BOB LAZAR: AREA 51 Documentary

img_1121I liked it, and I didn’t. But overall, I was not very impressed by this new Bob Lazar: Area 51 documentary, Directed by Jeremy Corbell (streaming now on NETFLIX). It didn’t do much for me, and in a way, I felt like Steven Greer’s UNACKNOWLEDGED (2017, also streaming now on NETFLIX) was way more entertaining and thought-provoking than Jeremy Corbell’s documentary, where he made a solid attempt to reframe the Lazar story by adding a more personal structure to the documentary. Showing Lazar at work, at home, also adding his wife and friends to the story. We also get Mickey Rourke as a narrator, adding an air of a Hollywood top billing celebrity to the credits.

 

img_1123At the end of the day, It doesn’t really matter if you believe in Lazar’s story or not, it doesn’t really matter if you believe in UFOs. It matters how the story and the material are presented to the viewer, which I felt like it was presented somewhat poorly. Although there are some exciting and entertaining moments throughout the documentary, it still fails to bring the story together within the world of UFOLOGY and to connect Lazar’s story with the current impact of the Ancient Aliens TV show in modern popular culture.

Bob Lazar and the director of this documentary (Jeremy Corbell) went to the Joe Rogan Experience studio and recorded a podcast, which was longer than the actual documentary, and to some degree a lot more entertaining. Perhaps the most exciting thing I took away after listening to the podcast was the revelation that some of the “crafts” at area 51 actually came from Archeological digs (according to what Lazar was told). 

Now that is one powerful revelation and a revelation that comes with some serious implications that could put our entire understanding of ancient civilizations upside down (if you believe in Lazar’s story). The idea that most of those crafts were obtained from archeological digs and not recovered from some UFO crash is mind-blowing, to say the least.

Could it be possible that ancient cultures had developed this kind of technology?

Could previous civilizations had at some point reached a higher level of technology, even higher than our own current technological abilities?

Or perhaps there was some type of mass extinction event that suddenly wiped out those civilizations which caused those crafts to be left behind and as time went by they got buried away along with the ruins of those past civilizations, only to be discovered by modern humans within the last century?

Is difficult for me to believe that an alien civilization visited us in ancient times and left behind their crafts and all their advanced technology. Unless they came to stay, brought their technology with them, and never left. Only to be wiped out along with those ancient civilizations at some point. Maybe Graham Hancock’s theory about how humans are a “species with amnesia” is right on the money, perhaps we have lost our own sense of history, our true ancient history, and at some point in our distant past, we were a highly advanced species. A species that had an advanced understanding of physics. Maybe that explains many of the pre-diluvian tales of pre-Columbian cultures throughout the Americas and other parts of the world.

This documentary never addresses the real questions regarding Lazar’s story, it just tries to vindicate the parts that have been proven true, and some parts feel somewhat circumstantial. Element 115 still remains a mystery. Lazar refused to discuss on the screen whether he sneaked some of element 115 out of Area 51, which is a claim he made sometime back in the ’80s. So I guess if you are not familiar with Lazar story, you will find a lot of value in this documentary, but in case you are very familiar with his story, this documentary feels like we are just catching up with Bob after all these years. Like we are seeing how he still manages to live a ‘normal’ life, while still maintaining firm with his claims and story. But the main thing I found fascinating was Lazar’s comments on the Rogan podcast. When Rogan asked him if he had any idea where those crafts come from, Lazar replied that they came from an archeological dig.

Bob Lazar: “it’s not just old, it’s ancient.”

 

 

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*Bunbury-California​ live (Album Recap)

Live records are a rarity nowadays. There was a time not too long ago (it seems), when Live albums were a constant thing, even bootleg live recordings were a thing, but recently live albums are at a brink of extinction.

Lately, I have been going out of my way to acquire as many live records as I possibly can, or at least I am trying to. My LP vinyl collection is somewhat in its infancy, so I do not have an in-depth collection of live records as I would like to have, but I do have some pretty cool ones so far.

However, when it comes to Rock en Español, there seems to be a more significant demand for live albums, and interestingly enough this particular market has kept the MTV Unplugged brand alive and relevant for the last twenty years. Which is very refreshing to think about and it gives me hope that there still is a chance for a good instrument based albums and non-digital music to resurge.

Is safe to say that Bunbury is currently seating at the very top of the entire Rock en Español Mundo. There is absolutely nobody out there close enough to challenge his place in the scene, he is clearly leaps and bounds ahead of everybody else, and after listening to Bunbury’s latest album: California Live, his home in the Mount Rushmore of Rock en Español is now fully established right at the very top. 

California Live is more than just a live album, is also a journey through Bunbury’s musical career. The record includes songs from his days with HEROES DEL SILENCIO and songs from many of his solo albums. My only issue is that he did not include any songs from the album Flamingos, 2003, which is probably my favorite Bunbury album of all time, but I enjoyed this excellent live album, and I think it definitely is one of the best Rock en Español live records in recent memory.

The first five tracks are straight from his latest studio release (Expectativas,2017), 01. LA CEREMONIA DE LA CONFUSION, 02.LA ACTITUD CORRECTA, 03.CUNA DE CAIN, 04.EN BANDEJA DE PLATA, 05. PARECEMOS TONTOS. All these songs are now considered hits and very radio-friendly, these live versions show Bunbury on tip-top Rockero form. Most of the remaining tracks have a solid dose of saxophone infused in them. Previous Bunbury live albums did not include this particular musical ingredient, and the result is very satisfying.

06.EL ANZUELO– From the album, El Viaje a Ninguna Parte, 2004. This track, like many others in this album, is given a new life and sound, especially with the addition of the Saxophone as one of the main instruments. 07.El MAR NO CESA– This track is only available in the LP version. 08.EL RESCATE– From the album, El Viaje a Ninguna Parte, 2004. Once again, the Sax becomes the perfect companion to this track. 09.TESORO-From the album, El espíritu del vino, 1993 (Heroes del Silencio). This track is given a new feel, a new vibe, and a new life. The sax shines through once again giving it a modern feel. 10.DESPIERTA– From the album, Palosanto, 2013. This live version has a bigger rock anthem feel than the album version, especially when the audience gets involved singing along. 11.HAY MUY POCA GENTE-From the album, Hellville de Luxe, 2008. The only differences from the album version and the live version are the audience participation and a few sax cameos here and there. 12.HEROE DE LEYENDA-From the album, Heroe de Leyenda, 1987 (Heroes del Silencio). This version is an excellent new take on one of the great rock en Español classic anthems of all time. 13.MAS ALTO QUE NOSOTROS SOLO EL CIELO– From the album, Palosanto, 2013. The balance between the tempo and harmony is one of the high points of this entire album. 14.MAR ADENTRO– From the album, El Mar no Cesa, 1988 (Heroes del Silencio). This version feels like it belongs in one of Bunbury’s more recent albums, it has an updated feel to it when compared to the original 1988 version. 15.DE TODO EL MUNDO– From the album, Las Consecuencias, 2010. A gorgeous rendition, this is one of my all-time favorite Bunbury songs. The live version is a joy to listen to. 16.MALDITO DUENDE– From the album, Senderos de traición,1990 (Heroes del Silencio). The crowd participation is what makes this live version feel very special like you are right there with them, and you cannot help but sing along with them. 17.LA CONSTANTE– From the album, Expectativas, 2017. An excellent choice to bring this live album to an end with a beautiful romantic rock ballad. This song has become a favorite amongst Bunbury fanatics.