Monday, February 27, 2012
Ah, Venom- nothing like a little "In League with Satan" on a gloomy day. Few bands have had as much influence on the rise of extreme metal as the early 80's British metal band Venom.As you can see above, even Voivod covered Venom. The media might be going crazy over that Skrillex kid right now, but on this blog, Voivod bring in the hits. Any band that influenced Voivod strongly has something going for them right there as far as I'm concerned. On the subject of blog hits, one of my more successful blogs on Art Observations with Jerry Magoo was a review of "Satanic Royalty" by Midnight. The band Midnight is really very much a rip-off of Venom. Sure, no one in Venom set a church on fire like members of Norwegian bands like Mayhem and Emperor. However, there are plenty of old photos of Varg Vikernes who did set churches on fire wearing a Venom t-shirt. Below, you can see church burning metal Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem doing a run through Venom's "Witching Hour". I believe that this video includes the photograph taken of Mayhem's lead singer Dead after he shot himself, for people obsessed with such odd details about Norwegian black metal and Mayhem in particular, of which there are many. Musically, what they accomplished would have been impossible if not for Venom. I've never read that Venom took their whole Satanic or anti-Christian gimmick seriously at all, but bands that followed in their footsteps have done so. Satanists, of course, have a highly ironic pre-occupation with Christianity. You wouldn't burn a church if it truly meant nothing to you. It's funny I recently saw old footage of Frank Zappa from the 80's on Crossfire talking about that whole PMRC censorship issue . I was struck by the disparity in quality between the rock and roll they were talking about and The Strokes ten years ago or Skrillex now. Back then when suburban housewives and Christians were concerned about Satanic lyrics, that was still pretty rock and roll. It wasn't the only rock and roll going on back then, but it was rock and roll.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
What is the future of The Libertarian Party? I was at the Libertarian Party of Nevada's 2012 Convention yesterday in Las Vegas. I can say honestly that I was proud to be a part of the event. I can say with a fair agree of certainty that in the more general sense libertarian ideas make the most sense to me. It is also fair to say that libertarian ideas have had the most success this year than they ever have in the past in this country- in a republican race of 9 or so real candidates, we are now down to 4 candidates and the basically-a-libertarian-running-as-a-republican Ron Paul is one of those four and not doing badly. That would have surpassed all expectations. However, the question remains- what about the libertarian party proper? Wayne Allen Root was present and speaking at the convention yesterday and suggested what a number of people on the right have begun to speculate which is that there is some kind of deal or alliance worked out between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. I have a feeling that if such an alliance is not worked out already, it probably will be as they have stopped attacking each other and gone after Santorum in a big way. Gary Johnson on the Libertarian party ticket spoke to the convention via Skype. He suggested that both he and Ron Paul were "messengers" and that if there were many people echoing the same message, than all the better. That makes a certain degree of sense and would still give the Libertarian Party a function even if Ron Paul became Mitt Romney's running mate, which I don't think is off the table at this point. In such as case, Ron Paul's ideas would certainly have to be compromised to some extent with Romney's- many hardcore Ron paul supporters would start to describe him as a "sell out" surely. I think if you go back though and look at the MIAC documents from 2009 which describe a libertarian bumper sticker as an indication that an individual is potentially a right-wing domestic terrorist, you'll get a clearer sense of how much an affront to the government the Libertarian Party in fact it. That to me is reason enough to like the Libertarian Party and to ensure it's future....
