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Recommendations: October 5, 2008
10/05/08 at 02:14 AM by Chris Fallon
Call me old-fashioned, but these albums bring back the beauty of youth blossoming into adulthood.

Music RecommendationJimmy Eat World - Bleed American

As I was beginning to grow out of my punk rock/radio rock kick in high school, this album came along and had me floored - who knew pop could remain so powerful while being so heavy? Brilliant, catchy and technical - much like Pinkerton in a way, another disc that grabbed me by the shirt collar and shook my naive ears awake.

Music RecommendationAlkaline Trio - Maybe I'll Catch Fire

I still remember the day I bought this: it was summer of 2000 and I was heading into my junior year of academic achievement. I was a big Offspring and Green Day fan, and I had heard something about this group named Alkaline Trio - a friend of mine told me they were similar but darker. The moments I put the headphones on and heard "Keep 'Em Coming," it was like a breath of fresh air for me. To this day, I still look back at it fondly as being the album that gave me the ability to explore outside my pop-punk roots.

Music RecommendationThe Get Up Kids - Something to Write Home About

I got into the Get Up Kids around 2001-2002, a little late, but in time regardless because I was fortunate enough to see them before they split. I kept hearing about them from a buddy of mine who was a band geek - so naturally, I felt compelled to see what the hubbub was about. I found this record in a used record store bin for $5 and hey, when ya find a deal ... ya find a fucking deal, am I right? "The Company Dime" and "Valentine" hit me in ways that really brought a new sense of musical fulfillment to my ears. The Get Up Kids and Jimmy Eat World are two bands I credit with getting me into Far, Braid and Mineral ... and what helped keep me away from the other bullshit "emo" bands that tried to be as influential but couldn't stack up.

Song RecommendationLess Than Jake "History of a Boring Town"

I can't even begin to tell you how many times I listened to this when I was a teenager. Hearing it now at 25 still brings me back to exactly how I used to feel at that time ... amazing, isn't it? How one song can simply transport us back to where we first fell in love with one line, one note, one word that summed up everything we wanted to hear at that very second. I love looking back.
Tags: alkaline trio, get up kids, jimmy eat world, less than jake, recommendations
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Recommendations: September 21, 2008
09/21/08 at 02:26 AM by Chris Fallon
I haven't done one of these in a while, so I'm going to keep it simple.

Music Recommendation
Weezer - Pinkerton

Let's face it: this album gets recommended a lot but for very good reason. I went through my Weezer catalog this week to refresh my mind on just exactly why I fell in love with this band so hard back in the day. While they remain in my top ten simply due to their infectious melodies and incredibly interesting and somewhat complex structures here, this album might be in my top five albums ever. Why? First off, the dark tone reels me in; one of my favorite things about pop music is the moodiness, the mystery, the dark undertones some bands bring to it. The topics Rivers covers here are also wildly unorthodox and, above all, confessional on a level not many pop bands bring. "Tired of Sex" and "Butterfly" begin and end the album in an entirely self-confessional way, still an album that stands on its own 12 years later. BUY IT!

Music Recommendation
Wheatus - Suck Fony

This is a bit of an obscire release to many, and while I'm sure "Teenage Dirtbag" is the only Wheatus song you even know, this re-release of their poorly promoted 2003 album, Hand Over Your Loved Ones (with an all-too-obvious jab at their former label in the new title), it has some exceptionally wicked pop gems here. "Lemonade" is a nice reflective break-up track, "American in Amsterdam" is simply a blast and "The Song That I Wrote When You Dissed Me" is infectious and smarmy. They even do a great job covering Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" - Brenden Brown's unique vocals really emphasize the melodies here. You might be surprised how good at writing great pop hooks Wheatus is (yep, they are still making music) ... but this album is a great example of underappreciated stuff that should have and could have been big. BUY IT!

