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Daily Archives: April 25, 2012

The Wicker Tree Tests My Faith

The Wicker Tree is the sequel to the cult classic The Wicker Man and if you were a fan of the original, writer/director Robin Hardy is also responsible for this curious theatrical follow up. Starring nobody reputable, you might recognize Graham McTavish as the bad guy. But other than one fantastically short and relatively hardcore scene, the most exciting moment is the 30 second appearance from Christopher Lee, a weak throw back to the original. Otherwise, prepare for a movie about reborn Christian missionaries who fall prey to a Scottish conspiracy to cover up an environmental disaster through Paganism… WHAT?! Yup.

Oh and worth mentioning before you make the jump… The Wicker Tree is a follow up to the original 1973 version, and not the Nic Cage version (Seth, how is he NOT in this movie?!?)

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Now Hear This: The Beach Boys “That’s Why God Made The Radio”

There are quite a few Beach Boys fans who work on Biff Bam Pop, so you can imagine how exciting it is for us to hear the brand new single from the band, “That’s Why God Made The Radio”. It’s from the groups forthcoming album of the same name, due in stores June 5th. Take a listen and then read some initial thoughts from a few of us:

Andy Burns: On first listen, I had a huge smile on my face. Brian Wilson takes the lead vocal, but their are contributions from all the band members on the track (except Mike Love, surprisingly), most notably to my ears Bruce Johnston. The vocal blend is just fantastic, though. A gorgeous chorus, a nice vocal break towards the end. Hopefully a taste of the entire album.

Perry Schwartz: Summer is definitely on the way. How do we know? Take a listen to the lead single and title track from The Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary reunion album, “That’s Why God Made The Radio”, and you can feel the sun in your face and wind in your hair as their harmonies float through the air. This isn’t a modern-day “Good Vibrations” or even a classic like “California Girls”, but it is the classic Beach Boys sound featuring lead vocals by Brian Wilson and layer upon layer of silky smooth harmonies. There’s no denying The Beach Boys can still craft a song that takes you back to 1960’s sunny Southern California…and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Spring Black Orchid Picking On The Wednesday Run – April 25, 2012

Despite the recent chill across much of the northeast of this continent, spring is still upon us. There’s landscaping to be done in the backyard and those colourful impatiens are now showing through. Warmer weather, I’m sure, is just around the corner.

So is the local comic book shop.

And that’s where we should all find our green thumb today – as we hit up something exotic. Something, oh, I don’t know, in the form of the beautiful and delicate orchid?

A black orchid, to be precise.

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