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Rise of the Planet of the Apes Trailer (2011)

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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.

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April 22, 2011 at 8:45 am

Jeff Loomis and Van Williams Leave Nevermore…d’oh

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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.

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April 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm

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Concert Review – Al Di Meola 4/3/11

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I’m the first to admit that I haven’t bought anything by Di Meola since his 1996 “…Plays Piazzolla” CD.  For me, 1983’s “Scenario” was my last favorite of the “electric era” and all those before it were all great.  Al is the man.  He’s got it all: technique, feel, speed, originality.  It wasn’t long after 1983 that he went more acoustic than electric style and really put out a lot of the world music stuff.  It just wasn’t my thing.  Sure it was Al playing some good stuff, but I loved that classic fusion analog stuff from the 70s and early 80s that he did.

I mentioned in another post about seeing Return To Forever a few years back and how great it was and also about missing a Di Meola show in Norfolk because he canceled the day of the show.  Luckily he didn’t cancel tonight.

Tonight’s show at the One World Theatre proved once again that this is one of the greatest places to see a show.  Great seating, great sound, intimate.  I was fortunate to score 2 seats on the center aisle, 2nd row and we had no one sitting in front of us.  Perfection.  My guitarist, Doug Morrison, attended with me.

Al comes on at about 6:10PM, says hello to the crowd, cracks a joke or 2 (Is Willie still here?”) and they go right into their set, opening with a song called Fire On Babylon.  He was on the acoustic for almost the entire set until they went into Midnight Tango and he strapped on his Paul Reed Smith and played electric for the end of the set and for the encore.  He was great.  Period.  His band was awesome (standup electric bass, drums, rhythm acoustic guitar, drums, percussion, accordion) and filled with all non-Americans except for his percussionist.  The real standout member was his accordion player, Fausto.  I’m rather neutral on how I feel about that instrument in general, but this guy was quite incredible.  The whole band was.  Al put down the shred on both the acoustic and electric like only he can do it.  He picks almost every note and his precision is incredible.  It was quite exhilarating to be sitting 10 feet from a musician that I have respected for about 20+ years now.

Even being unfamiliar with most of the material from tonight’s show, it didn’t really matter.  It was as I expected and more.  I’m looking forward to his next tour already.

I grabbed a setlist from the stage and this is the what was listed as “1st Set”.  There was another set to be performed at 8:30PM and I wonder if it was going to be any different.

  1. Fire on Babylon
  2. Brave New World
  3. Misterio
  4. Double Concerto
  5. Turquoise
  6. Oblivion
  7. Full Frontal Contrapuntal
  8. Capouiera
  9. Midnight Tango/One Night Last June
  10. Race With The Devil On A Spanish Highway (encore)

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April 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Odin! Odin! Odin! Odin! pt 2

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I am a happy boy right now.

Odin is doing a rare show on August 27th, 2011 at the famed Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood.  I’ve been a fan since 1986 and wanted to catch their last reunion show but missed it.  My concert ticket is bought and now I just need to book my flight and I’m set.  This has been a long time coming.

If you like some great hard rock, I also recommend Shawn and Jeff Duncan’s band DC4.  It’s killer rock and roll by a great bunch of dudes.  You can read about my trip to LA to see DC4 from 2009 here.

Damn, I’m a happy boy right now.

Serpent Throne

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White Summer*Black Winter

I like a lot of instrumental bands but I’ve always found it difficult to find quality instrumental rock bands that didn’t write their stuff to sound like they were writing around having a singer.  Philadelphia’s Serpent Throne satisfies my instrumental craving perfectly.

I met the two guitarists, Demian Fenton and Don Argott, at the premier for the movie Last Days Here during the SxSW 2011 Film and Music Festival.  You can read my review of their movie here.  They are the guys behind the production/direction of the movie and in talking with Demian after the flick, he mentioned that he was in a band and I had forgotten about it until a few days after seeing the movie as I was wrapped up in a lot of SxSW activities.

Since then I have been spinning their stuff practically non-stop.  Metal has a lot of sub-genres and these guys would typically be classified in the stoner rock and doom categories.  To call them Black Sabbath worship is too easy.  Pretty much all metal bands worship Sabbath whether they know it or not.  Serpent Throne take it to a bit of a different level in my opinion.  They use lots great dual guitar harmonies that are reminiscent of Thin Lizzy in places.  I hear hints of Trouble (S/T LP era) in there as well, intended or not.  There are some cool hints of 70s Scorpions as well as Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash.  Maybe some Cactus too.  It’s a nice blend of great rock and metal without sounding like they are just ripping off all of the classic bands.

I think it’s pretty tough for an instrumental band of this genre to continue to write stuff and keep it interesting and Serpent Throne has done that

The Battle of Old Crow

with all 3 of their albums: Ride Satan Ride (2007), The Battle of Old Crow (2009) and White Summer*Black Winter (2010).  I highly recommend picking up all of their stuff.  Battle of Old Crow and White Summer*Black Winter are available for download from Amazon and iTunes.  I had to buy the CD for Ride Satan Ride and convert it to MP3 myself as it’s not available for legal download.

Hopefully I’ll catch these guys live sometime, even if it means heading to Philly for it.  Would be cool to have them hit Austin for a show sometime.  I think they’d do well here, especially if they were in on a SxSW gig.  So, nice work, guys!  Hope all good things come out of Last Days Here as well.