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
This is a special blog for those in the Occupy movement. I don't think your movement is really challenging the base level of the system. I don't think the F.B.I cares that much about you. I don't think the power structures that you feel you have offended have been offended. I don't think they care one way or another. There have been some conflicts with police…but here's what you have to do if confronted by the police. If you want to be a real revolutionary, this is what you gotta do. You have to take the stance that Sovereign Citizen David Russell Myrland has taken. If a cop stops you for not having a license plate, you tell the cop that he actually has no legal right to stop you. Be sure to have firearms on your person. Then, you send letters to the mayor of that city you were stopped in threatening to arrest him. They'll love you. Then, when you get sentenced to prison for threatening the mayor, you file a lawsuit against the federal prosecutors for using incorrect legal terminology and grammar. That constitutes a total affront to the governing power structures of our society. You hold up a bunch of signs, the police may employ tear gas for the purpose of crowd dispersal at the very most. Then again, you may not be as revolutionary as you claim to be or think you are. My wild guess is that is the case, if you really thought about it. Of course, there is nothing stopping you from quoting David Graeber in an attempt to justify your existence or the usefulness of your liberal arts degree. I'm sure the power structure is terrified of David Graeber…he sure looks intimidating…
Saturday, February 18, 2012
I like to discuss black metal, horror films, and right-wing politics on-line, for the most part because doing so gets lots of hits. It is true that there are black metal musicians that set churches o fire, it is true that films like Human Centipede 2 and A Serbian Film have been banned overseas at different points, and it is true there have been shoot outs between law enforcement and members of the Sovereign Citizens movement and that Michael Savage is not allowed to enter the United Kingdom. I suppose all that gets a little dark, but then again, there's this bit of news that surfaced today. All of that seems fairly sanitary by comparison. Josh Powell set his house of fire with himself and his two young sons in it two weeks ago. According to the Associated Press today, "Three weeks before Josh Powell killed himself and kids in a blazing inferno, Utah authorities disclosed to social workers for the first time that his computer once contained some 400 images of cartoon sex and incest." Apparently, he had a real thing for sexual depictions of Denis the Menace and Spongebob Squarepants. Apparently there's a whole log of images of cartoon characters engaging in sexual acts including incest and pedophilia on-line. If you want to find images of Bart Simpson having sex with Lisa and Marge, it is on-line. Or the Flinstones porn, Jetsons porn, or almost any other cartoon you'd like. Here is some news footage of the whole Josh Powell thing with police who worked on the case. The pornographic images of the cartoon characters engaging in the acts of incest and child/adult sex is some fairly degenerate fecal matter. Apparently, it really should have been the warning sign of a truly troubled mind because he burned his own sons alive. It hadn't occurred to me before, but if you get an erection over Spongebob Squarepants, you probably really do need help. Originally, I was reluctant to include such images in my post. However,in light of the widespread public interest in this post, I have chosen to show some of it here to give the audience a fair sense of what it is exactly that I'm talking about. Incidentally, Josh Powell was terrified that Mormons were trying to steal his children. It is truly unfortunate that they did not.
Yes, they made a film called Zombie Christ. Christ comes back from the dead as a zombie. There is one problem. As much as this film is blasphemy against religion it is a blasphemy against filmmaking. There is only one saving grace to the film is that the filmmaker Bill Zebub, who apparently owns a metal magazine, was able to put together a decent metal soundtrack for it. If you took the soundtrack to this film and let it run as a Spotify doom metal playlist, it would work. But this film is neither scary nor all that funny if it's meant to be a joke. There is a whole lot of female nudity in it, but these are not necessarily all the best looking women in the world- some of the actresses used for this film are attractive, others not so much. This is one of those low budget horror films where the actresses have difficulty remembering their lines. The special effects in this film are also not so special. There's a comedic bit where the zombie christ makes a priest's penis explode as punishment for raping young boys, and the fake penis used in the scene doesn't even look at all realistic. People make some excremental horror films- trust me, my ex-girlfriend was involved with LoveCracked , I know. However, Zombie Christ is among the worst I've seen. The DVD of Zombie Christ has a whole bunch of adds for Bill Zebub's other films.