Roxy Music own the stage at the Musikladen studios, as they showcase 3 songs from For Your Pleasure, and one from their self-titled first album.
There is a book to be written on how Roxy Music are a key component to so many teenage evolutions (my own included), and the touchstone for so many bands, from Chic to Siouxsie and the Banshees. There’s also a major tome to be written on Bryan Ferry, that suave, sophisticated, cool-as-fuck genius who progressed through so many musical styles yet always maintained essentially true to his own vision.
Add to that the fact Roxy’s music is a fresh and as vital today, as it was forty years ago.
01. “Do the Strand”
02. “Editions of You”
03. “In Every Dream Home A Heartache”
Sun Myung Moon, who crowned himself “humanity’s savior,” has died at the age of 92. The cause of death was complications related to pneumonia.
Can the Unification Church survive without the all-powerful Moon at the helm? Moon seems irreplaceable. I mean who else can claim, as he did at a congressional reception in 2004, to have connections to Hitler and Marx in the spirit world:
Many other leaders in the spirit world, including even Communist leaders such as Marx and Lenin, who committed all manner of barbarity and murders on earth, and dictators such as Hitler and Stalin, have found strength in my teachings, mended their ways and been reborn as new persons,” Moon told the crowd. “Emperors, kings and presidents who enjoyed opulence and power on earth, and even journalists who had worldwide fame, have now placed themselves at the forefront of the column of the true love revolution…. They have declared to all Heaven and Earth that Reverend Sun Myung Moon is none other than humanity’s Savior, Messiah, Returning Lord and True Parent.”
Here’s a fascinating documentary on Moon and his disciples. It originally aired on Channel 4 in Britain earlier this year. Moon believed that producing a race of sinless children was part of restoring a Christ-like consciousness to planet Earth. Arranged marriages among his followers was a path toward the realization of his vision.
This revealing film takes us inside the world of the Unification Church, the religious movement nick-named the Moonies and branded a brain-washing cult.
We follow three British youngsters as they travel to Korea to be blessed by their Messiah Reverend Moon at one of the world’s biggest and most controversial mass weddings.
If you want to read a lengthy fawning obituary check out The Washington Times, the conservative newspaper that Moon founded.
I highly recommend you watch Mitch Schultz’s DMT: The Spirit Molecule. It’s thoroughly engrossing, well-rounded, deeply insightful and goes directly to the folks who know the subject well for perspectives that are informed by experience, both scientific and metaphysic.
Drawing information and inspiration from Rick Strassman’s research on DMT and psychedelics and utilizing lysergic imagery created by Scott Draves, The Spirit Molecule takes us close to the edge and let’s us peer into an almost unfathomable mystery…one that ultimately must be experienced to be appreciated. Consider this film a springboard toward the infinite.
With Joe Rogan, Alex Grey, Rick Strassman, Terence McKenna and Ralph Metzner.
The Looters. Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Ray Winstone, and Paul Simonon. Photo: Caroline Coon.
Here’s a little something from the DM archives:
These are fictional music groups or solo acts that were created for film or TV. Some are quite excellent.
1. The Mosquitoes - “Gilligan’s Island”
2. Android - “Buck Rogers In The 25th Century”
3. The Looters -“Ladies And Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains”
4. The Flowerbuds - “Carry On Camping”
5. Drimble Wedge And The Vegetations - “Bedazzled”
6. Steven Shorter - “Privilege”
7. The Bugaloos - “The Electric Company
8. Tom Monroe - “SCTV
9. The Queen Haters” - SCTV
Their 2012 reunion tour is getting praised up the yinyang and their stature has deservedly grown to legend status since they broke-up back in 2001, so it seems like as good a time as any to visit At The Drive-In during the year in which they were peaking, crashing and burning, all at the same time.
Here’s a live performance in Germany from 2001. The venue is small (Zwischenfall club, R.I.P.). The camerawork and sound is excellent. At The Drive-In…in your face.
Here’s a very cool documentary about mods that aired on French TV show Seize Millions Des Jeunes in March of 1965. Includes live performances by the Who as well as interviews with the band and their managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp.
You may have seen segments of this documentary on Youtube over the years, but this one is complete and has subtitles. If you want to own it, buy the Blu-ray version of the newly and beautifully restored Quadrophenia. While I’m not a big fan of the movie, Criterion deserves accolades for doing a brilliant job (along with the Who) of polishing the sound mix (in its original stereo and a fresh 5.1 version) and cleaning up the original film elements and transferring them to digital. The results are stunning.
They look like characters from a Graham Greene novel, these mug shots of petty criminals from Newcastle, England. Each face suggests its own tale of hardship, poverty, seedy boarding houses, cobble-stone streets, smoky pubs, and fierce, grubby violence. One died in action, another in the Blitz. They dazed with need, or as William Burroughs once said:
‘The face of evil is always the face of total need.’
These mug shots came from a Newcastle Police ID Book, which had been discarded in a junk shop, where it was discovered and then donated to the Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums.
More mug shots of lawless Geordies, after the jump…
Pathé Color, a process developed in 1905 that employs stencils to colorize black and white film, adds an almost lysergic intensity in this short movie exploring the lives of a family in South America, the nomadic Taureg and a village in Mali.
One summer when I was 17 years old I lived inside of a military surplus parachute that I erected like a tipi inside of an abandoned square dance hall in Los Gatos, California. I lived off of brown rice, rolled oats and a bag of 500 white cross Benzedrine tablets, which I consumed almost as voraciously as the books I read. This was the summer that I read Brautigan, Burroughs, Lao Tzu and perhaps most significantly Eldridge Cleaver’s Soul On Ice, a pivotal book for many teenagers of my generation. Cleaver and I came from radically different worlds but we shared something in common: a profound distrust of our government and a deep-seated hatred of racism. While Cleaver was a direct victim of racism and I was merely consumed with guilt and the shame of privilege , there was still a bond, no matter how tenuous, between my sense of cultural self-loathing and Cleaver’s outright hatred for his white oppressors, of which I was only a member genetically.
Soul On Ice got me off my hippie ass and down the mountain to the Bay Area where I went to the Oakland Branch of The Black Panther Party headquarters and volunteered to do whatever I could for the movement. A couple of Panthers with sardonic smiles on their faces handed me a bundle of “The Black Panther” newspaper and sent me out the door. I’d paid the cover price for the papers, 25 cents each, and when I was done selling them I took the revenue from the newspaper sales and donated them to the Panthers’ school breakfast program. It was a good cause and helped to mollify some of my white guilt.
It’s Eldridge Cleaver’s birthday today and I hold him still in high esteem for writing a book that shook up my world at a time when my world needed some shaking. He was no saint by a long shot and renounced his radical roots when he became a born-again Christian, but there is no denying the power and eloquence of his early writings. I found them extraordinarily moving and inspiring. In honor of Cleaver, I am sharing this excellent documentary on the Black Power Movement, All Power To The People! .
Part two of All Power To The People after the jump…