I also highly suggest watching some professional football tomorrow. Two games that are sure to be fun early-season matches go on tomorrow: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (I'm a McNabb supporter) and Dallas at Green Bay (lifelong Packers fan here) in the evening. Being a Seahawks fan, they are playing the Rams at home and - weather permitting - should be an easy one, despite all the injuries we have been plagued with.

Keep an eye on the stands for my girlfriend ... I should be going to that game. Stupid job...
Tags: recommendations, weezer, wheatus, sunday, football
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Recommendations: August 24, 2008
08/24/08 at 03:47 AM by Chris Fallon
Music RecommendationJesse Malin - Glitter in the Gutter

First off, allow me to thank fellow red namer and good friend, Tony Pascarella, for introducing me to this young talent. I'd never heard of Malin up until a few days ago, and I have been hooked ever since. Perhaps it's my inner Springsteen fan calling out and my love for guest stars (and boy, does the dude have a lot of 'em, including the Boss himself), but either way, this third solo album is a remarkable piece of work, if not a collection of material that Malin obviously has quite a bit of.

The guest stars range from Ryan Adams (Malin's BFF) to Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) to Jakob Dylan (The Wallflowers), and they only add to the immense vocal talent and slick songwriting Malin presents on this record. Sure, it's nothing wholly groundbreaking or new, but it doesn't have to be: it's classic songwriting, in the vein of what the aforementioned Springsteen and Adams effectively do, and have won over so many with. I'm a sucker for heartland America type of songwriting, and for me, Malin is another healthy slice of apple pie on my American dessert menu. He even does a slow, bluesy, and I want to say passionately soulful rendition of a Replacements song all of you should be familiar with (Paul Westerberg - apreesh!). Butch Walker, quite possibly my favorite musician of all-time, comes to mind when I listen to this album ... and fuck, I can't tell you enough how much of a great thing that is.

Check out his first single from the album, "Broken Radio," a duet with (you guessed it!) the Boss.


Music RecommendationHouse of Heroes - The End is Not the End

Our fearless leader, Mr. Jason Tate, does not lie when he says this band is the future of great pop music. On their follow-up to their self-titled 2005 album (re-released as Say No More in 2006), the band literally takes not one step up in their sound, but a few good leaps and bounds in their powerful dynamic. I don't want to get too into this because I have a review planned for later on in the week, however, if you need a rest from the bland pop-punk crowd currently flooding the airwaves and website message boards, do yourself a favor and check out a band that is the future of great pop music in House of Heroes.

And please ... support the band come September 16 - buy the long-awaited disc and don't just download the leak.
Tags: recommendations, jesse malin, house of heroes
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Recommendations (08.03.08)
08/03/08 at 01:22 AM by Chris Fallon
Today, I would like to recommend to you all to check out some of my favorite records by classic singers and songwriters, each who brought a very unique style of pop, soul and life to their music. I chose four artists and four albums that if you've never given a listen... well, you ought to consider starting now.

Music Recommendation
Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run (1982)

Widely considered to be the Boss' best work (although you could set-up a worthwhile argument for Born To Run as well), this is the record where his songwriting really came to shine. Initially intended to be a regular Bruce & the E Street Band album, the Boss decided he liked his acoustic demos so much, he would release them as the actual album. While you can hear them in electric form on any tour, this is the way you should hear them, as an intimate peek into the acclaimed songwriting talent from Bruce Springsteen, Jersey's hometown hero. Check out: The title track is simply awesome. BUY

Music Recommendation
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks (1968)

Van Morrison is one of those incredible songwriters who, in my eyes, go widely unnoticed by too many people in mainstream, modern music. His wildly passionate and genuine vocals offer up so much sincerity on his masterpiece, which took 30 years to go Gold, it makes this a rich tapestry of folk music, jazz and Irish soul - even you even know that existed. While many may not recognize the eight tracks on this disc, that is probably the best part about it: it's an album that has received so much acclaim across the board, contains no hits and still resonates a moody texture after 40 years. Overshadowed by the Beatles' fame and the rise of hard rock, this is an album any believer in real music needs to own. Check out: "Ballerina". BUY

