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There will be magnificence in "There will be Blood"

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I don’t want to talk about those things. I see the worst in people. I don’t need to look past seeing them to get all I need.

I’ve built my hatreds up over the years, little by little, Henry… to have you here gives me a second breath. I can’t keep doing this on my own with these… people.

-Daniel Plainview

Question Of The Day for today!

What do you get if you take the following;

  • a brave and artistic director who understands the kernel nature of cinema,
  • a magnificent soundtrack which out-hermanns Bernard Hermann,
  • cinematography which captures the nature of space, light, shadow and darkness,
  • an exemplary cast of supporting actors (most notable of whom, the great Paul Dano)
  • archetypal tales from the Old Testament,
  • a pinch of JR Ewing type soap opera;
and of course,
  • one of the greatest acting performances ever seen.

The image “https://i1.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a5/There_will_be_blood.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Well, you get this. There will be Blood. A masterpiece of modern cinema.

The scope of this work is vast. It attempts and to a great extent succeeds in the nigh impossible task of creating a little world that in microcosm tells of the origins and genesis of the industrialised USA.

It wastes no time and starts off magnificently.

Without need for dialogue, Anderson manages in the first quarter hour to set the bedrock for the movie and show the elemental fight between an unforgiving landscape and an elemental man hewn from that land, the ruthlessness of nature and the ruthless nature of man.

These scenes alone capture the true essence of cinema, the wonder of what cinema can be but rarely if ever is.

Under the backdrop of a wonderful Bernard Hermann style score from Jonny Greenwood (who knew there was a great musician in Radiohead!), and with classic cinematography, the raw physicality of Lewis’s performance creates a majestic and visceral opening to a piece of cinema that is up there with the greatest.

It continues for over two hours more and does not relent in its pursuit, in its excellence.

The movie sets out to explore the darkness, greed, inhumanity that lies at the heart of industry, at the very soul of man.

You’re a bastard from a basket.

Just a bastard from a basket.

BASTARD FROM A BASKET !


-Daniel Plainview

https://i2.wp.com/www.stuff.co.nz/images/693366.jpgAll of this is helmed magnificently by Paul Thomas Anderson and driven on-screen by the perfect complex performance of Daniel Day Lewis as Daniel Plainview, a tormented, driven, ruthless industrialist hewn from the stone of the Old Testament and the rock of capitalist greed.

Anderson, in his previous work of greatness “Magnolia” explored the dark complications of modern society through the fucked up lives of members of an apparently perfect and successful family – a family which was actually incredibly dysfunctional and ripped apart by various vices. Here, Anderson sets his scope even higher and manages to create one of the most majestic pieces of cinematic art of recent times.

Within this work, one can almost hear echoed, the voices of the greats; John Ford, Terrence Malick, Pier Paolo Paosolini, Ingmar Bergman, DW Griffith, Béla Tarr, Andrei Tarkovsky, Orson Welles. This piece of classic cinema is of its time yet timeless, and like all great art will be with us forever.

How this didn’t clean up in the Oscars is totally beyond me! Comparing this majestic work to “No Country for Old Men” (which removed almost all of the subtlety of Cormac Mc Carthy’s source novel – as well as screwing up the plotlines into a senseless mess – and turned it into the “Texmex Terminator”!!) is like comparing “Blood on the Tracks” to say, “Slippery when Wet”. In other words, a fucking joke!

Check it on IMDB: tt0469494/

Check it on Wiki: There_Will_Be_Blood


If you wanna catch a peek at this classic – not that I am in any way encouraging this! – you can perhaps find something to download here (remember downloads are only to be kept for 24 hours, then deleted!);

http://allulook4.com/2008/01/12/there-will-be-blood2007/

The image “https://i0.wp.com/myimg.info/thumbs/opt0447042001205737261x.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

March 25, 2008 Posted by | _ARTICLE, _CINEMA, _OTHER | Leave a comment

There will be magnificence in "There will be Blood"

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I don’t want to talk about those things. I see the worst in people. I don’t need to look past seeing them to get all I need.

I’ve built my hatreds up over the years, little by little, Henry… to have you here gives me a second breath. I can’t keep doing this on my own with these… people.

-Daniel Plainview

Question Of The Day for today!

What do you get if you take the following;

  • a brave and artistic director who understands the kernel nature of cinema,
  • a magnificent soundtrack which out-hermanns Bernard Hermann,
  • cinematography which captures the nature of space, light, shadow and darkness,
  • an exemplary cast of supporting actors (most notable of whom, the great Paul Dano)
  • archetypal tales from the Old Testament,
  • a pinch of JR Ewing type soap opera;
and of course,
  • one of the greatest acting performances ever seen.

The image “https://i1.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a5/There_will_be_blood.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Well, you get this. There will be Blood. A masterpiece of modern cinema.

The scope of this work is vast. It attempts and to a great extent succeeds in the nigh impossible task of creating a little world that in microcosm tells of the origins and genesis of the industrialised USA.

It wastes no time and starts off magnificently.

Without need for dialogue, Anderson manages in the first quarter hour to set the bedrock for the movie and show the elemental fight between an unforgiving landscape and an elemental man hewn from that land, the ruthlessness of nature and the ruthless nature of man.

These scenes alone capture the true essence of cinema, the wonder of what cinema can be but rarely if ever is.

Under the backdrop of a wonderful Bernard Hermann style score from Jonny Greenwood (who knew there was a great musician in Radiohead!), and with classic cinematography, the raw physicality of Lewis’s performance creates a majestic and visceral opening to a piece of cinema that is up there with the greatest.

It continues for over two hours more and does not relent in its pursuit, in its excellence.

The movie sets out to explore the darkness, greed, inhumanity that lies at the heart of industry, at the very soul of man.

You’re a bastard from a basket.

Just a bastard from a basket.

BASTARD FROM A BASKET !


-Daniel Plainview

https://i2.wp.com/www.stuff.co.nz/images/693366.jpgAll of this is helmed magnificently by Paul Thomas Anderson and driven on-screen by the perfect complex performance of Daniel Day Lewis as Daniel Plainview, a tormented, driven, ruthless industrialist hewn from the stone of the Old Testament and the rock of capitalist greed.

Anderson, in his previous work of greatness “Magnolia” explored the dark complications of modern society through the fucked up lives of members of an apparently perfect and successful family – a family which was actually incredibly dysfunctional and ripped apart by various vices. Here, Anderson sets his scope even higher and manages to create one of the most majestic pieces of cinematic art of recent times.

