Monday, October 03, 2005

Recent faves from hither, yon.

Dylan doc blog entry (has nothing to do with Dock Boggs):
I’m not anythingggg! -- I’m just inscrutable and shit!

Katrina-inspired radio show:
Doug Shulkind paying his respects and dreaming of the masters during "Give the Drummer Some," on WMFU, September 2d. Shulkind fits in, inter alia, the whole of the Mayor Ray Nagin/Garland Robinette interview on WWL-New Orleans (around 2:18 into Shulkind's show), which segues devastatingly into James Booker's "Make a Better World." Not a benefit, a beautiful, heart-breaking elegy.

DVD reissue:
On the heels of No Direction Home, the Murray Lerner documentary Festival, a remarkable (and remarkably compact) chronicle of the Newport Folk Festival from 1963 to 1966, is going to see the light of day on DVD later this month. The Lerner footage provided some of the performance highlights of the Bob'n'Marty Show. Saw this years ago on a small big screen, and recall a burning Howlin' Wolf segment and some phenomenal people-watching. That pre-hippie, post-beat look adopted by the cool set c. '64 was probably the closest the US came to having its own mod moment. Festival offers perhaps the only extant evidence that Joan Baez was once hot. Lerner later captured the 1970 Isle of Wight festival on film; it's called Message to Love, and features, among many memorable moments, a stunningly ineffective Joni Mitchell wig-out. [ via ]

Kiwi rock:
The Bats are back.

Inaccessible rock:
In 1979, the members of Nurse With Wound, Steven Stapleton, John Fothergill and Heman Pathak, compiled a roll call of their favorite "outsider" musical artists to include with their first album, Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella. No other details were provided, just 300 or so names in block type. The second version of the list included several newly added names, and came with the To the Quiet Men From a Tiny Girl LP in 1980. Stapleton and co. knew not what they hath wrought; the so-called Nurse With Wound List has since become a scavenger hunt of holy grails for fanatical collectors of Krautrock, progressive rock, psychedelic, post-punk, jazz, free improvised and experimental music.... So begins 'FMU's William Berger's three-part MP3 compilation/public service announcement...with glockenspiel. Part one. Part two. Part three. Please excuse me while I bathe myself in the bitter tears of rock snobs who spent their paper route money and countless stanky hours trolling record fairs looking for this stuff.

Postage stamp mega-event:
Would we lie?

Educational music blog post:
Before you exclaim, "hey, I love that song in the new HP camera ad" and rush off to Soulseek, hastily casting yourself in the horrid yellow light of advert-music-know-nothing, I implore you....


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