Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Iggy And The Stooges - "Raw Power Live - In The Hands Of The Fans" DVD

What can I say about James Osterberg (aka Iggy Pop) that hasn't already been said? He could be my father (or your grandfather, possibly), yet he's more fit than me and could likely kick my ass (or yours). The man is a marvel, to put it succinctly.

This DVD sees the remaining members of the "Raw Power" era band reunited on stage for the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival. "In The Hands Of The Fans" refers to the fact that most of this was shot on video by actual Stooges fans. As in non-professionals. That said, the result is decidedly MUCH better than bootleg quality. Indeed, this is an excellent and well-done look at one of rock's greatest bands, on stage and untamed.

The "fans" were chosen via contest, as the hardest-core Stooges fans (not because of any technical prowess), are also given a chance to interview the band after the show, which turns out candid and quite enlightening, too.

As for the content, you get stuff like "Search And Destroy", "Death Trip", "I Wanna Be Your Dog", and plenty more. Iggy and the Stooges are tight, wild, and punker than you, mate. This is a must-see for any self-respecting Iggy/Stooges fan. A keeper, for sure. (MVD VIsual)

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Monday, October 3, 2011

The Hangmen - "Lost Rocks - The Best Of" CD

Raw and honest garage/roots punk from Los Angeles, these guys (and girl) have all the rock swagger and snarl of the greats. There's some Stooges, some Stones, some punk, Johnny get the picture. "Bent" is a junkies lament, with a good amount of Americana thrown in for good measure. This is top-tier, high-octane rock. Some tracks are produced by Mike Ness (of Social Distortion), so you know the pedigree must be good, and fans of Social D will easily appreciate these gritty and streetwise songs. "Desperation Town" is nothing but a classic rock song you don't yet know. Ditto for "Wild Beast". "Rotten Sunday" carries a massive guitar riff that's as ugly as the Stooges and that's a great thing in itself. If you're looking for balls-out rock without pretension, this is it. All hail the Hangmen! (Acetate Records)