Within this work, one can almost hear echoed, the voices of the greats; John Ford, Terrence Malick, Pier Paolo Paosolini, Ingmar Bergman, DW Griffith, Béla Tarr, Andrei Tarkovsky, Orson Welles. This piece of classic cinema is of its time yet timeless, and like all great art will be with us forever.

How this didn’t clean up in the Oscars is totally beyond me! Comparing this majestic work to “No Country for Old Men” (which removed almost all of the subtlety of Cormac Mc Carthy’s source novel – as well as screwing up the plotlines into a senseless mess – and turned it into the “Texmex Terminator”!!) is like comparing “Blood on the Tracks” to say, “Slippery when Wet”. In other words, a fucking joke!

Check it on IMDB: tt0469494/

Check it on Wiki: There_Will_Be_Blood


If you wanna catch a peek at this classic – not that I am in any way encouraging this! – you can perhaps find something to download here (remember downloads are only to be kept for 24 hours, then deleted!);

http://allulook4.com/2008/01/12/there-will-be-blood2007/

The image “https://i0.wp.com/myimg.info/thumbs/opt0447042001205737261x.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

March 25, 2008 Posted by | _CINEMA, _EDITORIAL, _OTHER | Leave a comment

There will be magnificence in "There will be Blood"

https://i1.wp.com/farm3.static.flickr.com/2327/2123850867_3a34ff74de.jpg

I don’t want to talk about those things. I see the worst in people. I don’t need to look past seeing them to get all I need.

I’ve built my hatreds up over the years, little by little, Henry… to have you here gives me a second breath. I can’t keep doing this on my own with these… people.

-Daniel Plainview

Question Of The Day for today!

What do you get if you take the following;

  • a brave and artistic director who understands the kernel nature of cinema,
  • a magnificent soundtrack which out-hermanns Bernard Hermann,
  • cinematography which captures the nature of space, light, shadow and darkness,
  • an exemplary cast of supporting actors (most notable of whom, the great Paul Dano)
  • archetypal tales from the Old Testament,
  • a pinch of JR Ewing type soap opera;
and of course,
  • one of the greatest acting performances ever seen.

//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a5/There_will_be_blood.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Well, you get this. There will be Blood. A masterpiece of modern cinema.

The scope of this work is vast. It attempts and to a great extent succeeds in the nigh impossible task of creating a little world that in microcosm tells of the origins and genesis of the industrialised USA.

It wastes no time and starts off magnificently.

Without need for dialogue, Anderson manages in the first quarter hour to set the bedrock for the movie and show the elemental fight between an unforgiving landscape and an elemental man hewn from that land, the ruthlessness of nature and the ruthless nature of man.

These scenes alone capture the true essence of cinema, the wonder of what cinema can be but rarely if ever is.

Under the backdrop of a wonderful Bernard Hermann style score from Jonny Greenwood (who knew there was a great musician in Radiohead!), and with classic cinematography, the raw physicality of Lewis’s performance creates a majestic and visceral opening to a piece of cinema that is up there with the greatest.

It continues for over two hours more and does not relent in its pursuit, in its excellence.

The movie sets out to explore the darkness, greed, inhumanity that lies at the heart of industry, at the very soul of man.

You’re a bastard from a basket.

Just a bastard from a basket.

BASTARD FROM A BASKET !


-Daniel Plainview

https://i2.wp.com/www.stuff.co.nz/images/693366.jpgAll of this is helmed magnificently by Paul Thomas Anderson and driven on-screen by the perfect complex performance of Daniel Day Lewis as Daniel Plainview, a tormented, driven, ruthless industrialist hewn from the stone of the Old Testament and the rock of capitalist greed.

Anderson, in his previous work of greatness “Magnolia” explored the dark complications of modern society through the fucked up lives of members of an apparently perfect and successful family – a family which was actually incredibly dysfunctional and ripped apart by various vices. Here, Anderson sets his scope even higher and manages to create one of the most majestic pieces of cinematic art of recent times.

Within this work, one can almost hear echoed, the voices of the greats; John Ford, Terrence Malick, Pier Paolo Paosolini, Ingmar Bergman, DW Griffith, Béla Tarr, Andrei Tarkovsky, Orson Welles. This piece of classic cinema is of its time yet timeless, and like all great art will be with us forever.

How this didn’t clean up in the Oscars is totally beyond me! Comparing this majestic work to “No Country for Old Men” (which removed almost all of the subtlety of Cormac Mc Carthy’s source novel – as well as screwing up the plotlines into a senseless mess – and turned it into the “Texmex Terminator”!!) is like comparing “Blood on the Tracks” to say, “Slippery when Wet”. In other words, a fucking joke!

Check it on IMDB: tt0469494/

Check it on Wiki: There_Will_Be_Blood


If you wanna catch a peek at this classic – not that I am in any way encouraging this! – you can perhaps find something to download here (remember downloads are only to be kept for 24 hours, then deleted!);

http://allulook4.com/2008/01/12/there-will-be-blood2007/

//myimg.info/thumbs/opt0447042001205737261x.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

March 25, 2008 Posted by | OTHER_CINEMA, _EDITORIAL, _OTHER | Leave a comment

3453453 by r3nya

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Another wonderful shot from Polish Artist r3nya.


We love her work!

A complex self portrait, this. We love the flashes of red amongst the layers of darkness and the reflection effect!

It’s like an awful glimpse into the dark dark soul.

Kinda reminds me of a chick I encountered at 6am last Saturday morning when stumbling home near comatose from the Emergency Room gogo bar! I’m never drinking Jack D again!


Check her work out here; r3nya

March 25, 2008 Posted by | r3nya, _PHOTOGRAPHY | Leave a comment

3453453 by r3nya

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Another wonderful shot from Polish Artist r3nya.


We love her work!

A complex self portrait, this. We love the flashes of red amongst the layers of darkness and the reflection effect!

It’s like an awful glimpse into the dark dark soul.

Kinda reminds me of a chick I encountered at 6am last Saturday morning when stumbling home near comatose from the Emergency Room gogo bar! I’m never drinking Jack D again!


Check her work out here; r3nya

March 25, 2008 Posted by | r3nya, _PHOTOGRAPHY | Leave a comment

‘Fifth Beatle’ Neil Aspinall loses cancer battle


‘Fifth Beatle’ Neil Aspinall loses cancer battle with Sir Paul McCartney by his bedside

By LAURA ROBERTS –
Last updated at 22:26pm on 24th March 2008

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/


The man known throughout the music industry as “the Fifth Beatle” has died from lung cancer.

