Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Lost Tribe Podcast - Ep. 30: The Honor of the Samurai

Lost Tribe Podcast

Ep. 30: The Honor of the Samurai

In this episode the boys discuss their seemingly irrational hatred for Karate, but as it turns out they have plenty of reasons.  Following these diatribes they get into the new Dropkick Murphys album and how great Bad Religion continues to be over 30 years into their career.  After discussing the finer points of ska the podcast ends with an informative discussion as to exactly the Wii-U is, and what happens when you buy it drunk.

Get it here or on iTunes.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Podcast: Lost Tribe Podcast - Ep. 29: Maybe Try Wearing A Shirt

Lost Tribe Podcast

Ep. 29: Maybe Try Wearing A Shirt

In this episode the boys discuss a wide array of topics, starting off with family death threats and then quickly moving on to Hatebreed and our unnatural apprecation of Tay-Swift.  After that the Oscar predictions are in and the praise and disdain is not in short supply.  Finally the boys finish off the night discussing websites they love (tumblr porn) and websites they love to hate (reddit).

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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Review: Left for Dead - Devoid of Everything

Left for Dead
Devoid of Everything

Anyone familiar with Left for Dead knows that it’s nearly a foregone conclusion that a review written about them by a hardcore fan is going to be glowingly positive. So let’s just get this out of the way: I love Left for Dead.  And yes, I giggled like a school girl when I found out they were releasing this discography and recording new material. Also, anyone familiar with Hamilton, Ontario will not be surprised to find out that there was a time in the late-90s/early 00s that this city consistently produced the most angry, fast, metallic hardcore Canada had to offer.  The epitome of this working-class-teen aggression came from Left for Dead, led by Chris Colohan (Swarm/Cursed/Burning Love) and Jeff Beckman (Chokehold/Haymaker/Pick Your Side).

My only issue with Left for Dead up to this point was their piss-poor production.  Now, as a fan of both hardcore and black metal, I’m really not caught off-guard by bad recordings and production, but I always knew that it was an injustice that such a furious band had such flat, tinny sounding recordings.  Fortunately, thanks to a complete remastering from the original ¼” reels by Kevin Bernsten and James Plotkin, the days of Left for Dead sounding like garbage are over!  I’ve never considered myself an audiophile in the sense that I don’t obsess over sound quality (I either listen to music on my $100 record player or on my phone at 128kpbs) but the change in quality between Devoid of Everything and Splitting Heads (or any other release) is unbelievable.  And to anyone who is about to get nostalgic and talk about how they hate are wrong.  Flat out.  Devoid of Everything is the best that Left for Dead has ever sounded, on any format.  It’s heavier, crunchier, warmer, cleaner, and finally gives this band the sound they’ve always deserved.

In other words, you can now listen to songs like “Eight Floors Above”, “Who Do You Know?” and “Left For Dead” and they will be even more crushing and aggressive-sounding then they previously were...and these are some of the most destructive, scream-your-guts-out confrontational songs I had ever heard....and now they are remastered and even more obscenely heavy.

Go buy it now!

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Lost Tribe Podcast - Ep. 28: Alex Jones vs. The Reverse Vampires

Lost Tribe Podcast

Ep. 28: Alex Jones vs. The Reverse Vampires

In this episode the boys spend an entire hour dissecting and discussing Alex Jones.  Is he a demagogue? A prophet? A crusader? A fucking nut job? Well each of the boys and the special guest have lots to say about the issue. Stemming from that, the discussion shifts to 9/11 truthers, chem trails, and of course the reverse vampires. Put on your tin foil hats and enjoy.

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Thursday, 10 January 2013

Podcast: Lost Tribe Podcast - Ep. 27 - Argo Fuck Yourself, 2012!

Lost Tribe Podcast
Ep. 27: Argo Fuck Yourself, 2012!

In this episode the boys round out 2012 with a look back on the year that was. This process involves talking about their xmas presents ($200 beer store gift certificates!), continue their debate about Prometheus (it is!), what TV shows they enjoyed (not My Boys!), and most importantly a heated debate about the best movies of 2012 (Total Recall???!?!?).  So long 2012, it's been fun, but get the fuck out of the way!

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Thursday, 3 January 2013

J's Favourite Movies Of 2012

I don't get to the movies as much as I should. Netflix and iTunes makes it way to easy to sit at home and wait for the movies to come to me. As a result, there were a number of flicks this year that I missed that I'm sure I will love.