Music Recommendation
Bob Marley and the Wailers - Exodus (1977)

Despite the addition of the Wailers in the artist title, this is actually a Marley record - it's his words, his revolutionary talent at the helm, and to many, the primordial reggae album of all-time. Containing three of the Jamaican songwriter's biggest international hits ("Jammin'," "One Love/People Get Ready" and "Waiting in Vain"), Marley wrote the album after an assassination attempt was made on his life. The overwhelming positivity and words of hope demonstrated by Marley's impeccable voice make it clear that the man is as close to a prophet as we could have found on Earth. Rich, beautiful and organic in such a profound way, this should be a record every single person needs to own. Check out: The title track might be one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever. Period. BUY

Music Recommendation
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On? (1971)

I'm going to go ahead and call this the best R&B/soul record of all-time. The reason I can make such an audacious claim like that is, well, a couple reasons:

1. Gaye has one of the best voices in music I have ever heard. For me, you can't top that gorgeous effect of harmony he prominently featured on all of his tracks.
2. This was Gaye's first attempt at a solo record. For years before, he was in a duo with Tammi Terrell, who collapsed dramatically in Gaye's arms whilst performing on stage with him and died. Gaye refused to record ever again (he even tried out to play for the Detroit Lions), and eventually, he got his inspiration back after co-writing the titular title track and standing his ground to legendary Motown Records CEO Barry Gordy, who thought the song was "too political".

The record was a massive success and again, showed how much of a remarkable talent Gaye was and how inspirational his words and music were to a generation. The album still holds an unwavering power over me due to its pure and endearing emotion, in which every word dripping from Gaye's mouth is so meretriciously spoken, you know he means everything he says. Check out: I still have to say, especially in this day and age, we could use another "What's Going On" right about now. BUY
Tags: recommendations, bruce springsteen, marvin gaye, van morrison, bob marley
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Recommendations: July 27, 2008
07/27/08 at 01:44 AM by Chris Fallon
Music RecommendationThe Living End

Australia has a rich musical history when it comes to full-on rocking the fuck out. AC/DC was the first big Australian import to demolish sales charts and massive arenas worldwide. Other groups soon followed, playing bluesy rock riffs with vocals from guys who were blue collar chaps who sounded like they had made a habit of smoking and taking shots of straight whiskey as a remedy to improve their fearsome pipes.

Sadly, The Living End, a band who takes that hard-rocking attitude of AC/DC and working-class symbolism of the Clash, has gone largely unnoticed in the United States, only garnering two hits from their early records, "Prisoner of Society" (from their self-titled 1998 album) and "Roll On" (from the eponymous 2000 album) and a track on the popular video game, Guitar Hero II. It's a shame these splendid musicians who write enthusiastic and inspired anthems for the everyman have received little attention outside of their home continent. Think Stray Cats meets the Clash and Green Day - if that sounds enticing, then this is just the band you've been looking for.

This three-piece is notable for its use of a proper, stand-up bass and the masterful guitar work of Chris Cheney, who for the record is one of the most criminally underrated guitar players of all-time. His technique is flawless and quite extraordinary, backed up by two other skillful masters in their own right, Scott Owen and Andy Strachan. Their blend of 1950's-inspired rockabilly, classic punk and bluesy hard rock is a combination to die for, and they have yet to make any serious missteps in a long and lustrous career.

While they have toned down the heavy Brian Setzer/Joe Strummer influence and picked up a graceful melodic sound to match Cheney's spectacular guitar work, they continue to prove why they are regarded as one of Australia's best bands (after all... this is the same country that gave us Air Supply and Jet), and a creative force to be reckoned with. Give their discography a peek and see if you can't not hum along. You're sure to be mesmerized by the sheer genius and talent these three lads possess. It's just a shame after 14 years and five full-length records... there are still people out there who have never listened. Time for that to change.

