Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Ass & Lamb Kept Time-The Royal Tenenbaums Expanded

Eli Cash spaced out on mescaline & Erik Satie-very much so!

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Years ago I compiled an expanded soundtrack for The Royal Tenenbaums. The film has a distinctive Autumnal/Christmas feel and was released, at least in some regions, in December of 2001. So I figured for a Christmas present for readers I would post this two disc edition of the soundtrack to the film. I was thinking of the film recently after watching the 1966 movie Chappaqua as the main character played by Conrad Rooks reminded me a bit of Eli Cash, at least his look and substance abusing lifestyle. 

Some notes- The Beatles "Hey Jude" was used in early previews of the films and was replaced by Mothersbaugh's instrumental version of the song most likely due to licensing issues (read- too expensive), so in the version here I use the original as intended and have Mothersbaugh's as a bonus track.  "Sloop John B", and "I'm Looking Through You" are included also as bonuses as they were reportedly used in some previews as alternate ending songs. And Ellington's "In A Sentimental Mood" is from a deleted scene included on the Criterion edition of the movie. Merry Christmas!

Conrad Rooks in his 1966 film Chappaqua-a possible inspiration for Eli Cash?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Convenience & Death or Too Much of Nothing

                                                     CLICK HERE FOR CONVENIENT MIX DOWNLOAD

This mix was inspired by a local convenient store's partially burnt out sign (Brodie Food Mart), pictured above. The first time I saw the sign I didn't have anything to take a picture with, it was weeks later when I got back in that part of town with my camera and I was surprised and amused that they had still not fixed it. Naturally the mix deals with emptiness and deaths of all kinds- literal, metaphorical, convenient and otherwise. And Edith Piaf soul.


Tower of Song- Leonard Cohen

Well my friends are gone and my hair is gray
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I'm crazy for love but I'm not coming on
I'm just paying my rent every day in the tower of song

I said to Hank Williams, "How lonely does it get?"
Hank Williams hasn't answered yet
But I hear him coughing all night long
Oh, a hundred floors above me in the tower of song

I was born like this, I had no choice
I was born with the gift of a golden voice
And twenty-seven angels from the great beyond
They tied me to this table right here in the tower of song

So you can stick your little pins in that voodoo doll
I'm very sorry, baby, doesn't look like me at all
I'm standing by the window where the light is strong
Ah they don't let a woman kill you not in the tower of song

Now you can say that I've grown bitter but of this you may be sure
The rich have got their channels in the bedrooms of the poor
And there's a mighty judgment coming, but I may be wrong
You see, you hear these funny voices in the tower of song

I see you standing on the other side
I don't know how the river got so wide
I loved you baby, way back when
And all the bridges are burning that we might have crossed
But I feel so close to everything that we lost
We'll never, we'll never have to lose it again

Now I bid you farewell, I don't know when I'll be back
They're moving us tomorrow to that tower down the track
But you'll be hearing from me baby, long after I'm gone
I'll be speaking to you sweetly from a window in the tower of song

Yeah, my friends are gone and my head is gray
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I'm crazy for love but I'm not coming on
I'm just paying my rent every day in the tower of song

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tender Communion-Kerouac on Brando, Dean & Presley


Richard Lewis read this previously unpublished Kerouac on the tribute/compilation Kicks, Joys, Darkness. I don't care for Lewis's reading but I quite like the piece, and it's interesting to hear Kerouac comment on these three contemporaries (he actually never gets around to saying anything specific about Elvis, though he knowingly includes him in the trinity), so here it is transcribed so you can read it from Jack's mind to yours.

America's New Trinity of Love: Dean, Brando, Presley 
[Written at the instigation of the two Helens, Weaver and Elliot 1957]

Love is sweeping the country. 

While wars and riots rage all around the world, in a vortex that resembles the dying Dinosaur Age of Violence, here within her sweeter shores America is producing a Revolution of Love. Three young men of exceptional masculine beauty and compassion and sadness have been upraised by its reaching hands. 

This is strange and it is good. Up to now the American Hero has always been on the defensive: he killed Indians and villains and beat up his rivals and surled. He has been good-looking but never compassionate except at odd moments and only in stock situations. Now the new American hero, as represented by the trinity of James Dean, Marlon Brando and Elvis Presley, is the image of compassion in itself. And this makes him more beautiful than ever. It is as though Christ and Buddha were about to come again with masculine love for the woman at last. All gone are the barriers of asceticism and the barriers of ancient anti-womanism that go deep into primitive religion. It is a Revolution of Love and it will become a Religion of Love. The Garden of Eden might come back in its pristine form. The old American Hero fought the Devil; the new American Hero knows that the Devil never existed except in the minds of anxiety. There will be no more tempting of the woman by the Devil and no banishment from the paradise on earth. 

