Sunday, June 30, 2013

VanEps Rocks KISW's Men's Room Redfest

Unlike Mike Savoia, I don't get paid to write for KISW, so we'll wait for the epic story and pix from Mike to get the full report! But for the sake of archiving all the events I have filmed and bands we all love I wanted to share at least a few photos and one of the videos...

* apparently recording outside requires a special microphone for my camera, so excuse the sound. Also playing were Seattle's Mothership, who I fainted before I could get any photos or footage of! But do not worry, you'll be hearing plenty about The Mothership on Xanaland and of course VanEp's! 

Enjoy! and have a safe and happy 4th of July! 

a teaser of the show can be seen on our youtube channel 
xana land, click here to get there:
* sorry it would not upload here for some reason! 

 also, here is a video they did with local film guru Jamie Chamberlin, amazing musicianship and production combined! 

to contact VanEp's:
to contact Jamie at Black Dahlia Films:

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Yelawolf' Hip Hop Tribute to Classic Rock Pick of the Day

Now look here, I'm a rocker who dislikes most hip hop of the 2000's The few artist I do like are not white either! But this kid, I don't know what it is, he's a comedian for one, I mean, who writes a song about a Chevy? And makes the Box Chevy seem like the coolest girlfriend in the world. He almost got me to dump my chick, no lie...
Then there's his little known album that is a " tribute to Classic Rock" It really is pretty cool, so now....since this is my website, I get to play what I want! So por favor give my poor boy Yelawolf a listen, you just may be surprised! 

for my pal, Colby Clayton 

" The Worst Girlfriend in the World Joins the Band " Seattle's Almost Live Flashback!

Simply one of the funniest shows on TV in the 90's, and back with a new show, The 206, which we will be following closely, we also like to share the classic episodes, like this one from the skit, " The Worst Girlfriend in the World" , enjoy! 

Monday, June 24, 2013

A Moment with Motorhead and Wendy O!

A moment of your time for Lemmy and Wendy O! 
Is this the best or worst version of this song?

Leave your interesting or creative but never cruel comments below, and remember to subscribe! 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

James Gandolfini Talks About Getting Scared on Sesame Street

We here at Xanaland are devastated about the sudden death of James Gandolfini, it being a super moon and Soundtrack Sunday here on Xanaland doesn't make this weekend any easier, needless to say, we will be adding lots of great Gandolfini moments to our cinema blog, True Romance is a ' ' Xanaland Classic' , and who doesn't love The Soprano's ? Forget about it! 

For the moment we just wanted to share this adorable video of James on Sesame Street, enjoy! 

* sniffle sniffle *

Grunge's Black Sheep 'Stomach Pump' Returns to Seattle's Central Tavern!

I know what your thinking, black sheep of grunge? Trust me these guys make Nirvana look like a church band!

Featuring members of The Throw Up's and My Eye, this is sure to be a historic show, if you don't know who these bands are, your an idiot, you have no business reading this, and I should fire my publicist! 

Monday, June 17, 2013

7 Must Be Our Lucky Number for the Day: Count Flowers, Flavor Savers & Sneezes with The Count!

It wouldn't be another beautiful day in Xanaland if we wern't clowning with somone! Please enjoy this adorable old school video of The Count counting flowers, it's sure to brighten your day! One day The Count will visit Xanaland, and when he does, what shall we have him count? Monkeys? Roosters? Mustaches? Leave your interesting or creative comments below! 

Monday, June 10, 2013

So How Amazing is the New Queens of The Stone Age!? And What is Sancho's Dream Lineup For Fall?!

Now look there's no point in arguing with us in Xanaland, because much like the mafia,even when were wrong, were right! So it has been decided! (we are sorry Mustache and all apologies, Rooster) but the new Queens of The Stone Age is the best release of the year, so far! I was excited about The Melvin's and Deftone's new albums, but this takes the cake baby!   Lets see, Trent Reznor, Elton John AND Dave Grohl on the album?! Forget about it! 

Here's a track, the reason I wanted to share this is not only for the music but for the incredible art work

If you live in the U.K. , catch QOTSA at Rough Trade, the Old Truman Brewery on 91 Brick Lane tomorrow June 11 2013

My ultimate concert for Seattle this fall would be Seattle's Mothership, The Missionary Position, Morophine and Queen's of The Stone Age! f you agree give me a shout out on it someday and maybe some magic can make it happen, if you don't agree with me, then you can go screw yourself, your an idiot and I should fire my publicist! 

