Saturday, 11 April 2015

The Shit - Some Shit That Ain't Too Shit

Monday, 1 December 2014

Art of the Poster - Yasuharu Hasebe's "Nora-neko rokku: sekkusu hantaa" {aka 'Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter'} (1970)

Vintage Vixens - Spaghettissimo

Art of the Cover - Ty Segall's "I Can't Feel It" (2011)

The Word - Dance

by Edward Olive Photography

Love is like a cigarette burning as it gets closer to the lips, the song says. We come from a dark and an infinite silence. We left the light on in the universe which is holding a dance, in which we are forced to dance, some herded by the whip, others to the sound of the blues of Duke Ellington, who sang with Ivie Anderson, having given a few turns around the sun - not many; eighty-odd years worth at most. Then we got out of that wheel and entered another infinite darkness. Life is burned in the air like the glow of a cigarette smoke between two infinite silences. Born again as we are, it is a mathematical impossibility, so we must consider it a miracle to have been invited to this dance. Although there is little reason to rejoice at such a fate, many people are adamant that this holiday is as pleasant as imaginable and it's truly worthwhile to have been alive.The oracles never cease to recite the misfortunes that are coming, but if you try to spend some pleasant moments on this planet, the first rule is to not spoil them ..... The Plasma TV has replaced the old arena of Greek and Roman theaters or the Globe in London where chickens were raffled in the stalls while Shakespearean kings were stabbed on stage. All these passions are condensed into the three minute newscast, the time needed to finish a cigarette .....We come into this world to dance. Some will dance herded by a whip, others will dance rocked by a blues that made ​​them find such sweetness. It's summer.  

- Manuel Vicent ( El País , 06/27/10)

The Song - The Glories' "My Sweet Sweet Baby" (1968)

Here's one of the finest moments from the short lived girl group The Glories.

The wonderfully vibrant and evocative  "My Sweet Sweet Baby" was released as a single back in 1968.

 "My Sweet Sweet Baby" was written by M. Ervin.

The song was produced by Bob Yorey and arranged by Teacho Wiltshire.

The single was backed with the B-side, Stand By (I'm Coming Home) - written by Kenneth Ruffin.

The Glories were formed by leader Frankie Gearing  - a Floridian transported to New York  - along with producer Bob Yorey.

Later, Mildred Vaney and Delores Brown were recruited to be in the group.

The Glories first release "I Stand Accused" was a minor hit. However, further singles - despite being quality  releases - failed to chart. And this fantastic number certainly should have been a smasheroo!. 

The Glories were later taken under the wing of Memphis master Willie Mitchell. Dolores Brown left the group - to be replaced by Lois Reeves - and the group became Hi Records hitmakers Quiet Elegance, once again featuring Frankie's glorious vocals.

The Art - Enmeshed

Me, shot by Brian Sullivan in SF

oh yeah PS I’m in NYC right now YEAH

by Brian Sullivan

Cult Cuties - Pneumatic Betty Brosmer


Art of the Book - Chris Stein's "Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk" (2014)

On the occasion of Blondie’s fortieth anniversary, Chris Stein shares his iconic and mostly unpublished photographs of Debbie Harry and the cool creatures of the ’70s and ’80s New York rock scene.

While a student at the School of Visual Arts, Chris Stein photographed the downtown New York scene of the early ’70s, where he met Deborah Harry and cofounded Blondie. Their blend of punk, dance, and hip-hop spawned a totally new sound, and Stein’s photographs helped establish Harry as an international fashion and music icon.

In photos and stories direct from Stein, brilliant writer of hits like "Rapture" and "Heart of Glass," this book provides a fascinating snapshot of the period before and during Blondie’s huge rise, by someone who was part of and who helped to shape the early punk music scene - at CBGB, Andy Warhol’s Factory, and early Bowery.

Stars such as David Bowie, the Ramones, Joan Jett, and Iggy Pop were part of Stein’s world, as were fascinating downtown characters like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Richard Hell, Stephen Sprouse, Anya Phillips, Divine, and many others.

As captured by one of its greatest artists and instigators, and designed by Shepard Fairey, this book is a must-have celebration of the new-wave and punk scene, whose influence on music and fashion is just as relevant today as it was four decades ago.