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Yes, movies about snuff flicks. There are several and I've tried to review as many as I can since such reviews have faired well on here in terms of hits. I did two yesterday, Hardcore and Cheap, earlier a documentary on the subject , and of course A Serbian Film. I would do The Last House on Dead End St, but it's become harder to find and very expensive if you did. There is also 8mm from 1999 strange Nicholas Cage. The fictional films (less so the documentary) are based on not only the premise that somewhere someone makes films of people being killed for money, but that this snuff film industry is connected to the regular porn industry. I suspect if snuff films exist, they may not have any strong connection to the regular porn industry. I think it would be a totally separate thing if it existed. Child pornography has no real connection to the regular adult film industry, for example. 8mm is alright. Nicholas Cage is a PI that's hired by a wealthy woman to determine whether or not a snuff film found in her late husband's possessions is authentic. He is able to find the trail of the murdered girl in the film through the regular porn industry. I found it sort of entertaining an humorous that in this film there are hardcore sickos connected to the S&M scene as opposed to bored looking people at a club with some goth music playing. There is very little to say about this film, which is halfway decent but not amazing. Anything about snuff films you post on-line will get a whole mess of hits from perverts looking for the real thing, which is, of course, the only reason this review exists. Nicholas Cage doesn't make into 8mm 2 which follow a different storyline entirely. It is a straight-to video film that has very little to do the original with 8mm, and feels a little like a soft porn film. It takes place in Hungary. This couple from the United States has a three way with a woman they meet in Hungary in part. The chick in the couple is the daughter of the ambassador, and the husband has political ambitions. The plot revolves around the couple being blackmailed with photos of the three ways. It becomes akin in so far as the plot requires the couple to explore the underground world of prostitution and pornography. It alludes to the whole real doll thing, the Russian mob is in it. For a straight-to-video type film with a lot of tasteful full frontal nudity and a film noir plot line to connect the full frontal nudity, 8mm 2 goes on for about 15-20 minutes longer than it should. There's a fairly good little trick ending to it, whether or not the trick ending really holds water I'm not really sure, but it's worth a chuckle. 8mm film is not referenced in the film at all.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
I reviewed A Serbian Film, Snuff: A documentary About Killing on Camera, and The Bunny Game, which all involved the idea of torture porn or snuff flicks to some capacity. There's almost a little sub-genre of films that use snuff films as a plot device. It's an intriguing little plot device, but A Serbian Film is a little to extreme for most audiences. If you'd like to see a film that uses the same sort of plot devices but is not so extreme there is a good film like that from 1979 called Hardcore. It starts George C. Scott as a Calvinist businessman from Grand Rapids, Michigan whose daughter run away during a Church Youth group trip. George C. Scoot's character hires a PI who finds that the daughter is in porno films. The PI is billing George C. Scott's character for prostitutes, the Calvinist goes looking for information in the red light district for himself, an unfamiliar environment. He starts to play the part and pose as an investor in the porn industry. He picks up his daughter's trail. He gets a hooker sidekick towards the end. Very, very suspenseful 70's film. It becomes more and more clear that's there's some snuff flick action involved.The film is dark but not very explicit. It would make more sense if George C. Scott's character had a gun, because there's a bunch of scenes of this older man beating people up that are implausible. That's the films only true flaw. It's a great little movie. For the real sickos who troll this page looking for actual snuff flick or as close to it as they can get, this is not the film to watch. It paints even the regular porn industry in a negative light. Good triumphs over evil in this film, which would on;y barely get an R rating today for nudity and profanity. However, the sinister history of films about snuff films would not be complete without it. A very different film about making snuff films is Cheap from 2005. Here is the link to where you can see it- http://thecinemasnob.com/2009/12/06/stoned-gremlin-productions-presents-cheap.aspx You may have seen a guy on-line reviewing films on-line called the Cinema Snob. He has a really funny review of a movie called E.T. The porno, I'm not sure if he still has it up. His real name is Brad Jones and Cheap is a low budget film he made. Brad Jones also stars in the film. He plays a failed porn director who gets two young women to help make snuff films. There's a porn producer with a cocaine problem who distributes the films, which are a huge success on-line. Of all the films about making snuff films from Hardcore to A Serbian Film, this is the one that is the lowest budget and the cheesiest. F-bombs features so prominently in the