Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 Plagued By Long Lines, Box Office Disorganization

photo by David Hall

Verbicide has been covering Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin since 2009, and this year, problems at the box office plagued the humble fest. If you thought it was a good idea to order your wrist band to will-call, you were stuck in a three-hour long line to pick the pass up. Feel outraged at paying $95 for a single-day pass and having to wait for three hours to pick it up? Want to complain and get your money back? Sorry, Fun Fun Fun Fest has a strict no-refunds policy that they’re sticking to.

Our photographer Jessica Alexander managed to brave the crowds to check out the action, keep your eye on Verbicide for exclusive photos of Run the Jewels, alt-J, Dinosaur Jr., and more performing at the Fest.

Listen to “Montage of Heck,” Kurt Cobain’s Insane 1988 Music Montage

Kurt Cobain

At long last, a rumored “sound collage” music montage assembled in 1988 by Kurt Cobain has been found. Created well before his fame with Nirvana, “Montage of Heck” was made on 4-track cassette recorder. It features sounds from Kurt’s collection of LPs, manipulated recordings of the radio, elements of Nirvana demos, and sounds that he created or recorded.

Listen below, and check out the list of components that Kurt used via United Mutilations.

“The Men In My Little Girl’s Life” by Mike Douglas
“The Sounds of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel
“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” by The Beatles
“A Day In The Life” by The Beatles
“Eruption” by Van Halen
“Hot Pants” by James Brown
“Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” by Cher
“Go Away Little Girl” by Donny Osmond
“Rocky Mountain High” by John Denver
“Everybody Loves Somebody” by Dean Martin
“The Candy Man” by Sammy Davis, Jr.
“In A Gadda Da Vida” by Iron Butterfly
“Wild Thing” by William Shatner
“Taxman” by The Beatles
“I Think I Love You” by The Partridge Family
“Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?” by The Barbarians
“Queen Of The Reich” by Queensryche
“Last Caress/Green Hell” covered by Metallica
“Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin
“Get Down, Make Love” by Queen
“ABC” by The Jackson Five
“I Want Your Sex” by George Michael
“Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden
“Eye Of The Chicken” by Butthole Surfers
“Dance of the Cobra” by Butthole Surfers
“The Shah Sleeps in Lee Harvey’s Grave” by Butthole Surfers
“New Age” by The Velvet Underground
“Love Buzz” by Shocking Blue
Orchestral music from 200 Motels by Frank Zappa
“Help I’m A Rock” / “It Can’t Happen Here” by Frank Zappa
“Call Any Vegetable” by Frank Zappa
“The Day We Fall In Love” by The Monkees
“Sweet Leaf” by Black Sabbath (intro)
Theme from The Andy Griffith Show
Mike Love (of The Beach Boys) talking about “Transcendental Meditation”
Excerpts of Jimi Hendrix speaking at the Monterey Pop Festival
Excerpts of Paul Stanley from KISS’ Alive!
Excerpts of Daniel Johnston screaming about Satan
Excerpts from sound effects records
Various children’s records (Curious George, Sesame Street, The Flintstones, Star Wars).

(via Dangerous Minds)

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Watch: Daniel Radcliffe Raps “Alphabet Aerobics” by Blackalicious on “The Tonight Show”

Daniel Radcliffe rapping on "The Tonight Show"

On the October 28, 2014 episode of “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe appeared to promote his latest film, Horns. However, the audience was treated to much more than just a mere interview, as Radcliffe perfectly performed Blackalicious’s “Alphabet Aerobics” — one of the most tongue-twisting rap songs ever. It’s incredible. Watch below.

For sake of comparison, here is the original version:

Video Premiere: GLUM “Life’s Been Better”

Defined by angst, emotion, and contradiction, UK trio GLUM debut a live version of their single, “Life’s Been Better.” The band, comprised of Rory Nash (vocals/guitars), Callum Waldron (bass), and Jack Douglas (drums), have been likened to ’90s Seattle bands such as Nirvana and Mudhoney, and have cut their teeth on the South Coast bar and club circuit.

Above is the premiere of the digital single, recorded live at The Railway in Winchester, England.

Five Halloween Specials and Cartoons You Can Watch for Free

Garfield in Disguise

During October, it’s always fun to settle into a good marathon of horror movies. Whether you prefer bloody, gory flicks or goofy horror-comedies, there’s always a lot of fun to be had leading up to the holiday.

In the midst of the film binge though, it can be fun to revisit some childhood favorites. Here are five Halloween specials and cartoons you can watch for free. Enjoy the nostalgia trip.

A Disney Halloween (1983)

A Disney Halloween first aired in 1983 during “The Wonderful World of Disney.” The anthology special included “scary” clips from a variety of Disney films, plus a number of shorts, including Silly Symphonies “The Skeleton Dance” and the Donald Duck “Trick or Treat” cartoon from 1952.

