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I'm going to be honest here. I wasn't at all too thrilled to be covering the band The Rabid Whole ("TRW"). I mean, it had zero to do with the band itself and everything to do with the fact that this writer had already way too much on her plate to focus on one more live performance. But, as strange things tend to happen for great reasons, I was pleasantly surprised....very much so. This band truly rocked! Their sound was sharp and their stage performance was equally as such. What a great show:
Setting their stage at Chicago's Cold Waves II (a live music gathering, turned festival, paying tribute to one of Chicago's most beloved soundmen and artist, Jamie Duffy), The Rabid Whole is an industrial band that nobody knew much about but they clearly made their mark within the festivities. Their set was quite short but they definitely made an impact. Actually, I think what impressed me most with this band was the fact that instantly you could tell they were actually trying to impress the audience. It wasn't your typical "I'm too cool - wearing all black - dark studded belt - drinking PBR - pierced up - tattoo covered - depressed" industrial band performance. They had energy and they actually wanted people to take notice of their music. It definitely worked.
TRW is a five piece band based out of Toronto, Canada. As mentioned above, they are an industrial band through and through. They could easily be compared to a mix of your typical industrial heavy hitters, Powerman 5000, KMFDM, and maybe even a twinge of Skinny Puppy. But, it is co-vocalist and keyboard player Chalsey Noelle who put this band a step above the rest....even if in the back of my mind, DrainSTH was echoing albeit faintly. Their set list included the following: Stargazer, Delusion, Selfish Nature, Future, Metro, and All The Same.
Again, not a show I was biting at the bit to cover but definitely a great show to take in. I would definitely recommend checking them out. If they're not going to be in your city anytime soon, there's no reason why you can take a listen at their website: http://www.therabidwhole.com Doooo it.
Lisa Marie Presley Comes to Chicago For the First of 2 Shows.
Words and Photo by Dan Locke
On Friday October 25. Lisa Marie Presley came to Chicago to play a little known venue for music called The City Winery Chicago. This is one of two locations one in Chicago and the other in New York City.
City Winery was the brainchild of Michael Dorf, founder of the iconic Knitting Factory, one of New York’s longest running music venues, wanted to create a space in Manhattan where he could combine his shared passions for wine and music.
On Lisa Marie performance, she played to a sold out crowd. Her performance was wonderful. And a lot different from when I saw her before back some 10 years ago. During that time, she was under control of her label. And you could see that she was very nervous during the two performance I saw her at (The House of Blues in Chicago and PBS Soundstage). I remember back then during her PBS Soundstage performance she nervous because the head of the label had flew in to watch her performance.
Now forward to 2013. You could tell that she was totally in control of how the show went. In fact during the show she told the audience that she loses money every time she goes on tour. Which shows that she was performing not for money but for the love of the music and getting it out to the people?
Monkeywrench (Republic Records) - October 15, 2013 Review by Trent McMartin
Hard pounding rockers typify the first half ("Getaway," "Mind Your Manners, "and "My Father's Son"). The second act loses a little steam, although if they're was one guy who can pull off melancholia it's Eddie Vedder. The upbeat acoustic number "Sleeping By Myself" was first heard on Vedder's 2011 solo album Ukulele Songs, reworked here featuring input from the entire band. "Let the Records Play," dominated by a greasy bluesy rock riff, switches the album's momentum up a little bit, giving listeners a refuge from the Pearl Jamesque rock that rules most of the record up to that point. While the poignant "Future Days," ends things on a high note.
Eddie Vedder seems to have come to terms with middle age, and once again the band feels no need to sound like anything contemporary. Producer Brendan O'Brien's return is welcomed, having worked with Pearl Jam on their previous album Backspacer. O'Brien forces the band to stick to basics, thankfully reducing the emotional molasses that inflicted past records. No more extravagance, just classic rock at its most forthright, with a few stops in between to shed some tears.
Supporting their newest album "Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die,"
Panic! at the Disco performed in front of a sold out audience at The
Vic in Chicago on September 12, 2013. The band has come a long way
since their days in 2004 in Las Vegas as a Blink 182 cover band. It also
seems they have their share of obstacles in becoming the band they are
today, including the most recent tour departure of drummer Spencer
Smith for personal issues relating to addiction. Smith is open about
this issue and the band has been publicly supportive while moving
forward with this latest North American tour.
Prior to the show, I wanted to take a few
moments to talk to a few (clearly) eager fans to try and get a sense as
to the anticipation they were feeling. Two of them, all of maybe 19
years old, were completely beside themselves, "talking" about how they
had been waiting forever for "Panic" to come back to the area because
they are "the best band ever." There were a few other gals in line who
enthusiastically concurred and in the midst of the commotion of their
apparent fandamonium, I smiled and decided to continued my "research" at
a local bar a couple of doors down from the venue. I ordered a quick
cocktail and mentioned to the bartender that I was attending the show.
Surprised, she said, "Oh my gawd, you are going to see Panic? I am SO
SO SO jealous." But then she proceeded to tell me that although the
band is very [very very] good and has a very [very very] strong
following, it is widely known that after their first "real" tour when
they had "the fun circus theme" (supporting album, "A Fever You Can't
Sweat Out"), they have tended to disappoint at their live performances.
