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Monday, April 25, 2005

Bad Film, Essential Quote

or I should have read the book.

Because we don't know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well, yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that's so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more, perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.
-- Paul Bowles

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Until The White Sommarlight

take care.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex... euhm... Ring(u)

Ring fans unite, the Ringworld website is dedicated to the Ring in all its incarnations: the films, original novels, television specials, comic books and more.

Lots of information and a pretty good faq at times. I'm really surprised at how many spin-offs there are.

Q: Which title is correct: Ring, the Ring, or Ringu?

A: Because the Japanese language doesn't utilize articles (a, an, the), ultimately the decision to include them (or not) depends on the translator. Additionally, Japanese sounds are vowel-consonant pairings, so the word "ring" would sound like ringu (not a long sound as in "goo," but a short, clipped "u"). The transcription of Japanese into English has a long and uneven history: ultimately there are guidelines but no rules. That being said, I personally think that "Ringu" just looks goofy.

For the record, poster art for the film (and two printings of the paperback editions of the novels) bears the title in Japanese script with the English rendering "the Ring." Please note the lower-case "t," as the convention is also used on this website to refer to the original film.

Q: What's the significance of the title Ring?

A: The following is a quote from author Suzuki Koji, which originally appeared in a promotional pamphlet for Ring Ø:

"Actually, when I was writing the Ring I got about halfway through and hadn’t thought of a title yet. I happened to be thumbing through an English-Japanese dictionary when I decided it was about time to decide on something. And then the word 'ring' passed my eye. I had a strong feeling that it would fit. 'Ring' is usually used as a noun, isn’t it? But there's also a verb usage of ring, meaning 'to call someone,' or 'to call out,' such as an alarm clock or phone ringing. I liked this. And so from the beginning I didn’t exactly use the name Ring in the circular sense. But since I gave it that title, a lot of circular things have turned up in the story. The spiral, the DNA double helix, the loop, and so on. I guess it’s a good thing I chose that title."

Friday, April 22, 2005

The First Broken Flowers Stills!

(c) BacFilms

Yes the first stills of the new Jim Jarmusch film Broken Flowers have been released and it looks freakin' hot I must say!

It seems like The Man Without A Past vs Bill Groundhog Day Ghostbustin' ass Murray revisiting old girlfriends.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

There is no wrong note.
It has to do with how you resolve it.

I heard 'Nessun Dorma' in the kitchen at Coppola's with Raul Julia one night, and it changed my life, that particular Aria. I had never heard it. He asked me if I had ever heard it, and I said no, and he was like, as if I said I've never had spaghetti and meatballs - 'Oh My God, Oh My God!' - and he grabbed me and he brought me into the jukebox (there was a jukebox in the kitchen) and he put that on and he just kind of left me there. It was like giving a cigar to a five-year old. I turned blue, and I cried.
Tom Waits writes about his 20 most cherished albums of all time in The Guardian. It's really worth a visit. I'm not very familiar with most albums but his passionate words are lovely and encourage you to check that stuff.
1. In The Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra
2. Solo Monk by Thelonious Monk
3. Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart
4. Exile On Main St. by Rolling Stones
5. The Sinking of the Titanic by Gavin Bryars
6. The Basement Tapes by Bob Dylan
7. Lounge Lizards by Lounge Lizards
8. Rum Sodomy and the Lash by The Pogues
9. I'm Your Man by Leonard Cohen
10. The Specialty Sessions by Little Richard
11. Startime by James Brown
12. Bohemian-Moravian Bands by Texas-Czech
13. The Yellow Shark by Frank Zappa
14. Passion for Opera Aria
15. Rant in E Minor by Bill Hicks
16. Prison Songs: Murderous Home Alan Lomax Collection
17. Cubanos Postizos by Marc Ribot
18. Houndog by Houndog
19. Purple Onion by Les Claypool
20. The Delivery Man by Elvis Costello

Lets take our clothes off again before they freeze to us!

