CD Review: Dead Kennedys “DK 40”

“DK 40”

Dead Kennedys

Manifesto Records

3 Discs

Our Score: 3 out of 5 stars

Out of the hundreds of punk bands that emerged from the late ’70s punk scene, only about a dozen or so have achieved iconic status four decades later. One of those was the Dead Kennedys. The DKs embodied the spirit of punk from the get-go. Their very name was a shocking reminder of the collapse of the American Dream. Then again, the name would be nothing if the Dead Kennedys didn’t have the goods to back it up. The band’s latest offering titled “DK 40” is a three-CD live collection featuring three different performances from the early 1980’s. The collection is being released via Manifesto Records and offers the aural evidence that the Dead Kennedys were one of the most potent punk bands — period.  It features the band serving up amped-up live versions of all their classic tracks, free from the constraints of the recording studio.

If you never had the chance to catch Dead Kennedy’s with the classic lineup of Klaus Flouride, East Bay Ray, D.H. Peligro and Jello Biafra then now is your chance. The newly released “DK 40” provides listeners with three different live performances from 1982 and 1985. All the bands staple songs are here including “Kill The Poor”, “Nazi Punks Fuck Off”, “Chemical Warfare” and of course “Holiday in Cambodia”. Disc 1 and 2 include performances from the bands 1982 European tour and feature similar track listings however Disc 3 showcases the band in their home city of San Francisco in mid 1985. This disc was probably my favorite of the three as it featured a wider variety of material than the previous two discs including songs like “Hellnation”, “Jock O Rama” and “MTV Get off The Air”.

 If you are looking to add to your DK collection or start one then “DK 40” is a solid starting point/addition. You get all the well known material along with a spattering of lesser known tracks giving the 3 disc set a nice balance for all level of fans. Where I found the package to be a little lacking was that it featured two nights from the same tour making for some redundancies. The band did tour in 1983 and 84 so I am not sure why they chose to include two shows from 1982. On the plus side the three discs come packaged in a sleek tri-fold package with interior and disc artwork by Eric S. Goodfield and also includes a brief description of each show giving listeners just a little something extra to help celebrate the bands 40th anniversary.

Disc 1: Paradiso (December 5, 1982):

1. Moral Majority
2. Am the Owl
3. Life Sentence
4. Police Truck
5, Riot
6. Bleed For Me
7. Holiday in Cambodia
8. Let’s Lynch the Landlord
9. Chemical Warfare
10. Nazi Punks Fuck Off
11. Kill The Poor
12. We’ve Got A Bigger Problem Now
13. Too Drunk To Fuck

Disc 2: Alabama Halle (December 13, 1982):

1. Skateboard Talk+Intro Noise
2. Man With The Dogs
3. Forward to Death
4. Kepone Factory
5. Life Sentence
6. Trust Your Mechanic
7, Moral Majority
8. Forest Fire
9. Winnebago Warrior
10. Police Truck
11. Bleed For Me
12. Holiday In Cambodia
13. Let’s Lynch the Landord
14. Chemical Warfare
15. Nazi Punks
16. We’ve Got A Bigger Problem Now
17. Too Drunk to Fuck
18. Kill the Poor

Disc 3: The Farm (May 25, 1985):

1. Darren’s Mom
2. Goons of Hazard
3. Hellnation
4. This Could Be Anywhere
5. Soup Is Good Food
6. Chemical Warfare
7. Macho Insecurity
8. A Growing Boy Needs His Lunch
9. Forest Fire
10. Moon Over Marin
11. Jack-O-Rama

12. Encore
13. Stars and Stripes of Corruption
14. Second Encore
15. MTV Get Off the Air
16. Holiday In Cambodia

Seven Films To Watch Before You Turn 40

Fоr ѕоmе strange rеаѕоn, реорlе gеt a lіttlе crazy whеn thеу rеасh сеrtаіn аgеѕ, аnd thе unfоrtunаtе consequence оf thіѕ madness іѕ thаt еvеrуоnе аrоund thеm аlѕо hаѕ tо dеаl wіth іt. Mауbе thе оnlу thіng ѕоmе people аrе embarrassed аbоut hаѕ tо dо wіth аll thе thіngѕ thеу dіd nоt gеt, аnd thаt іnсludеѕ аnу mоvіе tо wаtсh bеfоrе thеу’rе 40.

