Thursday, October 31, 2013

Saturday, October 24, 2009

homme pour homme

June et Jim who i wrote about last year where recently on TV5 in France taking part in an Acoustic Talent show. Of the 300 contestants they are now one of the 5 finalists. You can vote for them here on the TV5 website. You have until the 30th, so brush up on your Français and give them your vote!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Sound of Swayze


No it's not Vinyl but it's a special occasion so there are rules to be broken. Its hard to keep track of music releases, especially soundtracks, and when they are for movies from 17 odd years ago, what do you do ?
So i was very excited to see the full score for Point Break was recently released - if only in a limited number of 2000. Its a beautiful soundtrack, soaring waves of early 90's electronica mixed with epic orchestral sound, and its of course now all the more poignant and beautiful by the sad untimely passing of Patrick Swayze.

Isham says in the liner notes that he made sure that the music supported Bodhi's philosophy of life. Can one live effectively totally 'on the edge' or how does one be responsible to the dynamics of life, but still have certain levels of freedom of choice?
For me this is Swayze's greatest performance and rightly or wrongly I'll always associate him with the role. I was at a party in Santa Monica a few years back and there he was with his acre's of hair, with the ocean in the background i almost expected to see Roach and Nathanial not far behind. I couldn't bring myself to say hello, i was after all in the presence of the Bodhisattva, a Bodhisattva in a leather bolero jacket.

"Little hand says it’s time to rock and roll!"

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

worlds in worlds

aztec camera's only rough trade release from 1982.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


sounds of the 70's

Back when i was a kid the word quadrophonic was the ultimate in cool, to have four speakers in your bedroom meant you knew your stuff. my friend spenser set it up only for his dad to bring him back down to earth with just how wrong it was unless you had the correct set up. I wont go into what that is but you can read all about it here on the forgotten sound of 70's
So this week i picked up these very cool micropod speakers from the conran store The speakers may make their way to the kitchen which is what they where intended for, but for now its the 70's and im quadraphonic! sorry brian i know its wrong...

Thursday, October 2, 2008


percussive sound of the volcano

Back to joe's pub last night to see carmen consoli. We decided to get tickets for both sets at 7:30 and then another at 9, and I'm glad we did as our seats for the 1st set where pretty bad, and saw most of the show through the back of a large head. As you can see from these pictures we had much better seats for the 2nd set!

I was a little apprehensive about seeing her without a band as acoustic sets can be rather dull, but she was electrifying! If you can be electrifying with an acoustic guitar? "Acoustifying" how she produces such energy - both vocal and physical, is amazing! Her second set was even more powerful than the first, and she did it all in 3" heels to. She played a couple of Sicilian songs that i had not heard before, one of them Cu ti lu dissi , was again "acoustifying!" i would have cried for sure if i hadnt had so much champagne...

Here she is playing maria cantena ( mary in chains ) at the delacorte theatre in central park last september, and here playing contessa miseria at the laguardia performing arts center in queens in march of this year.

I dont have any carmen vinyl - cd's are hard enough to find, so here's a nice poster from the show back in march, and you can watch and listen a lot more on this great site carmenconsoli

Sunday, September 28, 2008


Picking up where we left off on eighties electronica, i'm very proud of my collection of jean michele jarre records and thats not something i ever thought id say. even if you dont like his music, you can appreciate the recordings as they are simply immense ! Again these came from "second hand rose" and they helped me pick out the best recordings, comparing imports over US printings, how cool is that? merci.