Monday, December 05, 2005

'17 Old Tyme Pagan Spirituals' a mix tape by Chip Kinney

Over the weekend, I helped our old Rock 92 friend Hinzy move into his new digs. Rock 92’s Joe Davis and Marcia Gan helped out.

Marcia said something that I had never thought about before. She said, “Brad, when you move, you’d better be prepared to open yourself up. By moving your stuff, people truly get to see who you really are.”

And she was right about the winter like weather in the form of sleet that we received just as we had finished up. Earlier that day, I pointed out that the clouds looked like snow and I guess that I wasn’t too far off the mark either.

As for the rest of the weekend, it was rather uneventful. I watched three of discs that I had received from Netflix. My newest Netflix buddy, Kristina, suggested two of them.

‘Dead Man’ is a Johnny Depp film and while watching it, I found myself remembering parts of it. I kept stumbling on the flick whenever my remote stopped on the Independent Film Channel years ago. It’s always been on my list of flicks to see, but those little post-it note reminders in my head kept slipping off the slimy insides of my mind and fell into a crack or something.

Kristina was right about one thing; you shouldn’t watch this flick unless you’re fully awake. It does tend to move a little slow, but it’s one of those films that you just let soak in like Palmolive.

I really liked ‘Dead Man’ and I gave it four stars on the Netflix grading scale.

Next up, ‘Wonderland’ starring Val Kilmer as legendary adult film star, John Holmes.

The film is all about drug deals gone wrong because of the characters and egos involved that led to a brutal slaying on Wonderland Avenue in Hollywood. Holmes was charged with his involvement and acquitted as well as Hollywood club owner, Eddie Nash.

Holmes was an oily weasel that played everyone that he came into contact with. Drugs turned this low self-esteem porn star into a liar and a thief. How can a man with 14 inches under the hood have self-esteem issues? That’s a great mystery to me.

Holmes didn’t like showing it off. Hell, I’d be breaking that joker out anytime someone wanted to see it. I’d figure out how to put ink pen refills into it so that I could use my gargantuan wanker to sign autographs.

How’s that for a visual?

In the film, we learn from Holmes’ wife Sharon that he was involved because he showed up at her house the morning of the murders covered in blood. He took a bath, confessed, and recanted quickly as if he was just speaking mindless “junkie”. She kept that secret until he died six years later from AIDS complications in 1988.

‘Wonderland’ is a great anti-drug film. It just goes to show you that no matter how big of a stick that you carry, you can be dragged down by the animals in the jungle. I gave ‘Wonderland’ five stars. And there’s even crime scene footage from the LAPD. It’s a little gruesome, but cool.

Kristina also suggested ‘The Boondock Saints’, another fine, fine suggestion that I gave a full five stars to.

It’s about a couple of Irish brothers taking on the role of judge, jury, and executioners to all ne’er-do-wells.

I also think that this flick is my favorite Willem Dafoe movie. I want to tell you about a scene, but I can’t because the full effect will be lost when you see it. Just check it out if you want to know what I’m talking about. It’s a very, very fun movie.

Kristina works for Portrait Homes, and with ‘Yes Weekly’ magazine and 1075KZL (our sister station), they are putting on another fantastic get-together at Much in downtown Greensboro this Thursday evening. So, if you’re in the market for a new home, come see Kristina and challenge her on movies. She’ll kick your butt on the independent flicks I can assure you.

The invitation to join my Netflix buddy list is always here…

Since I’ve been working out, I’ve managed to kill a treadmill and a stationary bike. Today while working out, my Sony “boom box” let me know that it’s giving up the ghost. The CD player quit working properly almost a year ago and now the cassette tape player has blown its wad. As of right now, the radio is still operational.

Can you still purchase boom boxes with tape decks?

I still have thousands of cassette tapes that I listen to on a regular rotation. They are mostly mix tapes by friends and myself. Also, tapes of most of my college radio shows from WQFS.

The tape player bit the dust on Judas Priest’s ‘Night Crawler’ from Chip Kinney’s mix tape that I’m listening to today. The title of the mix tape is also the title of today’s blog entry. The tape proved worthy as excellent workout music.

Maybe I should just bite the bullet and purchase an I-Pod.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:17 AM

    You need to watch the documentary, Overnight, to see the story behind The Boondock Saints. Talk about your cautionary tales.