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Happy Record Store Day To All

Today is national record store day! Please support your local store! It is dire and let the local companies continue to thrive in the music business that is now depleting by the second due to the digital era. I’ll tell you what music on vinyl is some of the best music you can hear and today you can find just what you want.
Stores like Newbury Comics and Bullmoose really thrive in entertainment music sales today, the local stores not so much, but if you have one from where you live it is a must to support them by all means! Whether you snag the latest and hottest record or the contemporary classics let Record Store Day be a place in your heart, or a place in your playlist, if you will.
Bands like the Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden still perform music within local music industries. Bands today still recognize their roots and show its appreciation by this, and the fans support them at all costs.

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Happy Easter Go Crank The Tunes

After your Easter Dinners please spend some time with your folks and family, by all means. If you aren’t about that life go watch movies and crank the tunes all day.

What I did, I found that Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” works best for the type of mood today. It sets the tone honestly and holds a sentimental tradition of what Easter should be. Relaxed, and memorable.

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I then gave the ole turn table a spin with The Police, and Neil Young’s “Comes a Time” I realized now that Neil Young is one of those artists that just gets it, not to live anything in his life that is a gimmick and he sings from the heart. He indeed does have a heart of gold, but this album in particular chokes me up,  makes me think of my dad and all of the good times. Comes a time makes me think so much of changing into adulthood and really realizing things that you haven’t before, it’s that step into another part of your life that at some point everyone crosses. Whether it be adulthood or maybe just moments of realizations, there in fact does come a time.

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This does its deed for me for sure. Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon”. So much can be said about this album and how one feels when channeling their life. Nick Drake’s success of course posthumously became unnoticed, and wasn’t seen in the same solidarity the poet and gifted writer wanted during that time period. Nick Drake certainly has the unknown qualities out of any musician with his given amazing talents Undoubtedly my favorite from him.

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Bob Dylan being Bob Dylan, can’t get enough of this album and just what songs lyrically he can master. Blonde on Blonde really captures the classic feel to your Sunday. As it did for me as I was sipping my PBR and twisting my beard. Just kidding folks I don’t have a beard, PBR on the other hand.. Total hipster move. Nonetheless Blonde on Blonde filled the void my ears needed to ear.

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Lastly I decided to jump into some random funkiness and played some Parliament. I have my random flashes of funk, and boy does it do the trick, a jumping blaze of pure originality with head banging worthy bass. So funky, and so right I played “Flash Light” over and over. I made sure to end my music sesh on a solid upbeat note. That is with any other times make sure you end music on a solid note, it’s a major key!

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I chose these three albums because of how easing, unleashing and relaxing they all are. They are the type of albums that if they repeated no one would turn and wonder why no one changed the music. After what was an extensive day of family these seemed to have hit the spot for my hungry ear.

Cheers, Jake

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The Crazy Spring Break

This past spring break held lots of promise, and anticipation regarding a trip to New York City, and a get together with an old friend. En route to see Dr. Dog we were packed and ready to go for a solid weekend.

The trip to New York City was in place, and the room was ready to be checked in. I had one leftover spot in the room for one other person. Where could my best friend be within a year of seeing him? One of my best friends who originally lived in New Hampshire, and in the Milford, Nashua and Manchester region. Now living in Spokane Washington there wasn’t much of any other chances of seeing him. Excitement ran through me to the amount of anticipation I would have until I saw him. It was a big deal, not only cause of our friendship, but it’s New York, The Big Apple, endless spots to see, and to catch up. The days went by and the responses back to me grew more and more like my hopes had deceived me. Dillon finally replied two nights before the concert and told me was not going to make it. I was crushed, but I had to ask why of course. When I asked why I was dumbfounded to how the story actually went. Here is the story.

