Clash Crash ’86

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This year we mark the anniversary of the death of The Clash — they fired Mick Jones in 1983, but The Clash was still a thing until 1986. Thirty years later I’m planning a number of Clash-related posts in the months to come. The Clash are always in the running when I consider favorite bands of all time,…

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Harry on Peyote

harry smith
Yesterday I posted about my own new music and a Timothy Leary spoken word record that I found in a record store last week. My pal and Nashville music stalwart Steve Poulton messaged me to say he knew about the Leary record, and also to mention a Harry Smith LP of Kiowa peyote ritual music. Naturally I had to find…

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Dr. Acid Folk

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Last weekend I started recording my fourth album at Blue Bourbon Studio in Inglewood. We tracked half the album on Sunday and we’re off to a great start. Many of the songs I’ve been playing live recently will be included, but with 12 tracks there will also be surprises. Like all of my records this one…

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All Art is Martial Art

UFC Glory
International Fight Week 2016 will culminate on Saturday night at UFC 200. The fight’s site has a poster-making app that I’ve been having some fun with. While I was finishing my latest installment of the Pikes Project for WPLN, I was also misusing It’s Time by writing in expected fighting captions…

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Adios, Wicker Man

Wicker
The British horror film The Wicker Man (1973) is one of my favorite movies in any genre. The flick is spooky throughout, but this story of a police officer investigating a missing child case on a remote island is also funny, artful, campy and sexy, and it features a ubiquitous soundtrack that makes this macabre…

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Heaven Hunter

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Over the weekend we lost a giant of cinema when Michael Cimino passed away on July 2 at the age of 77. Some might wince at the word “giant” to describe Cimino’s work as a writer and director, but he made two masterpieces, and his decade-ish long run between Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) and The…

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4thJuly
I’d like to write a great Fourth of July song. I don’t know that anyone can best this one, and I don’t imagine that anyone would want to. Happy Fourth of July… Stay Awake! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel where I archive all of the videos I curate at Insomnia. Click here to check…

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Black Rimbaud

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Bob Kaufman was a Beat poet who might be thought of as the Anti-Ginsberg: The Howl author’s legendary hustling made sure that the world new his name along with those of contemporaries like William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, and it’s not overstatement to say that Ginsberg was every bit the…

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Into The Veldt

Veldt
Yesterday I was thinking about all the ideas and visions and ambitions that are reshaping Nashville and other cities all over the country as suburbanites push to urban cores and gentrification becomes the only game in town. So often what we want isn’t what we need or even what we thought we wanted once we have…

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Making Strangelove

Strangelove
Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 black satire, Dr. Strangelove (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb), is one of the Kubrick movies I hear Kubrick fans claim as their favorite Kubrick movie. 2001 gets a lot of votes and I love The Shining, and Strangelove is an example of the director at his visionary…

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