Sunday, March 29, 2009

Has It Really Come To All Of This?


An impromptu photo essay by Guy Pinto
edited (badly) and titled by T. Nihilist.

That's it, from now on I'm going all Andy Warhol and letting other people take my pictures for me! If I would have shot that mess I would have been disgusted and not picked up the camera for a month! But since it wasn't me doing the shooting I can appreciate the aesthetic(?) interestingness of it? My only wish is that I didn't have to be the unwitting subject
UGH! I guess it could have been worse he could have stuck the camera down his pants!?!

I think this might be a record,
three posts in three days???

Saturday, March 28, 2009

A Couple of Couplets . . .

A few days ago I could not stop listening to David Bowie's "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars". I had just gotten some 30th anniversary edition w/ all kinds of extra tracks bells & whistles. And for days that was all I could listen to non-stop towards the end of it I kept trying to listen to other things . . . electric Mils Davis . . . Bill Fay . . . but nothing would take, I kept having to go back to the Bowie.

When this happens w/ me I'll get various snatches of lyrics stuck in my head playing in a loop over and over. The Main one that was afflicting me from the "Ziggy Stardust" album was from the chorus of "Moonage Daydream":

Keep your 'lectric eye on me babe
Put your ray gun to my head

Finally today out of nowhere I found something else to listen to obsessively, Faust's "Faust IV" and for now in particular the song "Jennifer" so I went from moonage daydream mumbo jumbo to deep a S P A C E R O C K dirge w/ a lyric that is only two lines* repeated over and over:

Jennifer, your red hair's burning
Yellow jokes come out of your mind

. . . Paging Dr. Hoffman!?!

* And a line of near subliminal doggerel in the middle of the song that is driving me crazier b/c I can't quite make it out and I haven't been able to find out what is anywhere on the web!!!

Friday, March 27, 2009

You So Crazee Mr. Ozu !?!

Ozu meets a 70's sitcom farce!?! A wonderful exchange from the latest Yasujirō Ozu movie I saw, 1960's "Late Autumn". I really can't get enough of his movies, which sucks b/c there are only two more late ones that I haven't seen that are available on DVD.

Friday, March 13, 2009

I Really Shoulda Seen This One Coming . . .

. . . But not this one fast on it's heels, the coup de grâce of 'tardation!?!

I'm Truly Speechless!?!

. . . And in other news, If I ever talked shit on Mike Watt's second solo album "Contemplating the Engine Room" (somehow I feel that I have?), I take back anything that I may have said?

Nels Cline skronking it up and Watt operating the thud staff, what more do you want? I got my hands on this album again after a long while and today taking a break from my current musical obsession listening to Iggy's "Search & Destroy" over and over again(speaking of 'tardation!?!), I gave it a listen. It really is a solid album, drags at the end a bit maybe. When I was doing the Last.FM I had Watt's "Ball-Hog or Tugboat?" in the rotation and I got to relive how much I enjoyed that album. But I think I always dismissed " . . . Engine Room", I guess I'd been confusing it w/ the one after it which I remember being really boring. I'm going to have to dig that one up and give it a listen again and for that matter his fIREHOSE material as well.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

. . . Yeah, I know, I am such a big old LEZZY!?!

This picture gives me such shpilkes I can't even say!

I've been eating up Jane Fonda's blog, It's so wonderful and it's been such nice treat since Rosie hasn't been blogging as regularly as she was.

Speaking of shpilkes I just finally got to watch last night the great Mike Leigh's latest joint, "Happy-Go-Lucky". And b/c he is at the tippy top of my list of favorite directors I had high expectations for the new movie and I have to say it was at least as wonderful as I hoped it would be. Looking forward to the new movie's DVD release I re-watched his last few movies over the last month or so. The last two, "All or Nothing" and "Vera Drake" were so dour in a lot of ways, this new one was a nice change. Being very familiar w/ most of his film work, while watching this last movie I really started seeing Mike Leigh as a sort of British Yasujirō Ozu (another of my all time favorites). Which isn't really such a great leap both of their movies deal primarily w/ the modern family. What I was thinking about though, while watching this new mike Leigh movie is how not being a Japanese speaker all of the Ozu movies seem so similar and the same could be said for Leigh but being an english speaker the differences and nuances are much more understandable. I couldn't help thinking about how the dialogue of Mike Leigh's female characters (or male for that matter) is always so Mike Leigh, I started thinking of the late great Katrin Cartlidge and how Sally Hawkins character in this new movie was a happier and toned down (a bit) version of the roles Katrin Cartlidge played in "Career Girls" and to a lesser extent "Naked". One last thing I was thinking is that "Happy-Go-Lucky" pretty much ended where a more conventional movie would have begun, I really wish it could've been about 45 minutes longer. I really felt like that w/ his last one, "Vera Drake" as well. My main problem w/ any new Mike Leigh movie though is that now the great wait begins for his next movie (I just hope it won't be four years again!)!!!

How can you not Love that guy?