Thursday, June 27, 2013

New CFL Season Starts today...and again those of us in the states are left out!!!

So the The CFL kicks off tonight with Montreal at Winnipeg and yet again here in the states it doesn't look like the CFL has a contract with anyone so it looks like my wife and I will be missing out on the CFL for at least part of the season again.

I wrote the CFL about my frustrations, I mean there is a fan base for the CFL here in the states, I'd like to actually watch the games instead of having to listen to the radio broadcast over the internet, but I guess it's better than nothing.

You are probably wondering what my CFL rant has to do with this band from Hamilton, ON. Well, the Hammerboiz did a song about their beloved Hamilton Tiger-Cats, which is my second favourite team next to the BC Lions. The song they do is a take off of the "Pigskin Pete" chant which you'd hear at old Ivor Wynne Stadium.

Below is a clip of how the chant actually goes. it's from 1998 when they played Ottawa.

Cheers,

Brian Guy

One last thing I ripped this a long time ago before I really knew what I was doing so the tags are kind of screwed up.

Also, did the Hammerboiz ever put anything else out?

http://rapidshare.com/files/1931693284/HAMMERBOIZ%20-%20STEEL%20CITY%20BREWED.rar

Guttersnipe (CA) - Train Wreck in the Discoteque!! ep

No this is not the band from Sweden this band is from the Simi Valley in California and doesn't play OI! but Hardcore.

Five songs of hardcore. "Nuke the Day," is a great song the opening line comparing Jerry Garcia to dogshit is kind of funny. "Dance Party U.S.A. is pretty good, as is "Question the X" which is about the straight edge movement. The title song "Train Wreck in the Discoteque,"and "Macho Man."

Over all good stuff from the Golden State.

I'd have to say this is one of those times were thinking a record is by one band but finding out that it's another completely different on worked out okay.

Released in 1991 on Atrocious Records of Los Angeles, CA.

Cheers,

Brian Guy

http://rapidshare.com/files/1395972467/Guttersnipe%20(CA)%20-%20Train%20Wreck%20in%20the%20Discoteque!!%20ep.rar

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Grimey Offensive Drunks - G.O.D. Hates You ep

Grimey Offensive Drunks are from Tucson, AZ.

I have to admit I'm not sure what the name of this EP is it could be the one I think it is it could be "Sobriety = Death" or "Punk is dead and I pulled the Trigger," so take your pick of the three or who knows it could be something else.

When I bought this I was thinking it might be a OIish type band, well the music is different and reminds me of a combination of the Germs and GG Allin in both the vocals and lyrical content.

I actually enjoyed it probably not something that I'd listen to a lot, but it's good.


This was released by Bandwagon Records of Tucson, AZ in 1997.

Enjoy,

Brian Guy

http://rapidshare.com/files/1928729420/Grimey%20Offensive%20Drunks%20-%20G.O.D.%20Hates%20You%20ep.rar

Dirk Gently DVD

I was a big fan of Douglas Adams of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and his "Dirk Gently Holistic Detective," series so when I saw that the BBC had made the later into a series, I really had to go out and get it.

There are only four episodes on this release which is the complete series as far as I know. I wish there were more episodes, but it is what it is.

If you ever read the books, which I did a long time ago, this reminds me of the books a little bit, but I remember a lot of dimension jumping and what not in the books which doesn't happen in the TV show, I could be wrong as I read these books a long time ago. I really enjoyed this series a lot.

Dirk Gently is played by Stephen Mangan. and I have to say that Managan plays the character quite well. Quirky, self serving, and never found a bill that he wanted to pay willingly. Richard MacDuff played by Darren Boyd, plays Gently's somewhat confused and frustrated sidekick who always wants to do the right thing basically the anti-Dirk down to a T.

I really enjoyed the humour and character development and the relationships of the character. The idea that Gently is basically solving crimes based on an almost unswerving belief in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things is quite interesting.

I would really recommend this DVD, as it really is a lot of fun and makes me want to go back and re-read the books.

Man I miss Douglas Adams.