 QOTSA Drummer Joey Castillo. Nuff Said. Google it, yo.

As I was saying earlier about the art work the videos feature artwork from U.K. artist Boneface, so tomorrows show is bound to be an epic event

Art by Boneface

Just in case you need convincing, watch this killer 15 minute promo For QOTSA, Joey Castillo is so amazing...just sayin!

Now go drink a little water, and come back and then watch this...

Sassy aren't they....told ya! 
( the music I mean, not the bad hair and clothes )

the there's Seattle's Missionary Position

Lovingly nick named " The Beee Charmer " Jeff Angell and Ben Anderson of The Walking Papers wow Seattle when on rare occasions were treated to a surprise show of the very busy boys! 

and last but not least a totally fitting band from Seattle, The Mothership

Theses guys are amazing and the perfect band to open for Queens of The Stone Age!

No look if you still think you can argue with me then I have only one more comment 

Off with your head! 

Ahh, doesn't hurt to dream a little....

Buy New QOTSA here on Xanaland! 

Queens Tour Dates :

Sunday, June 9, 2013

via Dangerous Minds: Soft Self Portrait of Salvador Dali


Max Bialystock’s advice from The Producers, “When you’ve got it flaunt it!” was never more apt for an artist than Salvador Dali. Like Mel Brooks’ fictional character, Dali was a showman, a performer who loved money, fame and success. Unlike Bialystock, Dali was good with his finances, as his publisher Peter Owen once told me that Dali wandered around playing the mad man until the issue of contracts and money was raised, then Dali dropped the pretense and became lucid for the duration of any negotiations. As Owen noted, “Dali was a notary’s son.”
Dali’s need to show-off often eclipsed his genius as an artist. His appearances in public attracted more attention than his artworks, it was something he willingly indulged, once addressing an Anarchist rally with a loaf of bread tied to his head; at the opening of the 1936 London Surrealists Exhibition, he wore a deep sea diving suit; and was put on trial by his fellow Surrealists after he issued a public apology for attending a party dressed as the murdered baby Charles Lindbergh jnr., his wife, Gala dressed as his kidnapper. It wasn’t the dressing up that offended the Surrealists, but Dali’s apology - “sorry” it seems was the hardest word for Breton and co.
The Surrealists dismissed Dali as a grubby money grabber, but it is more likely they were jealous of his talent and envious that Dali had a sponsor, Edward James, a British millionaire, son of an American railroad magnate. James sponsored DalĂ­ for a number of years and was repaid with his inclusion in Dali’s painting “Swans Reflecting Elephants”.
Dali’s need to show-off came from a greater need than just a love of money. Throughout his childhood, he fought against the memory of another Salvador - his older brother who had died in infancy. As Dali later wrote in his autobiography:
All my eccentricities I habitually perpetrate, are the tragic constant of my life. I want to prove I am not the dead brother but the living brother. By killing my brother I immortalize myself.”
Originally made for French television Soft Self-Portrait of Salvador Dali (1970) is a brilliant and beautiful film that captures the artist in fine fettle, as he delights in performing for the camera. Here’s Dali indulging in his trademark mix of showman, clown and serious artist: hammering out a tuneless miaow on a cat piano (Dali associated pianos with sex after his father left an illustrated book on the effects of venereal diseases atop the family piano as a warning to the dangers of sexual intercourse); or sowing feathers in the air, as two children follow pushing the head of a plaster rhinoceros; or, his attempt to paint the sky.
Directed by Jean-Christopher Averty, with narration provided by Orson Welles.

Posted by Paul Gallagher of Dangerous Minds 

via Dangerous Minds:Sean Connery Gave TV its First Male to Male Kiss! Lucky Bastard...


