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8.12.2018

Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s: 12 Badass Items at Country Hall (grammar- and spell-checked)


Outlaw Country: 12 Most Badass Items at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum


From Willie Nelson’s well-worn sneakers to Bobby Bare’s mink-skull hat - the must-see artifacts at the Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring 70s exhibit in Nashville


8.11.2018

No Wave - The music and film of New York’s No Wave and the “retromania” of documentaries like 'Kill Your Idols' and 'Blank City' - Toni L. Querol




Everything was concocted in the measly eight blocks infested with rats and cockroaches of the Lower East Side of New York (now, the gentrified East Village) and it’s estimated that it mobilized, at most, a thousand people. But the music scene baptized as No Wave, and to a lesser extent, its cinematographic homologue of No Wave Cinema, have been in the past few years in the mouths of journalists and essayists more than ever, over three decades after the facts. Maybe they are movements more cited (as idealized reference) than truly known or studied, but the interest is there: testified by books like No Wave (Black Dog) and the photographic New York Noise (Soul Jazz) or retrospective documentaries like Kill Your IdolsLlik Your Idols or Blank City.
The compilation No New York, an idea that came to Brian Eno after assisting a festival in the neighborhood of TriBeCa in 1978, is considered the birth certificate of No Wave. A few months before the birth of the concept of “ambient music” with Music For Airports, Eno was wandering through the Big Apple to produce the second album of The Talking HeadsMore Songs About Buildings and Food, when he became aware of some of the groups that played in the gallery Artists’ Space who detested “new wave” and therefore, The Talking Heads. He became especially interested in four of them, the ones that appear in the album: James Chance and the ContortionsTeenage Jesus and the JerksD.N.A. and Mars. None of them sounded alike and they didn’t accept to be a part of any movement; regardless, they were united by their inclination for a raw sound, dissonance and atonality, repetitive rhythms, a dadaist inspiration, the despite to break away from the blues tradition (they claimed that, when it came down to it, punk didn’t stray from being a hyper version of the riffs of Chuck Berry), for a sentiment of being orphaned and a nihilist attitude of rejection and confrontation. Along the lines of “we couldn’t care less what you think of us”.
The majority of the groups associated with the volatile No Wave scene –taking a moment here to mention some of the more interesting ones like Bush Tetras8 Eyed SpyThe NotekillersRed TransistorBill Laswell’s Material or Glenn Branca’s Theoretical Girls– would disappear within the two to three years after the casting of Eno, not without leaving their mark on key groups of american underground that would follow them, like Sonic YouthSwans or Big Black. Simultaneously, “No Wave Cinema” would disintegrate having left the basis for a new independent newyorker scene: Jim JarmushSteve BuscemiVincent Gallo and the “Cinema of Transgression” of Nick Zedd and Richard Kern.
More than being neighbors in a bankrupt city and getting intoxicated in the same clubs (CBGB’s, Mudd, Max’s Kansas City), the artifices of No Wave Cinema shared with their musical “cousins” the guerrilla tactics, the primitivism (in style and medium) and the necessity to throw up the middle finger to all type of orthodoxy. Directors like Amos PoeJohn LurieEric MitchellVivienne Dick or Susan Seidelman when out on the street to shoot (without money, and often, without a script), they gathered in dungy rock bars to present their films in Super 8. They condemned not only commercial cinema but also academic formalism of the 70s film avant-garde and the video art that inhabited the galleries. They admired, on the other hand, the liberty in the films of Godard and the french nouvelle vague and, more or less consciously, emulated the rawness of underground american directors from the 60s like Jack SmithRon Rice, and the brothers George and Mike Kuchar or early Andy Warhol. The film critic J. Hoberman perfectly summarized their philosophy in the book Midnight Movies“These new underground’s technically pragmatic films enact libidinal fantasies, parody mass cultural forms, glorify a marginal lifestyle and exhibit varying degrees of social content.”

Amos Poe  was most likely who put down the building blocks to start shooting with zero budget, with guts. He did it in two films, both in 1976: Unmade Beds, with Debbie Harry, and The Black Generation (produced with Ivan Král, who was at the time the guitarist for Patti Smith’s band), considered one of the first punk documentaries.

