Saturday, April 19, 2014

Q is for Queen of the Damned

About the Book

The Queen of the Damned (1988) is the third novel in The Vampire Chronicles series, written by Anne Rice. It follows Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lastat. The novel explores the rich history and mythology within the origins of the vampires in Rice's realms. There are supposedly suppose to be two more installments in Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles series entitled Prince Lestat and Blood Paradise.

About the Movie

Aaliyah is one of my favorite artists, gone too soon. I loved her music and I loved her in this movie. She portrayed an ancient vampire, Queen Akasha. She has been awaken by the legendary Lestat de Lioncourt, a rock-star vampire, using his fame as a cover for his plans. Lestat's music wakes the ancient queen. When Queen Akasha awakens, she wants Lestat to be her king.


Intergalactic Gigolos Gear Up For the Re-release of


Scheduled For Release on
Record Store Day April 19th, 2014

It's now been eight years since our favorite space cadets, THE BOY WITH THE RAYGUN SHOOTS THE MOON! found themselves locked inside a small bedroom closet in Austin, Texas recording what would later become their debut single, 123 LET'S RIDE! Still retaining their sick and twisted sense of humor, these intergalactic gigolos are gearing up, yet again, with phasers set to stun-the-galaxy by re-releasing this highly anticipated single, dedicated to their lifelong friend Ryan "Bandaid" Ramsey and is scheduled for release on Record Store Day April 19th, 2014.

All songs have been digitally remastered in 5.1 surround sound via RAYGUN SOUNDS. In addition, the single will also include an edit of local punk rock group (and High School pals) Rational Jackass' track, "Orange Alien" as well as previously unreleased B-side "Marvin".

The single is dedicated to their lifelong devoted friend Ryan “Bandaid” Ramsey. All songs have been digitally re-mastered in 5.1 surround sound via RAYGUN SOUNDS. In addition, it will also include an edit of local punk rock group Rational Jackass’ track, “Orange Alien” as B-Side.  A-Side: 123 LET’S RIDE! B-SIDE: ORANGE ALIEN (TBWTRSTM Edit] *originally written and recorded by RATIONAL JACKASS.

TBWTRSTM roots date back to their early childhood, while they were still in elementary school, Stevie and Terrell started their first band, SUPERSTITIOUS. They penned only one song called, "V.I.G." (Very Important Girl). Rumor has it, Stevie's older sister Cathie, has possession of the original lyrics sheet.

After graduating high school in 2000, Stevie (bass) and Terrell (vocals) started the Skate/Punk band ANYONE BUT THEM. Though it was short lived as a difference of opinions between them, and their band mates; what was punk and what was not, sought to end the band. During this time, the boys wrote the punk rock anthem, "Crushing You", a politically charged, three-chord punk rock song that took aim at the punk rock scene at the time.

A year later Terrell started a new punk band called RATIONAL JACKASS, with fellow high school friend, Gregg Sankey, and Kenney Howitt. While Stevie, under the alias Paul Ickes, founded the underground music collective ARM THE PIT, which still exists today. However, Stevie's older brother, John, now runs.

A few years later Stevie calls Terrell to see if he would be willing to lay-down some vocal tracs for a new sci-fi project called THE BOY WITH THE RAYGUN SHOOTS THE MOON! The first song they recorded as a duo was "123 LET'S RIDE", written and recorded in under an hour.

Although TBWTRSTM is rooted in Science Fiction, neither Terrell nor Stevie have much interest in SciFi movies. "Sure we like Star Wars, but who doesn't?" Stevie Nowinsky. He continues to suggest that Terrell would be more interested in the latest stoner films. "Frank Capra, will and forever be, the greatest film director ever... with Steven Spieldberg and John Hughes coming in second and third." Stevie Nowinsky.


In 2008, TBWTRSTM release their debut album, BEYOND THUNDERDOME. The following year Terrell records his first solo album, GLITCHES, HISSES & BITCHES under the moniker PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRZ. Stevie produced and recorded it in 2 nights inside his "MAGIC BUS" and later released it under ARM THE PIT'S subsidiary label, TONE-ARM RECORDS.

Another one of Stevie's best friends, Ryan Ramsey, in 2010, takes Terrell's place as TBWTRSTM's lead vocalist and they record BEYOND THUNDERDOME's follow-up album. ALION ENCOUNTERS, which also includes the track "NEW HORIZONS", which features vocals by Stevie's former ex-turned-great friend Sara Gray.

Two years later, Stevie flies solo on TBWTRSTM's third album, NERDY BY NATURE. A potentially great labum but without having a vocalist on hand, the album soon lost its luster. The following year TBWTRSTM goes on indefinite hiatus... until now...

"THE BOY WITH THE RAYGUN SHOOTS THE MOON started out merely [as] a side project. We made simple laptop music, none of which was any good but we have a lot of fun making it." TBWTRSTM

Q & A:

"We describe our music as "Zooka Pop!" Named after teh Buck Roger's ray gun, which was identical to the 1930's model except for its bright, multicolored lithographed finish. Like the Rocket Pistol, this gun was armed by cocking the handle." Stevie Nowinsky

If you could reference current genres of music - to give people a reference - what two genres would best describe Zooka Pop? K.E.N.

"Good question, electronic and funk. The single is full of different influential material." Stevie Nowinsky

I noticed that you have dedicated this re-release to your friend Ryan. Who is he to you? K.E.N.

