GG Allin and The Murder Junkies – Terror in America: Live 1993

GG Allin and The Murder Junkies – Terror in America: Live 1993 / 2006 MVD / http://www.musicvideodistributors.com / http://www.ggallin.com / Reviewed 09 March 2006

Three different sets await watchers of Terror In America; shows in New Jersey, Texas and Georgia all show the genius of Allin and the rest of the Terror Junkies. From the first track on the DVD (a version of “Bite It You Slut” in Jersey), the writhing, half-naked Allin is a sight to see. Aside from the sheer physical torture ey puts eirself through during each track on this DVD, another shocking thing is how good the sound and video hold up even considering that the footage is thirteen years old.

Each of the tracks is raw and rough rock and roll; Allin is the physical interpretation of this style, as by the ten minute mark the blood is already flowing down eir face. Add the diatribes made by Allin between songs and individuals have a more complete idea of who ey was and what ey stood for; there is nothing present on this disc that even vaguely resembles a whitewash by the producers to make Allin sound any better. “Expose Yourself To Kids” has a catchiness to it that is made all the more impressive when one can tie the lyrics of the song to the individual singing them, especially as ey is crawling around the stage. “Kill The Police” ends the first set on the disc, and the antics on stage seem to be a little sedate; there is some blood, some almost-nudity but nothing really as over the top as what individuals might expect. For the GG fan, the first set in New Jersey is the highlight as it is the first show after GG was released from jail; even more so, it seems to be much more professionally done the latter two sets.

The second set (in the 5th Street Warehouse) is much more visceral than the first set; during the chaos that is present in the end of this set, GG and a few other people throw in on a violent fight. For those individuals that have not seen GG outside of the concert venue, there are a few extra features on this disc. There is footage from the Don Fury Studio in New York City, in-stores, and even GG chilling at a pool. Really, the only thing that could hold individuals back from picking up this DVD would be the poor quality of the alter two sets. Those individuals are probably not the fans that GG would have liked to have; true GG fans will revel in the grainy, home-video footage that was shot at the show in the Somber Reptile in Atlanta. The concert footage present on “Terror In America” will give individuals one view about Allin, but the extra footage really shows another side to Allin that individuals might not be familiar with. At $20, the two hours of footage seems well worth it, especially considering the fact that most of the footage comes from a period right before GG’s death (the last bit of footage was done less than two months before ey would die of a heroin overdose).

Top Tracks: Kill The Police, Bite It You Slut

Rating: 7.1/10

James Blunt – Chasing Time: The Bedlam Sessions

James Blunt – Chasing Time: The Bedlam Sessions / 2006 Atlantic / 70 Minutes / http://www.jamesblunt.com / http://www.atlanticrecords.com / Reviewed 17 August 2006

Everyone knows who James Blunt is. This is due to the fact that eir song “You’re Beautiful” has been used in a number of commercials and been shown countless time on VH1 and other stations of that ilk. There are a number of reasons why individuals should pick up this DVD if they are fans of Blunt. Obviously, I’m not suggesting that they pick up this DVD if they are not already a fan, but for those people that picked up eir latest album, there are a few things that can only be found here. Continue reading “James Blunt – Chasing Time: The Bedlam Sessions”

The Sleeping Film Video for “Don’t Hold Back”

Watch “Don’t Hold Back” now!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvUrl-IzeWg

“Everybody was kung fu fighting!” THE SLEEPING unveils an extraordinary new video for their break-through single “Don’t Hold Back” from their critically acclaimed record, Questions and Answers. Combining guerilla tactics, stealth filming and an urge for anarchy, the stage was set for the DIY video of the year! “Don’t Hold Back” blends 1970s Kung-fu action with the film noir of cult classic The Warriors and tops it off with a whole lot of punching and kicking with a comedic touch. Continue reading “The Sleeping Film Video for “Don’t Hold Back””

X:144 Gains Top Honors At Scribble Jam 2007 As First Producer Battle Champion

Easily the largest public display of underground hip-hop in the US, Scribble Jam is viewed by many in the community as the gold standard in showcasing only the freshest, most innovative new emcees and producers. Founded by Scribble Jam Magazine and Mr. Dibbs (of Atmosphere), the event has called Cincinatti, OH its home, with tens of thousand hip-hop heads across the country making the trek annually. Growing almost exponentially every year, the festival has come quite a long way since its inception in 1996, where it was merely a small parking lot party that held as few as fifty people. Past performers have included the likes of Lyrics Born, Masta Ace, Wordsmith, Blueprint, Brother Ali, Slug, Eyedea, MURS, Dose One, Eminem (!) and Sage Francis. Continue reading “X:144 Gains Top Honors At Scribble Jam 2007 As First Producer Battle Champion”

Columbia Records Announces The North American Release of ‘It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s The Way You Land,’ The Critically-Acclaimed New Album From Soulsavers

Columbia Records will release “It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s The Way You Land,” the critically-acclaimed new album from Soulsavers, on Tuesday, October 16.

