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MxPx: B-Movie [DVD/EP]B-Movie [DVD/EP] (2004)
Side One Dummy Records

Reviewer Rating: 0.5


Contributed by: FatTonyFatTony
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Two words: Shit sandwich. Okay, maybe a few more... Based on the music DVDs I've seen, it's apparently pretty difficult for a band to put together a decent DVD. I've seen DVDs that range from really good to complete shit. This is complete shit. When I heard MxPx was going to be playing .
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Two words: Shit sandwich.

Okay, maybe a few more...

Based on the music DVDs I've seen, it's apparently pretty difficult for a band to put together a decent DVD. I've seen DVDs that range from really good to complete shit.

This is complete shit.

When I heard MxPx was going to be playing three nights in a row at the Graceland, I thought I'd go to one of them just for old time's sake. I even thought they'd play some older stuff so they could throw that on the DVD. I loved MxPx five years ago, but the only thing they've done consistently the last few years is make bad music. Sure enough, they played a TON of older stuff. At one point during the show I went to (the second of the three nights), Mike even mentioned that they were playing almost their entire catalog over the course of the three nights.

Too bad they didn't put most of it on the DVD.

The bulk of the DVD is a 45-minute documentary on the band with only five songs from the three nights thrown in. Twelve years of being a band and this was the best they could do!?

Let's focus instead on what is actually ON the DVD rather than what's not. The documentary is done well enough, with lots of interview footage with the band and some behind-the-scenes footage from over the years (but nothing that old, from what I could tell). I've certainly seen better executions of this interview/show approach, but I've also seen worse.

But the handful of songs from the Graceland are actually some of the best concert footage I've ever seen. Nicely shot and very well edited, though the sound leaves a bit to be desired. It's not to say that the sound quality is bad, but they seem to alternate between actual live sounds and a soundboard recording of the shows. So when the band is interacting with the crowd, it sounds completely different from when they're actually playing songs. I personally preferred the way the live mics sounded, but I just wish they would have stuck with one and not switched back and forth.

Also on the DVD is a handful of extras, none of which are really all that interesting or noteworthy.

Included with the DVD is the EP, five songs recorded acoustically over the course of the three nights. Again, not all that interesting, but probably worth a listen for those who still consider themselves fans.

On the plus side, this DVD/EP set is pretty cheap. I managed to pick it up at Best Buy for about $8 on release day. So if you feel you MUST get it for yourself, at least you won't feel too ripped off.

The bottom line is that I wouldn't actually recommend this to anyone, not even their biggest fans. The DVD really feels like a missed opportunity, especially considering they documented three nights worth of shows (including a lot of old songs they don't often play anymore) and only put a few performances on the disc. The EP may get a few listens from hardcore fans, but the casual listener won't bother with it more than once.

 


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Anonymous (January 12, 2006)

Yeah this DVD/EP really sucks ass and there new album PANIC is terrible as well.

feeeding5000 (December 4, 2005)

God, I hate MxPx. I got some sort of greatest hits CD by them when I just started getting into punk (Coincidentally, only 3 years ago). Now, I can't stand them. CAN'T STAND IT. oh, score is for them being Christian.

Anonymous (January 12, 2005)

so what if this is pop-punk. so what if the sell out. for all the musicians out there this is their living. they wanna make money to and live a decent life. all there music is good. they take music to a whole new level. even though they sing pop-punk they do it well unlike bands like GC and blink. why dont u guys grow up and appriciate a band for what its worth. as far as i know i thought i heard my 5 month old cousin playing nofx on guitar thats how much their musik sucks

insipidaspersions (December 14, 2004)

No matter who it is about "everything sucks when you're gone" is still a vapid lyric. And I wouldn't call it mature either.

at_the_drive_in_21 (December 11, 2004)

Let It Happen was a solid release. Especially for a collection of B-sides.

Anonymous (December 10, 2004)

haha, out of all beverages you chose sprite?

FortyMinutesWest (December 10, 2004)

"at least mxpx doesn't sound like someone shoved a lawnmover down their throats and spilled sprite in their equipment
"

Not yet, but I can still dream.

kenjamin (December 9, 2004)

oh man, i used to play that chick magnet bass riff all the time in my band in 9th grade. My bandmates would get mad at me and then we'd all thrash into a blink cover. I'll never get those golden afternoons back.

Anonymous (December 9, 2004)

at least mxpx doesn't sound like someone shoved a lawnmover down their throats and spilled sprite in their equipment

Anonymous (December 9, 2004)

you're all morons

Anonymous (December 9, 2004)

"Chick Magnet" is a pretty fun song on MxPx's live record, which is both fast and consistent. Pick it up if you see it selling at a cheap price.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)

we don't care

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)

"The songs on their last album were referred to as "vapid" by an earlier commentator; Mike wrote a lot of those songs for his wife."

Well, we're not his wife so that's probably why we don't care for them.

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)

MxPx has matured over the years, while it appears that many of you have not. The songs on their last album were referred to as "vapid" by an earlier commentator; Mike wrote a lot of those songs for his wife. Perhaps, you cannot appreciate the grown up sound and lyrics of the new MxPx, I can understand that. This DVD was never intended to be full of live footage. They wanted to present a behind the scenes look at the band, which covered the time after their last video, 'It Came From Bremerton.' I can also appreciate that many listeners do not appreciate the acoustic EP. Most of it is not my style, but it is valuable to me, as a fan of their music. Sometimes, a band just grows up faster than the fans.

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)

"someone put on chick magnet the other day. how did that shit get released, let alone become something of a hit?"

Because it's a good song maybe? But I'm sure your band is much better.

