Social Distortion is Picking Up Steam

posted by MP Johnson

First Avenue recently announced a second Social Distortion show. Two Social D shows? Mike Ness and his buds must be picking up steam. Next they’ll be playing Roy Wilkins. Before you know it, they’ll be packing the Target Center to the nosebleeds. Maybe Float Rite Park can host a weekend long Social Distortion camping and tommy gun fest. I’d be there.

Friday, April 27
First Avenue
7 PM | $30 | 18+






The New Kind Could Be A Cool Anime

posted by Andrew Cross

The New Kind is an animated web series project from Roninfilm, which is head up by Peter Hyoguchi.

From the Kickstarter page:

Darvin and Yuka (17 and 18) fall in love but have never physically met — a psychic link connects them. They are The New Kind; The next link in Humanity’s evolution. If they ever find each other, it will cause a chain reaction, instantly transforming all young people into god-like beings. But before that can happen, Darvin and Yuka must survive an evil force hunting them.

The project has attracted talent that has worked on Star Wars, The Matrix, Avatar, The Abyss, and the Harry Potter films. Motion capture tech was donated to them purely on how promising the concept is. After watching the trailer and looking over other concept art, the film gives off this cool 1980s animated adventure film vibe. This could be something special.

To throw some money towards helping The New Kind get made, check out its Kickstarter page.






Ticket Giveaway: Anvil at Station 4

posted by MP Johnson

I don’t care if you like Anvil‘s music or not, they are a spectacular live band. They’re so clearly in love with what they’re doing on stage, you can’t help but love it too. Their appearance at the Uptown Theater a couple years ago was one of the best shows of the year. To top things off, the Terrordactyls are opening.

Thanks to Station 4, one lucky winner (and a friend) is going to witness heavy metal magic at Wednesday’s show for free. To enter, send an email with the subject line “Metal on Metal” and I’ll randomly pick a winner Tuesday afternoon. Good luck!






Mass Effect 3: Take Back Earth Trailer

posted by Andrew Cross

There is a pretty dope shot in this trailer where Shepard is about to get harsh on some robo-zombies for killing a nice little girl. Check it out.

Mass Effect 3 arrives in two weeks on March 6th, for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

@CrossBits






Danzig of the Week: “Gorgeous Frankenstein” by Gorgeous Frankenstein

posted by MP Johnson

I’m just learning how to play guitar, but I’m pretty sure what Doyle’s doing with his machine during the intro to this song is completely wrong. It does look cool though. Unfortunately, after that moody, stomping, pounding intro, this turns into THE WORST SONG EVER.

It’s as if a very misguided stripper requested a blues song to take her clothes off to on Halloween. Doyle wrote it. Glenn Danzig produced it. My ears bleed to it. And not in a good way. If you complain about the Black Eyed Peas being cheesy or you think Bon Iver is a weiner, it is important that you listen to this so you understand what bad music really is.






The Weekend Movie Recap: 2/17/12

posted by Rolocop

THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY – I’m probably not going to be very popular by saying this, but I’m not that big of a fan of Japanese Animation.  There are only a few movies I like (TEKKONKINKREET is the only one I can think of at the moment), and the only series I like are Speed Racer and Pokemon.  Though I think they’re beautiful, I find Miyazaki’s films (SPIRITED AWAY, PONYO) to be indulgent in weird things for the sake of being weird.  There are good stories in those movies, but I think they spend far too much time on incoherent subplots.

This latest entry from Studio Ghibli is based on the classic children’s story, The Borrowers.  Sean, a very sick and weak young boy. moves into a country cottage with his Aunt.  His mother used to tell him stories about little people who live within the walls of houses “borrowing” insignificant things (to humans) like one cube of sugar or a sewing needle.  He will soon discover that his mother’s tales were true.  Arrietty is a pre-teen borrower who is just beginning to learn how to go out and find things for the family by her father.  She is told never to trust a human, but Arrietty is intrigued by Sean when she is accidentally seen on her first night out with her father.  Sean becomes enamoured by Arrietty, wanting to help her, but her family is told to never see him again.  Sean and Arrietty form a friendship, but when the maid at the cottage discovers Sean’s secret, Arrietty and her family become in grave danger.

This was a very welcome change of pace for a children’s film.  Instead of loud, obnoxious characters screaming pop culture references, we get quiet endearing characters who enchant every scene.  The pacing of the movie is perfect.  It’s nice and slow (which could be troublesome for kids who love farting Nickelodeon cartoons), but has a real sense of imagination and wonderment.  The viewer discovers this magical world slowly, reveling in each subtle detail.  I love how Arrietty’s home is underneath bricks and contains pieces of an old dollhouse.  It’s clever how a single sugar cube from the humans fills the family sugar jar.  Because of the leisurely pace, I was able to take in the characters and genuinely care about them.

