the original lineup onstage all feeling the groove and putting out a kick ass performance of a classic WT song. If you ever can't remember why you loved this band back in the day- here's a great reminder. Enjoy!