Cheers,

Brian Guy

Lorne Greene - Shadow of the Cactus 7"

Yes, it's that Lorne Greene from Bonanza (Ben Cartwright) and Battlestar Galactica (Commander Adama), in the 70's version, doing country western songs about the old west.

Now I watched a lot of both shows when I was growing up. I knew on Bonanza if Hoss or Little Joe fell in love with any woman they would be dead by the end of the show, kind of like the red shirts in Star Trek.

Side A "Shadow of the Cactus," is a great little song that I could see Mike Ness or Social Distortion doing a cover of possibly even those crazy Michigan boys Elvis Hitler if they were still around. If I had to choice one word to describe this song it would be enjoyable in a very twisted way.

The Second song "Five Card Stud" reminds me of Benny Hill. I say that not because the song is funny, because it's not it's just the delivery is very Benny Hill. It's a great song with a interesting twist in the end.

Is this great music? I guess it depends on your idea of great music. It's not as bad as some of Shatner's stuff or as good as some other actors stuff, but I liked it.

This was released in 1965 on RCA Victor

Enjoy,

Brian Guy

http://rapidshare.com/files/1491539372/Lorne%20Greene%20-%20Shadow%20of%20the%20Cactus%207inch.rar

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Where have all the bloggers gone...

I've been sick for the last couple of days. Today I finally felt well enough to jump on the computer and do a quick post.

So today I decided to go thru all my links that I have to different websites and I ended up deleting about half of them because either they hadn't been updated in a year or more or they just didn't exist anymore.

Kind of sad when you think of it. Last year it seemed like there were all sorts of music blogs now most of the ones, at least the ones that I visited are long gone.

Pretty sad.

Cheers,

Brian Guy

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Friendly Hopeful's - Tribute to the Punks of 76 7"

 This is one of those cashing in on punk 45s that seemed to come out in the early 80's.

There is no listing on who the Friendly Hopeful's actually are but this was produced by Dave Goodman, who produced some of the Sex Pistols albums that were released on skyclad.

So, what exactly is this? Well it's a melody of six different songs from the likes of the The Buzzcocks, The Clash , The Damned and the Sex Pistols.

Side one is the same as Side two, but side two has some disco dubbing thrown in.

It's not bad, but nothing special either.
I enjoyed it to an extent, but on the other hand I'd rather listen to the originals.

This was released in 1981 on Abstract Records of London.

Enjoy,

Brian Guy

http://rapidshare.com/files/3906480382/Friendly%20Hopeful's_%20the%20-%20Tribute%20to%20the%20Punks%20of%2076%207inch.rar

Haunted Route 66: Ghost of America's Legendary Highway by Richard Southall

When I saw this book at one of my usual book store haunts, I was really excited. Route 66 has all sorts of great ghost stores to tell. Unfortunately this book falls short, way short.

For those of you who don't know Route 66 was really one of the first major roads leading west. Starting in Chicago, IL and ending in Santa Monica, CA and is almost 2500 miles long. This was before the Interstate Highway System when travel took a lot longer and was not as easy as it is today.

For starters, the entry for Bachelor's Grove Cemetery leaves out a lot of information. It does not talk about the phantom house which appears nearby, the phantom vehicles or the fact that the place was used for Satanic rituals at times.

I can accept little things like that the more glaring issue is the fact that there are stories listed here that are not even on Route 66. There are stories about Kansas City which is three hours away from Route 66, Same with Lawrence, KS. There are also entries for Dallas, TX Denton, TX and Waxahachie, TX all of which are no where near Route 66.

If you don't have enough material to fill the book either don't write it or make it shorter to keep its integrity, but okay you are going to write it anyways okay which brings me to my next problem.

Okay if you are going to cover areas that aren't even part of Route 66, I fully expected to see something about the notorious alternate Route 666 also known as the Devil's Highway (it was changed to Route 491 in 2003)  which runs through New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. However, there is no mention of this road at all and it is a lot closer than three hours away from Route 66.

All in all I found this book just plain disappointing to me. I had a hard time even finishing it and I really can not say I'd recommend it.

