NPR: R&B singer Janelle Monáe released a blistering 6 1/2-minute protest song on Friday called “Hell You Talmbout.” The song’s premise is simple, and that simplicity is the source of its power. The lyrics are the chanted names of black Americans killed by police and vigilantes, followed by the phrase “say his name” or “say her name.”
CHAPTER MUSIC: In 1973, two wide-eyed young music fans made their way to Los Angeles and were introduced by a notoriously touchy-feely road manager for the Doors. They fell into a relationship that would produce five of the most criminally neglected singles of the decade, as well as a treasure trove of unreleased recordings. John “Smokey” Condon was a bewitchingly beautiful Baltimore transplant, himself no angel after spending his teenage years partying with the John Waters crowd. EJ Emmons was a budding record producer from New Jersey, already starting to work in small studios around Hollywood.
Condon had marched in New York the night after the Stonewall Riots in 1969, and so by the time he and EJ created Smokey, they weren’t about to hold back. Released in 1974, first single Leather b/w Miss Ray wasn’t just openly gay, it was exultantly, unapologetically gay, examining front-on the newly-liberated leather and drag scenes thriving in America’s urban centres. READ THE FULL STORY HERE!
Songs from forthcoming Chapter Music reissue compilation How Far Will You Go? – The S&M Recordings 1973-81, to be released on vinyl, CD and digital on June 23, 2015. Pre-order now via CHAPTER RE-ISSUES
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PITCHFORK: According to a press release, Carrie & Lowell is named for Stevens’ mother and stepfather, and its 11 songs are about “life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love.”
Some kind stranger asked me today… “What is your favorite album”? I thought for a second or two… was it The Smith’s The Queen Is Dead? Sinatra’s “Only The Lonely”? And then out of the blue I told him Scott Walker’s “Scott 3”. So here it is. If you are not familiar with it give it a try. A geeky (and very cute) buddy of mine turned me on to Walker in the early ’90s but Walker’s music just didn’t click with me till a few years later… and I’ve adored his stunning vocals and atmospheric arrangements ever since. As much as I appreciate his weird and dark recordings of the 1990s and 2000s, it’s his 60’s & 70’s recordings that are very dear to my heart.
Scott 3, 1969 Lp, is the third solo album by singer songwriter Scott Walker. All songs written and composed by Scott Walker (credited as Noel Scott Engel), except where noted.
And here is one of my fave Walker tracks (not on Scott 3) “Joe”.
“To say Color Movies is a group of songs about my childhood and adolescence is true but insufficient,” Terry admits. “It’s a few memories in glass; the result of a maddening stock-taking effort; counting cans with unreadable labels. But I have a markedly questionable, impressionistic memory. I can’t know what is true and verifiable about my life. everything is so hazy. everyone was so sad. All of this is to say some of Color Movies is true, and some is fantastic fiction and I don’t know which is which. I never did.” – Dane Terry
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Terry photos by Walt Cessna after the jump
HOTARIOUS: JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND & TAYLOR MAC – “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord” (2011) via david & derek
Justin Vivian Bond & Taylor Mac tear up the house with their rendition of “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord.”
Performed at the Castro Theatre, 4/9/2011; event produced by Marc Huestis presents; piano by Thomas Bartlett; camera by Mark Kliem; sound by Randall Schiller productions
SISSYDUDE LOVES LOVE: DARLENE blows away the crowd with her final Late Show performance of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).”
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss
THE FIRST TIME!
Rare original footage of the most famous girl ensembles of the 1960’s is featured. Such all-girl groups as the Ronettes, the Supremes and the Shangri-Las perform their hit titles which include “Please Mr. Postman,” “Be My Baby,” and “Chapel of Love.”
Directed by MAL – Milord and L’Etiquette
Executive producers: Anthony Saoudi & Mathias Chelebourg
Produced by Marcassin
DENNY LAINE – “Say You Don’t Mind” (Official “Bouton Rouge” Promotional Music Video) | © 1967 F2 TV (for IVAN)
The West Coast cast of “Hair” performs on season 3, episode 8 of “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” taped November 29th 1968 and aired December 8th, 1968. The songs performed are “The Age of Aquarius”, “Hair” and “The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)”. Jennifer Warnes! Gloria Jones!!!
The West Coast version played at the Aquarius Theatre in Los Angeles beginning about six months after the Broadway opening and running for an unprecedented two years. The Los Angeles tribe included Rado, Ragni, Robert Rothman, Ben Vereen (who replaced Ragni), Red Shepard, Ted Neeley (who replaced Rado), Meat Loaf, Gloria Jones, Táta Vega, Jobriath, Jennifer Warnes, and Dobie Gray.
Music video by The Ting Tings performing Wrong Club. (C) 2014 Finca Records
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Lyrics after the jump…