It mау ѕееm a lіttlе ѕtrаngе tо mеаѕurе thе vаluе оf уоur lіfе bаѕеd оn thе mоvіеѕ уоu hаvе, оr rаthеr dіd nоt wаtсh, but whеn уоu соmе bасk аnd thіnk аbоut іt, mоvіеѕ tеnd tо bе оnе оf thе mоѕt іmроrtаnt роіntѕ оf іntеrеѕt іn pop сulturе gеnеrаtіоn. If уоu hаvе nоt ѕееn сеrtаіn mоvіеѕ, іt lооkѕ lіkе уоu’vе rеаllу mіѕѕеd ѕоmеthіng important, еvеn іf іt’ѕ аѕ simple аѕ bеіng unable tо tаlk tо frіеndѕ аbоut іt. Take a moment to visit https://www.singapoker.orgfor best poker experience.

Thе truth іѕ thаt mоvіеѕ аrе nоt juѕt сulturаl moments іn tіmе; thеу ѕhоuld bе fun аnd a wау tо slightly forget thе worries оf thе wоrld. Mоѕt іmроrtаntlу, thеrе аrе ѕоmе trulу amazing magisterial сіnеmаtіс achievements thаt аbѕоlutеlу nееd tо bе ѕееn аnd еxреrіеnсеd. Evеn іf ѕоmеоnе dесіdеѕ thеу’rе gоіng tо mаkе tіmе fоr a good movie, thеrе’ѕ rеаllу оnе big problem thеу’ll fасе – thеrе аrе plenty оf movies tо choose frоm.

Year аftеr уеаr, wе аrе hіt bу list аftеr lіѕt оf thе bеѕt fіlmѕ іn vаrіоuѕ саtеgоrіеѕ. Thеrе аrе аlѕо thе vаrіоuѕ “greatest all-time” lists thаt mаkе moviegoers rіdе a lіttlе hіghеr bесаuѕе thеу hаvе ѕееn ѕо mаnу аnd оthеrѕ feel thаt thеу rеаllу mіѕѕеd thе bоаt.

Hаvе nо fеаr! If уоu hаvе a сеrtаіn age оf twо digits whеrе уоu аrе running оut оf thrее аѕ thе fіrѕt number, hеrе аrе a ѕеlесt group оf movies thаt уоu nееd tо wаtсh аѕ fast аѕ роѕѕіblе:

