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Nick Cave’s Bunny Munro, The Cat Piano
09.10.2009
12:56 am
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A trove of enticing Nick Cave news spotted over on Pitchfork:

The Death of Bunny Munro, the new novel from Nick Cave, is the story of a sex-addicted salesman, and it reads something like Charles Bukowski with a raging boner and an obsession with MTV Hits.  But since we’re living in the multi-media age, the book itself is only part of the story.  So: The Death of Bunny Munro isn’t just a book.  It’s also an audio recording!  And an iPhone app!  And a tour!

The iPhone app for the book, available now, features not only the book itself in text form but also the audiobook (read by Cave and featuring music by Cave and Bad Seed Warren Ellis) and video clips of Cave reading from the book (see above).

In the coming months, Cave will also take the book on the road.  On September 14, next Monday, Cave will come to New York, appearing at Barnes & Noble’s Union Square location alongside journalist Katherine Lanpher.  And Cave will spend the fall touring Canada, the UK, and Europe, appearing alongside fellow Bad Seeds Warren Ellis and Martyn Casey.  The shows will mix readings with live music, and Cave will take questions from the audience.  And finally, in non-Bunny Munro news, Cave has also narrated “The Cat’s Piano,” a new short film from the People’s Republic of Animation.

You can watch the animated short below, but I can’t wait for some of that live stuff to trickle L.A.‘s way!

 
Official site for Nick Cave’s The Death of Bunny Munro

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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09.10.2009
12:56 am
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The Great Flip Wilson, Lena Horne’s Rocky Raccoon
09.09.2009
01:24 pm
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My childhood television-watching memories were pretty much informed by three people: Maxwell Smart, Julia Child and the late, great Flip Wilson.  Comedian Clerow “Flip” Wilson was a Laugh-In regular and a frequent guest on Johnny Carson, but I remember him best, and most vividly, from his variety show that ran on NBC in the early 70s.

Whether he was dressed in drag as Geraldine (watch him flirt here with Muhammad Ali), or posing as the con-artist minister, “Reverend Leroy” (before he goes off to “fight sin” in Vegas, watch here as he puts in charge of his flock Redd Foxx‘s “Pussyfoot Johnson”), Flip and his show were definitely groundbreaking, and not just to my childhood mind—although I was probably the only kid in my neighborhood who went around shouting, The Devil Made Me Do It!

Anyway, The Flip Wilson Show was a regular stop for mainstream acts like Aretha Franklin and The Jackson 5, but, for his five years on primetime network TV, Flip was also a tireless champion of ripening greats like Lily Tomlin, Richard Pryor and Albert Brooks.   And while I don’t remember their appearances, some of them, fortunately, are now showing up on YouTube.  As “reissue fever” sweeps the land—or just Pitchfork—witness below the great Lena Horne doing her rendition of “Rocky Raccoon.”  Amazing!

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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09.09.2009
01:24 pm
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Canonizing Sinead O’Connor
09.06.2009
12:47 pm
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Now here’s a woman.

You know this woman is important because she is a member of Fail Valhalla?

Posted by Jason Louv
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09.06.2009
12:47 pm
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Dramatic, Moving Photos from the Los Angeles Fire
09.06.2009
11:27 am
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Nothing to add to this. See the entire photo essay at the Los Angeles Times.

Posted by Richard Metzger
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09.06.2009
11:27 am
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Dear Friends: The Firesign Theatre Appearing Live in Los Angeles
09.05.2009
05:18 pm
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A reminder that the legendary Firesign Theatre will be reuniting for a series of four shows in Los Angeles, October 14-17th, at the intimate Barnsdall Gallery Theater at 4800 Hollywood Blvd. Called ?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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09.05.2009
05:18 pm
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Werner Herzog’s La Boheme
09.02.2009
12:41 pm
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Taking bullets, battling Kinski, is there NOTHING Werner can’t do?!  As spotted in the LA TimesCulture Monster:

Leave it to stubbornly iconoclastic filmmaker Werner Herzog to breathe new life into the well-worn score of Puccini’s “La Boh?ɬ

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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09.02.2009
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Unraveling The Strange Death Of Brian Jones
09.02.2009
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Yesterday’s paper, in this case the Daily Mail, suggests, finally, some fresh interest in solving the case that is the strange and tragic death of Brian Jones:

Police are reviewing the death of Rolling Stone Brian Jones ?

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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09.02.2009
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Cracking Open The Sheltering Sky
08.31.2009
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Today’s NYT alerts us to the 60th (!) anniversary of Paul Bowles’ novel The Sheltering Sky.  A race to the limits of experience—and existence—set against North Africa’s unforgiving desert, Sky gave Bowles the means to live with the absolute freedom of his two most famous characters, Port and Kit Moresby.  That freedom would ultimately consume the Moresbys, but Bowles, along with his wife, Jane, lived out their years in Tangier, experimenting with hashish and bisexuality, and nurturing friendships with everyone from Gore Vidal to William Burroughs and Brion Gysin.

It was with Gysin that Bowles met The Master Musicians of Jajouka, a discovery that would later yield Brian Jones Presents: The Pipes of Pan at Jajouka.  Dubbed, dryly, by Burroughs as a “4000-year-old rock band,” The Masters can be seen below playing at the 40th anniversary of Brian Jones’ death.

 
In the NYT: Trusting in the Sheltering Sky, Even When It Scorched

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.31.2009
04:13 pm
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Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: 30 Years of Being Cut Up
08.25.2009
04:46 pm
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INVISIBLE-EXPORTS is pleased to announce 30 YEARS OF BEING CUT UP, a retrospective spanning three decades of collage work by Genesis BREYER P-ORRIDGE…

“30 Years of Being Cut Up” is a three decade retrospective of photomontage and Expanded Polaroids, which includes many works never exhibited before, as well as a sampling of P-Orridge?

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.25.2009
04:46 pm
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Roxanne’s Revenge!
08.25.2009
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Awesome story in today’s NY Daily News about pioneering female rapper, Roxanne Shante’s successful battle to get Warner Music to pay for her doctoral degree:

But Shante, then 19, remembered a clause in her Warner Music recording contract: The company would fund her education for life.

She eventually cashed in, earning a Ph.D. in psychology from Cornell to the tune of $217,000 - all covered by the label. But getting Warner Music to cough up the dough was a battle. “They kept stumbling over their words, and they didn’t have an exact reason why they were telling me no,” Shante said.

She figured Warner considered the clause a throwaway, never believing a teen mom in public housing would attend college. The company declined to comment for this story.


Rapper behind ‘Roxanne’s Revenge’ gets Warner Music to pay for Ph.D

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.25.2009
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