Jan
27
2015
0

Middle Earth Monday 61: The Barrow Downs

barrow downs map

Welcome back to everyone’s favorite www.isleyunruh.com Monday feature! Middle-earth being the land of enchantment and wonder that it is, each month I will use my love of fictional cartography to transport you to another time and place. So, why not take a moment to fill your head full of knowledge that will have no bearing at all on the real world?

This month I discuss the undead infested burial mounds of the Dúnedain: (more…)

Jan
20
2015
2

Minor Key Monday 61: King Dude – Holy Land


I always have to stop myself when I say I like “all kinds of music”. Because, honestly, that just isn’t true, there is really only one kind of music I like. No, not [just] Black Metal, I’m talking about music in a minor key. I mean, I’m a pretty happy guy, but there is something about sad, sad songs that just does it for me. I don’t dislike Vivaldi’s “Spring” and “Fall”, but I far prefer “Summer” and “Winter” (guess which seasons he writes in a minor key). “Satisfaction” is a fine song, but I’d rather listen to “Paint it Black” any day…you get the idea. Basically, it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that sting [of soul crushing sorrow and sadness].

This month on Minor Key Monday I discuss another one of my favorite folk artists that sounds like a more depressing Leonard Cohen: (more…)

Written by Isley Unruh in: Minor Key Monday,Monthly Mondays,Music |
Jan
15
2015
2

Mid-month Metal Masterpiece 61: Midnight – Satanic Royalty (2011)

midnight-satanic-royalty

I don’t think it’s fair to heap abuse onto Midnight for being unoriginal.  Sure, they might all be card carrying members of the Venom fan club, but Midnight’s music, and infectious energy, is really quite unique: a nasty mix of first wave black metal, speed metal, and NWOBHM that will absolutely delight you if booze, denim, leather, and poor life choices are your raison d’être.  It took them a while to finally put out a full length, but 2011’s Satanic Royalty is more than just an amazing piece of cover art, it’s one hell of a beer soaked slab of angry, high-energy, blackened, speed, nwobhm music too. (more…)

Written by Isley Unruh in: Mid-Month Metal Masterpiece,Music |
Jan
13
2015
0

My Favorite Movies 61: Red River (Howard Hawks, 1948)

Red River arrow shot look

All the classic Westerns strike a different chord with me.  My Darling Clementine is pure poetry, Stagecoach is like witnessing the birth of something new into the world, Rio Bravo is like a laid back summer memory, and Red River like the pure distilled essence of storytelling, the kind of film they would make outside the walls of Plato’s cave.  It is the kind of storytelling that leaves a lump in one’s throat at the perfection of its script–and that’s even taking into account a perhaps, slightly, maybe problematic ending.  It is a film that is so good that I’m not afraid to break my often broken “one film per director” rule in this monthly feature. (more…)

Jan
05
2015
4

Mailbag Monday 68

Want to have your pressing questions answered by Isley Unruh himself? Send all queries HERE, and I will get to them as soon as I can on a future Mailbag Monday!

Welcome back to Mailbag Monday!  On the first Monday of every month, I take the time from my busy blogging schedule to answer all of my reader’s most pressing questions! Sure, I might have begged, bribed and cajoled my readers into sending me these questions in the first place, but, that still totally counts as reader mail!

This month I answer the following questions:

  • “Why Nazi music?”
    -Shena
  • “Is your website still down?”
    -Silas

So, without further ado, it is time to dig into the old Mailbag to see what kind of things have been on my readers’ minds in the last month! (more…)

Written by Isley Unruh in: Black Metal,Humor,Mailbag Monday,Monthly Mondays,Music |
Jan
01
2015
3

Best Metal Albums of 2014

High Spirits album of the year

Another year of actually listening to new metal down, and I’m happy to report it was another year of quality finds!  There weren’t any real standouts like Peste Noire and Satan’s new ones last year (too many of this year’s picks either repeat previous, superior works, or completely ape previous, superior bands), but I still found more than enough to recommend on this yearly top 10 list.  As usual, I gravitated towards stuff that sounds like it was either recorded in a really tacky hall of metal straight out of an Australian’s nightmare, or recorded in the trunk of a really shitty car.

Here, in as close of an order as I can get them (the exact order and even albums will undoubtedly change over the next few weeks as I get more time to listen), are the ten best (mostly) underground metal albums of 2014:
(more…)

Written by Isley Unruh in: Black Metal,Music |
Jan
01
2015
1

2014 – Year in Reviews

best movies 2014 boyhood isley spock

Every time the end of the year comes around I always get the same questions.  How many movies did you watch last year?  What were the best ones?  How many did you watch by decade?  Well fear not, because I’m here to answer all such questions today!

