Archive for January, 2011

Martial Arts Classic

Posted in Features, Film Reviews on 2011/01/23 by sturgeonmusic

I was introduced to a film last week, and not in your typical “this film is really bad, its so cheesy and from the 80’s!” kind of fashion, but more that its pure genius.

I’ve always been a fan of action movies, no matter how new or old. If they manage to hit the spot (whatever that is) and excite to an irrational level then you can be pretty sure I’ll give it a watch. I went along thinking it was going to be ‘just another one of those cheesy dubbed movies’ and regardless to say, it was. But my god, it does it differently, well and with style.

I am of course talking about ‘The Kick of the Kickboxers’,  released in 1991. If you’re a fan of those early Jackie Chan movie, needless to say this will go down a treat. It has parody, humor, action by the bucket load and even a dodgey sex scene. But the main thing about this movie is its style, its as if it knows how its coming cross and the director was incredibly proud with it.

A few unknowns making appearances, along with one of the baddest villains since the apocalypse, this film delivers on all levels the genre should.

(Lets hope this works)

Check out the trailer below and if you trust my judgement, by the DVD itself. My friend picked it up for £3, and for that price  you cant really go wrong!

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Youtube Gold – Part 6!

Posted in Features on 2011/01/14 by sturgeonmusic

Drugs humor today, and its a video I stumbled across a few days ago, and its certainly a popular one. I’m surprised I haven’t found it sooner, as while watching it becomes evident very quickly as to why it has so many views. Please note his laugh… really not fake and pretty amazing.

Funk Revival

Posted in Features, Music Reviews on 2011/01/13 by sturgeonmusic

Me and my friends always joke about funk music, making 70’s cop references, humming bass lines, talking of groove and dancing at the mere thought of the genre. Recently I brought my friend – Graham Central Station’s ‘My Radio Sure Sounds Good To Me’, and he loved it. And not just for that famous song ‘Pow’, I think for everything this music stands for.

Over the years this genre has always been a frequent play on my iTunes, noticing that all the best musicians I have played alongside either had funk influences or were purely in the groove themselves. Having taken a few weeks out and listening primarily to Metal and Jazz, I figured after buying this CD it was about time I went back to my much beloved Funk. You know, the kinda stuff with one of those ‘P.H. phat’ grooves that makes your face go all scrunched up as if you were constipated?

Well, thats when I stumbled upon this little gem – something so god damn infectious I had it on repeat 8 times today whilst cleaning my room. I put off posting this song for the sake of my readers (it may force you to have the face mentioned above or cause your head to explode), but seen as I was sat here browsing the net with my girlfriend asleep next to me, I could no longer resist.

Words do not and cannot describe this song, and if you get a chance to check out the album its taken from, please do. Enjoy! (its P.H. phat!) –

You have to click ‘watch on youtube’ after pressing play because record labels suck.

Youtube Gold – Part 5!

Posted in Features on 2011/01/12 by sturgeonmusic

Its a brand new year, but its the return of my blog series which aims to display my best findings on the worlds biggest video site, Youtube.

To celebrate 2011, firstly theres a retrospective compilation from 2010 showing the best of ‘Win’. Win and Fail blogs have taken the world by storm, jumping into our pop and entertainment cultures, and this video really does give you a boost.

Secondly, its an old cult classic that was re-introduced to me by my girlfriend, and boy have I missed this mans series of videos, grossing over 50 million views worldwide.  “You’ll eat a muffin, you’ll eat it and like it!”

Old Giants Re-born

Posted in Features, Music Reviews on 2011/01/07 by sturgeonmusic

Its rare that bands from the 80’s era make a startling come back in today’s fast-turnover music industry, its also rare that they happen to be one of my favorite bands to date. I posted earlier last year about rock giants Mr. Big travelling around the world on a hyped up reunion tour, and luckily it didn’t stop there.

Billy Sheehan himself posted on Twitter just after the New Year saying “New Mr Big record & tour”, and this is certainly something to be excited about. The bands furious stage presence, coupled with the energy of friendships re-born within the band will make them a force to be seen live this year. When dates are confirmed, no doubt I will post these in a Preview style blog.

Their new album ‘What If…’ is set for release THIS MONTH on the 21st, be sure to watch this space for an imminent Review on that as well. But for now here is their latest single (and HD video) – Undertow.

Top Lists of 2010!

Posted in Features, Film Reviews, Music Reviews on 2011/01/05 by sturgeonmusic

2010 was a year of great highs and lows for me, I graduated, saw my bands album on iTunes and had a flurry of negative family energy to deal with at times, but… we get through these things! Certainly, the year itself was very up and down within the media and entertainment industries, and much like the end of 2009 for sturgeonmusic – here are my top 5 lists for 2010 – Happy new Year!

Number 4 – Great Television

This was a very hard category to choose, to get the right mix of news vs entertainment coverage. No doubt, the year saw some amazing images brought to us right in our living rooms, and not to mention the unveiling of people and stories both iconic and memorable –

Number 5 : The Amazing Race – Claire Champlin’s watermelon to the face, painful.

Number 4 : Lost – The Finale, let down?

Number 3 : Top Gear – The Stig’s identity ‘revealed’.

Number 2 : Wimbledon 2010 – The first-round match between Nicolas Mahut and John Isner that lasted an incredible 11 hours, 5 minutes.

Number 1 : The Chilean Mine rescue – truly grasping the world.

Number 3 – Gaming

With the vast leaps in technology that occurred towards the end of 2010, gaming was taken to a whole new level. The 3D home experience, finer quality HD at a reasonable price, and a huge selection of mind blowing cinematic pieces of art –

Number 5 : Bioshock 2 – moving, touching, sickening, violent, gorgeous.

Number 4 : Heavy Rain – Truly a ground-breaking piece of kit.

Number 3 : Call of Duty – Black Ops (or black cops if you’ve seen the parody)

Number 2 : Gran Turismo 5 – it finally came out!

Number 1 : Assasins Creed Brotherhood – Truly amazing.

Number 2 – Music

mmm… funky…. I think thats the phrase to best sum up 2010 as a year of fresh new music, classic links to old styles and returns of popular fan favorites. We also had some sad loses in the worlds most interesting genre of music –

Number 5 : Teenage Dream – Katy Perry ruled the charts.

Number 4 : Mike Portnoy leaves progressive giants Dream Theater.

Number 3 : Kings of Leon release Come Around Sundown to great success.

Number 2 : Slipknot’s bassist, Paul Gray is found dead.

Number 1 : Cee-Lo Green’s F**k You captures the nation.

Number 1 – The Movies

Yet another blockbusting year leads me to the last point of my top listing round up of 2010, the movies! –

Number 5 : The Expendables – A true mans action film, and it has all the stars… nearly!

Number 4 : Kickass – Taking comic book hero’s to a more accessible level.

Number 3 : Jackass 3D – The most creative use of 3D I have seen so far…

Number 2 : Toy Story 3 – My childhood memories and loves come to an emotional end!

Number 1 : Tron legacy – The film that blew my socks off, and for every aspect, especially the soundtrack. Simply incredible.