Friday, August 29, 2014

Daria Zhemkova

Rarely Heard: The Deviants - I'm Coming Home

In the late '60s, the Deviants were something like the British equivalent to the Fugs, with touches of the Mothers of Invention and the British R&B-based rock of the Yardbirds and the Pretty Things. Their roots were not so much in the British Invasion as the psychedelic underground that began to take shape in London in 1966-1967. Not much more than amateurs when they began playing, they squeezed every last ounce of skill and imagination out of their limited instrumental and compositional resources on their debut, Ptoff!, which combined savage social commentary, overheated sexual lust, psychedelic jamming, blues riffs, and pretty acoustic ballads -- all in the space of seven songs. (
Leader Mick Farren was an (in)famous anti-establishment figure and found some early publicity organizing an anti-festival on the other hill of the legendary Isle of Wight festival. Later he was an acclaimed rock critic and author of science fiction and fanatsy novels. Online I managed to have some contact with him through his Doc40 blog. Farren died at the age of 69 in 2013, after collapsing while performing with the Deviants at the Borderline Club in London.

Anya Barker

Window faces

Regensburg, August 2014

Akuol de Mabior

A day in the life, Aug 28

A day in the life, Aug 28, e-cigarette

Natalia Vodianova

From my vaults: Countee Cullen

Lily Collins

New York

Keira Knightley

First Lines: Francesco Colonna - Hypnerotomachia Poliphili

The Author beginneth his Hypnerotomachi, to set downe the hower and time when in his sleepe it seemed to him that hee was in a quiet solitaire desart, and uninhabited plaine, and from thence afterward how he entered unaduisedly before was aware, with great feare, into a darke obscure and unfrequented wood.

Svala Lind

Window faces

Regensburg, August 2014

Mariana Mendonça

A day in the life, Aug 27

A day in the life, Aug 27, standing outside looking inside

Mariya Markina

ph: Yelena Yemchuk

New Stuff: HHY & The Macumbas

Fascinating Portuguese band/music project!

Sinéad O'Connor

Thursday, August 28, 2014

New Stuff: Virgin Prunes

While doing my research I noticed I missed out on this fascinating band.

Hye Rim Park

New Stuff: Finding Vivian Maier

I missed seeing this documentary at the movies, so I needed to get it on DVD.

Meghan Collison

ph: Hans Neumann

New Stuff: Pere Ubu

A new album by one of my favourite bands!

Abbey Lee Kershaw

Cadillac Man (1990)

A fast-talking car salesman who is down on his luck and in over his head until being taken hostage by a madman forces him to use his sales skills to save lives.

Neither a real comedy nor a satire the star cast do their best to entertain you, but the result is mostly enervating.

Halliwell (no star): "Frenetic farce that is rarely funny."

Maltin**1/2: "Wildly uneven film swings from comedy to melodrama, dragging and then picking up again."

Who's That Girl?

Photographer: Jean-Francois Jonvelle

Shannon Keenan

Rarely Heard: Vic Chesnutt - Splendid

In a better world Vic Chesnutt would be famous and his suicide would be mourned by millions of fans. "Chesnutt released 17 albums during his career, including two produced by Michael Stipe. His musical style has been described by Bryan Carroll of as a "skewed, refracted version of Americana that is haunting, funny, poignant, and occasionally mystical, usually all at once". Injuries from a 1983 car accident left him partially paralyzed; he used a wheelchair and had limited use of his hands. (Wikipedia) he lived in constant pain, but still managed to write his beautiful songs and to perform. Ironically, his greatest succes was a tribute album of mainstream artists covering his songs, Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation.

Asa Engström

ph: Bruno Barbazan

R.I.P. Richard Attenborough

Shanina Shaik

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Window faces

Regensburg, August 2014

Maggie Maurer

ph: Aingeru Zorita

A day in the life, Aug 26

A day in the life, Aug 26, Regensburg by night

Karen Elson

ph: Luigi & Iango

From my vaults: George Cukor

Sterling Clairmont

New York

Rush Hour, NYC, 1909

Audrey Hepburn

First Lines: Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa - The Leopard

"Nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen."

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Jemma Baines

ph: Christopher Micaud

Rarely Heard: Bakersfield Boogie Boys - I Get Around

In 1980 my favourite Bavarian radio music journalist presented a weird and quirky EP by a mysterious band from Bakersfield who named themselves Bakersfield Boogie Boys. There's not much known about these 3 boys and a girl, and there are only 4 songs on the album. But their versions of popular songs like I get Around, Gget Off of My Cloud and Okie From Muskogee made a lasting impresssion on me. Their only original song, Flying Tigers, isn't bad either.

Kae Iwakawa

Window faces

Regensburg, August 2014

Gabriela Iliescu

A day in the life, Aug 25

A day in the life, Aug 25, Regensburg: the Roman wall