Saturday, 27 October 2012

The Rum Diaries- Starring Johnny Deep - Yeah he's still Rock

The Rum Diaries

This movie is hands down my favorite movie
off the year and one of my all time 
favorites. Starring the newly divorced 
Johnny Deep as a Hunter S. Thompson alias 
and Giovanni Rebisi "that guy" off friends 
who famously dumped singer "Cat Power" for 
a hot super-model. With such a high 
calibre of actors on board this film hauls 
serious crankability. Theres also a fat 
guy who's a follower reporter off the two 
mentioned who rounds out the posse all of 
which work at a falling newspaper in 
Puerto-Rico. With all the trashy columns 
that this trio writes it's worth noting 
that Giovanni doesn't write one article 
throughout the film. As the papers 
religious reporter he takes it upon 
himself to experiment in black magic 
subsequently becoming infatuated with Nazi 
extremism that seems him constantly scream 
his head off and never bath, ever.

The movies name sums up this film in it's 
entirety as there is almost no one who 
stays sober for any amount of time. But 
can you really blame there lack of 
sobriety because hard working reporters 
get seriously hot on a tropical island 
it's a well known phenomena that results 
in excessive rum drinking constantly. I 
know i'd personally prefer to die drunk as 
well because if I'm going to be killed by 
the poverty ridden inhabitants by their 
much loved machetes i'm gonna need a few 
drinks before hopping into the void. Most 
of the drama of this film unfolds in a 
"slum village" apartment in a horrendously 
poor area. The classic "cock fights" in 
their neighborhood also portray the simple 
things in life. For instance like making a 
slick grand or two off a stupid rooster 
that has been breed to be twice the size 
of any dog.  

To all the mainstream movie lovers this 
film isn't a trashy film so if your the 
person who doesn't know who Charles 
Bukowski is I'd insist that you avoid this 
film. It would just be wasted on you. 
Hell, It might even keep you up at night 
because you know what you might actually 
have to think for yourself after watching 
this film. Remember this isn't some 
sanitized Spiderman 8 3d epic that cost 
500 million dollars to make. Instead this 
is a real film shock horror and its about 
real life and how one man triumph over all 
the sober highly strung academics that 
infest journalism. It's important to 
remember Hunter S. Thompson is a man that 
aimed to destroy corruption with a pen. 
One mans fight against societies shadowy 
ideals was always doomed to drunken 
failure, nevertheless he did remarkable 
well. The subtext of this film could be 
summarized in Camus sense of the absurd. 

But for the more adventurous folk out 
there aka Auckland Uni -- Arts Students, 
this ones for you. Sorry, Engineering 
school you have about as much chance 
making sense of this film as describing 
the intricacies of Hydraulic dump truck 
levers in an interesting fashion. But then 
again you might rise to the occasion and 
comprehend the clearly insane nonsense 
that is this stunning film.

Moss Bioletti

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Jack Black as Funny as Ever in Bernie: A seriously class act from the fatty


Bernie is a tragic comedy about a likable push over. The undertaker of a small town  Bernie is known to almost all Catheridges inhabitants as the most popular man in anyones books. When it comes to helping people no problem is to small for Bernie that he wont help. Whether it's your overdue tax returns your dead husbands corpse or upgrading your coffin to the top of the line model he's your man.

The lead actor who plays Bernie is Jack Black so if you aren't a fan this is probably not a film for you .Having said this I would advise anyone that missing this movie is a terrible blunder as it is a moving, seriously funny and excitingly stressful. I would go so far as to urge even the most adamant Jack Black hater to dis-regard there contempt of him and give it a chance, even if its a slim one. I say this not to cause such person to have a terrible time but to try and open people to a person who is an extremely talented human being. I stress this as I have come across a lot of people who do not care for Jack Black in the extreme some insisting he is only good for eating mac donalds and being used as a speed bump. I strongly disagree with such a diagnosis of Jack Black because in my eyes he symbolizes a dead end loser making a go off what life has to offer him. After all he did have a huge house in the Beverly Hills in his early twenties and that success demands some respect. I believe the underground meets the mainstream dialectic is best summed up in someone like Black because in all honest how many people do you that can play the guitar gaining a number one hit in the U.S, act like he was born to do it and tell hilliarous jokes with eye catching facial gestures that would make Jack Nicholson weep. 

Furthermore if your a fan of Tenacious D this movie will rock your socks off  because Bernie is a man that likes to sing in the severe extremes. He's a person known to all the village as a man that will sing any song at a funeral no matter how obscure. From the chart topping Guns and Rose's "Sweet Child of Mine" to Leonard Cohen's sucky songs he has it on lock. In my view Bernie is man made of the rarest calibre as he's the sort of person that would learn the whole guitar solo from "Stairway to Heaven" just to play for your dead ass.

Finally the plot of this film is hard to scratch at without giving to much action away so i've purposefully avoided it. But I'll give you a brief guide of events . Bless Bernie's heart he gets in trouble with the law and everyone has to rally around him and fight for his freedom. But enough of that see this movie and have a fantastic time. 