It's got to be. A Revolution of Love is the positive answer; banishment of war and the Bomb is only a negative answer. There have been Revolutions of Love before, accomplished always by some isolated individual like Cassanova, Valentino, Sinatra. But now the intensity and the need is such, that there are more than one. It's not a vain and self centered thing, but it spreads. This is implicit in the James Dean movie "Rebel Without A Cause" where, when the hero and the girl sneak off to make love in the empty mansion, leaving the desperate boy alone (Sal Mineo), and all the trouble takes place, Dean says: "We shouldn't have left him alone," the girl says "But I needed you," and Dean states "But he needed you too." This is child-like and innocent. "Suffer the little ones to come unto me." There is the need all around to be recognized and adored by some other human being, the need all around for kindness, for the ideal of love which does not exclude cruelty but is all-embracing, non-assertive, simply lovely. Not necessarily the Dionysion orgy but the tender communion. 

As always when something new grows out of the groaning earth, this earth which is a recent event in the cosmic eternity of light, there are angry complaints raised from all stations. The dryer intellectuals complain that the adulation of the dead James Dean by thousands of American girls represents a kind of unhealthy necrophilia; they point out the fact that 1,000 fan letters a month are still being written to Dean as though he were still alive, asking for his pictures and asking him to come back because they love him. "Even if you look bad and you're all cut up from your car-crash, come back anyway." Yet if St. Therese (of Lisieux) can make us the holy promise that she will come back and shower the earth with roses forever, this belief in the immortal lovingness of James Dean by thousands of eager believing chicks is well-rooted in a reverential mystical tradition that has certainly never harmed the sleeping babe in his crib. It augurs well for the world that it will refuse to believe that in death endeth loveliness, or endeth enlightenment. 

Elegant complainers say Marlon Brando is ill-dressed, vain, self-centred, Kowalski-Terry Malloy hoodlumish, irresponsible; they picture him as wandering away to leave his girl crying. Yet what is it he has?--that made a girl say "I just feel that Marlon Brando would know how to love me better than any man in the world, that he would go skipping down the street with me hand-in-hand, that he would do anything I asked him, and be kind. Because his soul is free and that's why he's so beautiful!"... Brando is indeed a free soul; his individual approach to his work as well as to his way of life bespeak a strong faith in himself as a man and as an American.      


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

In Search Of D.B. Cooper & The Nazca Plain

D.B. Cooper artist sketch- looking a bit like Daniel Clowes

Hello again, readers of a certain age will no doubt remember thrilling weekend afternoons spent "in search of" various mysterious phenomenon and cultural events with Leonard Nimoy (aka Spock) who as the hostess with the mostess boldly rocked vivid turtle neck/sports blazer combos. It seemed like every other episode of In Search Of was about Bigfoot or the Lochness Monster, but turns out that those are just the ones that made the biggest impression on me as a child, or maybe they were in heaviest syndication. The entire series has recently been released on DVD and I've been having quite a blast revisiting the show.  Those interested in doing the same can purchase the dvd set here. 

One of my favorite episodes of In Search Of is about the infamous 1970's plane hi-jacker known as D.B. Cooper. Who is, as far as anyone knows, still at large. There's a fairly extensive wikipedia listing for D.B. including more recent updates on the case which you can read here .  The upload below of the D.B. episode is the history channels edited version, which cuts out some of the onscreen appearances of Nimoy and the original credits, but fear not as the official DVDs have the full monty.

Another favorite ep. deals with the Nazca lines in Peru, FELT fans take note! The soundtrack for the show was usually early moog type experiments and the narration was often unintentionally hilarious- "studies determined that some of the lines have astronomical alignments, but no more than can be expected by chance".  The show was very much a product of its time, the 1970's, but it remains very entertaining- in short it's a gas and a groovy way to pass a weekend afternoon indoors. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It's The Arts- November 23, 1969

I've been re-watching all the episodes of Python's Flying Circus, below is one of my favorites from the 1st season, It's the Arts, which originally aired on November 23, 1969. Enjoy!

