A scattered history of writing, experimental music/art, DJing, psychic readings (healer, tarot and palm reader), hypnotherapy, graphology, etc. An occasional outlet for a few of my more accessible interests. https://linktr.ee/nopartofit
Tim Curry's Time Warp (Again?)
Tim Curry is one of those cases where, for me at least, there is a lot to ponder. There are a lot of what if scenarios. On one hand, he didn't do so well in college, and apparently lied to get his first acting part. The producers ended up knowing about his lack of experience, and still, to some degree, rallied to get him into the union. From there, Curry found the way to his fateful role as Dr. Frank N. Furter in the legendary cult film/musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Many actors, especially with the benefit of hindsight, would give one of their limbs to have such a legendary, somewhat counter-cultural role. Yet, still, Curry was understandably concerned about being typecast at the time.
On Quentin Tarantino's Legacy, And The Shadow It Casts
Obviously, cultural history is littered with some controversy behind what is authentic or not, not to mention the debate surrounding art vs. entertainment. One could say that this chatter has been amplified since the onset of post-modernism. One particularly nagging development in recent decades has been the question of whether or not Quentin Tarantino is an authentic movie-maker, or if he is a "hack". It's a type of conversation that doesn't often happen outside of art circles, but here, with the writer and director of numerous wildly successful films, it's a regular staple in film groups.
Encountering The Future of Streaming Music As A "Utility"
While I do use Spotify, and have had a premium account for long stretches over the years, I can't help but observe the current status of streaming media to be in need of continued revision. I think that artists could make more money, sustainably, without Spotify going belly up. There is an interesting relative lack of competition for Spotify, although Google, Apple, and Amazon also have a good stake in the race.
Cold, Cold Rain (Playlist)
I've spent several years on the radio, sometimes weekly, sometimes periodically, sometimes twice a week. It was often freeform radio, but there were about four years where I was on a slot that played only soul and funk. One of the more enjoyable ways to create music programming for either format would be to arrange the tracks around a theme. I stopped being on the radio when I left for the Pacific Northwest in 2017. I've done some guest spots since then, but mainly I enjoy having my weeks entirely free. I used to spend 20 hours a week preparing for what I'd play on the radio. I miss it sometimes, but I'm glad to have opened up my schedule a bit.
Hindsight Concert Review #1: How To Destroy Angels (Chicago, 2013)
I've been a fan of Nine Inch Nails since 1994, but I have to admit I have sadly missed a few too many of their concerts, as well as this side-project How To Destroy Angels. H.T.D.A. features the two main members of Nine Inch Nails: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, only Reznor's wife, Mariqueen Maandig is on lead vocals. They are joined by Rob Sheridan, who started with various technical and visual assistance for Nine Inch Nails in 1999, at the age of 19. I just finished watching their performance from 2013, at The Vic Theater, in Chicago, a place I would have been able to walk to at that time. I can't say why I missed it. I vaguely remember maybe having to work, or, to be honest, not being terribly fond of the album they were supporting, Welcome Oblivion.
Joe Meek And The Day The Music Died, Among Other Things
I've been a fan of Joe Meek's work for a long time, but it wasn't until the early 2010s that I really had a feel for his extraordinary sound design. I'd been on tour, and I was sitting alone with my gear in an empty shopping mall in Cleveland, Ohio, prior to it being open for business. People were allowed to inhabit the mall at all hours, due to the fact that there was a 24 hour casino connected to the food court area, but I didn't see a single soul for some time. It is unknown to me why soul music and doo-wop was flooding the mall with intercom fuzz, like a more stylized and intentional elevator music to nowhere, but a bit louder than one would expect. I don't know if one of the employees tuned into an odd radio station, or if this slightly less generic subliminal feel-good method was standard fair.
The Rare And Splendid Soul Music Of Wendy Rene
I first heard Wendy Rene's voice, like many others of my age, sampled by Wu-Tang Clan, on a track from their first album, 36 Chambers. I was 12 years old, and I remember being extremely curious what a group of Asian singers who claim to be ninjas will sound like. I listened to the cassette in my walkman on the walk home, and as I was approaching the doorstep, "Tearz" came on. As a hip hop track, it wasn't the strongest in Wu-Tang Clan's repertoire, but the organ and vocal samples from "After The Laughter (Comes Tears)" were absolutely haunting. The overall menagerie of samples left me deeply impressed, but not none of them affected me as much as that one track.
Fusing Musical Archaeology And Time-Travel With Radiooooo
Radiooooo, started in 2012, is a website and app that lets listeners click on a place, from a certain decade (if it's available), and listen to period-specific music with the convenient distinction of choosing whether or not what comes out will be "fast", "slow" or "weird". I've been listening to it quite a lot in recent years, having first discovered it in 2015 or so, although at that time, the selection was much more limited. I'd venture to say that it is still pretty limited, relatively speaking, but in fairness, one can only find so much music from 1930s Mongolia, for instance, in their spare time.
Nick Cave's Red Hand Files And Their Redeeming Quality During Quarantine
I've never been a huge fan of poetry, per se, but I do miss going to poetry readings at coffee shops. I would always meet strange and creative types, and prior to the dominance of internet culture, much less cell phones, it was often a fruitful affair to go to a coffee shop and meet writers, artists, and musicians. As an artist myself, I found that I needed the reinforcement of creative energy in my field of range. Without that, regardless of if I liked the output of any of these folks, I end up feeling like I'm surrounded by zombies.