Well blimey, Bryan Singer is going to direct the remake of Logan's Run. And he's teaming up with Christopher McQuarrie again for the script. The project is slated for a 2007 theatrical release, after Singer's Superman project. Check here what stupidboy Silver has to say because imdb is totally behind on this.

I'm actually really curious about this remake, there's certainly a lot of room for improvement but miss 'Walkabout' Agutter will be hard to replace though.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Betwixt Lunacy And Genius

There seems to be an interesting documentary about the bipolar rockhero Daniel Johnston. The movie by Jeff Feuerzeig is called "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" and already won two awards at the 2005 Sundance festival. Check out the website for clips and interesting tidbits such as this one:
Daniel worked at McDonalds in Austin Texas. The legend is that Daniel would put his home made cassettes in the French Fry sacks of pretty girls and Austin hipsters who looked like musicians. These people would open their sack and get a surprise. He was the ultimate song plugger and word spread very fast around town about this amazing kid - his songs were instantly being covered by all the Austin musicians. He literally is Mcdonald's most famous employee.

difference from me is the measure of absurdity

The worthless and offensive members of society, whose existence is a social pest, invariably think themselves the most ill-used people alive, and never get over their astonishment at the ingratitude and selfishness of their contemporaries.
-- R.W. Emerson

The official selection of the 2005 Cannes Film Festival has been announced. A LOT of big directors & past winners presenting their new work: Jarmusch, Egoyan, Rodriguez, Van Sant, Cronenberg, Dardenne, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Haneke, Von Trier & Wenders.

It all looks very interesting. Glad to see Sin City included and looking very very forward to Broken Flowers (don't like the name though Jim).

Sunday, April 17, 2005

You Like Looking at Photos from the Past?

There are two kinds of genius. Characteristic of the first kind is a roll of thunder, whereas lightning is infrequent, and rarely strikes. The characteristic quality of the other kind is inner reflection, which represses the self or its thunder. But then the lightning is all the more intensive; with the speed and certainty of lightning the designated specific points are struck - fatally.

-- Søren Kierkegaard

There are two kinds of genius: one which above all breeds and desires to breed, and another which is happy to let itself be fertilized and give birth. In the same way there are among peoples of genius those to whom the female problem of pregnancy and the secret task of shaping, maturing, and perfecting have been assigned—the Greeks, for example, were a people of this kind, like the French—and there are others who have to fertilize and become the origin of new orders of life—like the Jews, the Romans, and—one could ask in all modesty—the Germans? People tormented and enchanted by unknown fevers and irresistibly driven outside themselves, in love with and lusting after foreign races (after those who let themselves “be fertilized”) and thus obsessed with mastery, like everything which has a knowledge of itself as full of procreative power and thus “by the grace of God.” These two types of genius seek each other out, like man and woman, but they also misunderstand each other, like man and woman.

-- F.W. Nietzsche

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Dead City Radio Lyrics

Billy Dolores posted a link to a short film named Ah Pook Is Here which features recordings by William S. Burroughs from his Dead City Radio album. You can watch the whole film over at zed. The tracks used are:
4. Ah Pook the Destroyer or Brion Gysin's All-Purpose Bedtime Story
9. No More Stalins, No More Hitlers
17. Ich Bin von kopf auf Liebe Eingestellt
Now interestingly I tried searching for transcriptions of the other tracks on Dead City Radio but I can hardly find any. Several webpages offer snippets but not one page has them all, which is a shame really because most texts are absolutely wonderful.

So I tried putting together the lyrics myself. Found some online, transcribed a few others. I'm only now missing one really big one, the fifth and longest track of the album "After Dinner Conversation" (12min). If anyone can help me out with that one, mail me.

You other cut up fans can download the texts here (txt doc, 20kb). I'm missing a few words here and there, so corrections are welcome too.

In the meanwhile I'll post the text of my favorite song: Love Your Enemies.

