In this installment, six people unwittingly find themselves locked in another series of escape rooms, slowly un Meet Brian Emond, a millennial clickbait reporter longing to work on serious news stories. Unfortunately for him and his producer Zach, their network has zero faith in them and sends them into the Appalachian Mountains in search of Bigfoot. Along for the ride is their guide, Jefferey, the only cryptozoologist to have encountered the legendary sasquatch in recent times.
The three set-out into the wilderness with one goal: find Bigfoot. What could possibly go wrong? The masters for that CD were re-mixed from the original multi-track session tapes by long-time Carpenter associate Alan Howarth.
This is the first time on coloured vinyl for this LP, all previous pressings having been on black vinyl and will be released January 21st, thanks to Silva Screen Records.
With numerous interpretations of Gaston Leroux's classic novel The Phantom of the Opera having been turned out over the years, it was only a matter of time before the slasher genre decided to take a stab at the tale - step forward 's Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge! High school sweethearts Eric Matthews and Melody Austin are so in love, but their youthful romance is cut tragically short when Eric apparently dies in a fire that engulfs his family home. One year later and Melody is trying to move on with her life, taking up a job at the newly built Midwood Mall along with her friends.
But the mall, which stands on the very site of Eric's former These are, presumably, relatively rich people. Not to mention that "if you got soul we hang out with people just like you" is just a clumsy, awkward-as-hell lyric. If you want to know where I've been just look at my hands To see the guitar-playing blisters? That down-to-earth blue collar types are good people even if they did stupid things? Rock lyrics are, as a rule, Pie In The Sky - Oscar Brand - Pie In The Sky (CD, but still.
The song is clearly about the band themselves; this is no character, so who exactly "gave their life? To serve this great country so what are they complaining about Who served the country, and who is "complaining? The August 13 edition of that most pleasurable blog, Reflections in d Minorruminates a bit on the ability, or lack thereof, of music to make people cry.
The very enjoyable entry got me to thinking about my own experiences. Music can, on rare occasion, bring me to literal, actual tears, but, for me, at least, it's not necessarily sad music, but simply music that I find powerful in some way. The example that sticks with me most is the finale to Stephen Sondheim's Pacific Overturesas performed by the English National Opera on their recording of the score.
That cast recording was my first exposure to the show, and I distinctly remember listening to it in the car one day and becoming overwhelmed by the dramatic finale. That last song, "Next," just pushes some emotional buttons for me; and not because it's a "sad" song - it's not. It is a song that climaxes in the kind of explosive, drum-laden, exuberant and loud rattle and hum that Sondheim almost never indulges in. Even better is that, as it climaxes, at the height of its frenzy, the music is cut off suddenly to be replaced by a quiet Japanese instrument softly plucking away.
The Reciter a narrator character states some lines, quietly, and then the frenxy comes crashing back in again all of a sudden, with no warning, back at its thrashing height. It's powerful stuff, and it's the kind of music that can get me in the gut. The show, score, recording - all of it - comes highly recommended, for whatever that's worth.
Monday, August 11, The Rent story is replaying - that is, the young, photogenic composer of a small, very off-Broadway-scaled musical has died just before its premiere, leading to all sorts of interest, interest that, to be charitable, was probably not existent while the unfortunate composer was alive.
Let me first say that I know nothing of Ms. Wing or her music. But isn't it, technically at least, unfair, if not, in the end, understandable I know I'm much more interested in her musical than I was a day agothat she, out of God-knows how many aspiring composers and lyricists trying to break into the increasingly atrophied musical theater game should now succeed, simple because her tragic death has created a "story?
Her musical, and name, will undoubtedly be much more remembered now than the odds say it would have been previously. But, of course, death is easily too high a price to pay for such "luck. The USA Basketball Team started practice just the other day, in preparation for the opening game of the qualifying tournement, against Puerto Rico.
Team USA needs to finish the tourny in the top three to make next summer's Olympics, and after last year's dismal results a team of lesser NBA stars did pretty badly in last year's World Cup-esque competitionthe stars came out. My starting five? Kidd at the point, of course, with McGrady at the other guard. Tim Duncan in the middle. Those are the gimmees. Who do you put at the forwards? Carter and O'Neal? Malone and Carter? Brand and O'Neal?
Or do you go small and avail yourself of Iverson? I'd go with Malone, for the experience and the better understanding of the kind of team ball global play is about, and Carter for versatility.