That said, I did see a ton of flicks this year that I thought were awesome. The caveat being that I tend to like really stupid movies. Stupid, awesome movies.

Anyways, here's 10 flicks that I liked this year. Plus another one... just because.


Ben Affleck is one good ass movie making motherfucker.

I liked Gone Baby Gone and The Town, but he really outdid himself on this shit. Argo was tense, darkly funny and thoroughly enjoyable all the way through. It also includes my favorite line of the whole year (the thing about exfil operations being like abortions).

Yeah, it took a bit of a shit on historical accuracy. I don’t care though.

The Dark Knight Rises

What else honestly needs to be said about this flick?

I just feel bad for whatever poor bastard they dig up to make the next batch of Batman movies.

Also: I still think Bruce Wayne died.

I generally don’t get the mountains of praise and money that get thrown at Seth MacFarland. I guess Family Guy has it moments, but that’s as far as I’m willing to go on that one. For some reason though, I thought Ted worked astonishingly well.

I think this flick did a good job of using its ridiculous premise to tell a pretty simple story about a dude whose adult life is crippled by his stubborn refusal to grow up and move on.

Shit was legitimately funny, too.

The Avengers
I honestly have no idea if this was better or worse than Dark Knight Rises. It’s kind of a pointless argument. In the end, I had more fun with Avengers.

The biggest thing, to me, about this movie was that Joss Whedon finally figured out how to use the Hulk. If anyone was gonna crack that one, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised it was him.

21 Jump Street
Not the movie I was expecting at all. This shit was awesome because it was completely aware of how dumb the entire premise was… and how dumb it was to be making a 21 Jump Street movie in 2012… and acted accordingly.

Plus, Ice Cube plays Ice Cube better than anyone. But skinny Jonah Hill kinda weirds me out.

“Stop bothering Korean Jesus! He’s busy. With Korean shit!”

Total Recall
My expectations for this movie were so low that as long as everything was more or less in focus, I was gonna be satisfied.

While the resulting movie was in no way the stuff of legends and, frankly, I don’t think anyone will remember it in 6 months, as far as eye candy goes, this thing was tough to top. I really dug the look of the world, I liked the robots and Kate Beckinsale is almost impossibly good looking.

This flick reminded me of Inception in the sense that it took a fairly left field concept and presented it in a way that it never got overly confusing. It could have been a pretty convoluted mess, and instead was an enjoyable and easy to follow story about redemption.

I didn’t Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young Bruce Willis, though. He just looked like Joe Rogans little brother to me.

The Amazing Spider Man
Full disclosure: I really didn’t like the Sam Raimi Spider Man movies. Except for the third one, which I felt personally insulted by. To this day I’m not convinced there’s ever a good reason to put Toby McGuire in a movie. Also: Kirsten Dunst sucks.

So, maybe this is really a nod for “most improved franchise.” All I can say for sure, that in a lot of ways, this was the take on Spider Man that I wanted from the beginning. I actually bought Peter Parker as an awkward high school student in this one. Besides which, Emma Stone improves everything she shows up in by at least 50%. That's just mathematically true.

Cabin In The Woods
My favourite thing about Joss Whedon is this: No matter how outlandish the story he wants to tell is, he’s really good about getting there honestly. I can’t think of a single time I’ve been watching project with his name on it where I felt like shit was coming out of left field. Even on Buffy, he always earned every crazy thing he wanted to put in… Like “The Initiative,” remember that shit?!

Anyways, that holds true here as well. Yeah, the whole thing is insane, but at no point does it feel confusing or dishonest. The big twist (if you want to call it that) is set up from the very beginning. And when the climax comes the whole thing has a kind of internal logic that tons of lesser movies in the genre lack.

Plus, when those elevators open up? I haven’t giggled with glee like that in years.

Probably my favorite thing Joss Whedon put his name to all year. Think about that.

The Grey
Liam Neeson is a wolf punching motherfucker. With any other actor in that role, I don’t think it would have worked. I really don’t see that anorexic from Twilight punching wolves.

I’ve always imagined that Liam Neeson was gonna be punching wolves anyways and he figured this movie was a good way to get paid for doing what he loves.

Token Documentary!
Bones Brigade: An Autobiography
Stacy Peralta makes damn fine documentaries.

As much as I loved Dogtown & Z-Boys though, it was a little before time. This thing is much more my speed, I sincerely hope the next skateboard movie he makes covers the late 90's-mid 2000's. "Pro Skater," The X-Games it could be awesome.

Also: Rodney Mullen is fucking special effect. None of that shit should be physically possible.