This bit of information seemed odd, especially their concert that
night at The Vic sold out within a matter of mere hours. In that, I was
excited to see what I was in for....amazing or not. After all, I would
be the judge of that....and the beholder of the pen for this specific
Starting off the show with "Time to Dance" from album, A Fever You
Can't Sweat Out", the crowd of 99.9% of young girls went completely
insane. Even from that first song I could tell that the vocals and
instruments were not heavily produced yet sounded surprisingly on
point. Other songs included, "The Ballad of Mona Lisa;" "This is
Gospel;" their newest single, "Miss Jackson"; and my personal favorite,
"Nine in the Afternoon."
Sure, there were minimal stage theatrics.....just a lone sign
reading "Panic! at The Disco" behind the band and four small video
screens scattered about the stage displaying messages of light
(literally) and love to their fans. But, to be honest, I don't think
they needed much more. I mean, why distract from good music?
The band continues their tour in the U.S., ending in mid-October in Vegas before heading to Europe.
The49thChicago International Film Festivalannounced today the full lineup of films selected to screen in the International Feature, New Directors, Docufest, After Dark, Q Hugo, and Short Film Competitions. The competitions feature a diverse mix of established and new filmmakers and genres as well as World, North American and US premieres. Sixteen films will compete in the International Feature Competition, thirteen on the New Directors Competition, ten in Docufest and seven in After Dark.
The 49thChicago International Film Festival runs October 10- 24. The complete list of films is available atwww.chicagofilmfestival.com.
“‘Meet The Press’ Special Edition: Remembering The Dream” Airs This Sunday In Addition To Regularly-Scheduled “Meet The Press” on NBC 5 Chicago
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, NBC News will make available the August 25, 1963 edition of “Meet the Press,” featuring interviews with Martin Luther King, Jr. and NAACP executive secretary Roy Wilkins.
Just three days before delivering his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, King joined “Meet the Press” to discuss the march’s call for civil rights legislation, jobs, freedom, and social equality. “‘Meet the Press’ Special Edition: Remembering the Dream” will offer the original interview with King and Wilkins unedited and in its entirety beginning this Sunday - fifty years later to the day - in conjunction with a full hour of “Meet the Press” dedicated to the anniversary.
“Dr. King’s message resonates as strongly today as it did fifty years ago,” said David Gregory, moderator of “Meet the Press.” “This Sunday, we will relive this powerful moment in our nation’s history through the lens of the ‘Meet the Press’ archives as we reflect on the state of the American dream.”
“For over sixty-five years, ‘Meet the Press’ has been a key part of the conversation during moments of national importance,“ said Rob Yarin, executive producer of “Meet the Press.” “Our distinguished history allows us to draw from the past to inform and enrich our audience today. We look forward to sharing this meaningful broadcast with our viewers again.”
“‘Meet the Press’ Special Edition: Remembering the Dream” will air on NBC’s 10 Owned Television Stations, New England Cable News, and numerous NBC affiliates. In most markets, this 30-minute program will air either immediately before or after the regularly-scheduled broadcast of “Meet the Press.” Please check local listings for exact times.
“We are proud to offer viewers from across all of our markets this very special episode of ‘Meet the Press.’ This program is such a unique glance into history unfolding just days before the 1963 March on Washington and the now famous ‘I Have A Dream’ speech,” said Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. “To see an interview with Dr. Martin Luther King is a rare opportunity that I know our viewers will greatly appreciate and want to share with their families. Through its longevity and ability to reach back through the years and show us our country as it was, ‘Meet The Press’ is unique among television shows.”
Studio: Synapse Films / Samson Productions Theatrical Release: March 1, 1979 Blu-ray Release: August 13, 2013 Director: Tom Jeffrey
Rating: Not Rated Reviewed By James M. Dubs
I have memories of watching war movies on HBO with my father. I remember seeing Oliver Stone’s Platoon and Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket
for the first time on the popular cable network. I would sit almost
directly across from the television on the family couch. My father,
very stereotypically, reclined in his worn, brown reclining chair, to my
My father is a Vietnam veteran and has never mentioned his
experiences or opinions on the conflict, and out of respect, I have
never asked. What he experienced and encountered is a complete mystery
to me and will most likely follow him to the grave. Through the years
though he has, perhaps accidentally, had moments where the curtain
parted and I caught a very small glimpse of his perspective.
After my father and I finished our first viewing of Platoon,
my father quietly stood up, headed toward the kitchen, and offered a two
word review of the feature, “Complete bullshit!” Similarly, during Full Metal Jacket, I recall my father grumbling quiet comments like “That’s not how it happened,” or “It wasn’t like that,” under his breath.
Many have heralded Platoon and Full Metal Jacket as two
of the most realistic and accurate portrayals of the Vietnam War, but
when my own father finds fault in the depiction of events, it becomes
incredibly difficult for me to objectively watch and review any Vietnam
War movie. I have a learned bias and general opinion that no film can
ever depict the conflict accurately. So it is with this general bias
that I began screening Tom Jeffrey’s The Odd Angry Shot.
