Archive for August, 2012



04
Aug
12

Beer Review: Super Bock

By Prayag Arora-Desai

Super Bock from Portugal easily wins my vote for Most Inscrutable Beer Name. What the fuck does Super Bock mean? I don’t know, but it doesn’t sound very appetizing and the packaging is equally unexciting and dull. Heck, I’d buy empty bottles of London Pride to decorate my house, but not Super Bock. Luckily for this beer, first impressions turn to garbage once you pry the lid off. The first thing about this beer to hit you is that it smells really… nice. Not knock-your-socks-off type aromatic, but much classier than the average mass produced lager; very grassy with a nice dash of apples. Or bananas. I can’t tell. Wow, this beer is a teaser, and with 5.6%abv, it grows onto you only after you’ve drunk the whole pint and let the bitter, hoppy aftertaste settle at the back of your tongue. It pours a dark gold; leaving behind a briefly lived head and plenty of carbonation bubbling up to meet your mouth. It feels thin to drink, but you’re not offended because Super Bock has this short, fruity edge (which is unique enough for the 200 rupee price tag) and goes down better than most lagers I’ve drunk; clean, crisp, perfectly gassy. Super Bock is a huge hit back home in Portugal, hearsay. Something like our Kingfisher, with a 42% share in the domestic beers market or some such staggering figure. I’ve never had any Portuguese beer before, but I’d be glad to try other variants if Super Bock is anything to go by. I’d also love to drink some more of this. I haven’t seen it in any liquor store since Mehta gave me this pint to review, but I do know that it is available at The Pint Room in Bandra for a steep 350 a pop. (That’s also how much a pint of Tuborg will cost you at Blue Frog, which is a bigger rip off). I drank two more of these yesterday, and I think you should, too.

Rating: 3/5

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03
Aug
12

Movie Review: Jism 2

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Cast: Sunny Leone’s body, Arunoday Singh’s ears, Randeep Hooda’s uncertainty

On reading that Canadian porn actress Sunny Leone was going to star in Jism 2, I downloaded a porno clip of hers to get a taste of her acting skills. To my delight, what I’d illegally acquired was the first anal-sex video of the adult movie star. What a natural actor, I said to myself, for the way Sunny got her ass pounded didn’t look like pretend.

That round ass, along with amazing boobs, are present in almost every scene in Jism 2. The filmmakers are nursing a secret desire to make a XXX movie, but have instead attempted to tell a laughable story, so that the masses may flock to theatres to look at Sunny Leone.

“I am a porn star,” admits Sunny Leone, right at the beginning of Jism 2, with her naked back to us. The script is as bare, we learn out soon after. Mahesh Bhatt has written this film for those who were missing B-Grade movies of the 80s, and his daughter Pooja Bhatt has directed it for a reason that isn’t entirely clear.

The hardcore-porn actress looks gorgeous in every scene, and she is the reason Jism 2 was made. There’s nobody other than Sunny Leone who could have sold this trash. With glowing cleavage and the sexy thighs always on display, Sunny Leone whimpers her way through Jism 2, making viewers notice that her cute face goes very well with her hot body. To her credit, she’s a famous porn star who has made it to the biggest film industry in the world, so it’s okay if she looks like she wants to get humped all the time.

Porn star Sunny Leone must use her body to help this nation; she must give her jism to both the men in the movie, so that one of them can nab the other and get vital information from a laptop. That is the story of Jism 2, a tacky Hindi film that desperately wants to be a porn movie.

RATING: 1.5/5

02
Aug
12

Music Review: Harsha Iyer – When It’s Time (Part One)

Harsha Iyer has already set himself up as one of the most unique artists around. With a nearly perfect debut behind him, the 19-year-old from Chennai has major expectations to live up to, and he is taking on them the only way he knows: with a multitude of instruments and a versatile voice, Harsha Iyer tirelessly weaves seamless songs that take unexpected turns throughout the course of the album. This part of When It’s Time could be one big piece of music separated by song titles, as everything goes with everything else. It’s seriously likable psychedelic pop-rock, with the only downside being that no song really grabs you, except No Easy Answer (easily my pick from the album). It may be no trouble at all to get tunes from Curious Toys playing in your head, but most of the ditties here just don’t stay with you even though the whole affair is grand and elaborate, but unlike the previous album, the fine detailing here works only as a whole, which isn’t a bad thing at all because you’re supposed to listen to it from start to end. It would be fair to expect catchier songwriting from Harsha Iyer on the second part of When It’s Time though, considering the young man has proved more than once that he can rustle up an atmosphere for a dream.

LISTEN/DOWLOAD: Harsha Iyer’s When It’s Time (Part One) | Harsha Iyer’s Curious Toys

 

01
Aug
12

Music Review: Steven Wilson – Grace For Drowning

By Karan Patel (Simple Complex Continuity)

Steven Wilson, the primary creative force behind progressive rock’s most iconic band, Porcupine Tree, recently came out with a solo effort called Grace For Drowning. To be more precise, it was out in September, 2011. I only heard it in April, 2012. I had heard about such a solo album to be out by one of favorite musicians and he had a show in LA in the House of Blues, Sunset Strip. I decided not to hear a single song and just go for the show. Here’s the reason: I went for a Porcupine Tree show some time ago when they were touring for “The Incident”. The band literally played each and every song that was on the album. It was the best concert I had ever been too. Yes, I am super biased because you just possibly cannot find flaws with the music they have made.

The live performance was better than expected. Like every progressive band, they utilized a lot of arts/visuals which were more than mesmerizing and perfectly synchronized with the songs in a way that there indeed was another band member playing an instrument to go along with the songs. The solo effort is more than incredible. Steven Wilson already has a reputation of contributing his talents in many a pool. Whether its Opeth/Storm Corrosion or Blackfield, he has only written good music. Period.

Grace For Drowning is definitely a masterpiece and well, bonus points for solo. A very big applause to all his band members. They all did more than a brilliant job. My favorite one being Raider II, an epic 23 minute song which takes me back to days when I was and still obsessed with Dream Theater‘s “Change Of Seasons”. As a writer myself, I am totally obsessed with his style of writing lyrics. It never ceases to amaze me. Be it Porcupine Tree, or his solo, he has a phenomenal talent with words and there is just no escape from it.

I am not sure if he was always a multi instrumentalist, but in the concert he was mostly on the keyboards and of course the guitar. It was definitely fun to see him on the keyboards. The album has all the Porcupine Tree elements embedded with electronica, ambient, psychedelic rock. Most interestingly, it has a lot of jazz elements (something I do not understand, and probably don’t want to, at least at this stage of my life). However, it was very interesting to hear a mix of all these sounds under the general progressive sound which I am completely nuts about.

The album is such a trip. The production is way beyond spectacular. The writing is incredible and the music is just so evolved in today’s times with the whole mix of genres, old and new, that it has had me listening to it since I went for the show. A must listen, especially if you have a taste for the progressive sound.

MORE POSTS BY KARAN PATEL: The Best Guitarist in the World | Film Review: Road, Movie | The Adventures of Tintin | Music Review: The Rosewood Thieves – From The Decker House




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