Ray Van Horn, Jr. is a veteran entertainment journalist whose writing and live photography has been featured in Blabbermouth.net, Dee Snider’s House of Hair Online, Fangoria.com, Horror News.net, About.com Heavy Metal, MetalManiacs, New Noise, Music Dish, AMP, Hails & Horns, Unrestrained,Noisecreep, Impose, Pit, The Big Takeover.com, Rough Edge.com, Pitriff and others. His blog The Metal Minute won a “Best Personal Blog” award in 2009 from Metal Hammer magazine and he wrote and produced his own hard rock e-zine, Retaliate.

He has contributed essays to UK author Neil Daniels’ Iron Maiden and ZZ Top biographies. Ray’s fiction has been published in various periodicals and anthologies, including his flash fiction piece “Off the Record” for Akashic Books’ “Mondays Are Murder” noir series. His recent short stories “Before the Ball” and “Widow” were featured in subsequent editions of Alex S. Johnson’s Axes of Evil anthologies. Ray wrote serialized original superhero fiction for Cyber Age Adventures and five of those stories appear in the anthology Playing Solitaire. He was the winner of Quantum Muse’s fiction contest in 1999.

Ray is a former NHL game analyst for The Hockey Nut and one-time host of the forum “Comic Books” at ReadWave. He has done beat reporting, photography and lifestyle articles for Metromix, an affiliate of The Baltimore Sun, Carroll Magazine, The Northern News and The Emmitsburg Dispatch.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday Triple Play - 6/29/14


This week's Triple Play goes international.  Our first port is Tokyo, Japan and a live rendition of the blistering "Pink" from Japanese distortion wizards, Boris.  Having just reviewed their latest album Noise for Blabbermouth, I'm all energized as hell, just as I am anytime I pull their music down.  This is truly one of the greatest bands on the planet and they peel the paint off the walls whenever they play live, as I've discovered twice.  This clip from MTV Iggy Live is a pretty good taste of this trio's power. 

Our next stop is Africa and a long stint of Rebel Rock/Afrobeat from the late lion Fela Kuti.  Here you get his hip-shaking, venomous "Expensive Shit," which refers to an incident where he reportedly had drugs planted on him by local police in order to make the cuff.  Finally, we visit the UK (and France, by attrition) with Stereolab and their insanely adorable electro-pop ditty, "Cybele's Reverie."

The endpoint to this week's Triple Play is that music is intercontinental and universal, regardless of our differences in culture, race, language and customs.  Music is the great neutralizer to life.  You don't necessarily have to understand what's being sung if the performance is that strong and full of conviction.  Look past your own borders and see what's going on in the world.  Cadence comes from every corner of Mother Earth, so don't take what's force fed you at home.  A global mindset will lead you to some of the finest vibes you'd been missing out on otherwise.


Boris - "Pink" MTV Iggy Live


Fela Kuti - "Expensive Shit"


Stereolab - "Cybele's Reverie"

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