Besides... Jason Tate likes 'em. I like 'em. You can't beat that kind of dynamic duo rec'ing a band of this caliber. Trust me.

State of Emergency > White Noise > Roll On > Modern ARTillery > The Living End

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Recommendations: July 20, 2008
07/19/08 at 10:51 PM by Chris Fallon
Movie Recommendation

Obviously, if you've taken a gander at your television or visited any website (like this one, for instance) then you know about The Dark Knight and why it is so special, what it's about and most importantly, understand its power.

After the long, much-anticipated wait, it's comforting to see a film that not only fulfills every bit of hype you had in your Batman-craving brain, but surpasses that hype and fucks it to oblivion; it blows the shit out of whatever you think it is going to be: dumps all over your expectations and then cleans it in such a spectacular way, it comes out cleaner and more pristine than it originally had been.

Yeah, it's every bit as good as it promises itself to be, which is a rare commodity in this movie-going day and age. That is why you will hear so much about this movie until ... well, the end of time.

The best superhero movie of all-time? Of course. It would be incredibly difficult for me to say otherwise, especially considering it's leaps and bounds ahead of the previous movie, Batman Begins, which used to be my first choice for best superhero flick. Best film of 2008? I don't see how it couldn't be; as cute as Wall-E is and as fun Iron Man is ... this film is in a ballpark of its own.

Now it'd be reckless as a movie fanatic to call this my favorite film of all-time, but I do think it's safe to assume it will lodge itself in my top ten. It has that much of a grip on my psyche, which is incredibly hard-to-find in practically any film you watch these days. The last movie that really had me so interested I wanted to watch it immediately afterwards was The Departed, which wasn't too long ago but before that ... well, I can't remember a movie that had me that tightly wound and affected.

Masterful. I wish I could make a movie like that. All I can ever think to do is write raunchy college comedies.

Music Recommendation

Smoking Popes - Stay Down

Classic Chicago punk band that influenced the likes of Bayside return with their first studio album since their 2005 reunion. In case you're unfamiliar with the Popes' work (and if you're smart, you shouldn't be), the band was like the Chicago version of Jawbreaker in the 90's. They had one big radio hit in "Need You Around," from 1995's Born To Quit, which was also in the teen flick, Clueless. The band never hit the mainstream success tourmates Green Day and Jimmy Eat World would see, but they are equally influential with some classic records that many have overlooked.

Their new record kind of slipped by the radar of many since being released digitally a few weeks back (it will be physically released August 5th), but is one of 2008's biggest surprises. From the initial punch of "Welcome to Janesville," the Popes not only sound better, but have come right back into their own without missing a beat. It's an impressive return to form and sure to be on my year-end list. I have to say ... when a band you love releases something you weren't expecting and it hits the spot, it's an incredible feeling. BUY

Music Recommendation
Eve 6 - It's All In Your Head

It saddens me Eve 6 doesn't get recognized as often as I feel they should. They were one of the better pop-punk artists to emerge from the 1990's, and Max Collins' is a hell of a lyricist - his ability to blend witty repartee and emotional conquests is quite remarkable, never stooping to a level where he spoon feeds his words to the listener.

The band's last album came out in 2003 and was released around the time their label RCA began falling apart (the label has since revamped itself) and the band asked to be released from their contract. It's unfortunate, too - the disc was a rawer effort, still encompassing the lush pop hooks found on their two prior albums, but certainly taking some of the pop sheen contained on Horrorscope away. It was a refreshing collection, full of vigor and minus a few ho-hum tracks ("Friend of Mine," "Girlfriend"), one of the better pop-punk releases in years. "Arch Drive Goodbye" wouldn't feel out of place on a Jimmy Eat World album; "Hokis" is like a big spit of energy in the face; and opener "Without You Here" is a quick blast of amped-up pop-punk, leaning more on the punk side of things.

