new discs for radio hidebound

got some new discs in the mail yesterday.  I know I'll officially be old when I don't jump up and down and giggle when I see a box of CDs waiting for me when I get home (they jump up and down too and lick my face silly . . . good boy).

Alex Chilton / Top 30
Bodeans / Black And White
Boomtown Rats / In The Long Grass
Boomtown Rats / Mondo Bongo
Boomtown Rats / V Deep
Flamin' Groovies / Shake Some Action
Jacobites / Jacobites
Jacobites / Robespierre's Velvet Basement
Jill Sobule / Jill Sobule
Jill Sobule / Pink Pearl
John Foxx / Golden Section...Plus
New Model Army / Carnival
New Model Army / Eight
Plimsouls / One Night In America (Rmst)
Robyn Hitchcock / Ole! Tarantula
Robyn Hitchcock / This Is The BBC
Sparks / Whomp That Sucker (Reis)
Stan Ridgway / Black Diamond
Stan Ridgway / Holiday In Dirt
Tommy Keene / Merry-Go-Round Broke Down
UB40 / Labour of Love
Various Artists / Untamed: Next Generation Celtic

Someone chided me a long time ago about not having any Big Star and/or Alex Chilton.  The Big Star additions to radio hidebound are happening bit by bit, and now I'll be able to add some Chilton as well.

More BoDeans.  My ex G turned me on to the BoDeans. Still love both.

Not sure about these Boomtown Rats discs.  They are remastered with bonus tracks, but the reviews I've read are less than inspiring. Doubt I'll replace the other Rats discs I have with remasters.

The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action is what we all need.  I'm so happy to have finally found this disc.  Woo-Hoo!!

Jacobites - I vaguely remember these guys from the college radio days. Glad to see their stuff made available. Should be a fine addition to the mess of radio hidebound.

Jill Sobule - I first heard Ms. Sobule on the Warren Zevon tribute CD and have liked the one disc of hers I have.  Hopefully these are as good.

John Foxx - It's probably heresy or something, but I actually prefer the post-Foxx Ultravox a little bit better . . . at least I did up until "Lament", but Foxx was an important staple from the college radio scene of the 1980's.

New Model Army - I love these guys.  Was shocked, shocked and stunned to see them on the schedule of a D.C. venue a few years ago.  So glad I went to their show, these guys rock!

Plimsouls - a live recording, that's about all that left of the legacy of the Plimsouls. There's suppose to be another live recording released sometime next year.

Robyn Hitchcock - I saw this really nice documentary on Hitchcock touring with the musicians on Ole Tarantula, one of whom is Peter Buck, some guitarist from Athens, GA.

Sparks - radio hidebound listener Deathlok asked me to add a song from this disc to the station's playlist. Always like to please "the fans".

Stan Ridgway - last week I realized I had not added Ridgway's contribution to the Kurt Weill "Lost in the Stars" record.  Chagrined I ordered a couple of his discs I didn't have.

Tommy Keene - Keene, from Bethesda, MD, was associated with the Piedmont NC crowd in the early 80's.  Not much of his stuff is available these days, but I'm very happy to have found this one.

UB40 - don't know why it's taken me this long to get some UB40 for the radio station.

Next Generation Celtic - hey, it's got a song from Peatbog Faeries on it.  That's enough for me!
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Netflix Find: 9625 Rickover Street

okay, not the real name of the film.  And it wasn't really a Netflix Find, I stumbled upon it on HBO or Showtime or something.  I also stumbled upon it about five minutes into the film, which turns out is a neat way to watch it for the first time.

The film is called Stay. Ewen McGregor (who is always delicious), Naomi Watts (who is always far more than merely delicious), Ryan Gosling (also delicious), Bob Hoskins, B.D. Wong and several other fine actors.

Stay has a topic I'm particulary drawn to, and reminds me so much of . . . . no, no, I won't spoil it for you.  Let's just say it reminds me of a film in my top five. Now, I'm not the brightest bulb in the box so sometimes I mistake pretentiousness for genius, but Stay could be a great film.  Citizen Kane ground breaking great. There are some transitions, lighting and camera angles in this thing that blow me away. Particularly some of the transitions. Some actually give me brief bouts of vertigo (which is in keeping with the story of the film, so they don't seem quite so affected as if they were to show up in a Kevin Smith . . . um . . . film).

btw, I did get An Evening with Kevin Smith from Netflix a couple of days ago.  Amazing.  Totally amazing. Loved that shit.

There are also some "telling the story backwards" bits that are quite intriguing in Stay. It's fairly usual for films that deal with the topic Stay does to get poo-poo'd.  While I don't necessarily agree with the idea of Stay, I do find it fascinating, and who knows, maybe they got it right. It's at least a satisfying film.
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radio hidebound as magic eight ball

Here's a cute meme I found last night, a series of questions to be answered by putting one's iPod (or whatever) on shuffle.  Naturally, my shuffle of choice is radio hidebound, so here we go.

