Paramount / Prism Entertainment 51449
Paramount / Prism Entertainment 51449
I am now even more obsessed with Antony & the Johnsons. After their amazing show last week it is really all I can think about it. I was completely blown away by the show. It was tragic and sad and beautiful and wonderful all at the same time. This was also my first trip to the Disney Concert Hall. What a perfect place to see him play. I seriously just wanted to stay there all night. I kind of want to live there permanently. We did sort of feel like tourists walking around the venue and looking around at everything, sort of like how tourists do when they first visit New York City and can't stop looking up at the skyscrapers. He ended up playing a bunch of new songs that were not from the recently released EP. I don't think I even noticed any of the songs from the EP that night. The new songs sounded fantastic and I am now even more excited for the new album next year. There were of course songs that I wanted to hear that he did not play, but he did manage to play some of my favorites, including his cover of "Crazy in Love" by Beyonce. It was a fun crowd to be around as well -- many celebrities were in the crowd that night. I was sitting next to a certain reality star of the show Work Out. Totally random. It just made me happy that he was a fan. Everyone was just in awe of Antony that night. It will be hard to compare other shows to this night. It was really that good.
Not a whole lot out this week. Christmas is around the corner, but once again the labels don't seem to have a whole lot to offer us. There is one new album that I have become a bit obsessed with. For some reason it took me over 10 years to finally discover Windy & Carl. I have long been a fan of the label Kranky. This new album Songs for the Broken Hearted will be their fourth on Kranky. Before this were Depths (98), Conciousness (01), and The Dream House (2005). They have also had about 6 or 7 other albums in between those Kranky albums over the years, in addition to a 3CD compilation in 2002 called Introspection. I have heard of them but never really gave them a listen until now. I was just waiting for somebody to tell me to listen to them, but it never happened. I thought they were a little too new age for me or maybe a little too experimental, but I really didn't know for sure. I gave this new album a listen and fell in love after the second listen. They almost sort of hide their greatness within the album. You may not find it right away. The casual listener could easily dismiss the album as another album of ambient droney shoegaze, but you just sort of have to open your mind a bit and let the album sort of take over. There are brilliant short little songs with vocals hidden between the rest of the album, which is mostly ambient sort of guitar pieces. The album is also very full of emotion. Depending on what kind of mood you are in, it could either drive you to tears or make you feel happy and content. This is another sort of album that I think of as musical therapy.
A perfect nite.
12 hours of Horror / Exploitation @ the New Beverly and 4 hours of Minimal Synth / Punch Out @ the Barcade. The venues are 2 mi apart-- go back and forth all nite!! All proceeds from the film festival go towards upgrades for the theater. XY:XX is hosting a release party for the new Mt. Sims CD, out on Hungry Eye Records!!!
The film festival starts @ 7:30
XY:XX opens around 10:30 and it's free!
New Beverly Cinema
Los Angeles, CA 90036-2548
Los Angeles, CA 90004-2607
This week marks the 50th anniversary of Edward R. Murrow’s seminal address about the future of radio and television, delivered in Chicago on Oct. 15, 1958, in what is now known as the “wires and lights in a box” speech. The legendary CBS newsman warned attendees at the Radio and Television News Directors Association convention to make the most of the new electronic media, and not allow only “escapism and insulation from the realities of the world in which we live.”
“This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box”
I suspect Edward R. Murrow would be deeply appalled at what passes as news and news commentary today. Then again, I think he probably had a premonition of it all crashing on down the turnpike. …
Below is a portion of that speech performed by David Strathairn as Murrow in the 2005 film Good Night, and Good Luck.
R.I.P. to Four Tops lead vocalist Levi Stubbs, who, it was reported, died yesterday (Oct 17th) in his hometown of Detroit at age 72 after a long series of health problems which included cancer and a stroke. The stroke caused him to stop performing eight years ago -- although he did make an appearance with the Four Tops in July 2004 at the group's 50th anniversary concert at Detroit's Music Hall Center. It would be his last public appearance.
In an interview yesterday with Billboard magazine's website, Motown Alumni Association's Billy J. Wilson said of Stubbs that, "He had one of the most prolific and identifiable voices in American history. It's a deep loss, to the entire Motown family and to the world."
Indeed, along with a select few other vocalists, including Diana Ross of the Supremes, Stubbs was one of Motown Record's most recognizable voices on timeworn Four Tops classics such as "Baby I Need Your Loving," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)," "Standing In The Shadows Of Love," "Reach Out I'll Be There" and "Bernadette."
The Four Tops, who originally formed in 1954 as the Four Aims and signed with Motown in 1963, sold over 50 million records throughout their illustrious career. In 1990 the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Stubbs' death leaves Abdul "Duke" Fakir as the Four Tops' only living member from the original quartet. Below are a couple of 1960's Four Tops video clips featuring the late great Levi Stubbs.