Salem

I recently finished the TV series Salem and I was really surprised by how good it actually was. There is definitely a resurgence of everything vampire, zombie and witch that is infiltrating films, books and television. This is both a good and a bad thing but for Salem it works quite well.

Salem takes place in the 17th century and presents a fictional account of the Salem witch trials. The show focuses on Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery) and her induction into witchcraft while secretly harboring feelings for her first love John Alden (Shane West) who is a soldier that has returned back to Salem. Mary Sibley is guided and instructed by her servant Tituba (Ashley Madekwe) who wants to bring forth the grand rite which is hell on earth.

Mary battles both her fellow witches who try to control her as well as Reverend Increase Mather who is a witch hunter that has killed many witches and does not shy away from torture. Mary also fights her feelings for John Alden who wants to protect her from the town’s vindictive nature towards witches.

This show is quite remarkable with its dark and erotic story. The production and costume design is really amazing and really helps to present this sordid and evil world. The acting is good especially from Janet Montgomery as Mary Sibley. The theme song which is by Marilyn Manson is also an added incentive. Overall I highly recommend watching Salem.

The Neighbourhood: #icanteven feat. French Montana

In my opinion The Neighbourhood are on a creative peak currently. They have released constant new songs since their debut album “I Love You” was released last year.  The band has also done quite a few amazing cover versions of songs especially “Cry Me a River”.

The Neighbourhood recently released a new single entitled “#icanteven” which features rapper French Montana. The song is hazy and downbeat which is to be expected from The Neighbourhood. Check out the song above.

Black Dynamite review

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I saw “Black Dynamite” yesterday for the second time and it is literally one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. “Black Dynamite” stars Michael Jai White as the eponymous character whose younger brother is killed in a street deal and he seeks out to avenge his murder. The movie makes use of blaxploitation tropes and stereotypes. There are several scenes where racial slurs are thrown out at random and women strut around naked.

Michael Jai White does a great job as a man who does not break or bend for any corruption from anyone. He believes it is his right to do battle with anyone that does not do the right thing. In the film he takes on many foes including the Mob, Chinese ninjas, drug dealers, CIA and the President of the United States. Black Dynamite does not take any bull crap from anyone.

One of the funniest scenes in the movie is when Black Dynamite goes into battle with President Nixon. Nixon is the only one who finally lands a blow on Black Dynamite where everyone else is incapable. Black Dynamite delivers a no-nonsense buttkicking to the President and smoothly walks out of the White House.

In this movie there are a bunch of actors that you will recognize from the 90’s playing various characters that help and inhibit Black Dynamite. Tommy Davidson plays a small-time pimp that helps Black Dynamite on his crusade for justice and Arsenio Hall plays an old-time pimp who wants all pimps to organize.

“Black Dynamite” is a hilarious film that satirizes an over the top genre.  It is completely aware of itself and pokes fun at that.

Angels & Airwaves: The Wolfpack

Tom Delonge has been one of my favorite guitarists since I was young and I have followed everything he has done. Angels & Airwaves is a band that I both admire and gives me inspiration to help make the world a better place. I like the idea of a rock band being more than just music but a source of change.

Angels and Airwaves will be releasing their new album “The Dream Walker” next month and have released their new single ‘The Wolfpack’. The song is much harder and louder than a lot of their previous stuff with a great chorus. Check it out above.

The Haxan Cloak: Miste

Drone is background music or white noise when reading or writing for me. I turn it on and zone out on what I do but also have an open careful ear for the music as well. Many bands such as Bohren & der club of Gore, Grouper, and Raime help me focus in on what I need to accomplish usually at night but now I have found a new addition to my nocturnal activities.

The Haxan Cloak makes dark ambient/ doom drone music that is very quiet and sometimes barely audible but is quite engaging. The music seems to leap out at you when you least expect it especially when you are barely listening to it. Check out the song above from The Haxan Cloak.

Kendrick Lamar: i

When I first heard Kendrick Lamar’s “i”, I didn’t immediately like it as I have many of his songs. It felt too different and I guess maybe overly positive and upbeat. It took me a long time to finally see how good it actually is. This declaration of love for himself is also a suggestion of creating a positive outlook in life especially when things seem dire and uncertain. The instrumentals on the song is also a standout with its soulful mood.

The music video above shows Kendrick dancing throughout the street with a crowd of people behind him mimicking his dance moves. Check it out.