Thursday, August 03, 2017

Aquaman Reigns With New Creative Team

Aquaman has long been one of ImpOp's favorite comic book character but there has been a lull in the book's recent run (no offense to writer Dan Abnett and artist Scot Eaton). The art has been decent but not up to the standards that should be attributed to a character the level of Aquaman. If the king of the seven seas is on par with the likes of his fellow Justice League members, he should be treated as such. Now, artist Stjepan Sejic has stepped in at issue #25, and his gorgeous pencils have made the Aquaman book elite once again hearkening back to the days when Ivan Reis when teamed with stellar writer Geoff Johns

Arthur Curry has been betrayed by his people of Atlantis and is presumed dead (killed by his own guardsman Murk). His longtime love Mera is waging her own war on the underseas world in defense of her man, while throne usurper King Corum Rath builds his new kingdom. Aquaman is hiding out in the slums of the Drift and has encountered a new ally in the silent Dolphin (in her 1st appearance since DC's Rebirth).

Aquaman is also slowly changing his look from the traditional to a style more akin to the upcoming version in the Justice League movie played by Jason Mamoa. Things are looking up for Aquaman even when he is down. Aquaman issue #25 is the perfect jumping on point as the character is building up to a long rumored big crossover story, "Rise of the Seven Seas," by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Famous Women Who Have Improved With Age

1. Michelle Pfeiffer (58)

58! The woman is 58! She looks better than most 20 year olds for shit's sake! Fucking 58? Unreal. Watch The Hollywood Knights from 1980, and then in 2007's Stardust. Well, just look at her in the 2000's and skip the awful fantasy adventure movie. 

2. Jennifer Aniston (48)

She was always attractive and beloved on the terrible TV show Friends, but as Aniston has neared 50, she has become twice as beautiful. How is that even possible? Also, there is this... 
It's an awful invasion of privacy but ImpOp watches it daily.

3. Charlize Theron (41)

Timeless, absolutely timeless. The woman is simply a genetic freak who may live a thousand years and still never age. 

4. Marisa Tomei (52)

The woman who broke "them" out in Slums of Beverly Hills, to the woman in The Wrestler, Marisa has never lost her alluring figure. She also shows off the girls in Loverboy, Untamed Heart, Factotum, and a ton in Before The Devil Knows You're Dead. God bless this uninhibited woman.

5. Heather Graham (47)

Did anyone else think Heather was in her 30's? The lady is 47! ImpOp would kill your entire family to have her pee on us.

6. Alyssa Milano (44)

At 44, she's long escaped "teen idol hell" and only improved as she aged. Who cares if she was never in a good movie. She really shined in Embrace of the Vampire and Poison Ivy II: Lily showing her best acting skills.

7. Jaime Pressly (40)

The youngest woman on our list, Jaime looks as hot as her 27 year old sister Margot Robbie. She's had multiple kids and her tummy is still as flat as RC Cola.

8. Salma Hayek (50)

ImpOp would eat a trail of her shit till we met her wonderful ass. Don't act like you would not.

9. Halle Berry (50)

C'mon, of course she's on the list. 

10. Christina Applegate (45)

Kelly Bundy was never ImpOp's thang as we were more Samantha Micelli fans. Then, Christina caught our eyes again when she became Veronica Corningstone in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and realized she went from slutty teen to bewitching woman. 

Honorable Mention:

Gabrielle Union (44), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (56), Naomi Watts (48), Sandra Bullock (52) and Stacey Dash (50) would have made the list if'n she wasn't a Republican. 

Friday, July 07, 2017

ImpOp Music Playlist July Edition: Father John Misty, Gorillaz, Portugal. The Man, The Shins & More! 39 Tracks!

Bleached “Can You Deal” (rock)
Bleachers “Don’t Take The Money” (pop)
Blink-182 “6/8” (punk)
The Coathangers “Make It Right” (punk)
Cold War Kids “Love Is Mystical” (rock)
Dan Auerbach “Waiting on a Song” (indie)
The Dirty Heads “Too Cruel” (punk)
Dropkick Murphys “Blood” (punk)
Error37 “XxCactaurXCorexX” (metal)
Father John Misty “Total Entertainment Forever” (indie)
Flatfoot 56 & Il Neige “Penny” (punk)
Flogging Molly “Crushed (Hostile Nations)” (indie)
Goldfinger “Put The Knife Away” (punk)
Gorillaz “Let Me Out” (hip hop)
Greg Graffin “Backroads of My Mind” (folk)
Guttermouth "The Point" (punk)
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit “If We Were Vampires” (country)
Kids & Chemicals “Sea of Trees” (rock)
The Lippies “302” (punk)
The Mavericks “Rolling Along” (country)
Missio “Middle Fingers” (rock)
The Mountain Goats “Rain In Soho” (indie)
The Old 97’s & Brandi Carlile “Good With God” (country)
Pearl Jam “Again Today” (rock)
New Pornographers "High Ticket Attractions (indie)

Portugal. The Man “Noise Pollution” (indie)
Prophets of Rage “Unfuck The World” (rock)
Radkey “Romance Dawn” (punk)
Rancid “Bovver Rock & Roll” (punk)
The Real McKenzies “Sail Again” (punk)

