** You couldn’t SHUT ME UP if you tried.

CHICAGO RIOT FEST 2014 WELCOMES THE PICTURE BOOKS – I don’t know much about this band but I found
some of their videos here….. They are very bluesy, very loud and soulful. Im sure in a live setting they have
a few tricks up their sleeve. I think these guys are playing on Day 3.

Heres what the official bio says….

The Picturebooks “Your Kisses Burn Like Fire” official music video from the band’s upcoming album “Imaginary Horse”
Buy “Your Kisses Burn Like Fire” On iTunes – http://geni.us/ThePicturebooks
Subscribe for more music: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c…

The Picturebooks album Imaginary Horse is out on RidingEasy Records on October 7, 2014. “Your Kisses Burn Like Fire” is the first single from the album.

Click here to watch more music videos on RidingEasy Records: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpC9h…

The Picturebooks are a German alternative rock/blues rock duo (Fynn Claus Grabke and Philipp Mirtschink) who formed after meeting a skate park. The band released the albums “Artificial Tears” and a “List of People To Kill” independently in Europe before signing to RidingEasy Records in 2014. Imaginary Horse was recorded in the same garage where they regularly refurbish and repair motorcycles and choppers.


The Picturebooks are a German alternative rock/blues rock duo (Fynn Claus Grabke and Philipp Mirtschink) who formed after meeting a skate park. The band released the albums “Artificial Tears” and a “List of People To Kill” independently in Europe before signing to RidingEasy Records in 2014. Imaginary Horse was recorded in the same garage where they regularly refurbish and repair motorcycles and choppers.

DUMB AND DUMBER TO: Is It Worth The 20 Year Wait? – Hot Metro Finds Review

DETROIT – First of all I can’t believe it’s really been twenty years since the first, “Dumb and Dumber” came out. I remember seeing the preview for the first movie in the theater with the song, “Funky Town” playing in the background and groaning in my chair. I remember thinking that Jim Carrey really jumped the shark already and his career was barely taking off. I surely never thought anyone would even go for this dumb kind of comedy. Would you believe that I actually skipped out from seeing it.  It was only until a family member came to visit did I break down and rent it from our local video store.

But then a really strange thing happened and I ended up laughing out loud throughout most of it. I mean, I really enjoyed it. In fact, this particular film really got me over my funk with Jim Carrey and I actually became a fan of his. It was also my first introduction to the Farrelly Brothers and their outrageous sense of comedy. They later gave us – “Kingpin”,  and “The Three Stooges”.

Whew! The reviews are coming in for, “Dumb and Dumber To” and they are calling this thing one of the worst things ever committed to film. Myself, I was ready for some more of that outrageous comedy. After months of zombie movies, talking horror dolls, and Ouija boards I needed something that was fall down hilarious. I am not even going to go into the recent wave of goofy survival movies and this maze runner nonsense. We needed a trip back down to dumb. Dumb it down. Dumb is good.

Why in the world did the Farrelly Brothers wait 20 years to get another one of these things out? We could have used some prime laughs during that long break. In the future some film reviewer will write a discourse on the Farrelly Brothers and classify, “Dumb and Dumber”, “When Harry Met Lloyd”, “The Three Stooges” (remake) and this latest one, “Dumb and Dumber To” as part of the same series. Thematically they do have a lot in common. It’s the common people vs the rich in grandiose characterizations. The plots have interesting life and death consequences and do have the tendency to get morbidly serious if only for a moment. The formula has stayed consistent because people can relate to it. This is the same kind of fodder that existed in the original Three Stooges comedies. And even then the people at that time didn’t take to them immediately because they, as my grandmother put it, “tried too hard to be funny”.

Every generation of comedy has that certain someone that pushes things too far. Jerry Lewis had that same problem and it time for him to grow on people. As I said earlier I had the same sort of problem with Jim Carrey. But seeing these two nitwits on screen was a welcomed relief. The audience I saw this with seemed to really enjoy it. I saw this on opening weekend and it was a packed house. The guys sitting behind me a few rows back couldn’t really keep it together. They busted out loud with laughter and didn’t even cover their mouths. It seems that people really do like these sort of comedies and let’s get real here for a second because if you really want to talk about what is terrible I could go in my review on, “Scary Movie 4”.