Love Your Enemies - William S. Burroughs

Love your enemies.

It isn't easy to love an enemy. This goes against your most basic survival instinct, but it can be done and turned to an advantage.

Let the love squirt out of you like a fire hose of molasses. Give him the kiss of life. Stick your tongue down his throat and taste what he has been eating and bless his digestion. Ooze down into his intestines and help him along with his food.

Let him know you revere his rectum as part of an ineffable hose. Make him understand that you stand and lick it off his genitals as part of the Master Plan.

Life in all it's rich variety, do not falter. Let your love enter into him and penetrate him with a divine lubricant. Makes KY and Lanolin feel like sandpaper. It's the most muscologinous, the slimiest, ooziest lubricant that ever was or shall be.


Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Buy Buy and Spend Your Money

Like seriously is this the Best DVD Box ever or what??
Angels with Dirty Faces
Little Caesar
The Petrified Forest
The Public Enemy
The Roaring Twenties
White Heat
Also check the site Warner specifically did for this release. And here's info on the xtras.

Friday, April 08, 2005

The Weird World of 70's Cinema

Sometimes you come accross websites that simply blow your mind with all sorts of movies you've hardly ever heard of.

Tom Fitzgerald's The Weird World of Seventies Cinema is such a place.

Do the terms mondo, future shock, grindhouse mean anything to you? No? Then by all means go and check that link. You can even buy most films on DVD.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Yaaa Rastafai

Viktor Sjöberg did a new interview over at Elefanten. This time with O.Lamm. Go and check it!

Monday, April 04, 2005

Dziga Of Oz

Music Vid Lovers:

Download the stuff Karim Ghahwagi did for Efterklang:

Prey and Predator is the most interesting clip. The editing is fascinating. At times it feels as if the music is specifically composed for the visuals (I assume it isn't, right?).

The style is Man with The Movie Camera & Martin Arnold reminiscent but much more in your face epileptic people. In any case, wonderful found footage use (the pigeons aren't from Ghost Dog, are they?)

Chapter 6 deconstructs The Wizard of Oz. The same names as above spring to mind. I love the beginning and ending.

The only ps here is that I gotta admit that I don't like the new Swarming video (and that dancing figure in prey & predator sucks as well) but still lovely work Karim Ghahwagi!

Damn, I Gotta Become A Famous Philosopher

Bit late on this but check out Slavoj Zizek's Wedding Pics.

Now all you 50-year olds know why you gotta hit the books.


Listen now,
and remember what I say.

Today, I saw the reindeer bull
for the third time in my life.

I saw him first when I was your age.

Then a second time,
in the prime of my years.

This morning I saw him once again.

Young friend, I grow old. The reindeer
and I will not meet again.

16.50 observation

The word multi-instrumentalist has penetrated my world. All of sudden I come across it everywhere.

What's wrong with you people, afraid of sticking to just one gun?

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Our Worn Shadow

Despite having the feeling of being landed on a kindergarten prom in the middle of nowhere, the music at Rhaaa Lovely was at times magnificent. A big shoutout to Hood (despite sound difficulties, great show), Stafrænn Hákon (who looked like a sweet Vincent D'Onofrio and produced super music but should be enjoyed at a much later hour with a good glass of wine in a more mythical place than a tent) and Red Sparowes (gloom & doom rock on, plus fantastic visuals!).

Major relevation though proved to be Chris Cole aka Manyfingers. I'm listening now to his latest album "Our Worn Shadow" which I purchased at the festival for 12€. This may turn out to be the best 12 bucks spent this year. The album is just absolutely amazing. Beautiful stuff that sometimes remind me of Four Tet's Rounds (but very different though!)

However I have no clue where you could pick up this cd. A google search only returned me this link. Plus it seems to be a handmade cd-r. Hopefully it will get a full release soon.

In the meanwhile fans can listen to a few snippets of his first self-titled album over at boomkat . It sounds equally great!

other relevant links (& interviews):

Which leads me to a few other recommendations. Moteer records also released an album called Songs by The Sea. Again check boomkat, those samples sound good.

