Let’s introduce The Mauler or The Crow or The Crow Mauler. He goes by many names, all which cause terror in the hearts of all who would come across this beautiful beast. If you were to ever cross paths with him - it might be the wisest to run. Run as far and fast as possible.
So yeah, I realize I’m way past the late summer release of the next demo version - Life sort of caught up to me and I’ve had to postpone it’s release. It’s coming though! No worries! It’s in pretty decent build already, but I would like to dedicate some few more days still.
On this day in music history: August 6, 1980 - “Crimes Of Passion”, the second album by Pat Benatar is released. Produced by Keith Olsen, it is recorded at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, CA in Early - Mid 1980. Following the release of her debut album “In The Heat Of The Night” and tour to promote it, Pat Benatar returns to the studio to begin work on the crucial follow up. Having previously worked with Peter Coleman and Mike Chapman (Blondie, The Knack), Benatar’s label Chrysalis Records wants the singer to work with veteran rock producer Keith Olsen on her next release. Benatar is resistant to the idea, feeling that her artistic vision will be compromised, working with a different producer. Best known for his work with bands like Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Whitesnake, there is immediate tension between Olsen and Benatar in the studio. Ironically, the tension between them comes to a head early on as they’re working on the track “Hell Is For Children”. Unhappy with the initial version, Pat is reduced to tears, feeling frustrated that the producer is not listening to her ideas and as she envisions how the song should be. Giraldo steps in and acts as an intermediary between the two, becoming an essential creative ally, which later blossoms into a romantic relationship and eventual marriage. Prior to the start of the sessions, Pat’s original drummer Glen Alexander Hamilton is replaced by Myron Grombacher, Giraldo’s former band mate while backing Rick Derringer. In spite of the creative friction, the sessions successfully wrap and the album is prepared for a late Summer release. The singer has a major run in with Chrysalis when the label attempts to “sex up her image” by superimposing her head on to the barely clad body of another woman in an advertisement in Billboard Magazine. Once released, “Crimes” firmly establishes Pat Benatar as the preeminent female rock vocalist of the era, and is widely regarded as one of her best. Even with the public’s enthusiastic reception, Benatar herself later expresses some lingering dissatisfaction with the end results. It spins off three hit singles including her first top 10 “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” (#9 Pop) and “You Better Run” (#42 Pop). The video for “You Better Run” is the second clip shown on MTV, when the network makes its broadcast debut on August 1, 1981. The album wins Benatar her first Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (one of four that she wins in consecutive years from 1981-1984). “Crimes Of Passion” spends five weeks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
A sensual maximalist who prefers the
golden light of the Mediterranean to the snowy mountains of Utah, Luca
Guadagnino is something of an odd one out at the Sundance Film Festival.
So it was especially intriguing that he chose to premiere Call Me By
Your Name, a coming-of-age story set in northern Italy here, rather than
in the more glamorous and sunnier surroundings of Venice or Cannes.
turns out to be a wise decision: Call Me By Your Name stands apart at
this year’s festival not just for its European origins or for being the
work of a mature film-maker rather than an emerging one, but also in
terms of its artistic accomplishment, which is a notch above even
Sundance’s buzziest entries.
That’s not to say Call Me By Your
Name is without its discoveries: in the central role of Elio, Timothée
Chalamet emerges as a dazzling new talent. At 20, the actor, best known
for playing Finn Walden on the US TV thriller Homeland, shifts from
confidence to vulnerability with a veteran’s ease, essential to the role
of a sexually forthright young man who finds his desires taking him
into uncharted territory. He also plays the piano beautifully –
including, at one point, reinterpreting Bach in the manner of Liszt,
layering romantic style on top of baroque structure in a tidy summary of
the film itself. (There’s a similar tension in the score, which
balances furious minimalist compositions with lush new songs by Sufjan
For nearly half its length, Call Me By Your Name feels
like a mood that has yet to develop into a movie, but that mirrors the
carefree timelessness of summertime in Italy for 17-year-old Elio, the
son of an American professor (Michael Stuhlbarg) who specialises in
Greco-Roman sculpture and a polylingual mother (Amira Casar) who can
translate German literature on the fly. The arrival of Oliver (Armie
Hammer), his father’s summer research assistant, gives Oliver’s world a
shake, but at first, the tremors are barely noticeable: they’re pursued
so avidly by the women of the rustic Lombardy town that their attraction
to each other passes almost unremarked, a matter of discreet gestures
and lingering glances that Guadagnino frames in leisurely medium shots
rather than using the camera to underline them.
Call Me By Your Name is vague about its location, which is identified
only as “somewhere in northern Italy”, it’s specific about taking place
in 1983, which in addition to allowing the Psychedelic Furs’ Love My Way
to play a key role in the plot also places it at the beginning of the
Aids era, although the feeling is more like the last gasp of the
carefree years before. The love that dare not speak its name is
mentioned only in passing, and usually with reference to other
characters: when Elio chuckles at a flamboyant male couple who’ve come
over for dinner, his father scolds him and asks, “Is it because they’re
gay, or because they’re ridiculous?”
The movie, which was adapted
from André Aciman’s novel by Guadagnino, Walter Fasano and James Ivory,
has some of the dreamy languorousness of Merchant-Ivory’s Maurice; it
seems to take place in a world where the characters are at once so free
and so blinkered that Oliver and Elio’s desire can develop almost
unnoticed in plain sight, and Elio’s mother can praise their “special
friendship” without apparently sensing anything amiss.
times, the development of Oliver and Elio’s relationship is so subtle
as to be almost obscure: one extraordinary long take staged around a
World War One monument in the town square climaxes with the elliptical
question, “Are you talking about what I think you’re talking about?” But
once their romance finally becomes physical, they can put those
gestures and glances into words, effectively going back and decoding key
scenes from the movie’s first half (which is not to say that the scene
in which Oliver develops a pressing concern with the sore muscles in a
shirtless Elio’s shoulder is especially encoded to begin with).
teenage Elio’s emotional resources lag somewhat behind his physical
confidence. This is probably not the first time he’s desired a man, but
it may be the first time it’s been able to develop into something more,
and Chalamet lets us see both Elio’s emotions and the times when they
grow almost too large for his body to hold.