An awesome book from an artist in the full sense of the word. Unlike other books in the same genre, Chris Stein gets to the essence of his surroundings and people he comes in contact with. Obviously, Debbie Harry is the main model and why not; it is her persona that gave Blondie its fame with her looks and voice. Being a famous celebrity does open doors that are not accessible to regular people and his pictures make you share his perspective about art and music. 
The title is perfect: the negative. That is exactly what he does in his compositions, for example; the one with Jennifer of the group the Nuns. Half the picture is a rock sculpture of some kind and it adds to the personality of the person. Stein captures the everydayness of his existence, and oh Lord, it is interesting! He writes the same way no need to add his philosophies just glimpses of his thoughts and Debbie's as well. Another one is Eric Emerson and girls from the band Teenage Lust backstage. It looks like a painting - like one of Degas' wonderfully composed ballerina portraits. 
Worth every penny!
by Gavifrancoise  

The Art - View From The Afternoon

Art of the Poster - Yasuharu Hasebe's "Kaseki no kouya" {aka 'Fossilized Wilderness'} (1982)

Art of the Cover - P.P. Arnold's "The First Cut Is The Deepest" (1967)

Pert pretty P.P. from back in '67 with the definitive version of Cat Stevens oft-covered pop classic "The First Cut Is The Deepest". 

A song from her fine debut LP "The First Lady of Immediate".

Pat (aka P.P.) was actually the first person to record  "The First Cut Is The Deepest"

Stevens' own recorded version of the song appeared a few months later on his sophomore album New Masters.

 "The First Cut Is The Deepest" was recorded on Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate Records label, with Loog Oldham, Mike Hurst and a certain Mick Jagger credited as producers. 

Arnold had become a friend/girlfriend of Jagger since arriving in England the previous year.

Art of the Cover - Hôtel Morphée's "Des Histoires De Fantomes" (2013)


1 Garde À Vous
2 La Bête Et La Mitraille
3 Platine
4 Des Histoires De Fantômes
5 L'Échappée
6 Interlude Romantique
7 Simon
8 Dessine-Moi
9 Danse
10 Voices
11 C'Est Mieux Comme Ça

Art of the Cover - Jackson Browne's "Standing In The Breach" (2014)

Apocalypse Now ... indeed!

Yap, Jackson's back ... after just a six year break.

Standing In The Breach, Jackson's fourteenth studio album, is a lovely collection, at turns deeply personal and political, exploring love, hope, and defiance in the face of the advancing uncertainties of modern life.

With Standing in the Breach, Jackson Browne makes a stunningly bold statement of purpose in a moment that might have been more reflective. After all, his very best music was the subject of a celebrated recent tribute album, something that might have left a lesser artist more humbled than ambitious. Not Browne. His first album of new songs since 2008, set for release on Browne’s own Inside Recordings in October, finds him working at peak creativity — as a writer, as a performer, as a bandmate. 
Standing in the Breach is as layered as it is honest, as reflective as it is determined. Along the way, that takes Browne to places both reliably satisfying, and surprisingly new. 


01 – The Birds Of St. Marks
02 – Yeah Yeah
03 – The Long Way Around
04 – Leaving Winslow
05 – If I Could Be Anywhere
06 – You Know The Night
07 – Walls And Doors
08 – Which Side
09 – Standing In The Breach
10 – Here

The Art - At my window with a broken wing

by Neave Bozorgi

AV Dolls - Captain Francesca

Art of the Cover - Francie Lai et al "Hello Goodbye" OST (1970)

1. Hello-Goodbye (02:50)
2. Dany takes a Dip (00:37)
3. No need to cry (02:36) Vocals – Archibald Legget
4. Theme 3 (00:51)
5. Lazy Nights (02:18)
6. Food For Cats (00:54)
7. Take the Plunge (01:20)
8. Harry's Return (01:12)
9. Interlude (00:32)
10. Journey To Marseilles (02:16)
11. Hello-Goodbye (02:55) Vocals – Genevieve Gilles
12. No need to cry (01:47)
13. Harry Remembers (01:35)
14. Bistro Waltz (02:23)
15. Theme 3 (Reprise) (00:33)
16. Morning Departure (01:16)
17. Dany's Theme (01:40)
18. Destination Le Havre (01:23)
19. Together (01:11) 

Art Of The Cover - The Fall's "Sir William Wray" (2013)

Some typically eccentric artwork adorns this limited edition single.

Created by Mark E. Smith himself, I believe. Else some psychotic kid at the local kindergarten!

The song was the lead  for Re-Mit, the 30th album (yes that number is fucking thirty!) by the seminal post-punk Manchester outfit, The Fall, released by the wonderful Cherry Red Records.
The first single from the album, "Sir William Wray", was released in a special limited edition version for Record Store Day.

Said single contains the alternative versions of the album tracks "Sir William Wray" and "Hittite Man," as well as the song "Jetplane"" which was exclusive to this release.

"Sir William Wray" was limited to just 1,500 copies worldwide.

The ever changing line-up of the band here, of course, features the oddball/genius (flip  a coin to decide which!) that is Mark E. Smith  on lead, erm, "vocals" (using that term very very very loosely).

Meanwhile, this time, the remaining band members are Peter Greenway - who, as well as directing poncy, post-modern, pseudo-intellectual bullshit movies, plays lead guitar!- Keiron Melling on drums, David Spurr slapping da bass and the lovely Elena Poulou on keyboards and vocals.

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