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8 days ago
JMac
1. Ultron
It's an entertaining movie for sure, but I thought it was a step down from the first. The film is partially saved by some of Whedon's classic wit and a few clever jokes. Overall, though, it gives me a bit of Marvel fatigue. Everything feels very rushed....it’s a messy film. One action sequence after another, with very little character driven quiet time. So there’s no real tension or narra
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12 days ago
JMac
Hey... Yeah, they're all out. You can buy them on Amazon.com, which is where I got them. I think 'Drive for Life' was released to fund a charity organization of the same name. Something like that. Check them out! EDIT: if by CD, you meant physically...I think they were only released electronically.
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13 days ago
JMac
Ok, I bought the track. I dig it! Much better than the soundclip indicates. Classic high tech Stage Dolls sound. Very melodic and as Peter said, poppy. So far the released tracks that have no album yet are - 5 Minutes, Highway of Life, Drive for Life, Rock n Roll Train, and now One of These Days. That's about half an album's worth already.
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13 days ago
JMac
Co-written with Mark Spiro. http://www.amazon.de/One-These-Days-Stage-Dolls/dp/B00VXBIBZ6 Not sure how I feel about it.
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14 days ago
JMac
Looking forward to hearing this. E-mailed them several months ago to see if there was any news of a forthcoming album and never heard back. They have a weird strategy of dropping singles with no album behind it. I mean...5 Minutes of Fame came out 2 years ago, and Highway of Life sometime around then. I was really unimpressed by that track they did with Return, "Rock n Roll Train
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21 days ago
JMac
Oh, god....terrible idea. Every band that tries this disappoints (Journey, Van Halen, etc). It's unavoidable. The lead singer is the lead singer for a reason. Sure, Joe Elliott is no virtuoso vocalist, but he does carry the recognizable identity of the band in his voice. And the voice of the rest is not that great, either...with the possible exception of Vivian. Glad they're experimenti
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27 days ago
JMac
Stop slamming, Van Halen, man! I'm so sick and tired of everyone slamming Van Halen lately! I can't take it!! No, you're right. Record isn't that great.
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28 days ago
JMac
I agree that Sammy's always opening his yap, but in fairness, he says as much in the interview - that he needs to learn to stay quiet. And also, his assessment is spot on. I mean, if this was a band YOU fronted, you'd have a strong opinion too. And the vocals do suck. He's be more 'classy' if he stayed quiet, but I don't blame him for talking about it. It's not like he went on and on -
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30 days ago
JMac
Halestorm's #1 problem has always been songwriting. They have everything else to succeed big time.
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4 weeks ago
JMac
Tough pick, but Burning Heart for me. It's very subjective, but Eye of the Tiger is so connected to the film for me that it feels a little cheesier, older, more dated....in comparison.
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4 weeks ago
JMac
The guitar sound and playing are on point, no doubt. Too bad the band is a disaster, in large part due to the school talent show level singing. (see thread below!)
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5 weeks ago
JMac
DLR isn't really singing - he skips huge sections of the song, and kinda talks his way through what's left. He's unfocused, off-key, not always on time with the music...what little melody is there is from the backing vocals. Dave is too busy yukking it up and trying to be funny. Painful to watch.
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5 weeks ago
JMac
I'd see this guy over the current VH lineup any day.
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5 weeks ago
JMac
For some reason, I can't bear to watch VH live with that kid in Mikey's place, and that old Vegas ass-clown Dave with his ragged voice. It feels depressing to me. I know there's no objectivity in my statement, I just wouldn't be able to shake the thought that I'm watching 'second-tier' Van Halen. But maybe it's better than nothing...dunno.
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6 weeks ago
JMac
This news item is everywhere today, so I'm surprised I didn't see it posted here. It's an interview with the guy who mixed 'Justice for All', where he basically reveals what a tit Lars is...which shouldn't surprise anyone, I guess. http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/lars-ulrich-is-to-blame-for-lack-of-bass-on-metallicas-and-justice-for-all-album-mixing-engineer/
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6 weeks ago
JMac
Phil hasn't closed down Manraze. That's an assumption from the OP, I think...sure, it may take another couple of years before we see anything, but I believe they're still active.