I’m not going to ruin the plot for you in this review. There are plenty of other sites that will do that for you. But the film takes on this epic journey mentality and that just feels refreshing even if that journey is insane. The humor is gross and at times sexist and ridiculous but isn’t that what you paid for? The jokes are delivered here in rapid speed and that works great on film. This is where it gets interesting. This style of joke delivery also worked great in, “Anchorman 2: Ron Burgundy – The Legend Continues”. The backdrops include wide open highways, a road trip, funeral parlors, rich mansions and these are fantastic places for rapid fire dumb comedy and observations. But this type of comedy doesn’t work well for me in a TV sit com with only one room such as ABC’s horrendously awful, “Young & Hungry” or “Cristela”. There the comedy seems forced and the laughter doesn’t seem deserved due to bad timing.

The premise, I will go into briefly, is that Harry, (played by Jeff Daniels) needs a kidney transplant. This leads to a search for a long lost daughter. Jim Carrey has the hots for Harry’s daughter and together they get wrapped up in a murder plot. There is a cross country road journey that puts them on course to a science summit in El Paso, Texas. There is more confrontation of the dumb vs society at this conference called, “The Ken Conference” which is a parody of the TED culture. Along the journey we are subjected to insane flashbacks of the past as well as bizarre love influenced fantasy sequences ala Lloyd, (Jim Carrey). The ending is something you will have to just experience for yourself but it will be worth it.

The good news is that this movie is laugh out loud funny. You might second guess the experience once you walk out of the theater. There is a good chance that your date will not understand you or gain a lower sense of opinion of you. That being said don’t use this for a date movie. Go see something friendly and totally off the wall like maybe, “The Maze Runner”. But if you want something that is flat out hilarious and outrageous go see, “Dumb and Dumber To”.

My favorite parts are when Harry meets his Chinese step parents after years of separation. This entire sequence is totally inappropriate and culturally insensitive but truly funny. It is a guilty pleasure because it collides head on with the worst multicultural stereotypes. There is no pause or fast forward button and it is very uncomfortable to watch – but worth it. Another great moment for me was when Harry meets up with the legal guardians of his daughter. There is a cell phone sequence that takes place at the mansion that is straight out of MAD Magazine.

I give this movie three stars out of five. It is not going to win any awards but then you never know, (Yentl won a Global Globe Award). Oh and if by chance you ignore all the negative reviews and do check this out for yourself be on the lookout for the soundtrack in this film. I particularly liked Franz Ferdinand, “Right Action”  which accentuates certain key moments of this film. The team at the Farrelly Brothers have a great pop sensibility. All those years ago they gave us the fantastic sounds of Echobelly.

You will like this movie. You will love it if you really give it a chance.

And my word is my bond. James Bond.

Ted Cantu

Hot Metro Finds Creator Ted Cantu Featured On TV Show, “Self Talk” – in Metro Detroit, MI

DETROIT – Hey – its, “The Big Cantu” and we just taped an episode of, “Self Talk” the independently produced business television show out of West Bloomfield, Michigan. I was interviewed by Danco Sotirovski and Herb Martin. These two are unique personalities and work with entrepreneurs of all types in S.E. Michigan. Now the theme of the show is pretty interesting because it centers on how we talk to ourselves on a daily basis and how that – self talk – influences our outcomes.

Danco is an online marketer and a business entrepreneur based in Troy and Herb Martin is a college professor in psychology. I come along for the ride as an independent advertising entrepreneur and together we tackled 30 minutes on the air. I hoped my story comes across as believable and sincere but here is the thing. We got three personalities on the air from very different background trying to tell the – Ted Cantu story.

Hopefully, what comes across is this. I grew up in Muskegon early on and was inspired by the cities founder, Charles Hackley who was responsible for much of the towns early growth in the 1800’s. He was big into the lumber trade and put the town on the map. He also was responsible for creating some iconic buildings in the city including the Hackley Public Library. From there my family moved me to Bridgeport, CT where I encounted another larger than life figure – P.T. Barnum, (of the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus fame).

Barnum was an interesting character from the 1800’s and in many ways was the great Godfather of Advertising. Around that same time I discovered Punk Rock  which was hugely influential on how I saw the world. I also grew up near New York so I was around lower Manhattan during the age of Warhol and post pop artists like Keith Harring. Saturday Night Live was a big influence too at the time because the cast was making a big noise in film and the show was challenging convention. MTV was another big influence too that came around the same time and what I walked away with was the thought that, “Anything was possible.”

During the show it was a bit of a balancing act to stay on course. We did 5 tapings that day and my hosts didn’t know my story very thoroughly and I wanted to stay on track. The influences that I mentioned have great brands behind them. I was trying to communicate that many businesses in Metro Detroit and lack any sense of branding strategy and in self talk.

I was trying to make an illustration of my colorful background and how it relates to today. It’s interesting that I took the route of advertising over fine art over the years but after going through my story on TV it was pretty obvious.