I have always loved how Japanese Animation looks, but I can never find a story that I really care for.  Because this is just a straight forward telling of a classic book (there’s no goofy subplots giving a dirty stink spirit a bath for 20 minutes), for once I felt like I could really appreciate the animation, because I cared about the story.  It really drew me in.  I know my daughter will love this movie, and any kid who loves to read and has a terrific imagination will eat this up.  If your kid would rather watch something like Alvin and Chipmunks over something like Labyrinth, than they might have a hard time with this.  For me, I was pleasantly surprised by how charming and comforting this was.  Wide Release.  Rating:

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Also opening this weekend:

THIS MEANS WAR – Reese Witherspoon falls for secret agents Tom Hardy and Chris Pine.  The action subplot is sloppy and poorly executed, the comedy is on the same level as a  mediocre sitcom and the romances don’t work because the characters are unlikable.  I do think Reese Witherspoon gives the occasional glimpse of comic timing, but this movie is flat and dull.  Wide Release.  Rating:

GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE – Surprise! Surprise!  This wasn’t screened for critics.  I hated the first one, but am curious to see this since it’s directed by the CRANK dudes..  Unfortunately, I am broke.  So if I don’t see a press screening, I can’t review it.  Wide Release.

THIN ICE – Wasn’t given a screener.  At The Lagoon.

DECLARATION OF WAR – Wasn’t given a screener.  At The Lagoon.

MARGARET – Didn’t get a chance to see it.  At St. Anthony Main






Journey Has A Release Date

posted by Andrew Cross

The new game from the creators of Flower is coming to the PlayStation Network on March 13th for $14.99. That is all.






Three 6 Mafia at Epic

posted by MP Johnson

Get your grill out, because Three 6 Mafia is coming to the Cabooze. “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” written by these guys for the movie Hustle and Flow, was stuck in my head for way too long. This show is worth checking out for that song alone. Oh, and they’re playing with the Ying Yang Twins. Is that a plus?

Friday, March 9
Cabooze
TBA | TBA | TBA






The Faust Questionnaire: In Defence

posted by MP Johnson

Have you heard of the Proust Questionnaire? This is the same thing, but a little more evil. Who cares about favorite colors anyway? Every Wednesday, Switchblade Comb will feature bands, authors, filmmakers and artists providing answers to much better questions. This week features Ben Crew of Twin Cities thrashcore masterminds In Defence.

If you made a deal with the devil, what would you get out of it?

If I made a deal with the Devil? Seriously? Me? When would I ever get the opportunity to make a deal with the Devil? That’s the stuff movies are made of. I think I have a better shot at making a deal with Monty Hall (famed host of TV game show Let’s Make a Deal). Now that I think about it though, I’d rather make a MEAL with the Devil than a DEAL with the Devil. The deal would be made with the FOOD NETWORK. Seriously I think there is some possibility there… hot & spicy themes… some sort of food show… In Defence could play… we could make tacos… the devil could set fire to different types of food we don’t like… such as pizza. Maybe we could make “pizza bashing” the focus of the show. I mean the Devil’s a “Hot” enough celebrity. I think a wide demographic of people would watch it.

What would the devil get out of it?

What would the Devil get out of it? His own cooking show. That shit is HUGE these days! Plus I think he would get paid money too.

What does your hell look like?

The road to Hell is paved with pizza. Hey, that could be the name of our show.

What is your favorite sin? Why?

Dressing up as a pizza delivery guy and delivering pizza boxes filled with human excrement… but that’s really more of a prank than a sin. It’s always fun to see the look on their face when they open it up. Maybe we could write that into the script. Get Ashton Kutcher from Punk’d to do a cameo… deliver pizza’s to a bunch of B-list celebrities.

What historical or contemporary figure would you choose to fight for your honor against the devil? Why?

I think we’d be on the same team.

Party Lines and Politics, the new In Defence album, is out now. Check out the video for “Black Metal Mania” and then catch them at the English Dogs show on Friday or at one of their many other area shows. Support local thrashcore.






Ticket Giveaway: English Dogs at Station 4

posted by MP Johnson

English Dogs. Casualties. Toxic Holocaust. Havok. In Defence. One of these things is not like the others. That’s right, amidst this pile of thrash, the Casualties are going to do a set of “Spikey hair drunk punk.” Fun will ensue.

Thanks to Station 4, one lucky winner (and a friend) is getting in on the fun at this Friday’s show for free. To enter, send an email with the subject line “I’m a spikey hair drunk punk?” and I’ll randomly pick a winner Wednesday afternoon. Good luck!






Anticipated Films: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

posted by Rolocop

Summer is usually the time for mindless action flicks that are absolutely ridiculous.  It seems that director Timur Bekmambetov recognizes that and just decided to make the most batshit crazy film of the summer.  I didn’t care for his NIGHTWATCH series at all, but I had mild fun with WANTED.  The trailer for his latest widened my eyes and had me giggling like a schoolgirl.  Looking forward to it!






In Defence – “Black Metal Mania”

posted by MP Johnson

The new In Defence video premiered over the weekend. Check out “Black Metal Mania” from the thrash masterpiece Party Lines and Politics. I think it’s even better than their last one.






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