Red Fang “Cut It Short” (metal)
Rise Against “Politics of Love” (punk)
Rubblebucket “If U C My Enemies” (pop)
The Shins “Heartworms” (indie)
Shoddy Blacktooth “I Don’t Cry (I Get Drunk & High)” (indie)
Steel Woods “Axe” (country)
12 Foot Ninja “Collateral” (rock)
Waters “Hiccups” (rock)
Wavves “Daisy” (indie)

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Rancid Trouble Maker: ImpOp Album Review

Three years after their last album, punk revivalists Rancid are back with their new album Trouble Maker. The effort is 19 songs based around the sound that the Berkeley tribe made famous. Sure, there isn't a lot of innovation or experimentation on this album, but is that really what you want from this band? No! We want rocking punk music with heart, an ear to the streets, and danceable riffs. It's a much better effort than 2014's Honor Is All We Know which just didn't seem to have the passion of their past work. Rancid has only made one bad album in 26 years (hello there Life Won't Wait) which is simply amazing and awe inspiring! This album, is a must buy and the best punk album of 2017 (so far)!

ImpOp's 3 Favorite Tracks

"Bovver Rock & Roll" A classic, classic rock n' roll track.

"Where I'm Going" This is the stutter beat pogo dance song that is a breakaway hit.

"This Is Not The End" Rock hard and never die! The boys shall return!

Rancid Trouble Maker B
Total Tracks 19
Tracks Saved 18
Time 39 minutes

This is Rancid's best album in 8 years as the squad has returned to form and they are currently on tour with Dropkick Murphys!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Dan Auerbach Waiting On A Song: ImpOp Album Review

Dan Auerbach Waiting on a Song, is the 2nd solo studio album from the Black Keys frontman. Eight years ago, Dan released his initial solo album, Keep It Hid, which felt and sounded like it should have just been another Black Keys album, but his newest effort is more diverse and sounds more like Auerbach is channeling his inner Beck, with happier music. 

ImpOp’s 3 Favorite Tracks:

“Waiting on a Song” The title track is a beautiful haunt into how the songs are inspired.

“Show Me” A light chantey about wanting that special lady to prove her love.

“Shine on Me” This is a fun one that sounds like classic Traveling Wilbury’s which we appreciate greatly.

Dan Auerbach Life Is Good B-
Total Tracks 10
Tracks Saved 7
Time 32:38 minutes

This album would be rated higher but its so damn short and there were a couple of tracks that were just eh, and chucked in the trash. A good album overall and Dan is still showing growth and trying new things. This time he even did it with, dare we say it, joy.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Flogging Molly Life Is Good: ImpOp Album Review

Flogging Molly Life Is Good is the 6th studio album from the 7-piece Celtic rock band. Coming from the bands own record label, Borstal Beat Records, 12 tracks of the finest Irish based music your gonna hear. Lead singer Dave King didn't waste the bands 6 year hiatus doing nothing, as he has returned with an absolutely stellar recording! 

ImpOp's 3 Favorite Tracks:

"The Hand of John L. Sullivan," about the legendary bare knuckle boxer ImpOp has been fans of for some time.

"Until We Meet Again," a more traditional folksy tune.

"Crushed (Hostile Nations)" a Irish rock song that gets you ready for war!

Flogging Molly Life Is Good B+
12 total Tracks
45 minutes
ImpOp saved 12!

It is a very rare ImpOp rating indeed when every single track is saved and if'n you have never seen the band live, you are missing out on one of the best touring bands of the day! Buy the album and see the band. ImpOp stakes their reputation on it.


Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Dropkick Murphy's : 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory Album Review

ImpOp has been fans of Dropkick Murphys ever since a dear friend (what up Timmay!) gave us a mix-tape containing tracks from their 2nd & 3rd albums Do Or Die & The Gang's All Here. We instantly fell in love and have seen them in concert many times even being invited onstage by former guitarist Marc Orrell for some stage diving action, before being returning to the stage to sing, arm-in-arm mind you, with Ken Casey for the encore. It was an epic unbelievable night to say the least. Anywho, the Boston natives have released a new album, their 9th, 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory and are touring to support it so go out and support them!

It seems as though Dropkick has returned to form drinking their way back to the beloved Celtic punk style they introduced us to so long ago. "The Lonesome Boatman" is the beautiful instrumental they used to start their live concert when ImpOp saw them last year. It's a stunning track and then they break into "Rebels With A Cause," a song about young love struggling to find their way in the world. "Blood," one of the standout tracks, hits you with haunting bagpipes and gives hope to the fallen downtrodden souls like ourselves. True friends will always be there. "Paying My Way" starts with and piano and hand claps that hearken back to an anthem song, and is the best track on the album! It also extends hope to us punks who are putting in the work and paying our dues in every facet of life. "I Had A Hat" showcases the humor of the band and the fights that naturally come from drinking too much.

Sure, not every track is a winner. We have always hated the song "You'll Never Walk Alone," and the Boston gang didn't change that opinion. Even so, this is a better offer than 2013's Signed & Sealed In Blood, and the best since The Warrior's Code way back in 2005! 

Dropkick Murphys are one of the best punk bands of all time bar none, and this is a solid reputation of what they can do. It's definitely worth the listen and out of 11 tracks, ImpOp saved 8! That's pretty damn good these days and you cannot have anything but a great time if you see this band in concert! If you do not find a few good songs on this album to enjoy, you are simply not a good human.

Keeper Songs:

The Lonesome Boatman
Rebels With A Cause
First Class Loser
* Paying My Way
I Had A Hat
Kicked To The Curb
Until The Next Time