Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 20 Albums of the 2017 [Exclusive!]

Avid readers here at Trainwreck’d Society may have noticed a grand shift in culture here on the site since we made our triumphant(?) return this year after a short 15 month hiatus. Whilst TWS was once primarily a music related blog, with the occasional interview with some sort of beloved actor or filmmaker, we have almost swung the pendulum so far to the other side that it may actually come as a surprise that we are paying attention to music at all.

Yes, we only had a handful of album reviews to share on the site this year. But 2017 just happened to have some of our favorite artists putting out amazing records. In fact, 6 of our Top 10 are from artists that have topped our previous charts, and have been showcased here on several other occasions, including one artist who has hit the Number 1 spot, 2 years in a row, and another who was named Trainwreck’d Society’s Person of the Year.

And there were some other amazing albums released in both the independent and major label platforms that deserve to be showcased for bringing some lovely sounds to an otherwise pretty gloomy year. Whether it is a delightful singer/songwriter tune, or the resurgence of classic hip hop artists, or the showcase of one of the finest hip hop albums of all time brought to you from the legendary Strange Famous Records (that’s correct, I said “ALL TIME”), there was just some amazing records out this year that you have to know about. I know some of these choices may be controversial in their own right, so feel free to send us some love/hate mail on the subject.

So, Ladies and Gentlemen, please enjoy our Top 20 Albums of 2017 that Totally Features Eminem, So Fuck You Internet. Enjoy!

 

 

20. Lana del Rey – Lust For Life

19. Lee Ann Womack – The Lonely, The Lonesome, & The Gone

18. Eminem – Revival

17. Wheeler Walker Jr. – Ol’ Wheeler

16. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream

15. Fabolous & Jadakiss – Friday on Elm Street

14. Beck – Colors

13. Cary Illinois – Garage Sale

12. Brother Ali – All the Beauty in this Whole Life

11. Kendrick Lamar – Damn

10. Passenger – The Boy Who Cried Wolf

9. Sadistik – Altars

8. Ayron Jones & The Way – Audio Paint Job

7. Grayson Capps – Scarlett Roses

6. Sleep – Dark Arts of the Iron Age

5. Andrew Joslyn – Awake at the Bottom of the Ocean

4. Lotte Kestner – Off White

3. Robin Grey – From the Ground Up

2. Blitzen Trapper – Wild and Reckless

1. Cas One Vs. Figure – So Our Egos Don’t Kill Us

 

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 20 Films of 2017 [Exclusive!]

While 2017 may not have been the most entertaining year both politically and emotionally, it was a damn fine time for movie viewing! Across the globe, there were some pretty amazing works of art to be seen. 2017 was a year that Trainwreck’d Society decided that we were going to put a sharp focus on some of the amazing films we were able to check out. This year saw the birth of our “Sunday Matinee” and “Saturday Special” series, where we were able to regularly showcase some of the finest works in independent cinema from all over the world. In fact, most of the films you on this list were previously featured in one of these formats.

2017 was also a very diverse year as far as our viewing prowess. Our Top 20 films come from over 8 different countries, and feature over a dozen different languages. The one thing that they all share is a mesmerizing bit of quality that is damn near inconceivable. From exorcisms, to fast cars, to recollections of glory days of punk music, right down to good ole fashioned love stories, there is something amazing here for everyone!

So Ladies and Gentlemen, please enjoy our Top 20 Films of 2017!

20. Deliver Us
Written by: Andrea Osvald Sanguigni
Directed by: Federica Di Giacomo
Starring: Father Cataldo Migliazzo

19. After Love
Written by: Fanny Burdino, Joachim Lafosse, & Mazarine Pingeot
Directed by: Joachim Lafosse
Starring: Bérénice Bejo, Cédric Kahn, Jade Soentjens


18. Fast Convoy
Written by: Frédéric Schoendoerffer
Directed by: Frédéric Schoendoerffer
Starring: Benoît Magimel, Reem Kherici, Tewfik Jallab

17. Get Out
Written by: Jordan Peele
Directed by: Jordan Peele
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener, Lil Rel Howery

