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Oblique “namesake” connection: Moodymann’s “I’d Rather Be Lonely”
As I’ve probably mentioned before, YouTube satisfies most of my current music needs. Whether that says more about Jahsonic than about the quality of the current batch of YouTube footage, I leave up to you. This aside, I thought I’d let you know that from now on I will be favoriting both my audio and video finds on Youtube. The address is quite simply http://youtube.com/user/Jahsonic (I’ve even managed to give it the vintage clay/day-glo green Jahsonic.com color scheme).
This post is part of the cult fiction series, this issue #6
“This city is famous for its gamblers, prostitutes, exhibitionists, anti-Christs, alcoholics, sodomites, drug addicts, fetishists, onanists, pornographers, frauds, jades, litterbugs and lesbians. If you have a moment, I shall endeavor to discuss the crime problem with you, but don’t make the mistake of bothering me.” –Ignatius J. Reilly in A Confederacy of Dunces
August Darnell aka Kid Creole (Montreal, Canada, 12 August, 1950) is a Canadian musician who has been involved in several dance-oriented projects in New York in the late 1970s and early to mid 1980s. Projects include Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band (led by Darnell’s brother Stony), Don Armando’s Second Avenue Rhumba Band, Gichy Dan’s Beechwood #9, the “mutant disco” of Aural Exciters and, of course, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, as well as “solo” projects involving Andy “Coati Mundi” Hernandez[2,5], Taana Gardner, Fonda Rae. and Lizzy Mercier Descloux. Some of the more (and less)obscure offerings of Darnell have been released on an music compilation in 2008 by Strut Records as Going Places: The August Darnell Years 1976-1983.
Click the number to listen to the tracks, not all tracks are Darnell projects, but also just of the artists mentioned.
Fonda Rae in Machine’s “There but for the Grace of God Go I” is world music classic 38, and has an interesting bit of music censorship history behind it, perhaps more on that later.
This film is the 47th entry in the category World Cinema Classics.
A remarkable score which reminds of Bernard Herrmann ‘s screeching violins in Psycho (of course, it may as well be Herrmann’s original Psycho score set to a “La Cabina” slide show1). Very accomplished trailer. This film generally cited as an example of Surrealism and cinema.
Tip of the hat to the apparently defunct site Wayney of Chaotic Cinema, skeleton preserved at my wiki.
Update: 1. Yup, that’s what it was Youtube
This post is part of the cult fiction series, this issue #5
The famed John Cheever short story appeared in the New Yorker and people talked. Now there will be talk again. When you sense this man’s vibrations and share his colossal hang-up . . . will you see someone you know, or love? When you feel the body-blow power of his broken dreams, will it reach you deep inside, where it hurts? When you talk about “The Swimmer” will you talk about yourself?“
“I’m looking for the party people, to get down”
“Wicki Wacky‘” (1974) is a single released on Event Records by the Fatback Band. It was featured on their album “Keep On Steppin’“. The proto-disco song is noted for its driving hi-hats and was a blueprint for subsequent four-on-the-floor dance records. Other notable songs from Fatback include the 80s groove “Is this the Future,” currently unavailable on Youtube. Enjoy and let me know how you like it.
I love abecedaria and I’ve wikified the following abecedarium by Peter Wollen: “An Alphabet of Cinema,” which was posted over at Girish‘s. Wollen delivered this piece as the Serge Daney memorial lecture at the Rotterdam film festival in 1998. It was then published in the New Left Review in 2001, and also appears in Wollen’s essay collection, Paris Hollywood: Writings on Film (2002).
Brigitte Bardot photographed by Michel Bernanau in 1968
Brigitte Bardot participated in various musical shows and recorded many popular songs in the 1960s and 1970s, mostly in collaboration with Serge Gainsbourg, Bob Zagury and Sacha Distel, including “Harley Davidson”, “Je Me Donne A Qui Me Plait“, “Bubble gum“, “Contact“, “La bise aux hippies”, “Je Reviendrais Toujours Vers Toi“, “L’Appareil A Sous“, “La Madrague“, “On Demenage“, “Sidonie“, “Je danse donc je suis” “Tu Veux, Ou Tu Veux Pas?“, “Le Soleil De Ma Vie“ (the cover of Stevie Wonder‘s “You Are the Sunshine of My Life“) and notorious “Je t’aime… moi non plus“.
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