How does the world see me?
Song: Femme Fatale
Artist: The Velvet Underground & Nico
Comment: I knew I was a lesbian trapped in a man's body

Will I have a happy life?
Song: Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part Two
Artist: King Crimson
Comment: I'm the king of the world!

What do my friends really think of me?
Song: Count to Ten and Run for Cover
Artist: The Teardrop Explodes
Comment: That's just cruel

Do people secretly lust after me?
Song: The Charlatan's Lament
Artist: The Waterboys
Comment: Dang, I don't even lust after me

How can I make myself happy?
Song: The Ballad of Lucy Jordan
Artist: Marianne Faithfull
Comment: I must ride through Paris in a sports car with the warm wind in my hair

What should I do with my life?
Song: Four Flights Up
Artist: Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
Comment: I should move and have Grace Kelly in that car in Paris

Why must life be so full of pain?
Song: Sweet Virginia
Artist: The Rembrandts
Comment: There's a joke in here about Catholic priests, I just know it

Will I ever have children?
Song: 10,000 Angels
Artist: Godley and Creme
Comment: No, but I will father a religion and have people make jokes about my priests

Will I die happy?
Song: Girl in the Moon
Artist: Icehouse
Comment: So that's what heaven is, and where the angels will come from

What is some good advice for me?
Song: Nausea
Artist: X
Comment: Y'all know "sick" is the new "cool", right?

What is happiness?
Song: Is That You Mo-Dean?
Artist: The B-52's
Comment: Becoming an interdimensional, extraterrestial Jonah.  That figures.

What is my favourite fetish?
Song: The Card Cheat
Artist: The Clash
Comment: Just win baby!

How will I be remembered?
Song: Welcome to the spot on your dial for the relentless and impenetrable sound of . . .
Artist: me
Comment: no joke, my "homage to Laurie Anderson" station ID came up at this point.

Well, that was fun.  Hope you enjoyed it half as much as I did.
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new discs for radio hidebound

One of my recent orders of CDs came in today.  It's been awhile since I've ordered anything, so it was particularly fun to get this shipment.  It would have been even better if  both orders came today (they were ordered on the same day), but then again that means there is something still to look forward to (and something to blog about next week).

Today's mail brought:

The The - 45 RPM (The Singles)
The Undertones - The Undertones
The Undertones - Positive Touch
The Slickee Boys - Fashionably Late & Live at Last
Red Rockers - Good As Gold

While I tend not to buy singles collection, although I've softened my stand on that since there are really quite a few good multiple disc compilations out there, a new radio hidebound listener specifically asked for the 12" remix of "Uncertain Smile", and how could I not go this extra difference for someone who went to the trouble to ask for something that fits in with the idea of what radio hidebound is about.

The Undertones I don't really remember from the spinning days in college at WXYC.  The dates of their records make me think I should remember them, so I'm hoping this isn't a bad sign.

The "Uncertain Smile" request was one of two from this new listener, the other was a DC band I had never heard of, but this did get me thinking about DC bands I did play in college and I could remember two of them, 4 out of 5 Doctors and The Slickee Boys.  Couldn't find any 4 out of 5 Doctors, but I was able to find a double Slickee Boys CD with one live recording disc and a re-issue of their third record.

Finally in this set of discs is one more of the vaunted 1983 discs I had yet to find.  Pretty sure I played at least one tune from the Red Rockers "Good As Gold" on my marathon six hour best of 1983 Featured Artsit Program oh these many years ago.

Look for some tunes from these records being added to radio hidebound, possibly as early as tonight.

Also saw the good news today that all four Translator records are going to be released on shiny plastic in February.  Looking forward to that.

Next week:  The new record from The Shins.  Hoo-boy
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Netflix Find: Beowulf & Grendel

Not the horrible, horrible, horrible version with Christopher Lambert called simply Beowulf - my goodness, what an awful pile of poopy that thing is.

No, the Sturla Gunnarsson directed film with a lovely performance from Gerard Butler as Beowulf and pretty Sarah Polley somewhat miscast, but still enjoyable.  Also features Stellan Skarsgaard.

The film was shot entirely on location in Iceland and it's an impressive, sometimes breathtaking, series of landscapes including shots of glaciers.  While the setting of the poem is in Denmark, shooting in Iceland gives the film a sense of history, as if this might have been what Denmark looked like in 500 AD.

There is ABSOLUTELY NO CG work in this film, which is both refreshing and also adds to the feeling of oldness.

