Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Holy Hamhocks

True story, or at least, I'm relaying the story to you as I read it.  
Has anyone been to the slaughterhouse?  Did I get the likeness correct?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Album Review: AC/DC – High Voltage (1976)

AC/DC has a new album coming out later this year (the beginning of December if that date holds true).  That's an exciting bit of news, so in honor of the band I am giving them the Sabbath treatment.  For the next few weeks we are going to go album by album through the AC/DC catalogue and give quick rundowns of each one.  All of the studio albums will be on display, concluding with their newest Rock or Bust.  We kick things off with the Bon Scott era and High Voltage.

 Overview:
The first American album, High Voltage hit in 1976 (there were two albums before this one that were released solely in Australia).   The sleaze of Bon Scott’s vocals along with the guitar playing of Angus Young was not enough to garner international acclaim from the time it was released (but it is an album that has aged very well as songs like “T.N.T.” and “High Voltage” still receive extensive airplay.

Tracks you may know: 
T.N.T. – This and probably anything off Back in Black are the most played songs in the band’s catalogue.  While the song itself holds up, the amount of overplay it has received causes me to cringe every time I hear “Oy, Oy, Oy”.

Live Wire – I enjoy this track more for the guitar solo in the middle of it than anything else.  Angus is just so underappreciated.  I often overlook his musical contributions as well, but looking back on his work, holy shit that guy could play.

It’s A Long Way to the Top (If You Want to Rock & Roll) – I can do without the bagpipes, but the song holds up very well.

Tracks you should know:
The Jack – Equal parts blues, rock, sleaze and innuendo (seriously, Bon Scott could have given Steven Tyler a run for his money in the innuendo department) this is a track that should be on everyone’s playlist forever.

My personal favorite:
The Jack – You probably assumed this would be my pick, right?  It doesn’t hurt that many of the “radio friendly” songs have been overplayed (seriously, I could skip over “T.N.T.” and be perfectly fine never hearing it again)

Album rating: 
High Voltage was a solid opening salvo from AC/DC that definitely put all their cards on the table for the Bon Scott years.  There were going to be catchy tracks with killer guitar riffs and a vocalist that makes you want to go shower after hearing him sing.  It was not the best album in their catalogue (tracks like “Little Lover” and “She’s Got Balls” are okay, but not essential listening) but it was a very good one, and a great start to their career.

7/10

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cheer Up

Shrimpy is oddly excited about visiting a slaughterhouse.  Sometimes I think he's the weird one and everyone else is normal.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Symbolism

Seriously, that's a real place in New Jersey, as are all the places in this storyline.  I have not been to all of them but I did research them for this story and holy shit is Jersey a messed up place.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Not So New Comic Review: Galactic Guardians (1994) #2

            We open this issue where we left off, with Woden fighting Silverback.  They continue to pummel one another until Woden decides to send them to Earth, because apparently the Martians didn’t do enough damage. 

            We are back  on Mainframe’s homeworld where Replica is just returning to her regular size after investigating Mainframe’s illness.  She is carrying a piece of the goo that she found last issue that seemed to be literally gumming up Mainframe.  All of a sudden she doubles over in pain.  The goo that she picked up has somehow entered her body and is wreaking all kinds of havoc on her.  Martinex quickly takes Replica to the med-lab to diagnose and treat her condition (goo infestation?)

            As Martinex is playing doctor, we travrl out in to space where Firelord has come across an alien named Haxmat.  Again, I would like to point out Kevin West’s character designs.  There are some instances, especially on the regular series where he looks like he’s mailing it in, but when it comes to this series in particular, and especially the new villain character designs, West is on point from the get-go.  Firelord tangles with Hazmat but is taken out of commission early on (some protector of the universe he is) and it’s Ghost Rider to the rescue. 

            Back on Earth, Woden and Silverback crash land on a desolate patch of ground.  Their battle continues and carries them into a nearby lake, where they are greeted by a creepy octopus/crab monster.  The seismic activity associated with their touchdown on Earth registers as far away as New York City, where Tarin is pining away for Hollywood.

            Speaking of Hollywood…he is still arguing with Vision.  All of a sudden their argument ceases as a spaceship crash lands near them.  They both go to check it out and are ambushed by Savant, who wipes their minds, leaving them as piles on the ground.  Savant then decides to have a little fun and give them back just enough of their memories so that they remember that they hate each other.  This causes them to duke it out in deep space. 

            Back on the Guardians’ ship Firelord is in the Med-Bay as well, and while he heals Martinex checks on Replica, who feels better, but that’s only because whatever is inside her is lying dormant.  When she uses her shapeshifting powers it comes to the forefront, bursting forth from her mouth and knocking her out.  This is the final villain revealed this issue as Ganglia makes its presence known. 

            So, for a head count…we have Martinex and Ghost Rider, that’s it.  Everyone else is incapacitated in some form or another.


            Next Issue: Is this the end of the Galactic Guardians? Will they not even be able to finish out their limited series?  Oh the humanity!   

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

First Stop

Fred actually has a pretty interesting "origin story" so to speak, which will actually be revealed down the line, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Music Review – Slash: World on Fire

                Slash has been at this for a long time and while most people love his contributions to Guns ‘N Roses far more than anything else he has done, I have to admit that later-era Slash is quickly becoming my favorite version.  For a quick Slash history lesson, he started out in Guns ‘N Roses (instead of Tracii Guns who went on to form LA Guns), and when Axl Rose did Axl Rose things and G’N’R (at least it’s most popular incarnation) disbanded.  Slash went on to form Slash’s Snakepit (which bares quite the resemblance to his current work) and then formed the supergroup Velvet Revolver with Duff and Matt from G’N’R as well as vocalist and heroin cautionary tale Scott Weiland.  I have a feeling, if Weiland had not done Weiland things, that Velvet Revolver would still be going today.  Alas that was not the case and Slash ventured out on his own.  His  initial solo album was a collaborative effort, everyone from Ozzy to Lemmy to Fergie played a role.  It was here that the current incarnation of the band was formed when he partnered with Myles Kennedy.  That brings us to now and the band of Slash; Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

                I’m not going to lie, I was never a huge Myles Kennedy fan, even during my review of Apocalyptic Love upon its release I mentioned how I was unimpressed by the vocals.  Myles grew on me every time I listened to that album (and it was  a lot) and while I will never count him as one of my favorite vocalists, his presence on World on Fire was not as jarring as it was on the initial playthroughs of Apocalyptic Love.  His range as a vocalist is incredible and he meshes with Slash and the Conspirators better than anyone save maybe Axl Rose.

                As good as Kennedy is on this album (as well as the Conspirators, let’s not discount their contribution) this is a Slash album through and through.  The guitar work is beautiful throughout, with a very Iron Maiden-esque galloping guitar style playing a prominent role on the last two albums.  Not that Slash has changed his style at all, but I have definitely noticed that style more with this band.  Slash has grown as a guitar player throughout his various projects (and that’s saying a lot for someone that was a legend after his first G’N’R album) and I have enjoyed seeing that journey, and conversely, can’t wait to see where it goes next.


                While the album is good, it definitely has an Apocalyptic Love – Side B feel to it.  I am hard-pressed to find anything too new or different on this album.  This is not a bad thing at all, who really wants to reinvent themselves every two years or so, but in terms of the tracks on Apocalyptic Love and those on World on Fire, it feels like they were written at the same time and then split, almost like Use Your Illusion I and II, an inadvertent double album so to speak.  To be honest, that is perfectly fine with me, the more music Slash releases, the happier everyone will be.  Now to just get him to tour around the Central New York area…