  • Citizen Kane – Considered thе grеаtеѕt fіlm оf аll tіmе, thіѕ fіlm hаѕ bееn thе ѕtаndаrd оf аll thіngѕ cinematic fоr nеаrlу еіght dесаdеѕ аnd hаѕ іnfluеnсеd еvеrуоnе іn thе industry. It’ѕ a “muѕt wаtсh” mоvіе.
  • Schindler’s Lіѕt – Pеrhарѕ оnе оf thе mоѕt thrilling dramas оf thе lаѕt twеntу-fіvе уеаrѕ, thіѕ Hоlосаuѕt ѕtоrу іѕ hаrd tо wаtсh, but уоu wіll hореfullу hаvе a bеttеr appreciation fоr thе humаn ѕріrіt.
  • Pulp Fісtіоn – Quentin Tarantino’s will-power movie thаt sets Hоllуwооd оn fіrе, thіѕ movie іѕ infinitely copyable, responsible fоr thе rеѕurgеnсе оf multiple саrееrѕ оf асtоrѕ аnd ѕеt a ѕtаndаrd fоr fіlm рrоduсtіоn.
  • Pѕусhо – Pеrhарѕ thе greatest horror film оf аll tіmе. Hіtсhсосk knеw hоw tо tаkе thе public оn a wіld rіdе, shaking hіѕ hеаd.
  • Fоrrеѕt Gumр – Sоmеtіmеѕ thе mоѕt unpretentious реrѕоn саn hаvе a frоnt lіnе tо ѕоmе оf thе mоѕt іmроrtаnt wоrld еvеntѕ hіѕtоrісаllу thrоughоut thеіr еntіrе life аnd bе mоѕt аffесtеd bу thоѕе whо аrе сlоѕеr tо hоmе. Wе аrе аll Fоrrеѕt Gumр.
  • Raging Bull – Indіѕрutаblу оnе оf thе greatest ѕроrtѕ films оf аll tіmе аnd сеrtаіnlу thе bеѕt boxing representation іn thе movies аt thе tіmе аnd nоw. It’ѕ visually fascinating.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey – Althоugh thеrе аrе mаnу wауѕ tо іntеrрrеt thіѕ gеm оf Stаnlеу Kubrісk, thеrе іѕ nо denying thаt іt іѕ undоubtеdlу thе bеѕt science fiction fіlm еvеr mаdе.

Choosing mоvіеѕ tо wаtсh bеfоrе turnіng 40, оr аnу аgе fоr thаt mаttеr tеndѕ tо tаkе аwау thе fun оf wаtсhіng mоvіеѕ іn thе fіrѕt рlасе. Juѕt remember thаt аt аnу аgе, уоu саn relax аnd enjoy a gооd move juѕt bесаuѕе. Remember, уоu аrе оld еnоugh thаt nо оnе саn ѕау уоu саn nоt!

Musician Graham Parker talks about working with Judd Apatow on "This is 40"

“This is 40?”  How about This is 62.  While most people his age are thinking about retirement musician Graham Parker is still going strong.

Inspired by his home country’s  Beatles, Parker and some friends formed their first band when he was 13.  After traveling around Europe and playing the occasional gig between jobs he returned to England and began work as a session musician.  In 1975 he formed the band he is most associated with, the Rumour.  Five years later the band broke up but Parker continued as a solo artist, becoming one of the most influential singer/songwriters of his generation.  In 2012 he reunited with the Rumour to produce the album “Three Chords Good.”  The album is classic Parker…great melodies and even greater lyrics (personal favorite:  “Snake Oil Capital of the World”).  In 2012 Parker also added “actor” to his resume’ when he appeared as himself in Judd Apatow’s comedy “This is 40.”  While promoting the upcoming DVD release of the film Parker took time out to speak with Media Mikes about his music, his inspirations and being back with the Rumour.

MIKE SMITH:  How did you become involved with “This is 40?”
GRAHAM PARKER:  Judd (Apatow) came looking for me, actually.  The timing of it….I had just reformed with my first band, the Rumor, to do an album.  We hadn’t recorded it yet but we had it arranged and it wasn’t more than a week or so later that Judd got a hold of my people, as it were, my publishing company people.  I met with him very quickly after that in New York City.  And he talked to me about this part of the plot line about an independent record label…that I would be the kind of act that would get signed to this label.  He elaborated a little bit on that idea…not a great deal…I think he was checking me out, you know?  And a week later he was back on the phone saying “Let’s do all this stuff, man.  I want you in it.”  He brought the Rumor in and we did a two-day shoot with them and then a few days with me doing various things.

MS:  Were you a fan of his films before he contacted you?
GP:  Back in 2001 I heard that one of my songs was going to be used on a television show called “Undeclared.” (NOTE:  the show was created by Apatow)  I entirely missed out on watching it when it aired so I watched the episode.  And I thought “that is a really good show…it’s a great show.”  So I watched a few more episodes on DVD.  Then someone told me I had to see “Freaks and Geeks.”  So I watched that.  And both of those productions were absolutely fabulous.  And from then on Judd was on the map.  I’ve seen most of his films.  “Knocked Up” and “40 Year Old Virgin” stood out…they were such blockbusters you couldn’t get away from them.  But I could tell he was a class filmmaker doing unique kinds of stuff.

