Book Review: “Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout”

“Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout”

Author: Laura Jane Grace w/ Dan Ozzi
Hachette Books
Hardcover 320

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

“Tranny” is the intimate story of Against Me!’s enigmatic founder, weaving narrative of the band’s history, as well as Grace’s, with dozens of never before seen entries from the piles of journals Grace kept. More than a typical music memoir about sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll “Tranny” is an inside look at one of the most remarkable stories in the history of rock.

Like the in your face title suggests “Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout” pulls no punches and is direct and extremely real in its approach. First time Author Laura Jane Grace paints a gritty picture of her unique journey not only through her transition from male to female but also the path her and her band mates took as they navigated a completely different type of transition being that of moving from small independent records labels to the major label markets. From an outsider looking this may seem like a no brainer however Grace does a great job of describing the bands hardships as it clearly was not all big checks, fancy cars and massive notoriety.

“Tranny” is a real life account of two very different types of transitions. The two run parallel with one another providing an interesting continuity which keeps the reader’s attention page after page. The realness taken from Grace’s journal entries do a tremendous job and showcasing the inter turmoil she felt not only as an artist in a changing music market but also on a direct personal level as it relates to her own internal and external transformation from male to female. You will be extremely hard pressed to find another story like that of Laura Jane Grace’s “Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout”.

CD Review: Buckcherry "Confessions"

Buckcherry
“Confessions”
Century Media
Producer: Buckcherry
Tracks: 13

Our Score: 3 out of 5 stars

Ladies and gentlemen of the Sunset Strip rejoice as Buckcherry are back with a brand new studio album titled “Confessions”. The first release from the band since joining Century Media records “Confessions” features 13 new tracks produced by the band. This is the bands 6th studio album and is the follow release to the bands 2010 album “All Night Long”.

Josh Todd and the boys open up the new album with the in your face rocker “Gluttony”. The song is definitely one of the harder tracks off “Confessions” however it seems that some of the grit and edginess that put the band in the spotlight is missing. The album is a mixture of musical styling’s that range from radio friendly rock tracks like “The Truth” to songs like “Dreamin’ of You” which features tremolo filled choruses that sound boarder line country. Every so often you can catch glimpses of the bands hard rock roots most notably on tracks like “Water” and “Seven Ways to Die”. “Confessions” is a big step for Buckcherry however I am not sure if it is in the right direction. You can clearly tell the band is either looking to widen their fan base or they have grown out of the sex, drugs and rock and roll scene and want a more mature look and sound. Progression and change can be good as long as it doesn’t alienate your core fans at the same time and sadly I have a feeling “Confessions” may leave a few people disappointed.

Track Listing:
1.) Gluttony
2.) Wrath
3.) Nothing Left But Tears
4.) The Truth
5.) Greed
6.) Water
7.) Seven Ways to Die
8.) Air
9.) Sloth
10.) Pride
11.) Envy
12.) Lust
13.) Dreamin’ of You

DVD Review “Confessions of an Opium Eater”

Director: Albert Zugsmith
Cast: Vincent Price, Linda Ho, Philip Ahn
Distributed by: Warner Archive
Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 85 minutes

Our Score: 3 out of 5 stars

When it comes to Vincent Price, I am always interested in his film.  I have never heard of  “Confessions of an Opium Eater” and I am not shocked why.  This film is very – let’s say –  out there.  This film takes a little while to get started but definitely packs a bunch. It is not one of his best but it is still Vincent Price, so sign me up. A neat fact is that is was directed by the producer of the classic “Touch of Evil”.

Warner Archive is yet again behind this release, which is the first time this film has been put out on DVD. This title has not been remastered or restored but has been made from the best-quality video master currently available.  It looks decent overall.  It is presented within its original aspect ratio of 16X9 full frame. The audio track included is the typical Dolby Mono track. Overall I probably do not see myself watching this film again but with Halloween right around the corner, it will definitely get you ready.

Synopsis: Vincent Price faces the death of 1,000 cuts in this delirious pulp adventure directed by Touch of Evil producer Albert Zugsmith. Returning to San Francisco after a long stay in the Orient, two-fisted mercenary Gilbert De Quincey (Price) finds himself caught in the midst of a Tong war. Descending deep below the surface of Chinatown, he plays one side against the other in a daring attempt to break up a human trafficking ring, where slave girls are auctioned for opium.