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"Eternal Flame"

Posted by Miss Ess, October 2, 2008 05:33pm | Post a Comment
The Bangles' "Eternal Flame" is so sugar-sweet it practically rots my teeth...but just like candy, I come back for more over and over again...

Actually, it is one of the many songs that intermittently play on repeat in my head. Seriously though, that song's been up there for years on a loop! Considering the title, the irony is not lost on me! "Eternal Flame" always comes back around somehow, and it's not like I am sitting around listening to Bangles records! Where does it come from?!


I'm really not quite sure why I still find it a moving song, why it stays up there in my brain, but in a way it is sort of comforting to know that when I hear the actual tune (or even just the version in my head), it has the the banglessame effect on me as it did when I was small. I never owned a Bangles album as a child and I haven't heard any of their other music probably since the 80s, but this song has just always stayed with me.

Now that I am fully revisiting it, I especially love how it gets all epic at the end with strings and the building vocals...the fact that the video includes fireworks is just too perfect (and 80s). Susanna Hoffs' vocals cannot be denied! Too bad the ladies didn't write this one themselves, but it's still a winner in my heart.

It will always remind me of being enveloped by a disco ball's mirrored reflections as I was roller skating at this tragically 80s rink and also playing in the basement at my cousins' house.

Oh...I guess I've carried it with me so I can conjure up that simpler time at any given moment in my constantly shifting adult life. Maybe I should go find myself a Bangles record after all...

Van Morrison to Perform Astral Weeks!

Posted by Miss Ess, October 2, 2008 04:40pm | Post a Comment
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I know I've mentioned it several times before but I just can't resist mentioning it again: Van Morrison's Astral Weeks.

I've just heard that he will be performing the album in full next month at the Hollywood Bowl! The dates are Nov 7 and 8. Wow, I am wishing I was an Angeleno right about now.

I'm interested to see what he does with the songs-- knowing Van's at times rather spotty live performances, and the expansive variation that he brings to his songs when he performs them, who knows? I bet he has not played a good portion of the songs off of Astral Weeks in a zillion years. Frankly, I am surprised he agreed to do this, but it's thrilling! He must be pleased that this album is finally getting its due and being praised by the masses, since it was fairly ignored back in 1968.

As a whole, Astral Weeks' improvisational nature makes it more akin to jazz than rock, really, and one thing I am sure of is that Van will bring his spontaneity and lack of restraint to his performances. If you want to read a bit more about the record, click here.

Apparently he is capturing it all on tape (or whatever more ephemeral substance they're using these days) for a DVD, so if you can't make it, rest assured you will be able to catch it at a later date in the comfort of your own home.

Here's a recent performance of "Madame George" -- sounds great to me!

Blame It On The Night

Posted by phil blankenship, October 2, 2008 04:18pm | Post a Comment
Blame It On The Night starring Nick Mancuso  Blame It On The Night key video

Blame It On The Night plot synopsis

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The Hills Have Eyes

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, October 1, 2008 11:55pm | Post a Comment
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A Little Patience: New folk-rock by Nagisa Ni Te and Karl Blau out now!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, October 1, 2008 03:06pm | Post a Comment
Earlier this week while I was walking home from a night out with friends I was surprised by a stranger who randomly yelled out to me across an intersection, “How do you do this all the time?” I assumed by the question and the incredulous affectation that colored his shoAxel Rose and his Skateboardut that this fellow had to be the sort of out-of-towner used to strolling casually along level sidewalks, not straining to climb them. Living in San Francisco’s Chinatown for eleven years has provided me with plenty of street-side entertainment in the form of visitors struggling to get from point A to point B and these hapless pedestrians have become common fodder for egregious porchfront commentary among my friends and I, especially the drunk ones falling uphill. I offered the winded tourist no reply, but I began to sing to myself a song that hadn’t invaded my head space for some time, “all we need is just a little patience...

 

What W. Axel Rose and his Guns N’ Roses showed the world with their slowest, most patient song, "Patience," was a sensitive vulnerability, unrestrained by the tired power ballad format, that balanced out all the hollyweird, small-man anger their sleazier hits that flaunted to the top of the charts. "Patience" made it to number four in the US and I know for a fact that it continues to enjoy slurred and spirited karaoke renditions the world over, though, as a choice cut, it bodes ill for the novice due to its length and monotony (Kimberly Starling of The Karaoke Informer says it's one of the top 5 songs that tends to bomb: "It just eludes the average ear and when you get off key on this one it sounds to the ear like a turd in a punch bowl looks to the eye.") However, with "Patience" in mindYosuga by Nagisa Ni Te, I am reminded of two recent, overlooked releases that guild a gentle acoustic sound that is characteristically rock while also spiritually folk: Nagisa Ni Te’s Yosuga and Karl Blau’s Nature's Got A Way.

 

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