Neil Aspinall, who controlled The Beatles’ music empire for more than 40 years, passed away in hospital in New York yesterday.

Sir Paul McCartney flew to the U.S. on Saturday to be at the bedside of the 66-year-old as his condition deteriorated. It is understood he had battled the disease for past two months.

Beatles and Neil Aspinall

Fab Five:

Neil Aspinall with the Beatles in January 1964. He was their accountant and business adviser for 40 years and even sang backing vocals on Yellow Submarine

Aspinall started work for the band as the £1-an-hour driver of their battered blue Commer van. He became their confidant and accountant, as well as contributing to some recordings, playing percussion on Magical Mystery Tour and singing backing vocals on Yellow Submarine.

In 1968 he took over Apple Corps, the company set up to manage the Beatles’ business interests.

In a statement released on behalf of Sir Paul and Ringo Starr and Beatle widows Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, the company said: “As a loyal friend, confidant and chief executive, Neil’s trusting stewardship and guidance has left a far-reaching legacy for generations to come.

“All his friends and loved ones will greatly miss him but will always retain the fondest memories of a great man.”

Aspinall resigned as chief executive of Apple Corps 11 months ago to run a small film company from his home in South-West London.

A former smoker, he was being treated at Manhattan’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre after being transferred from a London hospital. Suzy, his wife of 39 years, was at his bedside yesterday along with his five children.

March 25, 2008 Posted by | The Beatles, _ARTICLE, _MUSIC, _OTHER | Leave a comment

‘Fifth Beatle’ Neil Aspinall loses cancer battle


‘Fifth Beatle’ Neil Aspinall loses cancer battle with Sir Paul McCartney by his bedside

By LAURA ROBERTS –
Last updated at 22:26pm on 24th March 2008

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/


The man known throughout the music industry as “the Fifth Beatle” has died from lung cancer.

Neil Aspinall, who controlled The Beatles’ music empire for more than 40 years, passed away in hospital in New York yesterday.

Sir Paul McCartney flew to the U.S. on Saturday to be at the bedside of the 66-year-old as his condition deteriorated. It is understood he had battled the disease for past two months.

Beatles and Neil Aspinall

Fab Five:

Neil Aspinall with the Beatles in January 1964. He was their accountant and business adviser for 40 years and even sang backing vocals on Yellow Submarine

Aspinall started work for the band as the £1-an-hour driver of their battered blue Commer van. He became their confidant and accountant, as well as contributing to some recordings, playing percussion on Magical Mystery Tour and singing backing vocals on Yellow Submarine.

In 1968 he took over Apple Corps, the company set up to manage the Beatles’ business interests.

In a statement released on behalf of Sir Paul and Ringo Starr and Beatle widows Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, the company said: “As a loyal friend, confidant and chief executive, Neil’s trusting stewardship and guidance has left a far-reaching legacy for generations to come.

“All his friends and loved ones will greatly miss him but will always retain the fondest memories of a great man.”

Aspinall resigned as chief executive of Apple Corps 11 months ago to run a small film company from his home in South-West London.

A former smoker, he was being treated at Manhattan’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre after being transferred from a London hospital. Suzy, his wife of 39 years, was at his bedside yesterday along with his five children.

March 25, 2008 Posted by | The Beatles, _EDITORIAL, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Loads of Rilo Kiley records!

Rilo Kiley have been the darlings of the indie music press for some time now.

They were even played on an episode of Bob Dylan’s majestic Theme Time Radio Hour this season!

Last year’s outing Under the Blacklight didn’t really do much for me. I liked some of their earlier stuff though.

Oh, Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins was pretty good too.

But, of course, sometimes the most important criterion we apply here on the Last Bastion to our critical judgments of musical acts is less the racket they make, rather the racks that they shake!!

Yap, we love rockstars with pert full boobies (female rockstars anyway) and therefore, on that critical basis, we hereby deign Jenny Lewis / Rilo Kiley to be officially “great”!

Thanks to Solitaire & TIC for compiling a few of their earlier and more obscure outings.

Rilo Kiley – Rilo Kiley (2000)


Codec: MPEG 1 Layer III
Settings: 166 kbps APS VBR / 44100 Hz / Joint Stereo
Total Size: 66,10 MB
Total Length: 00:55:42

1. Frug
2. Papillon
3. Always
4. 85
5. Glendora
6. Teenage Love Song
7. Sword
8. Asshole
9. Gravity
10. Troubadors/Annoying Noise of Death

http://ifile.it/ndi13t6

pass: www.dancingmokey.com

Rilo Kiley – Take Offs and Landings (2001)

1. “Go Ahead” – 3:34
2. “Science vs. Romance” – 5:43
3. “Wires and Waves” – 3:17
4. “Pictures of Success” – 6:51
5. “August” – 3:18
6. “Bulletproof” – 1:57
7. “Plane Crash in C” – 5:11
8. “Variations on a Theme (Science vs. Romance)” – 0:36
9. “Small Figures in a Vast Expanse” – 3:19
10. “Don’t Deconstruct” – 2:37
11. “Always” – 4:00
12. “We’ll Never Sleep (God Knows We’ll Try)” – 2:54
13. “Rest of My Life” – 2:10
14. “Variations on a Theme (Plane Crash in C)” – 1:35
15. “Spectacular Views (Salute My Shorts!) * (hidden track at end of 14)

http://rapidshare.com/files/10…..ndings.rar

Rilo Kiley – The Execution of All Things (2002)


Release date: October 1, 2002
Label: Saddle Creek

1. The Good That Won’t Come Out – 4:31
2. Paint’s Peeling – 3:20
3. The Execution of All Things – 4:13
4. So Long – 5:27
5. Capturing Moods – 3:35
6. A Better Son/Daughter – 4:39
7. Hail to Whatever You Found in the Sunlight That Surrounds You – 3:20
8. My Slumbering Heart – 5:36
9. Three Hopeful Thoughts – 2:50
10. With Arms Outstretched – 3:43
11. Spectacular Views – 6:20

Rilo Kiley – Live at Fingerprints EP (2004)

Codec: MPEG 1 Layer III
Settings: 189 kbps V0 VBR / 44100 Hz / Joint Stereo
Total Size: 30,97 MB
Total Length: 00:22:55