script, it's more . It's pretty funny. Low budget as it is, the violence in it looks kind of real. It also uses an oldies station soundtrack- I think Brad Jones probably didn't even bother paying for the rights to the songs involved. This is less like a movie then it is a two-hour YouTube video.To compare the production quality it's about as low budget as the Necro Files which I also reviewed on here. As with the Necro Files, a baby doll is used for a dead baby, which has how low-budget the thing really is. The exception is Brad Jones himself who does a decent job at playing an evil pervert which is the one real saving grace of the film. Brad Jones is a funny guy. The plot line picks up a little bit when the distributor rapes one of the young women that makes the snuff film, but that's more than half way through. The other thing is that the masks the women wear in the film are highly quite unsettling. This is better than some of the micro budget films I've scene like Stripclub Slasher in so far as Brad Jones is a real character. If they had had a larger budget when they made this film and a decent script editor who would discourage the excessive use of the f-word in the film, it might have been good. The general premise is fine.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
This one is from before he was president, but the press has recently outed Barack Obama as a Wilco fan. Now that Whitney Houston is dead, Wilco maybe the worst musical act in the world. There's this subset of bands within indie rock- much the music of the liberal arts school- attempting to create a kind of faux-country that is singularly annoying. I don't think this one makes Barack Obama look good at all...
Saturday, February 11, 2012
The Occupy movement is a funny thing. They get a fair bit of press. They've had some run-ins with the law, and they've burned an American flag. But how much does it all really mean? An academic named David Greaber can do a little song and tap and get some attention from the media based on that this claim that Occupy have challenged the power structure of our country. I would argue that relatively speaking, Occupy has not challenged the fabric of our social order to any greta extent. Within I think about a week and a half after the cops used tear gas on Occupy Oakland, the F.B.I ran a major press conference on perceived dangerous political extremist and potential homegrown terrorists. The press conference wasn't about Occupy. So far as I know the F.B.I hasn't batted an eye about Occupy. It was about these guys- the Sovereign Citizens movement. The F.B.I hates them. It probably has to do with, oh, I don't know, shoot outs with police maybe. That's the kind of thing it takes to get an F.B.I press conference. The F.B.I don't like that too much when you do that. I'm not saying that that's the kind of attention you want from the feds, or that you want attention from the feds at all. However, I would say that the Sovereign Citizens movement represents a far greater challenge to the fabric of our social order than Occupy Wall Street. Occupy wall Street represent about as much of an affront to the social order as does Lady Gaga, possibly less. The media likes Occupy a whole lot, so they give them press. But the welfare state is the status quo in a lot of ways, so their doctrine about the 1% and the 99% isn't particularly inflammatory. The Sovereign Citizens declare the U.S. federal government completely invalid. Clearly some of them are very serious about that, too. However, I'm sure that David Geaber could come up with an extensively complex take on the Sovereign Citizens- or anything else you might mention for that matter. This is, of course, beating around the bush. What this country needs is a true champion of the people, of individual liberty, and of firearms. That is why I am urging U.S. citizens- Sovereign Citizens and Occupiers alike, to take to the streets and to spread the good word this March 14th, (#M14) to celebrate their individual liberties and freakish firearms pre-occupations in commemoration of my grandfather's contributions to the history of assault rifles. You have only the chains of slavery to loose! Send Paypal contributions to WheatonFirearms@gmail.com
If you're offended by foul language, don't push play on this one. I think they use the f-word dozens of times on this song. It's pretty funny. I don't think they took themselves especially seriously. This blog post needn't be long. This is from the second Soundgarden album Louder Than Love from 1989, it was one of my favorite albums when I was about 12, the same year i saw my first show which was The Cult. At that point the term grunge didn't exist yet, so Soundgarden at that point were viewed more as being a metal band, if perhaps an odd one. They got airplay on MTV's Headbanger's Ball. They opened for Voivod at that point along with Faith No More. I'm not a fan of Soundgarden's 90's work, but Louder than Love is a good album. That tour in 89' with Faith No More and Voivod must have been truly something to behold. The Cult, Voivod, very early Soundgarden- hey those bands actually aged better than the hipster Williamsburg bands from the 2000's. The Strokes already sound dated! Here's a good live version: If you really want to charm the ladies, start singing this to them at the supermarket...THEY'LL LOVE IT!!!
