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Friday, 24 October 2014

Art of the Poster - Arthur Penn's "Mickey One" (1965)

Considered ahead of its time - and perhaps it still is - this unusual drama, inspired by the French New Wave, brought Warren Beatty and producer-director Arthur Penn together for the first time - two years before their landmark Bonnie and Clyde.

Believed by some critics to be one rare example of American nouvelle vague (e.g. Ethan Mordden in "Medium Cool" - recommended 60s cinema reading) it vaguely foreshadows "New Hollywood" auteurism - soon to arrive with "Bonnie and Clyde", another Penn/Beatty collaboration two years later.

Beatty stars as a Detroit night club comic who incurs the wrath of The Mob (he doesn't know why) and flees to Chicago to start life anew - but still living in fear.

But the plot is secondary to the look and sound of this film (a favorite of Martin Scorsese), which boasts a score by Eddie Sauter and stunning photography by Academy Award-winner Ghislain Cloquet (1980, Best Cinematography, Tess).

Unavailable for many years, this early Arthur Penn-picture has now been newly remastered and released to DVD.

The cast of this one-of-a-kind motion picture includes Warren Beatty, Alexandra Stewart, Hurd Hatfield, Franchot Tone.

... And yes, he gorgeous "Girl" struggling with the windshield wipers under the opening titles is Donna Michelle, Playmate of the Year 1964.

Get it now!

The wonderful original score (now available in an expanded edition on CD) was composed by Eddie Sauter and features sublime saxophone improvisations by the legendary Stan Getz ... click LINK on LHS.

The soundtrack to Mickey One is a little-known sequel to tenor saxophonist Getz and composer Eddie Sauter's superior jazz-and-strings date Focus of 1961.

For the film, Getz again improvises his way across Sauter's punchy or lush orchestral charts. (Different takes were used for the LP and the film itself; the CD has both.) Given the dark moods and expressionist visuals of Arthur Penn's black-and-white allegory, however, this is the cheerful Focus's id-driven flip side. The soloist's usual limpid lyricism and melodic invention are in full view, but Getz--"in character" as a panicky entertainer on the run--indulges his more expressive side too.

Tracking Mickey's progress, Sauter (and Getz) drift through playful impressions of rock & roll, polka, Vegas schlock, Salvation Army, jazz, and bossa nova, skipping lightly like style-quoting missing links between Charles Ives and John Zorn. It's vividly mysterious, fun, and a little mad--like the picture.

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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The Music - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Blast out "American Dream Plan B" on Kimmel Show

I got a dream I'm gonna fight 'til I get it

Tom and pals blast out a blistering live version of the mighty "American Dream Plan B",  the lead single to - and one of many highlights from -their recent wonderful Hypnotic Eye LP. Love the Back in Black riff at the start!

The album debuted at number one on the Billboard chart, with first-week sales of 131,000 copies in the United States.

Art of the Cover - The Dead Milkmen's "Pretty Music For Pretty People" (2014)

 The Dead Milkmen

The mighty Dead Milkmen are back! Hurrah!!!! ... Typically wonderful, ironic and playful artwork too!

With a special song for GW Bush ... Big Words Make The Baby Jesus Cry”!!

After releasing a steady stream of 7-inch singles over the past couple years, The Dead Milkmen return next month with their first new album in three years, a 17-track collection called Pretty Music For Pretty People that, perhaps not surprisingly, contains many of the songs included on those limited-edition 45s. 
The new album, which follows up 2011′s The King in Yellow, which was the Milkmen’s first new album in 15 years, arrives Oct. 7. The band — original members Joe Jack Talcum, Dean Clean and Rodney Anonymous, plus bassist Dan Stevens, who replaces the late Dave Blood — reunited in 2008, and has been playing sporadically ever since. 
Check out the full tracklist (including such typically delightful titles as “The Sun Turns Our Patio Into A Lifeless Hell”) and cover art.


1. “Pretty Music For Pretty People”
2. “Big Words Make The Baby Jesus Cry”
3. “Welcome To Undertown”
4. “Now I Wanna Hold Your Dog”
5. “Make It Witchy”
6. “Mary Ann Cotton (The Poisoner’s Song)”
7. “I’ve Got To Get My Numbers Up”
8. “Anthropology Days”
9. “Somewhere Over Antarctica”
10. “Dark Clouds Gather Over Middlemarch”
11. “Streetlamps – Walking To Work”
12. “The Sun Turns Our Patio Into A Lifeless Hell”
13. “The Great Boston Molasses Flood”
14. “All You Need Is Nothing”
15. “Ronald Reagan Killed The Black Dahlia”
16. “Hipster Beard”
17. “Sanitary Times”

The Music - Loli Phabay's "Hop hop hop" (AKA 'The red apple') )

A wonderful vibrant powerful clip from the mighty Russian/Moldovian film 'Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven' (Tabor Ukhodit V Nebo) which showcases the tremendous wild music on the OST!