16. The Spiderwebhouse
Written by: Johanna Stuttman
Directed by: Mara Eib-Eibesfeldt
Starring: Ben Litwinschuh, Lutz Simon Eilert, Helena Pieske

15. Mighty Ground
Written by: Delila Vallot
Directed by: Delila Vallot
Starring: Ronald Troy Collins

14. Baby Driver
Written by: Edgar Wright
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm

13. The Confessions
Written by: Roberto Andò
Directed by: Roberto Andò
Starring: Toni Servillo, Daniel Auteuil, Pierfrancesco Favino

12. Playground
Written by: Bartosz M. Kowalski
Directed by: Bartosz M. Kowalski
Starring: Michalina Swistun, Nicolas Przygoda, Przemyslaw Balinski

11. Dalida
Written by: Lisa Azuelos, Orlando, & Jacques Pessis
Directed by: Lisa Azuelos
Starring: Sveva Alviti, Riccardo Scamarcio, Jean-Paul Rouve

10. Tom of Finland
Written by: Aleksi Bardi
Directed by: Dome Karukoski
Starring: Pekka Strang, Jakob Oftebro, Jessica Grabowsky

9. The Big Sick
Written by: Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani
Directed by: Michael Showalter
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter

8. Catfight
Written by: Onur Tukel
Directed by: Onur Tukel
Starring: Anne Heche, Sandra Oh, Alicia Silverstone

7. Mr. Roosevelt
Written by: Noël Wells
Directed by: Noël Wells
Starring: Noël Wells, Nick Thune, Britt Lower,

6. The Problem with Apu
Written by: Hari Kondabolu
Directed by: Michael Melamedoff
Starring: Hari Kondabolu, Noureen DeWulf, Ajay Naidu

5. The Bill Murray Experience
Written by: Sadie Katz
Directed by: Sadie Katz
Starring: Sadie Katz, Joel Murray, P.J. Soles

4. Django
Written by: Etienne Comar & Alexis Salatko
Directed by: Etienne Comar
Starring: Red Kateb, Cecile De France, Bea Palya

3. Driving While Black
Written by: Dominique Purdy & Paul Sapiano
Directed by: Paul Sapiano
Starring: Dominique Purdy, Sheila Tejada, John Mead


2. Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk
Written by: Anthony Marchitiello & Corbett Redford
Directed by: Corbett Redford
Starring: Iggy Pop, Billy Joe Armstrong, Jello Biafra

1. D-Love
Written by: Dave Rogers
Directed by: Elena Beuca
Starring: Elena Beuca, Dave Rogers, Ditlev Darmakaya

Sunday Matinee: Cannibal Farm [Film]

“The Harver family head out on an idyllic summer camping trip where they can bury past tensions and enjoy some family bonding. But when their camp is sabotaged by an unseen intruder in the night, they head to the nearby creepy old farm desperate for help, where vengeful farmer Hunt Hansen and his hideously deformed son aren’t farming animals…” – October Coast PR

Let’s start things off here with a call to all the real die hard horror fans out there: this one is EXACTLY for you. I can in full confidence state that Cannibal Farm is one of the finest blood soaked experiences to be brought to the screen in quite a long time. It has everything you need! From betrayal to a brilliant mixture of gore and jump scares all the way back around to ridiculously overdone monologues that graciously add to the overgrowing fear and anxiety that comes with watching a full on massacre occur.

A few weeks ago, I made a statement on the podcast Super Geeky Play Date about how I wanted to see the cannibalism aspect of horror films become a as commonplace and popular as zombie and vampire films. Little did I know that awaiting in my inbox was exactly what I was talking about. Cannibal Farm is an amazing callback to all of the gruesome fun that was developed in the late 70’s and throughout the 80’s. It’s a bit campy, as it should be. It’s a tad bit over emotional, also as it should be. And just when you think you have seen the height of the film’s insanity, hold the fucking phone, because something even more insane is right around the proverbial (and maybe literal) corner.

 

I simply can not stress this enough people: this is a genuinely amazing horror film. Writer/director Charlie Steeds brings us a wonderfully stylized work of torture and delightfully frightening moving images that deserves at least a few viewings. Check it out!

