Monday, May 31, 2010

Quote Of The Week

"Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored."

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Farewell To A Rebel

Dennis Hopper
Rest In Peace

"Dennis Hopper, the maverick director and costar of the landmark 1969 counterculture film classic Easy Rider whose drug- and alcohol-fueled reputation as a Hollywood bad boy preceded his return to sobriety and a career resurgence in the films Hoosiers and Blue Velvet, died Saturday." ... Story continues here: Dennis Hopper Dies At 74 (LA Times)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Three Airs For The Beggar’s Opera, Air XXII

Youth's the season made for joys,
Love is then our duty;
She alone who that employs,
Well deserves her beauty.
Let's be gay,
While we may,
Beauty's a flower despis'd in decay.

Let us drink and sport to-day,
Ours is not tomorrow.
Love with youth flies swift away,
Age is nought but sorrow.
Dance and sing,
Time's on the wing,
Life never knows the return of spring.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

45 Revolutions: The Aces

After the legendary UK street-punk/proto-Oi! band Menace broke-up in 1979, the remaining members (Steve Tannett, Charlie Casey, and Noel Martin) recorded two singles with American female vocalist Vermillion under the name Vermillion & The Aces. After the band were fired as Vermillion's backing band they continued under the name The Aces, releasing this absolutely stellar 45 in 1981. Post-Menace/Aces action included Tannett running I.R.S. Records with Miles Copeland, and Casey joining punk band, The Dark. Menace reformed in the recent years and still play the occasional show.

Dig: Noel Martin interviewed (Menace website)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Quote Of The Week

"I don't think the human mind can comprehend the past and the future. They are both just illusions that can manipulate you into thinking there's some kind of change."

Sunday, May 23, 2010

All Or Nothing

A must-own for all Small Faces fans... Not only does the DVD feature all the band's videos and the rare and godlke Marquee footage, it also runs as a top-notch documentary with interviews from all band members (including Jimmy Winston), and even includes footage of the band in the recording studio! Superbly done all-around, and comes with a very nice scrapbook/booklet with solid liner-notes.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Dark City

Photograph by Lee Greenfeld © 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Quote Of The Week

"Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else's traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man's character is, the better it fits him."

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Epitaph On A Tyrant

Perfection, of a kind, was what he was after,
And the poetry he invented was easy to understand;
He knew human folly like the back of his hand,
And was greatly interested in armies and fleets;
When he laughed, respectable senators burst with laughter,
And when he cried the little children died in the streets.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Quote Of The Week

"All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason."

Friday, May 7, 2010

45 Revolutions: 4PK

"4PK was a temporarily-one off shoot of famous Dutch rockers Peter And His Rockets, who released Holland's first and foremost single "Kom Van Dat Dak Af" in 1959. A string of hits follwed: "Marijke," "De Hele Stad Is Gek En Dol," and "Jenny," selling tens of thousands of records. In 1965, Peter Koelewijn started production work (Q65's "You're The Victor"), renamed his band 4PK and started playing the weekends when he was not working in his studio. The band's Stones cover "As Tears Go By" became a mini-hit, but freakbeat insiders know that the band's finest hour is this exploding fuzz-guitar stomper. Being a promotional single for Crespa chips, it was not for sale in the shops — the only way to obtain the single was by cutting out two stars from a Crespa chips bag and paying 2,25 guilders. The regular price of a single back then was 4,50 guilders. Trainspotting note: On most copies of this single has been stamped: 'Technische School Hilversum' on the label, so many collectors assume that this school released the record." [author unknown]

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

"Down To This Business At Hand..."

Modern Needs* is monthly listening and dance party featuring garage, beat, punk, psych, soul, ska, reggae, power-pop, and rock’n’roll sounds from the 1950s to the now... The night is hosted by Achilles In the Alleyway's own Mr. Lee with special guest DJs and monthly musical themes, at the great Last Exit bar in scenic Brooklyn, U.S.A.

* Named after the Really Red song of the same name.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Quote Of The Week

"Any one who has common sense will remember that the bewilderments of the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light, which is true of the mind's eye, quite as much as of the bodily eye; and he who remembers this when he sees any one whose vision is perplexed and weak, will not be too ready to laugh; he will first ask whether that soul of man has come out of the brighter light, and is unable to see because unaccustomed to the dark, or having turned from darkness to the day is dazzled by excess of light."