1. More Adventurous (Acoustic)
2. A Man/Me/Then Jim (Acoustic)
3. Somebody Else’s Clothes (Acoustic)
4. Ripchord (Acoustic)
5. The Good That Won’t Come Out (Acoustic)
6. Does He Love You? (Acoustic)

http://ifile.it/heg5dl0

pass: www.dancingmokey.com

Rilo Kiley – More Adventurous (2004)

Codec: MPEG 1 Layer III
Settings: 205 kbps V0 VBR / 44100 Hz / Joint Stereo
Total Size: 65,65 MB
Total Length: 00:44:50

1. It’s A Hit
2. Does He Love You?
3. Portions For Foxes
4. Ripchord
5. I Never
6. The Absence Of God
7. Accidental Deth
8. More Adventurous
9. Love And War (11/11/46)
10. A Man/Me/Then Jim
11. It Just Is

http://ifile.it/94fjyh2

pass: www.dancingmokey.com


Rilo Kiley – Portions For Foxes [Single] (2005)

Codec: MPEG 1 Layer III
Settings: 268 kbps VBR / 44100 Hz / Joint Stereo
Total Size: 22,21 MB
Total Length: 00:11:34

1. Portions For Foxes
2. A Town Called Luckey

http://ifile.it/qobcudz

pass: www.dancingmokey.com


Thanks to Solitaire /TheIndieConnection !

The image “https://i0.wp.com/myimg.info/thumbs/opt0447042001205737261x.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.


March 25, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, Rilo Kiley, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Loads of Rilo Kiley records!

Rilo Kiley have been the darlings of the indie music press for some time now.

They were even played on an episode of Bob Dylan’s majestic Theme Time Radio Hour this season!

Last year’s outing Under the Blacklight didn’t really do much for me. I liked some of their earlier stuff though.

Oh, Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins was pretty good too.

But, of course, sometimes the most important criterion we apply here on the Last Bastion to our critical judgments of musical acts is less the racket they make, rather the racks that they shake!!

Yap, we love rockstars with pert full boobies (female rockstars anyway) and therefore, on that critical basis, we hereby deign Jenny Lewis / Rilo Kiley to be officially “great”!

Thanks to Solitaire & TIC for compiling a few of their earlier and more obscure outings.

Rilo Kiley – Rilo Kiley (2000)


Codec: MPEG 1 Layer III
Settings: 166 kbps APS VBR / 44100 Hz / Joint Stereo
Total Size: 66,10 MB
Total Length: 00:55:42

1. Frug
2. Papillon
3. Always
4. 85
5. Glendora
6. Teenage Love Song
7. Sword
8. Asshole
9. Gravity
10. Troubadors/Annoying Noise of Death

http://ifile.it/ndi13t6

pass: www.dancingmokey.com

Rilo Kiley – Take Offs and Landings (2001)

1. “Go Ahead” – 3:34
2. “Science vs. Romance” – 5:43
3. “Wires and Waves” – 3:17
4. “Pictures of Success” – 6:51
5. “August” – 3:18
6. “Bulletproof” – 1:57
7. “Plane Crash in C” – 5:11
8. “Variations on a Theme (Science vs. Romance)” – 0:36
9. “Small Figures in a Vast Expanse” – 3:19
10. “Don’t Deconstruct” – 2:37
11. “Always” – 4:00
12. “We’ll Never Sleep (God Knows We’ll Try)” – 2:54
13. “Rest of My Life” – 2:10
14. “Variations on a Theme (Plane Crash in C)” – 1:35
15. “Spectacular Views (Salute My Shorts!) * (hidden track at end of 14)

http://rapidshare.com/files/10…..ndings.rar

Rilo Kiley – The Execution of All Things (2002)


Release date: October 1, 2002
Label: Saddle Creek

1. The Good That Won’t Come Out – 4:31
2. Paint’s Peeling – 3:20
3. The Execution of All Things – 4:13
4. So Long – 5:27
5. Capturing Moods – 3:35
6. A Better Son/Daughter – 4:39
7. Hail to Whatever You Found in the Sunlight That Surrounds You – 3:20
8. My Slumbering Heart – 5:36
9. Three Hopeful Thoughts – 2:50
10. With Arms Outstretched – 3:43
11. Spectacular Views – 6:20

Rilo Kiley – Live at Fingerprints EP (2004)

Codec: MPEG 1 Layer III
Settings: 189 kbps V0 VBR / 44100 Hz / Joint Stereo
Total Size: 30,97 MB
Total Length: 00:22:55

1. More Adventurous (Acoustic)
2. A Man/Me/Then Jim (Acoustic)
3. Somebody Else’s Clothes (Acoustic)
4. Ripchord (Acoustic)
5. The Good That Won’t Come Out (Acoustic)
6. Does He Love You? (Acoustic)

http://ifile.it/heg5dl0

pass: www.dancingmokey.com

Rilo Kiley – More Adventurous (2004)

Codec: MPEG 1 Layer III
Settings: 205 kbps V0 VBR / 44100 Hz / Joint Stereo
Total Size: 65,65 MB
Total Length: 00:44:50

1. It’s A Hit
2. Does He Love You?
3. Portions For Foxes
4. Ripchord
5. I Never
6. The Absence Of God
7. Accidental Deth
8. More Adventurous
9. Love And War (11/11/46)
10. A Man/Me/Then Jim
11. It Just Is

http://ifile.it/94fjyh2

pass: www.dancingmokey.com


Rilo Kiley – Portions For Foxes [Single] (2005)

Codec: MPEG 1 Layer III
Settings: 268 kbps VBR / 44100 Hz / Joint Stereo
Total Size: 22,21 MB
Total Length: 00:11:34

1. Portions For Foxes
2. A Town Called Luckey

http://ifile.it/qobcudz

pass: www.dancingmokey.com


Thanks to Solitaire /TheIndieConnection !

The image “https://i0.wp.com/myimg.info/thumbs/opt0447042001205737261x.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.


March 25, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, Rilo Kiley, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Loads of Rilo Kiley records!

Rilo Kiley have been the darlings of the indie music press for some time now.

They were even played on an episode of Bob Dylan’s majestic Theme Time Radio Hour this season!

Last year’s outing Under the Blacklight didn’t really do much for me. I liked some of their earlier stuff though.

Oh, Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins was pretty good too.

But, of course, sometimes the most important criterion we apply here on the Last Bastion to our critical judgments of musical acts is less the racket they make, rather the racks that they shake!!