OverDefined (December 8, 2004)

someone put on chick magnet the other day. how did that shit get released, let alone become something of a hit?

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)

It's pretty Awesome that all you guys would spend the time to comment and/or purchase the DVD/CD. MxPx have been a working band 12 years. They do it for a living thanks to all you guys who give a shit sandwich to buy and review this item. If it's so bad, save your breathe dummies!! They still don't care, They still sell records, They still sell tickets, They still tour and records the songs they want to write and play for themselves and their fans. The score is for how stupid the review. Fuck You Haters!!

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)

I always feel bad for MxPx....they've watched all their peers get huge followings and various degrees of success, while they hop from label to label and their records tank.

On The Cover, Life In General and Slowly Going The Way Of The Buffalo are all what I consider essential pop punk albums for pop punk fans. Aside from that, however, their are only select tracks from each of the releases worth mentioning.

This EP is a shining example of the band's downfall. 27 year olds singing junior high lyrics, bland recycled riffs, and overall subpar material. Here's hoping their next album can be half way decent and they'll call it quits.

That way in 5 years, kids will be clammoring for new material, because it always happens like that. Until then, we've still got "Move to Bremerton"

Chris_xxx (December 8, 2004)

the score is for your review because i agree with you

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

Come on guys....a fast pace....a catchy chorus and simple but stellar lyrics....you've done it a few times before...why can't you do it again?

-Chinatown

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

this dvd was pretty shitty. for $6.00 brand new, i didn't feel too ripped off though. their last cd has to be the worst cd i have ever heard in my life. amazing that this is the band that put out teenage politics and life in general.

boba_fett (December 7, 2004)

Why is it that as Mike got older his lyrics got worse?

seriously. it makes no sense. im a fan but i havent liked most of their new stuff... ill pick this up though even if it does suck.

i think they'll call it quits after 2 more cds. they have one ocming out in early 2005 or something... depending on how that one goes... well lets just say if its crap i think they're finished.

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

Yeah, I'd imagine this shit would lick ass.

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

i got ripped off

jamespastepunk (December 7, 2004)

Man, i got their Fat EP, and you're right, it was terrible. I must say their live CD kills, but they haven't had a decent CD since, (and that's being generous, especially to the Ever Passing Moment...)

Why is it that as Mike got older his lyrics got worse?

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

Two words: Shit sandwich.

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

This is complete shit.

insipidaspersions (December 7, 2004)

MXPX gives me headaches. I agree with whoever said they were probably rushing..they were probably rushing to write nearly all of their songs. They are all vapid and have absolutely no substance,. Some good covers though. They should just stop writing lyrics I guess. I would say the MXPX cut of age is 14.

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

G.A.Y

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

this band sucks sooo bad

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

Having listened to the acoustic version of "Invatation To Understanding" on their myspace.com site and enjoying it thoroughly, I'll wager that the acoustic CD/EP will be pretty good. Grey skies turn blue and Silver Screen are really suckie though. I would recommend trying to get ahold of those acoustic songs if you are a fan...

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

"I, for one, will be waiting for the MxPx comeback album, when they start playing more harder stuff...

It will happen--just you wait.

(Tee, hee)

Gray Davis"

they already tried their hand at a "renaissance," and we all know how THAT ended up.

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

I, for one, will be waiting for the MxPx comeback album, when they start playing more harder stuff...

It will happen--just you wait.

(Tee, hee)

Gray Davis

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

its just BAD. I can't understand what the hell went wrong with these guy.

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

why would you buy it if you think they are shitty?

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

i bought it for $9 - cheap but shitty.

MXPX sucks

- Todd

opivykid (December 7, 2004)

This review kicks ass

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

This dvd sucks and the acoustic songs are gay!

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

Mxpx is crap

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

"Where will we go" was featured in full band form at the end of their VHS release "It came from Bremerton" Now-the song in question was stated during the end credits to be included on the bands upcoming "Ever Passing Moment" disc. It wasn't included, who knows why. This song is a prime example of Mike's 2000 era Elvis Costello infatuation-the first time I heard it on that video tape I WAS FLOORED, at the time no bands of this genre were using melodys of that style. Amazing song in my opinion, haven't heard the acoustic rendition, I don't think I want to.

Barkley

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

i'm 24, which is above the legal age to listen to mxpx...even though they are 27 now.

paul

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

"I'm begining to think Life in General was ripped-off, plagiarized or some sick anomaly. This stuff is terrible. "

That's funny. I have actually thought the same thing many times.

Anchors (December 7, 2004)

This doesn't deserve an 8th of a star. Seriously.

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

This stuff is crap.

Check out the mp3s at www.myspace.com/mxpx Absolutely awful. I can't understand what the hell went wrong with these guys, but this "new" material blows.

I'm begining to think Life in General was ripped-off, plagiarized or some sick anomaly. This stuff is terrible.

"Where will we go?" Straight to the trash can.

daygreen89 (December 7, 2004)

it's decent, but I've seen bnads have DVDs who have been together for two years and it had more stuff. A really good music dvd though is the bouncing souls' dvd, that is one of the best i've seen.

gladimnotemo (December 7, 2004)

I think this was rushed because the band signed to SideOne and wanted to get something out quick. They could probably make a very nice (and packed full) DVD if they really tried; they've certainly been around long enough to.

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

shit sandwitch ? I hope the dvd is more original than the review.

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

I have to disagree.....the ep is worth the price alone. If you are a fan of MXPX you will really like it. If you have never been into MXPX then you probably wont be picking this up either way.

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

Yeah, I'd imagine this shit would lick ass. I gotta hand it to the band for staying friends all this time.

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