Original Bands

Franks Zappa and the Mothers of Invention in the 60′s

by on Apr.10, 2010, under Documentary, Original Bands

Franks Zappa and the Mothers of Invention in the 60′s

Admittedly, I’ll watch nearly anything Zappa related, from live footage to bootlegs to documentaries. Much has been written about Zappa and the Mothers, they have been very well chronicled. From how many times Zappa stretched his legs while writing The Dog Breath Variations to how many cigarettes he smoked in the studio while recording Magdalena, to dense intellectual interpretations of his work and ponderous forays into his political activities. There comes a point when, like with the beatles, everything that needs to be written about certain portions of their lives just may have been covered in excruciating detail by this point.

When I sat down to watch the doc Franks Zappa and the Mothers of Invention in the 60′s I was interested, yet skeptical. It starts off slow, with various Zappologists shedding light on the mans early years and musical influences using pretty much the exact same words as every other verbose Zappologist. Perhaps these people only have one book to base all of their learned opinions on. There are some cool interviews with Jimmy Carl Black, Bunk Gardner, Don Preston and Kim Fowley, but very little live footage of the band in action. You can actually find a million times more ‘rare’ footage looking on youtube.

If you happen to be new to Zappa and the Mothers, you just might dig it. If you know anything about them, this is rehashed, watery gravy. It’s safe to say that the turning point for me was having to suffer through the most irritating accent I’ve ever heard by an aged, self important hippy intellectual wearing a giant scarf with skulls on it while blathering inane facts he likely gleaned from the back cover of Freak Out! I’m sure if I wasn’t subjected to this pompous poof for over two hours, I might have enjoyed it more.

If you think I’m exaggerating:

Although it’s hard for me to dislike anything Zappa related, in my humble opinion: save your money, buy any Mother album or official Zappa dvd, and enjoy your life without fear of sitting on your deathbed lamenting the two hours you wasted one hapless evening.


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I’m crazy Japanese

by on Mar.03, 2010, under Original Bands

This group, a two man band funneling the raw power of the White Stripes and displaying the strength, power and mystique of Guns’n'Roses, is obviously my new favorite band. They don’t have a name, or if they do they don’t need one. If I could name them, if I was to be given such an honour, I would name them them ‘The Awesome’. Shades of Iron Maiden, specks of Ramones, sprinklings of Zeppelin and whatever it is that makes men tick. Rock is the answer, and these gifted performers are the question. Oh E Ro chimney to work stupid annoying Yaro. Watashi no tomodachi , seien ni iwa! Anata no hidoi ongaku to wa , sekai wo hikitsugu koto ga deki masu.
At long last, I bring you the unnameable! Live from Yoyogi Park!

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Nothin’

by on Dec.19, 2009, under Original Bands

The Ugly Duckings

Nothin was the first single by early Toronto Rockers The Ugly Duckings, badass, sneering spit’n'swagger rock’n'roll played the way it was meant to sound, shaping punk and drawing lines.

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Drink coffee until your heart explodes!

by on Dec.04, 2009, under Original Bands

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of NESCAFE. All opinions are 100% mine.

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That’s right, I said it: NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto™ brews coffee house-quality beverages from the convenience of your own home or castle. All you’ve gotta do is plug one of these little dew-hickeys into the thingamajig and suddenly it spurts out brown stuff.You can even make it splosh out cold things. It’s all quite dramatic!

There are seven different flavours: Caffè Lungo, Espresso, Americano, Latte Macchiato, Cappuccino, Iced Cappucino, Café Mocha…even Chococino (hot chocolate) for the kids. That’s right, teach your kids how to drink instant coffee by training them on instant hot chocolate. It’s win-win.

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    You need electricity to make it work.
    Do not operate coffee machines in the bathtub.
    Do no drink coffee laced with heroin if you are pregnant.
    Coffee should be administered orally, never ingest it through your skin.
    Coffee should not be trusted with small children.
    Hot coffee can be hot, do not pour into eyes or on puppies.
    Whipped cream on your coffee does not make you taste fruity, you only appear that way. (void if you are female).
    Coffee caplets should never be bronzed and dropped from tall buildings.
    Unless the coffee otherwise requires, words importing the single number shall include the plural, and words importing the masculine gender shall include the feminine.

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Canadian Punk Rock circa 1977

by on May.01, 2008, under Original Bands

Here’s a cool video that originally aired on CBC Sept 27, 1977. Hana Gartner decides to find out what this punk thing was all about by interviewing Canadian punk legends Teenage Head, The Viletones and The Poles between sets at a five hour show.
Apparently she didn’t dig it too much. She asks Steve Leckie aka Nazi Dog why he cuts himself, and while speaking with Frankie Venom she told him, “I’ve been listening to you this evening, and the Viletones, and if I may be honest the only thing I got out of it was a headache.” Frankie responds, ‘Oh gee, yeah? Tough.” Also features interviews with punk girls who slash themselves because they’re bored and much more.
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An Interview with Mayhem

by on Apr.27, 2008, under Documentary, Evil, Original Bands

This is a clip from Metal, A Headbangers Journey with Necrobutcher and Blasphemer, recorded during the Wacken metal festival.
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I’ve Got a Girl Named Gretsch, by Rockin’ Henri

by on Apr.23, 2008, under Around the World, Original Bands

The flagging rockabilly revival has been revitalized, spearheaded by none other than Netherlands own Rockin’ Henri!

