Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Favorites or There's Garbage in Honey's Sack Again

A baker's dozen of my recent fave raves, in no particular order. Remember, music is the gift that keeps giving!

1. Undercover LP & attendant 12 inches, b-sides and remixes-The Rolling Stones
2. Oh No It's Devo- Devo
3. Astral Glamour- The Homosexuals
4. Dirty Pearl- Anita Lane
5. Beyond & Back- X
6. The Man Who Fell to Earth OST
7. Fishing With John OST
8. Black Gold- Chess/Cadet Records compilation
9. This Land Is Your Land- The Folk Years- Time Life Box Set
10. Live 81-82- The Birthday Party
11. Walking on The Edge/Dr. Dupree 7 inch- Wilko Johnson & the Solid Senders
12. B-Sides & Rarities- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
13. Way Down In The Jungle Room & An Afternoon In The Garden- Elvis Presley

Happy New Year and God help us all!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Don't Be Cruel- Billy Swan 1974

There's something that is sonically very ahead of its time in Billy Swan's slow cover of "Don't Be Cruel". I first heard it on an episode of Magic City.


Friday, December 16, 2016

A Little Is Alright- The Who's Athena

Theresa Russell and Art Garfunkel in Nicolas Roeg's 1980 Horror/Romance Bad Timing
I've always had a soft spot for the Who's 1982 single "Athena" risible though some may find it and the LP it was featured on It's Hard. It's a record and a single that I was old enough to remember the release of and corresponding tour and so it had a lot of impact on me at a young age -what with its video arcade album cover so emblematic of the time of it's release. Yadda, yadda not making excuses I still like 'em both and feel that this record and its predecessor Face Dances are underrated to this day.

It was interesting years later to find out "Athena" was about Pete Townshend's obsession with and rejection by actress Theresa Russell (original title of the song was Theresa, natch) who would soon marry her director Nicolas Roeg (another fave of mine) who used both Ms. Russell and the Who's "Who Are You" to devastating effect in his film Bad Timing. I remember the first time I saw it I rented an old Disney flick the next night to sort of cleanse the palate and soothe my troubled mind. 

I've threatened for a while to assemble a soundtrack for Bad Timing, as the music is interesting, varied and plays an integral part in the effect of this harrowing film that stays with you for longer than you may like.  I still might do it! In the meantime here's "Athena", as well as the demo version, "Theresa", and the trailer for Bad Timing along with some stills of the star and her many transformations throughout the film.

More stills from Bad Timing below and the front and back cover of It's Hard

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Reaching For The Sky Just To Surrender

The weather finally turned cold here, rainy too, a good day to stay inside and watch McCabe & Mrs. Miller and listen to Leonard Cohen (RIP), Scott Walker and 80's Nick Cave.  Also highly recommended is Criterion's restored version of One Eyed Jacks which looks amazing and is a damn fine movie. And what a cast-Brando, Karl Malden, Ben Johnson, Timothy Carey and Slim Pickens!  The essay in the criterion set is complete bullshit, ignore it, its like the guy watched a completely different movie from what I saw.