Yap, we love rockstars with pert full boobies (female rockstars anyway) and therefore, on that critical basis, we hereby deign Jenny Lewis / Rilo Kiley to be officially “great”!

Thanks to Solitaire & TIC for compiling a few of their earlier and more obscure outings.

Rilo Kiley – Rilo Kiley (2000)


Codec: MPEG 1 Layer III
Settings: 166 kbps APS VBR / 44100 Hz / Joint Stereo
Total Size: 66,10 MB
Total Length: 00:55:42

1. Frug
2. Papillon
3. Always
4. 85
5. Glendora
6. Teenage Love Song
7. Sword
8. Asshole
9. Gravity
10. Troubadors/Annoying Noise of Death

http://ifile.it/ndi13t6

pass: www.dancingmokey.com

Rilo Kiley – Take Offs and Landings (2001)

1. “Go Ahead” – 3:34
2. “Science vs. Romance” – 5:43
3. “Wires and Waves” – 3:17
4. “Pictures of Success” – 6:51
5. “August” – 3:18
6. “Bulletproof” – 1:57
7. “Plane Crash in C” – 5:11
8. “Variations on a Theme (Science vs. Romance)” – 0:36
9. “Small Figures in a Vast Expanse” – 3:19
10. “Don’t Deconstruct” – 2:37
11. “Always” – 4:00
12. “We’ll Never Sleep (God Knows We’ll Try)” – 2:54
13. “Rest of My Life” – 2:10
14. “Variations on a Theme (Plane Crash in C)” – 1:35
15. “Spectacular Views (Salute My Shorts!) * (hidden track at end of 14)

http://rapidshare.com/files/10…..ndings.rar

Rilo Kiley – The Execution of All Things (2002)


Release date: October 1, 2002
Label: Saddle Creek

1. The Good That Won’t Come Out – 4:31
2. Paint’s Peeling – 3:20
3. The Execution of All Things – 4:13
4. So Long – 5:27
5. Capturing Moods – 3:35
6. A Better Son/Daughter – 4:39
7. Hail to Whatever You Found in the Sunlight That Surrounds You – 3:20
8. My Slumbering Heart – 5:36
9. Three Hopeful Thoughts – 2:50
10. With Arms Outstretched – 3:43
11. Spectacular Views – 6:20

Rilo Kiley – Live at Fingerprints EP (2004)

Codec: MPEG 1 Layer III
Settings: 189 kbps V0 VBR / 44100 Hz / Joint Stereo
Total Size: 30,97 MB
Total Length: 00:22:55

1. More Adventurous (Acoustic)
2. A Man/Me/Then Jim (Acoustic)
3. Somebody Else’s Clothes (Acoustic)
4. Ripchord (Acoustic)
5. The Good That Won’t Come Out (Acoustic)
6. Does He Love You? (Acoustic)

http://ifile.it/heg5dl0

pass: www.dancingmokey.com

Rilo Kiley – More Adventurous (2004)

Codec: MPEG 1 Layer III
Settings: 205 kbps V0 VBR / 44100 Hz / Joint Stereo
Total Size: 65,65 MB
Total Length: 00:44:50

1. It’s A Hit
2. Does He Love You?
3. Portions For Foxes
4. Ripchord
5. I Never
6. The Absence Of God
7. Accidental Deth
8. More Adventurous
9. Love And War (11/11/46)
10. A Man/Me/Then Jim
11. It Just Is

http://ifile.it/94fjyh2

pass: www.dancingmokey.com


Rilo Kiley – Portions For Foxes [Single] (2005)

Codec: MPEG 1 Layer III
Settings: 268 kbps VBR / 44100 Hz / Joint Stereo
Total Size: 22,21 MB
Total Length: 00:11:34

1. Portions For Foxes
2. A Town Called Luckey

http://ifile.it/qobcudz

pass: www.dancingmokey.com


Thanks to Solitaire /TheIndieConnection !

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March 25, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, Music_DISCOGRAPHY, Rilo Kiley, _MUSIC | 1 Comment

The Beatles – Lord Of Madness (1968)@192

In 1968 The Beatles were in the midst of a creative surge and recorded numerous sessions at Trident and EMI studios in London. Some excellent tracks were laid down, the final versions of many of which are found on The White Album.

Lord of Madness captures a slew of great songs in gestation as it were. Fascinating stuff and another piece of great Beatles history for fans! The quality too is excellent on this boot – both in terms both of performance and recording quality.

Tracklisting

01 – Hey Jude
02 – Revolution
03 – I’m So Tired
04 – Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
05 – Sour Milk Sea
06 – Circles
07 – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
08 – Julia
09 – Not Guilty
10 – What’s The New Mary Jane
11 – Yer Blues
12 – Helter Skelter
13 – Cry Baby Cry
14 – Revolution No. 9
15 – Good Night

Here be Beatles;

http://rapidshare.com/files/43866116/beat-lom.rar

p/w: pg

Thanks to plastic geordie

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March 25, 2008 Posted by | Music_Bootleg, Music_ClassicSong, The Beatles, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

The Beatles – Lord Of Madness (1968)@192

In 1968 The Beatles were in the midst of a creative surge and recorded numerous sessions at Trident and EMI studios in London. Some excellent tracks were laid down, the final versions of many of which are found on The White Album.

Lord of Madness captures a slew of great songs in gestation as it were. Fascinating stuff and another piece of great Beatles history for fans! The quality too is excellent on this boot – both in terms both of performance and recording quality.

Tracklisting

01 – Hey Jude
02 – Revolution
03 – I’m So Tired
04 – Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
05 – Sour Milk Sea
06 – Circles
07 – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
08 – Julia
09 – Not Guilty
10 – What’s The New Mary Jane
11 – Yer Blues
12 – Helter Skelter
13 – Cry Baby Cry
14 – Revolution No. 9
15 – Good Night

Here be Beatles;

http://rapidshare.com/files/43866116/beat-lom.rar

p/w: pg

Thanks to plastic geordie

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March 25, 2008 Posted by | Music_Bootleg, Music_ClassicSong, The Beatles, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

The Beatles – Lord Of Madness (1968)@192

In 1968 The Beatles were in the midst of a creative surge and recorded numerous sessions at Trident and EMI studios in London. Some excellent tracks were laid down, the final versions of many of which are found on The White Album.

Lord of Madness captures a slew of great songs in gestation as it were. Fascinating stuff and another piece of great Beatles history for fans! The quality too is excellent on this boot – both in terms both of performance and recording quality.