Here’s a small piece of TV history as Sir Sean Connery kisses Richard Pasco in a BBC production of Jean Anouilh’s play Colombe from 1960.
This is the first ever male-to-male kiss aired on television. It would take the BBC another twenty-seven years to show two men kissing on-screen again, in an episode of the soap opera EastEnders. For fact-fans, the first man-to-man kiss in a major movie is claimed by Raf Valone in the 1962 feature Vu du Pont.
While this is a TV first, the kissing couple were not lovers but brothers. Connery’s character Julien believes his brother Paul (Pasco) is having an affair with his wife Colombe (Dorothy Tutin), and kisses Pasco to find out what makes him such a good lover. Hm, that old excuse?
This might seem like nothing to us today, but we should appreciate that homosexuality was outlawed in the UK,  a criminal offense punishable by gaol, until 1967, when the law was repealed. Therefore, it was more than hugely controversial to have two grown men kissing on TV (whether brothers or not) for it could have finished the careers of both Connery and Pasco, as they would have been seen as “corrupting viewers’ morals” and open to attack from those hateful right-wing moral evangelists, like Mary Whitehouse, who wielded such frightening and dangerous power back then. So, three cheers for Sir Sean and Mr Pasco.
The play Colombe was believed to have been lost or deleted, but copies of the drama turned up in the U.S. last year, after a reseracher found copies that had been sent to broadcaster National Education Television. The programs have now been returned to the British Film Institute in London, where Colombe will screened today.

Previously on Dangerous Minds

Via the Daily Mail
Posted by Paul Gallagher of Dangerous Minds 

via Dangerous Minds: The Monkees FBI Files!

In April, the FBI released an amusing file on its website that was kept confidential for three decades regarding a 1967 Monkees concert which featured (according to the memo’s author) “subliminal” and “left wing” messages.
“This series, which as been quite successful, features four young men who dress as ‘beatnik types’ and is geared primarily to the teenage market.”
A lot of it is still redacted, but here is the pertinent description of the concert from the file:
“…that ‘The Monkees’ concert was using a device in the form of a screen set up behind the performers who played certain instruments and sang as a ‘combo’. During the concert, subliminal messages were depicted on the screen which, in the opinion of [redacted] constituted ‘left wing innovations of a political nature.’ These messages and pictures were flashes of riots in Berkeley, anti-U.S. messages on the war in Vietnam, racial riots in Selma, Alabama, and similar messages which had received unfavorable response from the audience.”
There is a second Monkees-related document that remains classified!

Below, “Daily Nightly,” thought to be the first use of the Moog synthesizer in a pop song. Micky Dolenz saw one demonstrated at the Monterey Pop Festival and was amongst the first people to own one.
Thank you Nate Cimmino!
Posted by Richard Metzger for Dangerous Minds

via Dangerous Minds: There Will Be Blood and Boogie Nights Redubbed With Disney Character Voices

YouTuber dingdangler is back with the most violent scene from There Will Be Bloodredubbed with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck voices. This is damn hysterical, especially near the 1:07 mark. 
Bonus: Mark Wahlberg and John C. Reilly AKA “Dr. Steve Brule” rocking out in Disney Nights.

Posted by Tara McGinley

via Dangerous Minds: Ringo Starr on Laugh In 1970: A Man With a Banana in His Ear....

In early 1970, Ringo Starr (billed as “Peter Sellers” appearing in the role of Ringo Starr) made a memorable guest appearance on NBC’s Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In to promote his then-new comedy, The Magic Christian.
Although he is never onscreen for more than 30 consecutive seconds, in the quick-cut style of the show, Ringo still got plenty of airtime (and plenty of opportunity to promote The Magic Christian, as you’ll see). Ringo interacts with Artie Johnson, sexy Teresa Graves, (flamboyant for the times) Alan Sues, Ruth Buzzi and Carol Channing (who, oddly, hasn’t aged a bit since this was shot).

Posted by Richard Metzger

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Listen To Becks New Song " Defriended" via Rolling Stone