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Ah, my obsession with Cleopatra Records and the places it has taken me. Those who have been following this blog this week will already know that I had had a closed mind about albums put out by Cleopatra after the mid-90's, but then I found a bunch of compilations they had put out in recent years and started listening to them with an open mind, including the hair metal ones. Part of it is that there are so many goth and metal bands that exist, that there is actually an important function to the ability to sort out the quality and put together a decent playlist. Mike Riddick at Metalhit is good at doing this, the Metalhit Free Download Series is a good example of this well done, the woman that puts together the Doomed station on soma.fm, DJ Lucretia, does a very good job. I don't know who puts the song lists together for Cleopatra Records, whether or not that's the owner Brian Perera, but whoever does it does a fairly good job. I haven't used illegal drugs recreationally in years, but the only thing I really miss about that is the way in which it enhanced the experience of listening to music. I have this playlist on Spotify if you look it up it's called Late Cleopatra Retro/Neo-80's Weirdness. If you have Spotify you have to check it out, or if you don't go to Spotify, you'll find it. This playlist is not so much my doing as that I grabbed a couple compilations that Cleopatra Records put out in recent years. There's Electronic 101, which I reviewed on here, which is general electronic music across genres, 100 Hair Metal Essentials which is hair metal, Covered in Metal Hits, which is bands across genres covering songs that were hits in the 80's, This Is Gothic and 100 Gothic Essentials which are of course gothic music, Hair Metal in Covers I reviewed earlier that's hair metal bands doing covers, and This Is Metal which is metal in a more general sense and includes black metal and thrash metal. The songs on Electronica 101 and 100 Hair Metal Essentials are dispersed between each other, but eventually I gave up and just left the entire albums as blocks. I did, however, delete songs that were repeats. You get some really classics on their. Zodiac Mindwarp who opened up for the Cult on their Electric tour, things like that. It's like an endless sea of good music. I think bizarre hair metal kitsch and weird vampire bands is the way to go. Then there's odd 80's pop, like this track right here... You want to talk about art rock and experimental bands? There isn't really music much more out there than what Cleopatra have been putting out in recent years. You get some really compilations they've done in the last couple years.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
If you've got a woman that you want to impress with your cultural refinement, class, and good taste, you can't go wrong with "Seventeen" by Winger. This is especially good for chatting up grad students types or younger academics. You'll really impress them if you can remember all the lyrics. Winger is some very sophisticated stuff, in terms of comprehension level it's really up there with the front pack of post-structuralist thought and deconstruction. Kip Winger was obviously a really sharp, educated guy. i think he developed out of post-structuralism originally. I'm sure he read Adorno, cultural theory, all of that. Another band with a lot of really subtle and sophisticated nuances is Whitesnake. That's particularly true of the song "Slide It In" by Whitesnake.
I'll tell you, it's been a long time since this song was released in 1987, but this track is just simply timeless. I tell you, then or now, nothing spells class like "The Bathroom Wall" by Faster Pussycat. It's a tender love song about a young man and a woman whose number he found written on, that's right, the bathroom wall. If you're a single guy, and you're trying to charm a young lady, this is the song to use. That's especially true if the young woman is very intellectual, she'll be deeply impressed if you can recite the lyrics. You can really tell that the members of Faster Pussycat spent a lot of time studying post-structuralism and Derrida in college. In fact relationships often start with the words to this chorus of this song- "I got your number off the bathroom wall".