Dillon boarded for nh on a tuesday, it was a sunny warm day. He got there an hour early. The trip was supposed to go as early as monday, but it got delayed. So when i was back in line he saw a few people from the day before, like this girl edna and a redhead I didn’t know. When he got on the bus, he got to the way back seat and following up was this kid. He looked at him and asked if he could sit by him. He of course said yes. The question he asked Dillon were if he rapped. He told him that he did in fact rap, with a new album coming along the way. “What are the odds of that?” Dillon thought. After only an hour and a half of driving we broke down in Ritzville. It was Dillon and the same kid Jessen who he had just met, just playing around and talking about rap and life. The driver told them that they’d most likely be there all day. Dillon told him he had a place to be, that being New York. Dillon joked around some more about making a rap song with Jessen when they got to Portland. The odds were they’d stay in a hotel. There were a couple in front of them who just kept laughing hysterically at everything Jessen and I were saying. We were the life of the party. Bryce, another person Dillon met on the bus was a cool laid back kid with a southern accent, looked like An early 2000s skater he was heading to Arkansas. He was with a girl named ashley who was pretty, she was going to Oklahoma. Another kid named Anthony Dillon me, a black teen with a great smile was gone to Bakersfield California and Shawna was going to Walla Walla Washington. The bunch of them hung out on the bus all day, and ate some delicious snacks and told each other way too much of their life stories. After eight hours, they were finally heading to Oregon. All the while Jessen and Dillon continued to obsess over their rap track. After two more hours Dillon, Ash, Edna, Jessen, and Bryce got off. Shawna and Anthony headed on a different bus. It was midnight and we were at an empty Mcdonalds/gas station. Dillon set up his recording studio and it was then they began freestyling. Ash, Bryce and Edna loved and kept singing and laughing. They were at that gas for a total of six hours.. Altogether they all made the most of their wait as they continued to rap until the sun went down. Bryce bought a beer and the bus driver told him he couldn’t have it. So so with just a few sips he chucked it, and chucked it. At 3:00 am they got on the bus.
“This is where things go interesting.” Dillon told me. The bus went with a change of bus drivers and the previous driver Ben had just left. The new driver, changed everything. This new driver was a prick. The new driver pulled Bryce over and told him to empty his bag or he’s getting kicked off. After saying ok, he still kicked bryce off. So Dillon told the driver he’s getting fired and Bryce had a tear in his eyes. He begged for us to stay. So me and Jessen got kicked off too so they could stay. Then for fifteen more hours we were at a station until we got back to Spokane. The whole time they laughed, and ate pizza and told stories. Bryce had a good voice like Johnny Cash and sang the blues. It all felt like a movie, and time that “was supposed to happen”. Bryce was going to work for a carnival in Louisiana and hooked them up with a job. Dillon declined the offer and proceeded to go home, after missing New York, they then parted ways. Dillon mixed and edited the freestyles with all of them and it inspired him to make an entire EP album. Dillon has been working on the album all the previous week. A few days went by and reported the bus driver, and got him fired just like he told him he would.

All the while this story is something you read out of a book, and a story you could always look back on. While it is disappointing my friend Dillon couldn’t make it to the concert at least he experienced an adventure for the ages.

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The Cults and Classics of February

The winter time is never the biggest time for movies from January through March  so the search for cults and classics released within this time frame is definitely not the easiest. Every once and awhile you find some gems, and memorable ones but for the most part nothing. January and February movies are infamously known for movies that never quite deliver to grab your attention and are surely to be a complete bomb at the box office.

 

However, with the help of my good friend and correspondent Dillon Adair we have compiled a list of movies from this month’s release dates that weren’t so infamous, representing the Cults and Classics of February.

 

The Beach release date: Feb 2nd, 2000

‘The Beach’, starring a young Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tilda Swinton. Leo’s acting shows just the tip of the Iceberg to what acting chops he will accomplish for his future rolls. This movie is definitely one of his smallest and unknown rolls, but I still adore this movie for its landscapes, and paradise vibes. It all seems so precious to be within the moment of purity, and being on an island that no one knows about. Things are pure bliss, that is until things go askew and the whereabouts of the island become a known commodity. This movie is bar none a cult, it didn’t get well received, by critics, that may be because of its adaptation from the book that leave people scratching their heads. Nonetheless “The Beach” is underrated and holds intrinsic value towards original Leo fans, and those who love masterful landscapes.

