Pimp My Gothic Ride

I am ashamed to admit this, but I grew up on MTV. In the 90’s, grunge was big. I remember flannel shirts and a hung-over Cobain at Headbangers Ball.  Beavis & Butthead, watered down news, and Cribs.  Even worse, was the show Pimp My Ride.

All of these shows did a great job of exposing urban culture to a sheltered suburbanite, such as myself.  B&B dancing along to Snoop Dogg… and even Xzibit accepting everyone.

And in an effort to piss off all the militant metalheads, a Dutch metal band Within Temptation decided to “rap” with Xzibit. And judging by the nerd rage in the Youtube comments, they succeeded.  Such hate towards a band who wants to experiment with music cross-over.

I don’t really get the big deal.  Sure, the song isn’t really spectacular.. but it is 100x better than “What Have You Done” with Caputo.  Despite the repetitive hip hop influenced song, I don’t remember seeing as much anti-rap rage back in 2007 when it was originally released.

But in any case, keep an open mind.  It may not be your cup of tea, but its far better than re-iterating the same trash over and over.  If you want your rock to sound all cut and paste, go listen to Nickelback.

RIP: Peter Steele

Happy Halloween!

Today seems like an appropriate evening to write about Type o Negative.  It’s been awhile since his passing, but I am still somewhat sad that we will not have anymore music from him.

My initial instinct is to blow off celebrity news and gossip.  And it sounds stupid to be upset over someone I’ve never met.  But Peter’s music was so passionate, honest, and quirky… I feel as if he exposed his soul – his personality.

He was a devout Catholic, a loving person, and never said anything bad about anyone.  I’d like to imagine him having a great time celebrating Halloween in Heaven.

Review: Jesus Camp

jesus-camp-poster-1I thought I’d share some of my thoughts about a movie that got pretty good ratings. Jesus Camp is a documentary meant to expose right wing Christian fundamentalism. If I can choose one word for this movie it would be: sad. I think it is sad how the group the movie represents does not display the Christianity I have come to know- instead it represents a warped version of Christianity that America tries to shove down people’s throats. I also feel it is sad how the director portrays Christians in the movie.

I feel the biggest issue that I have a problem with is its subjectivity. I don’t think that documentaries are suppose to be extremely biased.  I think the movie tries to add a counter balance through Mike Papantonio- which, in my opinion, provides the most thought provoking dialogue in the movie. But these scenes are few and far between only because the directors would rather focus on the fundamentalists. It would be nice to see something that actually stimulates the brain… as opposed to the many scenes and background music scores meant to appeal emotionally- a cheap way out of getting ones point across.

I think I’m getting a bit too… long winded here, so I’ll reduce the rest of my review in bullet points:

  • [Jack Chick] – Towards the beginning of the movie, it shows some of the children reading Jack Chick tracks; which alerted me right away of the stupidity within the church’s teachings. I feel ashamed that Jack Chick would even consider himself a Christian, he is one of the most offensive people I have ever encountered. In fact, I’m not certain of this, but… I believe his tracks are actually banned in Canada because they’re considered “hate speech”.
  • [Creationism] – The movie shows a “scientist” trying to dispute evolution. I never understood why fundamentalists push creationsim so much. It’s rediculous. Anyone who has done a decent amount of research on it should be offended by the amount of deceit and lies that goes behind the manipulation of data. Like I always said… if legislation is gonna force us learn creationism in school, then the church should be forced to teach us evolution.
  • [Global warming] – The movie provides a little glimpse into the reason why so many conservatives deny the existence of global warming. It also explains on why President Bush’s environmental policies have failed. The Christians portrayed in the movie feel like “the end is near” and so there is no reason to save the planet God has made for us. This, in my opinion, is such a disastrous and wasteful way of thinking. People have been saying The End is Near for the past 2,000 years. The Bible clearly states, “no one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (MAT 24:36)
  • [Hell vs Heaven] – There has always been a natural curiosity of the afterlife. If its one thing that was represented in the movie; it was that of “not going to hell!” I also noticed a lot of praise music focusing on what heaven will be like. I believe that… our jobs here on Earth is not to fear hell. I believe that our job here on Earth is also to not wonder about heaven. I honestly believe that our job is to make Earth as close to heaven as humanly possible.
  • [Harry Potter & Ghost Stories] – The movie shows the parents teaching the children to not watch Harry potter because it is scarystories__131204022133‘evil’. It also shows a father being upset because his kids are telling ‘ghost stories’. I believe these are the same who refuse to enjoy Halloween because it has ‘witches’. When it comes to hiding from such things, a quote comes to mind by Andy Freeman. Even though he’s speaking directly about… Christians who hide from Halloween, I feel it can also be applied to the same Christians who hide from Harry Potter and other semi-occultic things: “The biggest trick played on Halloween is Christian kids and adults being bottled up inside churches or homes all night… Hiding from the devil in the family life center and surrendering the neighborhood to little Ghouls, goblins, and witches is a victory for old Beelzebub. He’s got the church right where he wants it: inside the four walls, hunkered down behind the stained glass.
  • [Ted Haggard] – The movie shows Ted Haggard giving a speech and how he meets with President Bush. Yeah sure, its shocking how regular the appointments between Bush and Haggard are… but whats even more shocking- is the fact that Haggard was confronted by the media over a homosexual scandal and drug use just a month after this movies release.