Tracklisting

01 – Hey Jude
02 – Revolution
03 – I’m So Tired
04 – Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
05 – Sour Milk Sea
06 – Circles
07 – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
08 – Julia
09 – Not Guilty
10 – What’s The New Mary Jane
11 – Yer Blues
12 – Helter Skelter
13 – Cry Baby Cry
14 – Revolution No. 9
15 – Good Night

Here be Beatles;

http://rapidshare.com/files/43866116/beat-lom.rar

p/w: pg

Thanks to plastic geordie

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March 25, 2008 Posted by | Music_Bootleg, Music_ClassicSong, The Beatles, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Lou Reed – Live: Take No Prisoners (Japan MiniLP)

Lou Reed – Live: Take No Prisoners (Japan MiniLP)

Original LP release: 1978
This CD released: 2006-09-20
Label: BMG Japan / Arista
Catalog #: BVCM-37746/47


Lineage:

EAC Secure Rip (test & copy) > FLAC
Mp3’s are encoded using All2Lame @ preset V0 VBR

Some classic Reed recorded live at The Bottom Line in NYC (where else!) by Record Plant Mobile over the nights 17 – 21 May 1978.

Here Lou and a top band blast off a slew of true classics with loads of typically acerbic comedic Reed new-yawwk banter in between!

I notice that in the band is one Moose Bowles. Isn’t that some sort of serious gastro-intestinal ailment?!

Info here: http://www.minilps.net/japan-m…..ml#content

“I do Lou Reed better than anybody ….. so I thought I’d get in on it,”

Recorded during a week of shows at New York’s Bottom Line in 1978, Live: Take No Prisoners presents Lou Reed the Standup Comic, doing schtick on Patti Smith (“F*ck Radio Ethiopia, man! I’m Radio Brooklyn!”), political activism (“Give me an issue, I’ll give you a tissue, and you can wipe my ass with it”), and the agony of playing “Walk on the Wild Side” (“It’s not that I don’t want to play your favorites, but there are so many favorites to choose from!”) while occasionally pausing to play a song.

As a comic, Lou is no Lenny Bruce or Bill Hicks, but he’s funny by fits and starts (and he plays guitar better than either of them). On the odd moments when Lou is focused enough to actually perform a song from start to finish (such as “Pale Blue Eyes” or “Coney Island Baby”), he’s in fine form, sounding loose but enthusiastic, but those moments don’t happen especially often, and this album plows through a mere ten songs in close to 100 minutes, which gives you an idea of just how far he stretches out here.

If you’re a fan who wants a look into the mind of Lou Reed, comic or otherwise, Live: Take No Prisoners certainly fills the bill, but if you want to hear Lou actually play his music, you’re better off with Rock N Roll Animal or Live in Italy. But then again, as Lou himself points out, “What’s wrong with cheap dirty jokes? I never said I was tasteful.”

AMG review by Mark Deming

Tracklisting

Disc 1:

1. Sweet Jane [10:45]
2. I Wanna Be Black [6:28]
3. Satellite of Love [7:07]
4. Pale Blue Eyes [7:37]
5. Berlin [6:14]
6. I’m Waiting For My Man [14:00]

Disc 2:

1. Coney Island Baby [8:39]
2. Street Hassle [13:16]
3. Walk on the Wild Side [16:54]
4. Leave Me Alone [7:30]

The Band:

Lou Reed – Guitar, Roland Guitar Synthesizer, Vocals
Marty Fogel – Electric Saxophone

Michael Fonfara – Yamaha Electric Piano
Stuart Heinrich – Guitar, Vocals
Ellard “Moose” Bowles – Bass, Vocals
Michael Suchorsky – Drums
Angela Howell – Vocals, Tambourine
Chrissy Faith – Vocals

Mickel’s kindly uploaded this both as MP3 and FLAC. The Flac is uploaded to his own serverspace and the Mp3 to RS.

Occassionally the speed when downloading from the serverspace is somewhat crappy. If you can’t get the file fast enough please use FlashGet or some other download manager/accelerator.

FLAC (662MB)


Mp3 (197MB)

pass = mickel

All Thanks to Mickel !!

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March 25, 2008 Posted by | Lou Reed, Music_Alternative, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Lou Reed – Live: Take No Prisoners (Japan MiniLP)

Lou Reed – Live: Take No Prisoners (Japan MiniLP)

Original LP release: 1978
This CD released: 2006-09-20
Label: BMG Japan / Arista
Catalog #: BVCM-37746/47


Lineage:

EAC Secure Rip (test & copy) > FLAC
Mp3’s are encoded using All2Lame @ preset V0 VBR

Some classic Reed recorded live at The Bottom Line in NYC (where else!) by Record Plant Mobile over the nights 17 – 21 May 1978.

Here Lou and a top band blast off a slew of true classics with loads of typically acerbic comedic Reed new-yawwk banter in between!

I notice that in the band is one Moose Bowles. Isn’t that some sort of serious gastro-intestinal ailment?!

Info here: http://www.minilps.net/japan-m…..ml#content

“I do Lou Reed better than anybody ….. so I thought I’d get in on it,”

Recorded during a week of shows at New York’s Bottom Line in 1978, Live: Take No Prisoners presents Lou Reed the Standup Comic, doing schtick on Patti Smith (“F*ck Radio Ethiopia, man! I’m Radio Brooklyn!”), political activism (“Give me an issue, I’ll give you a tissue, and you can wipe my ass with it”), and the agony of playing “Walk on the Wild Side” (“It’s not that I don’t want to play your favorites, but there are so many favorites to choose from!”) while occasionally pausing to play a song.

As a comic, Lou is no Lenny Bruce or Bill Hicks, but he’s funny by fits and starts (and he plays guitar better than either of them). On the odd moments when Lou is focused enough to actually perform a song from start to finish (such as “Pale Blue Eyes” or “Coney Island Baby”), he’s in fine form, sounding loose but enthusiastic, but those moments don’t happen especially often, and this album plows through a mere ten songs in close to 100 minutes, which gives you an idea of just how far he stretches out here.

If you’re a fan who wants a look into the mind of Lou Reed, comic or otherwise, Live: Take No Prisoners certainly fills the bill, but if you want to hear Lou actually play his music, you’re better off with Rock N Roll Animal or Live in Italy. But then again, as Lou himself points out, “What’s wrong with cheap dirty jokes? I never said I was tasteful.”