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2 months ago
JMac
It ain't illegal. Once it has been released to streaming radio, it's fair game. It has been released. It's the equivalent to recording something from radio to tape back in the day. It was out, and you can capture it. It wont be the same quality as the original release, but that's that. Admittedly, it's THEIR forum so they can do whatever they want to, but acting like totalitarian dic
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3 months ago
JMac
Sweet! Thanks for listening, Andrew!
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3 months ago
JMac
It would be hilarious if Richie Sambora united with Alec Jon Such, roped in Hugh McDonald for good measure (making him an official band member, which he has never been in BJ) and formed a supergroup called "Jon Bovi". Then they would tour playing Bon Jovi songs, which they legally can because he owns half the writing credits. And Bon Jovi would tour with Dave and Tico, who are kin
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3 months ago
JMac
I think you're right about that. It would be hilarious if the mercurial Noel Gallagher was found dead, with his wrists slit, and the suicide note read, 'I can't live in a world where Ed Sheeran is headlining Wembley' Even better, they find Noel in the tub with his hair dyed red...the poor guy was willing to do anything to be popular like Ed, but sour grapes drove him to suicide.
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3 months ago
JMac
I just heard the soundclips...when someone here complained about it being mellow, I thought it wouldn't be a problem for me - I love mellow! Especially mellow John Waite. But these songs are actual sleeping pills...snoozers. Make me want to fucking kill myself.
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4 months ago
JMac
Andrew - Thanks for letting us share our viewpoints. I'm one of the ones who prefers some of the simple, user-friendliness of the old site (though some of the graphics and other aspects are definitely better on the new one). Just so you know...it's by no means urgent, or something we're saying in the spirit of entitlement. Use your time and funds on content and to take care of yourself an
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4 months ago
JMac
I also prefer the old layout. It was simpler. Aesthetically, the new one is prettier for sure, and it LOOKS more streamlined. But in terms of functionality, the old one was better...more user-friendly. Take the reviews. I used to be able to click once to the Reviews section and scroll through. Now I have to hit Back, then click on every review individually. This means I end up skipping
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4 months ago
JMac
I know many folks here love physical CDs, liner notes, etc, but I've long since de-cluttered and it's heaven. I used to LOVE having a physical collection I could take pride in, with liner notes, but I'm much more practical now. I only care about the music and how mobile it is...and how hassle-free I can make the experience. No more jewel boxes, no more discs, no more stuff to organize. I know
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4 months ago
JMac
Meh. I agree with Bob on some of the finer points, such as the biased selection of quotes, etc, and know that Ozzy and Sharon can be pricks, but it's all so much whining. Classic Rock doesn't owe anyone anything! It's their award, they can proceed as they wish. And the name on the album is 'Ozzy Osbourne', he's the artist, so he gets the award. Period. Nothing wrong with that. It is a
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4 months ago
JMac
Sadly, Cassidy has long since abandoned the sound from his self-titled EP, so I wouldn't expect anything great from his new material. Listen to some of the records he did after the Enigma disc and you'll see what I mean...
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5 months ago
JMac
Well, stylistically they're spot on and Lzzy has very impressive pipes. I think the songwriting could use some work...but that's the main weakness of most bands. Still, some good tracks; just hear the entire albums on Spotify.
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5 months ago
JMac
I agree with Peter. I've been listening to the songs on YouTube, and overall, they don't hold up to the rest of the album. I guess there's a reason why they were outtakes! I think Reckless wouldn't have been held in as high a regard as a classic if it had been saddled with these songs.
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5 months ago
JMac
I thought the deluxe edition hadnt been released yet! Is there a place where these songs can currently be heard? Thanks!
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5 months ago
JMac
Hey, Years ago, I researched great in-ear monitors at various price points and bought several models. I avoided a lot of the mainstream brands that do tons of marketing and went with what many of the obsessed audiophiles recommended (stuff like Phonak Audeo, etc). This is one of the awesome resources on the web that breaks things down by price range and is a great guide: http://www.h
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