 

 

The Harder They Come. release date: Feb 8th, 1973

 

The story of Jimmy Cliff, reggae musician whose dreams of becoming a musician is put into perspective. A young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers. This biopic is underrated, and this film does his music justice, no doubt. I have always listened to all kinds of Reggae and the record “The Harder They Come” is one of the most underrated records ever. The film maybe is not a masterpiece but the music is

This is also one of the biggest cult classics ever and it is very entertaining. The actor who played Jimmy has quite the vocal range himself. If you are a reggae fan, a Jimmy Cliff fan or just appreciate music altogether it is a must see film.

 

 

The Warriors Feb 9th, 1975

 

This movie is really a bit of both, being a cult and a classic. Truly brilliant angst, violence, and original on all levels. The concept is really a timeless and enchanting for just about everything. ‘The Warriors’ is a film that will make most viewers cringe at times, but you’ll forgive the shortcomings and praise with some exciting camera takes, the excellent use of music, and the good performance of David Patrick Kelly as the villainous antagonist. The character arcs are all on their own a work of great writing. The great moment in the movie is when Patrick Kelly, clicking together three soda bottles, coaxes the Warriors out of hiding by whining in what is a spur of the moment acting, “Warriors, come out and play!”

 

 

Saving Silverman Feb 9th, 2001

 

This movie became the revolution of all early 2000 comedies, like the American Pie series, and just about every other gag teen funny movie. ‘Saving Silverman’ however is of the few that actually worked with the help from actors Jack Black and Steve Zahn. This cult classic still never fails to make me laugh, and the chemistry between all of the characters is seemingly effortless. The endless obsessions with Neil Diamond all create a genuinality in this given film.

 

 

Silence of The Lambs February 13th, 1991

 

One of the most cringe worthy, and bad taste in your mouth kind of movie you could ever ask for. ‘Silence of The Lambs’ shall always live on, with the Jodie Foster’s incredible detective skills to Anthony Hopkins brilliant performance sending shivers down your spine. An absolute classic that should always be remembered. Not enough can be said, or put into words on how this movie translates into a psychological horror.

 

 

The Breakfast Club Feb 15th, 1985

 

Oh John Hughes, how I’ve missed your artistic directing and presence that gave us the great inspirations throughout the 80’s. My most beloved of his has to be this right here,‘The Breakfast Club’. I always admire movies that can be done in one single setting, with the same set of actors using all forms of creativity all in the same length of the movie. John Hughes’ pursuit in choosing these complete opposites says quite a lot about society in a day to day sequence. Here you have it in a school setting, 1980’s from sushi to eating pb&j’s. The rich kid or preppy girl, the bully, the jock, the weirdo, and the nerd. All in whom are serving the same amount of Saturday education time, for what was thought to be a drag became a memorable experience. Undeniably a classic.

 

 

Army of Darkness Feb 19th, 1993

 

Oh where to begin with this cult masterpiece? ‘Army of Darkness’ where taking from the satire end of things and tying it with some supreme violence and horror. This was a movie that paved the way for a lot of different horror comedies today. ‘Army of Darkness’ runs with spin offs and all sorts of serious moments followed up with comedic relief. The film really shows what fun can be created in the world of filmmaking with strong writing, pure creativity, and just having fun. The light is definitely shined over the darkness.

 

Office Space February 19th, 1999

 

What’s not to love about ‘Office Space’, honestly? So many quotes of “Yeah, that’d be great.”, and “You took my stapler.” After all these years it is still as funny as the first time I saw it. The fact of the matter however is that it is hardly ever mentioned, or remembered as it should be, like a ‘Clerks’, or ‘Jay and Silent Bob’. This only gives it more reason to be given the nod as a cult, and right where it should be.