So, we’ll see how it goes. Hopefully my message will come through and I will come off in a linear approach in delivery.

I see a lot of disconnect too in my life and in my daily interactions with the Michigan audience. Where I say, “push the boundaries of convention” and “raise the roof” a lot of the businesses that I come into contact with are fine with their little pitiful 10% off coupons. I see a lot of these kinds of businesses go under.

This is a huge topic and I will be commenting on it more in detail.

The show will come out sometime next week and I will be posting links to it on here.

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HOT METRO FINDS: The Great Chicago Fire Festival 2014 – What Happened?

What Happened At The Great Chicago Fire Festival?
Well, there was a whole lotta waiting and a whole lotta nothing. We were out there standing in the cold for two hours waiting for some fire. We saw the great procession of a choir, a guy banging on a gong, and some fire cauldrons dragged by kayaks and then …. silence.
Hot Metro Finds was there for one of the biggest art flops in Chicago history.We were there for a unique experience…. and here is what we found.
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HOT METRO FINDS: 30th Anniversary of Van Halen “1984” – Angry Mainstream Media Sounds Off


DETROIT:  Who the hell is running the media these days? Where are they hiring these people from and what makes them qualified to report on – anything?  Just recently another angry young “journalist” was informing the masses that Eddie Van Halen was the “Douchiest” (is that even a word…? Hmm) guitarist of all time. This came off a list of some sort that also included the likes of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Rick Nielsen.

Van Halen, “1984” made the Rolling Stone magazine’s top 100 albums of all time. The tour stamped a final signature on what was Van Halen and also signaled the end of the band until 1997 when they reuniuted, (minus bassist Michael Anthony). The tour was pretty tight too. I was there. I caught the show over at the DC Capital Center in Maryland. They rolled through the concert with no hiccups. A year prior Van Halen made a spectacle out of themselves at the US Festival in California. Singer, David Lee Roth was drunk and out of control, swearing loudly, and forgetting his own lyrics throughout the performance. I don’t think anyone knew that this was going to be the absolute last time the band would ever hit the stage together.

After the 1984 tour MTV was plastered with some premium rock videos from the band for the first time ever. “Panama”, “Jump” and “Hot For Teacher” were the standards on the video playlist and they were really well made unlike the videos from the, “Diver Down” album. Van Halen gave us six solid albums that wrote the blueprint of how metal pop music was to be played and inspired 1000’s of bands. How many journalists did the guy over at the Village Voice inspire?

While you on the floor at your momma’s house playing with Teddy Ruxpin, I was out in the real world seeing REAL CULTURE…. and that’s the way I roll today.

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HOT METRO FINDS: What Does It Take To Brand Your Business?

Must see! Don’t miss out! Make money by making your own products and selling them. You can get it packaged by Gables Cosmetics. S. Miller, the chemist of the company, explains what it takes to make your products, what are the ingredients, how much it will cost him, and what do you need to market.

Learn how women will buy your product line; do you want natural or not. Get business advice. Learn how the first soap and shampoo were made and who made it first. Do you want to make silicone for shiny hair? Learn where to get it; what chemical companies have it, and how to market it. Learn how was Redken created.

How many product lines did Jerry Redding make and lose it to his women (wives at a time). About Nexus, Joico, Sebastian, Paul Mitchel and L’Oreal. How did L’Oreal win over Clairol. Does it mean Clairol is not “worth it?” Most products have the same ingredients, but different sales pitches make different prices. To buy brand or not to buy brand. Shampoo ingredients; water, SLS (sodium Laureth Lulfate) or Ammonium Laureth Sulfate; those are the ingredients, the rest are buffers for marketing. Thick or thin shampoo; the salt is the matter. Salt makes shampoo to thicken, but, is it good for you? How much do you pay for shampoo. How much does it cost. $14 cents a gallon for gel? Yes, it is possible. Watch how S. Miller makes gel in front of your eyes; water, carbopol, color and perfume.

Add salt if you want it to magically turn into a spray gel. About Johnny B and his gel accident that became a popular gel. Learn about cuticle oil, it’s pricing and mineral oil as the main ingredient. Did Germans invent the detergent. What company started to manufacture silicone; is it really made of sand? Is coconut oil organic; do they mix acetone with it? Gel or mouse? Which one to chose as a styling aid for your hair. An eye opener video, so much information for cosmetologists, barbers, beauty school students, salon professionals, entrepreneurs who would like to make money by making their own products through private labeling and making it a popular brand. Where to sell it; is Costco a good choice to diversify your products that were exclusive to salons when you started to market it.

Learn marketing techniques. Video by beautyhealthtravel channel. Guest speaker S. MIller.

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