How many movies did I watch in the last year?  According to my calculations: (more…)

Written by Isley Unruh in: Cinema,Monthly Movie Reviews |
Jan
01
2015
0

Monthly Movie Reviews – December, 2014

Here are some two sentence reviews of the movies I watched in December.

Stats

  • Movies watched – 8
  • Movies that were new to me – 4
  • Movies about “youths” – 4
  • Monthly Masterpieces – Dazed and Confused

(more…)

Written by Isley Unruh in: Cinema,Monthly Movie Reviews |
Dec
29
2014
9

IO5M 10: The Top Five Most Embarrassing www.isleyunruh.com Email Leaks

isley unruh secrets

Welcome back to my most infrequently occurring Monday feature!  I’m speaking, of course, of Infrequently Occurring Fifth Monday (IO5M), where I come up with a new “top 5″ list on a quad-yearly basis.

Though the widely publicized Sony hack has dominated the news lately, a far more serious bit of 1337 hacking has gone relatively unreported by the media.  In fact, only two major websites have even acknowledged that the internet stalwart www.isleyunruh.com was recently hacked by none other than the infamous Cyb3r Sw0rd hacker collective!  Though my site was only harmed (rather than defaced), the worst part of the whole “Isley Hack,” in my opinion, has to have been the email leaks.  Just like Sony, my most embarrassing email secrets were broadcast to the public like a really nerdy pile of dirty laundry.  Here, today, in an attempt to just go ahead and own this shit, are my top 5 most embarrassing (REAL) email leaks from my actual gmail account’s sent folder (a folder that has never had an email deleted from it since I signed up for gmail in 2008): (more…)

Dec
23
2014
0

Middle-earth Monday 60: Lithlad

lithlad ash plain map

Welcome back to everyone’s favorite www.isleyunruh.com Monday feature! Middle-earth being the land of enchantment and wonder that it is, each month I will use my love of fictional cartography to transport you to another time and place. So, why not take a moment to fill your head full of knowledge that will have no bearing at all on the real world?

This month I discuss the much debated location of Middle-earth’s ashiest place: (more…)

Dec
20
2014
5

We now return to our regular programming 2

hackers hacking screen

It’s been over a year, but once again, www.isleyunruh.com was shut down due to internet maleficence. This time I was not shut down due to my own, alleged, forays into the high seas of copyright piracy, rather, I was shut down due to a far more insidious threat. That’s right, in a story that could have been ripped straight from today’s headlines, this time, my shit got totally HACKED, yo! (more…)

Written by Isley Unruh in: Me |
Dec
15
2014
3

Mid-month Metal Masterpiece 60: Hic Iacet – Hedonist of the Death

hic iacet hedonist of the death original

I really don’t listen to all that much death metal anymore, but when I do, it sounds like Spain’s Hic Iacet.  Atmospheric, simplistic, and, above all, EEEEVIL as fuck, Hic Iacet’s debut demo really deserves all the hype that it created.  Sure, maybe by 2011 this kind of stuff isn’t exactly breaking new unhallowed ground, but when it’s as well done and varied as this, I don’t mind it sticking to a formula. (more…)

Written by Isley Unruh in: Mid-Month Metal Masterpiece,Music |
Dec
15
2014
0

Minor Key Monday 60: Fum, Fum, Fum


I always have to stop myself when I say I like “all kinds of music”. Because, honestly, that just isn’t true, there is really only one kind of music I like. No, not [just] Black Metal, I’m talking about music in a minor key. I mean, I’m a pretty happy guy, but there is something about sad, sad songs that just does it for me. I don’t dislike Vivaldi’s “Spring” and “Fall”, but I far prefer “Summer” and “Winter” (guess which seasons he writes in a minor key). “Satisfaction” is a fine song, but I’d rather listen to “Paint it Black” any day…you get the idea. Basically, it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that sting [of soul crushing sorrow and sadness].

