Monday, July 28, 2014

ShowCount 2014: Patrick Sweany

The Bridge
Columbia, MO

This dude Patrick Sweany, you need to check him out. If you like the blues with a solid rock feel, with a mix of southern and old school, this is where it's at. When you go to a Patrick Sweany show you get to see exactly what the guitar was invented for. Patrick and his unassuming guitarist, newly added to the band Zach Setchfield unleash the full potential of all six strings. And Patrick could literally punch you in the face with the power of his voice. He's got an incredible stage presence, personality, and is a super nice guy.

Show #10 of 2014.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

#137 - MovieCount 2014 - Lucy

Luc Besson is one of my favorite directors and this is another good one, and it is CRAAAAZY. It's like a high tech Flowers For Algernon, except instead of a mentally disabled janitor, it's hottie Scarlett Johansson, plus a ton of violence, and she doesn't go back to being a dumb blonde at the end.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

#136 - MovieCount 2014 - Noah

I thought that with this being a big time, big budget Bible movie, they might try to make it seem as realistic as possible - nuh-uhh - just the opposite. So now I know that giant rock people (who look like Transformers) built Noah's Ark. 

ShowCount 2014: Chuck Berry

The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
St. Louis

A chance to see a living legend, the man who INVENTED Rock 'n' Roll, the man who had his 1st hit with "Maybelline" in 1955, Marvin Berry's cousin, Mr. Chuck Berry. The St. Louis native plays a monthly show in the intimate Duck Room underneath Blueberry Hill in the Delmar Loop, he's 88 this year so I figured I better take the opportunity while I could.  So here's the thing, you go to see Chuck Berry, you don't go to see Chuck Berry play his music. You don't want to hear this, but the years have worn him down. It was awkward, a little sad. He can't sing, can hardly talk, can play a little but it comes and goes, slow and out of tune, the band does a hell of a job to carry him along. I couldn't even tell you a song from the setlist.  His daughter sings and plays harmonica and his son plays guitar, and they are both fantastic. Chuck Berry will never retire, even though he should, it was rough, and everybody in the room knew it. At the same time, everybody in the room gave him the reverence and respect due. It was an unusual experience, and almost seemed like a morbid living museum display.

The opening act, whose name escapes me right now, was very good. Imagine a blues band with Charlie Wilson singing lead.

Show #9 of 2014.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

#134 - MovieCount 2014 - Need For Speed

If you look at this as a straight-up movie adaptation of a video game, it is excellent. You don't even need to care about what's going on with the storyline or plot - doesn't matter - it looks like a real life video game. 

ShowCount 2014: End of the World Party II

The King Bees
Seven Days Fuller 
Tri Point Paradox 

Quincy, IL

So awesome to have such incredible local acts without having to travel two hours in any direction to see them. And these are 4 bands that I would probably travel two hours to see if they weren't playing locally. Especially for the rare occasion to see the rarely assembled Tri Point Paradox. Show #8 of 2014.

#133 - MovieCount 2014 - Bram Stoker's Dracula

So when Dracula sets up shop in London, it's at Carfax Abbey. Ha. Show me the Carfax. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

ShowCount 2014: Lebowski Fest

Those Darlins
The Features
Tony and the Tan Lines
March Madness Marching Band
Bobby Bare Jrs' Young Criminals’ Starvation League

Executive Lawn
Louisville, KY
7/11, 7/12

When you count Quincy's Blues in the District, I've been to a few more shows than I've actually kept track of this year - but I didn't count those because I was barely listening & did more socializing.  The 13th Annual Lebowski Fest in Louisville featured some incredible musical acts, from rock, to yacht rock, to marching bands, and back to rock. I only missed one of the acts (Louisville's King Kong), but the ones I did see were all great and are all worth checking out.  Gonna go ahead and combine this into show #7 of 2014.

#55 SeriesCount 2014 - 24: Live Another Day

Technically season 9, billed as a limited event series, this could have been the most 24 season ever. Jack being Jack, yelling and running and killing. Chloe hacking stuff, looking supergoth. Trying to cram a season's worth of exposition, new characters, & action into a half season. The deadly Hellfire missiles that were being used to terrorize the city in this season, really only blew up enough real estate to take out a single car or a storefront.  There were the expected crazy plot twists, completely unnecessary story elements, the usual turncoats, and bad guys to replace the bad guys that are taken care of before the season finale. 

