Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PJ Harvey- "Memphis" (unreleased track)


 Another in my series of great songs by my artists not on any of their albums. This month - PJ Harvey's "Memphis" -available, as I remember, only on a rare Japanese pressing of Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, my second favorite Harvey album. An ode to the great Jeff Buckley, her "beautiful friend" who "died suddenly / at a wonderful age."  Haunting, rocking, pure great Harvey. PJ - I love you, what's with the damned poetry book! Stop hanging out with artists and get back to the thing that makes life bearable for those in your sway -your goddamned wondrous music. I've loved her ever since hearing "Water" on the radio back in 1991-ish. I saw her live at Irving Plaza for the "To Bring You My Love" tour circa 1996. She only played songs from that album, more or less, and didn't play guitar, for some dumb reason, until the end. But whatever... she's a rock god AND a rock goddess. If she could look past all that hackneyed contemporary art nonsense her Brit pals fill her head with, oh what a beautiful fire she could make.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

70s British 'Cautionary' Children's Horror Programming made ours PALE


If you don't know SCARFOLK -- check it out. There's nothing I can add, because they have magick psionic tendrils that vibrate like spider web strands when anyone dares quote or discuss the town beyong cautious, brief, respectful praise. I will tell you that they're sooo British that their newly released book 'Discovering Scarfolk' isn't even available in the U.S., you have to go to Amazon UK and deal with all that currency exchange and overseas shipping.

BUT - we can see, at last a lot of the origins of the amazingly specific and haunting motifs at work, namely scary British TV shows aimed at children, both cautionary, imaginative and in general vibing off the local richness of Stonehenge, druids, human sacrifice, and psychedelics.

One show that apparently scared every kid who saw it is called CHILDREN OF THE STONES:


Also, check out 'The Hauntological Society" for summaries and capsules of old British shows, like A Come Andromeda.

And the magazine The Unexplained -- and to think of all the time I wasted reading Ranger Rick!! Would love to find these somewhere.

Lastly, a British Public Information film called The Finishing Line.


And to think what we missed by having only one public-funded TV channel and prudish corporate-driven censorship that forced everything into treacly mush!

Here's the piece by Scarfolk writer Richard Littler discussing these and other horrors you'll want to unearth, if you're daft.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Retrofuturist Synth Module Scores is Then: Sinoia Caves (BEYOND THE BLACK RIANBOW); Tom Raybould (THE MACHINE);


Dig these bizarro retro phat synth paranoid scores: Rayboulds is somewhere between Vangelis for BLADE RUNNER, John Carpenter for ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and Tangerine Dream for SORCERER, and the perfect wallpaper for a crisp fall afternoon wandering through a dying landscape, each rustling orange leaf in the street an ominous portent. And Sinoia Caves is for when your floating down the street at dawn, chased in slow motion by your own shadow looming 60 feet tall and with burning coal eyes but you are not afraid, in other words part Gy├Ârgy Ligeti from THE SHINING and part Claudio Simonetti from TENEBRE. And it's on Spotify, which you should have if you don't, human, because the future is now and nearly everything but the Beatles can be crawling all over you...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

FATAL GLASS OF BEER (1933)

THE FATAL GLASS OF BEER
1933 - W.C. Fields


Friday, July 18, 2014

I got red blood.... and I got / bloodredwine: The Great Lost Stones Song.


I once had a weird old Stones bootleg LP called 'Taxile in Main Street' and it had this song on it. The rest was just muddy jams from old concerts or alternate takes from Exile. I loved this song so much, it was worth the price. Why they never put it on a real album is one of those great mysteries. Actually - I might have got it off my punk friend's bootleg LP, but I can't remember the name. Oh well here it is:

 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Rare, Weird, Obscured... The Pink Floyd


Here's my favorite Floyd song and its original single wrapper. Damn them for never putting it on one of their records so it would be avail. on Spotify -- not even on one of their recent grand remaster deluxe versions of PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN and all that. But hey, youtube comes through again: