Here’s a pretty incredible seven minute clip from 1973 documentary, Come On Children, featuring a 17 year old (and completely hot, lets face it), Alex Lifeson of Rush. The film interviewed a bunch of Toronto teens, then invited them to live on a farm for 10 weeks, in an attempt to get deeps inside the psyche of a gloomy suburban adolescent.
In this clip, Lifeson (who was already a father to his first son, Justin) tries to convince his Serbian emigrant parents that his plan to quit the 12 grade and play in a band full time, is the right decision. If you haven’t seen this film, or this footage, I’m not going to spoil it for you. It’s a must watch, period.
It’s getting heavy in here. Chuck D – Official Ambassador for Record Store Day 2014.
Well if the audiophiles over at Wax Poetic are right (and historically they are pretty right on), then the answer is YES. WP “rumored” Record Store Day release list is chock full of vinyl releases from some big heavies like Mastodon, Motörhead, Pantera as well as six picture discs from Bathory (!). You can see the massive list here.
But since I know you visit this blog to get enlightened by my metal knowledge, I’ve taken the liberty to cull out headbanging selections that deserve your hard earned dollars this year. But before I get to that, here’s the one thing that I know I’m not alone in coveting this year. A new vinyl figure by artist Frank Kozik of NICK CAVE.
Participating US RSD stores had to order mini-Nick way in advance from the UK, so it’s kind of impossible to say how many your favorite RSD spot will have, if any. All of Kozik’s figures fly off the shelves, and this one will be no exception, so good luck. Now, on to my very metal picks for RSD 2014!
Prong – Turnover b/w Revenge Best Served Cold. Pressed on green/white marble. (3000 copies)
Soundgarden – Superunknown – The Singles (5×10 set)
Machine Head Killers & Kings (Demo) b/w Our Darkest Days (Ignite Cover ). Presented with four different sleeves (1000 copies each).
Motörhead – What’s Words Worth, Live in 1978. Pressed on 180 gram red vinyl
Motörhead – Motörhead. Douple LP pressed on 180 gram white vinyl
Deep Purple – Shades of Purple 7″ (originally recorded in 1968)
Testament Live in London. Double LP pressed on 180g red vinyl
Rainbow Rockplast 195–Black Masquerade. Triple record set pressed on 140g red vinyl
Pantera Far Beyond Driven Double LP
Mastodon Live at Brixton Double LP + DVD
Hawkwind – Church of Hawkwind (originally released in 1982). Double LP pressed on 180g clear vinyl
Bathory Bathory (1983)
Bathory Under the Sign of Black (1986)
Bathory Blood Fire Death – (1988)
Bathory Hammerheart (1990)
Bathory Twilight of the Gods (1991)
*All on picture disc*
Ghoul – Hang 10 (10″) – A six-song limited edition EP release from the Oakland thrashers.
And if your head isn’t spinning off yet, Mudhoney will release a couple of sweet pieces of wax this year – a split with fellow Seattle legends The Sonics, and Mudhoney on Top, (a love-child release by Sub Pop and KEXP, limited to 2700 copies), that captures the bands historic live performance on top of the Space Needle in 2013.
Releases from Bowie, RSD regulars, The Ramones, and Husker Du, and The Stranglers also get a nod from my heavy metal hair this year. And, like I always say, start saving now! This Record Store Day is going to be tough on your wallet, but totally worth it.
Quick – put down all the drugs you were about to do, and watch thiw new video for the Melvins ass-kicking cover of Venom’s Warhead. Maybe it’s the NyQuil talking (I’ve got the wicked crud so maybe bleach off your laptop if you’re reading this), but this video gave me an instant case of the bedspins – but in the best possible way.
And with a nod of my heavy metal hair to Metal Sucks, I give you Time to Dye – a Kickstarter with one of the greatest get-on-board NSFW commercial spots I’ve ever seen. So if you want your Easter eggs to be as black as the metal you listen to this year, hop over to Time to Dye’s Extreme Easter Egging Kickstarter, and help a headbanger out.
Ever wanted to go on a cruise with Motörhead? If the answer to that question is that you never really thought about it, well I’d be with you on that one. But, according to my very metal sources – you’ll be able to set sail to Miami, Key West and Cozumel along with Lemmy, Mikey, and Phil (and a few hundred of your best headbanging friends), sometime this Fall. So start saving your Motörmöney now kids, because this good time ain’t gonna come cheap.
Here’s the first single from the upcoming Afghan Whigs record, their first in 16 years, Do the Beast. And it’s even better news for any of you that happen to reside in one of nine cities the band will play in April and May in support of Beast, due out on April 15th (April 14th/Europe).
Now sit back and soak this one in, to the back drop of it’s dark and violent Spaghetti Western themed video that prominently features the rock and roll swagger of Whigs’ frontman, Greg Duli.
Hey there all you faithful metalheads, sorry about the blogs unplanned hiatus – but we’re back! For the time being, anyway. So I guess in a nutshell, I’m hoping to shake things up here, so stay tuned, and thanks for sticking around. If you really get lonely, keep up with me over at Destroy the Brain, as well as my foul-mouthed antics on the Movies About Girls podcast!
Now, check out the Lego version of Motörhead go head to head with Compressonhead. Mind blown.
Folk musician Robert Rolf Fedderson apparently penned this three-minute depression fest, “Dave’s Lament” (off Fedderson’s aptly titled new record, American Loser) from the imagined perspective of Dave Mustaine. Apparently, Fedderson got to know Mustaine when his then band, Loudmouth, toured with Megadeth back in the late 90′s. Fedderson wrote the song, which tells the story of one of messiest heavy metal partings in history, and how it might have made Dave feel. And, as you might well imagine, it’s fucking hilarious. I give you exhibit A – a few lines from Dave’s Lament…
“I’m a good writer / I play great guitar / But I can’t get over how farther they’ve gone / I’m staying sober / And trying real hard / But I can’t jump over this fence in my yard”
Oh boy. I never thought I’d say this, but even Dave Mustaine doesn’t deserve this. And the chorus isn’t helping Mustaine’s head banging street cred either…
“All of the success goes to Metallica / All of the accolades go to Metallica / All of the mansions and all of the money / And all of the good things and skies that are sunny”
So there you have it. If you need a few laughs today, listen to Dave’s Lament right here. Besides, we all know the real reason Dave got kicked out of Metallica…
The weapon of choice in this decade old AT&T commercial? A microphone.
Hey headbangers! Another week has come to a close, but you might not even know that since I never got the regular very metal rewind post up yesterday so, SURPRISE! You made it through the fucking week just like me. Anyway, in light of my continued inability to stick to any kind of a “schedule”, I’ve decided to keep striving for excellence in that category which means that I’ll still read all the metal news so you don’t have to, but I won’t always blog about it on Friday. Got it? Good. Moving on.
Hopefully you weren’t like me and missed last week’s #180th episode of the Movies About Girls Podcast- but if you were, click here to stream all the antics. Then, don’t miss out on episode #181 next Saturday as your favorite band of teenage losers take on 1972′s Blood Orgy of the She Devils. Don’t miss it!
Lastly, after you get all caught up with the latest developments in heavy metal, head over to Destroy the Brain to get your head wrapped around all things horror, and also read my review on the new record from Chicago doom tyrants, Indian, and the confusing first release from Ottowa one-man-show, The Sun Through A Telescope.
And now, here’s all the metal stuff what happened last week. GO HAWKS!