Hello everyone, I’m back from my extended absence. I know that lately the posts have been fewer and farther between, but I’ve had a lot going on and just couldn’t get around to the dear ol’ blog. I had a job interview last week and was out of town for a couple of days—everybody cross yr fingers for me—and I’ve also been mulling over some significant changes to the site—changes which will paradoxically result in both more consistent updates and less self-imposed pressure to post nearly every day. I got a phone call this morning that has me excited to get on with it—so hopefully you will see said changes in the not-so-distant future.
Jodi was out of town again this weekend, so I spent its entirety in anti-social hibernation, curled up with my record collection, reading a fantastic book (John Fowles
’ The Magus
), and watching movies. I hit up a number of record stores and traded in a fat stack of unwanted vinyl and CDs for a good chunk of my current wish list and some used gems. I finally picked up the Joanna Newsom
record, got the new double LP issue of Devendra Banhart
’s last two, and snagged the excellent new Out Hud
Other essential pick-ups this weekend:
- Sandy Denny – Sandy LP (now that I finally “get” Ms. Denny, I’m, like, SO in love)
- Alex Chilton – Like Flies on Sherbert (one of the classic “bad” records of all time)
- The Other Half – s/t LP (smokin' sixties garage rock featuring guitar virtuoso and future Blue Cheer member Randy Holden)
- The Pentangle – Basket of Light (one of the best records from this English folk supergroup)
- Townes Van Zandt – High Low and In Between (Getting close to completing my Townes collection)
- Robbie Basho – The Falconer’s Arm I (stylistically similar to fellow Takoma-ite John Fahey)
- Betty Davis – s/t LP (sizzling, sultry funk from ex-wife of Miles Davis)
- Rocket from the Tombs – The Day the Earth Met the Rocket From the Tombs (wasn’t sure I’d see this on vinyl ever again; legendary, pre-Pere Ubu and pre-Dead Boys)
- Bobby Womack & various artists – Across 110th Street soundtrack (just saw this movie a few weeks ago when I was sick—one of the better blaxploitation flicks, WAY better than Van Peebles’ incoherent Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song)
I know, it’s quite the haul. God, how I’m gonna miss these record stores when it comes time for us to leave this town in the proverbial dust!
I also spent some time in front of the tube this weekend. Saturday night’s Illini game—omigod! Can a mere basketball game get any better than that? Methinks, um, no. I could barely speak afterward, I was screaming so loud those last four minutes, plus OT. It was a nice change of pace from the dullness and drudgery of Oliver Stone’s HBO documentary, Looking For Fidel
, which I had just finished watching—only an hour long, but it easily seemed like two. Earlier today I caught Gary Cooper
in High Noon
for the first time. I figured this was one of those movies one should just be familiar with. It was okay, worth watching once, but I don’t know if I really understand why it’s such a classic.
Saving the best for last, I finally watched Prince
’s 1987 concert film, Sign O’ the Times,
for the first time today, and I just can’t say enough great things about it. An absolutely sizzling
performance, it is everything a good concert film should be—it made me wish I was there—SO BAD
I wish I could have been there—yet it stood on its own legs as a satisfying experience in its own right. There’s so very few concert films that you ever wanna watch more than once or twice—usually one viewing is enough—but I’m already thinkin’ ‘bout picking up a copy of the DVD so I can watch this one over and over.
Anyway, to celebrate my vinyl haul, I got an eclectic assortment of mp3s for ya this week:
Sandy Denny – It Suits Me Well Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street The Other Half – Mr. Pharmacist Prince – U Got the Look Townes Van Zandt – To Live is to Fly Serge Gainsbourg – New York USA
N/P The Jam
– All Mod Cons