12.30.09

Groove Tomb Playlist: December 30th, 2009

Jim Carroll- People Who Died

The Cramps- Garbageman

The Ronettes- Baby, I Love You

Vic Mizzy- The Adams Family Theme

The Stooges- No Fun

 

The Seeds- Can’t Seem to Make You Mine

Blue Cheer- Summertime Blues

The KAisers- What You Gonna Say?

The Black LIps- Vini Vidi Vici

Channel 3- I Got a Gun

Ultravox- Rockwork

 

Vacant Lot- Leaving Here

Death- You’re a Prisoner

Winelord- Shakin’

The Shirks- D.C. is Doomed

The 5,6,7,8s- Bomb the Twist

The Zero Boys- Drive In

The Buzzcocks- Boredom

The Minutemen- One Big Lounge Scene

 

The Boys- Sick on You

The New York Dolls- Pills

The Modds- Leave My House

The Pretty Things- Baron Saturday

Shocking Blue- Send Me a POstcard

The Damned- New Rose

The Dictators- Baby, Let’s Twist

 

The Ramones- Rockaway Beach

The Younger Lovers- Danny

T.S.O.L.- Red Shadows

Digital Leather- Fool’s Heart Mechanism

Pere Ubu- Final Solution

 

The Four Tops- Are You Man Enough?

Blondie- Hanging on the Telephone

The Cramps- The Way I Walk

Black Flag- Fix Me

The Stooges- Search and Destroy

Bobby McFadden- The Mummy

Crime- Hotwire My HEart

 

 

The Groove Tomb- Garage. Punk. Horror. Other.

Tuesday Nights 12AM-2AM

91.3FM KXCI Tucson, Arizona.

12.28.09

Highway to Hell

I have recently begun contributing some reviews to The Loft’s blog spot. I’m hoping to use the opportunity to explore more Mondo Mondays. Mondo Monday is every Monday at 8:00 at the Loft. Low budget madness for $2.  This week’s film is the Ate de Jong movie Highway to Hell (1991). Full review: Highway to Hell

I have enjoyed writing movies reviews for the Tucson Citizen website this year as well. Here is a link to my 2009 wrap up. Top 10 of 2009

All issues of Cramhole have been restocked at Toxic Ranch Records recently. A great record store right here in Tucson.

 

12.23.09

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Groove TOmb Playlist: December 23rd 2009

The Kaisers- Shake Me

The Dictators- Stay With Me

Sonny Terry- Whoopin’ the Blues

Channel 3- You Make Me Feel Cheap

Geza X- Isotope Soap

X-Terminators- Microwave Radiation

The Spits- Rip Up the Streets

The Dead Boys- i Won’t Look BAck

 

The La De Das- Little Girl

The Modds- Leave My House

The Rip Offs- Dolemite

The Ramones- I Just Wanna Have Something to Do

Link Wray- El Toro

The Quests- The Tempted

Slaughter and the Dogs- U.F.O.

 

Channel 3- i Got a Gun

The Soothsayers- Black or Blue

Albert Elias- King Kong

Devo- Mechanical Man

Anton LaVey- Satan Takes A Holiday

Ronnie Ray’s Playboys- The Vulture

 

The Cheifs- Liberty

The Mob- Dr. Butcher

The Buzzcocks- I Don’t Know What to Do With My LIfe

The Alleycats- Give Me A Little Pain

Siouxsie and the Banshees- Love in a Void

The Seeds- Wind Blows

The MOnks- Monktime

Nobunny- Tina Goes to Work

The JAM- Billy Hunt

 

The Testors- Together

Big Joe Turner- Shake, Rattle, and Roll

 

Lone Ranger- Barnabas Collins

Junior Byles- Curly Locks

The Electric Prunes- I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night

 

Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers- Do You Love Me?

The Sex Pistols- Substitute

The Soft Boys- I Wanna Destroy You

The Only ONes- Another Girl, Another Planet

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds- From Her to Eternity

 

The Groove Tomb- Garage. Punk. Horror. Other.

Tuesday Nights 12AM-2AM

91.3FM KXCI Tucson, Arizona.

