Dead Flowers

Well when you're sittin back, in your rose pink Cadillac Making bets on Kentucky Derby Day, I'll be in my basement room, with a needle and a spoon. And another girl to take my pain away -Jagger/Richards

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Astral Weeks

Astral Weeks

Recorded: 1968
No of copies sold till date: Barely half a million


Friday, August 24, 2007

Cap n Jazz

Such a great band. Just one album. Such a great tragedy.


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Seijun Suzuki

The man was fired by his studio because his movies "made no sense and no money"

I do not know about the money part but today they surely make a lot of sense.

P.S: Bobo, I finally got Pistol Opera. Let us see how it turns out. Can't expect another Youth of the Beast.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Animal Collective-Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam: What the fuck is this cover?!?

Nevermind, the album is going to end up in the year end 'best of' lists for sure. A tad more accessible than previous albums but very, very good. This one leaked in parts, three songs at a time.

Out September 11, 2007.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Takeshi Kitano+Yohji Yamamoto

Costumes: Yamamoto's genius

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Okkervil River-The Stage Names

Second successive ace.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Japanese avant-garde: Boredoms

Takashi Miike, manga, Boredoms (and Melt Banana) and Yohji Yamamoto, examples of avant-garde, from cinema to fashion. All Japanese, bit weird and super awesome.

Picture this:

07.07.07: Boredoms free show at Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York called 77Boadrums.

Boredoms played with 74 other drummers from bands like of Modest Mouse, Gang Gang Dance, Unwound, and many, many more.

"It was a beautiful, hot-and-sunny summer afternoon, and Dumbo was lousy with hipsters and hippies, rollers and stoners and euphoria seekers and experimental music heads, friendly faces and free-show freaks, the sweaty, the scenesters, the nearly-naked, the curious, and me, all of us willing to stand for hours among the warehouses and cobblestones on the longest line of year* for a chance to hear what it would sound like if 77 drummers played 77 drum kits for 77 minutes on 7.7.twenty-oh-7."

Details and more pictures of this stunning event.

And download the full show

Unlike many drum circles, this drum spiral had a clear hierarchy. Along with the four Boredoms, there were drum leaders, including Hisham Bharoocha (the musical director of this temporary troupe), Brian Chippendale (from Lightning Bolt) and Kid Millions (from Oneida). The full group didn’t practice until Saturday, which meant complicated synchronization was out of the question. The batterers followed the leaders, bashing out simple rhythms while Eye used his guitar necks and electronics to push the music toward a series of climaxes.

Review by NYT

On a good day, it's about a four hour drive from Baltimore to Brooklyn, and a soundtrack of James Brown's Star Time box set seemed like the perfect prelude to 77 Boadrum. Brown's endless, yelping variations on "give the drummer some" felt like prep work for absorbing the spectacle of 77 drummers, whatever they might end up playing. And "spectacle" proved an insufficient noun, with the nearly two hour performance that mystically celebrated 7/7/07 quickly becoming the stuff of dropped jaws, stolen breath, and "damn, you shoulda been there" urban legend.

Pitchfork review

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Come to Daddy

Last post was about The Dillinger Escape Plan and their fantastic EP called Irony is a Dead Scene. The EP has a pretty good cover of Aphex Twin’s Come to Daddy. I thought I should now write about the original thing.

In 1997, the year Come to Daddy EP came out, I was totally clueless about many groundbreaking British electronic outfits of the 90’s (heh, barring Prodigy, and the trip-hop bunch, if you can call them electro). I first encountered Aphex Twin around the start of this decade. Went back to this EP yesterday and wondered how this sort of music existed in the pop-culture vacuum that was the "backstreet boys era”.

The man who always supported Richard D. James (the man behind Aphex Twin) was none other than John Peel.

Aphex Twin- 1st Peel Session (1992)

Monday, August 06, 2007

The Dillinger Escape Plan-Irony Is a Dead Scene(with Mike Patton)

Dillinger Escape Plan

Recent discovery. A fantastic metal outfit. What a superb EP.
Download here: mb)

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Dinosaur Jr-Been There all The Time

A cameo by Thurston Moore and his daughter Coco. Shot at Moore's house(check out his vinyl collection). Directed by Matt Dillon, who's supposedly a huge Dino Jr fan.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Can-Complete Peel Sessions 1973-75

Talk of Krautrock and hell, you have to talk once again about John Peel.

Krautrock, also known as kosmische musik, is a generic name for the experimental music that appeared in Germany in the late 1960s and gained popularity throughout the 1970s. It is based on the ethnic slur "Kraut", which refers to "a German person" (derived from the name of the pickled cabbage dish sauerkraut, often attributed to Germany), and was coined by the music press in Great Britain, where "Krautrock" found an early and enthusiastic underground following. BBC DJ John Peel in particular is largely credited with spreading the reputation of krautrock outside of the German-speaking world.”-Wikipedia

Can’s status as musical pioneers is very well documented. And I have written enough about John Peel. You mix Can and John Peel, you get stunning music. Can did four sessions for Peel between 1973 and 1975.

1.Up The Bakerloo Line With Anne
2.Return To BB City
3.Tape Kebab
4.Tony Wanna Go
5.Geheim (Half Past One)
6.Mighty Girl
Stand out track-"Up The Bakerloo Line With Anne". Damo Suzuki sings in a language only he can understand, but any damn person can enjoy.

Michelangelo Antonioni

July 30, 2007....What a day

Tall, cerebral and resolutely serious, Mr. Antonioni harkens back to a time in the middle of the last century when cinema-going was an intellectual pursuit, when purposely opaque passages in famously difficult films spurred long nights of smoky argument at sidewalk cafes, and when fashionable directors like Mr. Antonioni, Alain Resnais and Jean-Luc Godard were chased down the Cannes waterfront by camera-wielding cinephiles demanding to know what on earth they meant by their latest outrage................New York Times
RIP, Michelangelo Antonioni.