Here's the beautiful and exuberant "Hop hop hop" from Loli Phabay!

The Art - Canal Bank Walk

The Music - Richard Hell & The Voidoids blast out "Blank Generation" (1979)

I was saying "let me out of here" before I was even born

Richard Hell  & The Voidoids blast out a version of "Blank Generation"  back in 1979.

This (of course!) was from a gig at CBGB´s.

This classic existentialist/nihilist punk anthem vividly paints a picture of Hell's life in the 70s, as a junkie poet who felt totally cut off - and isolated - from the rest of the world.

The song was the title track to Richard's seminal 1977 album - a collection AllMusic called "one of the most powerful [albums] to come from punk's first wave" and "groundbreaking punk rock that followed no one's template, and today it sounds just as fresh - and nearly as abrasive - as it did when it first hit the racks".

An album described as "a thrilling and improbably poignant listening experience" by BBC Music, on its 2007 re-issue.

Art of the Cover - Bob Dylan & Others "Hearts Of Fire OST" (1987)

One of the rarest soundtracks around!

Yes, it's His Bobness and pals with the soundtrack to Richard Marquand's controversial Dylan vehicle, the cult classic,  Hearts of Fire from 1987.

It's actually a real nice collection containing new Bob songs "Night After Night" and one of Dylan's great lost pop songs, "Had a Dream About You Baby." as well as a Dylan cover of John Hiatt's "The Usual,.

Also on the eclectic collection are versions by cast members Fiona Flanagan and Rupert Everet of songs as diverse as Soft Cell's Tainted Love and the classic Let The Good Times Roll.

Stellar guests include Eric Clapton on guitar and Ronnie Wood on bass.

Bob would later release an alternate version of "Had a Dream About You Baby" on his fine 1988 album Down in the Groove.

If like me you believe Bob Dylan's 1987 album, 'Down In The Groove', to be in dire need of re-evaluation then get a copy of this soundtrack release to the bizarre film of that same year, 'Hearts of Fire', starring none other than Bob Dylan and featuring his music. 
This album contains the best track from those 'Down In The Groove'/'Hearts of Fire' soundtrack sessions, a cover of John Hiatt's 'The Usual' that is superior to the Wilbert Harrison cover, 'Let's Stick Together', that opens 'Down In The Groove'. It helps that Hiatt's song is such a great one but Dylan's performance here is energised and powerful and bears comparison with any of the great vocal performances he was giving with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers a little earlier. 
The second track that is gold here is 'Night After Night', a Dylan original that has the big band feel of the sessions that made up 'Knocked Out Loaded'. A tortured love song ("Night after night another bottle finds a bed") against a backdrop of global turmoil ("Night after night another plan to blow up the world"), it nevertheless bounces and dances with the most infectious of Stax-Volt style horn riffs. 
A third treat on this rare gem of a CD is an alternative take of Down In The Groove's 'Had A Dream About You, Baby', featuring Eric Clapton's chunky rhythm guitar. Much maligned by the critics and commentators, this song has to be one of Dylan's great lost pop songs. With its cheeky blues-rock structure and tragi-comic lyrics (with the yearning "Late last night you were rolling across my mind")this song is possibly waiting for its definitive version (Joe Cocker please consider). But I have always loved the slightly chaotic, slightly throwaway bar-band feel of the rock tracks on 'Down In The Groove' and this alternative take with its varied vocal mannerisms is a genuine pleasure. 
By adding these three tracks and then sourcing some of the bootleg recordings from these sessions like, for example, the gorgeous cover of Gene Vincent's 'Important Words', or Slim Harpo's 'Got Love If You Want It', and ditching the 'Infidels' derived 'Death Is Not the End', it is possible to begin to hear the 'Down In The Groove' album as it should be heard: a seminal collection of great interpretations, with some originals thrown in, experimenting with a vast range of musical styles from grungy bar rock to narrative Western ('Silvio') to 50's pop to exquisite covers of folk standards ('Shenandoah') and Appalachian Mountain music ('Rank Strangers'). 
This 'Hearts of Fire' soundtrack album gets three stars from me, one for each Dylan track. Where is the other great Dylan cover that appears in the film - Shel Silverstein's 'A couple More Years'? 
Please Sony, dust off the boxes of tapes and give us some more of this rich material on the next Bootleg series release so the world can hear 'Down In The Groove' for what it should have been all along


Fiona Flanagan - Hearts Of Fire
Bob Dylan - The Usual
Fiona Flanagan - I'm In It For Love
Rupert Everett - Tainted Love
Fiona Flanagan - Hair Of The Dog (That Bit You)
Bob Dylan - Night After Night
Rupert Everett - In My Heart
Fiona Flanagan - The Nights We Spent On Earth
Bob Dylan - Had A Dream About You, Baby
Fiona Flanagan - Let The Good Times Roll

Art of the Cover - Hôtel Morphée's "Dernier Jour" (2014)

AV Dolls - Zombie Nation

The Music - The Stones do "Get Off Of My Cloud" on live TV (1965)

in flies a guy who's all dressed up like a Union Jack and says, I've won five pounds if I have his kind of detergent pack.

