Album Review: Holy Smokes Future Jokes by Blitzen Trapper


Album: Holy Smokes Future Jokes
Artist: Blitzen Trapper
Release Date: September 25, 2020
Label: Yep Roc Records
Favorite Tracks:

  • Magical Thinking
  • Masonic Temple Microdose #1
  • Requiem
  • Holy Smokes Future Jokes

Thoughts:

Blitzen Trapper has always sounded a bit like a throwback band, but on this album they explore a folk rock/alt country sound reminiscent of the late 1960s/early 1970s. Doubly so because the album draws inspiration from the Tibetan Book of the Dead which was also popular during the psychedelic era. Nevertheless, whatever deep metaphysical thoughts are in the lyrics, the tunes are warm and breezy and a pleasure to listen to.

Rating: ***1/2

Previously Reviewed Album by the Same Band: Wild and Reckless

Classic Movie Review: The Party (1968)


Title: The Party
Release Date: April 4, 1968
Director: Blake Edwards
Production Company: The Mirisch Corporation
Summary/Review:

The French magazine Cahiers du Cinema greatest films of all-time list includes a lot of selections I’ve never heard of. The Party is a strange inclusion since it is an American film with a English lead actor in Peter Sellers, but gets no attention from the American AFI or British Sight & Sound lists.

Turns out, The Party is racist as fuck. Sellers wears brownface to portray a bumbling Indian actor, Hrundi V. Bakshi, accidentally invited to a Hollywood cocktail party where he inadvertently causes chaos. Aside from the racial stereotyping, the movie is just cringe comedy of the worst kind. I gave it 30 minutes before I gave up but I don’t expect it gets any better.

Rating: No rating since I couldn’t finish it