The band recently reunited last fall and as we anticipate their next move, take this album in and hope they continue to evolve as one of pop-punk most underrated and overlooked bands, always having more attitude than a bunch of scene kids who look as if they just wandered out of a bad fashion show. BUY
Tags: recommendations, eve 6, smoking popes, the dark knight
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Recommendations: July 13, 2008
07/13/08 at 02:54 AM by Chris Fallon
Music RecommendationLynus - Nice Outside

At only 32 minutes, this gem of an album is alt-rock/indie-pop at its finest. Think along the lines of The Pixies during their brighter moments, Vampire Weekend with less drawl and Weezer with less simplicity. It's melodic, sarcastic and a very enjoyable ray of sunlight into my musical window of 2008. Always nice to find something you don't expect to hop in your lap, and Lynus is something I'm glad I found. BUY

Music RecommendationThird Eye Blind

There are really only a handful of bands I could listen to for hours on end and never tire of. Less Than Jake, The Beatles, Marvelous 3 (or Butch himself), Lagwagon, Jimmy Eat World and Third Eye Blind. After listening to all three of the band's albums in a row, I was still aching to listen to them each all over again, and in the case of 2003's Out of the Vein (one of my all-time favorite albums), it's toxic melodies have seemed to made a nest in my brain. I find Stephen Jenkins' lyrics to be tremendously self-deprecating, full of metaphors and heartbreakingly intelligent all at once. The band has made few missteps in my eyes, and any band that can disguise songs about severe drug addiction, suicide, teenage pregnancy and pure lustful attraction all while making them pop hits ... they've got my full, undivided attention.

Listen to the evolution of tone and attitude on each release, separated by color, and pick up on the winsome melodic superiority Jenkins gives all his songs. You can practically smell the sweat and blood he injects into these deeply personal diary entries. BUY
Tags: recommendations, third eye blind, lynus
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Recommendations: July 6, 2008
07/06/08 at 03:12 AM by Chris Fallon
Music Recommendation

Trevor Keith - Melancholics Anonymous

Former Face To Face frontman, Trevor Keith, has taken his recognizable pipes to a different place on this terrific solo debut. It's a variety of musical fashions here, not simply a retreaded Face To Face record (not that I'd complain); there's a little bit of everything here. While I plan on getting a review of this up in the next week or so, I wanted to rec it to any Keith fan, a man who has shown us some tremendous skill in terms of songwriting while in the perennial SoCal punk band, and here he continues to prove to the world he's one of the better vocalists and lyricists of our time. Underrated, most definitely. Go to his website and buy it for $12 - shit, you could do a hell of a lot worse for a lot more. It will be worth it.

Music Recommendation

Sugarcult - Lights Out

Dark, moody pop with a mysterious, lustful undercurrent ... that might be the most justifiable description of Sugarcult's last album, which never quite caught on with a mainstream audience (then again, their label did fold right after its release). The album is a brooding mixture of sex, passion and sensuous smoke-filled hotel rooms, swirling with a thick production and lyrics that possess desperation, loneliness and aggressive behavior. Really, it's Sugarcult's best effort: the blend of hazy, dark pop music with melodies that are simply gorgeous make this disc a very stellar release. Every pop band goes through this stage in their careers, releasing one album that juxtaposes previous material and sometimes, everything else afterwards. The sound this band presented early on was a very simple, quick caffeine jolt of pop-punk and to see where they have come now, is remarkable. Not many pop bands grow this much, this fast in their careers (Jimmy Eat World and Relient K are probably two of the best out there currently), and the more that can spread their wings, the better. We have far too many pop bands clogging up the scene, adding nothing to the landscape; this is the kind of breath of fresh air we need more often. BUY

