Archive for April, 2011

The Wolf Man(2010)

Posted by drew On April - 27 - 2011

Unlike most reviews I waited my good time to formally write up my opinion of this remake.  Over a year in fact.  I’m biased in it’s favor two major reasons.  One being that the original is one of my favorite films and the Wolf Man is my favorite “Universal monster.”  The second,more emotional reason is that I proposed to my fiance’ at the Austin premiere at the Alamo Drafthouse.  I will always have warm fuzzy, feelings for this movie.  There’s no way around it.

 


That side, it’s hard for me to imagine a film more tailor made for my sensibilities.  We have Benicio Del Toro giving an performance that’s a  tribute to horror stars of the past.  The setting is a throw back to the Hammer movies of the 50’s and 60’s.  The over the top splatter invokes 1980’s horror very well. And of course the titular anti-hero  marks the return of the “Universal Monster.”

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Pinup of the week: Venus on Drugs

Posted by Dee-Ann On April - 25 - 2011

Photo by By Erika Zigga Figabomba

As long as I can remember I’ve felt the necessity to express my individuality in a unique way. It didn’t matter if it were through appearance, music or art, I always aimed at becoming my own living freakshow. At age 14 I started creating what would eventually be my on-stage persona “Venus on Drugs”, inspired from the music of my all time favorite band: The Velvet Underground. 
With a love for a variety of styles, from Classical to Punk and from Rave to Pinup, I find it difficult to restrict myself to a specific genre, but I still think there is a certain constant element that is the core to the Venus on Drugs-style. It’s a style that is as sweet as it is sexual, as loving as it is confronting; it’s always at the extremes and nothing in between. 
I am the embodiment of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, and if rock’s a sin I’ll be your perfect rock ‘n roll sinner.
This is the world I create: a psychedelic world of a Venus on Drugs that makes you eat poisoned cupcakes till I’m sure you’ll Love and Hallucinate. 
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Picture 1, Burlesque: By Erika Ziga Figabomba

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Burning Condors: Welcome to the Players Club

Posted by drew On April - 21 - 2011

I interviewed these English lads a while back and they described themselves as “punkabilly.”   The phrasing brings to mind acts like the Cramps and the Meteors of course.  It’s a fair description.  Popping in their new CD, entitled “Welcome to the Player’s Club” I hear echos of groups like the Adicts and the Clash.  But, none of the kinkiness or b-movie imagery of Psychobilly is present.  Just plenty of distortion and thundering bass.


However, if I may throw in my own description, I feel like “Indiebilly” would be a more fitting turn of phrase.  These guys remind me  more of what Blur might have sounded like if they grew up worshiping Carl Perkins instead of the Beatles.  There’s also a heavy blues influence that draws to mind acts like the White Stripes.  Or even iconic British rockers, the Rolling Stones.   None of this works against the band.  Their sound is both retro and fresh at the same time. Rockabilly is certainly a very old “dog”, but the best bands can get it to wag it’s “tail.”  The Burning Condors get it to get up on it’s hind legs and boogie.

Their songs are short, sweet, and fun.  Much of the lyrics involving girls, partying, or sex.  The CD is certainly listenable and catchy.  In fact I listened to it all the way through, at least three times on my way to work one day. If I have one thing to bitch about, it’s that it is too short. At four songs, by the time I’m really getting into it, it’s all over. A bit of a drag I’ll admit. But I think we’ll be seeing more of these cats, hopefully with a full length.  On vinyl if you please.

“Scream 4”

Posted by drew On April - 20 - 2011

“Scream 4”

 

 

Earlier today I clicked on “Box Office Mojo” to find out that “Scream 4” had bombed.  I was a bit surprised to learn this, as I watched it with quite the lively crowd of teenaged horror fiends on Friday night.  The whole experience was like a trip in the “monster movie” time machine, taking me back to 1996, experiencing the first film in a Fort Worth multi-plex.  Then to 1997, dressing up as “Ghostface” with a group of friends and going to see “Scream 2,” Only to find out that Wes Craven had beat us to the punch; melding horror-villain with audience in a surreal manner.  I was steeped in a wonderful, nostalgic vibe as the crowd around me laughed, screamed, and heckled at what was on the screen.  It’s been a long time since I can safely say a movie made me feel like a kid again.  If nothing else, the atmosphere of watching the earlier films was re-created perfectly.

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Pinup of the week: Arliss James

Posted by Dee-Ann On April - 18 - 2011

Hi everyone! I’m Arliss James from Orange County, Ca. I love reading rockabilly-online and I am so excited to be your Pin-Up of the week.  
Ever since I can remember, I have always been a blue jean queen with Pin-Up dreams! I must have been about 7 years old when bobby pins and lipstick became a favorite play time activity.  From as early as I can remember I have been fascinated by the vintage styles of the 1940’s and 50’s. I love watching old movies, especially with Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball just to see the dresses the actresses are wearing.  I love oldies, rockabilly and swing music. I hope to join a Burlesque Workshop soon.  I spend most of my time with family, friends and my cat Churchill.  I have been working in the Special Education field for 14 years.   I also do charity work when I feel passion for a cause.  I collect clothing all year round for the Orange County Rescue Mission which provides for the homeless. This October 2011 I will be participating in Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, benefiting the American Diabetes Association. This will take place at Knotts Berry Farm and it will be my first walk for this cause and I am the Team Captain of Team Woodstock.  I may not be able to change the world, but I can put a smile on someone’s face by showing I care enough to take the time to help others.  Thank You Dee Ann for allowing rockabilly-online to show the modern day pin-up models of today, because they are continuing to set a healthy example that woman can have curves and be sexy.

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Pinup of the week: Stephx

Posted by Dee-Ann On April - 11 - 2011

Photo by Rachel Campo with Baton Rouge Boudior

Im a 21 year old alternative and pinup model from New Orleans. Music is my life and im into all things classic rock n roll..leather, whiskey, and fast cars :]

I love classic and glam rock. Make up and clothing design is my passion. I love everything about pinup girls and pinup culture. I love the clothes and the bold red lip. I like to think of myself as a modern Elvira, the classic pinup with a goth flare. Im a full time model and would love to branch more into live promotional modeling or even as a merch girl for a touring band, I love to be on the road. Im obsessed with anything vintage pop culture. I love Priscilla Presley and Rita Hayworth. I love theatrical rock everything from Kiss to Motley Crue. I love boys in leather on motorcycles haha.I grew up obsessed with 50s themed shows and movies, I love the Outsiders, and I think thats where alot of my interests and personality spark from.So Im a pretty well rounded girl and I think that shows in my look. Read the rest of this entry »

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