Cross Platform Promotion – Lost In Reviews Podcast

So ladies and gentlemen, I am now doing a podcast.  I don’t want to hurt myself while trying to pat my own back, but it was a little something that my counterparts over at LostinReviews.com wanted to start doing and well, here we are.  We are still figuring out the format and this was certainly a spur of the moment thing, but I am excited to just be bullshitting with my friends and talking about music and movies.

Our first one is just us chatting about Pacific Rim, Limp Bizkit and a bunch of other random shit.  The aim is to have this be a weekly podcast and fleshed out a bit more in terms of the format, talking points.  So this is a bit rough and frankly, we like how it turned out.  Hope you enjoy!

Here is the link to the podcast page and we will eventually get this on RSS and iTunes.

http://lostinreviews.com/2013/07/the-lost-in-reviews-podcast-1-a-harvey-fierstein-fire-sale/

Movie of the Day – A Band Called Death

I realized I just posted the full on review of this amazing, amazing documentary about a week ago, but I just can’t help myself in trying to get everyone to see it.  It played at our local Alamo Drafthouse and is getting legs in terms of opening at local art theaters, but the movie is out on VOD and available for download right this instance.  It is truly an amazing story that must be heard and one of the most compelling documentaries out there now.

I also wanted to toot my own horn as about a week ago I was asked to be an on air guest for HuffPost Live and chat with the members of Death and the directors of the documentary.  It was unreal to get to ask them some questions, which one only made it on air.  Still though, I don’t say this without some weight behind it and this is one of the best movies/documentaries out there this year.  Easily one of my top ten movies.

Well below is a link to the original review and also to the HuffPost Live interview with Death and my dumb mug on the screen towards the end of interview.

Enjoy!

http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/a-band-called-death/51c2395b78c90a47590002ca

Original review of A Band Called Death.

Anchored by the wonderful storytelling of Dannis and Bobby, they openly talk about the band, the history and their lives with a bit a humor and emotional weight.  They lay the foundation of who they are out there for the audience and you connect with the story and their journey more than you will ever know.  You feel the highs and lows of the brothers, but the bittersweet ending is all that you need to leave the theater with a smile on your faces, redness in your eyes from the tears and newfound respect admiration for what it means to stick to your convictions through thick and thin.

It’s time to embrace Death.

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Movie Review – A Band Called Death

Death comes for us all.

You know, I always associate Detroit with the soulful sounds of Motown and funk music.  I mean bands like The Temptation, The Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas and even the Contours basically defined the music scene there.  I fully get that this is a narrow view of the rich diversity of the Detroit music scene, but when I think of a group of African-American musicians coming together to create music, I and the subjects of the rockumentary A Band Called Death will tell you, the expectation is that it would be Motown-esque.  Thanks to the efforts of directors Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett, we get to uncover a band whose time has finally come.  Some 30 years ago, a group of African-American brothers would form a band that would change the music scene of their time by being, what some would contend, the first punk band ever.  That is, they would have been if it weren’t for the name and their unconventional playing style.

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Movie of the Day – INNI

In two days, I will be attending yet another live show from one of my favorite bands ever.  I do mean ever.  Sigur Ros has this unexplainable grasp on me, somehow captivating me and pulling me into their ethereal sound, a constant rush of pure euphoria takes me over.  I have seen them live twice, with Thursday’s at Starlight Theater in KC being my most anticipated concert for them since they perform beautifully outside.  A venue fitting for their transcendent sound.

So today I wanted to bring up their second movie/film/documentary, a followup to their first film Heima.  INNI is much more intimate, often claustrophobic look at their intense performance.  We substitute the lush backdrop of Iceland for the intimate venue performance, often putting us right in the mix of their intensity.  Heima, which I have talked about twice before, was more about what make Sigur Ros the band that they are.  From the influences of their surroundings to the culture they have fostered with their music.  INNI strips it all away, given us the raw power that they generate when performing.  It isn’t so much a movie, but just an entry to a diary, something that has a lot more meaning since it isn’t following a narrative, just the pure performance of the band on the stage.

If you aren’t a fan of Sigur Ros, that’s cool, but if you have never listened to them I would suggest giving them a listen.  They are experimental, progressive, and absolutely enthralling.  I couldn’t imagine a more perfect band out there in the musical landscape.  Check out INNI if you can, I promise it will just take you away with their sound.

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Movie of the Day – Stunt Rock

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Stunt Rock!

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Movie of the Day – Shut Up and Play the Hits

I never realized that watching the end of a band, one as amazing as LCD Soundsystem, would be one of  my favorite and touching documentaries in 2012.  Say what you will of the band, fan or not, but this sort of intimacy and outright passion that the documentary follows is just truly compelling and meaningful.  Shut Up and Play the Hits captures everything I love about the band and hits the right emotional chords in a fantastic concert/band documentary.  There I said it.  But I do have more to say so hit the jump.

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Movie of the Day – Disco Godfather

Put yo weight on it!

Time for a funky time with another blaxploitation flick and we are going to groove to the sounds of fury with Disco Godfather.  Rudy fucking Ray Moore is back and kicking all sorts of ass while making sure the tunes are spinning folks.  God I love this genre of film!

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Music Video of the Day – Thriller

Yup, that’s right, Michael Jackson’s Thriller is the movie of the day.  One of the best music videos around that managed to incorporate horror movie elements and even getting Vincent Price to lend his voice to the work.  Werewolves, zombies, creepy house, the occult, and a meta movie within a movie, this is the one of the best musical horror movie around.  Yeah it’s only 14 minutes, but are you going to argue with the King of Pop?

Movie Review – Miami Connection

Get ready for the reunion tour of a lifetime.  Getting the band back together, the ass kicking, taekwondo orphans, mega rock band Dragon Sound, is being resurrected for a brand new audience for some of the best 80s music around.  Synth playing, mullet rocking, guitar shredding, pop infectious lyrics will get you jumping out of your seats, right before you are jump kicked back from the stage as Dragon Sound not only rocks the stage, but also rocks the criminal underworld and their “bad” cocaine in the film Miami Connection.

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Movie of the Day – Repo! The Genetic Opera

No you are not having a case of deja vu.  There happens to be two movies with the same premise.  This murder musical from 2008 and then the 2010 Repo Men movie which is exactly the same fucking premise only without the catchy musical tunes and comical murder scenes.  So with that cleared up, time for a little musical accompaniment to go along with my 17th horror movie post.

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