And then there's more Bristol with Matt Elliott, who used to be The Third Eye Foundation. I really dug his performance at rhaaaa as well (with Manyfingers on cello). Only his shouting/singing was sometimes slightly more strange. The two boys seem to love their whisky though, good one on you fellas.

But I need to catch up with Elliott properly, his Drinking Songs looks great (artwork by Vania Zouravliov) and prolly sounds the same.

Plus check what he has to say in this interview:

5. When we spoke on the telephone you said that you were slightly nervous about how 'Little Lost Soul' would be received. You mentioned that you didn't feel the musical climate was particularly good for a record like this. What do you see as the main problems? What can we do to make things better?

I think the problem is that people just don't care about music anymore. They've heard it all, or just want something undemanding like trance; that is the main problem. I will expand on this one when I get more time.

9. What is the mood in Bristol just now? We don't feel we get to read about it just so much. Was it frustrating that FSA/Movietone/Third Eye was so under-documented compared to the media-frenzy over Massive Attack/Tricky and subsequent coffee-table trip-hop scene? How do you feel that whole wave of music stands up in retrospect? The famous stuff...

Bristol is boring at the moment; the students have taken over and you can't spit without hitting 2 musicians and 7 djs. I never thought I would compete with Massiveportistricky; they are the major players, and make music for mass consumption, but I have lots of respect because they changed pop music forever and have almost a punk ethic. Did you see the help Bosnian war child video thing a couple of years back? Everyone's video was them in the studio sort of thing, 'oooooh look at me'. Then Portishead's video comes on, and they took like a tourists video showing all nice beaches the weather, nice tourist attractions etc, then interlaced war footage. It was fucking brilliant; it summed up the war and how it effects a place and its people. To me that's definitely punk. Things are a bit slow here; I think the Bristol thing is over to be honest, but it will surface again. There will always be a grassroots Bristol attitude that people outside don't get to see or hear; it's the hiphoppunk attitude. The older stuff is the best, although Mezzanine is my favourite Massive LP. That new Tricky record is rubbish though, which is a shame cos I had a lot of respect for him. Never mind.

11. I like what you said about the Bristol musicians. There's such a fast turnover of music and ideas just now that everyone wants to be the first to declare something unhip. It's like a race to replace one cliche with another. Which 20th century music would we be wise to take with us into this century?

That is a tricky one; there is too much music that is amazing from before this century, let alone this one, but saying that we'll end up with happy hardcore, to be honest. I don't know what people want; I've spent a lot of time thinking about what people like to listen to and why, and just when I think I might have sussed it, out Eiffel 65 come on the telly and I just think, hey? I'm not sure what's happened, I think people have stopped looking for music the way they used to, maybe there is too much choice and people just go for Cafe Del Mar as their monthly record cause they saw it in The Guardian. I truly think that music lovers are a dying breed.

15. Are you a religious person Matt? I suppose I was thinking about some of your artwork although maybe I'd think of you as more Old Testament, if anything.

I was brought up religious; my mother veered from Catholicism to Russian Orthodoxy. I preferred the Russian Church cause it had nice music, and at 5 or 6 it makes quite an impression. Unfortunately a side effect is guilt although I'm dealing with that. I love the imagery of religions and the fact it has inspired great art and music. All religion interests me just because they are generally good stories. I know about most world religion, but I haven't got round to Sikhism yet. Fundamentally I hate all organised religion because of the hierarchy business. I think it's fine to base a religion on any book, but you have to make your own conclusions. I could go on forever about this. I am religious, but I'm not a Christian. Will explain further next time see you.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Make Your Own Poster!

Okay so first off credit to Billy from DailyDolores fame for hooking me up.

This Make Your Own Composite Sketch is just absolutely super dooper fun.

Now I'm finally able to poke fun at my friends (oh yes we found ya v :))

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