Sunday, February 5, 2012
This is David Geaber, he's a leftist academic and influential in the beginning of the Occupy movement. I would generally ignore this kind of irritating academic with his thumb up his anus. However, last weekend the Occupy movement in Oakland became violent. Oakland police were forced to use tear gas. We now know this is not really a peaceful movement. I've addressed this issue on my internet radio show, but I haven't responded specifically to Greaber at all yet or Occupy on the text blog that much. Greaber has correctly identified the base of Occupy originates with young people who came out of the liberal arts system. I have no qualms whatsoever with this description of Occupy. Here in Las Vegas the Occupy movement failed to gain numbers and visibility. That's because Las Vegas is majority blue collar and when you do meet someone with a college agree it's usually in business or law. It doesn't do much to add to the credentials of Occupy. More so, it goes to invalidate the liberal arts system. It shows the failure of the liberal art system to equip it's graduates with marketable skills. there's no real value to a degree in gender studies for example. I refer the interested reader to the excellent book The Secret Knowledge by David Mamet. Their real problem wasn't the right, it was actually the left. Herman Cain's question "What , do you think they're going to write you a check?" was never answered by Occupy. They could try a violent revolution, but they'd be slaughtered. There is a difference between the United States and Egypt. In the United States, something like 35% of American homes have guns in them, with large concentrations of them in the deep south, in areas that would never support traditional democrats much less communist revolutionaries. It wouldn't be pretty. I would like to see many more cuts to social services, incidentally. Wealth redistribution as it exists in the United States fails. I'd like to see a clear number of how much money welfare recipients spend on crystal meth each year in the United States. We perpetuate societal problems by rewarding failure. I won't maintain that the Wall St bailouts were not also a perpetuation of societal problems through the reward of failures. That though was, in a very real way, an act of socialism and state interference in the free market. Graeber should offically go back to theorizing about Marx with his thumb up his anus. Don't follow this guy. Follow me. Take to the streets this #M14! Occupy Wheaton!!!!!!
Before there were Human Centipede films, there was early David Cronenberg. Don't get me wrong, I'm fine with Tom Six. And David Cronenberg next film is an adaptation of a bad Don DeLillo novel with the actor from Twilight. But a lot of the perversity and extremity we see n current horror cinema such as the Human Centipede films, A Serbian Film, and The Bunny game is proceeded by early Cronenberg. In the seventies and eighties Cronenberg had it going on. Shivers is still a shocking film years and years later. The film was made in Canada in the 70's. The general plot line is that a doctor has breed a form of parasite that spreads through venereal contact and acts as an aphrodisiac to ensure that it moves along. The parasites get loose in an apartment complex outside of Montreal. It's like watching a documentary about the Green Door. This film is really disgusting. You can see it being a precursor to A Serbian Film in it's thematics of total sexual perversion. The parasites are completely repulsive. And of course in order that the parasites spread themselves, there has to be a whole lot of rape in the film. And while uninhibited sexuality has it's appeal, it's of course unsanitary and conducive to the spread of disease. So the film doesn't make sexuality look so great. It's massively entertaining, though. Anything that paved they way for Human Centipede 2 to exist is okay in my book, and Tom Six has identified early Cronenberg as a strong influence. The film is also known as They Came from Within.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Here is a find for fans of things disturbing and bizarre. This is a documentary from the early 80's. In the early 80's convicted child molester Gary Glitter was bankrupt and happened to make a connection with a British circus- yes, midgets, clowns, child acrobats- to create a combined performance. The combination of a real circus with Gary Glitter's gaudy glam rock theatrics was a masterpiece of surrealism made even more surreal by the fact that we all know he's a pedophile. The rock and roll circus was a financial disaster and closed quickly. The video of it has reincarnated on YouTube and Gary Glitter resurfaced in the news because someone put up a fake Gary Glitter twitter page.