Tag Archive: rock


Originally Published: December 10, 2010, on Youtube.com/CGRUndertow

As a part of CGR Undertow, I was forced to review possibly the worst game of all time in Avatar’s Rock from the Xbox Live Arcade.

Kinect Launch: Dance Central Party

Originally Published: November 9, 2010, on Youtube.com/Rcars4885

I had the chance to attend the Kinect Launch party in Times Square and this is my footage from the massive Dance Central party that happened to help demonstrate the Kinect’s interactivity. Ne-yo, who lipsynched horribly, and Lady Soverign were on hand to help with the festivities since they have tracks featured on the game. Video edited by Taylor Tallscott.

Originally Published: November 4, 2010, on ClassicGameRoom.com

At the Kinect Launch After party in the NYC Hard Rock Cafe, I had the chance to talk with the man behind the machine, the Creative Director of the Kinect, Kudo Tsunoda.

Originally Published: August 21, 2010, on PlayerAffinity.com, Original-Gamer.com, NationalLampoon.com, SportsRev.TV, and Lundberg.me

I had a chance to catch up with our old friend John Drake from Harmonix to talk about Rock Band 3 and Kinect launch title Dance Central.

Originally Published: November 12, 2009, on Lundberg.me, Collider.com, and 1050ESPN.com (now ESPNNewYork.com)

It was an unusually warm day in November when I got word that there would be an advanced screening of Focus Features’ newest picture, Pirate Radio. In addition to the screening, I would get the chance to talk with Tom Sturridge, a bit of an acting newcomer who would serve as the film’s lynchpin, and the writer/director of the film, Richard Curtis.

Well, I grabbed The Who’s Greatest Hits album, aptly titled after one of their greatest singles, My Generation, jumped in my Chevy (would have been more fitting if it was a Mini Cooper, I know, but I drive what I drive) and sped away towards midtown Manhattan.

Being a bit of a Richard Curtis fan for his work as a writer on one of Britain’s most celebrated sitcoms ever, Black Adder, and for his directorial debut with Love, Actually, to say I was amped up would probably be an understatement. I had also wanted to desperately see this movie since I had heard of it because I usually enjoy time-period pieces about one of my favorite subjects, the history of TV and radio.

All I can say is that my anticipation did not turn to disappointment. Pirate Radio is a wonderfully done coming-of-age story about a young English boy named Carl (Tom Sturridge) whose mother has sent him to one of England’s notoriously famous pirate radio stations where his godfather (Bill Nighy) happens to be the man in charge.

Once aboard the floating piece of history, Carl becomes fast friends with many of the DJs who operate out of the waters surrounding England including an American man simply known as “The Count” (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) and another known as Dr. (he’s not a real doctor) Dave (Nick Frost). While there, Carl struggles with the many problems faced by a teenaged lad of the time from drugs, to women, to making friends, and all the while finding out who he is to the greatest rock soundtrack possibly ever put together.

The music is the true driving and uniting force of this movie. When I asked Tom how he got into the character of Carl he replied: “The thing that was really useful was just listening to the music. I think the easiest way to learn about what it’s like to be young in the 60s is to listen to its most eloquent, youthful poets sing about it. So, Rich, gave me an iPod before the film that had every piece of music from 1961-66 on it and I would just constantly listen to the music.” To hear more from Tom on Pirate Radio, you can
CLICK HERE
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The music would also serve as the catalyst for much of the action in the movie as back on the shores of merry ol’ England, while Carl is busy finding himself, several members of the Parliament, spearheaded by Sir Alistair Dormandy (Kenneth Branagh) are trying whole heartedly to shut down the pirate radio stations and this would lead to the movie’s exciting climax that I refuse to spoil here.

When all is said and done, Pirate Radio is a fun to watch romp on the high-seas with a tremendous, star-studded cast, who all deliver fantastic performances. When I asked Richard Curtis how it was trying to direct all this talent at once he said, “I think you just have to tell people the truth at the beginning. All of them knew this was going to be a communal film. We shot it in a particular style with cameras on the cameramen’s shoulders so every scene anybody could be being shot at any moment. So it wasn’t one of those films where you said ‘well this is Phil’s half hour, and this is Nick’s half hour’, the camera just roamed around as we did the scene again and again and I think that meant that everybody joined up in the agreement that it was a democracy, a chaotic democracy.” To hear more from Richard on Pirate Radio, you can
CLICK HERE
!

The best part of this movie is that as absurd as it is at times, it is based off a time when England really did have radio stations based out at sea and that alone brings a smile to my face. I thought Tom Sturridge wasn’t the most likable of main characters, he seemed a bit too stiff and serious at times, but if you like British humor wrapped up in zany situations, then this should be a sure fire winner for you. Now crank up Baba O’ Riley and be sure to see Pirate Radio as it comes out nationwide Friday, November 13th, 2009.

