‘Don’t open magic boxes while surrounded by candles’

Step 1: Watch an older film.
Step 2: Think about the film.
Step 3: Understand that most people have already seen it and don’t care what your thoughts are on it.
Step 4: Write a review anyway.
Step 5: Start the review with “Spoiler Alert.”
Step 6: Get it published.

So I followed the above steps and wrote a review of the 1987 horror film Hellraiser, and the kind folks at Infocus Filmcast liked it enough to publish it.

“(He’s the guy at the beginning who got ripped to shreds because he opened a box while surrounded by candles. The lesson: don’t open magic boxes while surrounded by candles.)”

Read the entire review here. And ‘like’ them on Facebook.

So what’s going on this week and weekend?

Tonight in Montgomery (it’s Wednesday in case you couldn’t tell by the abundance of camel photos depicting “hump day” in your Facebook news feed) AlleyBAR has some original music from Super Water Sympathy and Medicine Chest. That starts at 9 p.m.

For Birmingham, this weekend is the 15th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival. Film. Parties. More film. Information panels. Film. Fun. Etc.

Friday night, The Hard Gospel is playing at The Blue Iguana in Prattville. Learn more about them here. They’re joined by .50 Cal Syndicate, HellBent, Paradigm and A Day Worth Dying For. 9 p.m. $6. 21+.

The same night, Creep List is at Head on the Door.

And speaking of Creep List, some of the band appears in the film Gut Munchers, which will have its first public showing on Saturday night. Sponsored by RAD! Vinyl and We Killed the 90’s, the event will be held at GT South in Montgomery. Details here.

Hear some music I did for the film below or on Bandcamp.

Music I think you should hear, vol. 11

Today’s post is all music from the country of Sweden.

The debut album from U137, a Swedish post-rock duo, is out today on Deep Elm records. Their album is titled Dreamer on the Run. Hear it on Bandcamp.


The members of U137 are also in another Deep Elm band called Moonlit Sailor, which I also highly recommend. They have three albums out:



Reasons to try a ghost pepper

If you haven’t heard of a ghost pepper, the Naga Bhut Jolokia, you can find out more here. Bottom line: it’s hot. Under the photo on that Wikipedia page, it says “exceptionally hot.” It’s true. I know this from experience. See the photo on the left? The missing piece of that pepper is the section that contains the seeds, and that section was eaten. By me.

So, why should you try one?

1. Curiosity
2. You like pain
3. You hate yourself
4. You want to know what it would feel like to have your throat on fire
5. You want to test the limits of the power of your stomach lining
6. You want to understand the phrase “It burns twice”

If you have a desire to watch me suffer through one, enjoy the video below:

Randomness vol. 21

This past weekend, I got to experience Secret Stages again in Birmingham, Ala. Lots of great music and great people. Congrats to all the people who spent hours and days planning, promoting, booking and making sure the event ran so well.

If you couldn’t make it, I encourage you to check out their website – secretstages.net – as they still have their music player up. Lots of great music to be heard. They bill the event as “Birmingham’s Music Discovery Festival,” so go, listen, discover.

This Thursday starts the “15 Under 40” event at Stonehenge Gallery in Montgomery.

From Aug. 8 – 16, the works of 15 artists under the age of 40, including Winfred Hawkins (who did the cover art for the first Hail the Titans album), William Ray Abner III (who brought the “Denied and Underexposed” series), Kevin Maggard, Caleb Smith, Edward Fieder, Lyra Stephens, Stephen Poff, Kellie Newsome, Zach Griffith, Laura Gaines Waldo, Matt Johnson, Daniel Rex Fuller, Samantha Marie, Madison Faile and Tony Vevonese.

In case you missed it, AL.com ran an article last week highlighting Montgomery’s new record store – RAD! Vinyl – and their upcoming “Record Swap Extravaganza” taking place this coming Saturday at Organic Hippie.

Read the AL.com article here.

This past Thursday marked 12 years of the Capital City Free Press. I don’t remember the exact date I was named Managing Editor, but I think I began contributing in 2004. Congrats to Editor, Publisher and Founder Joseph O. Patton on 12 years!

The film crew that brought you The Devil’s Hand is beginning work on an upcoming web series based on the 1993 comic book The Maxx. I stopped by their recent photo shoot to see the beginnings of this project.

The photo to the left is Trent Birdsong as “Mr. Gone.”

Be sure to check out their Facebook page to keep up with the web series as it progresses.

Atlanta’s own Swank Sinatra has released another music video, this one for the song “R.I.P.R.N.R.” These guys are fun, and if you haven’t experienced them live, you should make plans to do so. See the video below:


Explosions in the Sky has a new album coming out tomorrow. It’s a score to a film called Prince Avalanche. Entertainment Weekly has it streaming on their website. Click here.

And one of my favorite bands, Moving Mountains, has a new self-titled album coming out next month. They’ve released some video footage of them performing the songs in the studio, including the one below. It’s really good.