Monday, November 10, 2014

The Hobbit : Battle of the Five Armies Trailer

Coming soon to a theatre near you, The Hobbit : Battle of the Five Armies. The release dates for The Hobbit : Battle of the Five Armies is set for December 10th, 2014 in parts of Europe and Africa, and the 17th of December in the U.S. and Canada. Here is the brand new trailer for the final chapter of the Hobbit : Battle of the Five Armies.

The Hobbit : Battle of the Five Armies

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Billy Idol - King's & Queen's of the Underground

Billy Idol's newest album, Kings and Queens of the Underground debuted this month at Number 34 on Billboard 200.
This is Idol's first release in nine years to contain original material.

The three-time Grammy nominee's release is his 11th chart hit and his highest debuting album. Understand of course, overall album sales have dropped to a fraction of what they were. Kings and Queens of the Underground is the highest ranked Idol album since 1990's Charmed Life which hit number eleven.

Trevor Horn was responsible for the production of most of this new release.

Kings and Queens of the Underground Track List
Billy Idol, Kings and Queens of the Underground

1. Bitter Pill
2. Can’t Break Me Down
3. Save Me Now
4. One Breath Away
5. Postcards From The Past
6. Kings & Queens Of The Underground
7. Eyes Wide Shut
8. Ghosts In My Guitar
9. Nothing To Fear
10. Love And Glory
11. Whiskey And Pills

The album release follows "Dancing with Myself," Idol’s autobiographical memoir, which was published on October 7th, 2014, on Simon and Schuster’s Touchstone imprint.

The book covers Idol’s life story, from his childhood, split between the U.K. and the U.S., and covers his seminal role in the U.K. punk movement alongside the likes of Sid Vicious and Siouxsie Sioux.
Idol formed the band Generation X before moving to New York to strike up a solo career in the early 1980s.

Idol kicks off his world tour in Europe in November in support of Kings Queens of the Underground. His first North American date is January 2015. For his complete tour schedule click here to go to his official website.

And here is Billy's Idol's video for Can't Break Me Down, from Kings and Queens of the Underground.
Billy Idol, Dancing With Myself

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Fiona Apple - Hot Knife

Let's say I'm a little behind with this one. Fiona Apple's fourth studio album and first since 2005's Extraordinary Machine, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do was released in 2012.
Fiona Apple's The Idler Wheel...

The Idler Wheel... earned a nomination at the 2013 Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Album and peaked at number 1 on the US alternative and US Rock album charts. It hit number 13 in Canada and number 68 in the UK.

The final track on the album, Hot Knife, features supporting vocals from Apple's sister and fellow singer Maude Maggart.

The video was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson who may be better known for his work on Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood and Magnolia. Hot Knife drums may be reminiscent of 50s orchestral or African drumbeats.
From her 2012 album The Idler Wheel Is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do, here is Fiona Apple's Hot Knife.

Fiona Apple

Sunday, August 10, 2014

My First Car

My first car was a 1983 blue Toyota Corolla. Well, it was blue and rust. My friends called it the Toyota Corroded. It was my first car so no matter how bad, it was great.
I didn't buy it. My brother gave it to me when he got his first full time job and bought his first new car. He had purchased it second hand. I think I was the fourth driver.

He gave me the Corroded with one condition.

The condition was, when I sell it, I give him the money. No problem, I said. And a fair deal if I ever heard one.

I drove the car for close to two two years. It got me to school, work and to play. In the first month I was nervous driving five-speed so I wouldn't take it on the highway. After a while, becoming more confident, highway or road way, I didn't care where it stalled.

It had an AM-FM radio but no cassette deck. It burned oil. Once a week I would fill up with gasoline. Once a month, I would have to fill up with oil.
Coolant also seemed to go fast, it too was either burning up or leaking out.

One day I was on my way to the downtown campus of Concordia University when my hood flew open. I invested in a some cord so it wouldn't happen again.
Had to scour the internet for a picture 1983 Toyota Corolla

The car had intermittent windshield wipers. What I mean is, that they worked, but only sometimes. When the windows became dirty I would have to drive through a puddle and hope the splash would clean off the grime. I was forever tailgating people praying the spray from the tires would do the same.

When it got too cold out the heater did not work. Worked like a charm during the summer.

One door wouldn't close so I had to invest in a second cord to tie it shut. I knew it was time to get rid of it when I was ticketed twice within a week for that door not closing.

When I finally saved up enough money for a down payment on a new car, the dealer would not take the Corroded as a trade-in. "Take it off the road", I was told, "it's was too dangerous". Was it because the handbrake was not connected?

So, I made a deal with a scrapyard. They agreed to tow it away and pay me $50.

When the scrap guy showed up he refused to take it. It wasn't worth the $50. A scrapyard did not want my car. It was not worthy of their level of scrap. I had to convince him to take it for free. It was my first car. It was awesome.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

James Garner

James Garner, 1928-2014
One of my favourite actors James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick” led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his Oscar-nominated “Murphy's Romance,” has died, police said. He was 86. Garner also appeared in the "Great Escape" and "Support Your Local Gunfighter", and more recently, "Space Cowboys" and "8 Simple Rules".

He was found dead of natural causes Saturday evening at his home in Brentwood, Los Angeles.