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RADnotBAD: John Jack Joseph

30 Sep

John Jack Joseph-Optimized.

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I was sitting at The Blackheart back in February, finally having made my way out to see Jack McBrearty (The Electric Friends, Partyy Dress) perform a solo set as John Jack Joseph, the project had just begun to grow legs and the awkwardness of having not acclimated fully to the absence of  having three friends to draw strength from as he had been doing for years with The Electric Friends was obvious, probably not so much to the laymen observer, the dude has clearly been playing shows for the better part of a decade, for someone who has seen him lose himself on stage as long as I have though it caught me off guard.

Near the end of his set he seemed to shrug some invisible chip off his shoulder and went into this slow driving song “Open-Ended, Middle-Class Blues,”  all the effects he had been using throughout the set to create some idealistic wall between he and the audience had been torn down and for the first moment in all the time I’ve seen the guy play he took complete command of his sound and forced it all into its proper place behind him as demons no longer allowed to torment him but instead to be used through some ancient spell as puppets to sway before the audience at each twitch of his hands. The bar hushed and turned to the stage, the bartenders, the other bands, even the traffic outside stopped to allow the presence of John Jack Joseph to speak.
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Every set I’ve caught of his since that five minute magnetic moment you can see him honing in on whatever IT is. Each set the moment grows longer, each set he becomes more of a presence than a person, something about the way he has gone about his path leads us to believe he has always known it was there, like when Don Juan speaks to Castaneda about learning to know the precise time to dig up the plant so it will bring about knowledge rather than spiritual death, “a man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide-awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. Going to knowledge or going to war in any other manner is a mistake, and whoever makes it will live to regret his steps.” It is as if that fear, not so much of failure but instead of self-destruction, had kept him trying to find a Continue reading

Masochistic Masterpiece: Rhinestone

16 Jul

Rhinestone

Director: Bob Clark

Writer: Sylvester Stallone | Phil Alden Robinson

Staring: Dolly Parton & Sylvester Stallone

Year: 1984

HCK! Rating: “I Fell In A Pile Of You And Got Love All Over Me”

Favorite Quote: “You’d have thought we all got together and decided how we could fastest ruin our careers.” – Sylvester Stallone when asked about the film years later

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox

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Where to start on this glorious display of raw artistic brilliance. Sylvester Stallone took one of Phil Alden Robinson‘s (Field of Dreams | Sneakers)  scripts and dry humped it with boxing shorts while watching Dallas reruns. Stallone butchered it so badly, Robinson fought to have his name removed before the studio persuaded him that the twenty-eight million dollar budget and the “caliber’ of cast guaranteed it would be foolish not to have his name attached to the final product.

The concept is simple; Dolly Parton is locked into a singing contract with some sleazeball sexually-condescending bar owner and may have finally figured a way out of it. The bar is known for ripping any new singer apart who attempts the stage leaving Parton to carry the weight of being the only talent to fill the place; our first taste of this comes Continue reading

HCK! Best Songs Of 2014

19 Jan

HCK! Best Songs Of 2014

The HCK! Best Songs of 2014: Part 5

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10. I Love You Collective – “I Feel Dead” – (link)

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9. Sturgill Simpson – “Long White Line” – (link)

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8. La Hell Gang – “The Beginning Remains The End” – (link)

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7. White Reaper – “Cool” – (link)

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6. Flesh Panthers – “I Lost My Mind!” – (link)

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5. The Janitors – “Here They Come” – (link)

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4. Denney & The Jets – “Charlie’s Blues” – (link)

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3. Vamos – “Jaded ’86” – (link)

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2. Travel Check – “66 $” – (link)

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1. Pop Zeus & Wyatt Blair -“I’ve Never Been More Alive” – (link)

RIP MIKEY… The world is a much shittier place without you in it.

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HCK! Best Songs Of 2014

18 Jan

HCK 2014 Best Of Part 4 2

The HCK! Best Songs of 2014: Part 4

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25. Sultan Battery – “Satellite” – (link)

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24. The Wolf – “Tied By The Roots” – (link)

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23. Meatbodies – “Tremmors” – (link)

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22. Nice Guys – “Herb Chambers” – (link)

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21. Spray Paint – “Rest Versus Rust” – (link)

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HCK! Best Songs Of 2014

15 Jan
HCK 2014 Best Of Part 1

Image From Waxwork (Vestron Video 1998)

 

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The HCK! Best Songs of 2014: Part 1

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100.  Ladywolf – “Bright Haze” – (link)

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99. The Holy Motors – “Silver Forty Five” – (link)

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98. Mama – “Open Secret” – (link)

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97. Denney & The Jets – “Broke” – (link)

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Masochistic Masterpiece: Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare

2 Oct

Rock 'N' Roll Nightmare

Director: John Fasano

Writer: Jon-Mikl Thor

Year: 1987

HCK! Rating: “Hurts So Good”

Favorite Quote: “Let’s tune our weapons!”

Distributor: Academy Entertainment

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I spend as much of my spare life seeking out the most awful movies ever made as I do tracking down new bands , I think it’s time I started sharing them. We’re not just talking the run of the mill, Mark Wahlberg is screaming at alien robots, kind of  bad movies, these are the deeper, “who in the hell was this made for”  painful, confusing, ridiculous type where time and existence melt and bend until nothing but a sea of unanswered questions brings you as close to a Timothy Leary level of consciousness as a mere mortal can get.

So where to start? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself for weeks. With October finally here and my inner child geeking about Halloween I might as well make this first month dedicated to horror films. I can’t imagine a better one to start with than Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare. Continue reading

RADNOTBAD: Ditch Witch

30 Sep

Ditch Witch Album Cover-Optimized-Optimized-1A few weeks ago one of my buddies Joe, who runs Toilet Ov Hell, mentioned that he was looking for the best metal band in Austin and asked what my thoughts were. He listed off a few who he considered the crème de la crème‘ and I was immediately caught off by his not referencing Ditch Witch. It just seemed nonsense not to have them in the conversation when they were my instant number one. Sometimes I forget just how many great bands reside here. Continue reading

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