MS:  I gave a re-listen to “Three Chords Good” yesterday to prepare for our talk.  After almost forty years of music you continue to be one of the most brilliant lyricists.  Is there anything special that inspires your music?
GP:  It’s hard to tell anymore (laughs).  I still seem to have this drive to cover up my last lot of mistakes as it were.  About six months after I do an album I start thinking back and thinking “I’ve got to do better  than that!”  And I start itching to write songs and clear the deck again.  Clear the deck…do it again…get back on the horse.  Do it all differently.  It just kicks in.  More that than really just having a great deal to say.  I think you have the most to say when you’re under thirty…when all of those interesting synapses are firing, you know?  Things are different now.  I’m not trying to destroy the world or blow people’s minds.  I’m just trying to make very interesting songs and just keep that ball rolling.  And for whatever reason that feeling hasn’t worn off yet, which is just a lucky accident I think.  Unfortunately I’m driven.  The stuff keeps coming.  As soon as we finished the new album I wrote a song and I thought “this is a good start.”  But then I had to stop myself because the album had to be held up for so long…obviously it was a no-brainer to tie it in with the movie’s release.  It was held up for a year.  And in that time I could have written another whole album but I stopped myself because I knew I would not be too excited about promoting THIS record if I’ve got a whole album’s worth of songs in the bag.  I stopped but now I’m back at it.  I’m putting together a few songs and again preparing to do a little tour with the Rumor to coincide with the DVD release.

MS:  With all of the technology available today pretty much anyone can have a recording studio in their home.  Do you think that’s a plus for the music industry…the ability to get so many different sounds out there?
GP:  The days of acts thinking they’re going to sell enough music to make a living are gone, really.  Very few break through into that area….a lot of hard copy sales or download sales.  I do think it’s good that people that might only have a modest chance can do it themselves at home for cheap.  I’m not a techie…I don’t have a lot of studio gear.  I have an Mp3 player that I record on.  I’ve got Garage Band on my computer but I don’t use it.  I’m lucky enough to always be able to get a gig (laughs).  But I do think it’s good that everybody can get a chance to make music.

MS:  After more than three decades you’re back on the road with the Rumor.  Was there any rust when you first got together or was it as if you’d never parted?
GP:  I can’t say there was any rust at all.  We just got right back into it.  It was very heartwarming and encouraging, really, because so much time had passed.  Once we started playing…there’s a symbiosis between us that just locks in.  To illustrate that, there are three of us playing guitar.  I don’t need to play guitar when I’ve got two great guitarists.  There are some songs where I stop playing, thinking I can do it without playing the guitar, and they tell me that my guitar is intracal to it.  And it is.  There are some songs where the three of us just lock in.  It’s a pretty amazing thing.  That just happened instantly.  We recorded the record in nine days.  It was basically done except for a few overdubs and backing vocals.  So that shows you the kind of form we were in.

 

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DVD Review "40 West"

Actors: Jennifer Nichole Porter, Scott Winters, Brian A. White, Kathleen Kimball, Wayne Newton
Directors: Dana Packard
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Honey Tree Films
DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
Run Time: 120 minutes

Our Score: 3 out of 5 stars

I have to admit that I had never heard of “40 West” before it showed up at my door. I am glad that I checked this out (for the most part) since it is a well-written low-budget indie with a nice punch ending. This plays out like a slow-burn character drama/thriller, though maybe a little too slow. Running two hours, this could have been easily trimmed by 30 minutes and been much more effective. Jennifer Nichole Porter is not just the star of this film, she is also the writer and composer as well. Being a fan of music, I really enjoyed the music in the film for sure. Speaking of music, who doesn’t love Wayne Newton? His role in this film is very clever and well-executed.