A wonderful clip here from live British TV back in 1965 from the "real Stones", i.e. replete with the late Brian Jones.

And great song. A snapshot of the genesis of a supreme songwriting partnership, the band's second single is a song sharing the theme of the first, the seminal "Satisfaction." A song of existentialist youthful alienation and longing at a time when the world of the young was changing dizzingly fast.

"Get Off Of My Cloud" topped the charts in the U.S. and the UK in the weeks following its release in November 1965.

In a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone, Jagger said of the song;
"That was Keith's melody and my lyrics... It's a stop-bugging-me, post-teenage-alienation song. The grown-up world was a very ordered society in the early '60s, and I was coming out of it. America was even more ordered than anywhere else. I found it was a very restrictive society in thought and behavior and dress."
Keef wasn't such a big fan of the track though, once describing it as rushed and over-produced. In the 2003 book 'According to... The Rolling Stones', Richards said:
"'Get off of My Cloud' was basically a response to people knocking on our door asking us for the follow up to 'Satisfaction'... We thought, 'At last. We can sit back and maybe think about events.' Suddenly there's the knock at the door and of course what came out of that was 'Get off of My Cloud'."
In the clip below, check out Mick at 1:20 when he sees a real hottie in the audience! The randy bastard get's all transfixed and hot & bothered!

Keef here was in the midst of his short-lived "Nerd" phase. Soon after though things would change more than a tad and for breakfast he'd be sniffing coke off the titties of some hot blonde groupie, while having six heroin needles hanging from his arm!

What's with the f*ckng title of the clip though "GET OUT MY CLOUD "?! Did Borat upload this thing?!! ... He also says "LIVE IN 1967" when the clip is clearly from '65!!

Maybe Keef uploaded this thing ... while sniffing coke off the titties of some hot blonde groupie and having six heroin needles hanging from his arm!!

Thanks to Citizen K for the heads up!

The Art - Wallflower

The Shot - Street Walker


Art of the Cover - Sam Amidon's "Lily-O" (2014)

A nice pastoral, domestic yet exotic, image adorns this fine collection of reimagined folk songs from Mr. Beth Orton!

Lily-O, the latest opus from Vermont-born singer/fiddler/banjoist/guitarist Sam Amidon, drops Sept. 30 via Nonesuch Records.

The album was produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson (Bjork, Bonnie Prince Billy, Feist, etc) and features the innovative jazz guitarist and composer Bill Frisell, along with Amidon's other frequent collaborators, bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Chris Vatalaro.

Frisell has been a hero of Amidon's since the young Vermont native first heard the guitarist play at the Village Vanguard during a teenage visit to New York City. The two musicians stayed in touch and had their first live collaboration in 2011; not long after, Amidon began contemplating a return to Iceland to make a third album at Sigurðsson's Greenhouse Studios. He eventually invited Frisell to join him and Sigurðsson, along with Ismaily and Vatalaro, to record what became Lily-O.

Amidon said of the creative and recording process that took place ....
I decided to put us all in a room together in Reykjavik for a few days. I knew if I got Bill together with those guys they would get into a deep situation. I imagined that we would do something weird and fiddle-based, but when we got in there it just felt great to sing the songs I had gathered. Recording took about four days. I'd teach them the basic structure of the song; we'd do a few takes, and move on to a new one. There's maybe one or two overdubs but otherwise you're hearing what we played.
Lily-O's ten songs are mostly traditional folk songs gathered from disparate sources and refashioned in Amidon s signature way. The interplay between the four musicians is informed by their backgrounds in improvised music and the spontaneous nature of the sessions. As always, the central element is Amidon's voice, which, in his deceptively understated manner, tells tales of adventure, love, violence and redemption.

Lily-O follows his acclaimed Nonesuch debut, Bright Sunny South from last year. Earlier, albums included 2010's I See The Sign, 2007's But This Chicken Proved False Hearted and 2008's All Is Well. Much of Sam's work has featured orchestral arrangements by composer Nico Muhly.

Along the way, Amidon has performed worldwide in numeorus contexts, collaborating with musicians such as Nico Muhly, Thomas Bartlett/Doveman, Glen Hansard and of course Beth Orton.

Sam has also appeared as a guest artist on recent albums by Tune-Yards, Aoife O Donovan and the Blind Boys of Alabama.


01 – Walkin’ Boss
02 – Down the Line
03 – Blue Mountains
04 – Pat Do This, Pat Do That
05 – Lily-O
06 – Groundhog Variations
07 – Won’t Turn Back
08 – Maid Lamenting
09 – Your Lone Journey
10 – Devotion

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