Five years after 2008's Modern GuiltBeck is finally back with new, original recorded material. His new spaced-two new albums – a previously announced acoustic album, plus another album that the source describes as the proper follow-up to Modern Guilt.
out electro ballad, "Defriended," leaked a few days ago, and an official version just hit the web (hear the song below). And he's not stopping there: a music industry source close to Beck reveals he is working on 
"Defriended" won't appear on either album. Fans can expect at least one more standalone single this summer, ahead of the LPs. (After years on Universal Music, Beck will release both albums independently.) The source described the acoustic album, set for release this fall, as a small-bore, self-contained work along the lines of 1994's One Foot in the Grave. "I have a bunch of songs I recorded about four years ago that I'm hopefully going to try to finish," Beck told Rolling Stone late last year. "I'm not sure if it's relevant anymore."
Beck has six U.S.  summer tour dates announced – including acoustic sets with Bob Dylan and Wilco at New York's Jones Beach and the Newport Folk Festival – plus full band sets in Brooklyn and Boston. Beck will also perform last year's Song Reader project in London on July 4th. More acoustic dates are to be announced soon.
 Listen to "Defriended" here:

via Dangerous Minds: Rcokshow, The Absolute Zenith of Paul McCartney's Post Beatles Career

Next week marks the first release on DVD and Blu-ray of Rockshow , the two-hour plus 35mm concert documention of Paul McCartney and Wings’ 1976 American tour.
It’s a corker.
The “Wings Over America” tour (or “Wing Over The World” if you saw them elsewhere) was the largest tour that McCartney had mounted to that point (there were two small scale UK college tours in 1972) and based on the evidence of Rockshow (filmed in front of 67,000 fans at the gigantic Kingdome in Seattle and at smaller shows at The Forum in Los Angeles and New York’s Madison Square Garden), it must’ve been thevery, very best time to have seen him perform other than during his Beatles days. (In any case, it was the first time North American fans had a chance to see McCartney perform since the final Beatles show at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1966.)
The set list is a motherfucker (song for song, the same as on the Wings Over America album) incorporating Macca’s very best solo material (“Band on the Run,” “Live and Let Die,” “Venus and Mars/Rockshow,” “Jet,” a magnificent “Bluebird”), five well-chosen Beatles numbers (“Blackbird,” “Lady Madonna,” “The Long and Winding Road,” “Yesterday” and “I’ve Just Seen A Face”) along with an excellent cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Richard Cory.” (I kept waiting for Denny to sing “Wish that I could be… John Denver” but that never occurs in this version, sadly.)
The incarnation of Wings seen and heard in Rockshow are Paul and Linda McCartney, drummer Joe English, and guitarists Denny Laine and Jimmy McCulloch. Brass and woodwind players Howie Casey, Steve Howard, Thaddeus Richard and Tony Dorsey were also along for the tour and again, other than the Fab Four, this was the very best band McCartney ever worked with. Rockshow captures him at a time when he was on a creative, personal and commercial peak and he’s obviously having a grand fucking time, grinning from ear to ear. (Not to damn the great man with faint praise, but this WAS his post-Beatles career peak. The indifferent London Towncame next and it was all quickly downhill from there…)
If you owned the triple LP Wings Over America set, you probably recall its distinctivelymurky, hissy sound quality. Here, the restored audio has been expertly realized and the super-clean 5.1 HD DTS surround mix can rattle the walls (I’ve been playing it a lot these past few days, I sure hope my neighbors like Paul McCartney!)
The camera work in Rockshow is solid enough (no allowances were made for the movie crew, so it’s often shot from the side or through mic-stands)) and since this was pre-MTV, the editing isn’t hyper-kinetic and you actually have a chance to see the musicians playing their instruments for at least several seconds at a time. Picture quality is kinda “eh” for 35mm on Blu-Ray (to my eye it appears to be 16mm blown up to 35mm and it’s more than a little grainy in the darker parts). Frankly, although I’d put this on and play it all the way through, it’s not like I’m ever going to sit there and watch it all anyway. Like most people, I just dip in and out of concert DVDs, so the picture quality (which isn’t bad, mind you, not in the least, it’s just not great either) doesn’t really bother me. It’s all about the audio quality in my book, and this sucker is the titsin the high fidelity department (I would never listen to Wings Over America again owning this one)
Occasionally there are continuity problems, as the group wasn’t all wearing the same clothes for each concert that was filmed, and at one point Denny Laine’s bass magically changes from a black Precision Bass into a blonde Telecaster. Something else that I found slightly amusing was during “Magneto and Titanium Man” when a huge Jack Kirby-drawn mural drops (after a little coaxing) then sits there, unmoving for the length of the song. Today that would be an animated 3-D CGI HD video spectacular, but I suppose that stadium rock was still in its infancy then. Another smile comes during “Live and Let Die” where it looks like the smoke bombs and pyrotechnics weren’t all that much fun for the band to experience from the stage.
For its minor faults, Rockshow is a delight, even the cutaways to the young audience members are charming. In his liner notes, BBC radio’s Paul Gambaccini describes them as “not baby boomers overcome by emotion as they recall the music of their childhood, these are young people hearing the music when it was still fresh”:
“When the camera focuses on individual faces during “Blackbird,” we see persons who are alive in the moment, completely engaged by the experience. They do not realize that, in 2013, they will be tearful with joy to have such beautiful memories.”
But don’t think this can only be enjoyed as a nostalgia trip, it rocks like a motherfucker.
Frankly, I get sent a lot of DVDs, but after I watch something once, I usually just toss it, give it to a friend or trade it in. Most DVDs are disposable to me, but I’m keeping this one. Rockshow is actually worth buying and making a part of your collection. Had a free review copy not arrived in the post last week, I’d have bought my own copy anyway. I’d rate Rockshow five stars out of five. If it sounds like something you think you might like, you probably will like it. A lot.
Rockshow came out on Betamax and laserdisc in the early 1980s, but it has not been available (legally) for over 30 years. EagleRock’s DVD and Blu-ray release makes the full concert available for the very first time ever. The excerpt below, from The McCartney Years DVD should whet your appetite for the full thing.
Posted by Richard Metzger

