Sunday, March 16, 2008

Metallica and the Dawn of Thrash

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Aural Amphetamine/ Metallica and the Dawn of Thrash (DVD) / MVD Video

As the title implies this video focuses on Metallica and their rise to fame.

There are some interesting parts like when one of the movies “thrash experts” tries to explain that Motley Crue is actually an important part of Thrash’s rise.

Another humorous moment comes when thrash bands are compared, with much seriousness, to The Grateful Dead.

The Panel of “thrash experts” includes members of Megadeth, Machinehead, Diamond Head and Laaz Rocket who spend most of their time recounting the appeal of early Metallica albums and their own theories about the scene.

For an unauthorized video of Metallica and random stories about the thrash scene this movie works. Hardcore fan even find some tidbits that they weren’t aware of.

A definitive film about the history of the thrash scene still needs to be made. This is a good distraction in the meantime.

DJ Hippie

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Dengue Fever / Venus on Earth

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Dengue Fever / Venus on Earth / M80 Music

I got to say the music on this disc is decent even when it veers off into sounding like a slinky 70’s style spy movie soundtrack. What I personally don’t like is the “I’m a poor Cambodian waif” routine that singer Chhom Nimol brings to the table. I think the current “cute girl” rock sound that is in current fashion is as deplorable as the boy band trend that once ruled the airswaves. Thankfully guitarist Zac Holtzman lends his vocals to a few songs including “Sober Driver” the best track on the disk.

I certainly don’t here any psychedelic music here, as the press release promises, just music that makes you want to invoke some random mythical spirit.

Fans of the band will surely like this release and hopefully the bands time at SXSW will help them as advance their careers. The albums not bad, just not my cup of rice wine for the most part.

The album has done well since its release and the band is launching a full scale tour with some important festival dates added.

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DJ Hippie

Friday, March 7, 2008

The Gaslight Anthem "Senor and the Queen"

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This four song EP buy New Jersey based band The Gaslight Anthem creates a good balance between old school punk and the cleaner style of new punk rock.

The best track "Senor and the Queen" is easily the albums best cut. It's not quite razor sharp punk it more like dull kitchen knife punk. That is a compliment by the way.

The next two tracks "Wherefore Art Thou, Elvis" and "Say I Wont" stays basically in the same vein as the title track.

The last cut "Blue Jeans and White T-Shirts" takes a more mellow path and has almost an country feel to it.

Overall if you are a fan grab this up, if you've never heard of the band before pick up one of their other efforts. Get more info @

New Monsoon Helping Jam Bands Grow

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This album has been out for a minute but I'll still give it some love here. Although my tolerance for "Jam-Bands" is limited to The Grateful Dead and The Black Crowes, who are really a pseudo "Jam Band," I have watched New Monsoon grow over the years.

Their fifth effort simply titled "V" is as strong musically as their live album "New Monsoon live at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival" Part of the strength comes from the utilization of producer John Cutler who produced several killer albums with The Grateful Dead including "In The Dark" that finally brought The Grateful Dead some mainstream acceptance with the single "Touch of Grey."

The album also offers a ton of diverse musical styles that offer something for even the most discerning fan. Over all the album is as kick-ass as a after-show grilled cheese fried up by some backwoods hippie. A suggest you put the pipe/bong down and go buy this disc

The Band recently stared a lengthy tour that features a two-night stand here in Denver and an appearance at Wakarusa. You can find out more at