Alerting people to the art which pools around the fringes of commercial awareness.

28 March, 2010

Enough About Human Rights!

Moondog's Viking of Sixth Avenue is just brilliant.  His musical aesthetic stands alone in Earth's aural universe.

I'm forever in Jon's debt for introducing me to Moondog some years ago.  He gave me the Viking of Sixth Avenue CD a few year's ago and now I own the double LP.  All is well...

Click HERE to access a YouTube posting of "Enough About Human Rights."

All That Heaven Allows

"...I certainly believe that happiness exists, if only by the simple fact that it can be destroyed."  -- Douglas Sirk

Just watched another excellent Sirk, American Melodrama, All That Heaven Allows - Criterion Collection.  

Poignant scene in which children purchase a TV for their widowed mother after squelching her happiness with another man.  This is not Sirk's best film, but highly recommended for people familiar with his works.

14 February, 2010

Vernon Chatman

There's a nice interview with Vernon Chatman, co-creator of Wonder Showzen and Xavier: Renegade Angel.  The AV Club interview linked below pertains mostly to Chatman's latest opus, Final Flesh.


Wintering with Charlie White

Charlie White from Monsters

Quotation of the Day

"But there are no absolutes in human misery and things can always get worse." 

 Cormac McCarthy from Suttree

13 February, 2010

Best Live Howlin' Wolf Performance

Howlin' Wolf from Ivalle Noel on Vimeo.

Smokestack Lightning
I'd recommend Howlin' Wolf/Moanin' in the Moonlight as a starting point for your Howlin' Wolf collection.

31 January, 2010

The Greatest Book of All

That would be Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho.

But Whitney's talent is restored with the overwhelming, "The Greatest Love of All," one of the best, most powerful songs about self preservation and dignity.  From the first line (Michael Masser and Linda Creed are credited as the writers) to the last, it's a state-of-the-art balled about believing in yourself.  It's a powerful statement and one that Whitney sings with a grandeur that approaches the sublime.  Its universal message crosses all boundaries and instills one with the hope that it's not too late for us to better ourselves, to act kinder.  Since it's impossible in the world we live in to empathize with others, we can always empathize with ourselves.  It's an important message, crucial really, and it's beautifully stated on this album.

Passage from American Psycho in which Patrick Bateman, psychopathic yuppy killer, reviews the works of Whitney Houston.