Archive for April 2011
Dove is a band that you only hear whispers of and really only in certain circles. I had the privilege of seeing them at a club I worked for around 2005. Sadly there were only about 20 people there. No matter, Dove was great. The lineage of this band is pretty heavy and goes something like this:
Ah, you know Floor and Torche? Yes, same ones. I saw Floor a few months ago during FunFunFunFest in Austin and they are playing here again Saturday…of course I am seeing them again. Mammoth Grinder is opening and they are quality as well.
But back to Dove. This album crushes. It’s near the best 30 or so minutes you can spend listening to music. Heavy, down-tuned, melodic, no song clocks in over 3:55. The CD has long been out of print and apparently a vinyl reissue came out a year or so ago.
1. Thank You For Your Patience 01:52
2. Goes Without Saying 02:05
3. On a Mission 04:13
4. Red King 01:45
5. Neither Today, Nor Tomorrow 01:55
6. Twenty Three Twelve 01:56
7. Somewhere Between 02:33
8. This You Can Trust 02:11
9. Without Warning 01:54
10. You and I 01:42
11. Start Running Now 02:43
12. Never a Straight Line 02:52
13. Sight and Seen 02:40
14. See You Soon, Love Always… 03:55
Here’s a vid of Floor I shot last fall.
As a little kid in a house that was pretty religious and also did the non-religious stuff like hiding the Easter basket for me and my 2 older brothers to find, it was always something to look forward to on Easter Sundays. Mind you, my brothers are 6 and 8 years older than I am and I can remember their indifference to the whole thing. But being a little kid, I was into it.
I remember an Easter conversation I was having with my Dad around 95 or 96, not long before he died. I asked why it always seemed like my basket was hidden under the kitchen sink with all the cleaners and poisons and stuff. My Dad was awesome and gave me a hilarious response that I will never forget.
He said, “Aw damn, son. Your mother was the one trying to kill you, not me.” If you knew my Dad, this was a pretty fitting quote. That guy was awesome and I still miss him every day. He always loved Easter and pretty much life in general.
Happy Easter everyone. Whether you’re a believer or not, hope it’s a good day for you.
Make no mistake, I’m a huge fan of the Planet of the Apes (PotA) franchise. HUGE. OK, I admit that the Marky Mark remake that came out in 2001 was enjoyable when I saw it in the theater, but when I tried to watch it again, I hated it. Really, it’s awful. But the original 5 movies, the TV series and the animated series are all great for what they were.
So now apparently there is a new movie, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Seems to be a new direction and not a continuation of any of the previously released films. An Alzheimer’s study in apes goes terribly wrong and one special ape, Caesar, gets things going. The uprising!
I will go see this, just to satisfy curiously. I’ll go in with low expectations and will hopefully leave at least mildly satisfied and entertained. The trailer is below and looks alright. Of course, like most movies these days, it’s primarily cgi, which I really wish movies would use less of, but that’s just the way it is nowadays.
The film is set to release August 5, 2011. Let’s hope that it doesn’t suck…and that there are no sequels, no matter how good it may be.
In a statement released somewhere today:
“In a mutual decision Jeff Loomis and Van Williams have decided to leave Nevermore. The time has come to pursue our own paths from the group. Due to internal struggles and ongoing issues within the band, we feel it is our time to move on. We would like to thank all of our fans around the world for their years of love, support and enthusiasm. This was not an easy decision but a very necessary one at this point, may we all meet again someday, somewhere in time.”
Not too shocking after all of the shenanigans on the last tour. Hope the best for all of them. Jeff and Van are certainly two very talented dudes.
So KK , rather Judas Priest announced today that KK has left the band and is being replaced by Lauren Harris’ guitar player. At this point, I’m not surprised. Those dudes are getting older, KK’s got his golf course stuff and well, in my opinion, they probably should have stopped a long time ago, probably when Rob left. I know I’m in the minority with that opinion. Whatever.
Hope KK isn’t dealing with any health issues. That’s not the reason one wants to have to quit something that they created and love.
Best wishes, dude. Thanks for the holy trinity of Sad Wings, Stained Class and Sin After Sin.