There are few great
films without great endings, and Call Me By Your Name has one in the
form of a monologue by Michael Stuhlbarg – capping off one of his finest
performances – that puts a frame around the movie’s painting and opens
up avenues we may not have thought to explore. Guadagnino seems to have
designed it to expand in the mind after the fact, once the more pressing
emotions conjured by its copious shots of attractive bodies have
It’s hard to think of many movies that have so
successfully appealed to both the intellectual and the erotic since the
heydays of Patrice Chéreau and André Téchiné. Acquired by Sony Pictures
Classics before the festival, Call Me By Your Name is reportedly being
mulled for a late summer release, although its ecstatic reception may
push it into the autumn awards-season fray. But whenever it ends up
being released, it will be worth waiting for.
An Early Look At Yet Another Air Jordan 12 Color-Way
AIR JORDAN 12 “UNC”
Color: Wolf Grey/University Blue-White Release Date: June 2016 Price: $190
The Air Jordan 12 has been going hard this year and here is yet another new color-way looking to make a debut, the “UNC” 12s. With a Wolf Grey base and a white overlap mudguard, you can see University Blue hit the Jumpman on the grey tongue and the words JUMPMAN on the overlap, the 23 and heel tab are also University Blue, the sole is covered in grey and blue with a blue and black carbon fiber pattern. There is word of these releasing late summer, but you can expect them to have the price of $190, so stay tuned for an official date in the upcoming months.
The Castiel flash dress up game is really coming along nicely! Even with the (so far) still limited wardrobe, you can really make some diverse outfits, ranging from sexy demon to wardrobe malfunction. I have about 40 body customization options and about 30 clothing options and I’m aiming for over 100 clothes and a late Summer release! :)
In the first month of my departure from IM5 I’ve heard some crazy stories as to why I left the group. I realize an “official statement” was never released from IM5, so I feel the need to clear a few things up.
The vast majority of my 3 ½ years with the guys were amazing. We had good times, bad times, great times, and horrible times but always stuck together like brothers. Leaving them was one of the two hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make (the other was leaving my family, friends, and band mates in Texas when I was 14).
So, now you’re probably asking “Then why’d you leave?”
To give a little history, I was diagnosed with Bi-Polar disorder when I was 9 years old. Luckily, I have incredible doctors and have been treated well for my disorder for years. Unfortunately, Last February, I had some problems dealing with my B-P and ended up being hospitalized in Dallas for awhile. During this time period the boys continued on with out me for a couple months while I recovered. (You’ll notice I’m not in any videos or pics with the guys from Feb through May in 2013)
It’s important to know that I don’t tell you this for attention or sympathy. It’s a part of who I am and I’m not ashamed or embarrassed of it.
Those few months were some pretty dark times. My medication was changed and I experienced some fairly serious side effects. The Abilify, for instance, made me extremely tired no matter how much I slept at night and made me gain an extra 25 pounds I wasn’t expecting. Honestly, I was just in a funk and couldn’t seem to get out of it.
During that period in my life, the boys were extremely supportive and I’ll always be grateful to them for helping me through that rough patch. However, I began to realize things were going to have to change if I wanted to truly get healthy.
I struggled for close to 9 months, wondering what the best answer was for me and my future, all the while communicating with management that I was considering moving on from IM5. The guys were made aware of my thoughts towards the end of last year. Again, both management and the guys were very supportive and their main concern was for my health and overall happiness.
As hard as this decision was for me, I know it was hard on the guys as well. There were days I thought I could keep going and days I didn’t want to get out of bed. So, I did what I’ve always done to help me get through tough times and started writing.
Finally, in the process of writing dozens of songs, I realized the music was taking me in a different direction. I also realized it wouldn’t be fair to the 5ers, the IM5 team and most importantly myself if I continued on with IM5.
Now… I’m excited for IM5 and their future. As a founding member of the group, I will always be there to support them. I also hope you welcome the newest member and show him the same love and respect you’ve shown to me for the past 3 years. Although I may not know him, I will consider him family as well and can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.
As for me, I’ve never been happier and I’m excited about the future. I’ve decided to record many of the songs I’ve written over the past few years. The album will tell a story. (I’ll leave it to the listeners to decide what the story line is about) I’ve reunited with my childhood friend and former band mate Hunter Lucas and we’ve reassembled our old band, Fly Away Hero. The album will be released late summer/early fall. In the mean time, we’ll being playing a bunch live shows and releasing a few new singles. So stay tuned.
I do hope this puts an end to all the rumors.
To the guys and the IM5 team,
I love you guys. If I’ve hurt you in anyway, I sincerely and publicly apologize.
To the 5ers,
Thank you for all your support over the years. You’re incredible and I’ll always love you and never forget you.
To the nobodies,
There aren’t words that can describe my feelings for y'all. You guys are my heart and my soul. You’re the reason I get out of bed and face the world everyday. You’re my friends and my love for you is infinite.
Coming back from the hiatus to bring you the first tune of the fall – a rehash of a late-summer-released record from the likes of Jaden Smith and the relatively unknown Teo. This is a conscious tune, it’s ethereal feels make the chorus resonate just right. Tap into the questions of your own motivations. Teo drives the majority of the track, and Jaden tops it off with his signature chill flow. Get into it. (via SoundCloud)