In less than a year this prolific songster has already posted about 200 original songs, nearly all recorded in what seems to be the front room of his grandmothers house, wearing the same blue and black bowling shirt. On top of this he fronts several bands and has released his first official full-length album, Great Rockin News.

All of his songs are really good, but in our opinion nothing has quite the bite as I’ve got a girl named Gretsch.

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Guitar Wolf – Wild Zero

by on Apr.11, 2008, under Around the World, Horror, Original Bands

From one of the greatest, noisiest, loudest garage punk Jet Rock’n'Roll bands ever to come out of Japan, comes the greatest Rock’n'Roll horror zombie musical ever – Wild Zero. This movie has everything; Guitar Wolf, zombies, exploding heads, trans gendered love affairs, microphones spitting fire, UFOs, gunfights, car chases…what more could you ask for?

This scene takes place during a Guitar Wolf gig while they perform Roaring Blood, and should give you a good idea of what to expect. The guy in the tight white shorts is an evil club owner bent on killing them,

The DVD also features a drinking game. A pint glass appears whenever a character drinks, says “Rock ‘n Roll,” or combs their hair, or when a head explodes, something else explodes, or fire shoots out of something. Again, what more could you ask for?

This movie is also available for rental from GreenCine. Sign up, they’ve got nearly everything.


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Trollkotze

by on Apr.07, 2008, under Evil, Original Bands

Trollkotze (translation: Troll’s Vomit) is a Black Metal comedy band from Germany.

Featured here is the brilliant song, Im Märchenwald (In the Fairytale Forest), which comes from their first album The Microwave is down. It seems their releases are limited editions, very limited. They only printed 10 copies of Microwave, and their second album Violence in the Forest which featured such anthems as How come the Beer in the Bass? and Gib mir Deinen Stromkram(Give me your current stuff) was limited to 25 copies. They are currently recording their eagerly awaited fourth album, I’m sure it will live up to everyones expectations.

Without further ado:

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The Greatest Black Metal band of all time.

by on Apr.05, 2008, under Evil, Original Bands

Thats a bold statement, but I stand behind it. After you see this video you’ll have no choice but to agree. My grasp of German leaves a little to be desired, but the music, the visuals, and the tone of this evil dirge says everything you need to know.

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Usually black metal fans are very laid back, but this audience goes insane. Its a little scary to watch, it reminds me of the beatlemania epidemics of the 60′s.


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Hot Dog Boy

by on Apr.03, 2008, under Comedy, Original Bands

From the un-acclaimed and always tasteful comedy duo Hot Doy Boy, comes this exhilarating take on rural life and the wonderful characters who inhabit these peaceful pastures of love and happiness.

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Rare John Lennon Interview

by on Mar.13, 2008, under Documentary, Original Bands

Thank your lucky stars that people like Beatles4EvaLOL exist to bring you the truth. This video is as shocking as it is enlightening.
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Truth in Advertising

by on Mar.11, 2008, under Original Bands

Anyone who’s worked in this field, knows anybody who’s worked in this field, or reviles this field as much as I do should be able to identify with this great short.

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Guitar Heroes #6 – Frank Zappa

by on Mar.05, 2008, under Original Bands

“You can’t always write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say, so sometimes you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream.”

In this case however, I do think that he was able to write something ugly enough!
-BluesMK

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Magic Sam

by on Mar.01, 2008, under Blues, Original Bands

This isn’t funny, but it has to be seen. This is Magic Sam tearing it up live in Germany.

From www.JohnPazden.com:
So..here he is..playing Earl Hookers shitty $100 Les Paul copy guitar with the stickers on it..missing a string..playing it with his fingers.. (take that all of you who think spending $5000 on a Jimmy Page Slept Here “repro” has anything to do with ANYTHING) at a festival in Germany.

Make sure you see the 2nd song..and it will all become clear why 99% of what passes for “the blues” these days is a weak-assed, watered down attempt at recreating something that most of the current practitioners have no clue about.

…extra points for noticing the drummers wallet on the snare..that’s an old west side trick..especially useful for keeping the snare from ringing..as well as making sure nobody lifts it from your pants while you are playing.

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Guitar Center – Behind the Music that Sucks

by on Feb.26, 2008, under Original Bands

Anybody who’s had the misfortune of traveling to the states and stopping in one of these stores will understand.

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Its Business Time

by on Feb.25, 2008, under Original Bands

Flight of the Concords is show about a band from New Zealand trying to make it in NY. In this episode Jermaine shows us how to get busy.

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If you haven’t seen this show, don’t walk – run out and find it on DVD.


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Flight of the Concords

by on Feb.23, 2008, under Original Bands

Flight of the Concords is show about a band from New Zealand trying to make it in NY. In this episode they come face to face with some street toughs and are forced to resort to…

Hiphopopotamus vs Rhymenocerous

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If you haven’t seen this show, don’t walk – run out and find it on DVD.


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Andy Kaufaman Trusted You.

by on Feb.15, 2008, under Original Bands

If nothing else, you have to respect his dedication to the lyrical integrity of the song.


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How to deal with a Heckler, part 2

by on Feb.04, 2008, under Original Bands

As part of our ongoing series outlining different techniques for handling hecklers, here’s a method using a telecaster.

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For Previous Heckler handling help click here.


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