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

#128 - MovieCount 2014 - Ghostbusters

"Gozer the Traveler. He will come in one of the pre-chosen forms. During the rectification of the Vuldrini, the traveler came as a large and moving Torg! Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants, they chose a new form for him: that of a giant Slor! Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you..."

Monday, July 07, 2014

#127 - MovieCount 2014 - Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll

The same day I received my tickets in the mail to see 87-year-old Chuck Berry for the first time, Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll comes on. The excellent half documentary / half concert film shot at Chuck Berry's 60th birthday show at the Fox Theater in St. Louis in 1986. There are so many great rock legends in this movie that I have been lucky enough to see; BB King, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, & a young Robert Cray. Now I'll be able to add the guy who arguably invented rock 'n' roll.     

Sunday, July 06, 2014

July 4th at Busch Stadium

I've been to 2 (possibly 3) games on July 4th at Busch Stadium. Pretty good place to be - even for a life long Cubs fan. I shot video at both games, and a few things have changed between July 4th 2002 and July 4th 2014. There's a new Busch Stadium, I have better cameras, and I post much shorter videos (even though the old video is a bit more entertaining)... In the 2002 video we run into Rich Eisen at Mike Shannon's and I was drunk and throughly embarrassed myself by talking entirely too much. That part is (lucky for me) not recorded on video, but it's terribly obvious I'm pointing a video camera right at him and he knows it.

#126 - MovieCount 2014 - Transcendence

This movie was much better than I expected. Spoiler-ish stuff ahead: This movie could have been a great setup for the TV series Revolution. If that show would have been based off this movie, it might have been better.

#125 - MovieCount 2014 - Wet Hot American Summer (Second Viewing)

Made it halfway through the year before watching a movie for the second time. 125 movies in. If I wouldn't have skipped three weeks in February and random weeks since watching non-movies, I'd be much further along.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

#124 - MovieCount 2014 - Amélie

Mon film préféré étrangère. Je souhaite que ma femme a bien aimé ce film.

#123 - MovieCount 2014 - A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Jackie Earle Haley auditioned for the role of Freddy Krueger. He didn't get the part, but his friend Johnny Depp who went along to the audition ended up getting cast in his first movie. Haley ended up playing Krueger in the 2010 remake.

Friday, July 04, 2014

#122 - MovieCount 2014 - Batman Begins

I don't know why they didn't stay consistent with the look of Gotham City from Batman Begins for all three Nolan/Bale movies. I think it would have made for a better trilogy. Also, I said it on day one, and I stand by it today, I believe Ben Affleck will be the best Batman ever.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

#121 - MovieCount 2014 - Almost Famous (Director's Cut)

Amazing. Every time. If you love what this movie is about (the music history aspect) look up the writings of Cameron Crowe about Led Zeppelin (here's a convenient link).  There are so many cool small roles in Almost Famous -- Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rainn Wilson, Marc Maron, Mitch Hedberg, Peter Frampton, Erin Foley, Kevin Sussman, Jay Baruchel, Kyle Gass, Eric Stonestreet, Nick Swardson & Jimmy Fallon all pop up in memorial roles. Re-watching Almost Famous has me even more incredibly excited than I already was for Cameron Crowe's upcoming Showtime "Roadies" project.

So many scenes from the movie I love, that are memorable, iconic, or emotional, but every time, a scene that really stands out for me, are the first few seconds from this scene that made the cut into the movie:

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

#120 - MovieCount 2014 - Airheads

Airheads is 20 years old this summer. I still love it, still love the music, still have the soundtrack. Great cast, and it's set at Fox Plaza, same place as Die Hard.

Monday, June 30, 2014

ShowCount 2014: Almost KISS

Almost KISS

The Dock

I thought I saw all the rock I needed to see last Saturday after the Maulers final show, but Almost KISS, the KISS tribute band was a nice nightcap. I caught the last third of their set down on Quincy's riverfront, and they were great. I was up front, something that would never happen with actual KISS, but there was no less chest hair. Almost Gene Simmons and Almost Paul Stanley were almost dead ringers for the real thing. Great show. 

But I will admit in retrospect, Almost Gene Simmons sounded WAY MORE like the real thing when it was loud and live in person, and I had alcohol in my system...

Show #6 of 2014.