Still leaves one hell of a bench. Go USA! Friday, August 08, Arts Journal links today to a wonderful article on the Newsweek site on the current state of newspaper comic strips. The article is notable simply because comic strips don't get much play in media commentary these days, if they ever did. It's worth Pie In The Sky - Oscar Brand - Pie In The Sky (CD out, even if its big premise, that the current decade the 00's hasn't found it's breakout Doonesbury or Bloom County -level hit yet, seems a tad premature.
I did particularly enjoy, however, the piece's fine appreciation of my current fave, Get Fuzzy. What it doesn't mention, and what I will, is that perhaps Album) 's greatest atribute is the art. The strip isn't based on the quick set up and delivery of jokes, the way most strips are, and has a very different rhythm than your typical strip, especially your typical talking-animals strip.
What makes it funny, for me anyway, is the art - there's an indefinable something about the way Darby Conley, who writes and draws it, has designed his characters, in particular the acerbic Bucky the cat, that's funny all on its own.
It's that rare strip that would elicit a chuckle without any dialogue, and is probably my current favorite. Thursday, August 07, Because it's something I do often, and something my father always and still does insisted I shouldn't, I post the following stat on beginning a sentence with "and," taken from an article in the New York Times today. The new one is the most significant revision since the 12th edition in It is the first edition, for instance, to address electronic publishing seriously.
It also has the manual's first chapter on grammar and usage, written by Bryan A. Garner, with instructions on whether it is all right to use "and" and "but" at the beginning of a sentence. Garner said. But the great Album) H. Fowler, author of Modern English Usage, called it "a monstrous doctrine," he said.
Take that, Dad. All Dylan fans, a club to which I am only a very recent convert, must check out Greg Sandow's most excellent article on Dylan, here. Sandow is the classical music critic for The Wall Street Journaland also has just started writing a superb blog on that very same subject for ArtsJournal.
The Dylan piece is great precisely because of Sandow's background as a classical critic; indeed, the piece is primarily about the odd dissonances Dylan, particularly early Dylan, employed, and why they work. It may sound dauntlessly technical, but my knowledge of theory is tenuous at best, and I loved it. If you need another reason to check it out, the following sentence should do it: To represent Dylan's harmony in any kind of formal musical analysis, I'd have to write out the chords and then crumple the paper, spill coffee on it, carry it around in my pocket for a couple of weeks, wipe my mouth on it, and sleep with it.
Wednesday, August 06, She also was the force behind Chippy, Diaries of a West Texas Hooker, a musical based on the actual diary Jo Harvey found at some Texas pawn shop or garage sale.
Terry showed me the actual diary once. This includes admission to the performance. Please call for more information. Here's a classic Terry Allen song. Weight by Chief Fuzzer. Night of Broken Glass by Jay Reatard. The North Seas by Thee Verduns. Malandrino by Gogol Bordello. Boogie Woogie Lou by Zeb Turner. River in the Rain by Roger Miller. Rainy Days by Ashleigh Flynn. Gauzy Dress in the Sun by Richard Buckner. Precious Time by Broomdust Caravan. Yes indeed. The Dirtbombs are a serious band, right?
In my book they are. But bubblegum? Those of you who weren't around when bubblegum ruled the AM airwaves might not know what the term means. It was simple, melodic, and light as feather — neither the lyrics or the music had much substance. Bubblegum was a manufactured music, created by record producers that often hired session musicians to play and sing the songs.
They were, in fact, cartoon characters. And the Banana Splits were human, but they were humans dressed like cartoon animals. In fact, I hated the stuff. But Album) by little, I began to see at least a little value in the genre.
It would have fit seamlessly in early Dirtbombs albums. My main beef is that this is the second genre exercise in a row for the Dirtbombs — the previous album, Party Store, being a tribute to Detroit techno bands. I just hope the next album by this band I love so much is less gooey and has more ka-blooey.
Also recommended:. Monday, September 09, R. Cal Worthington. Cal Worthington, the man responsible for the best used-car commercials in the history of television is dead at the age of There is Power in the Union by Solidarity Singers.
Michael Combs live set. Pretty Saro by Iris Dement. Tattle O'Day. Over There's Frank by James Hand. My old pal and former Santa Fe musician John Egenes, who has been living in New Zealand for the past several years rumors that he earns his living as a hobbit trapper are utterly false and hurtfulis bringing a New Zealand singer to town tonight.
Donna Dean is playing at p. I've heard her and she's good. Santa Fe's own Jono Manson is opening.
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