Here are some other things brightening mah life this fall as chaos and despair whirls round; Document & Eyewitness- a book on the Rough Trade shop/label, Alasdair Gray's book(s) Lanark, Batman 1966 Season One, In Search Of complete series DVDs, Madmen's most recent half season on DVD, Bob Dylan's Complete Basement Tapes (a great box set, I am a big fan of this stuff , despite any random comments that might have led you to believe otherwise, not a big fan of the Band though, they were in my humble a backing band) Baxter Dury's Len Parrot's Memorial Lift, Throbbing Gristle's Greatest Hits lp (all the big ones are here!!!), the Beta Band's discography and their compilation DVD which is packed with innovative videos and high weirdness.

I look forward to reading Viv Albertine's new book over the holidays.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Kicking Edgar Allen Poe- The Beatles' Greek Island Adventure

Kicking Edgar Allen Poe, is a combination of mixes of The Beatles' psychedelic period that I made many years ago. I don't have a record of my exact sources for all the tracks- some are the standard studio versions though usually in mono, others are earlier takes or alternates from bootlegs or the Anthology releases. I pulled both mixes out the other day and listened to them for the first time in years and decided to build a stronger mix from a combination of the two. I liked the result and so decided to share it here as part of my annual psychedelic Christmas celebration. A little early I know but when inspiration strikes what can you do but roll with it.

The mix starts with an early take of those newly mustachioed Beatles first single of 1967 "Strawberry Fields" and then continues on thru that fabled year taking in the many highs along the way including the last bit of 1968's "going to India dreaminess" before professional grouch Bob Dylan and his John Wesley Harding came and kicked the counterculture in the collective crotch of their velvet trousers thereby rendering even the best of the forward thinking, experimental, lysergic fueled fantasy pop uncool and making way, albeit unintentionally, for a return to a largely reactionary and suspect American traditionalism that has given us such questionable fruits as the election of Richard Nixon, Greil Marcus's career and the whole alt. country genre. Our mix then ends, as well it must, with "A Day In The Life". I read the news today, oh boy, for real! 

Kicking Edgar Allen Poe, was chosen as the title for the mix not just cause it's a great line but because it ties in (admittedly) loosely with my imaginings of the Beatles planned 1967 escape to live on their own Greek Island for the rest of their technicolor lives (read Poe as a synonym for doom/gloom and society's descent into madness and "kicking" as  drug slang for withdrawal/getting off of something). 

The Beatles plan to buy a Greek Island on which they would live and record with their family and friends is not only a true story but also one of those great 60's POP what ifs?. What might have happened if they had followed thru with their plan? Could Zimmerman and his hairy Confederate loving Canadian backing band have been cut off at the pass? Just how far and far out would the Beatles have taken their music and lifestyles. Would they have become messianic? A trifle too satanic? (sorry, been listening to Let It Bleed a lot lately). As Prince might say, dig if you will the picture. 

Maybe flakey ol' Tim Leary's casting of the fab four as a new breed of mutants- "prototypes of evolutionary agents sent by God, endowed with a mysterious power to create a new human species, a young race of laughing freemen” might have actually manifested itself on that little Greek isle. This dear readers is where the intersection of the music and your imagination really takes off! Strap yourself in and have fun! Listen to the future shock of hip-hop in Ringo's drums.

Derek Taylor described John's plan for the island as follows- "The four Beatles would have their network at the centre of the compound: a dome of glass and iron tracery not unlike the old Crystal Palace over the mutual creative/play area, from which arbours and avenues would lead off like spokes from a wheel to four vast and incredibly beautiful separate living units. In the outer grounds, the houses of the inner clique: Neil (Aspinall), Mal (Evans), Terry (Doran) and Derek, complete with partners, families and friends..." 
The Crystal Palace

At the very least this sounds like the starting point for an incredibly fun and colorful psychedelic sci-fi film (consider this mix the soundtrack) or the makings for a mind-blowing piece of historical fiction- if somebody with some real prose skills took the premise and let their imaginations run riot. I'd suggest Robert Irwin as the man for the job, but unfortunately I think he's stopped writing novels, which is a shame cause his books were always damn fine work, usually in the historical fiction vein, not to digress but I strongly recommend that fans of this period of the 1960's check out his psychedelic occult novel Satan Wants Me 

Track-listing and pictures of the Beatles in Greece follow.

