Friday, February 21, 2014

Happy Birthday RANDY BLYTHE (video)

#randyblythe #lambofgod #rockfile
David Randall "Randy" Blythe (born February 21, 1971) is the vocalist and lyricist of American groove metal band Lamb of God and side-project band Halo of Locusts. He also performed guest vocals for Cannabis Corpse, Overkill and Gojira. He is known as D. Randall Blythe on Lamb of God's albums. As a teenager, he looked up to the Sex Pistols, Megadeth, Bad Brains, Slayer, and Motörhead.
In June 2012, Blythe was arrested in the Czech Republic and was indicted on manslaughter charges related to the 2010 death of Daniel Nosek, a 19-year-old fan, after a Lamb of God concert. Despite finding that Blythe had pushed the fan off the stage, Czech courts held that the liability for Nosek's death lay with promoters and security members and acquitted Blythe of the charges.

source: wikipedia


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Happy Birthday SEAL (video)

#seal #rockfile
Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel (born 19 February 1963), known by his mononym Seal, is a British R&B and soul singer-songwriter. Seal has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male in 1992, four Grammy Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award. Seal is known for his numerous international hits, including "Kiss from a Rose", which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1995 film Batman Forever. He has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. He is a coach on The Voice Australia.

source: wikipedia


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happy Birthday HENRY ROLLINS (video)

#henryrollins #blackflag #rockfile
A big Happy Birthday to one of my favorite people on the planet. 
Although I am not a huge fan of his music, I do respect what he has to say.

Henry Rollins (born February 13, 1961) is an American spoken word artist, musician, writer, journalist, comedian, publisher, actor, radio DJ, and activist.

After performing for the short-lived Washington D.C.-based band State of Alert in 1980, Rollins fronted the California hardcore punk band Black Flag from August 1981 until mid-1986. Following the band's breakup, Rollins established the record label and publishing company 2.13.61 to release his spoken word albums, as well as forming the Rollins Band, which toured with a number of lineups from 1987 until 2003, and during 2006.


Since Black Flag disbanded, Rollins has hosted numerous radio shows, such as Harmony in My Head on Indie 103, and television shows such as The Henry Rollins Show, MTV's 120 Minutes, and Jackass. He had a recurring dramatic role in the second season of Sons of Anarchy and has also had roles in several films. Rollins has also campaigned for various political causes in the United States, including promoting LGBT rights, World Hunger Relief, and an end to war in particular, and tours overseas with the United Service Organizations to entertain American troops.

source: wikipedia


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Happy Birthday CHRISTOPHER GUEST (video)

#christopherguest #spinaltap #bestinshow #rockfile
Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest (born February 5, 1948), better known as Christopher Guest, is an English-American screenwriter, composer, musician, director, actor, and comedian who holds dual British and American citizenship. He is most widely known in Hollywood for having written, directed and starred in several improvisational "mockumentary" films featuring an ensemble cast. This series of films began with This Is Spinal Tap, and continued with Waiting for Guffman, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration. Guest also had a featured role as the evil six-fingered Count Rugen in the film The Princess Bride.
He holds a hereditary British peerage as the 5th Baron Haden-Guest, and has publicly expressed a desire to see the House of Lords reformed as a democratically elected chamber. Though he was initially active in the Lords, his career there was cut short by the House of Lords Act 1999. When using his title, he is normally styled as Lord Haden-Guest. Guest is married to the actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis.

source: wikipedia


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Times change. Or do they? (video)

#rockfile #whatsonmymind #yojimbo #toshiromifune
You have heard it now and probably from people all your life, "Things are changing for the worse..." "Things are not the way they were..." "Things were better back..."
The other night I was watching Yojimbo, a Japanese movie by Akira Kurosawa relased in 1961. The story of a 19th century wandering samurai (ronin) opens as our hero happens upon an argument between a boy and his parents. The parents want him to stay home, stay out of trouble and become a farmer like his father. The boy says he wants nice clothes, a nice place to live and he would rather have it all now and die young then sit at home until old age. The father responds: kids these days, all they want is the fast way of doing things rather than hard work.

I am paraphrasing but you get the point.

Does this sound at all familiar? You can believe all the media tries to sell you about your life. Or you can choose to realize, people are people and things really haven't changed as far as the basics go. We may have greater technology but we still deal with the same problems we always have. Kids grow up quicker than we wish and someone will always try to tell us/them the grass is greener on the other side. And it rarely is.

The movie also deals with small town politics, corruption from those in power, etc...all the stuff we are still dealing with today. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

And the real truth, things were not better in the past. We are smarter and much better off than we have ever been. We cure diseases, we continue to learn more about the universe we live in and our place in it. It is a freaking exciting time to be alive!

You may have seen one of the remakes: A Fistful Of Dollars, Last Man Standing or The Warrior And The Sorceress. but they all stray (more or less) from some of the points Kurosawa was trying to make.
And no one can touch Toshio Mifune!