There’s a lot more to say; ranging from cut outs of President Bush and the contradictory shallow patriotism some of the parents show. But I can’t be bothered writing about it anymore. To be quite honest, the movie itself depresses me. I don’t appreciate the bias, emotional appeal, and the lack of showing both sides the movie shows… and I don’t agree with the people who the movie is targeting.

I Miss The 90’s

So many good things came out of the 90’s. Grunge, the swing music revival, and industrial metal.

Now when I turn on the radio, I hear only one out of two things:

1) Overrated rock music where everything sounds like Nickelback.

2) Horrible hip hop / pop where everyone uses auto tuned vocals.

Nothing is unique and the passion is missing. No thanks..

Excuse the brevity; posted from my Android device.

Thankless Crucifix

Much love for Demon Hunter
Excited for their next album on

Every curse, lie, violation of our lives
Every careless error of breath, corruption of our minds
All the blood and the same, defamation of name
The weight of a wicked world, embodied on a thankless crucifix

Sources:
http://torins-angel.deviantart.com/
http://www.demonhunter.net/

Is NuMetal still a thing?

Its amusing how my taste in music has changed over the years.

16 Year Old Jeff would be disappointed in me.  I always despised NuMetal artists like Fred Durst & Slipknot.  But lately… I’m afraid I’ve had a change of heart.  I have been listening to In This Moment with much enjoyment:

I figure – if Zakk Wylde had a change of heart and now appreciates NuMetal… why not me?

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Dave Chappelle Was in Phoenix!

I had a great time watching Dave Chappelle who did stand up on 09/23/2013.  It was nice to so the pavilion to [almost] max capacity.

The sign to the right caught my eye –>

Supposedly he had an issue with Hartford, CT – where someone heckled him.  I’ve only been to a few comedy shows in my life… but doesn’t that seem expected?  I don’t think stand-up is a good fit if you don’t have thick skin.  He seemed a bit awkward on stage but the content was still decent.  Overall, I think he should go back to sketch comedy.

If you’ve been living in a cave for the past decade and not seen The Chappelle Show – I highly suggest it!

Retro Atari Games

Judging by the below commercials, it’s difficult to tell if video games from the 1980’s were really good or really bad.

At the very least? Interesting marketing..

Breaking Bad is Overrated

If Breaking Bad was a musical group  it would be U2.  It has to be the most overrated show in existence.  Theres plenty to nitpick about: inconsistent characters, no development, mediocre dialogue, lack of sophistication, horrible one-liners, sloppy closures, etc.

All of the above can be ignored.

But what truly ruins the show for me is its lack of social commentary.  The show is not clever, witty, or intelligent.  The War On Drugs was never touched upon; shocking considering that is what gave Walt so much power.  The show never touched upon the impact on the neighborhood and schools.  The show did not properly play out on the politics and bureaucratic structure of the police.

Breaking Bad is not smart.  It is overly simplified; designed to be enjoyed by the masses.  Breaking Bad is written for the lowest common denominator; sacrificing artistic expression & political significance for a one-dimensional anti-hero that is easy for Average Joe to relate with.

Did I enjoy the show? Yes.  Was the cinematography beautiful? It was breathtaking.  Unfortunately that is not enough to justify the show’s ratings.  I enjoyed it, but I will never watch it again due to it being brain candy and not requiring much thought.

My Rating: 81% (B-)

If you want to watch something with a bit more depth, I suggest The Wire.