Adapted from William Nagle’s novel by the same name, and adapted for the screen by director Tom Jeffrey, The Odd Angry Shot
holds the distinction of being a Vietnam War film told from the
perspective of men serving in Australia’s Special Air Service Regiment.
The “SASR” were and still are considered the forefront of Australia’s
defense and are amongst Australia’s elite military teams. In Vietnam
they were used to great success in reconnaissance patrol teams
consisting of 5-6 men. Ultimately, none of this really matters as The Odd Angry Shot
is not really about the Australians, politics, any specific battle, or
even the conflict at large. At its core it’s about the men who served
and what they endure together to survive.
“Everyone’s got to be somewhere, and you’re here, so you better get
used to it.” says Harry (Graham Kennedy), Special Air Service Corporal,
to his team of soldiers. It’s a fitting quote as the film has no
discernible plot. There is no epic climax, or some great opposition to
overcome. The men, which consist of Bill (John Jarratt), Bung (John
Hargreaves), Rogers (Bryan Brown), Dawson (Graeme Blundell), and Scott
(Ian Glimour), are portrayed as your everyday, simple men with no hidden
agendas or political motivations other than to do their jobs and
survive their tour of duty. These men are not looking to make a
difference or change the course of the war. All of them simply want to
get the job done and go home.
Although I wouldn’t describe the film as “uplifting” or “fun” it
certainly has a more positive tone considering the backdrop. In some
ways, the film is more akin to Robert Altman’s M.A.S.H. as most
of the scenes involve the camaraderie among men, finding an outlet for
their situation through practical jokes, card games, parties, humor, the
occasional fist fight, and plenty of beer. When all is said and done,
most of the violence and conflict of the war remains off-screen leaving
more time for the men to “hang-out” on base, swap stories, and offer
opinions on the war in general. The film never makes secret of its
anti-war agenda, but it never feels force fed or preachy as the film
The film doesn’t try to re-enact the horrors of war, or slam any
political party. It does, however, leave you with a sense that the men
involved will be forever changed. The film is not without its tragedies
and by the end when one of the men is asked, “Just retuning from
Vietnam?” The soldier’s reply is simply, “No.” Whether this is simply a
statement of denial to avoid conversation, or involves a deeper context
to express that the experience will never leave him is never made
clear. Regardless of the survivor’s intent, I believe The Odd Angry Shot
may speak some truth about the men, their struggles, and their
brotherhood through the conflict. And I think, just maybe, my father
might actually enjoy this one, as I very much did.
Synapse Films has a reputation of releasing exceptional Blu-rays and The Odd Angry Shot
proves to be no exception. Colors are vibrant, flesh tones natural,
and there are only a handful of film imperfections that pass by in the
blink of an eye. Since this is the first time I’ve ever seen The Odd Angry Shot
I cannot compare it to previous home video versions. However, I can
only assume that this is the best this film has ever looked at home. The Odd Angry Shot is featured in its intended aspect ratio of 1.78:1.
Warning! Performers speak with an Australian accent. As stupid as that
sounds, I once had an Australian boss and I can’t count the times
someone said, “I can’t understand what he’s saying.” Unfortunately, for
you lot that can’t decipher Aussie, this Blu-ray is not equipped with
sub-titles. For those of you that have mastered this dialect, the
soundtrack has been mastered in a beautiful DTS-HD English 2.0 Mono.
The supplemental materials are few but there are a couple of items to
highlight. To start there is the original theatrical trailer. I’m of
the opinion that trailers should be standard for all DVD/Blu-ray
releases. It’s a small bonus, but one that I always appreciate.
Also included is a take-it-or-leave-it featurette titled Stunts Down Under with Buddy Joe Hooker.
It runs just shy of 7 minutes, includes a few interesting tidbits about
Buddy Joe’s experience and involvement, but ultimately left me
shrugging my shoulders.
The real treat is the audio commentary featuring Producer/Director
Tom Jeffrey, Producer Sue Milliken, and Actor Graeme Blundell, who
played Dawson. Surprisingly, the three bring very different qualities
to the commentary, helping to round it out and offering everything from
technical details, funny anecdotes, and even minor factual errors, like
“Corporal Harry” should have been “Sergeant Harry.”
Oh, and the cover art is reversible. I don’t know why, but I get a kick out of little details like this…
The Odd Angry Shot hasn’t cured me of my bias towards the war
genre and I still believe that no film could ever truly depict the
horrors of Vietnam. If one ever could, I don’t think anyone would ever
want to watch it. However, The Odd Angry Shot doesn’t dwell in
the darkness of the conflict. Instead it reminds me that even in our
darkest moments, regardless of what others in the world try to plot and
plan for us, brother’s/comrades/friends/fathers move forward for each
other and take care of their own. I may never know my father’s Vietnam,
but like some of the characters of The Odd Angry Shot, he endured and he helped mold me into the man I am today.
This little known film is worth discovering on another impressive
Blu-ray release by Synapse Films. Fans of the war genre would do well
to add this to their collection.