More than three years in the making, “It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s The Way You Land” is the first album of new music from Soulsavers since the group’s 2003 debut, “Tough Guys Don’t Dance.” Continue reading “Columbia Records Announces The North American Release of ‘It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s The Way You Land,’ The Critically-Acclaimed New Album From Soulsavers”

Alien Ant Farm – BUSted

Alien Ant Farm – BUSted / 2006 Geffen / http://www.alienantfarm.com / http://www.universalchronicles.com / Reviewed 15 August 2006

Okay. There are a lot of things that one can see on this DVD. Of course, there are the videos that Alien Ant Farm put out. I had no idea that the band had any other videos besides “Smooth Criminal” and “Movies”, but there were apparently about four other videos that were shown to places like Fuse and MTv. Besides that, the band has though it prudent to put an entire live show of theirs on the DVD. So, there are about 12 more songs to choose from, many of which do not have a corresponding music video. There are a few other things on this DVD as well. There is a blend of documentary and interview for their “Road To Wreckage”. The disc finishes off with video commentary and a few other versions of “Movies” and “These Days”. For someone that wants to get up to date with Alien Ant Farm before picking up “Up In The Attic”, this DVD serves fans perfectly. Of course, I know that I can’t be the only one who does not remember Alien Ant Farm all that well from their hits.

Of course, “Smooth Criminal” was large and “Movies” had a nice second-single bounce, but “These Days” only came back to me in any form after seeing the musical, which has AAF crashing the BET Awards. “Glow” is another track that finally comes back to me after I hear and watch the video for a little bit. The tracks were somewhat big on TRL and the like for a few weeks, but they rapidly dropped off the radar soon after they were released. I want to say that “Glow” had a second life (maybe even bigger) in an acoustic version; I hope that actually existed and was unable to be added instead of me just dreaming it up. I would like to see something more in third parties discussing what effect that Alien Ant Farm had on their careers, seeing someone from Fall Out Boy or My Chemical Romance saying that “hey, Alien Ant Farm made me get into a band”.

The band may just be too new for bands to be influenced by AAF to have any major success at this junction. Perhaps if this DVD is released onto HD-DVD in the next ten years, there will be bands knocking down Universal’s door to tell the fans of the band how “Movies” made them start a band. The band may not have had the most famous or long-lasting career with their previous two albums, but chances are good that they can get again back into the spotlight with “Up In The Attic”. Pick up both the CD and the DVD and see how the band has changed and updated their sound in the last few years since their last album was released to the masses. This is fun, even though most of the kids that are just getting into music will have little, if any idea who exactly Alien Ant Farm is or was.

Rating: 6.2/10

Video Reviews Transferred To Current Site

JMcQ here from NeuFutur. If you notice posts from the last few years come up in the next few weeks, it is because we are putting live some video reviews that were originally on the earlier iteration of the site. I’ll be interspersing newer content with the older video reviews, so I forecast that there should be about 8-10 updates a day. Keep on the lookout for #15 of the print zine here in the next month, as well.

The Pugilist #1

The Pugilist #1 / Free / 16M / :10 / gomek@comcast.net /           

Dorothea is the other magazine that Mike sent over. I must say, I much more interested on what Mike has to say here. This is because The Pugilist deals with how to become a successful vegetarian. While there are a number of readers of NeuFutur that are vegetarian and vegan, I still believe that Mike puts forth some great tips to stay healthy while still maintaining a veggie lifestyle. Most important in this issue is the breaking down in explanation of the two different types of iron, heme and non-heme. Essentially, heme is the type of protein that can be found only in animal tissue, while non-heme is exclusively (or primarily) found in plant tissue. Non-heme protein is much harder for individuals to absorb and use correctly than heme protein. To counter this, Mike suggests to add some vitamin C to one’s diet. Furthermore, there is information concerning the amount of protein one can receive from eating certain foods, an explanation about the benefits of B12, and how to make an origami dollar bill bull. What strikes me is that Mike is able to put so much information in such a small magazine. I sincerely hope that Mike will be able to continue with this magazine, expand the page count, and vary the topics with each subsequent issue. For anyone that is looking to take on the vegetarian lifestyle, The Pugilist should be a magazine that individuals pick up along with other books and materials related to the diet. Give it a go.

Rating: 8.2/10

Dierks Bentley Tours in Support of “Throttle Wide Open”

Country music star Dierks Bentley will shift his headlining tour into high gear when his Bud Light sponsored THROTTLE WIDE OPEN tour rolls into 28 US cities beginning on Oct. 4 in Rome, GA.  The high-octane dates will feature a marathon of unbridled live music by the multi-platinum singer/songwriter and special guest Jack Ingram. Continue reading “Dierks Bentley Tours in Support of “Throttle Wide Open””

Dorothea #1

Dorothea #1 / $1 / :30 / 40M / gomek@comcast.net /

Dorothea is a zine that contains a number of short stories. While there are some overall themes present in the different pieces of prose that are present, these stories seem to be more form-less than anything. There is a picture and some handwritten text at the beginning, as well as handwritten text demarcating the titles, but the text is laid out in the same general format. The stories all occupy about two or three pages of this same (1/4th size) zine. There is a decent amount of material present in this short and small zine, but there is one thing that holds me back from completely enjoying Dorothea. This is the fact that the stories all feel as if there is something, some fact or information, missing from each story. The stories themselves are all serviceably, but I’m wanting a little bit more in the way of fleshing out these little slices of life.  Mike is the mastermind behind the zine Fake Life, and this marks a shift into a slightly different style and tone. I have no doubt that subsequent issues of Dorothea will be a little bit stronger, but this issue feels as if Mike takes a decent amount of time setting the framework up and maybe not expanding on that as much as ey should. Send Mike some cash, get the beginning issue of Dorothea, get Fake Life, and have a night of reading the prose that comes from Mike’s mind. The cost is low enough the individuals will receive much worth regardless of any perceivable weakness here.

Rating: 6.0/10