Cannibal Farm is available now on VOD. Check out the trailer here:

Sean Patton [Interview]

Welcome to 2018 folks! We are kicking things off this year in a major way with an amazing interview from one of the finest comedians working today. And with the controversial year that the world of comedy had in 2017, I think it is important to continue the conversation of the importance and cultural relevance of comedians in our modern era. And I can not think of anyone better to kick off this conversation with than the brilliant Sean Patton.

Sean Patton is a brilliantly funny comedian with jokes that will hit you harder than that girl hit her mom in the face with that ArkAngel laptop in Black Mirror. A very specific reference, I know. But, it is very true. He is one of the best in the business and we feel so very fortunate that he has chosen to digitally be here with us today. For die hard comedy fans, Sean has hit just about every spot on television you could want, from his own Comedy Central half hour special, to a couple of appearances on one of my favorite programs, This Is Not Happening. Yes, he is true working comedian who has done some incredible work in his career thus far, and has the promise and will do even greater thing sin 2018 and beyond.

So Ladies and Gentlemen, please enjoy some amazing words from an even more amazing comedian, Mr. Sean Patton!

When did you first realize that you were a hilarious human being, and it was your civic duty to stand on a stage and bring joy to random strangers?

The first time I remember making anyone really laugh was in the 7th grade. At school, my teacher was pouring BC headache powder into a glass of water, and I said “My dad snorts headache powder up his nose”. The teacher did a legit spit take. My Dad’s doesn’t snort coke, not that I knew of then or now, but I remember thinking “This will be funny”, so I just blurted it out.

Sarah Silverman once played a version of herself on the Larry Sanders show as a stafff writer who gets her first TV credit doing stand up on his show. Watching her set on that show was amazing for me. I identified with her sense of humor so much. That’s when I decided I wanted to do stand up.

What were your early days like when you were first starting out in comedy in New Orleans? I will admit, I am not very up my knowledge of the comedy world of NOLA. I know you and Mark Normand have started there, and that’s about it. So what was that world like when you were first starting out? And when you make your way back to your homeland, does it seem like it has changed a bit?

It was a very DIY scene back then. It didn’t then, nor does now, have a full time stand up club. I don’t know if it ever will, but it’s doing so well as an independent scene. That is what’s important. The New Orleans comedy scene now is very supportive and eons better than when I started out.

In your obvious expert opinion, what are some cities across America that are incredible to do perform stand up in, that many people may not be aware of? Beyond L.A. and NYC, what are some of those hidden gems hiding in plain sight across the land? 

Minneapolis, Madison, WI, Eau Claire, WI, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, The Bay area, Pretty much every city in North Carolina but specifically Asheville and Wilmington, Washington DC, Cincinnati, Detroit, Burlington, VT, Houston, Austin, Dallas, Portland OR, and I’m sure many more. In all of these cities There’s a great club(s) or independent show, and they all have great local comedians.

Beyond the American borders, you have performed at the legendary Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. As an avid comedy viewer and podcast listener, I hear about Montreal a lot, but haven’t grasped the concept of why this is one of the biggest festivals in the comedy world. So in your opinion, what is it about Montreal that makes it such a huge deal?

Montreal is a beautiful city to be in during the summer, and it seems to love the festival. They book great comedians year in and year out and do not fuck around when it comes to the shows. It’s also been around for over 30 years. Also, Canadians are mostly happy people who travel to Montreal specifically for JFL. Add all that up and that’s why I’d say.

A few years ago you appeared on a couple of episodes of one of my favorite television comedies of all time, Maron. We’ve spoken with folks like Troy Ruptash and Dave Anthony who appeared on the show as well, but I am interested to know what your take was on working on this show? And was there anything about working on this show that set itself apart from the numerous other projects you have worked on?

I had a small part in two episodes, but I’ve known Marc for a bit now. He’s a particular guy, and often times that’s where the best comedy comes from. I had a great time working on that show. What set it apart was how into it everyone involved was. It felt like everyone knew they were making something good, which goes a long way in this business.

What does the future hold for you? Anything cool coming up that you would like to tell our readers about? 

My first hour special. I can’t say exactly when it will premiere, so check in at meseanpatton.com from time to time. I am excited about it.