Movie Recommendation

Wall-E (2008)
Directed by Andrew Stanton; starring two cute robots

No other movie has hit me in such a monumental way this year than Wall-E. Another "kid flick" that is truly a masterpiece for adults, this is not the kind of film you admire simply at face-value: this is the kind of film that sticks with you long after it's finished, continuing to seep into your brain at random times. Essentially, it's a robot love story with little dialogue and mature subject matter than rarely resorts to child-like humor and simply retains a youthful innocence that appeals to the most emotional parts of our human minds. Beautiful? Yes. Perfect? Pretty much. If you see this and don't walk away in love with that little robot ... you are a scientific miracle, because you are managing to live without a heart beating in your chest.
Tags: recommendations, wall-e, sugarcult, trevor keith
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Recommendations: June 29, 2008
06/29/08 at 01:59 PM by Chris Fallon
Music Recommendation

They Found Me, They Named Me - Ship As State (EP)

Consider me a self-promoter of sorts, and just read my review. BUY

Music Recommendation

Relient K - The Birds and The Bee Sides

Relient K's new b-sides collection (which I will be reviewing later on in the week) in an interesting record: it consists of 13 brand new songs from the Nashville Tennis EP (with each band member singing a song) and a slew of remastered recordings from the band's earlier days - that sound surprisingly fresh here. I'm not a religious person, so I don't listen to the band for it's faith-oriented hymns - they are a fantastic pop band, and their new songs continue to showcase the pop elements they incorporated into Five Score and Seven Years Ago. Be sure to get ahold of the new "hidden" song AP.net has provided you with (start by heading to the band's profile) and find all the other hidden bonus tracks that come available before the release date on Tuesday. BUY

Movie Recommendation

Batman Begins (2005) Directed by Christopher Nolan; starring Christian Bale

The hype we here at AbsolutePunk.net have been giving The Dark Knight is overwhelming (as demonstrated here and here). However, it's extremely well-deserved. After all, for comic book/Batman fans, this film is The Godfather Part II - a sequel that will top them all in our respected genre that has been giving us blueballs for years now (I would suggest wearing a raincoat to any screening of this movie you attend - lots of spooge will be erupting by film's end).

Still to this day, I hail Batman Begins as being the only Batman movie to give a shit about. As a lifetime Bat-fan, I like Nolan's vision of Gotham more than I ever liked the campiness evidenced in the TV show and the first set of films. This is the Batman I love - the one who says "SWEAR TO ME" while dangling a bad guy off a rooftop. Begins is 140 minutes and still leaves you craving more, which in my book makes you a fucking genius filmmaker. I could only dream of one day making a movie where the audience doesn't want the movie to end.

My anticipation for July 18th, 2008 has been long overdue and I, along with several other Batfans, will be having the time of our lives over and over again as summer comes to a close. Join us, won't you? And please ... if you have not already, allow the Joker to reach your avatar. BUY
Tags: batman begins, recommendations, relient k, they found me they named me
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Recommendations: June 22, 2008
06/22/08 at 01:26 AM by Chris Fallon
Music Recommendations

The Ready Aim Fire! - Strong Enough

Imagine Ben Gibbard (in his side project, The Postal Service) getting into a vocal match with Brian Warren (Weatherbox), then having both their voices collide and unite, like some kind of throat-related mash-up named Dave Trautz. Somewhere between indie rock and dreamlike electronica lies Walnut, CA trio The Ready Aim Fire's self-released debut, Strong Enough. The record displays ample amounts of passion and ferocity, demonstrated by Trautz's emotive songwriting and obvious dedication to his material.

I hope to have a real review of this gem up in the next week, but for now, take my recommendation and try this record on for size. BUY

Music Recommendation

The Clash - The Clash

Some would argue this debut is one of the finest ever released, and some would also argue this is the London punk pioneer's finest outing. I tend to side with London Calling (as do several others), but only slightly - this 1977 debut LP is a fast-paced punk slaughterhouse of rhythm and rockabilly/blues jangles, sung with sloppy passion by Joe Strummer and played recklessly effective by Mick Jones. This is the album that screamed to the world, "Hey, we're the fucking Clash!" ... and everyone listened. Intently.