AMG review by Mark Deming

Tracklisting

Disc 1:

1. Sweet Jane [10:45]
2. I Wanna Be Black [6:28]
3. Satellite of Love [7:07]
4. Pale Blue Eyes [7:37]
5. Berlin [6:14]
6. I’m Waiting For My Man [14:00]

Disc 2:

1. Coney Island Baby [8:39]
2. Street Hassle [13:16]
3. Walk on the Wild Side [16:54]
4. Leave Me Alone [7:30]

The Band:

Lou Reed – Guitar, Roland Guitar Synthesizer, Vocals
Marty Fogel – Electric Saxophone

Michael Fonfara – Yamaha Electric Piano
Stuart Heinrich – Guitar, Vocals
Ellard “Moose” Bowles – Bass, Vocals
Michael Suchorsky – Drums
Angela Howell – Vocals, Tambourine
Chrissy Faith – Vocals

Mickel’s kindly uploaded this both as MP3 and FLAC. The Flac is uploaded to his own serverspace and the Mp3 to RS.

Occassionally the speed when downloading from the serverspace is somewhat crappy. If you can’t get the file fast enough please use FlashGet or some other download manager/accelerator.

FLAC (662MB)


Mp3 (197MB)

pass = mickel

All Thanks to Mickel !!

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March 25, 2008 Posted by | Lou Reed, Music_Alternative, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Lou Reed – Live: Take No Prisoners (Japan MiniLP)

Lou Reed – Live: Take No Prisoners (Japan MiniLP)

Original LP release: 1978
This CD released: 2006-09-20
Label: BMG Japan / Arista
Catalog #: BVCM-37746/47


Lineage:

EAC Secure Rip (test & copy) > FLAC
Mp3’s are encoded using All2Lame @ preset V0 VBR

Some classic Reed recorded live at The Bottom Line in NYC (where else!) by Record Plant Mobile over the nights 17 – 21 May 1978.

Here Lou and a top band blast off a slew of true classics with loads of typically acerbic comedic Reed new-yawwk banter in between!

I notice that in the band is one Moose Bowles. Isn’t that some sort of serious gastro-intestinal ailment?!

Info here: http://www.minilps.net/japan-m…..ml#content

“I do Lou Reed better than anybody ….. so I thought I’d get in on it,”

Recorded during a week of shows at New York’s Bottom Line in 1978, Live: Take No Prisoners presents Lou Reed the Standup Comic, doing schtick on Patti Smith (“F*ck Radio Ethiopia, man! I’m Radio Brooklyn!”), political activism (“Give me an issue, I’ll give you a tissue, and you can wipe my ass with it”), and the agony of playing “Walk on the Wild Side” (“It’s not that I don’t want to play your favorites, but there are so many favorites to choose from!”) while occasionally pausing to play a song.

As a comic, Lou is no Lenny Bruce or Bill Hicks, but he’s funny by fits and starts (and he plays guitar better than either of them). On the odd moments when Lou is focused enough to actually perform a song from start to finish (such as “Pale Blue Eyes” or “Coney Island Baby”), he’s in fine form, sounding loose but enthusiastic, but those moments don’t happen especially often, and this album plows through a mere ten songs in close to 100 minutes, which gives you an idea of just how far he stretches out here.

If you’re a fan who wants a look into the mind of Lou Reed, comic or otherwise, Live: Take No Prisoners certainly fills the bill, but if you want to hear Lou actually play his music, you’re better off with Rock N Roll Animal or Live in Italy. But then again, as Lou himself points out, “What’s wrong with cheap dirty jokes? I never said I was tasteful.”

AMG review by Mark Deming

Tracklisting

Disc 1:

1. Sweet Jane [10:45]
2. I Wanna Be Black [6:28]
3. Satellite of Love [7:07]
4. Pale Blue Eyes [7:37]
5. Berlin [6:14]
6. I’m Waiting For My Man [14:00]

Disc 2:

1. Coney Island Baby [8:39]
2. Street Hassle [13:16]
3. Walk on the Wild Side [16:54]
4. Leave Me Alone [7:30]

The Band:

Lou Reed – Guitar, Roland Guitar Synthesizer, Vocals
Marty Fogel – Electric Saxophone

Michael Fonfara – Yamaha Electric Piano
Stuart Heinrich – Guitar, Vocals
Ellard “Moose” Bowles – Bass, Vocals
Michael Suchorsky – Drums
Angela Howell – Vocals, Tambourine
Chrissy Faith – Vocals

Mickel’s kindly uploaded this both as MP3 and FLAC. The Flac is uploaded to his own serverspace and the Mp3 to RS.

Occassionally the speed when downloading from the serverspace is somewhat crappy. If you can’t get the file fast enough please use FlashGet or some other download manager/accelerator.

FLAC (662MB)


Mp3 (197MB)

pass = mickel

All Thanks to Mickel !!

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March 25, 2008 Posted by | Lou Reed, Music_Alternative, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Edith Piaf – Essential Masters


Edith Piaf – Essential Masters

Here are some classic chansons from the little sparrow.

Tracklisting

1. Mômes de la Cloche
2. Étranger
3. Mon Amant de la Coloniale
4. Paris-Méditerranée
5. Mon Légionnaire
6. Jeune Homme Chantait
7. C’est Lui Que Mon Coeur a Choisi
8. Petit Monsieur Triste
9. Elle Fréquentait la Rue Pigalle
10. Accordéoniste
11. C’Etait un Jour de Fête
12. J’Ai Dansé Avec l’Amour
13. Vagabond
14. C’Était une Histoire d’Amour
15. Disque Usé
16. Y’a Pas d’Printemps
17. C’est Toujours la Même Histoire
18. De l’Autre Côté de la Rue
19. Trois Cloches
20. Vie en Rose

Here be some sparrow:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=TIUNBM0R

Thanks to the original poster

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March 25, 2008 Posted by | Edith Piaf, Music_Chanson, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Edith Piaf – Essential Masters


Edith Piaf – Essential Masters

Here are some classic chansons from the little sparrow.

