ARZ – Prog Rock Duo – Progressive Rock is Alive and Well

ARZ ARZ is a progressive rock band from Portland Oregon.   These guys are crazy talented.   Reminds me of back in the day when I was a big Rush fan. The music sounds similar and just as tight… But with only 2 people.

From what I have heard so far these guys have got to be the hardest working musicians in Portland…  They are currently working on a new record and already have several projects going at the same time… They also play live in several bands throughout town,  are music teachers and both are working on independent recording projects.

If you check out the video posted you can see the winding arrangements and complex instrumentation…All done LIVE by 2 people… And it’s incredibly tight.  The song is way catchy too. (more…)

Are The Beatles Overrated?

Beatles Suck?I was talking with this musician. He said he didn’t like the Beatles. He said that he only likes maybe 3 or 4 good songs from their entire catalog. Wing’s stuff included.

“They are overrated.” He said

I said.”What?”

“You heard me.”

I guess so.  I was practicing some selective hearing there. It always freaks me out when I hear that kind of thing. Only 3 good songs.  Very strange. (more…)

High School Musical 3

Dean's Movie Review

So many dubious words have been written about this Disney lark, sequel to the TV specials, that I decided to respond with my own review.

Now a big-screen item, the movie benefits from having mainly the same cast as the debut “HSM” and “HSM2,” the former of which I have seen (and enjoyed), the latter of which I haven’t. I’m not a good judge of choreography but that which Kenny Ortega, the film’s director, and two others have provided seems impressive to me. (more…)

The Flintstones Theme Song

I like theme song’s for  TV show’s. They are  well written and very catchy. One of my fave’s is the song for The Flintstones.

I just like The Flintstone’s. Even the one with the silly alien that came to be their friend. The Great Gazoo  was his name… I think. He was always helping them out of trouble. Rather they wanted him to or not.

Anyways I was surfing the TV the other day and it happened to come on and I was checking out the theme song. I was following the the songs words.

Let’s ride with the family down the street.
thoo tha la da da la ca ta ta eet.

What? Uh I didn’t quite get that?

Throo tha la da da la ca ta ta eet.

It’s one of those song’s ya know?

I just can’t seem to make out the words. This has been an issue of mine my ENTIRE LIFE! Knowing a song well… But there is a lyric in it I just can’t make out…I’ll think about it for a minute. Then it goes away and I don’t think about it anymore.

Then I hear the song again!  I’m BACK.. What did he say?

Sure I could Google it. But what fun would that be?
(Heck) Couldn’t help myself. Wait, I found the original theme song.

KISS – Knights in Satan’s Service?

Remember that groovy band Kiss… “Knights in Satan Service” Haha…I was a big fan when I was a kid. They were the first “shock rock” band I remember…They did songs about the good things in life… Sex!

They painted their faces and wore these cool costumes… They jumped around on stage and had fire and platforms and shiny drums. The bass player spit up blood and blew fire… It has been said they were the “hardest working band of all time”.

There band consisted of:

Cat
Star child
Vampire
Space Man

So where they the Kings in Satan Service? Or was this just a clever marketing publicity stunt?  Perhaps the movement to label all rock music as “the devils” music came up with this and when Kiss heard it they simply didn’t deny it thinking it would sell a few more records.

Oh sure their songs about rock and roll lifestyle sex and God’s of Thunder was a bit over the top in the 70’s… Not even close to what these guys are singing about now…  Come on now… Ever heard of the band Slayer?

Hey..Kiss is still rocking around out there.. Can you dig it?