Ya know there was a time, during the several years when I was drinking 24/7, that I didn’t think I had long to live and really I wished I was dead. If I was a brave person, I had a gun, I could have been dead, but thankfully I was not brave. Shit, the amount of alcohol I was consuming, I should have been dead anyway. God knows, with how utterly and completely self centered and selfish I was, I deserved to be dead. With that in mind, I’m living on free time, every minute is a bonus and easy to enjoy (or not).
I’ve mentioned the movie Friday on a few occasions over the years around here. In my random wanderings over the net I saw that it made the BET list of Top Ten Black Summer Movies, but the criteria there is movies that have a black guy staring in it. Lists are so subjective anyway, but it’s a plain and simple fact that Friday was one of the funniest movies ever made (the sequels were lame though). So here’s a treat that I found, again in my wanderings, they came out with an animated series. Not as funny as the movie but still entertaining, and I’m a sucker for animation. I’ve only watched a few episodes so far, there’s 8, but you can download all of them
While I’m on the animated comedy tip, there’s another I used to watch when my son was a wee tyke, The Jackie Chan Adventures. This ones definitely geared towards a young audience, but like any good kids cartoon it has adult humor hidden in the dialog. I’m a big martial arts movie fan and Jackie is include in what I call the big three in that genre, joined by Bruce Lee and Jet Li. Jackie’s voice is the one used for his character and I can’t help but think that he had a lot to do with most of the production, judging by how good the action is. Anyway you can find most of the episodes within seasons 1-3 out there for download. To get you started the first episode can be found
Random band name of the month…Dangerously Americanized Canadians.
As I’ve mentioned a few times now, getting back into comic books…yeah at 43. Not the super hero crap so much but adult graphic horror. It all started with Nazz suggesting I read the Walking Dead series (also easily downloadable), since I was into the show. One in particular, Crossed is especially gory, but it’s not just visually stimulating, the story is captivating. I’m in awe of the artists who can create something that can stimulate emotionally and mentally. There’s been several volumes released compiling each series of comics, I have one and two with number three on the way, but they also have a free web comic that you can follow HERE.
Facebook is proof that good can come from shit. Man I have hooked up with a lot of old friends and made some new ones. Still prefer meeting people through the music blogs though in stead of subscribing to such perverted consumerism. Oh well, I’m just another apathetic semi-willing cog in the machine, pretending to be righteous and cerebral.
Not too long ago I was pleasantly surprised to find that one of my favorite old timey record labels, Flat Earth Records, had digitally released their entire catalog. Still rather have all the records represented, just have a few, but what the hell, a chance to listen to some of the best European hardcore of the 80’s…Generic, Electro Hippies, Doom, etc. If you’re down with that go HERE.
Anybody recognize this cover? Probably the greatest compilation ever released…seriously. When I picked it up at my local record store in 1984 my musical direction was forever transformed. The P.E.A.C.E. comp is a virtual who’s who of punk and hardcore from the times and led to me picking up releases from a lot of the bands represented. From big names to more local acts you can not fully fathom how important it was. US, Germany, Japan, Italy, Spain, England, etc. I would post this myself but the time to rip, edit, tag, scan and so on would be tremendous. I feel like this place wouldn’t be complete if I don’t point people in the right direction, so go get it from Dr. Drunk Ruins It For Everyone. The version he has there is the second press which added 5 tunes, but I don’t think those added bands were around in 1984 (I may be wrong). If you haven’t heard this thing in it’s entirety then your life is not complete.
Another comp I recently got turned onto (thanx Freddy), maybe not as epic as the P.E.A.C.E. comp but no less enjoyable, the Fuck Rock: ABC No Rio New York 1991 comp. 2nd generation New York hardcore surrounding the ABC No Rio club. Hard hitting with acts like GO!, Rorschach and Citizen’s Arrest. You can give it a listen at Soundcloud or download it (if the link is still good) at Blogged & Quartered.
My buddy Erich turned me onto this South African rap/rave band…great vid.