Bugs Bunny’s Howl-oween Special (1978)

Like A Disney Halloween, this Looney Tunes special is an anthology of older clips and cartoon shorts. Also, as in the aforementioned Donald Duck short, legendary voice actress June Foray provides the voice of the witch.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)

I remember The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as being legitimately creepy, and my childhood memories are pretty accurate — Ichabod Crane’s encounter with The Headless Horseman is the stuff little kid nightmares are made of. This retelling of the classic short story by Washington Irving comprised one-half of Disney’s 1949 animated feature, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (the other half of the film is based on The Wind in the Willows).

The Real Ghostbusters - “When Halloween Was Forever” (1986)

Pure nightmare fuel. This episode, along with “Slimer, Come Home” (which aired only a few weeks apart in October 1986), haunted me for years.

Garfield in Disguise (aka Garfield’s Halloween Adventure) (1985)

Garfield in Disguise ranks up there with It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown as a childhood Halloween classic. If only I could find the latter on YouTube.

Any Halloween cartoons or specials you’d add to the list?

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New “Pee-Wee Herman” Movie Forthcoming?


According to Screen Rant, in an interview with Rolling Stone to promote the Blu-ray release of “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse,” Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman) hinted at an imminent announcement for a new film.

“There’s going to be a big announcement any minute now,” stated Reubens. “Yes. It’s been months and months of being right on the verge of being announced.”

More than a year ago, it was announced that Judd Apatow would be producing a new installment in the Pee-Wee series. Though Reubens revived the Pee-Wee Herman character in 2010 with a stage show, there hasn’t been a film since 1988′s Big Top Pee-Wee.

Song Premiere: Brooklyn Pets “Electric Paws”

Brooklyn Pets

Surprisingly from Los Angeles and not their namesake New York City borough, Brooklyn Pets is a duo consisting of James Poulos (vocals/guitar) and Mark Reback (drums). The two-man band, whose music is self-described as “spacegaze,” release their debut EP, Mega Idiot, on November 11, 2014.

Mega Idiot was recorded, produced, and mixed by Andy Freeman, and recorded at Coast Recorders in San Francisco. Below, listen to the track “Electric Paws,” premiering today at VerbicideMagazine.com.

Bill Stevenson Confirms That Descendents Are Recording a New Album

Descendents at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 | photo by JEALEXphoto/Jessica Alexander

Descendents at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 | photo by JEALEXphoto/Jessica Alexander

It looks like the long-running rumor that the Descendents are recording a new album may finally be coming true.

On October 20, 2014, the four members of Descendents – Milo Aukerman, Bill Stevenson, Karl Alvarez, and Stephen Egerton – took to Reddit for an AMA session, mainly to promote the Descendents/ALL documentary Filmage. One of the questions, posed by user hiimmike, asked, “It’s been rumored for a few years now that you guys have been working on a new album together. Any truth to this? And if so, when can we expect to hear some new material?”

Drummer Bill Stevenson replied, “we are getting all of our songs organized and we will record over the best [sic] several months.”

While I’m assuming he meant to type “next,” they will indeed be the best months.

To read the rest of the AMA, click here.

Sleater-Kinney Announce U.S., European Winter 2015 Tour Dates

Sleater-Kinney...back in the day

The recently reunited Sleater-Kinney will release a new album, No Cities to Love, on January 20, 2015, via Sub Pop Records.Shortly thereafter, Sleater-Kinney is heading out on tour in February and March. The band will be touring across the U.S. before playing a number of European shows. Full dates are below.

Click here for details on the new album, and to hear the new single “Bury Our Friends.”

Sleater-Kinney on Tour
2/08 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Spokane
2/09 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Boise
2/10 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
2/12 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
2/13 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
2/14 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
2/15 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
2/17 Chicago, IL @ Riviera
2/22 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
2/24 Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
2/26 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
2/28 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
3/01 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
3/18 Berlin, Germany @ Postbahnhof
3/19 Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Paradiso
3/20 Paris, France @ Cigale
3/21 Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
3/23 London, England @ Roundhouse
3/24 Manchester, England @ Albert Hall
3/25 Glasgow, Scotland @ O2 ABC
3/26 Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street

(via Spin)


Dave Grohl Shares Unreleased Clips From Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box” Music Video Shoot

Nirvana "Heart Shaped Box" music video outtakes on HBO's "Sonic Highways"

On the first episode of Foo Fighters‘ HBO series, Sonic Highways, unreleased footage of Nirvana’s ”Heart Shaped Box” music video can be seen: the three band members swap instruments, with Krist Novoselic on drums, Kurt Cobain on bass, and an overexposed Dave Grohl fronting the band. There are other outtakes from the video shoot showing the band with the proper instruments. Watch below.

