Sunday, September 30, 2007

Horror

In chronological order, a list of horror movies I've seen in the past few years:

The Exorcist
Shivers
The Brood
Damien
The Fly (Cronenberg)
City of the Living Dead (Folci)
Possession
The Sentinel
Wicker Man
Let Sleeping Corpses Lie
Rosemary's Baby
Cabin Fever
Deadly Spawn
Martin
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
Edge of Sanity
The Beyond (Folci)
Blue Sunshine
House by the Cemetery
Natural Born Killers
Death Dream
Blood of the Virgins
The Thing (remake)
Shallow Grave
Curse of the Demon
Henry; Portrait of a Serial Killer

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Thursday, September 27, 2007

American Pride


American Pride
Originally uploaded by BarrettJ
John Sinclair moved to Amsterdam, he was disgusted with America...for those of you still here in the thick of it, there's another antiwar rally this Saturday- why didn't they join the last one?...Thurston who? I'm going for Christina Carter!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Several Saucerfuls of Syd

Here is my report on the Piper at the Gates of Dawn box set.

First, a little background....back in the day, boys and girls, it took some searching to find this record. I found an Italian pressing (stereo) in a record store in Greenwich Village and for the next 20 years (count 'em!) that's the version I played until every nook and cranny of the record was imprinted on my brain....so when I put the mono mix in the stereo yesterday, it was one of those times when you're in a familiar place that's changed slightly...something is different, but is it you? is it the drugs? or both? the nicest part of the mono mix is how close everything sounds. everything is up front, immediate.

The reprints of Syd's notebook pages (why did he use a typewriter?) give a glimpse of someone playing mad riffs of images and words, already slipping off the reels, never to return. Poor Syd! while WE are still around let's blast our stereos in full psychedelic glory!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Sympathy for the Devil

"Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967 examines the dynamic relationship between rock music and contemporary visual art, a relationship that crosses continents, generations, and cultures. Since the late 1950s this unlikely hybrid of rhythm-and-blues and country music has had an undeniable impact on society while drastically changing with the times. Artists from the 1960s to the present have maintained a strong connection to rock, beginning with Andy Warhol’s involvement with The Velvet Underground (who released their Warhol-produced landmark album The Velvet Underground and Nico in 1967 -- the same year the MCA opened its doors). More recently, artists such as Slater Bradley, Raymond Pettibon, and Mike Kelley have created album covers and music videos for rock bands, while many noted rock musicians such as John Lennon, Bryan Ferry, and Peter Townsend have emerged from art schools. " at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art

Thursday, September 13, 2007

All I Want is the Truth

Are you going to the die-in? I march for peace whenever I can. It's not hip to be political...why is Ralph Nader still showing up? And Cindy Sheehan? I want Patti Smith. No, I want Josephine Foster!

Listening to the Velvet Underground acetate tonight (thanks Gunnar!) ...funny they start with European Son, the most difficult song on the album. I thought of Lou's love for Nico as he penned "I'll Be Your Mirror"...Nico was so much more interesting than Lou...and I can finally hear the line "take a jack or two" in "Run Run Run"- all these years and I never could hear it. That's what's fun about demos, alternate takes, mono versions - new stuff comes out in the mix.

A magic week, this one. For some a new millenium. For others a new year. Others too. ...and a new moon to boot.

PJ blogs from Moscow. And Tom posts from London.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Memories

There's less media hype than previous years but the date is still poignant.

My September 11, 2001 memories page.

Where were you six years ago today?

Monday, September 10, 2007

Hip gnosis

"Sun: I've always wondered why hipgnosis was spelled hipgnosis [and is pronounced hypnosis].

Thorgerson: ...It was actually scrolled on our door by some passing narcotic person in the middle of the night. It was scratched on the door of our apartment, and it appealed to us. It's a nice word, but it was spelled on the door like that." interview with Hipgnosis designer Storm Thorgerson, creator of many famous Pink Floyd album covers.

From this weekend's Nutstock 5:

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Make Music, Not War



I donated this autoharp to Operation Happy Note, a program run by a music store in Minnesota that sends musical instruments to soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. I figure this instrument is easy to play and I hope it will bring some soldier happiness and perhaps a few moments of peace.