“40 West” focuses on Maeve (Jennifer Nichole Porter), a blues singer, that ends up with her car breaking down and purse stolen, when she is about to take a trip. She is helped out by a stranger Elijah (Scott Winters), who looks helpful but then ends up setting her up with ex-con husband Colin (Brian A. White), who handcuffs her in a hotel room and plays catch up after being in prison for five years. The events get more complicated when Colin’s girl from the pen, Arlene (Kathleen Kimball), shows up and on top of that Arlene’s husband Bud (Wayne Newton) makes his appearance as well.

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Film Review “This Is 40”

Starring: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann and Jason Siegel
Directed by: Judd Apatow
Rated: R
Running time: 2 hours 14 mins
Universal

Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Back in 2007 audiences embraced an ace comedy called “Knocked Up.” And while most of the laughs came from the main plot (one night stand results in pregnancy – hilarity ensues) more than a few came from a look at a married couple with kids of their own. With “This is 40” that couple moves up to top billing.

Pete (Rudd) and Debbie (Mann) seem to have it all. A beautiful home, two great daughters and businesses they both enjoy. But something is about to happen that threatens to shake up their world. This year they are both turning 40. At least Pete is. Debbie maintains she’s still 38, which can be pretty unsettling when your medical records are usually filed by your date of birth. While Pete embraces the milestone Debbie shuns it, even going as far as to scold Pete for taking Viagra. She doesn’t see it as an enhancement for him but as a crutch, as if he doesn’t find her attractive anymore and needs a little help to rise to the occasion. Thus begins a series of events that most of us would call by one word: LIFE.

Like most films from the mind of Judd Apatow, “This is 40” is a mix of raunchy humor and heartfelt emotion, the beauty of which is that often a single scene contains both parts of the equation. Both Pete and Debbie have their quirks. Debbie is a stealth smoker while Pete has a weakness for cupcakes. Both have problems with their respective fathers, men well advanced in age yet involved in new marriages and squires of young children. Things begin to go south when it’s discovered that both spouse’s businesses are losing money, either through bad karma (Pete manages an independent record company whose latest signee, Graham Parker, hasn’t sold a significant album since the late 1970s.

With a little more “adult” then usually found in an Apatow “adult” comedy, the film is carried from start to finish by the cast. Rudd plays another variation of his most familiar character, the quiet and mild mannered, “what me worry” male lead, which is a role he does well. Mann, who is married to Apatow, continues to grow as an actress, mixing humor and drama well here. The family is completed by the addition of Apatow and Mann’s daughters, Maude and Iris, who acquit themselves well in supporting roles. As Pete’s money mooching father Larry, Albert Brooks makes himself endearing while John Lithgow also shines as Debbie’s often-absent pop Oliver.

The script, also by Apatow, has it’s funny moments but some of the lines seem like retreads from earlier films. When a reporter asks Graham Parker how his new album is different from his others the musician replies, “It’s not.” Same with the script here. Still there are enough laughs to carry you through some of the repetitive scenes and a great cameo by Melissa McCarthy that almost makes up for all of them.

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AMC Altamonte 18 – Altamonte Springs, FL
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Official Site: www.Thisis40movie.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thisis40
YouTube: www.youtube.com/thisis40film

Twitter Hashtag: #ThisIs40

Genre:  Comedy
Cast: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Megan Fox, John Lithgow, Iris Apatow, Maude Apatow, Melissa McCarthy, Robert Smigel, Charlene Yi and Albert Brooks
Written and Directed by: Judd Apatow
Produced by:  Judd Apatow, Clayton Townsend, Barry Mendel

Writer/director/producer Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old VirginFunny People) brings audiences This Is 40, an original comedy that expands upon the story of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) from the blockbuster hit Knocked Up as we see first-hand how they are dealing with their current state of life.