RIP

Goodbye, Harry Dean

Harry Dean Stanton has died. In the back of my head, I’ve known this day would be coming eventually, but that knowledge did nothing ease the deep sense of loss at his passing. The 91 year old actor’s appearance on David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return this summer felt like a clear-eyed acknowledgement of his…

TOBE TUESDAY: Tobe Invades Our Imaginations with His 1986 Cannon Remake of the Classic INVADERS FROM MARS

As I sit here watching The Texas Chain Saw Massacre for the first time in my adult life (it’s possible I’ve never seen it 100% through and unedited, to be honest) and I have Eaten Alive queued up, I can’t help but think to myself, “Goddammit, John Carpenter better get to the doctor stat!” We’ve…

Forget about Schumacher’s Batman Films, Adam West is the only true BATMAN FOREVER

Growing up on Adam West’s Batman, Christopher Reeves’ Superman, and the Saturday morning cartoons of the 1970s, I prefer that the difference between the good guys and the bad guys be pretty cut and dry. While I liked the Tim Burton Batman movies, and even Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever (don’t hate!), I’m burned out on…

Short, Dark, and Handsome

I woke today to the sad news of the death of Malik Isaac Taylor, better known as Phife Dawg, of A Tribe Called Quest. A critical part of not the group’s success, Phife was an important part of my music history. From the first time I heard Tribe’s music I was a fan, and they…

Goodbye Kurt

April 5th, 1994 was a Tuesday. I was 18 and a senior at St. Peter Chanel High School in Cleveland, Ohio. It was a normal Tuesday as I remember it, I went to school, hated being there and went home. Little did I know that my world was about to be rocked three days later.…

Leaving This Toilet Earth

A few months ago, a music contact of mine sent me an email about doing an interview with Dave Brockie aka Gwar’s Oderus Urungus. I jumped at the chance to give him a phone call and chat with a punk/metal/hardcore legend. The interview, sadly, never got posted here or on Rock on Philly, as the…