As a full moon rose across the Northern sky in the UK on Wednesday January the 19th 2011, excitement built inside Continue reading CROWBAR UK TOUR REVIEW by Marc Lissenburg
Something is going on in the far North of the Americas. Something loud, hairy & with a whiff of the Good Old Days & Brimstone. First there was Skull Fist amongst the virtual pages of this very ‘zine bringing their Traditional Metal Gospel to great unwashed masses. Now, there is Sanktuary from the Yukon, Canada, way up there in the frozen tundra. It could be the place that inspired 30 Days Of Night & it certainly has helped to influence these long haired miscreants by bringing us The Bad News of Metal with their latest demo Black Magic Brew.
So, get your Devil’s Horns out & join me as I bring you Sanktuary!
It was always going to take something special to wake me from my beautiful ‘Depressive Black Metal’ rapture. Those Continue reading Electric Wizard – “Black Masses” review by Marc Lissenburg
Goodloe Byron could be considered an idiosyncratic fellow: of the three books he has published, REVISIONS OF, THE ABSTRACT, and THE WRAITH, not a one is available in stores, but out on the streets. That’s not said in some cliché, Continue reading Them Monstrous Blues by Chris Deal
by Nick Quantrill
Written by rock and roll legends, Leiber and Stoller, ‘Some Other Guy’ was the obscure Richard Barrett song which helped define the early 1960s Liverpool scene. Released by Atlantic Records, the original version was quickly rearranged from its R&B origins into an all out rocker by Liverpool bands, eager for new sounds. With its heavy beat, savage lead guitar line and rough and ready vocals, it was the perfect raw material from which The Beatles would create their sound. Acknowledged by John Lennon as the song he most wishes he’d written, few Merseybeat bands dared to Continue reading The Beatles perform ‘Some Other Guy’ – The Cavern, Liverpool
It’s a deceptive title, really, because I’m not a film critic nor a fan of any director.
But Martin Scorsese was the one who had the smarts, the interest and the resources to make two concert films 30 years apart, THE LAST WALTZ (1978) and SHINE A LIGHT (2008).
In 1976, the post Vietnam era in the States, Martin Scorsese and Robbie Robertson managed to record on film (the first concert movie shot in 35mm) the farewell concert of the Band in the venue where they first appeared as The Band, the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel were leaving the road after sixteen years. In an interview Robbie says he couldn’t imagine doing it for twenty years. The Last Waltz was called “the end of an era”.
At the time Scorsese was directing New York, New York, a big expensive production, but he had cut his edting teeth in the Woodstock film and learned what not to do there. He took some time off from the New York, New York project and filmed The Last Waltz in a weekend, put it almost all together in a week and a few months later, filmed three songs on a Hollywood sound stage. It grew from Robbie Robertson’s idea, a not for profit enterprise with no budget to an important cultural event, done by the seat of its pants, almost an afterthought, and ultimately, the concert movie by which all others are judged.
Thirty years later, after Taxi Driver and Raging Bull and Goodfellas and all the awards for No DIRECTION HOME (2005), a documentary on Dylan’s early career, Scorsese filmed a Rolling Stones concert.
Shine A Light presents the best of the Stones’ Beacon Theatre concerts on their A Bigger Bang Tour on Oct 29 and Nov Continue reading Scorsese: Then And Now by Steve Wheeler
by Jason Michel
You are about to enter the Beavis & Butthead, people. Piss contests, broken bones & trolls. Be prepared to read stories that’d give Bill & Ted a cardiac arrest. Welcome to the Skull Fist zone. A heavy metal band from Toronto, Canada, & yes, they may be young, dumb & full of cum but they are touring their arses off to get their EP “Heavier Than Metal” out there.
Back when Syd Barrett led Pink Floyd , the band recorded its first album at Abbey Road Studios at the same time as The Beatles recorded Sergeant Pepper’s there and The Pretty Things were recording S F Sorrow. They called it, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.
Flash forward to this century and a habit I picked up in Amsterdam and can’t seem to shake. The habit is listening to the World Service on the radio all night. It’s the CBC All Night Radio here, the BBC World Service there (I think). A lot of countries contribute reports to the World Service. I don’t really understand how it works but there’s nothing quite like laying snug in your bed, free to fall asleep or listen to Holland, Sweden, Korea or Poland talk about their news. For instance, the other night there was a report from somewhere near Alice Springs, Australia about a race they held between honey bees and homing pigeons. The bees won.
Continue reading PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN CONSIDERED by Steve Wheeler