July 20, 2021
Love a good scummy 80s Los Angeles sci-fi flick…
A lot has been written about the concentration of wealth over the past 30-40 years, but THIS article by Philip S. Gorski makes a good point about the concentration of social capital too.
I knew about the CIA’s promotion of abstract art and musical comedies in theater during the cold war, but I hadn’t heard about their influence on literature through the Iowa Writers Workshop. Is this why the literary fiction genre conforms to such narrow parameters?
Here’s a fun house mix from Seven Davis Jr.
And here’s a cool mix that also happens to be a FREE DOWNLOAD from Superbreak.
July 13, 2021
Sal Mineo movie on YouTube…
I caught The Living End by Gregg Araki the other day, it has some killer music in it.
And some more chill music to work to…
And in aspirational reading, here is the Field Guide to Edible Mushrooms of Pennsylvania.
July 6, 2021
I caught ‘The Bat’ with Vincent Price on TCM and read that it was a remake of ‘The Bat Whispers’ —there’s also an earlier silent version. This one has some really cool miniatures and shadowplay. Good flick!
THIS ARTICLE resonates with some stuff in Reverse Birth. It’s funny how the assumption is that literature could only be predictive in a general sense or in aggregate. I think that if they had continued, they would’ve found that they could make concrete predictions based on a much narrower set of variables. So maybe specific genres, sub-genres, platforms, or even authors could offer more accurate predictions. And now that self-publishing is available as an outlet, which indie books are being ignored or attacked with bad reviews. I think a lot of artists are in conversation with the future, and are actively shaping it whether they’re aware of it or not…
I just read the Sun Ra article in the New Yorker. I always liked Sun Ra, and I think Space is the Place is a great movie, but I’d never heard of this album. It’s fantastic! The YT algorithm fed me the one beneath it.
It might be fifteen years old, but it still sounds urgent (and funky). Nice Paul Du Lac mix!
June 29, 2021
Hedy Lamarr, the inventor who developed frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology with electronic music composer Antheil (still used in bluetooth and wi-fi), was also a hell of an actor! This week’s movie is “The Strange Woman” —is she strange? Sure, but Lamar makes the character real enough that you kinda want to root for her. Aside from sexually trolling her stepson, what did she do that was so bad really? I love the marauding gangs of lumberjacks in this too. Is that real? It almost makes me want to pick up a history book.
I was looking for Lizzie Borden movies on Archive.org and I stumbled on Kick It Over magazine from the 80s. I really like the article in #18 about the relationship between Anarchism, Radical Feminism, and Marxism. This is some good shit!
Taking a little break from the house and techno this week…
And yes even some classical has crept into the mix:
Juman Malouf book trailer with some Moonrise Kingdom vibes.
Here’s something pretty rare: an intelligent, non-hypified conversation about the UFO (UAP) phenomenon.
June 22, 2021
You can keep your Ansel Elgort and your Ryan Gosling, I’ll take Mickey Rooney explicitly working out his inferiority complex behind the wheel in Drive a Crooked Road. I like to think of it as the last Andy Hardy movie, Hate finds Andy Hardy.
THIS MIX from Super Flu sounds like a bunch of new wave tunes I’ve never heard before…
Also with those new wave vibes, it’s Trajano for Pager Records.
June 16, 2021
Act of Violence (1948) is a great little thriller. I’ve been on a Van Heflin kick lately, and this one has Robert Ryan and Janet Leigh too. Who’s the good guy? Who’s the bad guy? Who knows?
Just added Universal Rhythms to the music links on my home page. It’s a nice internet radio, I’ve heard some good house on there and some super mellow jazz.
One of the Universal Rhythms DJs is Lea Lisa, who is also a producer. She has a new single out with 2 Glen Underground remixes on the b-side. I like these two mixes she’s got up on Soundcloud:
Never saw a Karel Zeman movie before. The pace is a bit sluggish, but man does this movie look beautiful! The underwater sequences are especially stunning. I can’t wait to see his Baron Munchausen now.
Disco is the sound of PRIDE. Here’s a fun mix from Miss Chief Karen.
Here’s a deep house mix from Ian Pooley. This one’s great, and it’s a FREE download.
Techno is good for depressives. Case in point? Polygonia.
Oh yeah, and there’s glowing lights in the ocean. Probably swamp gas.
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