Tracklisting

1. Mômes de la Cloche
2. Étranger
3. Mon Amant de la Coloniale
4. Paris-Méditerranée
5. Mon Légionnaire
6. Jeune Homme Chantait
7. C’est Lui Que Mon Coeur a Choisi
8. Petit Monsieur Triste
9. Elle Fréquentait la Rue Pigalle
10. Accordéoniste
11. C’Etait un Jour de Fête
12. J’Ai Dansé Avec l’Amour
13. Vagabond
14. C’Était une Histoire d’Amour
15. Disque Usé
16. Y’a Pas d’Printemps
17. C’est Toujours la Même Histoire
18. De l’Autre Côté de la Rue
19. Trois Cloches
20. Vie en Rose

Here be some sparrow:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=TIUNBM0R

Thanks to the original poster

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March 25, 2008 Posted by | Edith Piaf, Music_Chanson, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Edith Piaf – Essential Masters


Edith Piaf – Essential Masters

Here are some classic chansons from the little sparrow.

Tracklisting

1. Mômes de la Cloche
2. Étranger
3. Mon Amant de la Coloniale
4. Paris-Méditerranée
5. Mon Légionnaire
6. Jeune Homme Chantait
7. C’est Lui Que Mon Coeur a Choisi
8. Petit Monsieur Triste
9. Elle Fréquentait la Rue Pigalle
10. Accordéoniste
11. C’Etait un Jour de Fête
12. J’Ai Dansé Avec l’Amour
13. Vagabond
14. C’Était une Histoire d’Amour
15. Disque Usé
16. Y’a Pas d’Printemps
17. C’est Toujours la Même Histoire
18. De l’Autre Côté de la Rue
19. Trois Cloches
20. Vie en Rose

Here be some sparrow:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=TIUNBM0R

Thanks to the original poster

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March 25, 2008 Posted by | Edith Piaf, Music_Chanson, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Hank Williams Keeps Coming Back

The darkness is falling, the sky has turned grey
A hound in the distance is starting to bey
I wonder, I wonder – what she’s thinking of
Forsaken, forgotten – without any love.

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Hank Williams Keeps Coming Back? Don’t worry, Hank hasn’t become a mad bloodthirsty zombie or something! It’s just a metaphor. Metaphors aren’t usually that dangerous!

Here’s an interesting piece about the Dylan Thomas of the Traintracks, of the Ezra Pound of the Prairie, the Sam Beckett of the Badlands!

from http://www.cmt.com

NASHVILLE SKYLINE:

Hank Williams Keeps Coming Back – A New Interest Revives the Country Pioneer

https://i0.wp.com/www.cmt.com/sitewide/assets/img/news/skyline.logo.280x210.jpg(NASHVILLE SKYLINE is a column by CMT/CMT.com Editorial Director Chet Flippo.)

I sense a bit of a Hank Williams resurgence ahead. He’s never really gone out of style since he died 55 years ago from a fatal highball of drugs and alcohol. What Roy Acuff termed as Hank’s “timely death” at age 29 has made him country music’s forever tragically-doomed poet, the Baudelaire of rural Alabama. A romantic legend from the land of piney woods and red dirt.

Even when his records quit selling and his record label was messing up his recordings by layering strings and other glop all over them, the beauty of the songs remained undimmed. And he’s still a shining beacon for country songwriters. For the ones who really want to be good and not just successful, that is.

One of the best tributes I’ve read about Hank is in a current magazine. You should check out the April issue of Road & Track. Peter Egan, one of the best writers laboring for magazines these days, is a musician himself and decided to take on the odyssey of recreating Hank’s last and fatal drive. Egan was not a lifelong Hank or country fan. Like me and many other country music devotees, he grew up loving rock ‘n’ roll and hating country. It wasn’t until maturity brought him some perspective and sense that he began listening to the music of his heritage and grew to love Hank Williams.

For his pilgrimage, he bought and restored over two years, at considerable effort and expense, a 1953 Cadillac Fleetwood and had it painted the same powder egg blue as Hank’s 1952 Caddy convertible. For his journey, he packed it with supplies, including a large supply of Jim Beam, because, as Egan wrote, “This was not a Pat Boone memorial tour.”

Then he and a friend set out from Egan’s Wisconsin home to begin the attempt to retrace Hank’s 800-mile drive from Montgomery, Ala., to Oak Hill, W.Va. Hank was trying to make it to a New Year’s show in Canton, Ohio, but expired in his Cadillac’s backseat well short of his destination.

Egan does a good job of recreating the Hank era on the road. A lovely picture accompanying this article shows the restored Caddy next to Hank’s gravesite in Montgomery. In researching this article, part one of two, one of the things Egan learned, that I hadn’t known, was that Hank had bought his Cadillac used and paid $5,202 — which was more than the original buyer had paid new, only $5083.95. Some things don’t change. Never trust a used-car salesman.

I hear that part two of Egan’s odyssey will include some new revelations about Hank’s last days. Stay posted. Oh. One more thing. A 1953 Caddy Fleetwood V-8? Gets 13.7 miles per gallon on the highway.

Other signs of renewed Hank interest include a new Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit, a major release of previously unreleased Hank radio broadcasts and a revived interest in Hank tours.

The Country Music Hall of Fame is opening a new exhibit devoted to the extended Hank Williams family on March 28. I just got a long preview tour, and it is an extraordinary presentation indeed. Look for more coverage on that soon at CMT.com.

A new series of two- and three-day Hank Williams tours visit his birthplace, his childhood home, his church, the gravesite, museums, his Montgomery and his Nashville.

One of Hank Williams’ almost-hidden legacies over the years has been the lost radio shows he did known as the “Mother’s Best” programs, named after the sponsoring flour company. The broadcasts, on Nashville’s WSM in the early morning hours in 1951, were recorded only on flimsy discs, and those were later thrown out as garbage by the radio station. Fortunately, they were retrieved from the trash cans and have languished in Nashville for a number of years. One attempt was made to release them with added instrumental tracks — now recognized as heresy, then regarded as “sweetening.” Fortunately, that effort failed. One record label tried to release them and lost a legal challenge.

Now a deal has been struck to issue a series of “Mother’s Best” CDs, with a total of 143 songs. I have heard a number of those early recordings, and they are remarkable, indeed. It’s just Hank and his road band gathered around the early morning microphone on 15-minute radio shows, with an occasional appearance from Audrey Williams, and Hank breaking to read commercials for cornbread and the like. Those were humdrum in their day, but to hear them now is electrifying in the sense that they give you the significance of real everyday life as conveyed by homegrown music and food, as opposed to MP3s and YouTube and fast food. You pick what you want.

March 25, 2008 Posted by | Hank Williams, Music_Country, _ARTICLE, _MUSIC, _OTHER | Leave a comment