Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bette Franke

ph: David Bellemere

Rarely Heard: A. R. Kane - Crazy Blue describes them best: "Arguably the most criminally under-recognized band of their era, the British duo A.R.Kane anticipated virtually all of the key musical breakthroughs of the 1990s a decade before the fact, with the roots of everything from shoegazing to trip-hop to ambient dub -- even those of post-rock -- lying in their dreamy, oceanic sound." I came upon them in 1988 by their first album 69, which pretty much blew my mind. Their subsequent albums "i" (1989) and New Clear Child (1994) received even more critical acclaim than their debut did, but even less audience.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Elsa Benitez

A day in the life, Sep 25

A day in the life, Sep 25, window display

Chantal Le Fèvre

ph: Wee Khim

From my vaults: Elisha Cuthbert

Caitriona Balfe

New York

Audrey Tautou

First Lines: Gabriele D'Annunzio - Pleasure

The year was ebbing away, very gently.

Omahyra Mota

ph: Ellen von Unwerth

Rarely Heard: Warren Zevon - Poor Poor Pitiful Me

"Few of rock & roll's great misanthropes were as talented, as charming, or as committed to their cynicism as Warren Zevon. A singer and songwriter whose music often dealt with outlaws, mercenaries, sociopaths, and villains of all stripes, Zevon's lyrics displayed a keen and ready wit despite their often uncomfortable narrative circumstances, and while he could write of love and gentler emotions, he did so with the firm conviction that such stories rarely end happily. Though he frequently worked with luminaries of the Los Angeles soft rock scene, Zevon was always the odd man out, someone who shared their exacting musical standards but not their smugly satisfied view of the world around them, and he remained a cheerful pessimist right up to the moment he met a fate that could have visited one of his own characters."(
Warren Zevon died of cancer in 2003.

Xenia Deli

ph: Jack Waterlot

A day in the life, Sep 24

A day in the life, Sep 24, window display

Aleksandra "Ola" Rudnicka

ph: Ward Ivan Rafik

New Stuff: Mnemonists

Mnemonists changed their name to Biota, and I have several of their Biota-phase albums.

Natalia Semanova

ph: Peter Lindbergh

New Stuff: Amm

I have several of their albums on LP, bu sofar nothing on CD. This is their very first album from 1966.

Patti Smith

New Stuff: Lindsay Cooper

I've been a Lindsay Cooper fan since the 70s, and I still these soundtracks on LP, but thought I'll get the CD, too.

Chloë Sevigny

ph: Bruce Weber

New Stuff: R. Stevie Moore

A bit embarassing, but this is my first R. Stevie Morre album.

Barbora Hrivnakova

Stage Beauty (2004)

A female theatre dresser creates a stir and sparks a revolution in seventeenth century London theatre by playing Desedmona in Othello.

Slightly entertaining, but not too engaging, drama that does have some great performances by the two leads.

Maltin**1/2: "Colorful, well-cast period piece doesn't completely convince us that its central character (and his sexual confusion) is all that interesting."

Sun Feifei

New Stuff: Nature

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Stepan Kurunin

Josephine Le Tutour

ph: Steven Pan

Window faces

Regensburg, September 2014

Imogen Morris Clarke

ph: Nicole Nodland

A day in the life, Sep 23

A day in the life, Sep 23, splintered glass door

Natalia Vodianova

From my vaults: Peter Cushing

Elena Perminova

New York

The Empire State Building under construction, 1931

Lindsey Wixson

ph: Alexi Lubomirski

First Lines: Alberto Moravia - Boredom

After I had moved into the studio in Via Margutta, I managed to overcome the irrational and almost superstitious repugnance that the villa in the Via Appia aroused in me and to establish fairly regular contact with my mother.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

So Young Kang

ph: Young-Kyu Yoo

Rarely Heard: Young Marble Giants - Credit in the Straight World

"One of the quirkiest and most idiosyncratic groups to emerge from the early British new wave indie scene, Young Marble Giants (from Cardiff, Wales) were not so much new wave in sound as in strategy. They subverted conventional pop/rock methods by stripping both song construction and instrumentation to its essence. A reverberant funky bass, a shrill organ, short choppy bursts of guitar chords, a softly clicking drum machine -- that was all the trio needed. The hauntingly spacious sound was made both more intimate and foreboding by Alison Statton's coolly intoned, almost neutral vocals. The words were more important for their mood than their content. Pop minimalism of the first order, it now stands as one of the first fully formed expressions of the subgenre that would be called post-punk. Needless to say, it was also quite resistant to widespread commercial success, although it quickly attracted a cult following. Almost the whole of their output is contained on their debut and, as it turned out, their only album, Colossal Youth (1980)." (

Aiste-Regina Kliveckaite

ph: Tony Kim

A day in the life, Sep 22

A day in the life, Sep 22, objet trouvé

Amanda Ware

ph: Simon Lekias

New Stuff: Fields Of The Nephilim

 A classic Goth band of which I needed at least one album for my collection.


Ellinore Erichsen

ph: Chantelle Dosser

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

The classic Victorian detective downgraded to contemporary cinema blockbuster standards; the sets are quite spectacular, though.

On second view: I still stay with my initial evaluation and must add the movie is quite boring despite all the spectacle.

Maltin**: "Murky, noisy, overproduced claptrap ...Annoying in the extreme - and unintelligible at times - the film gets better in the second half as an actual story emerges, but the overuse of Ritchie-branded editing and CGI effects is deadening."

Caroline Winberg

New Stuff: Nisennenmondai

Sensational new album from one of my favorite bands!

Jourdan Dunn

ph: Benjamin Lennox

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Godfather: Part III (1990)

In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in 1979 New York and Italy, aging mafia don Michael Corleone seeks to vow for his sins while taking a young protégé under his wing.
It's a good movie with all the ingredients of the previous parts, but adds nothing in scope and depth, and the plot is not as stringently scripted.
Halliwell**: "Overlong, often confusing to those who cannot remember the earlier films, and hampered by at least one wretched performance, it fails to reach the standard of the first two movies in the series. But for all that it retains one's interest most of the time."
Maltin***: "Only a filmmaker like Coppola (teamed with writer Mario Puzo) could extend his history-making Mafioso saga and make it work so well. Absorbing story...Longish, but masterfully told, with one almost-fatal flaw: the casting of Coppola's daughter Sofia (an amateur) in the pivotal role of Pacino's daughter."
[N.B.: Although have criticized Sofia Coppola, I disagree: she plays adequate to the role. The problem is that the love story with her cousin is in itself misconceived from the start.]

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Arthur Leipzig