Awesome Movie Gigs III


After the first few editions of “Awesome Movie Gigs” bombed I wasn’t going to do a third one. But I found this draft cluttering up my post list and I thought, “What the hell? It’s not like I have any better ideas this week.”

Into The Wild (2007)

Lost in Translation (2003) – Seeing the sexiest woman alive sing a song from a band in Akron in Tokyo makes me proud to be from Ohio. And that’s not a feeling we Ohioan get very often.

Star Wars (1977)

 

The Little Mermaid (1989) – Well it would have been an awesome movie gig if Ariel hadn’t been off chatting with the seagull

Scent of a woman (1992)

It’s Pat (1994)

 

Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995) – I’ve never actually seen this movie. I just assume that there’s an awesome music scene in it.

Mars Attacks (1996) – Boy it was awesome to see Tom Jones singing Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way.” or was that in The Jerky Boys?

The Cable Guy (1996)

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

 

Southland Tales (2006)

Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)

 

The Wedding Singer (1998)

Beavis and Butthead Do America (1996)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

 

 

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Happy Australia Day


The calendar I bought for this year informs me that today is Australia Day. I’ve never heard of this before. I’m not really sure how I should celebrate Australia Day because I don’t know much about Australia. Is this something the whole world should celebrate by saying things like “Crikey?” Or is it just independence day for Australia?

Are you going to listen to AC/DC, Keith Urban, INXS or Jet? Did I forget any Australian bands there? I don’t think there were a lot of them that got big internationally.

Should we watch “Crocodile Dundee” or “The Crocodile Hunter”? Are there alot of Crocodiles in Australia? We could watch something with Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Sam Neil or (my favorite) Naomi Watts.

Ah, what the hell. I’ll put on “Dead Calm” and listen to some Silverchair.

Beats the hell out of “Mad Max.”

Happy Australia Day!

Anything That Can Go Wrong 12


Part 12 – The Space Heaterspace-heater-NC

“OK guys,” Matt Vance said when he showed up to practice 15 minutes late. “I think we need to have a band meeting.”

“Oh Christ,” Adam moaned. “You’ve been back in the band for three months. What the hell is going on now?”

“Look. It’s freezing out there. We need to invest in a space heater.”

The group let out a collective moan.

“We’ve been over this Matt,” Adam said. “We can’t afford one.”

“Look, I’ve saved up a hundred bucks from working at Burger King and I’m willing to splurge so we can keep warm.”

“It’s not that cold out,” Hal Levatine said. “Plus, we’re in the garage so we don’t have to worry about the wind.”

“Yeah, I see your point. But it’s freezing out there! We have to do something. Maybe if it was in the 50’s…”

“It’s 53 degrees outside,” said Josh Randall looking up from his phone.

“Why is everyone so against getting a space heater?”

Not enough space on this sign to say "It's fucking cold"

Not enough space on this sign to say “It’s fucking cold”

“Well, the rental agreement says we cant have a kerosene or propane heater,” Adam said.

“It also says you can only have half of the people living here that you actually do. It also says you’re not allowed to have pets.”

“You leave Mr. Whiskers out of this!” Adam snapped.

“OK. OK, what about an electric heater?”

“I don’t want to pay for the extra electricity,” Josh said. “We’re already floating the bill for what? A PA. Two Amps. A drum set…”

“It wouldn’t be so bad if you would turn off your drums after your done using them.”

“I’ll pay the extra,” Matt pleaded.

“Look, we have one outlet out there. If we plug anymore shit into it we’re liable to start a fire.”

“At least then we’d be warm.”

“Stop being such a pussy and come on,” Josh said. “Once we get out there and get going you won’t even notice the cold.”

“I wish global warming would come back. Why is it taking this year off?”

“That’s just a myth,” said new member and conspiracy theorist Eric Shawn.

“Come on guys, last week is was colder here than in Antarctica.”

“Yeah, and Metallica was down there rocking,” said Gillis. “So grab your bass and let’s get to practicing so maybe someday we can rock Antarctica.”

Where'd they find this joker? Couldn't they have sent Lawrence Welk?

Where’d they find this joker? Couldn’t they have sent Lawrence Welk?

Max Garland and the Generals of the Underground – “Life’s a Gas”


Life's a Gas cover Max GarlandI don’t usually venture to the Back Alley Bar. Not only does the name make it sound like a great place to get mugged and/or raped, but the live bands they have there are usually the type that appeal to people in their late forties or older. Not that there’s anything wrong with being in your late forties; I’ll be there in less than twenty years, but at this stage in my life I’m not extremely interested in cover bands who focus solely on the year 1977 or in original acts that make The Cranberries seem like Pantera.