I give Pirate Radio 4.5 out of 5.

Ray Carsillo

Thunderstruck…Twice!

Originally Published: November 25, 2008, on 1050ESPN.com (Now ESPNNewYork.com)

After an eight year hiatus, that little devil in the school boy outfit (that still fits so well at 53 years old) and his old mates have come around once again with their new album, Black Ice. Of course, I am talking about AC/DC.

Along with a new album, is a new tour, and I was fortunate enough to acquire tickets to not one, but TWO concerts in the area. Out of the sky fell a pair of tickets to the November 13th concert at Madison Square Garden and out of my own pocket I acquired a four pack to the November 19th concert at the Izod Center. Since it seems to be a mandatory obligation to comment on concerts for us 1050 Bloggers, I have come here today to sing the praises of one of my all-time favorites.

For the music lovers out there, be sure to read up on the other 1050 Blogs here because music is a big part of our lives, and John Broder was one of my lucky office mates to come with me to the Izod Center and will have an equally interesting take on the concert. Also, be sure to check out Joey Salvia’s new CD Long Lost Weekend. Honestly, I was really impressed with how good it was. You can check out Joey’s page to find out how to grab the CD. Here are the links:

Christina Stoffo’s Blog

John Broder’s View From the Suite Seats

Joey Salvia’s Long Lost Weekend

Now that the plugs are over, back to business. Since I’ve been listening to it non-stop for the past three weeks, I’ll start with the new album. If you are a fan of AC/DC, this is a must have. Most of the tracks are amazing, although I admit that there were a couple that sounded like the same song, just with different lyrics. The single off the album, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Train”, is an instant classic that will have you singing along in no time. There are so many other great songs on the album, from “Money Made”, “Anything Goes,” “Big Jack”, and my pick for the theme of Iron Man 2, “War Machine”, that you should go get this album right now if you haven’t already.

In terms of the concerts, all I can say is AMAZING! Even well into their 50s, these guys know how to put on a show and make sure their fans go home happy. As to be expected, they played a few songs from the new album since it is the Black Ice Tour, but they pulled out a lot of their classics and left mine and many others’ throats hoarse from screaming and singing along. From Angus pulling off one of the most amazing solos in the history of rock ‘n’ roll when they break out “Let There Be Rock” to the cannons firing with “For Those About to Rock”, this is one of the must see rock experiences of your life if you get the chance.

Even the opening act, a band from Ireland called The Answer, was awesome and got the crowd revved up. I expect good things from those guys in the future, but the night belonged, of course, to AC/DC.

The only disappointing thing was that they played the entirely same set in both concerts. Here was the set list (and yes, supposedly they are mixing it up a little bit in different cities which disappointed me even more):

1. Rock N’ Roll Train
2. Hell Ain’t a Bad Place To Be
3. Back In Black
4. Big Jack
5. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
6. Thunderstruck
7. Black Ice
8. The Jack
9. Hells Bells
10. Shoot to Thrill
11. War Machine
12. Anything Goes
13. You Shook Me All Night Long
14. T.N.T.
15. Whole Lotta Rosie
16. Let There Be Rock

Encore:

17. Highway To Hell
18. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)

An interesting difference was that I never noticed how good the acoustics were in the Izod compared to Garden, but when you think about it, the Garden was never really built for concerts; it was technically built for the circus. Anyway, the NYC crowd I felt was much stronger than the Jersey crowd and that disappoints me because, well, I’m a Jersey boy. I wanted us to represent a little more. Even with the nice acoustics, we didn’t sound nearly as loud as the NYC crowd even though both venues were sold out.

Aside from that though, I can’t stress enough how great this new album is and that if you’ve never seen them live, AC/DC is one of the must sees of your lifetime if you are any degree of a rocker. You won’t regret it.

-Ray Carsillo

Originally Published: November 3, 2008, on Collider.com and 1050ESPN.com (now ESPNNewYork.com)

I had a chance to talk with one of the most underrated artists of the past 15 years, the front man for the rock band Everclear, Art Alexakis. Everclear just released, for FREE, a new single called “Jesus Was a Democrat” and you could imagine the controversy to follow considering what is coming up in less than a week. And just look at the artwork for it below!

The controversy though gave me and Art a chance to talk about things that we don’t usually cover here in the Geek Stuff Unlimited Universe.

Besides the controversy surrounding the single, we chatted about general politics, religion, American culture, Everclear’s future, and the music industry in general. And it wouldn’t be Geek Stuff Unlimited if I didn’t work in video games a little bit.


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– to listen to Part 1 of my interview with Everclear front man Art Alexakis.


CLICK HERE
– to listen to Part 2 of my interview with Everclear front man Art Alexakis.

If you’re interested in downloading the MP3 for yourself, go to http://everclearonline.com/ for your FREE copy.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Art or Everclear, you can look them up on Myspace or Facebook.