Here is an idea that goes into the “Why didn’t I think of that?” pile:
This is from exclaim.ca. Pretty funny as well.
Nick Cave Named Rough Trade's Inaugural "Counter Culture Icon"
2/29/2008 By Brock Thiessen
In efforts to give hipsters their very own Walk of Fame, Nick Cave will be stopping by London’s Rough Trade East shop on Monday to be sworn in as its first “Counter Culture Icon.”
Sources from shop today told Drowned in Sound that Cave and his no pussy blues would leave his “prints” at the renowned record shop, marking the first of many enlistees to participate in the fame campaign. The Bad Seed will then reportedly be “hanging out in the store,” presumably kicking against the pricks.
Thus far, Rough Trade has remained tight-lipped over the names of future Counter Culture Icons but we can make some educated guesses. Perhaps be Morrissey? No, the concrete would be too “icky.” Mark E. Smith? Well, maybe he’d leave a fresh butt.
And just in case you were curious, Hollywood’s Walk of Fame now has more than 2,000 five-pointed stars featuring the names of celebrities, human and fictional, according to Wikipedia. The first star was awarded February 9, 1960, to Mrs. Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, star of the 1996 film Even If a Hundred Ogres...
Yeah, I get the irony, (oh, the English are soooo ironic!) but don’t you think Amoeba Hollywood should have their very own “Counter Culture Icon Walk Of Fame?” Amoeba could hit 2000 selections in one day.
Not sure if short lived subsidiary "American International Records" is the same as the "A.I.R." from the late 60's, but it's very likely. The studio 54 comp had this custom jobber and the final image is a great example of the classic early Casablanca blue label design...
When studying the classic desert scene design, one will begin to notice many variations. Here's an interesting trio...A later period label, with mention of Polygram at the bottom. Middle label bears the Fauves-Puma Records imprint, a pairing that was reported to have moved some 15 million units on this Santa Esmeralda hit!! Finally, the classic desert scene from the Village People's heyday, before "Can't Stop the Music" nearly did...
Billing themselves as the "UK's only disabled punk band" the five-member unique British rock group Heavy Load, who formed a dozen years ago -- several of whose members have learning disabilities -- and who reportedly have become cult heroes on the disability arts scene in the UK, are the subjects of a new film that will be premiering next week at the film festival part of the upcoming annual SXSW (South By South West) music and film festival in Austin, Texas.
The film is scheduled to be broadcast on television sometime this summer, according to the band's bass player Paul RIchards, who said that Heavy Load (not to be confused with the 80's Swedish heavy metal band of the same name) are hoping to come over to the States this summer to do some dates to promote the film and connect with some disabled punk artists in the states. If you reading this know of any disabled punk or hard rock groups in the US please enter their names/contacts in the comments below, which Paul will be checking periodically. He will also be accompanying the filmmaker to SXSW next week.
Meantime, to hear some of Heavy Load's music, including the autobiographical song "We're In A Film," check out their MySpace and for more info on the documentary film about them (trailer below) click here.
For more details on the SXSW festival, which runs from March 7 to 16th, click here.
Maybe because my girlfriend makes fun of me about my supposed 'crush" on Lila Downs, I overlooked this DVD on my top ten list of last year. It was only recently that I watched Loteria Cantada and I wasn't disappointed. I have to admit, it took me a while to get into Lila's last release, La Cantina. It wasn't until the DJ's started bumping "Cumbia De Mole" at the clubs that I gave La Cantina the once over again. The concert footage was recorded in Mexico City and in her home state of Oaxaca in 2006. Each song on this DVD was edited by nine different visual artists, bringing the concert footage to life with color and imagery synonymous with Mexican art. The DVD is set up like Loteria, with each song being a different card in a Loteria deck. The footage and sound quality are broadcast quality and even if you feel the visual art maybe be too ambitious, Lila's performance is top notch. If you are a fan of Lila's music and classic Mexican art like me, this is well worth getting.
Below is a clip from the DVD. It's Lila's version of the Son Jarocho standard "La Iguana," courtesy of youtube.com.