Friday, August 30, 2013

TONY JAA's THE PROTECTOR 2 is coming! (video)

#tonyjaa #rockfile #martialarts
For those outside of "martial arts cinema", Tony Jaa will be making his US film debut in Fast and the Furious 7 (or whatever the title really is). Fans of martial arts flicks have known about Tony for years. His nearly superhuman feats are the real deal and you can forgive some of the less than stellar moments in his Thai films because the action scenes are so amazing.

The Protector (Tom-Yung-Goong, original title) was his second movie after Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, which is the better of the two.  Looks like they are taking the sequel to new levels, check out this trailer:

trailer for the first:

Ong Bak trailer:


Thursday, August 22, 2013

POMPEII Trailer Uses STEVEN WILSON Music (video)

#stevenwilson #rockfile #pompeiimovie
I know Steven Wilson is a huge movie buff but I doubt if he had anything to do with his song being used in the trailer for the upcoming Paul W.S. Anderson epic. (Anderson has directed some of my guilty pleasures like Event Horizon, Soldier, Aliens Vs Predator, Death Race, Mortal Kombat and most of the Resident Evil movies.)
If you haven't already picked up the Porcupine Tree front-man's latest, The Raven That Refuse To Sing (And Other Stories), you should, it's one of the best albums of the year! The song fits this trailer perfectly!

Release Date: February 21, 2014
Genre: Action, Adventure
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Writer: Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler, Michael Robert Johnson, Julian Fellowes
Starring: Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Carrie-Anne Moss
Studio: TriStar Pictures (Sony)

Plot: The film follows an enslaved Celtic gladiator who falls in love with a noblewoman on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man who slaughtered his family years earlier.

Pompeii Official Trailer courtesy of Sony Pictures.


Monday, August 19, 2013

LUCKIE The Cat: ???-8/19/2013

 #LuckieTheCat #rockfile
In late August 2004, I was filling in on my station's morning show on Grand Cayman Island. Hitting the road before sunrise one morning, I heard a strange squeaking sound.  Living in a house almost surrounded by Caymanian "jungle", I was used to hearing strange noises and went on my way.  The next morning, I heard it again and discovered it was a really rough looking little orange kitty.  She was dirty and in bad shape but instantly wrapped herself around my feet. I already had two cats at the time and did not want to bring a stray into the house but I had to take her to the vet.

She was approximately 6 years old. Her teeth were broken and diseased, causing her quite a bit of pain. She had sustained some fairly serious injuries including a possible head injury. She also had a litter of kittens, at some point. To have her teeth removed and get her cleaned up was $600 CI (about $750 US). Wondering how a cat would survive without teeth, the vet was confident she would not have any problems as cats have a hard layer of gum tissue. (If you ever met Luckie, you know by her size, eating was never a problem for her!) 

Shortly after bringing her home, Hurricane Ivan slammed into the island as a Category 5 storm, she was still wearing the cone. We lost 16 of the 17 trees in the yard and the car was never found. Since we had not yet decided on a name for this little scruffy kitty, after the storm she was called Luckie.  Had we not taken her in, there is no way she would have survived that storm. And at this point, we did not know how well she would recover. But she never wanted to go outside again.

Luckie was still "on the mend" when we were able to evacuate her from Grand Cayman Island. She was putting on weight and starting to look like any other cat.  She did not do much more than squeak but she was the sweetest, most loveable cuddler ever. She was so happy just to "be". Every morning, while had my morning conversation with "mr. porcelain", Luckie was always draped across my feet...purring.  Even if Archer beat her there, she would wedge her way in. It got crowded in the bathroom sometimes.

She adjusted to every situation like a trooper, no matter how tough. She always got motion sick but once at the destination, she was up and ready to go. She moved from Grand Cayman to Atlanta to the Florida Keys and to Coconut Creek over the last nine years. 

When there were three cats in the house, she kept mostly to herself but always found times when laps were vacant and she could get some attention. She was also very defensive of us and the other pets. Scrappy even. I would warn Archer while playing with her that she had lived in the wilds of Grand Cayman Island and probably knew tricks he didn't. She loved our two dogs just like they were her cats.


Since Sebastian passed last December, Luckie had "stepped up" her love factor. When we come home, she came to greet us at the door like Remy and Archer. And if you made it into the house before she knew it, once discovered, you would hear her excited little squeak and she would come running. She waited at the door for the dogs to get back from their daily walks.  When we were home, she was always around.

