Finding Joseph I (DVD)

Even among musicians, Paul H.R. Hudson is certainly interesting guy. As leader of the seminal D.C. punk band Bad Brains, his primitive vocal style has influenced hundreds and just as it seemed the band was finally taking off, he left the group. He flirted with religion and switched his focus to Reggae when the world was finally coming around to his take on hardcore. Continue reading “Finding Joseph I (DVD)”

War for the Planet of the Apes (Blu-Ray / DVD)

Amazing story telling is being able to take a movie where the lead character is almost entirely computer generated and make it a compelling drama. Continue reading “War for the Planet of the Apes (Blu-Ray / DVD)”

Sting: Live At The Olympia Paris (DVD)

Over the decades, Sting has evolved from being at the forefront of the punk/New Wave movement as front man for The Police, to being a go-to for adult contemporary radio programmers thanks to his mid-career slide to much softer fare. And yes, the jokes at his pretentiousness and self-indulgence are certainly easy to make, thanks in part to his fondness for the lute. All that aside, it’s hard to argue that Sting can’t still retire the badass rocker persona after watching Sting: Live At The Olympia Paris.

Filmed in 2007, the 20-plus song set finds an energized Sting going back to classics like “Synchronicity II,” “Message In A Bottle” and “Spirits In A Material World” and melding them with his early solo work, and some of his later material. You can see a steady evolution from Police-era “Every Breath You Take” to some of his first solo songs like “Englishman in New York” and even the more complicated and oft polarizing “Dessert Rose.” Continue reading “Sting: Live At The Olympia Paris (DVD)”

The Rolling Stones – From The Vault: Sticky Fingers Live

Eagle Rock and The Rolling Stones continue their incredible From The Vault series with this 2015 Hollywood, CA set devoted almost exclusively to the “Sticky Fingers” record. Continue reading “The Rolling Stones – From The Vault: Sticky Fingers Live”

Alice Cooper – Welcome to My Nightmare Special Edition (DVD)

This Alice Cooper DVD set –  including the 1976 “Welcome To My Nightmare” concert film as well as a TV special (“Alice Cooper: The Nightmare”) from the year before – manages to do the seemingly impossible, being both nostalgically dated and simultaneously timeless. Continue reading “Alice Cooper – Welcome to My Nightmare Special Edition (DVD)”

Jane’s Addiction – Alive at Twenty-Five (DVD/Blu Ray/CD)

A lot has happened in the 25 years since Jane’s Addiction last released their fantastic, one-time swan song Ritual De Lo Habitual: The band split up and got back together several times; Front man Perry Farrell invented the modern-day touring rock festival with Lollapalooza (an unfortunate side effect, we also had decades of marketing folks tacking the suffix -palooza onto any event in an attempt to make it hip) and guitarist Dave Navarro managed to join and quit a slew of different bands. Continue reading “Jane’s Addiction – Alive at Twenty-Five (DVD/Blu Ray/CD)”

Here’s To Life: The Story of The Refreshments (DVD)

The Refreshments may be seen by many as a 1990s one-hit wonder, but the band is almost a religion to a smaller, but much more rabid group of music fans. And can you blame them? Roger Clyne and his crew churned out two LPs crammed with a slew of fantastic songs that vacillated between roots rock, Americana and dessert boogie. Continue reading “Here’s To Life: The Story of The Refreshments (DVD)”

I Am Not Your Negro (DVD)

Tackling racism in America via documentary is certainly not a new thing, however directing Raoul Peck manages to put forth one of the most fascinating examples in recent memory. Continue reading “I Am Not Your Negro (DVD)”