Monday, September 28, 2015

The Hangover

Things have been getting a bit stale at Achilles In The Alleyway, and as such we're taking a little break to reset and recharge...

Monday, September 21, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"Genuflection before the idol or the dollar destroys the muscles which walk and the will that moves."

Monday, September 14, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"Nobody sees anybody truly but all through the flaws of their own egos. That is the way we all see each other in life. Vanity, fear, desire, competition — all such distortions within our own egos — condition our vision of those in relation to us. Add to those distortions to our own egos, the corresponding distortions in the egos of others, and you see how cloudy the glass must become through which we look at each other. That's how it is in all living relationships except when there is that rare case of two people who love intensely enough to burn through all those layers of opacity and see each other's naked hearts."

Friday, September 4, 2015

Man from Wareika

Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez
Rest In Peace

From the Duke Reid Group to the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, from ghetto studios to the stage of Top Of The Pops, from the heat of Kingston to the less inspiring climate of suburban London, it's been a long musical and geographical journey for Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez. During his 50+ year musical odyssey, one thing remained constant: Rico's trombone sound — rugged, eloquent, uncompromising and rarely more than two steps from the blues.

Text adapted from the liner-notes to Trombone Man (Trojan Records, 2005)

Monday, August 31, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"If a person measures his spiritual fulfillment in terms of cosmic visions, surpassing peace of mind, or ecstasy, then he is not likely to know much spiritual fulfillment. If, however, he measures it in terms of enjoying a sunrise, being warmed by a child's smile, or being able to help someone have a better day, then he is likely to know much spiritual fulfillment."

Monday, August 24, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody."

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Coney Island Of My Mind #18

"No urban night is like the night there... Squares after
squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether. Here is our
poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will."

Photograph by Lee Greenfeld © 2015
Words by Ezra Pound, from Patria Mia © 1911

Monday, August 17, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back."

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Is It Rolling, Bob?

Bob Johnston
Rest In Peace

"It wasn't just a matter of turning on the machines. He created an atmosphere in the studio that really invited you to do your best, stretch out, do another take, an atmosphere that was free from judgment, free from criticism, full of invitation, full of affirmation. Just the way he'd move while you were singing: He'd dance for you. So, it wasn't all just as laissez­faire as that. Just as art is the concealment of art, laissez­faire is the concealment of tremendous generosity that he was sponsoring in the studio." -Leonard Cohen

"Johnston had fire in his eyes. He had that thing that some people call 'momentum.' You could see it in his face and he shared that fire, that spirit. Columbia's leading folk and country producer, he was born one hundred years too late. He should have been wearing a wide cape, a plumed hat, and riding with his sword held high. Johnston disregarded any warning that might get in his way... Johnston lived on low country barbecue, and he was all charm." -Bob Dylan

Monday, August 10, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"If we are to suppose a miracle to be something so entirely out of the course of what is called nature, that she must go out of that course to accomplish it, and we see an account given of such miracle by the person who said he saw it, it raises a question in the mind very easily decided, which is, is it more probable that nature should go out of her course, or that a man should tell a lie?"

Monday, August 3, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"I'm for decency — period. I'm for anything and everything that bodes love and consideration for my fellow man. But when lip service to some mysterious deity permits bestiality on Wednesday and absolution on Sunday — cash me out."

Monday, July 27, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"Silence? What can New York — noisy, roaring, rumbling, tumbling, bustling, story, turbulent New York — have to do with silence? Amid the universal clatter, the incessant din of business, the all swallowing vortex of the great money whirlpool — who has any, even distant, idea of the profound repose......of silence?"

Saturday, July 25, 2015


Cover mine eyes, O my Love!
Mine eyes that are weary of bliss
As of light that is poignant and strong
O silence my lips with a kiss,
My lips that are weary of song!
Shelter my soul, O my love!
My soul is bent low with the pain
And the burden of love, like the grace
Of a flower that is smitten with rain:
O shelter my soul from thy face!

From The Golden Threshold, 1916

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Different Song

"All too often arrogance accompanies strength, and we must never assume
that justice is on the side of the strong. The use of power must
always be accompanied by moral choice."

Theodore Bikel
Rest In Peace

Monday, July 20, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"The contemplation of beauty, whether it be a uniquely tinted sunset, a radiant face, or a work of art, makes us glance back unwittingly at our personal past and juxtapose ourselves and our inner being with the utterly unattainable beauty revealed to us."

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Waiting For Primetime

Marlene Sanders
Rest In Peace

"Marlene Sanders got there first. That women are finally recognized as first-rate professionals is due in no small part to the path-breaking courage of Marlene Sanders." -Bill Moyers

Monday, July 13, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"To think that because those who wield power in society wield in the end that of government, therefore it is of no use to attempt to influence the constitution of the government by acting on opinion, is to forget that opinion is itself one of the greatest active social forces. One person with a belief is a social power equal to ninety-nine who have only interests."

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Vue Urbaine

"What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open. Life swarms with innocent monsters."

Photograph by Lee Greenfeld © 2015

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"We are funny creatures. We don't see the stars as they are, so why do we love them? They are not small gold objects, but endless fire."

Monday, June 29, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder, and this meaner quality is the dishonest mask of pretended order, achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order that is struggling to exist and to be served."

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Solid Gold

"Well, I was driving around Boston looking for a place just to shake my ass.
Don't wanna to hear no disco, gotta hear something outta my past."

Billy Borgioli
Rest In Peace

Monday, June 22, 2015

Quote Of The Week

"Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Never Before Now

Gary Quackenbush
Rest In Peace

"The 1960s are remembered as a very fertile time for music, when bands were actually encouraged to take risks, be different, try something new and write their own material. With so many talented acts around, it's easy to see how some of the less-commercial bands might be forgotten. Sometimes the most interesting music is the kind you have to seek out and dig for, like a lost treasure — SRC are a perfect example of this. With musical barriers and restrictions being torn down then, it allowed bands across the country to do something original. Detroit specifically, from the mid-'60s to the early '70s, had a budding scene where bands were producing harsher sounds and pushed the musical limits. This was the atmosphere in which the heavy psychedelic-rock of SRC would flourish."

Text from SRC: Their Story (Perfect Sounds Forever)