"He's been a supporter from the start. Ever since Terrell and I started making music, wheter it was for TBWTRSTM or any other band, we've ever been in together, Ryan's been part of it. Although, not always as a performing member. For instance, when Terrell and I were in that skate/punk band, ANYONE BUT THEM, Ryan would drive an hour out of his way, just to pick us up some new guitar strings or a bass drum head. He would even bring fast food over during band practices just to make sure we were eating. He's the ultimate band aide." Stevie Nowinsky


Friday, April 18, 2014

P is for Pride and Prejudice

About the Book

Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813, is the story about the Bennet family. Mainly, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues between her sisters, dating, and societal standards. In early 19th-century England, and one of five sisters, the crisis within the family is finding husbands for all of the girls. When Elizabeth meets Mr. Darcy, first impressions were sketchy. But, after they keep seeing each other within society, their feelings might change. To date, Pride and Prejudice has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

About the Movie

Jennifer Ehle portrays Elizabeth Bennet, the second eldest in a line of five daughters. Her family may be in the early 19th-century London, but the characters are so easy to relate to because the family dynamics are true today as they were so many years ago. Colin Firth portrays the misunderstood Mr. Darcy. Mr. Darcy arrives in society along with his friend Mr. Bingley (who falls for Elizabeth's older sister, Jane). When Elizabeth is presented to Darcy for a dance, he snubs her, and Elizabeth holds a grudge until Darcy reveals his true feelings for her against "his better judgment." I love this movie because (it's long, it was a series) and I love the relationship between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, as well as Mr. Bingley and Jane. Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

O is for Oliver Twist

About the Book

Oliver Twist is the second novel written by the infamous author, Charles Dickens. Published in 1838, the story is about an orphan who endures a miserable experience and circumstances. When he travels to London he meet Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of young pickpockets. Oliver is naive and doesn't realize their criminal activities, he is then led to the lair of their matriarch, Fagin. The novel is notable for Dickens's unromantic portrayal of criminals, it also exposes the cruel treatment of the many orphans in London during the Dickensian era. Dickens also brings to light to many evils including child labor, early recruitment into gang activity, and the presence of street children. It is likely that Dickens's own early youth as a child laborer helped with the novels development, serious themes, and dark humor (Wiki, 2014).

About the Movie

Barney Clark stars as Oliver Twist, in this 2005 adaption of the classic Dickens Tale, where an orphan meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master, Fagin (Ben Kingsley). On this rendition achieved 6.9 stars out of 10. Directed by Roman Polanski, as suggested by his wife, while he searching for a movie that their children would find interesting. His children have parts in the movie as well. Another interesting factoid; to keep the children actors in character, Ben Kingsley (Fagin) stays in character and kept his mannerisms and his physical appearance as his character even off-set (IMDb, 2014).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

N is for Nights in Rodanthe

About the Book

Nicholas Sparks released his sixth romantic novel, Nights in Rodanthe, in 2002. It's a romantic love novel set in Rodanthe, North Carolina. The story follows the purely intense and close romance of a divorced mother, Adrienne Willis, and a divorced father and surgeon, Paul Flanner. The novel's two man protagonists meet in an inn in Rodanthe and fall strongly in love. However, fate and destiny falls upon them when they realize that leaving Rodanthe would mean going back to their separate lives (Wiki, 2013).

About the Movie

When I first watched this movie, I was recently divorced - so, I could relate more to the characters. Even without this though, it's a fabulous movie. Diane Lane plays recently divorced Adrienne Willis, who has been recruited by her good friend to watch over her seaside inn while she is on vacation. Willis agrees and considers it a get away from the chaos of the divorce and the harsh realities. She soon meets the only guest Paul Flanner (Richard Gere), who is a surgeon that is haunted by his past. They connect in Rodanthe and begin a wonderful romance. But, fate has other plans.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

M is for Misery

About the Book

Another pick from the King of Horror Author, Stephen King, comes his psychological horror novel Misery, published in 1987. The Novel is about Paul Sheldon, a writer famous for Victorian-era romances involving the character of Misery Chastain. One day he is rescued from a car crash by crazed fan Annie Wilkes, who transports him to her home and, once finding out what he has done to Misery in his latest book, forces him to write a new book modifying the story - no matter what it takes (Wiki, 2014).

About the Movie

James Caan portrays author Paul Sheldon, who's been under a lot of pressure for his latest novel. He had been at his Colorado hideaway and after completing his work, he sets out on a snowy night, when he suffers an accident. He's critically inured and when he wakes up he discovers he's been rescued by his "number one fan" Annie Wilkes. She nurses Paul, gladly, at her remote house in the mountains. When she learns of Paul's plot in the last novel, she flips and the iconic scene (involving a sledge hammer) still gives me shivers to this day! Kathy Bates portrays Annie Wilkes, she's such an amazing actress and catapults this movie above and beyond. It's definitely a must see. Misery (1990)

Monday, April 14, 2014

L is for Little Women

About the Book

Little Women is an American novel by Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888). The novel follows the lives of the March sisters; Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. Originally it was written in two volumes and it detailed their lives from childhood into adulthood. It is even known that Little Women is loosely based on the author and her three sisters. The two novels that eventually made the whole of Little Women was published in completion in 1880. It has also been said that Alcott was the first to write about the complexities of the 'American Girl'.

About the Movie

This all-star cast includes Susan Sarandon as Mrs. March, mother to mature and responsible Meg (Trini Alvarado), the quirky and outgoing Joe (Winona Ryder), the reserved and shy Beth (Claire Danes), and two actresses portray the complexities of Amy March, from girlhood to womanhood (Kirsten Dunst -young Amy) & (Samantha Mathis). Little Women (1994) brings the lives of the March sisters, with all of it's drama and comedy into your own home. I love - love - love this movie. I can watch it time and time again. This is also the movie that excited Hollywood to the promise of the up and coming Winona Ryder. This movie also has Christian Bale as boy next door Laurie.