But when I saw that a fellow punk rocker was going to a New Year’s Eve party featuring a band called Max Garland and the Generals of the Underground I decided to check it out. I couldn’t find any of Garland’s music on the internet (not that I tried very hard), but I didn’t have anything else planned for the night and didn’t want to stay at home.

It turns out Max Garland is a seasoned veteran of the punk scene who’s played all over with any punk band I could name and put on an impressive show. It was nice to venture to a new place and check out some different talent. Garland did seem like an appropriate fit for the older crowd, but just barely. The songs put me in mind of Social Distortion mixed with surf rock instead of country.

The crowd wasn’t unanimous in their approval. When I saw a big-breasted redhead smoking a cigarette after the show I was surprised to hear her say she didn’t like the music because she couldn’t dance to it. I have to disagree with her, I found the music to be quite danceable and the only reason I didn’t shake it on the floor was sobriety. I assume her problem with the set was that it consisted of 100% original material. But the cool thing about the old-school punk Garland plays is that it always seems familiar. I’d never heard any of the songs before that night, but I had a sense of familiarity with them. I don’t say this as an insult, but I think of it as a compliment indicating good songwriting.

When I told him I liked the set I received a free CD. I just realized I forgot to get it autographed, damn.

“Hell Hill” is a great opener with equal emphasis on the guitar solos as on the vocals. “Monster Man” is a great short instrumental. “Friendship’s” features some neat start/stop riffs and a catchy, infectious chorus. Keyboard manages to outshine the guitar on “No Way Into You.” “Underground Blue” has a nice surf-guitar lead. “General’s March” is the second instrumental and it’s just as exciting and intriguing as the first. This is a great album with Garland’s eccentric vocal delivery, classic rock pianos and lots and lots of guitar.

The only problem I have with it is that it’s so short. It may be time for a more extensive combing of the internet to see if there is any more material out there.

http://www.reverbnation.com/maxgarlandandthegeneralsoftheunderground

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Max-Garland-The-Generals-of-The-Underground/155304367832546

Here’s a video of the guys playing “Friendship’s”

Thank You: 2013


I’d like to send a big thank you to all of the people that stopped by the Audible Stew this year, but I don’t have addresses for all of them so I’m just going to thank those of you that read this post.

2013 brought all the success I had hoped for when I started this blog in 2012. Well, aside from the TV series staring William Shatner, but I’ve had fun and I’ve had a lot of hits. I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog. I assume you have because you’re reading this piece-of-crap, year-end recap.

The best part is that it has rekindled a long held, but growing dormant, interest and love of music in me and hopefully this will continue into 2014 and beyond.

Now…(drum roll)… the winners are:

The top posts of 2013:

39277_10151517725492692_1507868876_nScio Showcase 2013

Taste the Scene: Forgive Charlie Sheen

Bridging the Music Presents Local Band Showcase

Rock on the Range 2013

Syko-Maffia WWII

And the post I’m most proud of came in Number 6: Anarchadia Interview

Number of name changes to my blog: 3

Top Albums of 2013:

In This Moment -Blood (I know, this is from 2012. But I didn’t come across it till Rock on In-This-Moment-Bloodthe Range. And I love the heavy metal meets slut pop style so much it may be my favorite of 2014.)

Anarchadia – Let Us All Unite

Ghost – Infestissumam

Almost All In Good Fun – Fire. Safe. Cigarettes

The Gunt Punchers – 10,000 Flushes

Alice in Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

The Melvins – Tres Cabrones

GWAR – Battle Maximus

Album I refuse to listen to: 13 by Black Sabbath (It’s not a reunion if Bill Ward isn’t there dammit!)

fuck-buttons-slow-focus-albumDumbest Album I keep seeing on “Top Albums of 2013” Lists: Fuck Buttons. You’d think a band called Fuck Buttons would be really cool, but it’s just a bunch of techno crap. How the hell did this manage to be so big! I don’t understand. It should also be noted that there were probably a bunch of more awful albums in 2013 like Kanye West, Arcade Fire and Imagine Dragons, but none had cool enough sounding names to make me actually listen to them.

Best Song: “It’s Not Necrophilia If It’s Undead” by Dr. Dreadful

Best Video: “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” by Alice in Chains (with “Wrecking Ball” from Miley Cyrus at a close second.)

Top Countries:

United States

Canada

United Kingdom

Syrian Arab Republic

Australia

Thanks again everyone! I would probably continue doing this blog even if no one read it, but I’m very thankful I don’t have to test that theory.