The Black Angels and Vietnam @ The Independent, 5/30/07

It was psychedelic rock night at The Independent, and this was proved not only by the music at hand, but also the earthy smell of unwashed hippie-sters in the air, and the passion clashin’ happening both onstage and in the audience. As Vietnam took the stage, I soon caught the vibe of ‘something going on […]

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The USO

We are at war. And that means that the USO goes into full swing to entertain our troops. While I always read about famous USO tours during WWII and Vietnam, it seems to be pretty low key nowadays. So, HRC did a little digging…and didn’t come up with much. 2006 entertainers to Iraq included: -> […]

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Top 5: machinima music videos

What is machinima? Read the wiki here. Prepare to geek out. 1. Ballad of Black Mesa ipod parody 2. Nine Inch Nails ‘Only’/Sims 2 3. Ludacris & Mary J Blige ‘Runaway Love’/ Sims 2 4. Zero 7 ‘In the Waiting Line’/ Quake engine 5. Goth Girl/World of Warcraft

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Doc Martens: Dead Rock Stars

So I have an advertising degree. OK, I have 2. So you can imagine my interst when I heard about the dead rock stars ad campaign that Doc Martens recently attempted to launch. Please forgive me while hard rock chick takes of her bandanna and puts on her academic hat. Saatchi and Saatchi London is […]

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rockin' you soon

big ticket weekend! Sat @ 10a: Sounds of the Underground featuring GWAR @ the event center at San Jose State University 8/3 Sun @ 10 Chris Cornell @ The Warfield 7/10 The Rhymesayers crew @ Bill Graham 8/10

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rock out SF

Thurs/May/31: Social Studies @ Rickshaw Stop Fri/Jun/1: Lacuna Coil @ Slim’s Sat/Jun/2: Raveonette’s @ Cafe Du Nord Sun/Jun/3: mewithoutyou @ Slim’s Mon/Jun/4: Pretty Girls Make Graves @ GAMH Tues/Jun/5: Unsane @ Bottom of the Hill Wed/Jun/6: Bellavista @ Bottom of the Hill

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The Smashing Pumpkins take off

Video from SP’s entry back into the world, from Paris. That’s a very With Teeth backdrop there! Oh man….I’m excited! This is a new song from Zeitgeist, ‘God and Country’ And, to answer questions of the other band members…there is a new rock chick bassist, Ginger Reyes.

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Concert Redux

So I’m ramping up to relaunch my old blog, jamiesbrain.com. I’m going back and looking at my old show reviews, and I’ll have to say, I’m pretty stoked. I’ve seen some great shows over the past few years. In case you’re interested in reminiscing, as well as seeing how my writing has evolved (b/c some […]

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NIN: Something's Gonna Get Broken

Ah, tantrum Trent. He’s affected by the perfectionist demon that I oft suffer from as well. Us spiralers love the nuances from show to show, the awareness of the live sound, and the occasional outburst. While there are many of these on record, this by far is my favorite. I will forever pretend that I […]

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She Builds Quick Machines~Velvet Revolver

While many fans are in a huff about this video, I think The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly motif works well. I mean, these guys are all kind of cowboys, aren’t they? A spaghetti western in a CGI world- they deliver a certain authenticity and rebellion that is currently underserved. July 3rd…hurry up! Libertad!

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metalocalypse

Metalocalypse Do you like Norwegian Black Metal? How about Adult Swim? Spinal Tap? It’s all here. Metalocalypse is a caricature cartoon of a very caricatureable subject- metal. Not up on your Norwegian Black Metal? Here’s a snippet: OK, so maybe some of it isn’t very funny. But Metalocalypse does a good job of confronting the […]

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rockumentaries: Ramones—-Raw

The Ramones are a band that I should know more about. I was mildly familiar with their cultural cache, their influence, their movement…but I never understood the magnitude of it until I saw Ramones—–Raw. The Ramoniacs, the fashion, the singing stance- it’s all there. The Ramones are part geek rock, part reluctant rock stars, part […]

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Top 5: Stripper Songs

Music makes people do crazy things. Mix that with youtube, and here’s what you get. 1. Closer, Nine Inch Nails This video is too funny. 2. I Don’t Like the Drugs, But the Drugs Like Me, Marilyn Manson 3. Pour Some Sugar On Me, Def Leppard 4. Play, David Banner Yeah, I think that’s a […]

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Keith Richards in Pirates of the Caribbean 3

It must be cool to be such a shapeshifter of an actor that Johnny Depp can maintain his coolness for so long…and talk his friend Keith Richards into playing a part in a Disney movie. I’d love to see how that convo went….”Keith, will you play my dad in this pirate movie?”

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musician biopics

There’s a movie being made about Iggy Pop. Guess who’s playing him? No, not Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Nope, not John Cameron Mitchell. It’s Frodo. Mr. Elijah Wood. Poor kid is picking up a lot of flak for this role. He’d better pull it off. There are several other music biopics in the pipeline somewhere. The […]

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