Thursday, August 6, 2020

"NICHE: A Memoir in Pastiche" by Momus (FSG)

"NICHE: A Memoir in Pastiche" by Momus (FSG)

I'm a massive fan of the memoir, due that the writer usually has to be interesting, good writer, or know how to lie interestingly.  As a reader, I never cared if what I'm reading is the truth or not.  I only care how the narrator tells (writes) the tale.  Momus (Nick Currie) is such a writer that I enjoy going on the journey with him. As a reader, he's the driver, and I'm sitting on the passenger side of the vehicle—the precise reason why I love memoirs.  And Mr. Currie wrote an excellent book. 

Momus has 217 narrators witnessing and telling the tale. All of them are dead and all divine.  What sounds like from a distance just a cute idea, actually works in writing.  Momus uses the voices of writers/artists like Franz Kafka to David Bowie, and beyond.  I counted the narrators and, I didn't know 37 at all.  One of the fun things about "Niche" is that you can google the ones you don't, and it's no extra work, it's a learning experience.  Momus writes through his narrators about his musical career, but even more interesting to me is that he's exceptionally a superb travel writer.  His status as an outsider makes him a voyeur of different cultures, and his writings about Japan I found thrilling.  Mostly due that I lived and visited Japan many times, and I believe we were in the country around the same time.  So I understand what he went through, and it's a game to compare my experiences of Japan with his time there. 

"Niche" reads like a fast-moving Literary Critique, due to the way he sets up the narrative through other voices. The writing is smart, but not over-done.  Like Serge Gainsbourg, in that he is both a masterful writer/lyricist and a composer, he's a jack-of-all-trades and wears all clothing equally well. 

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Tosh Talks Dare Wright Feb.06.2011





Tosh Berman talks about,
"THE LONELY DOLL" STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY DARE WRIGHT
"EDITH&MR.BEAR" A LONELY DOLL STORY DARE WRIGHT
"MAKE ME REAL" BY DARE WRIGHT
"the secret life of the LONELY DOLL the search for Dare Wright " Joan Nathan
"Ocracoke" IN THE FIFTIES photographs and narrative by Dare Wright
Edited By Brook Ashley and John Ogilvie.

BOOK MUSIK : "Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina" by Chris Frantz (St. Martin's Press)


Tosh and Kimley discuss Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina by Chris Frantz. Frantz is a founding member of Talking Heads and as the drummer he was half of the rhythm section along with his wife Tina Weymouth on bass. They were at the epicenter of the infamous CBGB scene in 1970s New York along with The Ramones, Television, Blondie, and Patti Smith to name just a few. They broke fresh creative ground on what a rock band could be – quirky, geeky, arty, possibly too smart for their own good and oddly clean-cut but with a twist. Lester Bangs famously said they were so uncool that they were cool. Frantz adds his firsthand perspective on a time in rock ‘n’ roll history of which we can never get enough.


Friday, July 31, 2020

Tosh Talks Albert Cossery and London Books Classic Dec. 13. 2010





Tosh Berman talks about,
" A splendid Conspiracy" " The Jokers" By Albert Cossery.
Series of Novels titles about London Life in the 30's,
Published by London Books Classics.
"May Day" by John Sommerfield.
"Wide Boys Never Work" by Robert Westerby.
"A Start In Life" by Alan Sillitoe.
" Night And The City" by Gerald Kersh.
"They Drive By Night" "The Gilt Kid" by James Curtis.

Tosh Talks Karlheinz Weinberger Mar.18.2011





Tosh Berman talks about,
"REBEL YOUTH" By KARLHEINZ WEINBERGER.
"KARLHEINZ WEINBERGER photos 1954-1995".

Tosh Talks Dennis Hopper Mar.25.2011





Tosh Berman talks about,
"PHOTOGRAPHS 1961-1967" DENNIS HOPPER TASCHEN.

Tosh Talks BLAST by Wyndham Lewis Apr.01.2011





Tosh Berman talks about,
"BLAST 1" by WYNDHAM LEWIS GINGKO PRESS.
"THE VORTICISTS" Edited by Mark Antliff and Vivien Greene TATE

Tosh Talks James Schuyler Apr.08.2011





Tosh Berman talks about,
"Other Flowers uncollected poems" JAMES SCHUYLER.
Edited by JAMES MEETZE and SIMON PETTET.

Tosh Talks Jack Spicer Apri.15.2011





Tosh Berman talks about,
"My vocabulary did this to me THE COLLECTED POETRY OF JACK SPICER"
Edited by Peter Gizzi and Kevin Killian.

Tosh Talks Serge Gainsbourg Apr.23.2011



Publish Post

Tosh Berman talks about,
"Gainsbourg inside" PHOTOGRAPHY YANNICK RIBEAUT
INTRODUCTION JANE BIRKIN By LANNOO.

Tosh Talks Charles Brittin Apr.29.2011





Tosh Berman talks about,
"CHARLES BRITTIN WEST and SOUTH" HATJE CANTZ

Tosh Talks MUJI May.06.2011





Tosh on Muji

Tosh Talks " THE LOST ALBUM - A Visual History Of 1950's Britain" By Basil Hyman June.03.2011





Tosh Berman talks about,
" THE LOST ALBUM - A Visual History Of 1950's Britain" By Basil Hyman.

Tosh Talks May.20.2011





Tosh Berman talks about,

"AN ATTEMPT AT EXHAUSTING a place in Paris" GEORGE PEREC, TRANSLATED BY MARC LOWENTHAL.

"THE PERPETUAL MOTION MACHINE" The story of an Invention,
BY PAUL SCHEERBART TRANSLATED BY ANDREW JORON.

"THE LEG OF LAMB ITS LIFE AND WORKS" BENJAMIN PERET,
TRANSLATED BY MARC LOWENTHAL

ALL THE ABOVE FROM WAKEFIELD PRESS.

Tosh Talks " FRANK O'HARA" POEMS FROM THE TIBOR DE NAGY EDITIONS, 1952-1966. May.27.2011





osh Berman talks about,
" FRANK O'HARA" POEMS FROM THE TIBOR DE NAGY EDITIONS, 1952-1966.

Tosh Talks May.13.2011





Tosh Berman talks about,
"NEW IMPRESSIONS OF AFRICA" RAYMOND ROUSSEL,
Translated and introduced by Mark Ford.
"LOCUS SOLUS" RAYMOND ROUSSEL,
Translated by Rupert Copeland Cuningham.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Tosh for ARTBOOK/D.A.P. on Jeff Divine Seventies Surf Photographs





Tosh on Jeff Divine 70s Surf Photography.  Ever since the Lockdown, I have been spending a serious amount of time studying Surf Culture for a project I'm working on.  Divine is a great photographer on both the surfer on the surfboard as well as portraits of surfers.  - Tosh Berman.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Songs of David Bowie by Chris O'Leary on Tosh Talks





Songs of David Bowie by Chris O'Leary on Tosh Talks



Two books (volumes) by Chris O'Leary that covers every song David Bowie released, as well as obscure b-sides, and recordings not released.  Remarkable information which makes these books essential to the Bowie Library. Here I give my thoughts on both books as well as my Bowie obsession. -Tosh Berman.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Joe Meek on Tosh Talks





Joe Meek on Tosh Talks

Joe Meek is without a doubt one of the intriguing figures that came out of contemporary music. A gay man who lived in London when it was illegal to have gay sex or even hinting of having a relationship with another man, very much lived in his working space on Holloway Road in North London. He didn't leave his flat/recording studio that much, as he was, at the time, focused on making recordings that to this day is revolutionary and profound, in the sense that he was probably one of the first DIY personalities in the recording world. On this episode of "Tosh Talks," I focus on three albums by The Meek planet. Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages, Heinz, and the brilliant "I Hear a New World" (1960) billed as Joe Meek and the Blue Men. I also commented on Brian Eno's "Another Green World" and how that is the little sister or brother to Meek's "I Hear a New World." A friend commented that Meek is the bridge between Les Paul and Phil Spector, but to me, as he was a non-musician, he used the recording studio as an instrument, similar to what Eno did years later. A remarkable sonic artist in an extraordinary era.