Friday, March 21, 2014

That Once Were Guarded By A World Of Sweet Attention

Ginsberg, JK, & Corso
Below is a good quality clip of Jack Kerouac's beautiful 1959 reading from the Steve Allen Show ostensibly from On The Road though he sticks in part of Visions of Cody on the sly. I was struck when I saw a clip of an early Dylan interview, I think it was also on Steve Allen, included in the No Direction Home documentary where Dylan is obviously doing his best Kerouac impression in his interview with Steve, he had the vocal inflections, and the subtle movement of the head and everything, what amazed me most about this- cause I already knew he was a huge fan of JK's- was Dylan's incredible talent for memory and mimicry, for he could only have seen that interview once, but he totally internalized and nailed Kerouac's mannerisms. Unfortunately I can't find the Dylan clip online, see second clip below for the interview portion of JK's appearance on Steve Allen, where he also gives a wonderfully succinct definition of Beat-"sympathetic".

My heart broke in the general despair, and opened up inwards to the Lord, I made a supplication in this dream!

Lastly there's the hilarious interview that Ben Hecht did with JK, where he keeps patronizing him and trying to get him to denounce things, and Kerouac remains affable and funny. Time itself has I believe validated Kerouac's amusing statements about Eisenhower.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Next Issue

One of my favorite TV shows of recent years is Jonathan Ames' Bored to Death. Here are some clips.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Uptown Babies & The Son of The Morning

I finally found a nice (cover is not so nice, but otherwise good) used vinyl copy of Max Romeo & The Upsetters War Ina Babylon-one of my favorite albums of all time!  Three crucial tracks below, the whole record is amazing though, one of the classic reggae albums of the 1970's,  buy it!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Little Stabs at Happiness-1963

It's been a while since we've dipped our collective toes into the American Avant-Garde cinema here at The Sound the Past Makes, so let's take a look at Ken Jacobs' Little Stabs at Happiness starring, among others, Jack Smith of Flaming Creatures fame. I first saw these films, and many others of the New American Cinema, at free screenings that the Austin Film Society held in the 1990's-fond memories of so many strange and exciting films, particularly Kenneth Anger's Scorpio Rising and Christopher Maclaine's The End, which I'll post at a later date.

I'll be back soon with a fresh new mix! In the meantime here's a favorite mix from two years ago, March 2012, that you might have missed entitled Darker ThanYou Think it covers the years 1980-84

For the annotated track listing (original post) click here and below after the Little Stabs at Happiness film, you can watch videos for two of my favorite tracks in the mix, Squeeze's beautiful "Vanity Fair" and Elvis Costello's "Watch Your Step"-which should hopefully convince you to download the whole thing!

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