Friday, September 30, 2011
Sparks' their own production of "The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman. One of the great evenings out, and a remarkable album on top of that as well.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Very Velvets sounding ballad from the Japanese band 'Jacks.' This is from their first album.
Jacks are a Japanese band from around 1968. They sort of remind me of The Velvet Underground circ. their second or third album. The album to get is "Vacant World." Not sure if the album was released outside Japan. Maybe in the U.K. or France?
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Simon Reynolds doesn't have an answer for all of this, but he is the first writer of my generation to comment on how pop is just plain old. And old is not really bad, but...its still old! Reynolds even goes beyond music and into fashion as well. His knowledge of pop culture is right on the dot, with respect to him focusing on various trends and readings on contemporary culture. I also find his writings on the download culture fascinating. And if you are a music fan, one can imagine that one is busy downloading as fast as they can, but more likely not hearing everything. So therefore we're hording music instead of enjoying and thinking about music. And is this a good thing? Most say no, but habits are hard to break.
What i do know is that the shock of the new probably won't happen to me in my life time. I remember certain records giving me that 'wow. The Yardbirds double A single of "I'm a Man' and "Still I'm Sad." The first Roxy Music album. And the Kinks "Village Green Preservation Society." The first listening of those records put me into the 'now.' And that is what's missing in my listening life right now - the 'now' factor.
Monday, September 12, 2011
The French Edition of L'écume des jours
The original film poster for the 1968 version of L'écume des jours
A stlll from the 1968 film version of L'écume des jours
The TamTam Books version of L'écume des jours (Foam of the Daze)
Michel Gondry, the noted French filmmaker, is going to put Boris Vian's "Foam of the Daze" (L'´ecume des jours) on the big screen, or the little screen, or on your computer screen. Nevertheless this seems like a no-brainer. If and when the film gets made, expect to see it in 2013.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
A wonderful fine for me. And to think of it, I only picked this book up because it had Paris in its title, and its published by New Directions. Such a beautiful start, and the end is just as wonderful. Enrique Vila-Matas' novel "Never Any End to Paris" is for me a mediative and hysterical look at a writer and the writing Parisian writing world, that exists in real life, but also in one's imagination.
It reads like a memoir, and for all I know it is a memoir, but alas, one can see this as almost an early Jean-Luc Godard film. Zillion of quotes, and literary & film references a go-go. And that is part of he fun of this novel.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
A song written by Boris Vian and Alain Goraguer. I never heard this song before, so it came up as a surprise for me. Nevertheless, Goraguer is one of my favorite music figures from the golden age of Paris pop/jazz music. If Vian is totally underrated in the U.S., then Goraguer is way way underrated. He's a major biggie. All praise to the mighty Boris Vian and Alain Goraguer!