Check out this AMAZING blog of Alejandro Jodorowsky's comic art. If you didn't already know, Jodorowosky was the mad genius behind The Holy Mountain. Now if only I could read Spanish. See the rest here.
Picked up this gem at Dave's Record Shop today. Don't be fooled by it's boring-ass cover; this album is a nonstop thrashing metal party. Released in 1982 on Neat Records, Wiped Out was Raven's second release. The band (along with labelmates, Venom) helped bridge the gap between the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and thrash before moving to the States to put out some overproduced bullshit on Atlantic records. Just looking at the track listing, you can tell that Wiped Out is gonna be great. With song titles like "Bring the Hammer Down," "Star War," and "Chainsaw" how can you go wrong? Blasting drums, screaming guitars, and Halford-influenced vocals bring the rock and don't let up until the very end. (Okay, so there's a 30 sec. acoustic guitar interlude, but no wimpy ballads!!!) Highly recommended for any fan of early metal.
Just finished this book last night. It's not the best rock bio I've read* but it gets the job done. The main theme of the book is that Jim Osterberg and Iggy Pop are two separate personalities and the singer has spent a good part of his adult life trying to find a balance between the two. There's Iggy, a raving, narcissistic, drug-addled sex fiend of a frontman. And then there's Jim Osterberg, the well-spoken, personable intellectual that cleared the path for multiple generations of rock musicians. The one major flaw of this book is that author Paul Trynka doesn't always seem to grasp what's really necessary to include and what is superfluous information. For example, he rushes through the Stooges' golden years but fills page after page of what Iggy and Bowie did in Berlin while they weren't making music; what hotels they stayed in, what cafes they ate in, what clubs they hung out in, etc. That being said, there are still plenty of juicy bits to this book and it's definitely worth reading for any Iggy fan.
*That's a close toss-up between Jimmy McDonough's Shakey (Neil Young) and Dougal Butler's Full Moon (Keith Moon)
My buddy, Scott, just turned me on to this stellar documentary from BBC. I get the feeling that I'd watch a lot more TV if I lived in England.
Unfortunately, the audio has been cut from part six. (Thanks a lot, WMG. Heaven forbid somebody learn about the music you own and want to buy a record.) I'll post part six if a good copy ever shows up.
I picked up this double-lp at Dave's Records in Berkeley a couple of weeks ago and it keeps finding its way back onto my turntable. The 'Hogs formed in '62 and served a brief stint as John Lee Hooker's European backing band in 1964 before heading off on their own to record a slew of great albums. Heavy blues rock doesn't get much better than this. The album starts of with "Groundhog," a more traditional accoustic blues number. Not exactly my bag, but pretty good for what it is. Tony McPhee and Co. then plug in and pick up the pace with a groovy jam called "Strange Town" and keep the rock going through all four sides until "Amazing Grace" at the end. This collection of tunes gets better and better(and heavier)as it progresses. Highlights include "Sad is the Hunter," Cherry Red," and "Soldier."
PS- If you're in the Bay Area, you need to check out Dave's Records. It takes serious balls to open up an all-vinyl record store in this economy and I'd like to see his place stay open. 2634 San Pablo on the corner of San Pablo and Carleton.
Just got this album in the mail today! This is possibly the heaviest pop album ever recorded. For those of you who aren't in the know, Roy Wood was the co-founder of both The Move and Electric Light Orchestra. He quit ELO after their first album to start Wizzard with the idea of playing pop rock tunes using "classical" instruments. Most of what I've heard of them is a bit fluffy (not necessarily in a bad way) but this album really tears me a new one. It's 50's style rocknroll played with balls! The whole album sounds like it's recorded in a tin can which somehow adds to the overall heaviness. There's plenty of psychedelic guitar freakouts to boot.
First post! I'm gonna start this shit off right with some NWOBHM. I found this documentary a few weeks back and I've been sharing it with all my friends. There's some excellent live Di'Anno-era Maiden footage in here: