Monday, March 31, 2014

When Time Ran Out... (1980)

Producer Irwin Allen made this film towards the end of the disaster movie heyday. In this case, a volcano provides the destructive mayhem when it erupts near a newly constructed Pacific island resort, also threatening a local village. 

As is usually the case with his disaster films, Allen had a multitude of name actors under contract and this feature was loaded with stars, including: Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, William Holden, Edward Albert, Barbara Carrera, Burgess Meredith, Ernest Borgnine, James Franciscus, and even Pat Morita. Legend has it that Paul Newman refused to appear in The Towering Inferno 2 and instead took this role to finish off a contractual obligation to Allen plus use his salary as seed money for his salad dressing company.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Seizure (1974)

This cinematic oddity from 1974 was Oliver Stone's directorial debut, plus he was also the co-screenwriter. Packed with notable faces, the film features: Jonathan Frid, Martine Beswick, Hervé Villechaize, and a favorite of mine, Mary Woronov.

The plot deals with a horror writer (played by Mr. Frid) who becomes noticeably alarmed when the denizens of his frightening novels materialize to torment + attack him and his family.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Black Flag - Leeds - 1984

Black Flag 
at the Bierkellar, Leeds 
19 May 1984 

1. Nervous Breakdown
2. Can't Decide
3. Slip It In
4. Black Coffee
5. Forever time
6. Six Pack
7. My War
8. Jealous Again
9. I Love You
10. The Swinging Man
11. Three Nights
12. Fix Me
13. Wound Up
14. Rat's Eyes

A Dying God - Celtic Frost Documentary

A Dying God is a 2008 documentary on Celtic Frost 
made for Swiss television by Adrian Winkler. 
The band is followed during their 
2006 - 2007 "Monotheist" World Tour 
and features performances plus interviews 
with the band members.

Pig Destroyer - Brooklyn - 2014

Pig Destroyer 
at Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn 
11 January 2014 

Melvins - Salad of a Thousand Delights (full show, 1991)

  The Melvins ripping it up at the 
North Shore Surf Club, Olympia, Washington, 
May 16, 1991.
  1. "Antitoxidote"
  2. "Euthanasia"
  3. "Zodiac"
  4. "Oven"
  5. "If I Had An Exorcism"
  6. "Boris"
  7. "Kool Legged"
  8. "Wispy"
  9. "It's Shoved"
  10. "Anaconda"
  11. "We Reach"
  12. "Hog Leg"

Do Not Panic - Hawkwind Documentary

The psychedelic, space rock sounds of Hawkwind are examined in this documentary. Started in London 1969, the band has undergone several line up changes through the years including Lemmy Kilmister as bass player/vocals from 1972 to 1975. After he was kicked out, he then formed the iconic heavy metal act Motörhead. 

Hawkwind's live show was truly a "trip" where the wild music compounded with lights, strobes, and for a period during the 1970s, an often nude statuesque dancer Stacia. Also notable is the musical dna link that Hawkwind provides between the hippie and early punk worlds.

Can - Documentary on the German Band

This is a documentary on the German band Can, compiled by Rudi Dolezl & Hannes Rossacher. Formed in Cologne, West Germany in 1968 with a sound that mutated from track to track, they created incredible music that influenced musicians such as John Lydon + Public Image, Pavement, and the Butthole Surfers.