Sunday, April 20, 2014

CD Review: The Starters(Available Now)Music Submit Artist

Just opening this gem that I got last year from this group this is just straight up rock and roll blues at some of it's best, vocal styles sounding very like early Elvis Costello or Joe Jackson.
This is easy listening and enjoyable music here is little bit about them:

The Starters is an indie-Motown-rock band from Los Angeles, created by brothers John and Paul Ferrigno and Blakely Berger. Their live L.A. shows in the mid-2000s caught audiences by surprise, featuring a Memphis-style horn section and set lists that included James Brown and Stevie Wonder tunes sprinkled in with their own songs. In 2007 they recorded their first CD, The Starters, in their Santa Monica rehearsal room. The songs revolved around catchy melodies, Motown-inspired bass lines, and punchy horns.
They have no videos out at the time of this review however there is 
the lead in song from their album below-MP3 video.

I really am enjoying this album and I think a good portion of you will if you give them a chance.I would like to apologize for taking so long in getting around to reviewing this for them.
At this time their Facebook page has only 47 likes if you like their sound then do the same for their page--click link below:

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Anthony Nadeau

Press Release! Hilary Grist Announces New Album Jun 10th, 2014!!

This June will be great as Hilary Grist will have a NEW album out 
I am excited as it has been since 2010 since she has had any new music out.
Born in Maple Ridge and now living in Vancouver with her husband and enjoying life. I had the pleasure of seeing her live a few years back at The Act Theatre in Maple Ridge at Soundstage.

Here is what Hilary wrote on her Facebook page this past week.

I’m proud to announce the release date of my new album ~
‘Come & Go’ is June 10th, 2014!!!

I pulled these songs out of my heart. They came kicking and screaming. I keep feeling compelled to explore the beauty in broken, messy, joyful things, but this time there are more drums, much more drums. You know that place in-between, where you don’t know whether to cry or smile, but you might just be inclined to do both? That’s my favourite place.

I recorded this album with my darling husband/producer/drummer Mike Southworth. We got a little help from the amazing producer Howard Redekopp. Mike and I played pretty much all the instruments ourselves and then got a few of our friends in to add their amazing musical ingredients for which I am eternally grateful: Noah Walker (guitar), Matt Rogers (bass), Marcus Abramzik (bass), and Stefan Thordarson (violin).

Deep breath. Here we go!
Hilary xo

There are so many of her songs I enjoy I am going to share some here with you.

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Anthony Nadeau

Independent Film Reviews: The Lashman-Available Soon on DVD

Written , Screenplay, Produced & Directed by
Cameron McCasland.

When an independent writer , producer & director makes a better horror film than 90% of what Hollywood is sending out of their studios then one might think that the new versions of Roger Corman, John Carpenter, Charles Band and others are here,  this is that classic passion to tell a story but with little funds and doing almost everything yourself real do it yourself filmmaking I applaud all involved.
I feel producers of the older cinema will really appreciate the retro 80's feel that is relevant in this film and is truly a tribute to those filmmakers and producers of the 80's etc. Sean S. Cunningham(Friday the 13th) Wes Craven(Nightmare on Elm Street)as a lover of the horror genre I was tickled to see this being made also was honored to see this film being sent a link to watch.
The clearest tribute here is the local nut that is telling the kids at the gas station on their way to the campgrounds is the Lashman is going to get them similar to that of the old man in Friday the 13th.

The passion can clearly be seen by the date in the picture above as this took well over 3 years to finish and they just debuted it last night at the Full Moon Tatoo & Horror Festival.

This will probably not interest the majority of horror fans of today unless they are of the minority that can appreciate horror on a budget, no big special effects no big stars etc but you will find all involved passionate about what they do, not saying those in Hollywood aren't it is just the majority of what comes from todays studios is of the cookie cutter form and little to no originality at all.
My friend Thomas Berdinski scored the film as well and this adds to the retro feel of the film as well, seems eerily reminiscent of a John Carpenter(Hallowe'en)score. Enjoyable and yet helps set the scene for certain parts as well.

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Anthony Nadeau

Friday, April 18, 2014

Independent Film Reviews: Serial Killer Culture(Available Now)

I am a fan of Music, Movies & Books and have quite the collection myself never would I have thought that there is a collector base for serial killers--the thought blew my mind the witnessing of such collections actually scared me to be honest.
Who am I to judge what a person keeps in their home/collections we have enough of that from big brother of our governments telling us what light bulbs to use etc.
But when it comes to the killer(s)benefiting from their "celebrity" of sorts like John Wayne Gacy's painting above from John Borowski's collection(the director of this film)I do have a problem with that.
The fascinating aspect of this documentary is that John allows us to just hear the person speaking instead of getting into too much detail that can easily lose your audience this is captivating stuff as much as they claim not to endorse the killers doings they know an awful lot about them almost as they are serial killer profilers for the FBI which I found almost as scary as the killers they speak of.
For me liking my music and movies etc they are an art form, so I wonder what can having a killers painting on your wall bring you any kind of enjoyment or peace in your life, knowing that they ended someones life and yet are able to go on with their life with some help from the outside world?
The only part of the film that I can state that I actually enjoyed is when they speak to David Van Gough(above)he has more of an outside vision looking in and has some deeper retrospect on the whole subject I just found what he had to say was less creepy and more informative on things.
This did take me two days to watch as the constant mention of what these killers did to their victims bothered me , John Wayne Gacy, Albert Fish , Charles Manson etc.

Speaking outside of what the film is about I do applaud John for making something out of the ordinary , not something flashy or cruel either he does not show many pictures etc, this is just something these people do and so be it I know for certain I would never want any of the artifacts that any of these people have in their homes in mine--at all.

It did the work well and also was respectful enough to not go into too much detail on some things except when we follow a small group in Milwaukee for the Dahmer tours , boggles my mind again even though I am a huge fan of horror movies and heavy metal -they are entertainment --but this is reliving what another human did to another human being that's creepier than any film.
Ed Gein had characters made after him Norman Bates(Psycho) & Leatherface(Texas Chainsaw Massacre)that much I do know and was surprised that this aspect was not covered here, but thats another film I guess.

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Anthony Nadeau