WHAT: Hammer Presents: 3 from 33 1/3 with Hayden Childs, Kim Cooper and Scott Plagenhoef
WHERE: Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., LA 90024, 310.443.7000
WHEN: Weds October 29, 7pm
33 1/3 is a series of books about a wide variety of seminal rock and pop albums. Join three of the authors for readings and special multimedia presentations. Hayden Childsâ€™s "Shoot Out the Lights" puts into context Richard and Linda Thompsonâ€™s albumâ€”from the personal history driving the songs, to the recording difficulties they encountered and the subsequent fall-out. He has appeared in "Lost in the Grooves: Scramâ€™s Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed." Kim Cooperâ€™s "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" sheds light on the underground classic album by Neutral Milk Hotel. Cooper is the editor of "Scram," and co-editor of the anthologies "Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth" and "Lost in the Grooves: Scramâ€™s Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed." Scott Plagenhoefâ€™s "If Youâ€™re Feeling Sinister" provides perspective on how Belle & Sebastian transformed from a cult secret into a polished, highly entertaining, mainstream pop group. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Pitchfork.
This is a big week for Beach Boys freaks, with the release of the ginormous US Singles Collection Box collection (1962-65), a 16-CD limited edition set of early A & B sides, live and alternate takes, with a 48-page hardbound book of photos, all wrapped in a hotrod inspired box with wood, foam and foil inlay.
Two early, deeply weird Alice Cooper Band albums see the light of day anew with Rhino Encore's reissues of Pretties for You and Easy Action. This is the Alice we like to talk about on the Esotouric Where the Action Was rock history tour, hanging out at the Landmark Hotel getting his eyes did by Miss Christine of the GTOs. Also new from Rhino Encore, Warren Zevon's Mr. Bad Example, from 1991.
Collector's Choice issues a couple of mid-period albums from Arthur Lee's Love, Out Here (with the remake of "Signed D.C.") and False Start (with a Lee-Hendrix collaboration).
Then there's the Lydia Lunch video compedium Hysterie – 1978-2006, just the thing to celebrate this week's Teenage Jesus & the Jerks reunion in NYC.
I've contributed an essay called "Small World," on the suburban sociology of exotica music, to a new anthology from Time Out, 1000 Songs To Change Your Life.
This assignment was the pleasant side effect of lunching with editor Will Fulford-Jones on his recent research trip to L.A. for the new edition of the city guide. Ostensibly we met to fill him in on the various Esotouric bus adventures that Richard and I lead around the city, but I ended up being asked to contribute a variety of sidebars in the forthcoming L.A. guide (Bob Baker! Charles Fletcher Lummis! graveyards of East LA! weird desserts! secret gardens!), and this neat little essay, which conveniently coincided with writing (in collaboration with David Smay) the liner notes for a big bunch of Arthur Lyman reissues.
I don't pretend to be an expert on instrumental music, but I'm quite interested in the intersections between postwar American culture and imagined versions of the exotic, and all the sex/death associations that the tropics carried, and I like how this piece turned out.
Also included among the inventive, thematic essays in 1000 Songs To Change Your Life are Douglas Wolk on broken hearts, Dave Rimmer on "Gloomy Sunday," editor Fulford-Jones on home, Robert Forster on The Only Ones (too brief!), Chuck Eddy on Nashville's fascination with Mexicana, Michaelangelo Matos on non-bubblegum food-themed pop, Kimberly Chun on drag, Philip Sherburne on urban themes in electronic music, Sylvie Simmons reacting to Janet Reno's rah-rah Americana compilation, Bob Stanley on distinctively British sensibilities, Burt Bacharach on songwriting, Colin Irwin on murder ballads, Geoff Carter on film soundtracks, and a whole lot of genre hopping, thought provoking pop crit. There's also a truly stunning photo of Kris Kristofferson playing a Stratocaster, so peel an eye for it at your better bookseller.
Just released in the UK is Zombies and Beyond, compiling a mix of classic Zombies music with some solo Colin Blunstone dreaminess and a smattering of Argent. Then there's the rarities-packed Cat Stevens career spanning box set, with some unfortunate cover art, but there's inevitably some baggage where Cat's concerned. Such sweet, sweet early tunes, though…
Just released by Big Beat in the UK, Here's Where I Belong – The Best of the Dunhill Years 1965-1967, a long awaited compilation of Phil Sloan's two scarce mid 1960s Dunhill albums, plus singles. Included is the stunning "Karma," a song it's impossible to spin once.
| 1. Sins Of A Family
| 2. Take Me For What I'm Worth
| 3. What Exactly's The Matter With Me
| 4. I'd Have To Be Out Of My Mind
| 5. Eve Of Destruction
| 6. This Mornin'
| 7. I Get Out Of Breath
| 8. This Is What I Was Made For
| 9. Ain't No Way I'm Gonna Change My Mind
| 10. All The Things I Do For You Baby
| 11. (Goes To Show) Just How Wrong You Can Be
| 12. What Am I Doing Here With You
| 13. From A Distance
| 14. The Man Behind The Red Balloon
| 15. Let Me Be
| 16. Here's Where You Belong
| 17. This Precious Time
| 18. Halloween Mary
| 19. I Found A Girl
| 20. On Top Of A Fence
| 21. Lollipop Train (You Never Had It So Good)
| 22. Upon A Painted Ocean
| 23. City Women
| 24. A Melody For You
| 25. Sunflower, Sunflower
| 26. Karma (Study In Divinations)
| 27. I Can't Help But Wonder, Elizabeth
Just released by 4 Men With Beards, vinyl reissues of several Velvet Underground records, including The Velvet Underground & Nico, White Light/White Heat and The Velvet Underground.
Peel an eye and ear for these interesting new releases and reissues…
The Archies, Sugar Sugar: Greatest Hits
The Chipmunks, Sing the Beatles Hits
James Brown, Playlist Plus
Steve Earle, Copperhead Road [EXTRA TRACKS] [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]
Fairport Convention, Meet on the Ledge [LIVE]
The Flamin' Groovies, Flamingo
Robert Forster, The Evangelist
David Johansen, David Johansen
The New York Dolls, Live At The Fillmore East
Plus a new book on the Lost Grooves tip
Tony Visconti: The Autobiography: Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy
Here's a link to a little Youtube excerpt of Carl Franzoni's recent guest appearance on Esotouric's Where the Action Was rock and roll history tour, rolling down Fairfax talking about his friend Bryan Maclean, then dancing a freaky tribute to Bryan in a graveyard. This clip comes from Carl's public access show Karl's Kitchen.
Catherine Huberty shot the footage, and that's fellow guest star John Trubee to Carl's right. The female voice you hear, sharing a recent Wild Man Fischer sighting, is yours truly, tour host Kim Cooper.
Next tour: June 28, with guest star Ruthann Friedman!Â
I'm awfully pleased to report that the Mojo Magazine readers poll for Book of the Year 2007 are in, and my oral history of Neutral Milk Hotel made it into the top 5!
And the winners are:
1. There's a Riot Going On – Peter Doggett
2. Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy – Tony Visconti
3. Teenage – Jon Savage
4. Bit of a Blur – Alex James
5. 33 1/3: Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea – Kim Cooper
Congrats to all the other authors (and what heady company, Bowie mainman Tony Visconti, sigh…), and thanks to Mojo's readers, always the sharpest rock fans in the drawer, for the support.