Published by Llwellyn Worldwide, Woodbury, MN in 2013

Better Luck Next Time,

Brian Guy

D.J. Foundation - (Have they Not Heard) God is Dead! 7"

Electronica really isn't my thing, but when I do hear something that is electronica that I like I really like it, and  this I really enjoyed a lot.

First off this is probably the first and only time I'll ever have the opportunity to post an artist from Mosul, Iraq which is where DJ Foundation is based out of.

This is pretty cool and interesting to hear something like this coming out of Iraq. When I think of Arabic music this is not what I would think of.

Side A is a very strange combination of what I think are prayers with porn sound bites thrown in.

Side b is funny and sad at the same time. You have parts of Sonny & Cher's "I got You Babe" becomes "I Shot You Babe," along with various gunshots going off and clips of talking heads going on about the war in Iraq.

This was released in 2006 on Metal Postcard, based out of the UK.

Enjoy,

Brian Guy

http://rapidshare.com/files/2412142345/D.J.%20Foundation%20-%20(Have%20they%20Not%20Heard)%20God%20is%20Dead!%207inch.rar

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Andy Kaufman My Breakfast with Blassie DVD

I have to admit the only reason I bought this was because of "Classy" Freddie Blassie.

We have Kaufman meeting Blassie at a Sambo's Resturant in downtown Los Angeles to talk about wrestling and life in general.

Honestly, I have to admit that the whole idea of them sitting around having breakfast and talking about what they are going to order and how Blassie doesn't like pancakes or waffles gets kind of old.

Blassie talks about how he hates to have people ask him for autographs because it's pretty pointless and you never know where these people have been. Blassie and Kaufman both talk about constantly washing their hands and not wanting to touch things other people have. For example Blassie never touched the hand rail going to the ring and always wiped down the arm rest on airplanes.

The constant interruptions of people wanting either Kaufman or Bassie's autographs and the interactions with these people gets really irritating. Kaufman just will not shut up and leave things along and keeps on taunting and hitting on a table of women. Blassie seems pretty annoyed by the whole thing. Kaufman ends up giving one of the women his number, because Blassie said that she had good legs. The last fan who basically vomits on the table that Kaufman and Blassie are sitting at is pretty much the last straw for me. At this point Blassie basically ask Kaufman keep on letting these people around and will not leave them a lone causing them to think it's okay for them to come over and annoy Blassie. Kaufman says that he finds the interactions funny.

At one point Kaufman shows Blassie these fake boogers that he has bought in a joke shop in San Francisco. Blassie is kind of revolted but buys a pack for a buck off of Kaufman.

Blassie talks a lot about wrestling and things that he had done in his life, Kaufman seems to be totally in ah of Blassie and really seems to want to know if he should continue to wrestling or if he should give it up. Blassie basically tells him he should give up wrestling because he doesn't have the experience to be a wrestler.

I loved hearing the story of Blassie when asked by Mike Sharpe Sr. (father of "Iron" Mike Sharpe) what he would do to make himself stand out for an up coming trip to Japan. So he files his teeth down for the trip to Japan to make himself more intimidating to the Japanese fans and also to make himself stand out, and it worked.

The finish eating and Kaufman picks up the check and the leave.

"The Blassie Graffiti" Bonus feature is really cool. It shows parts of his matches in interviews. Johnny Legend also talking about how Blassie effected his life, and shows some home movies with him and Blassie along with The Fabulous Kangaroos, "Baron Michelle Leone, and a few others was an added bonus.

So is this worth watching? Yeah, I think so if just for the history.

This was originally released in 1981 and was re-released in 2009 by Legend Music and VSC.

Cheers,

Brian Guy


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Murder 2x7" (Not for the faint of heart)

This is a pretty dark post for a pretty nice day outside.

What we have here are parts of interviews of four convicted mass murders: Ted Bundy, Henry Lee Lucas, Edmund Emil Kemper and Kenneth Bianchi.

All body counts are taken from the Answer Me! Fanzine, so take it for what it's worth

I think the interview with Henry Lee Lucas is probably the most honest interview about his life and how he told the state of Texas that if they released him he'd kill again, they released him and that He did. He is said to have murdered some where between 11-300 people. The one thing he doesn't talk about is his sometime accomplice Ottis Toole.

