Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Interview with Coven - 8/08/08

Took me a million years to make an entry linking to this, but here it is:

Plastic Tales: Interview with Coven

The entire band had briefly reunited in a rare celebration of Jinx Dawson's recent resurrection from a heart attack. Many things are discussed including journeys to Hell, proto-goth groupies, Linda Ronstadt, Frank Zappa, Timothy Leary and Jack LaLanne's neighborly qualities.

Hole in the Sky

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Archives Backlog Hodown Jamboree

Been neglectful of the blog because of a side project loosely related to the blog. A bit contradictory? Yeah, well, Jesus was a crossmaker:

Playlist and Archive for Monday (6/23/08)

This past Monday I hosted Plastic Tales and someone called in to request some Arcade Fire. I told them to reevaluate everything and then call back. A half an hour later he called back and requested Blue Oyster Cult. So, one man can make a difference. True story. Seriously.

Here's some highlights for ya:

I played "Lay Down" by The Strawbs because I gave away to tickets to their show (they're still around!)

"It Came in the Night" by the elusive band A Raincoat. The film was originally used in the Kenneth Anger film Rabbit's Moon, seen above. Some kind of lonely clown.

And finally the hilarious "Minotaur's Song" by The Incredible String Band. Now, I know I've played some bad homemade music videos on this blog before, but this is by far the worst. Although... this kid is 15 and he's probably just learning how to animate. Plus he's got really good taste. So I give it a thumbs up!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Plastic Tales Review (May)

Playlist and Archive for Monday (6/2/08)

I've been gone for about two months. What have I been up to? Well, two things. I was in Europe for a while, in the UK and attending the Cannes Film Festival. More on that in the days to come. I've also been working on a video webisode series called Polyester Dreams, loosely based on my radio work. More on that to come as well. Also, Arcana Obscura the radio show is no more and I have devoted myself to Plastic Tales exclusively.

In the meantime, the next few posts will be some videos of songs I've played in my blogging absence:

"Dambala," by the voodoo Obeah man, Exuma. The anti-Bob Marley.

"Rene," by the Small Faces. Whoever made this video is my hero.

"Cries from the Midnight Circus, " by the Pretty Things, a song about how they used to eat at diners frequented by prostitutes after they played shows.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

More Decent Nouveau Retro

Via KEXP, I found another nouveau retro band that isn't terrible. In fact, I quite enjoy these guys. Howlin' Rain was founded by Ethan Miller, who also founded Comets on Fire which I briefly lauded previously.

They sound kind of like a cross between krautrock (a la the German band Jeronimo) and Deep Purple. Here's a video of a live performance of the above studio track.

I've listened to both of their albums and recommend them both.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Arcana Obscura Review (3/8/08)

Playlist and Archive for Saturday (3/8/08)

The prodigal son returns! I've been away for a week now. Still here in New York, but I've been horrified by a gnome (or... Duende), dismayed by a death, and confounded in the search for an elusive letter. But I better start reviewin' some shows!

I played "Wicked Annabella" by The Kinks, so here's some kid drumming along to it.

This band needs no introduction. Arthur Lee and his band Love.

Finally, I played "Woman Tamer" by Brooklyn's own Sir Lord Baltimore. Couldn't find that song anywhere, but here's Steve McQueen racing cars set to "Kingdom Come."

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

David the Gnome 2: The Reckoning

Dear lord, a gnome is terrorizing Argentina. A goddamn gnome! Watch the video, it's... I don't even know.