In Black Box (Beth B.Scott B., 1979) Lydia Lunch performs as a torturer for a mysterious paramilitary organization. In the box, a torment of noise and lights awaits the young man. 
Here, the director John Lurie (also member of the group Lounge Lizards) chats about his bizarre space film Men In Orbit (1979), shot in his apartment under the influence of LSD.
Nina Canal (from the bands Ut and Gynecologists) and Adele Bertei (Contortions, Bloods) abuse their guitars in a fragment of Guérillere Talks (Vivienne Dick, 1978), film in which Ikue Mori (DNA), the omnipresent Lydia Lunch (Teenage Jesus and the Jerks) and Pat Place (Contortions, Bush Tetras) also appear:
Trailer for Smithereens (1982), with Susan Berman and Richard Hell, punk icon that passed through groups like Television or The Heartbreakers and wrote the anthem “Blank Generation with The Voidoids. This was Susan Seidelman’s debut, who three years later would direct Desperately Seeking Susan with Madonna as part of the cast.
In the last few years there have been at least three documentaries that have discussed the period of No Wave (along with its neighboring fields) from different anglesFormally speaking, they offer much more conventional results than the material they are dealing with and, in attempting to preserve an idealized past and explain it through nostalgia they end up being the epitome of the “retromania” diagnosed by the journalist Simon Reynolds. It’s as if the expressions, both visual and sonorous, of No Wave resisted to being narrated chronologically and, even less, sandwiched between testimonies of talking heads. Part of their charm, without a doubt.
The first of them was S.A. Crary’s Kill Your Idols (2004), with the same title as the song by Sonic Youth. It doesn’t circumscribe exclusively to No Wave; but rather dedicates itself to investigating the supposed heirs of the movement. An I say “supposed” because the fact of stopping to analyze the “Strokes phenomenon” stands out as debatable. It’s a film of talking heads, although with a certain visual impact based on fragments of Nick Zedd and Richard Kern’s films. It takes off with an interview with Martin Rev of the electro-punk pioneers Suicide, in contrast with the New York Dolls and the glam party that dominated NY in 1972; then march in Lydia LunchGlenn Branca (Theoretical Girls), Arto Lindsay (DNA), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Michael Gira (Swans), Jim Thirlwell (Foetus); it mentions in passing No Wave as a cinematographic movement; traces a temporal ellipsis, a bit forced, to the Brooklyn of the decade of 2000, home to groups like The Yeah Yeah YeahsLiarsa.r.e. Weapons or Black Dice; and finally dramatizes a generational clash, with representatives of the old No Wave guard calling the new generations mommy’s boys, thirsting for love from their audiences and funded by clothing brands.
Llik Your Idols (2007), by the French director Angelique Bosio, briefly and in passing evokes the musical origins of No Wave to then concentrate almost exclusively on the “Cinema of Transgression” in the latter half of the 80s with testimonies of, among others, the directors Richard Kern and Nick Zedd, the painter and performance artist Joe Coleman or the filmmaker and photographer Bruce Labruce. It presents the radicalism of the movement as a mere reaction to the conservative wave of the Reagan era in the United States, ignoring almost completely the debt, or paternal relationship, to No Wave Cinema.
The documentary that offers the most complete perspective on No Wave Cinema is probably the most recent Blank City (2010), by Celine Dahnier. It flirts with its relationships with other disciplines –music, performance or contemporary art– and scenes –from the Cinema of Transgression to a film with a bigger budget and a hip hop orientation like Wildstyle (Charlie Ahearn, 1983), passing through the Indie scene represented here by Jarmush and Buscemi– but it centers finally on directors like MitchellNareas or PoeBlank City is also the least nostalgic film out of the ones we have commented on: instead of relegating the No Wave films to a role of mere documentation or visual accompaniment, it emphasizes the expressivity and richness of the visual discourse of a group of poor young kids like rats that filmed whatever they felt like, against the elements. Breaking into unknown flats with stolen equipment, if necessary.

8.10.2018

Lamar Sorrento - Ross Johnson - The Memphis Flyer search results!



