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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

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Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
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Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
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The Human Centipede (First Sequence)' divides audiences with creepy, twisted multiplication tale

Rod Lott May 6th, 2010

Those who likely would call "The Human Centipede (First Sequence)" the most disgusting movie they've ever seen aren't likely to see it at all. A mere scan of its plot summary would send a majority of ...

Those who likely would call "The Human Centipede (First Sequence)" the most disgusting movie they've ever seen aren't likely to see it at all. A mere scan of its plot summary would send a majority of moviegoers fleeing for far lighter fare.

That's completely understandable, but those with strong stomachs and a jones for horror films should seek it out. At least its idea is original, which is more than one can say for anything else at the multiplex.

Except this one's not playing at a theater near you. Not in this town, anyway. But in this day and age where the moviegoing experience is no longer limited to the silver screen, "The Human Centipede" is simultaneously available nationwide on demand, so fire up your cable service for a night you won't soon forget "¦ no matter how hard you might try.

Written and directed by Holland filmmaker Tom Six, the picture begins like so many American slashers: with two superficial young women on their way to a night of Bacchanalia, only to run into car trouble on a remote road.
And after that? Let's just say the picture takes a hard, hard right.

Too stupid to change a flat tire, Lindsay and Jenny (newcomers Ashley C. Williams and Ashlynn Yennie) run through the rain for help, coming upon the home of Dr. Heiter (Dieter Laser, TV's "Lexx"), who looks like the Teutonic version of Christopher Walken.

Once a leading surgeon in separating Siamese twins, the doc is now retired, but hardly sedentary. Whereas he used to divide, he now multiplies. His first experiment was joining together a trio of Dobermans " his beloved "3-dog," he called it " and now he has designs on kicking his research up a notch by forming "a human centipede." Take that, Bill Nye!

Lindsay and Jenny showing up on his doorstep provide Dr. Heiter with two unwitting subjects, thanks to a dose of roofies. Soon, he drags home a third: a young Asian man (Japanese actor Akihiro Kitamura). When they all come to, the doctor explains he's going to connect them so that they form one continuous digestive system; you do the math. I'd like to think even Victor Frankenstein would argue a line has been crossed.

Dr. Heiter's procedure is successful, and the second half of the film entails their coping with their new, um, living arrangements, and making futile attempts at escape.

Granted, that's one sick premise. It's supposed to churn the contents of your stomach. But, like Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" shower scene, the mind fills in the blanks, making the proceedings seem much worse than they actually are. Yes, you see Dr. Heiter's newly minted freak of nature, but you don't see what's going on beneath the bandages.

Trust me: It could've been a lot worse. Apparently, Six is saving that for this year's sequel, "The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)," which will entail a dozen victims and make this one look like "My Little Pony," he promises.

Had those bandages been stripped away, even the most steel-nerved audiences wouldn't be able to take it.

Many won't, anyway, despite an approach that's actually kinda arty. In line with Dr. Heiter's sterile basement laboratory, the film is clean itself, rendered in crisp colors and slow, precise movements. Six directs with an eye toward interesting angles, so it's not as in-your-face as, say, any given "Saw" sequel. Arguably, it comes across as intelligent, despite not saying anything intelligent.

No doubt aided by his odd looks, Laser's portrayal of the mad doctor is genuinely horrifying, especially since no explanation for his peculiar hobby is given. Among his playthings, Williams acts the hell out of her role, conveying total vulnerability through tears, sobs and exposed flesh. How she was able to do it with her jaw planted in Kitamura's hindquarters for half the time is a mystery.

"Entertaining" is the wrong word to affix to this kind of movie. With a mix of ballsiness, originality and a sheer OMG factor, there's something to it, even if you can't quite put your finger on it. And who'd want to?

Bottom line: God help me, but I liked it. "Rod Lott
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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