But the kicker is that this film doesn't try to be a retelling of the poem, but tries to show what might have been the reality (mostly) which the poem hyperbolized.  Grendel is not really a monster, but, with reason, performs a few monstrous acts,  is doomed for it and ends up being a most sympathetic character. On one level, this could be the telling of the ethnic cleansing of homo neanderthalensis by homo sapiens (not that that actually happened, or did it . . . ?)

There are a few radical liberties taken with the story, but they are consistent within the film as a whole.  I really enjoyed this version of the epic Anglo-Saxon poem.  I wouldn't think knowing the poem is required to enjoy the film, but it does allow watching it in a most interesting way.

Thoroughly enjoyable.
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    jon astley on radio hidebound

Best gigs

deathlok posted his top five concerts (plus honorable mentions) a couple of days ago.  My expanded retort:

First off, I can't do five.  Maybe because I'm just not good at picking these kinds of things, but there is relatively small handful of shows that I think of as the best I've been too.

11.  Adrian Belew with the Bears as his "backing band", probably around 1990.  While it was an Adrian show, there were several Bears songs played including "Superboy" and "Honey Bee".  While I marvel at Adrian's ability to get unbelievable sounds out of his stratocaster (those days) or his parker (these days), it's always been his mayhem within the structure of Pop that gets me wet.

10. Pat DiNizio solo at this little itty bitty club in Arlington called Iota.  For a more detailed account of this show, hit the Starbelly "press page" and scroll down to the radio hidebound bit.

9. Marty Willson-Piper solo at this itty bitty pub just outside of Sydney.  Okay, if this show hadn't been in Sydney, it wouldn't make the list, but it was so it does.

8. X-Static, a really, really good XTC cover band playing at a cool club in Swindon, England.  Even had this show been in another place it would still make the list. These guys were great and two hours of live XTC songs was incredible.  Did I mention the show was in their hometown?

7. Jorma Kaukonen at the Birchmere in Alexandria in 2003.  Jorma played with Barry Mitterhoff on mandolin and those two played so well with each other and were so obviously enjoying themselves it was a great, great show.  I saw them a week later in Asheville, NC, but Jorma had caught a cold or something and it just wasn't the same kind of show.  Poor things.

6. T-Bone Burnett last year at the 9:30 club.  How long had it been since I'd seen T-Bone?  22 years ago or something in Chapel Hill?  I don't know who was happier he was on stage, him or me.

5. Warren Zevon's final DC appearance at the State Theatre.  At least I got to see Warren perform live once.  An overlooked aspect of Zevon is his history as a child prodigy on piano.  It showed this night, even if was an electric piano.  I can only imagine what a grand piano forte would have sounded like.  And, oh yeah, George and I laughing the beer right out of our nose during "My Shit's Fucked Up".

4. Midnight Oil at the 9:30 club, 2001 maybe?  Third time I had seen the Oils and about year before the band called it quits.  They were so ON this night.

3. any one of multiple Don Dixon/Marti Jones, featuring Jamie Hoover on guitar, shows.  There have been so many . . .  I love Dixon and I adore watching him adore watching Marti play.  It's so damn cute

2. WOMAD - World of Music and Dance 1993 or so. Among the many acts that day: the Levellers, Geoffrey Oryema, Arrested Development, Midnight Oil, Live, and, of course, Peter Gabriel.  A day-long festival at Merriweather Post.  A couple of stages, some great food, I was in love and the music was non-stop.  The Live-Midnight Oil-Peter Gabriel trifecta was . . . well, words fall short and all that.

1. Julian Cope, also sometime around 1990 I think, a couple of weeks before or after the Belew/Bears show at the old 9:30 club. Boy, that was a good month.  With all of Julian's hysterics I still can't believe I caught one his shows.  While it's common to hear the Jim Morrison comparison made to former bandmate Ian McCulloch, Julian seemed to somehow unconciously channel Morrison this night.  nothing obvious, no Doors covers, just an electricity that told one this dude ain't quite roight, and I absolutely loved it.
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Portraits hung in empty halls

Starry starry night
Paint your palette blue and grey
Look out on a summer's day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul

Relatively new blogosphere mate General Catz writes today about Don McLean's American Pie.  The song for me from this record is Starry Starry Night.  Even without knowing anything about what this song is about I fell in love with it.  A few years later I had to read Lust For Life the summer before my junior year in high school.  Of course I had known of Van Gogh before I read the book, but probably nothing more than that he was a painter and the ear thing.  At some point while reading the book I connected the dots and realized who McLean's song was about.

I'm not a huge fan of paintings.  I just don't really get them, but how could one not identify with the life of Van Gogh?

If only everything I had to study in school had a great song to serve as an introduction.