Moss B

Monday, 15 October 2012

David Dallas' "Buffalo Man" Mixtape -- Is He Crazy

David "D-Dot" Dallas recently dropped his mixtape Buffalo Man. 
His latest release since "The Rose Tint" is inspired by the undisputed funky white brother from another mother Jamiroquai, and seriously to even mess with J's songs puts anyone on thin ice even Dallas. The reason being that Jamiroquai never really fell of the "bandwagon of quality" as hits have consistently been dropped by the English born native. From the earlier days off Jamiroquai's career to recent times seeing him pile up a healthy amount of tickets in his Lambo the mans a legend. Although the singer may also drive to fast in his Ferrari's for the long arm of the law one may also feel a little bit racy listening to the mixtape from NZ's leading hip-hop head. Undoubtedly David's snap back is well and truly off and motioned in the direction of Jamiroquai in a gesture of respect.

First of all i'm a fan of David Dallas. He's pretty cool as he represents Samoa with class. Just don't count on him tweeting you back lol. I tried many times to get a retweeted to no avail haha. The stand out tracks off the album are easily discernible being; "Put it on the line", "Trouble" and "Never Let you Down". If you consider for a second that the release only has six songs thats it's a really good average of quality dope tracks. Having said that its not all rosy I wouldn't go giving "Buffalo Man" an A+ just yet. Instead I'd give it a solid B+ the reason being he is sometimes off key, falls over his own rap flow and is generally full of too much bravado all we need is substance. 

I don't mean to be overly critical because I really like D-Dot to me he arrived on Something Awesome and laid his claim, forever in the NZ history books.
The reason being his open hearted in his lyrics to the ups and downs of life.
The Buffalo Man i "fuck you" laughs .But, with tracks like the lead single "Ever Get The Feeling" his raps also lack a strong groove as the beat either goes to slow or fast for his rapping. But I can forgive this because David is hyped and I can hear it in his voice, their is some serious cash to be made if he blows up over the Atlantic. Drake the Canadian raptor banked a slick   $14 milli of one smash album, so yeah, theres a reason he's gigging crazy over there with his crew. Lets face it Davids odds are far better than blowing up than a bum off the street hitting the Big Wednesday bankroll. 

I'm gonna stress if Dallas can get his flow under control, bolster up his lyrics with some honest lyrics and smash a hit production with P money he could end up with a platinum plaque stateside. All he has to do is really channel all his potential into his next record. David Dallas is a star definitely on the rise and I ain't surprised.

Moss Bioletti

Saturday, 13 October 2012

The Neo-Kalashnikovs "She's on Heat" instant download

The Neo-Kalashnikovs "She's on Heat" Instant album download

After playing together as a band for 5 years the L.A rockers The Neo-Kalashnikovs release their debut album to all their fans as a free download. If you like Lana Del Ray and Paramore this albums for you and remember to listen to it loud !

(click on the album for an instant download of pop rock goodness)
The Neo-Kalashnikovs: She's on Heat Instant download Click on the album cover photo 1

Thursday, 11 October 2012

An Album Review of The Buffalo Killers: Dig.Sow.Love.Grow

The Buffalo Killers album Dig.Sow.Love.Grow was released in the earlier part of 2012.The remarkably elegant album from the rockers from Cincinnati, Ohio is warm enough to melt the dust off any diamond record needle. You can easily hear the effort that has gone into making this album.The man behind the magic desk was Mike Montgomery clearly a mix master of an engineer.

The Buffalo Killers if you aren't familiar with them have recently finished up a tour with "The Sheep Dogs" who graced The Rolling Stone last year. The band has also toured with "The Black Keys" the biggest rock band in the world (move over U2). Dan Auberach lead guitarist/ vocalist of "the keys" also produced an earlier second album called 'Let it Ride" by the band .Interestingly enough both bands share the same legendary label Alive Records which is also home to Radio Moscow, T Model Ford, Left lane Cruiser, amongst other South U.S rock artists.   

The first track off Dig.Sow.Love.Grow "Get it" immediately draws me back to Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" arguably one of the greatest rock songs ever. The drumming and vocal delivery delivery on this track are immaculate. The understated but "knawerring rifff" also make this song a real hollering rock jam. The song also reminds of Lynrd Skynrd's music produced by the legendary Al Kooper. A person rumoured to have ripped the "Sweet Home Alabama" artists off for millions earlier in their career.

I can hear that Dig.Sow.Love.Grow has a somewhat melancholy feeling. It's as if someone has been left behind broken down lying on the floor then getting up with a vengeance to become a better man. A past lovers immature actions have obviously inspired a real rock album born out of fury. There are songs that counter such an overwhelming feeling for instance "Hey Girl" is more upbeat and could easily be a song off Jack White's latest album Blunderbuss. I can easily see the harmonised guitar licks getting the nod of approval from the music baron residing in Music City- aka Nashville City. Shout out to my friends on Music Row like Jim Zumwalt hope Cage the Elephant are behaving themselves.

However, in the majority songs like "Blood on your hands" ,"I am always here" and "Farewell" do lead one to the speedy suspicions of a painful heartbreak episode. Who said it was easy living in the South. My stand out favourite off the record is "Graffiti Eggplant" that clearly states sometimes a lovers "absence is not a surprise".What truly glistens for me on this album if I'm to be frank are the influences of Buffalo Killers .Acts ranging from Neil Young to Cream to Deep Purple are all screaming out of my speakers in a gumbo of southern rock soup. Even if rocks legacy has been completely lost upon the "Dubstep generation" it's only a matter of time. The screaming guitars off Fun's 1# smash "Some Nights" is clearly conveying a turn towards rock filtering back into the mainstream. A modern reinvigorating punch brings back rock in Dig.Sow.Love.Grow. to the musical frontier.

Moss Bioletti