Friday, December 03, 2010

The Lady From Shanghai

Trip out to the last bit of this Orson Welles film -

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Dolly Mixture

The Dolly Mixture documentary is finally coming to LA! I only wish this screening is paired with Lawrence Of Belgravia...

ooga booga presents the u.s. film debut of...

Take Three Girls: The Dolly Mixture Story
london filmmaker paul kelly's documentary focuses on dolly mixture, one of the best yet highly under-appreciated indie pop bands. formed in 1978, the all-female teenage trio released a few legendary singles and the classic double album "demonstration tapes." tours and shows followed with bands like the undertones, the fall and the damned, to name a few. though dolly mixture disbanded in 1984, the group's influence has been far-reaching and is heard in bands like beat happening, vivian girls, heavenly, unrest, and countless others.
Dir. Paul Kelly, 2010, UK, DVD, 40 minutes, with director in attendance!!!

film screening is this tuesday 8pm
at cottage home

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Attendance Mandatory

Very proud of my neighbor. The Poet Upstairs, now Painter.

John Tottenham
Paintings & Drawings

Read more about Mr. Tottenham at Las Cienegas Projects.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Do you remember the first time?

The reunion!

Santa Ana Winds 2010 Mix

Sorry for the disappearing act. To make it up, here's a mix I made for Zero 1 which you can download here.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The September Issue

Dusting off the records for this Sunday...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

The Temple Built by Gods

Thirteen years ago when I was living in Saigon, the highly anticipated expedition to Angkor Wat never materialized due to the coup d'etat. Thirteen years later, this wonder is a sight to behold. Angkor Wat, the largest temple in the world, is the supreme masterpiece of Khmer architecture. The radiant pink sunset, the hushness and dignity of the people, and the hypnotizing smell of hot air infused with dirt and burning wood are things one shall never forget...

Monday, August 30, 2010

Pre-Fall Mix, Part 2

This is quite embarrassing considering how I obsess over my playlists to no end but somehow one crucial song (Mick Karn's "Sensitive") is missing from this Pre-Fall mix. I've fixed the link or you may just download the song itself. You can't lose either way! When I was filling in the missing years for each song, I realized how much I've been into 1982 and 1983 lately. GREAT YEARS.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

September's Not So Far Away...

Four great looking ladies in four great looking films I saw this summer to go along with this Pre-Fall mix.

Clockwise from top: Nine 1/2 Weeks, Bonjour Tristesse, Against All Odds, Johnny Guitar

*Click on image to download.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Peau d'Ane and Johnny Guitar

Great soundtrack.  Beyond psychedelic... I don't know where to begin to tell you how much I love these two films:

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

A Whale of a Tale

Quite looking forward to this Sunday ---

Stephin Merritt (of the Magnetic Fields) to perform his new live score to the rarely screened and epochal 1916 silent film version of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea!

Sorta wishing that it'll be in the same spirit as this Disney approved 1954 remake with the dreamiest of cast ---

Friday, June 11, 2010

2010 Mix 4

Missed this past Spring but here's the first of my Summer mixes - - -

Hang cool this summer Teddybear . . .

(Click on image to download)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Foxtrot Echo Lima Tango

The time has finally arrived...

Foxtrot Echo Lima Tango is a fanzine for Felt and all things Lawrence. You must check out the accompanying blog here. And the launch is on Sunday June 6th from 2pm at London's The Hangover Lounge, located at The Lexington on Pentonville Road. The afternoon will feature writer, record mogul and former Felt bassist Phil King DJing and live tributes from some very special guests to be unveiled shortly. And of course, the zine will be available for the first time! I so wish I can be there... In spirit...

And Holy Shit and I have contributed a collaborative piece to it!


Monday, April 26, 2010

Feeling fine but it must be the wine cuz' it's April 27th...

Frederic Edwin Church
Rainy Season in the Tropics (1866)
Oil on canvas
56 1/4 x 84 3/16 in. (142.9 x 213.8 cm)
M.H. de Young Museum, San Francisco

While on a NW tour to support the last record in 2006, Tom and I looked at this painting for a good while. Rainy Season in the Tropics was symbolic of many a great things for us --- our love of wanderlust, discovery and treasure --- but most famously amongst our friends, the different usages of the painter's last name which Tom cleverly and absurdly came up with...

And on this same tour, we both discovered Destroyer. We listened Destroyer's Rubies everyday on the road. It changed my life. I think it did for Tom as well.

I can't listen to this album without thinking about that time now. I still can't believe what has just happened. You didn't know it Tom but you were my most loyal friend.

And miraculously this song popped up this evening --- Destroyer's The Music Lovers.

Farewell Sir Thomas.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Viet Nhac 1

Here is the first mix of my Vietnamese music series compilation - songs mostly from the 60s and 70s... POPular songs as that's what I'm into...

(click on image to download)

The second mix can only be heard at the delectable An Choi Eatery in NYC... so you best make your way there in the near future!

These are achingly gorgeous songs --- pure poetry --- you don't have to know the language nor understand the lyrics - you can just feel it...

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Here is Viet Pop Music 101 from this period (one of the endless and oh so essential lessons from the Pops) -

The three main players:

Trinh Cong Son: He used the music to write the lyrics.
Joan Baez once dubbed him the "Bob Dylan" of Vietnam because of his anti-war anthems. My dad disagreed, "He is beyond Bob Dylan. He means so much more to the Vietnamese people than Dylan to this world. Trinh Cong Son is a genius."
Pham Duy: He uses the lyrics to write the music.
Before Trinh Cong Son, Duy was the only one worth listening to...

Albums should start with a spoken word Intro but the Outro is optional. Well in this case, I have both just to be sure I'm doing it right... (here is the suggested order)

And most importantly, Khanh Ly was born to sing Trinh Cong Son's songs...

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Friday, April 09, 2010

Oh My Darling Clementine

Pham Duy - a total genius.

All I can listen to is Vietnamese Music since I've been back... Almost done with the first mix!

Unknown Treasures, Part Deux

Here we go again (repost from R4TH) --

Our almost famous triple team yard sale, now quadruple (Ricky/Lesley, Violet, Nastasha and moi) is happening again this Sunday, April 11th with extra loot from 2 household moves - call it necessary editing!.. this time it's back in Highland Park and all details on craigslist here.
*This chap went straight for the grey felt stetson last time, it looked great on him, I hope it's getting some sun.

**One of the many stacks I sold last time.... Don't worry, there's plenty more...

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Saigon Signs

"The sign brings customers."
- Jean de La Fontaine

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Quan Oc Thanh Long

If you happen to make your way to District 3 in Saigon, please make sure to stop by Quán Ốc Thành Long to "ăn chơi" --- a bit of a gluttony will never hurt you..

You can almost never go wrong with red chairs -- in Vietnam or in France, it's a good thing.

A good sauce goes a long way...

Best razor clams I've ever had...

And it wouldn't be what is it (which is completely out of this world) unless you down it with Biere LaRue (for the discerning connoisseur).