 

Bottle Rocket Feb 21st, 1996

 

‘Bottle Rocket’ starring Owen and Luke Wilson in their debut acting roles, and now has since began the great start to their acting careers, as well as director Wes Anderson.’Bottle Rocket’ offers a long lasting adventure, with poignant film shots, and a clever dialogue to boot, all in which gave this movie it’s hidden treasures. Wes Anderson’s feel for his movies don’t go unappreciated, this movie was quite the start into his longed eccentric filming style. ‘Bottle Rocket’ reminds you of films you’ve seen before, but not quite in the same way and style done before, definitely a cult. The Wilson brothers have since carried on well, in their now twenty years of acting.

-Jake Pendleton, jpendoy21@yahoo.com

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V.o.V New Track

Check it, Visions of Violence coming through with a new album.

This song Drippy Wet Coast really features a vivid persona with a catchy track to unveil their music ability.

Dillon Adair lead rapper, aka Rad Dill, aka  Lil Lit, with Bruins cap, fires off some rhymes and dimes and deserves to be heard, get the chance to subscribe to his YouTube channel! V.o.V.

Long time friend Dillon and I go way back, and here he is in Washington 3,000 miles away representing his arts and passions. From where he started he wanted to do it as a joke, and developed tracks on garage band. From there he brought it to his YouTube and has been for the last two years where him and his brother PJ aka Kid Child have been spitting fire ever since, known as Visionz of Violence. Now here at IndieBall we talk about all forms of music when brought to our attention, but first and foremost we like to hit home where creativity can be taken place. In this instance a friend is in pursuit of his passions and nothing can stop in what he is doing for him and his brother.

Give em shot, a subscribe, lyrically abound and creatively marked with a keen camera takes that shouldn’t go unrecognized. A fan of rap or not, the interpretation of their fan ship to horror, mystical, and fantasy go all on show for their videos. The road to becoming a rapper, R&B singer, musician isn’t easy. Most may not even have a thought in their mind, but to actually try is admirable.

 

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Inspiration For Creation

Music is great for the soul and don’t you forget it. Be outside yourself and be something new, it’s the only thing music needs that it can expose itself to what is real in the world. No more fakies, no more wanna be’s. The world needs to have an exposure of more and more on how unique our world is and how talented we all are.

We need the next Bowie the next, Lennon, Madonna, you name it. There’s so much undiscovered talent that someone right now is writing beautiful words crafted only to be rejected and have their hopes crushed. We cannot let it happen, too many people hate on the wrong person, shut them down and give them the horrible thoughts that they cannot do it where they absolutely can!

Dealing with adversity is one thing, but hearing it all around you is another. We learn at such a certain age that confidence grows and knows who oneself really is. But it does not help when you are learning, and understanding your true self. Yes people will always give you a hard time and they are there for a reason to make you who you are, but please.

There needs to be the open mindedness and acceptance of whatever background you come from. Just because you don’t recognize it doesn’t give the right to discriminate it. Maybe it is this generation that gives off the feeling of over sensitivity. I don’t know but all I know is there needs to be more inspiration for those coming a long.

Long nights pondering on what could work or what couldn’t. Strumming a guitar, singing vocals so softly so no one hears. When will it be that the artist will break through?

This all is a piece about unknown talent, the talent we haven’t searched for because of our busy lives and schedules, the ones dying for a stream on the internet so the band can have their five to ten minutes of happiness. You make music to express yourself, and show creativity in the best way, not through other people’s eyes. If we played to what people wanted to hear we’d be living life as a gimmick, a phony, accepting to what people want to hear.

The worst part would be that we were playing to what people want will never satisfy yourself. There will always be room for someone else’s opinion on your sound.

Mute and just be mindless.

