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Jean-Luc-Godard
Jean-Luc Godard celebrated his 87th birthday on December 3 and even though I read a handful of articles and re-tweeted tweet I saw about the master I’m only getting around to mentioning it here. Maybe I was slow to this task because GODARD seems too massive for a quick mention in a blog post. He’s…

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Fa Ra Ra Ra Ra

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It’s only the 13th of December, but it felt like Christmas came early when I stumbled upon this Bandcamp guide to the Sun Ra selections that are available on the site. I had no idea there were so many Sun Ra albums available to stream and download through the independent music hub that many of my peers and I…

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Godfather 45

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The Godfather is one of the greatest American films of all time, and in many ways it represents the best of the New Hollywood movement that flourished roughly from the 1960′s into the early 1980′s. The film included all of the greed, violence and lust for power that earlier films like Little Caesar (1931)…

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DJ Dick

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As someone who spends a lot of time writing I can often be found at my desk at home or at the library or in a corner of a coffeehouse typing away with my headphones on. Here’s a little secret: I’m almost never listening to anything. If I’m reviewing a film or working on my blog I might be reviewing…

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Rouch Roundup

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Jean Rouch was killed in a tragic car accident and buried in the Republic of Niger in 2004. We remember the film director and author for his pioneering works of “ethnofiction” which blend scientifically grounded ethnography with creative narrative stories, and which established Rouch as “the father…

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Reeling in Ronson

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Between 1969 and 1970 David Bowie and his producer Tony Visconti began searching for a distictive guitar player who could match their creativity in the studio as well as play a magnetic foil to Bowie live on stage. The new documentary Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story takes viewers back to the Swinging London of…

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Merry McChristmas

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If you’re a reader of this blog you know that I’m fascinated by the occult and the darker sides of the paranormal. I love the skanky, gritty American cinema of the 1970s, and I’m enamored with the disturbing art of painters like Bosch and Bacon. That said, I’m a sucker for Christmastime. I…

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Hunters Meadow

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Hey y’all. I’m off to Phoenix, AZ in the morning, but first I wanted to announce that my newest single is out today. “Hunters Meadow” is a song inspired by an actual street name in my East Nashville neighborhood. A few months ago I’d been talking with a friend who is working with an…

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Return of the Hamilton

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On Tuesday the second season of Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia premiered on VICE. This show is one of the best series going and I’ve been anxiously awaiting this season since first hearing that new installments were imminent. The “Hamilton” of the title is Hamilton Morris — he’s the son of…

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Bruce + Jimi Forever

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Given the stuff I post here at Insomnia it’s not surprising that my social media feeds and suggestions on November 27 were full of notices about Jimi Hendrix’ birthday on that day in 1942. What was surprising is that I was also alerted to lots of notices about Bruce Lee’s birthday on the same day in…

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