The Entertainment Report
Stu Hazzard reporting for the Moon County News Nerds
We start with music today as Vancouver rockers Chad and the Chumbuckets release their fifth CD, Who Broke the Toaster? This release, their first on the Sand in My Underwear label, is quite a departure from their previous death metal style. Toaster is a concept collection, a nightmare sequence based on drummer Vig Largo’s apocalyptic fever dreams while sick with various tropical diseases given to him by his ex-girlfriend, lead singer of the The Spastic Coathangers, Trish Dish.
Leaving the heavy guitars behind, Chad and his band instead play the CD’s twenty-three two-minute vignettes using traditional Moldavian folk instruments. “We know we’re probably going to alienate some fans,” singer Chad Lefthand said, “but we have to evolve as a band. We still love our last CD, Abhorrent Rage in Black Death Zombieland; it’s just that we have to move on. We’re artists after all.”
Also in new release is Dandy Don Humbuckler’s latest offering, Roaches in My Loafers. From That Ain’t Music Records comes a collaboration between Elephants Laughing and An Unfunny Joke, Swizzle Stick Cesspool, plus the first CD from Hungarian supergroup Frosty Milosz and the Poisonous Spiders, Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.
The local movieplex, Mustache Dave’s Golden Palace of Cinema and Dollar Bagels, will no doubt he hopping this weekend with the release of two greatly anticipated films. First, it’s the fourth installment of the horror series Knives in Body Parts entitled Oh My God This Hurts So Much starring Darren Honeyhoodler as Captain Sparerib and a host of young unknowns getting their first screen time as the captain’s victims. Nationally known reviewer Jab Smithfield gives it two tumblers of scotch.
The second film is an expected Oscar nominee for best picture, Nancy Needs Life- Saving Surgery. Starring Annette Foodly as the young Nancy and Golden Globe award winner Francine Van der Belch as Nancy in mid-life, the three- hour movie is the product of legendary director Sir Lancelot McTavish. “I wanted to show the whole of Nancy’s pitiful existence,” McTavish told the Micronesian Film Society’s newsletter Cut! That Was All Wrong. He went on to add, “This is the best movie I’ve made since last Tuesday.”
Those of us who love to read have reason to be excited. The new novel from thriller author Mac Brickwall has been released in hardback and is already number one on the best seller’s list. Stacy Stiletto and the Days of Death at the Motel 6 is Brickwall’s eighth Detective Paul Austria novel. Internet reviewer Darlene Gallery calls the plot of Stiletto “so convoluted Brickwall couldn’t make it work in one thousand pages. Somehow he does it in four hundred. Another winner!”
Also released this week was the autobiography of South Dakota state senator Mary Ann Mothmiller. Inside the book’s seven hundred pages Miss Mothmiller details her failed bid for the presidency in 1984 when no matter how many interviews and public appearances she did she could not convince even one person she was actually running. There are also many lurid tales from her six marriages, including three to transgender decathlete Marvin Mothmiller. “He took everything from me,” she writes, “including my best high heels and most of the lingerie he had bought me since 1972. But he can’t have his name back. I’m keeping it.”
In restaurant news, a new seafood eatery has opened up on route 17 next to The Tire Barn. Tim’s House of Salmon features twenty-three dishes made from the delicious fish including “Salmon a la Tim”, “Salmon on Tin Foil with House Vinaigrette” and “Spicy Salmon Sticks with Chutney Dipping Sauce”. Dress is casual, prices mid-range, and there is additional parking across the interstate in the dumping ground of the abandoned copper mine.
That’s it for this week. In next Friday’s column we will preview the new children’s film that continues Hollywood’s current love affair with penguins, Chubby Chomper and the Great Fish Caper as well as new music from the queen of zydeco, Lilly La Louge from Baton Rouge.