"The Co-ed Killer" Edmund Emil Kemper is pretty interesting too and kind of gives some insight into his personality. Strange but interesting.  Man did he ever hate his mother, and it sounds like the feelings were pretty mutual.  He is said to have murdered ten women.

The most pathetic interview is the one of Theodore Robert Bundy. There are several different interviews of him put together. One is him being a cocky prick saying he didn't do any thing and the police have nothing on me. The next interview is with Dr. James Dobson, so you know right away it's going to be a bunch of bullshit. Bundy blames everything on hardcore porn and everyone but himself. Basically he's the victim not the women and girls he butchered. I also find it totally mind blowing about how were he grew up he found hardcore porn dumped in alleyways, I don't know about you but that never happened in my neighbourhood. To me it seems like Bundy and Dr. Dobson are basically using each other for their own nefarious reasons. Bundy is said to have murdered from 20-50 women.

Before warned this is not exactly for the kiddies and if you are sensitive to frank talk don't down load this.

Cheers,

Brian Guy

http://rapidshare.com/files/3230662789/Murders%20dbl%207%20inch.rar


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Cockney Reject: My Life of Music Football and Blood by Jeff Turner with Garry Bushell

I have to admit I thought I knew more about the Cockney Rejects and had a lot of their vinyl I was wrong. I guess this means the next trip to the record store I will be picking up some more of their stuff.

I really enjoyed this book. It is written very Cockney so if you don't understand Cockney it could be challenging to read at times, but I would not let that hold you back from reading this.

Turner's honesty from his upbringing, successes and failures are refreshing.

He talks openly about his run ins with the law and being abused by the Old Bill, or Filth as he calls the police. Can't get more Cockney than that.

There is no poor little me in this book, just saying how he felt about things and how he wishes that they had done things a little bit differently. The one thing that really comes across is the fact that he felt that they were used by the record companies. Which is probably true, and how releasing a West Ham United "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles," song was probably not the best thing for a band that was going to be touring the UK.

Cass Pennant and an assortment of other football people are mentioned in the book. Turner's love of West Ham United comes through on the pages of the book.

He distances himself from the OI! movement for the most part and points out that they were not in favour of the more right wing elements of the music and just basically wanted to play music and stay away from politics all together.

The strangest story in the book is the one he tells about being held at gun point by Roger Rogerson of the Circle Jerks to do a show in Los Angeles. Strange tale indeed.

If you can find this book it is a worth while read.

it was published in 2010 John Blake Publishing of London.

Cheers,

Brian Guy

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Red Dwarf X (review)

First off, I am a big Red Dwarf fan ever since I was introduced to the show by a friend of mine by the name of Jim Orr. I hunted the show down and fell in love with the whole premise of the show. Then came the movie.

I didn't even know this had been released. After the god awful movie, I figured that the show would just die a quiet death, I was wrong, Series X is here and I have to say I found it pretty damn funny.

The show is basically down to the original crew, no Katchski, no rest of the crew just the Cat (Danny John-Jules), Rimmer (Chris Barrie), Lister (Craig Charles) and Kryten (Robert Llewellyn). This is fine by me but there is no explanation as to what happened I guess the idea that the happiness squid wiped the past two or three seasons away is the only explanation. That being ignored the six episodes are pretty funny and are worth watching.

I can't really say which episode I liked the best because I feel that they were all really good. They all flow very well and have a lot of funny parts. Unlike the movie where I felt that a lot of the jokes where very low brow and childish, Series X seems to be back to the old Red Dwarf, funny and engaging.

Problems that I had for the show, is the vending machines and Red Dwarf seemed a lot nicer than you'd thing  it should be. It was like they gave it an update which really doesn't make since if you think about it, unless the stole a bunch of stuff from a abandoned ship, which if that is what happened it's never explained.

If you can look past some of the problems with the show, it's really fun to watch. Don't know if there will be another series or not. I wonder how much longer you can have everyone play the same caricatures and not aging at all?

Forget about the movie and watch this.

Cheers,

Brian Guy