Monday, June 3, 2013

Nick Caves Amazing Lecture on Songwriting: The Secret LIfe of the Love Song

Nick Cave once suggested that, with The Boatman’s Call, he “was making a big heroic melodrama out of a bog-standard rejection”—the rejection, famously, being at the pink-and-chipped fingernails of PJ Harvey. Regardless, he succeeded in squeezing some fairly special songs out of that heartbreak, and some of them—“West Country Girl,” “Far From Me” and “People Ain’t No Good”—receive especially beautiful and intimate recitations in the course this 1999 lecture on songwriting, “The Secret Life of the Love Song,” written for the Vienna Poetry Festival and delivered on September 24th of that year:
To be invited to come here and teach, to lecture, to impart what knowledge I have collected about poetry, about song writing has left me with a whole host of conflicting feelings. The strongest, most insistent of these concerns my late father who was an English Literature teacher at the high school I attended back in Australia. I have very clear memories of being about twelve years old and sitting, as you are now, in a classroom or school hall, watching my father, who would be standing, up here, where I am standing, and thinking to myself, gloomily and miserably, for, in the main, I was a gloomy and miserable child, “It doesn´t really matter what I do with my life as long as I don´t end up like my father”. At forty years old it would appear that there is virtually no action I can take that does not draw me closer to him, that does not make me more like him. At forty years old I have become my father, and here I am, teaching.
The lecture itself, which provides no less than a truncated artistic autobiography along with Cave’s creative philosophy at the time, is very much a product of that occasionally rather humorless period of his work, but it’s still compelling stuff, and wonderfully read in Cave’s deeply sonorous, almost didgeridoo-esque speaking voice.
Posted by Thomas McGrath of the awsome Dangerous Minds 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

What's this?! Grumpy Cat Was Not Impressed by TIME Magazine's Photo Shoot

Grumpy Cat visited TIME, and it was awful. Actually, that’s far from true — though the adorable mixed-breed cat was enduring an exhaustive daylong romp through the New York City media circuit, it seems as though she rather enjoyed herself.

The Internet celebrity known as Grumpy Cat pounced on TIME’s Manhattan office Friday, toting with her an entourage larger than that of many celebrities. The brown-and-white kitty, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, arrived flanked by owner Tabatha Bundesen and her brother Bryan Bundesen, the man responsible for Grumpy Cat’s viral fame. The 11-month-old cat leaped to fame when Bryan posted a photo of the frowning feline to reddit in September 2012 while visiting his sister in Arizona.

“She’s cool with the fame,” says owner Tabatha, a waitress at Red Lobster, which gave her a monthlong leave from her job to hit the road with Grumpy Cat. “I think she was actually excited to come to NY this time. I was packing my bags and she came to my room. Normally doesn’t hang out in my room, but she was sniffing at my bag and looking at me like, You’re taking me right?” Little did Tardar Sauce know, she was the reason for the trip

Story via TIME *