1. Strawberry Fields Forever 
2. Penny Lane
3. Good Morning (demo)
4. Good Morning, Good Morning
5. Only A Northern Song
6. Lovely Rita
7. Lucy In The Sky Diamonds
8. Getting Better
9. Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite
10. Within You, Without You (instrumental)
11. Wonder What The Magicians Are Cooking Up Now?
12. Magical Mystery Tour
13. Baby You're A Rich Man
14. All You Need Is Love
15. It's All Too Much
16. Your Mother Should Know
17. I Am The Walrus
18. Flying (alternate take)
19. Blue Jay Way
20. Across The Universe
21. Hey Bulldog
22.The Inner Light
23. Sgt. Pepper Reprise
24. A Day In the Life

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Can You Get To That?

The Process Church of The Final Judgement were on some old ill shit and in general I'm not feeling their creep vibe, but, and everybody's got a big but, the excerpt from their issue "on fear" (click below to enlarge) featured in the gatefold of Funkadelic's Maggot Brain makes for some compelling reading.  Can you get to that?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Not As Dumb As You Make Out- TOTP 1983

It's a toss up between Terry Hall and Robert Smith in the contest for least enthusiastic performance!
Maybe it's their big hair dragging them down.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Life From The Back Seat

Speeding down the Pacific Coast Highway my reflection hidden in the trees.

1. Back On The Chain Gang- The Pretenders- I had this record as a kid and I've never gotten tired of it, especially this song- the ooh aah's are a tribute to Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang".  I like the image in the video of the band members falling through the sky.

2. Dusty In Here- The Go-Betweens- "Like a ghost, a ghost of something old. It's cold and dusty in here".

3. Glorious Chorus- Go-Kart Mozart- Only thing available on youtube was this live version which isn't a patch on the actual recording in this mix, don't judge till you hear the record. The recorded version is really beautiful, this whole record, Tearing Up the Album Charts, has really grown on me. With all due respect to Lawrence he should lose the long hair and the golf visors. 

4. Fantastic Voyage- David Bowie- "Learning to live with somebody's depression". I think Lodger is massively underrated, massively.  I don't get why people don't dig it more. I was reading somewhere that Gene Simmons from KISS got some heat for saying something about how depressed people should kill themselves, the guy's God's perfect asshole but that still made me laugh, not sure if he was joking, but either way its a nutty thing to say. And for the record I have suffered from Major Depressive Disorder for years and also have a suicide in my immediate family so don't get your panties in a bunch-depressed people should be to appreciate dark humor more than most. 

5. Possession- Elvis Costello and the Attractions- "I'll get out before the violence, or the tears or the silence". 

6. Perfect for Shattering- Lady Bug Transistor- I pulled this cd out after watching the movie Youth In Revolt ( a great movie based on a great book) because even though its not used in the film the music that is used (fruit bats, and beulah) reminded me of this band. This is a great song, shame no one's uploaded it to youtube, here's the album it's on.

I love how in Youth in Revolt everything takes a weird turn when the older brother shows up near the end of the film and starts dosing everyone. And Mary Kay Place should get special mention in her hilarious turn as Sheeni's mom. She always makes such an impression even in small parts like this and the one in Being John Malkovich.

Fruit Bats song
I've been known to rock a mean pair of white jeans, but it never makes me feel dangerous, bad and French like Francois Dillinger.  Maybe I need white slacks to get that effect, heh. 

There are a lot funnier moments than in this comp. below, can't believe they left out Sheeni reciting Trent's sound poetry.

7. I Fall Down- U2- I like the feel of this one, the bass and drum groove and the sparse piano are really nice.

8. Canon (Part 2)- Bill Frisell/Robbie Robertson- Robbie Robertson reads from Mingus's autobiographical book Beneath the Underdog, from the highly recommended Mingus tribute album by Hal Wilner Weird Nightmare. This portion is mainly about how Mingus met American chess champion, Bobby Fischer, during a stay at the Bellevue Psychiatric Unit, it then segues into Mingus reading a poem to his psychiatrist. No one has uploaded the track so instead here's part of a documentary on Bobby Fischer, an interesting and bizarre story of genius who went off the rails.

9. I Feel Mysterious Today- Wire- I had a friend who used to do a funny recitation of the chorus of this one, kind of camping it up for comedic effect.