#LamarSorrento For Sale - Here are the paucity of 'commie' articles from The Memphis Flyer​ about national phenom and hometown Picasso, Samar Lorrento​ (he had to take down his two Facebook profiles because there were too many people talking about Trump or GoFundMe pages); not just Memphis-famous, but famous famous. Memphis eats its own, and this undervalued local delicacy has been ignored on the menu by regular Memphians and from downtown art parlors to those too ironic to appreciate his palpate sensibility. He has been forced into the hermetic life of Marilyn Monroe​ (too beautiful to ask on a date), or Cormac McCarthy​ (his favorite author), neither finding a suitable venue for his other love - live performance - half-dissuaded by Midtown's commuting bandits hungry for free cars, and half by the lack of Craigslist musicians with a similar worldview - bleak. How do I know? I'm the famous gallerist who discovered this double-genius at his eccentric, erstwhile emporium, Eddie World. it was my pleasure to introduce him to New Orleans Folk Art​ lovers in the first exhibition of his amazing artwork at 526 Royal St. in the French Quarter, ca. 1992, ultimately leading to fame as byproduct of mine and Alan Boudreaux​'s association with Isaac Tigrett​ House of Blues New Orleans​. since those early days, Lamar has continued painting his passion, filling walls around the country, from restaurants to baby rooms (one simple Google image search will amaze at its bottomless results), continuing to be ignored in his hometown. if you see him at Costco Memphis​ in the fish stick aisle, invite him to play a gig, commission your next album cover, or make an appointment to buy a painting from his house. you'll be breaking the very Memphis-cycle of self-fulfilling schadenfreude, while finding a funny curmudgeon behind weird sunglasses sporting a teenage coiffure. just tell him, 'Phillips sent ya.' Until you do, find his ponderings and newest art offerings, updated almost daily here.
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Aug 14, 2006 ... ...Memphis' iconic folk artist Lamar Sorrento gets the star treatment in this Chicago Sun-Times story. Way to go, Lamar! Learn more about a ...
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Apr 18, 2003 ... Walk into any record store in the world, and chances are good that Lamar Sorrento's work is somewhere in the room. As one of the more ...
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Jan 21, 2014 ... ... Memphis: Proud to be part of the community,” and a Memphis-themed mural in the dining area by local self-taught artist Lamar Sorrento.
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Campbell is always fun to watch, not to mention the fact that his well-known Django-filia (documented by his paintings under the nom-de-oeil Lamar Sorrento ), ...
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Dubbed Loverly '97, the night will include performances by Lorette Velvette, the Greg Hiskey Rhythm Method, Lamar Sorrento, the Jimsons, and spoken word ...
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The other notable track in the bunch is “Lawnmower Song” by Lamar Sorrento ( a.k.a. James Eddie Campbell), which is a bit of a departure itself, falling much ...
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Jul 25, 2017 ... A silent auction ranged from Kroger gift cards to paintings by folk artist Lamar Sorrento. Ghost Town Blues Band and Marcella and Her Lovers ...
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Aug 25, 2011 ... (Among the other Memphis-centric aspects of the album: some Lamar Sorrento artwork and a "Go Grizzlies" liner notes shout-out.) Fitting both ...
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Feb 19, 2015 ... It would have been nice (at the very least) to have mentioned one of Memphis' true art treasures, Lamar Sorrento, who is known (and collected) ...
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Jan 27, 2011 ... Recorded in town at Ardent Studios and featuring an original work by local folk artist Lamar Sorrento on the cover, Soulsville is a heartfelt ...
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Jul 24, 2014 ... In honor of the Flyer Flashback page that's been running in the Flyer this year, here's a history of the Antenna Club that Ross Johnson...
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May 15, 2014 ... Saturday: The Klitz with Ross Johnson's Panther Burns. Posted By Joe Boone on Thu, May 15, 2014 at 4:32 PM. If you haven't seen the footage ...
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Feb 7, 2014 ... Long-time Memphis musicians (and certified rogues) Jeffrey Evans and Ross Johnson have a record release party at Bar DKDC Saturday.
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Oct 16, 2015 ... Weekend Roundup 38: Heart, Modern Convenience, Ross Johnson. Posted By Chris Shaw on Fri, Oct 16, 2015 at 2:05 AM. click to enlarge.
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Nov 22, 2007 ... Ross Johnson is weak and afraid. At least that's what he says repeatedly in his sardonic new lyrics for the classic elevator jam "Theme from 'A ...
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Aug 31, 2015 ... courtesy of Goner Records; Ross Johnson plays the River Series at the Harbor Town Amphitheater on Saturday, October 24th. The last group ...
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Jun 18, 2015 ... click to enlarge Ross Johnson plays Goner Records' “Beale Street Takeover ... Individually or together as a duo, Jeff Evans and Ross Johnson ...
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Oct 21, 2016 ... This Friday is STACKED with shows worth your time, from the antics of Ross Johnson at the Buccaneer to Bonnie Raitt at the Orpheum to Blues ...
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Feb 6, 2014 ... The best country and rockabilly music is one step from crazy. Jeff Evans and Ross Johnson have each walked miles of those crazy steps.
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Jun 18, 2015 ... We are officially old enough to drink! Friday, June 19th. Toy Trucks, Ross Johnson and Jeff Evans, Alicja Pop, 6 p.m. at W.C. Handy Park, free.
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