 

12.22.09

 The Loft Cinema, Tucson, AZ

I am really excited to be posting some reviews on The Loft website. The Loft and Casa Video are two of my favorite places in Tucson. We are really lucky to have these resources. Take a look if you get a chance.http://theloftcinema.blogspot.com/

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

The Christmas season always brings about reflections on childhood fascinations. When a friend forwarded me a link to a seventy-minute rant against George Lucas’ Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace,  I chuckled because I am among those who feel that Lucas has ruined a significant part of my childhood with The Phantom Menace and by digitally adding so many superfluous layers to the original Star Wars trilogy. I went to the link expecting some sort of extended, misguided fan rant. But the video really expounds on the nature of storytelling through a close reading of the movie. The film plays for comedy, particularly as the narrator acts the part (at least I hope it’s acting) of a dangerous psychopath who is off his meds. While he pretends (again, at least I hope) to mispronounce words and misinterpret filmmaking concepts, the argument and exploration of the failings of the movie are really intelligent and well thought out. Besides just picking apart the movie, the narrator really gets into why the movie fails. If you are into Star Wars, the film is entertaining. But the film, essay, rant, whatever you want to call it is astoundingly organized and cogent. Anyone can turn on a camera and complain, but this piece breaks new ground in and gives a “new hope” (ha-ha) to the arena of quality Internet journalism. If you can set aside some computer time over the holiday, I recommend this to anyone interested in the art of filmmaking.

The review is posted on a pretty good movie website too. I found some good stuff there.

Phantom Menace Review 

12.16.09

 

 The Decca YearsGet Our WayMilk 'n' CookiesGroove Tomb Playlist: December 16th, 2009

Cocksparrer- Chip on My Shoulder

Johnny Thunders & the HEartbreakers- Can’t Keep My Eyes on You

Chuck Berry- O Rangutang

The Cynics- No REason

The BEach Boys- Wendy

The Starjets- I Love You Japan

Milk n’ Cookies- Good Friends

 

The Sunsets- I Want Love

The Electric Prunes- Dr. Do Good

The Cadillacs- Buzz Buzz Buzz

? and the Mysterians- Empty HEart

Pogs- Pog’s Theme

Unnatural Axe- Media Blitz

The Plugz- Mindless Contentment

 

The Wild ONes- Bowie Man

The Bosstones- Mope-itty-Moope

The Setting Son- Soulmate

The Tuesday Blues- Have You Ever Loved Somebody?

The Four Fifths- She’ll Hurt You in the End

Ron Thompson- Switchblade

The Stereos- I Really LOve You

 

The Shirks- Dangerous Girl

Death- Rock and Roll Victim

The Damned- New ROse

The Kids- Rock OVer Belgium

Riff Raff- I Wanna Be a Cosmonaut

The Rip Offs- Fed Up

The Bell Rays- Hole in the World

Mika Miko- Tighty Liberace

The Cramps- The Way I Walk

 

ThE Rolling Stones- Down Home Girl

The Woggles- Johnny COme Lately

The Maytals- 54-46 That’s My Number

Desmond Dekker- A It Mek

 

Wreckless Eric- Whole Wide World

The Pretty Things- Balloon Burning

The New York Dolls- Pills

The Velvet UNderground- Venus in Furs

The Strangeloves- I Want Candy

 

The Groove Tomb- Garage. Punk. Horror. Other.

Tuesday Nights 12AM-2AM

91.3FM KXCI Tucson, Arizona.

12.12.09

 Antichrist

Antichrist (2009)

There are a lot of arguments in praise of and against Lars von Trier’s latest film Antichrist, the story of a young couple known only as He (Willem Dafoe) and She (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who lose their child to an accident while they are in the midst of coitus. The guilt of this scenario throws She into a deep depression that He, as a therapist, feels he can guide her through. Early on, they decide to travel to a cabin in the woods that the two regularly vacationed in with their son. They call the cabin Eden. The film unfolds in chapters; the first chapter moves at a pace comparable to von Trier’s earlier Dogme style films and the violence and intensity escalate gradually. Von Trier does a good job of lulling the audience into a false sense of security in the beginning. As the intensity escalates, two of the main arguments against the validity of the film come into play. The violence is extreme and the implications of the two characters’ relationship have been interpreted as steeped in misogyny. I have to acknowledge respect to those viewpoints, however, for what it’s worth, my reading was a little more straightforward.