This month on Minor Key Monday I discuss another one of my Christmas favorites that knows the TRUE reason for the season! (more…)

Written by Isley Unruh in: Holidays,Minor Key Monday,Monthly Mondays |
Dec
08
2014
1

My Favorite Movies 60: Christmas Vacation (Jeremiah S. Chechik, 1989)

Christmas vacation cousin eddie egg nog

Quotable movies can be pretty tough to objectively review.  One one hand, a quotable script is doing something 99% of movies don’t do, namely: “sticking in  your mind for more than an hour after you leave the theater.”  On the other hand, who can say what makes a film’s various lines of dialog worm their way into the heads of the unsuspecting public like some kind of memetic Ceti eel.  Movies like Billy Madison are really not all that great, but, if enough frat boys watch it enough times, quotes like “what are you looking at swan?” will eventually bubble to the top of our overwhelming pop cultural forest of film quotes like a solitary pube that just refuses to flush.  Luckily, today’s movie happens to be not only quite quotable, but also a pretty fantastic movie to boot. (more…)

Dec
01
2014
1

Mailbag Monday 67

Want to have your pressing questions answered by Isley Unruh himself? Send all queries HERE, and I will get to them as soon as I can on a future Mailbag Monday!

Welcome back to Mailbag Monday!  On the first Monday of every month, I take the time from my busy blogging schedule to answer all of my reader’s most pressing questions! Sure, I might have begged, bribed and cajoled my readers into sending me these questions in the first place, but, that still totally counts as reader mail!

This month I answer the following questions:

  • “Can you leak any details of the black metal themed children’s party you are working on with her dark majesty [Martha Stewart] as a follow up to her punk party?”
    -Willie
  • “Do dragons pee in toilets?”
    -Benny

So, without further ado, it is time to dig into the old Mailbag to see what kind of things have been on my readers’ minds in the last month! (more…)

Written by Isley Unruh in: Humor,Mailbag Monday,Monthly Mondays |
Dec
01
2014
0

Monthly Movie Reviews – November, 2014

Here are some two sentence reviews of the movies I watched in November.

Stats

  • Movies watched – 9
  • Movies that were new to me – 3
  • Favorites rewatched – 2
  • Monthly Masterpieces – Red River 

(more…)

Written by Isley Unruh in: Cinema,Monthly Movie Reviews |
Nov
24
2014
1

Middle-earth Monday 59: Dale

dale fonstad map
Welcome back to everyone’s favorite www.isleyunruh.com Monday feature! Middle-earth being the land of enchantment and wonder that it is, each month I will use my love of fictional cartography to transport you to another time and place. So, why not take a moment to fill your head full of knowledge that will have no bearing at all on the real world?

This month I discuss a town doomed twice to be reduced to rubble: (more…)

Nov
17
2014
2

Minor Key Monday 59: Kavinsky – Nightcall


I always have to stop myself when I say I like “all kinds of music”.  Because, honestly, that just isn’t true, there is really only one kind of music I like.  No, not [just] Black Metal, I’m talking about music in a minor key.  I mean, I’m a pretty happy guy, but there is something about sad, sad songs that just does it for me.  I don’t dislike Vivaldi’s “Spring” and “Fall”, but I far prefer “Summer” and “Winter” (guess which seasons he writes in a minor key).  “Satisfaction” is a fine song, but I’d rather listen to “Paint it Black” any day…you get the idea.  Basically, it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that sting [of soul crushing sorrow and sadness].

This month on Minor Key Monday I discuss a synthpop song that is only marginally more complex than one of Von’s one riff masterpieces: (more…)

Written by Isley Unruh in: Minor Key Monday,Monthly Mondays |
Nov
15
2014
1

Mid-month Metal Masterpiece 59: Kampfar – Mellom Skogkledde Aaser (1997)

 

Mellom Skogkledde Aaser

Kampfar is one of those second wave Norwegian black metal bands that I thought I was totally over. The kind of stuff that I listen to and think “yeah, this kind of sounds like Immortal, or whatever second wave mainstay they are trying to sound like, not bad, but nothing I care to listen to.” But then I randomly ended up listening to one of their albums and realized that there was something to Kampfar’s music that could make even a jaded long-time black metal fan like me sit up and take notice. (more…)

Written by Isley Unruh in: Black Metal,Mid-Month Metal Masterpiece,Music |
Nov
10
2014
2

My Favorite Movies 59: Born Yesterday (George Cukor, 1950)

Judy Holliday - Born Yesterday

George Cukor was always known as a “woman’s” director.  I was never quite sure whether he was called that just because he directed The Women, because he chose screenplays that attempted to address issues of gender in a more forward thinking manner than his contemporaries, or because his homosexuality was all but out of the closet in a time when such a sexual orientation would definitely keep him from being a “man’s director.” Either way, Born Yesterday is undoubtedly a “woman’s film”–in the sense that it is entirely about a woman learning to own her shit. (more…)

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