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Pearl Jam Debut New Song “Moline” – Listen Here

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam performs "Moline" on October 17, 2014 in Moline, Illinois

On October 17, 2014, Pearl Jam performed their 1996 No Code album front to back at a concert in Moline, Illinois. Additionally ,during the first encore, vocalist Eddie Vedder debuted a new song titled “Moline” that he wrote prior to the show. He stated that song relates to “Better Man,” from the 1994 album Vitalogy. Watch a fan-shot video below (there is a lot of chatter and a false start, so skip to approximately 5:00 for the start of the song).

(via Alternative Nation, CoS)

Sleater-Kinney to Release First New Album in a Decade, “No Cities to Love,” on January 20, 2015 – Listen to New Song “Bury Our Friends”


Recently, Sleater-Kinney released their first new song in nine years, “Bury Our Friends,” on a seven-inch single included with their new vinyl anthology. You can now stream the song in its entirety below.

In addition, the bandmembers (Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss) have officially reunited, announcing the release of their first album in 10 years, No Cities to Love. The album is due out January 20, 2015, and will be the first record for the band since 2005′s The Woods, which was released on Sub Pop Records.

Sub Pop promises that Sleater-Kinney’s eighth full-length will be the their “most explosive” music yet: “We sound possessed on these songs,” Brownstein said in a statement, “willing it all — the entire weight of the band and what it means to us — back into existence.” The full track list is below.

The band is also going to be heading out on tour in February and March 2015 – click here for the dates.

Sleater-Kinney No Cities to Love Track List
1. “Price Tag”
2. “Fangless”
3. “Surface Envy”
4. “No Cities to Love”
5. “A New Wave”
6. “No Anthems”
7. “Gimme Love”
8. “Bury Our Friends”
9. “Hey Darling”
10. “Fade”

Sleater-Kinney “Bury Our Friends” (feat. Miranda July)

(via Spin, CoS)

10 of the Funniest Horror-Comedy Movies of All Time

Army of Darkness

Whether you’re a horror fan who favors slashers, werewolf flicks, or blood-and-guts gore, you surely can appreciate a film that brings the laughs as well as the fear. If you’re in the midst of a month-long horror movie binge for Halloween and need something lighthearted and campy, here are 10 films worth checking out.

The Stuff (1985)

The Stuff

While writer/director Larry Cohen’s The Stuff has some genuinely scary moments and provides blunt commentary on the ridiculous nature of rampant consumerism, it’s hard not to laugh at a film about killer alien marshmallow fluff.

The Little Shop of Horrors (1960, remade in 1986)

The Little Shop of Horrors

Roger Corman, the “King of B-Movies,” created his masterpiece in 1960. The Little Shop of Horrors is the story of a meek flower shop employee, Seymour, who nurtures a special plant that eats humans — and forces him to kill so that it may feed. The original version features a 23-year-old Jack Nicholson as Wilbur Force, a masochistic patient of a sadistic dentist. The 1986 musical remake may be even better than the original, with an all-star cast including Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, John Candy, and Christopher Guest.

Class of Nuke ‘Em High (1986)

Class of Nuke 'Em High

Class of Nuke ‘Em High is one of the most underrated Troma films ever made. While Tromeo and Juliet and The Toxic Avenger are given more attention, this film is unbelievably funny. A school gang picks leaves from some weeds located next to the nuclear power plant and sells it to classmates to smoke. In turn, the radioactive “marijuana” causes superpowers and impregnates one of the girls with a monster baby — and that’s just in the first part of the movie.

Re-Animator (1985)


In 1922, famed author HP Lovecraft penned a short story entitled “Herbert West–Reanimator,” a parody of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. While the story is generally regarded as Lovecraft’s poorest work, it spawned a film, Re-Animator, that is pure gold. Fantastic campy acting by Jeffrey Combs, extreme gore, and a bizarre premise combine with plenty of dark humor to make this one of the most memorable horror flicks of the ’80s.

Night of the Comet (1984)

Night of the Comet

While more humorous in concept than execution, Night of the Comet‘s premise of two California “valley girls” in a shopping mall fighting off a zombie invasion caused by a passing comet is ridiculous enough to make the list. Whether the campiness of the film was intentional or incidental (due to the time period it is a product of) is debatable, but it’s well worth a watch regardless.

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SNL’s Jan Hooks Dead at 57

Jan Hooks

Jan Hooks, a former star on “Saturday Night Live,” died on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at the age of 57.
Hooks was a regular player on “SNL” from 1986 to 1991, and continued to appear on the show in cameos until 1994. Her impressions on the show included Hillary Clinton, Nancy Reagan, Jodie Foster and Sinead O’Connor.

Hooks also had memorable roles as the Alamo tour guide in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, and as Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon on “The Simpsons.” She left “SNL” to join the cast of “Designing Women” when Jean Smart left that comedy, and later had a recurring role on “3rd Rock from the Sun” and guest-starred in “30 Rock.”

Her cause of death is unknown at this time. (via NBC)