Saturday, November 29, 2008
A quick post to let you all know that I have a new review for Death Laid an Egg, Guilio Questi's oddball ode to murder and chicken-farming, over at the over at the main website. Brazen and brash, the film is a total Jedi-Mind@#%k on both the audience and on the gialli genre in general. Please check it out, and let me know what you think. Thanks!
I don't know if a lot of you folks use Pandora but I sure do. For those uninitiated into this internet radio genome project, the gist of it is you type in a song or an artist you like and then they'll take over and mix-n-match other artists in the same genre for your listening pleasure. And you can mix-n-match artists, too, and it was while listening to a mash-up of Link Wray, the Reverend Horton Heat and Eddie Angel while working on the latest 3B Theater update when I heard something among the usual thunder and twang that really caught my ear, and my full attention soon followed. Usually, I'm kinda zoned when I listen to Pandora -- unless I hear something sour and "X" it off the play-list, but that wasn't the case this time. Clicking off several windows to get back to the right browser, just as the song finished, I discovered the name of a new favorite band: Daikaiju. As an unabashed fan of surf thrash, lo-fi guitar licks and loungey reverberation, when you combine that with a love of, and draw inspiration from, Godzilla movies, well, you had me at Oh, HELL yeah.
Video courtesy of greatmahoo.
I think a true test of how good a band really is, is if they're better than they're gimmick and Daikaiju answers that question pretty damned fast, if you ask me. Hailing from Huntsville, Alabama, the Kabuki masked clan provides "Beautiful radiation of hyper-dimensional springy sound creates divine psychic wind for your special protection." Works for me. Their self-titled album rattles off nicely from track to track, blending several different styles and moods from the throttling Super-X9, to the balls out Sharkakan, to the more serene and psychedelic riffs of Daikaiju Die, and then the album ends all too briefly with a ten minute fusion of stomp and reggae with Farewell to Monster Island. It was the track Son of Daikaiju that first caught my attention online, but the real gem of the album is a trippy little number called The Trouble with those Mothra Girls that cements the group right up there with the likes of Eddie Angel, The Surf-Coasters and Satan's Pilgrims. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go listen to it again.
Daikaiju :: Medium: Tunes :: Album Title: Daikaiju :: Release Date: 2005 :: Label: Reptile Records :: Track Listing: Daikaiju Die!, Attack of the Crabwomen, The Trouble with Those Mothra Girls, Sharkakon, Showdown in Shinjuku, The Daikaiju Who Love Me, Super X-9, Farewell to Monster Island
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Welp, until I finally get off my lazy, and fairly glutteous maximus and break the shackles of some terminal writers block, and, I don't know, actually review something!, I'd like to thank The Film Doctor and Stacia over at She Blogged by Night for a favorite movie meme with a twist that will allow me to post at least something. What follows are twenty six titles that I really like; the catch being they all must begin with a different letter of the alphabet.
And yes, I cheated a little and used some original foreign titles or alternate titles to free up some letters. Damn, but a lot of movies I like begin with the letter "B". Bubba Ho-Tep, Blood and Black Lace (-- which I snuck in under it's original title Sei Donne per L'Assassino), Battleground, Branded to Kill (-- which I snuck in under it's original title Koroshi No Rakuin), The Big Lebowski, Blood and Lace, Black Belt Jones etc. etc. etc...