As far as the violence is concerned, von Trier has committed some grotesque images to film. It is valid to say that this could be irresponsible filmmaking and it is reasonable to be turned off to the extreme violence of the picture, but the violence in my opinion comes off as exploratory in the arena of the limits of evil. This exploration is relevant to the development of the characters and to the gradual escalation of mayhem from the calm beginnings of the story. The question of if or not it is totally necessary could be argued, but I think the violence is part of a complicated story, whereas a movie like Hostel (2005) expounds on violence in a story that doesn’t have enough legs to carry it past perhaps a really twisted Twilight Zone episode. Antichrist is a complicated unraveling, and the violence supports this dynamic.

With regards to the storyline, I respect the idea that it could be considered to be misogynistic, but from the point of view of entering into the movie strictly as a fan of horror movies, I found the give and take between the characters to be reasonable. I went into this movie cold and the sexual politics did not occur to me until after I had read more about the film. That is not to say that the argument is not valid, but my reading was a simpler version of the concept of reversing the roles in The Shining (1980). Not just in the semantics of a similar story of a couple trapped together struggling with insanity, but in the tone of the character development. She goes berserk in a timeline similar to Jack Nicolson’s character and He becomes a victim much in a similar pace as Shelly Duval.  There is also the strong suggestion that Eden is something of a catalyst for the couple’s degrading behavior in the same way that The Overlook Hotel compelled Jack to be less of a dull boy. And this is where the movie is strongest for me. All other things aside, von Trier creates a green hell out of Eden. The habitat around the cabin is an ugly place carved out of nature and the presence of a rustic workshop is a good indication that things are not going to end well. If or not Eden is Hell on Earth or projecting the appearance of evil as seen through the regressive state of mind of the characters, the sinister setting stands out.

I found the violence tolerable and themes of sexual politics did not come across to me as a stated agenda in my opinion. The film came off to me as more of a temper tantrum than that a socio-political statement and a temper tantrum can be amusing depending on how close you are to it. A really enjoyable film going experience for me is when I find myself considering a movie for days afterwards. Here, for better or worse, Antichrist succeeds.

-Billups Allen

12.10.09

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The Gut Reactions- Bored

The Dictators- Baby, Let’s Twist

The Modds- Leave My House

The Lurkers- Be My Prisoner

Stiff LIttle Fingers- Barbed Wire Love

The Fairies- Get Yourself Home

 

The DAmned- Anything

The Heartbreakers- Pirate Love

The Wee Four- Weird

The Moods- Rum Drunk

The Five of Us- Need Me Like I Need You

The Younger Lovers- Danny

The ADverts- Bored Teenagers

 

Os Titas- TEma Para Titas

The BAts- Got a Girl

The EYes- Eniwetok

Gas Huffer- Rotten Egg

The UNdertones- Jump Boys

TRex- Telegram Sam

 

Lou Reed- Vicious

Budgie- Crash Course in Brain Surgery

Sir Lord Baltimore- MAster HEartache

The RAmones- Glad to See You Go

Devo- Through Being Cool

Wire- Three Girl Rhumba

The Avengers- No MArtyr

 

The Rip Offs- Dolemite

The Dills- Red Rockers

Buzzcocks- Boredom

Justin Hinds-  Carry Go Bring Home

Max Romeo- Stealing in the Name of Jah

The UK Subs- Stranglehold

 

John Lee Hooker- Boogie Chullin’

Q65- Cry in the Night

The Esquires- Sadie’s Ways

The MAtadors- Get Down from the Tree

Bo Diddley- Whoa Mule

Geno Washington- Allison Please

Jackie Brenston- Rocket 88

 

The Groove Tomb- Garage. Punk. Horror. Other.

Tuesday Nights 12AM-2AM

91.3FM KXCI Tucson, Arizona.

12.07.09

Razorcake #53 has an interview i did with Nobunny. Take a look if you get a chance, I am very excited.

Razorcake

12.06.09

People are so weird sometimes.

I went by the post office Saturday. I knew they weren’t gonna be open, but I figured the machine would be on. It was, and I was psyched to see that there were only two people in line in front of me. However I was bummed when the guy in front of me started weighing his letters. He literally weighed every one of his standard envelopes. I was in full view of them, none looked to have had more than one or two pages enclosed.

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