10. You Sound Like You're Sick- The Ramones- Dee Dee wrote this one and many other good-uns.  I love the background vocals, the cymbals sound weird though like they were overdubbed later. Pleasant Dreams is the Ramones POP masterpiece.

11. Strange Powers- Magnetic Fields- This tune didn't hit home till I heard it at the end of an episode of Bored to Death- I guess a lot of this guy's stuff is a little too ironic and self conscious for my taste, maybe I just need to hear him in more TV shows, heh. Anyway a good tune is a good tune. How's that for insight. 

12. Without You- David Bowie- Stevie Ray Vaughn's guitar playing is the secret hero of Bowie's Let's Dance lp.  I'm not a big fan of Vaughn's own stuff, but he really shines as a sideman on this album. I also love that glossy Nile Rodgers production, the last good Bowie record. 

13. Ambition- Iggy Pop- Glenn Matlock wrote this one, good song. He also plays on the Soldier record.

14. Donna & The Dopefiends- Go-Kart Mozart- There's definitely a strong Dick Hyman The Age of Electronicus influence in that moog/keyboard sound.  God, Dick Hyman what a name, careful googling that one kids. 

15. Silicone on Sapphire- The Clash- The much maligned dub of "Washington Bullets" from the last side of Sandinista!- I don't get the hate, it's exactly this kind of weirdness that gives the record a lot of its charm. 

I like the "I am a Texas Instrument" bit. I still have my old Texas Instruments solar powered pocket calculator from jr. high, works great too, made to last. 

16. Waiting For The End Of The World- Elvis Costello & The Attractions- This one has the kind of lyrics that just sound great when sung- "with his two tone bible, and his funny cigarettes, his suntan lotion and his ca-ca-castanets". Of course we all secretly wish the world would end, but it just inches along getting worse and worse as time goes by.

17. Is This What You Wanted?- Leonard Cohen- "You were Marlon Brando and I was Steve McQueen, you were KY Jelly and I was Vaseline". Cohen really excels at honing in on difficult to describe and uncomfortable relationship dynamics.

18. Time- Richard Hell & The Voidoids- "You see the most of what is really true when you're stepping into your hearse. "

19. Stay Free- The Clash- "bit heavy on the fucking guts and soul" Ray Gange says something like that after the clip of Mick singing this in Rude Boy.  After years of watching Rude Boy I've decided that I really like Ray Gange's performance in the film. He doesn't look like a cartoon punk which is good and his performance is very natural, shockingly natural, so much so that everybody assumed he was playing himself, which he wasn't. Of course the fact that the character he played was also named Ray didn't help.

So many scenes from the movie remain vivid in my mind, like the one where he goes back to his flat changes into a Who t-shirt cracks a beer and opens his dole check while listening to the first Clash lp on his shitty record player.  Or the opening where he descends the graffiti littered stairs of some high-rise to an instrumental version of "Revolution Rock" or is it "Rudie Can't Fail". Gonna have to pull it out and watch it again. 

20. Albion- Babyshambles- Not a bad performance below, but its annoying that the guitar is out of tune. What would Willie Blake think?

21. Ebb Tide- Jack Nitzsche- Beautiful!

22. Big Ups/The End- Kenny Powers- Kenny has a "sneaking suspicion" that he will always be great! The clip below is not the track in the mix, just a KP freestyle where he takes the bold and controversial stance of not ruling out the possibility of a chokehold. 

23. That Way- The Go-Betweens- I'd venture to say that only here can you find Kenny Powers segueing into the Go-Betweens.  That way or nothing at all!  Tell me it doesn't work!

I'll leave you with a little random titillation- I watched this early 70's Dr. Who episode The Daemons last night so I've got Katy Manning on my mind. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Train Kept A Rollin' X 3

Missouri Pacific Screaming Eagle logo
My three favorite versions of "Train Kept A Rollin'" in order of preference; Johnny Burnette Trio, Tiny Bradshaw and The Yardbirds (only because of Jeff Beck's guitar). Actually I can't decide between Burnette and Bradshaw's versions, they're both so amazing.

Shirtless Johnny Burnette trio with Gene Vincent


Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Not doing a Halloween mix this year but for those who missed it check last years below, I probably couldn't top it, it was a real corker, if you don't mind me saying so.

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Link above is the original post with notes.

Oh and here's my 2011 Halloween mix in case you're craving more, its a little less traditional.


The films The Devil Rides Out and The Dunwich Horror are two of The Sound The Past Makes Halloween favorites.