Photos – How to destroy angels_, April 2013

by Jamie Sanford on May 10, 2013

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I rushed to the How to destroy angels_ show after coming back from my surprise trip to see Mom for her birthday. It was a great end to a crazy weekend. Luckily, Will was able to bring my camera in the car so I could make pictures during the show.

How to destroy angelsMariqueen Maandig was really impressive live. We had an emotionally realized version of “Ice age” that was really fantastic.

How to destroy angelsThe visuals of this show were insane. I had completely spoiled myself by watching the Coachella videos, but the experience in person was totally different and incredibly trippy.

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How to destroy angelsOh hi, Trent Reznor. It’s been a while since the last time we saw you.

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The entire set of photos from the show is available here on Flickr.

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Sights & Sounds 34: Whitney Houston Edition

by Jamie Sanford on February 12, 2012

Sights and Sounds 34: Whitney Houston Edition

I was saddened to hear about the passing of Whitney Houston yesterday, as many of you probably were as well. I know that not everyone has the same experience or memories associated with Whitney and her music, but I have a lot. I had a teenage sister in the 80s, so pop music was king. I have a mom who was OBSESSED with The Bodyguard and the soundtrack, and so I have to start this out with a video of “Queen of the Night” from the soundtrack to The Bodyguard.

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For those of you who do not frequent bars with dance music, know that Whitney has been alive and well in the club for years with remixes of this song – “It’s Not Right, But It’s OK.

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This song too, also a club favorite. Check out the video for “Heartbreak Hotel.”

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One of my earlier favorites from Whitney Houston is “I’m Your Baby Tonight.” Check out the video.

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Whitney also did a duet in 1998 with one of my all-time favorite artists, George Michael.  Check out “If I Told You That.”

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Naturally, I have to end this post with Whitney Houston’s epic recording of the Dolly Parton song, “I Will Always Love You.” If nothing else, this song guarantees that Whitney Houston will live on for a long time to come.

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Rest in peace, Whitney.

Everyone, please share your favorite Whitney songs and memories in the comments!

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Blood Into Wine (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on December 16, 2011

93. Blood Into Wine (available to stream on via Netflix)

Here is the trailer for Blood Into Wine.

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Blood Into Wine is a documentary about growing wine in a seemingly unlikely place—Arizona. The focus is not just on that oddness, but that the owner of one of the vineyards is Maynard James Keenan of the bands Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer. A seemingly unlikely grape farmer, we find out that Maynard is the real deal when it comes to being passionate about wine. He also very directly addresses the issues that people have with rock stars being known for songs full of pain eventually coming out the other side, being happy. (I have found that fans of Trent Reznor/Nine Inch Nails are the same way – unhappy that he is happy because it somehow changes their vision of him. I, on the other hand, am happy that he has grown up, as I have, and we are all married and in a good place now.)

This movie is not a wine education, if you are looking for one. There is a lot of touchy-feely commentary about the earth and how wine is an expression of the terroir and whatnot, and you see a bit about harvesting and pressing, but the movie is largely about developing a wine country in Arizona and fighting the attitudes of “wine people” who think that nothing good can come from places they don’t expect. With a random sprinkling of Tool fans losing their minds over getting a bottle signed by Maynard James Keenan.

Blood Into Wine is available on DVD from Amazon for $14.99. If you want a bottle of Maynard’s wine, it will cost you more than that.

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Nirvana: Teen Spirit Interviews (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on December 12, 2011

91. Nirvana: Teen Spirit Interviews (available to stream on Netflix)

I cannot find a trailer for this “movie.” I’m not sure it was ever meant to be something beyond a random DVD release.  Not surprisingly, I don’t have much to say about it.  I very much enjoyed Nirvana when they were active and releasing albums, and was devastated at Kurt‘s untimely end.  I was expecting more from this collection of interview footage, but about half of it is MTV interviews that I had seen before.

I have watched a number of documentaries about Kurt’s death, his relationship with Courtney Love, and how she might have been tied to his death, and obviously was still interested in more content related to the band. Unfortunately, this felt like a re-run for the most part.  I think only the most die-hard Nirvana fan, looking for a few more seconds of footage they haven’t seen, would really appreciate this.

That being said, Nirvana: Teen Spirit Interviews is available on DVD from Amazon for $9.95.

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Pearl Jam Twenty (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on December 11, 2011

90. Pearl Jam Twenty (available to stream on Netflix)

Here is the trailer for Pearl Jam Twenty:

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Pearl Jam Twenty is a documentary that chronicles the 20-year span of rock band Pearl Jam. I was introduced to this band with all of my friends in the early 90s, and we all fantasized about Eddie Vedder and just loved the band and the music so much.  I had no idea that this documentary would end up making me as emotional as it did, but when certain songs were discussed, especially “Release,” I was a lost cause.  My connection to the music on my own personal level definitely influenced my reaction, but I imagine that anyone can relate.

I don’t want to talk about “plot” too much. There are interviews with everyone in the band, plus quite a bit of Chris Cornell, and no one minds that. Cameron Crowe wrote and directed the movie, and when you have obsessed over Almost Famous/Untitled as much as I have, you can see his style all over the place. It’s a really enjoyable film and an interesting study into the way a rock band works. I highly recommend a viewing, as soon as possible. Get on it.

Pearl Jam Twenty is available on DVD from Amazon for $17.99. Go get it right now.

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