-Jake

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Cults and Classics Month of January

“The Artist” Release date: January 20th, 2012

One of the best silent movies you would ever want to see. A silent movie that realizes it’s a silent movie, and has a sheer wittiness about it. Jean Desharnais was rewarded for best actor at the Oscars for this role, and he didn’t have to say a word. But boy he sure filled the part looking identical to all of the previous actors in the silent era. A bonafide masterpiece, and just endless fun. A movie that will leave you in a good mood. I was almost certain this movie wouldn’t reach out to me, or be in my style but I was wrong. Amazing work, an instant classic.

Here is my favorite scene.

 

“The Thin Red Line” Release Date: January 15th, 1998

The way this movie portrays itself is unique and so surreal of what is seen in the battlefield, and what is thought in our heads. The message is peaceful in a wartime epic, undoubtedly one of my favorite war films. The movie filled with actors such as, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, John Travolta, John Caviezel, Nick Nolte, and Sean Penn. In terms of simplicity and what is important in this world we call home, but yet so far away from home, the characters create a bond that is unlike no other. Cult

 

“Casablanca” Release Date: January 23rd, 1942

Man, where do I begin with one of the best films of all time? Here’s to lookin at you kid. Film buffs, noire film fans adore this movie, and will always be an endless classic. Timeless in every right. What Casablanca offers at the surface may be romance, and intrigue but what is great is that delves into much more depth than just that. The subtle nuance, and all around entertainment the best you may ever see. No question a classic.

 

“Pan’s Labyrinth” Release Date: January 17, 2006

Guillermo Del Toro’s masterpiece put together some of the most obscurity you’ll ever see on a screen, but the fairy tale experience didn’t stop there. The depth and style that is brought forth is undeniably brilliant. The spanish language has it feeling archaic and authentic, this isn’t talked about as nearly as it should be, giving it none other than as a cult classic.

 

“Gran Torino” Release Date: January 9th, 2008

The director Clint Eastwood; impressive. The actor Clint Eastwood; legendary. This movie really hits the strings of what it means to be a human being, it senses itself to become adapted to new surroundings and none other than the neighbors who are in conflict with the gangs around town. From Walt Kowalski’s (Clint Eastwood) lifestyle of being a war veteran, his days are done, but his racist, and old demeanor is so poignant and fresh that it is so well done. Living in run down Detroit, hating Vietnamese immigrants that just so happened to move next door to him. Time goes on after certain happenings Kowalski gets to know them and develops a bond  that felt so personal and at home. With some time this will be a classic.

 

“Gone With The Wind” Release Date: January 17th, 1939

An immortal and timeless achievement. This film still holds true for its creation and as it should. Scarlett O’hara played by Vivien Leigh, a selfish heroine, but you still care for her in all levels. Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) whom is charming, sometimes funny, and wealthy and exactly what Scarlett wants. The movie is set in the time of the Civil War. The war is an essential piece to the film, and the way it was used was really a perfect fit. A long movie, but definitely not boring. Vivien Leigh’s character may have been the most important, and the one who stood out the most, just by the way someone could watch and feel her pain, all the same. Classic

 

“There Will Be Blood” Release Date: January 25th, 2007

After receiving high praise at the Oscars that year “There Will Be Blood” put itself in the rankings of some of the best acting jobs I have ever seen. Cinematography, the best writing, film editing, and just artfully crafted. Daniel Day Lewis is just on another level every single time he delivers. Seems like anything Daniel Day Lewis touches it is instantly a classic, weird saying that about a movie not even ten years old yet, but nonetheless I feel it’s intentions on it being a classic.

 

“12 Monkeys” Release Date: January 5th, 1995

Futuristic, and devastated with diseases, James Cole (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time to gather information about a virus that wiped out the population. A great job done by supporting actor Brad Pitt as well for his role as a loony patient who ends up knowing all the secrecies and inside information. The film is imaginative and very enjoyable. Still one of the best sci-fi’s that I have seen. Terry Gilliam at his finest, he loves to work in that dystopian style and he does it like no other. His previous work with Brazil, Time Bandits and of course Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I know a fair amount of people who didn’t even know this movie existed, and some to say it is one of their favorites of all time. Cult classic.

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