 She and Archer would stalk and chase each other around. I think the "toothless wonder" always won. She loved Remy but he was not too sure about her...he eventually realized she was trying to pet him, not claw him. She spent countless hours on our screened in back porch, it was her favorite place. Looking at the nature preserve behind our house, maybe it reminded her how lucky she really was.

A friend once told me that Luckie was the lucky one to have found such a wonderful home. But we were the lucky ones to have shared time with Luckie the cat.  
You will be missed, little girl.


Friday, August 16, 2013

HEAVEN'S BASEMENT: I Love This Band (video)

 #heavensbasement #rockfile
There is an up and coming rock band that has taken things back to the basics and come up with a fresh sounding, swaggering collection of fun rock songs called Filthy Empire. You need to check out Heaven's Basement!

After hitting #1 on Rockfile Radio FIRE with "Fire Fire", we are already getting a great response to the next track, "Heartbreaking Son Of A Bitch".

The band is currently on tour until the end of the year:


Thursday, August 8, 2013

CBGB Movie Trailer (video)

#cbgb #rockfile
In the late 90's, I was lucky enough to party at this historic establishment. You could actually feel the history and energy in every fiber of the place. While I am sure it will take dramatic license with the story, the movie looks like a lot of fun! They are aiming for an October release.

The movie stars Alan Rickman as boss Hilly Kristal, who opened the night club in 1973 with the intention of running a country, bluegrass and blues establishment – then oversaw its transformation into the birthplace of US underground punk.

The Ramones, The Police, Talking Heads, Blondie, Television and Dead Boys are among those featured in the movie, which includes Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop.

CBGB closed in 2006 following a rent dispute with its landlords, and Kristal died the following year – but his insistence that every act he booked had to play all-original music is remembered as a golden rule that changed the face of American rock’n'roll.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

THOR: THE DARK WORLD Trailer (video)

#thor #marvel #rockfile #ttdw
Although I grew up on Marvel Comics, I really was not a Thor fan. X-Men, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Iron Fist, Avengers, yes but Thor, not so much. That's why the first movie was such a surprise, I have enjoyed it as much, if not more, than the other recent Marvel movies. I am very much looking forward to this:

Thor, the Mighty Avenger, returns to the big screen in Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World" on November 8!

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Happy Birthday ALLAN HOLDSWORTH (video)

#allanholdsworth #rockfile
Allan Holdsworth (born 6 August 1946) is an English guitarist and composer. He has released twelve studio albums as a solo artist and played a variety of musical styles spanning a period of more than four decades, but is best known for his work in jazz fusion.

Holdsworth is noted for his advanced knowledge of music, through which he incorporates a vast array of complex chord progressions and intricate solos, the latter comprising myriad scale forms derived from those such as the diminished, augmented, whole tone, chromatic and altered scales, among others, resulting in an unpredictable and "off" sound. His unique legato soloing technique stems from his desire to originally play the saxophone, but having been unable to afford one he thus intentionally utilised the guitar in order to make it sound like a different instrument. He has also become associated with playing an early form of guitar synthesizer called the SynthAxe, a company which he endorsed in the 1980s.

Holdsworth has been cited as an influence by such renowned rock and instrumental guitarists as Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Greg Howe, Shawn Lane, Richie Kotzen, John Petrucci and Alex Lifeson. Frank Zappa once lauded him as "one of the most interesting guys on guitar on the planet".

source: wikipedia


Monday, August 5, 2013

DEAD LETTER CIRCUS - I love this band (video)

#deadlettercircus #rockfile
We are four days away from the release of the second album from Dead Letter Circus. I discovered this band with a few others from "Down Under" when I stumbled across a video of theirs a couple of years ago. I imported their EP and was blown away. Their 2010 debut, This Is The Warning, was finally released in the US May 2011. I feel strongly enough about this band that both Rockfile Radio stations play Dead Letter Circus. I pre-ordered my copy of the album, how about you?

A track from the new album, "Lodestar":

Taken from the Dead Letter Circus album "The Catalyst Fire", to be released August 9 via UNFD. For more information check out


PRE-ORDER ON ITUNES (Free Bonus Acoustic track)




Songs from This Is The Warning:
(For some questionable reason, the band or management has decided to disable embedding these videos, so links are provided.)

Although it is not working in my region, hopefully you can stream the new album from this link: