Calvin with a K

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Tonight I got to see Calvin Johnson play a live show just down the road from my house at Fond Object. Johnson is an indie music pioneer based out of Olympia, Washington. More specifically, Johnson and his K Records label — along with the scene around The Evergreen State College — created a breeding ground…

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Freddyversary

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I was running errands last week when I popped into a used book store to unload some volumes I no longer had space for. Knowing I’d get a bit of store credit back I ultimately traded my books for a handful of scary movie DVDs to watch during October. One of those movies was the original A Nightmare on Elm Street…

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Chat with the Devil

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I just watched a preview screener for the new Mansfield 66/67 documentary about the doomed bombshell and camp pioneer Jayne Mansfield. If you’re in Nashville look for my full review in The Contributor next week. The film will open at the Belcourt Theatre on Saturday, October 21. The movie’s opening…

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Cool as Cale

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Back in May I wrote a bunch of posts about the 50th anniversary of the Velvet Underground’s debut album. Here’s another Velvety post, celebrating the great John Cale. Here’s the word from a recent Rolling Stone interview celebrating the anniversary… The way John Cale tells it, he had a…

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Orson & Andy

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What happens when one oddball genius collides with another? In 1982 the legendary writer, director and actor Orson Welles was guest-hosting the Merv Griffin show when Andy Kaufman stopped by. Although the pair were from different generations, there was a lot of overlap between these titans — they were both…

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Punks and Poets

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I once read an essay by music critic Simon Reynolds where he pointed out that the fundamental difference between punk music and the new wave and no wave music that followed it is that new wave and no wave bands were formed by art school kids, but punk music was always rooted in literary inspirations — Patti…

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Sharp New Blade

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I saw a media screening of Blade Runner 2049 on Monday night. Just so you know, it’s a very good addition to the Blade Runner universe that connects to the first film as well as one might ever expect. It differs from the Ridley Scott film in that it’s less of a pulp noir (especially compared to the…

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Tell Me a Story

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Making #Americana jazz again #eastsidestorytellin @theposteast.@eastsidestorytn #singersongwriter #rustbeltrootsrock #irishpunchingsongs #crashfolk A post shared by Joe Nolan (@mightyjoenolan) on Sep 21, 2017 at 12:52pm PDT Do you remember your dreams? Do you remember yesterday night? Here’s a song from…

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Blade to Black

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So the very first reviews about Bladerunner 2049 have already started leaking. People are already talking “masterpiece” and “Oscar worthy.” As I mentioned in a recent post, I’m super stoked for this movie and I really do hope it’s a masterpiece. While the raving leaks have me…

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MKUnabomber

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I recently finished the Manhunt: Unabomber miniseries, and I mostly liked it a lot. I’m fascinated by the story and there have been other excellent explorations of the infamous investigation so I was ambivalent about how this one would come off. Getting really picky there are moments of writing and acting…

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