Friday, September 30, 2011

Sparks - The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman - live performance at the Ford ...

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.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Nico: I m Not Sayin (1965) with Jimmy Page

I found this on facebook (thank you mr. gilmore) and i believe the recording was produced by Jimmy Page. Maybe for Andrew Loog Oldham's label?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Illustration/Artwork Portrait of Boris Vian

A good friend of mine found this on the Internet, but I don't know who did the artwork.  If it is "you" out there, drop me an e-mail.  Boris Vian rules my world.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

the jacks [ジャックス] - tokei wo tomete / stop the clock [時計をとめて]

Very Velvets sounding ballad from the Japanese band 'Jacks.' This is from their first album.

Jacks (1960's Japanese Band) - Marianne (from Vacant World)

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' "Retromania"

I think "Retromania" is the best music book of the 21st Century so far.  But of course I am not including the great rock n' roll memoirs, but just talking about "music books" as a cultural thing.  And this is a very important book to me, with respect to how music fans react to pop in general.  If you are like me, a long term fan of pop music and its trends,  and you are middle-aged, one thing comes to mind.  There is nothing new happening in contemporary music.  In fact its a shocking fact.  If i get a buzz on something that's out there, more likely it came from the distant past - the 60's or 50's even.
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

Marie-France Pisier & Jacques Perrin-L'écume des jours

Marie-France Pisier & Sami Frey-L'écume des jours

Michel Gondry to film Boris Vian's "Foam of the Daze" (L'écume des jours)

Michel Gondry
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

"Like a Sniper Linning Up His Shot" by Jacques Tardi and Jean-Patrick Manchette

Superb.  Jacques Tardi adopted "The Prone Gunman" by Jean-Patrick Manchette and its splendid.  Without a doubt Manchette is my discovery of a new(ish) noir writer - and his stuff is pretty bleak, in a very French style of course.  Nevertheless the narrative is about a trained assassin who wants to quit his work, but alas can't.  He has a thing for Maria Callas and a tender heart - that is hidden from everyone, including himself.  But make no mistake he's a murderer. Tardi's illustrations are pretty perfect, and visually he tales the tale.  This is the second release in English of this dynamic dual.  One hopes that there are other titles lurking ahead or in one's drawer someplace in the latin Quarter.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Enrique Vila-Matas' "Never Any End To Paris"

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.
The main character is an obsessed Hemingway fan who may or may not be a talented writer.  And that in the end is not that important, what's the deal is the life one imagines.  Everyone from Boris Vian to Guy Debord come through these pages, and one can write an endless amount of footnotes if that was the need.  But alas, its a trip to a romantic notion of a writer drifting through Paris 20th century literary life.  It was sad to see this novel ending...

Saturday, September 3, 2011

"People" by Blexbolex

The cover of "People' drove me to this book. At first it looks like a great kids book - and technically it is, but alas, there is something being said here that is not obvious. Typically Blexbolex draws an image of a music "conductor" but then on the opposite page, with the same held baton he draws a "tyrant." So one" starts to make comparisons between the two pages. Another example is an illustration "party goers" and the opposite page is "hermit." And so forth.

There is something very Jacques Tati about it all. It maybe due to the retro look of the book, but also the commentary on the images where one thinks there would be no commentary. "People" serves many purposes. It can be an excellent book for a second language reader, or for those who need graphic design ideas, or..... there is the textural meaning what it means to be labeled and filed in a specific manner and form. Blexbolex is working on many levels here and this is an excellent book.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Serge Gainsbourg la chanson de Prévert

Man oh man, such a beautiful melody, and performance from the mighty Serge Gainsbourg.

Birkin, Dutronc, Gainsbourg - Les Petits Papiers

The power trio of all time. Jane, Jacques, and Serge - doing his classic "Les Petits apiers" Great.

Boris Vian & Alain Goraguer - Barcelone

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!