Reviews by Greg_Gattuso
Frontalot as a Young Man (or Young MC)
I took my son to see MC Frontalot a couple of years ago when he came to the Top of the Park. He had just released a children's album and was playing a Sunday show sponsored by AADL. Fast forward a couple of years and I decided to check if this movie was suitable for an 8 year old who is interested in hip-hop.

This low budget doc follows MC Frontalot and his band as they embark on their first US tour, circa 2007. They go from town to town performing in bars, staying in hotels and trying to keep up their spirits and momentum. Along the way we learn about Nerdcore -- the the brainy hip hop genre somewhat created by MCF, with references to science, comic books, Star Wars, computers, coding, D&D and Magic The Gathering. There are interviews with "Weird Al" Yankovic and lesser known Nerdcore rappers about what it is to be a nerd and how they got their start. There are also interviews with fans who find comfort in MCF's music and message that it's ok to be different, whether that means smart, nerdy, geeky, gay, etc. The last stop on the tour is a big computer gaming convention, and you'll just have to wait and see how the band goes over at that one.

This doc is not rated by the MPAA. There is some cursing going on, and a song about adult web sites, so I would rate it a PG or a PG-13 -- not quite appropriate for an 8 year old. While it was entertaining, it could have used less "driving in the van" and more concert footage, as well as performances by some of the other artists. (For example, Weird Al had just released the excellent nerdcore rap "White & Nerdy."). But, I suppose that would have blown the budget, so instead this is basically a film about one band that started its own genre. And how many bands can say that?

MC Frontalot now has a half dozen albums under his belt, so one can look at the DVD as a flashback to how it all began.
Great, but read the manual!
This instrument is a lot of fun, and a lot easier than the traditional Theremin. However it is pretty important to print out and read the instructions. That's because the Theremini needs to be calibrated every time you turn it on. Not to worry -- it's easy and it only takes a minute or two. You can place it on a table, but if you have a mic stand, that's probably the best way to support it (in the middle of a room, away from large metal objects and electronics). It has 30 built-in tones/effects and it even has a built-in speaker so you don't need an amp. If you' ve always wanted to try a Theremin, now you can -- thanks to the AADL!