Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hauntology is un-Alive! (No Hay Banda)

It's a coin termed by Derrida perhaps, but Britain especially seems to have (maybe because of Stonehenge and crop circles and the BBC) held onto hauntology longer than more dogmatic and fundamentalist nations like the U.S.  The study of ESP, ghosts, 'stone tapes,' demons, magic, telekinesis, and so forth... but also a cognizance of recorded images and voices as ghosts - i.e. eternally young as the singer on the album ages into dust, films wherein some ephemeral beauty winks at us and we realize she is long dead.

The band Broadcast is all over it:

Visit the site I found that video on, Boing Boing, who have a great piece on hauntology in music.

From some Derrida short linked to on that piece somewhere on here

Lastly, my own Hauntology mix-tape via Spotify... and based on that cool David Pescovitz BoingBoing piece above, and my own abiding interest in retro-futurism, Scarfolk Council, Quatermass and the Pit, and of course, film and film theory....

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


TWO of the deluge out of Italy, Concorde and New World that followed ROAD WARRIOR, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, and THE WARRIORS, the three best post-apocalyptic films in the world!

RetroFuturist Pharmacy Selects: RADIOACTIVE DREAMS (1985)

Never seen it, but maybe it's good? It wreaks a 6.4 on imdb. Certainly, it looks different than most -- a proto 'noir punk' hybrid that literalized the implications of BLADE RUNNER, and gosh darn it, someone should try and release it for real on DVD. Until then, Dr. Anon984 kindly ripped it for its archaeological value and I'm posting it, because it's momentarily warm outside and its fooling me into thinking its spring.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PJ Harvey- "Memphis" (unreleased track)

 Another in my series of great songs by my favorite artists, songs not on any of their albums and unavailable on Spotify. 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," it's haunting, rocking, pure great Harvey.

PJ - I love you, what's with the damned poetry book!? Stop hanging out with conceptual (yawn) artists and get back to the thing that makes life bearable for those in your sway -your goddamned wondrous music.

I've loved PJ Harvey ever since requesting "Water" on Princeton 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.


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 70s British TV and Board of Education shorts 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 an interview with Scarfolk writer Richard Littler discussing these and other horrors you'll want to unearth, if you're daft.