Rhythm and News Blog
Less Than Zero is a 1987 American film based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel of the same title. It stars Andrew McCarthy, Robert Downey JR, Jami Gertz and James Spader. The film is a cautionary expose on the 1980'S world of young wealthy college students and drug addiction of Los Angeles. The main draw of the film is that is a perfect time capsule of the music scene at the time. The pop friendly sounds of The Bangles covering Simon And Garfunkel, The headbanging hairband ballads of Poison and David Lee Roth, the classic rock (resurgence) of Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith and The Doors, the hardcore metal of Slayer and Danzig, the alternative rock of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cult and Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, the hip hop and rap of Run D.M.C., Public Enemy, and LL Cool J, and the classic melancholy rock of Roy Orbison. Keep reading to learn more about the film and it's soundtrack.
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It seems that every year, the time frame for the "holidays" expands further than my waistline after gorging on pumpkin pie. According to retailers, Black "Friday" now starts on Thanksgiving night (if not the week before in the online marketplace)! And let's not even start with Christmas time. Santa Claus must enjoy trick-or-treating with all the goblins and ghouls because I definitely started hearing holiday songs around Halloween...
But I cannot really complain because deep down in my electronic/rock loving heart, I have a soft spot for holiday music. The Little Drummer Boy. Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Jingle Bells. Hearing these songs reminds me of carolers in the snow, singing good tidings and cheer as snow gently falls onto the cobblestone streets below. Or at least that's how it looks in those Christmas movies...I live in Tucson, after all!
Because I have plenty of traditional holiday CDs, I decided to do some research on alternative Christmas songs available through the library and Freegal (three free downloads a week)! I found musical gifts for patrons both naughty (death metal Christmas anyone?) and nice, so follow the links below for the fun!
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Two worlds colliding may not even describe the coming comparison - the two worlds might miss each other altogether.
Other than existing in the galaxy of music, the genres of heavy metal and jazz have nothing - reasonably speaking - in common. The chugging breakdowns of the former are about as far as one can get from the
smooth, laid-back trumpet solos of the latter. From what I've seen, jazz proponents laud the difficulty of "their" genre to master and the room for letting loose emotions as the reason for preferring jazz. Metalheads, on the other hand, are busy fending off misconceptions about the "dark" genre they love.
Somehow, I happen to be involved in both. I'm a long-time metal fan who's still trying to wrap his head around the complexities of jazz, as I recently picked up the trumpet to play in one of my school's jazz combos.
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