Thursday, February 25, 2016

When It Hits You Feel No Pain/Life From The Back Seat, Again

This is a re-post of a mix from about a year and a half ago. This blog has been active for about five years now so there's a lot here to wade through so every once in a while I like to point the way to a favorite mix from the past. I actually have two new mixes in the pipeline but haven't been able to find the time to finish 'em -too busy laying around listening to Leonard Cohen and watching old episodes of Dark Shadows- the inevitable slow down of getting old is no joke let me tell you, and I'm starting to feel it. So anyway this is a stop gap thing, like when bands used to release greatest hits or live albums to give them some time to complete their new record. It also provides a good excuse to use this great Spanish cover for Mickey Spillane's My Gun Is Quick.  With spring right around the corner I guess I'm cleaning house. I do like the way this particular mix came out though, its got a bunch of old 20th century favorites (and several from the 21st), so give it a listen, won't you?


1. Back on the Chain Gang- The Pretenders
2. Dusty In Here- The Go-Betweens
3. Glorious Chorus- Go-Kart Mozart
4. Fantastic Voyage- David Bowie
5. Possession-Elvis Costello & The Attractions
6. Perfect for Shattering- Ladybug Transistor
7. I Fall Down- U2
8. Canon (Part 2)-Robbie Robertson & Bill Frisell
9. I Feel Mysterious Today- Wire
10. You Sound Like You're Sick-The Ramones
11. Strange Powers-The Magnetic Fields
12. Without You-David Bowie
13. Ambition- Iggy Pop
14. Donna & The Dope Fiends- Go-Kart Mozart
15. Silicone on Sapphire- The Clash
16. Waiting For The End of the World- Elvis Costello & The Attractions
17. Is This What You Wanted?-Leonard Cohen
18. Time-Richard Hell & The Voidoids
19. Stay Free- The Clash
20. Albion- Babyshambles
21. Ebb Tide- Jack Nitzsche
22. Big Ups/The End- Kenny Powers
23. That Way- The Go-Betweens


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Orson Welles On The Dick Cavett Show-1970

This is my favorite interview ever, listening to Orson Welles tell stories is such a blast- insightful, funny and unpretentious. The very definition of a raconteur!  Unfortunately I can't find the entire interview online, just pieces which I've posted below. The complete interview appears on the dick cavett hollywood greats dvd set which is sadly out of print, but I'm sure it's out there in the murky mists of the internet for those interested and inclined. The same set has an amazing interview with Robert Mitchum (probably my second favorite), obviously a very different character than Welles, but almost as much fun. God I miss the 20th century, getting all sentimental, speaking of which I caught part of the Marx Brothers "A Day At The Races" on TV last night, and was especially knocked out by Harpo's piano destroying scene, see below after Orson, also a clip of Orson talking about Hemingway and Orson in Spain. Famous people used to be so talented!


Orson on his relationship with Hemingway

Friday, February 5, 2016

Lost In The Rain In Juarez

Albert Finney in John Huston's adaptation of Malcom Lowry's Under The Volcano-1984

I really like these new videos that Dylan's people have been doing for his The Cutting Edge 1965 - 1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 - and love this early version of "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" which might be my favorite Dylan song, along with "Visions of Johanna".  The six cd vol. 12 set is expensive (you can go for the 2 cd or vinyl or just download what you like) but I think the six cd's are worth it (the 18 cd set is a bit too much) to hear so many of the different feels that were attempted as the songs took shape in the studio. And especially the way Dylan honed his lyrics and phrasing over these multiple takes. Note the shot of Francoise Hardy with Dylan in the video below.

From November 23, 1968 Rolling Stone Interview with John Lennon

Jonathan Cott: Do you ever see Dylan anymore?

John Lennon: No, cause he's living his cozy little life, doing that bit. If I was in New York, he'd be the person I'd most like to see. I've grown up enough to communicate with him. Both of us were always uptight, you know, and of course I wouldn't know whether he was uptight, because I was so uptight, and then when he wasn't uptight, I was – all that bit. But we just sat it out because we just liked being together.
Still from the opening title sequence of Under the Volcano created by Huston's son Danny