Now I think I know what you tried to say to me,
How you suffered for your sanity,
How you tried to set them free.
They would not listen, they're not listening still.
Perhaps they never will...
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Meme Tag: Six Weird Things

radio hidebound listener and blogosphere compatriot deathlok tagged me, and some others, a few days ago with this Six Weird Things About Me meme.  So here goes (with a little help from my friends)

1. It's gotta be the socks! 

My feet are claustrophobic.  Well, the rest of me is too, but my feet are REALLY claustrophobic.  I hardly ever (pretty much never) wear socks and almost always wear either sandals or clogs.  The only times I wear socks are a) when there are several inches of snow on the ground and I'm wearing my snow shoes or I'm playing volleyball in a gym, and even then I wear those little girlie socks that are barely higher than my kicks are. Unless I don't wear socks playing volleyball . . . it's been awhile.

Now, I wasn't always claustrophobic.  When I was a kid growing up on the banks of the Tennessee River, I was quite the amateur spelunker.  And when I was 19, while rafting the Chattooga River, I swam through an underwater tunnel.  Granted it was only about 20 meters long, but it was also only about a meter wide and had a 90 degree turn in it so that as one entered, light from the sun was cut off and one was in total darkness, while still feeling the rock on all sides, until one made the turn, which was cut in the rock so that one had to turn on one's side in order to make the turn.  Freaky man.  OTOH, if I wasn't at least a bit claustrophobic back then I guess this memory wouldn't have stayed with me the way it has.

2. I spent several years as a non-animal flesh vegetarian.  I ate eggs and cheese, but no animal flesh - including fish and poultry.  Now I consume vast quantities of highly undercooked animal flesh, including obscenely undercooked poached eggs, center cut filets which are disgustingly bloody (actually, they are cold in the center) and of course shashimi.  Not too crazy about sushi though, not a big fan of white rice. The more exotic the meat the better.  I love venison, buffalo, rattlesnake and kangaroo.  Not too crazy about tripe.

3. I live with a feral cat.  She was a rescue as a kitten and is the strangest little cat I've ever been around.  She's not quite as feral as she once was, but she'll still only let me touch her in the bathroom, and only while she is on the bathmat, or on the rare occasion she decides to perch next to my face when I'm in bed.

4. I'm an incredible beer snob.  I'm a snob in general, but an incredible beer snob, so much so that I'm actually an ale snob.  A few years ago I found my "holy grail" of ales.  Two of them actually, both from the brewery of Anderson Valley, their IPA (for the morning) and their ESB (for the afternoon and evening).  Since my great AVBC finds, my palette has shifted and what once were perfectly acceptable ales (such as a Sierra Nevada Pale) are now quite disappointing.

5. I'm a capitalistic counter-culture refugee, as one friend says, "indie band counter culture anti-establishment dude . . . owns 2 cars and his own house?????!(how did THAT happen?)"

6. I hear things "too well".  Not unlike an untrained telepath who can't keep all the thoughts from invading his personal space, when there is a lot of background noise I find it difficult to focus on any one sound. At parties I hear every single conversation going on, and of course I actually hear none of them, even the one six inches away from my face.  Especially if there is a strong accent, like someone from Minnesota, involved . . . fuggedaboudit!!  As a result, I can rarely look at someone in the eyes when they are talking as I have to carefully watch their lips to make out what they are saying.  The better I know someone the easier it is for me to hear what they are saying as I can usually anticipate what they are going to say, or at least I'm familiar with their particular rhythm of speech.
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Netflix Finds - La Belle et La Bête

I've been thinking about blogging from time to time about noteworthy films/movies I get from NetFlix. These are likely to be a bit off the beaten track, as why would I need to say anything about something you've already likely seen, although it's likely you might have seen this one, La Belle et La Bête.

I've long loved the myth of The Beauty and the Beast.  I suppose every insecure, romantic teenager-type feels drawn to this tale.  But I had never seen Jean Cocteau's film before this weekend past.  Goodness, what a lovely, lovely film.

Yes, yes, it's in French so one will likely need the subtitles, but it's all worthwhile.  I'm guessing knowledge and appreciation of Vermeer and Gustave Dore will add to the experience, but if one is, like me, mostly (Vermeer) or entirely (Dore) ignorant of these men, it is still a beautiful flim.  And, in my case, I have been introduced to the work of Dore, so that's rather a bonus.

Yes, yes, it's a black and white film, but there is, IMO, something truly beautiful about a beautifully filmed black and white film.  This one is definitely a beautiful work of art and I cannot imagine it cluttered by colour.  There are plenty of scenes which one will be immediately familiar with, as one will likely have seen copycat versions of them in later films. Several times I found myself thinking, "Ah, so THAT'S where that idea came from." 

If you haven't seen La Belle et La Bête, I highly recommend it, and if you have seen it, I'm guessing this little reminder just might make you want to see it again.
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