Sunday, May 20, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
I don't necessarily see that as a bad thing.
My prevailing thought is because of the similarity, 'Babylon' doesn't distinguish itself enough as a side project and therein lies the problem for most vocalists, familiarity with the band we already identify them.
This is the corner that Matt Skiba has painted himself into with this album.
Alkaline Trio fans will eat 'Babylon' up with a spoon. Any fans who may have wanted to see if any horizons were expanded may feel this project came up short of that expectation but they will not be disappointed with the material itself.
A very solid album regardless of the moniker on the cover. - Mac
To say Malcolm X was a polarizing figure in American history is a massive understatement. Its unfortunate that when he is remembered that it is mainly for his stances when he was aligned with the Nation Of Islam and less for the humanistic views he adopted towards the end of his life. I believe firmly had he been allowed to live and continue his chosen path that his veneration would be equal to Dr. King.
It is in this spirit, that I salute El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz aka. Malcolm X.
Thank you sir for your vision and courage of conviction.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The Dropkick Murphys are reporting that they will be playing with the world famous Boston Pops to celebrate Fenway Park's centennial on May 24th. The Murphys will be performing two songs with the Pops, "Tessie", the Red Sox anthem and "Shipping Up To Boston" that most people will recognize from the film, 'The Departed'.
Information on tickets can be found here.
For almost 30 years I have kept my foot in the skateboarding world because of family, friends and my love of the culture that has been created surrounding skating.
One aspect of the culture that has always held my heart in its hands is the art.
There have been countless boards I wish that I could have laid the bucks out for just to slap up on the wall. There are companies out there that have had incredible art departments that have churned out iconic designs. Some of these have crossed over in to the mainstream. The Independent Trucks Maltese cross and the Spitfire Wheels flaming devil head are two quick examples that come to mind. Try and find a pick up truck somewhere in America that doesn't have at least one of these emblazoned on it and I would be willing to bet cash money the owner knows nothing about the origin of the design.
On June 16th, The Museum of Design Atlanta will begin hosting a retrospective on the graphics used on decks dating back to the origins of skateboarding. Some of the artists expected to be on hand are the legendary Jim Phillips, Andy Howell, Lance Mountain, Steve Olson and Wes Humpston who's responsible for the storied Dogtown Graphics of the 1970s. The exhibition will be running until September 16, 2012.
It's one of the few times that I can say that I wish I was going to be in humid HOTLANTA over the summer but this installation would be worth the salt loss. If you find yourself within reasonable traveling distance, get there to see this for yourself. - Mac
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Hot Water Music - Exister - CD / LP (Rise Records)
Santana - Shape Shifter - LP / CD (Star Faith )
Shadows Fall - Fire From the Sky - CD (Razor & Tie)
Tenacious D - Rize Of The Fenix - CD/LP (Columbia)
Thelonious Monk Quartet - Misterioso (Remastered) - CD ( Fantasy)
Various Artists - Girls! Girls! Girls!: The best of Burlesque & Striptease - LP ( The Great American Music Company )
DVD / Blu-Ray
Hell On Wheels - The Complete First Season
The Vans Warped Tour: No Room for Rockstars (DVD/CD)
Monday, May 14, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
He had one of my favorite lines in 'The Blues Brothers', “We had a band powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline!”
Yes you did Brother Dunn! Thanks for all the good times!!
Rest well. - Mac