This is the band and the album that inspired working-class punk in the style of The Bouncing Souls and (especially) Rancid. Still relevant, still powerful and still inspiring, sounding as effective as it did 30 years ago. BUY

Movie Recommendation

Apollo 13 (1995) Directed by Ron Howard; Starring Tom Hanks

I'm a known space geek in my family. I am absolutely fascinated by anything concerning NASA or our universe, and I love learning about everything astronomical. So it is no surprise that Apollo 13 still remains one of my favorite films to watch. 2 hours and 20 minutes has never seemed to short to me, and the intriguing tale of three astronauts trying to find a way to get back home with little communication and a broken spaceship is not only a true drama of epic proportions, it takes place during one of the most pivotal times in American history, making it that more hypnotic.

Tom Hanks obviously plays it cool as astronaut Jim Lovell and Ed Harris is pitch-perfect as NASA flight director Gene Kranz. The entire cast is a dream, and honestly, the movie never gets old to me - I'm just a sucker for space-related movies.

Okay, except this one and this one. BUY
Tags: recommendations, apollo 13, the clash, the ready aim fire
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Recommendations: June 15, 2008
06/14/08 at 09:41 PM by Chris Fallon
Music Recommendation

A06 - The Chronicles of A06, Vol. 1: The Dark Tower of Cyper Lecleur

Those inside the AP world already know all there is to know about this awesome band, but the combination of epic songs, epic storytelling and vocals that sound like John Nolan (Straylight Run) and Casey Crescenzo (The Dear Hunter) had a baby named "buysoap" (a.k.a. Matt Meylikhov) and taught him how to play guitar like Claudio Sanchez (Coheed and Cambria). If you dig progressive, alternative, loud rock music ... go find this record that is sure to capture the AP community by storm.

Music Recommendation

Sure, I've already written down my thoughts on this album before, but after playing it through the other day ... I realized how much joy it brings me. Hell, this band gives an immense amount of pleasure every time they come on. You like happy music? You like a band with a sense of humor? Then what in the fuck are still reading this for? Go listen to Reel Big Fish now before I use my banhammer powers.

Movie Recommendation

Does somebody want to explain to me why Leonardo DiCaprio got overlooked for this role? Oh ... yeah, well ... I guess he was pretty damn phenomenal in The Departed, but still - he gives an excellent performance in this film. As does the highly underrated Djimon Hounsou, who despite being in the shitfest Never Back Down earlier this year, in an unstoppable force in every movie he is in.
Tags: recommendations, reel big fish, a06, blood diamond
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Recommendations: June 8, 2008
06/08/08 at 01:02 PM by Chris Fallon
Music Recommendations
Rooney: Calling The World, the band's 2007 album was widely overlooked and it includes some of the best pop music you won't find on the radio ("When Did Your Heart Go Missing" should have been a hit of Maroon 5-like proportions). Unlike most of the cookie-cutter scene-kid pop-rock out there now, Rooney makes authentic pop songs that don't require you to feel regret when around other people.

Music Recommendations
Less Than Jake: The new album just might be the right ingredient to amplifying this summer's energy. Think Losing Streak and Borders & Boundaries if they were better heard as a cohesive whole rather than specific songs. More horns, still happy ... this should make people happy.

Movie Recommendations
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?(1988) still resonates as one of film's best creative works, combining still-terrific special effects with a storyline inspired by Roman Polanski's Chinatown - all involving 'toons. Christopher Lloyd as the evil toon-hating Judge Doom is still as scary as he was when I was 6-years-old and seeing Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse together still brings a big smile to my face. Revisit a Disney classic that has enough cartoons for kids to enjoy, but more adult entertainment than a majority of PG films these days ever do.
Tags: recommendations
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