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October 30, 2011 9:39 PM   Subscribe

David Lynch's debut album, Crazy Clown Time, is streaming in its entirety on NPR first listen until November 8th. That is all.
posted by Lutoslawski (28 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
Had zero expectations so I'm pleasantly surprised by this. Haven't been able to find much info about the production, did Lynch produce this himself? Name still corny, though.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 10:00 PM on October 30, 2011


It appears Lynch did all the writing, recording and production with help from engineer Dean Hurley, and Karen O (from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) makes a cameo on the first cut.
posted by Lutoslawski at 10:14 PM on October 30, 2011


There's a trailer video for the album that offers a glimpse into the recording process.
posted by naju at 10:17 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Now that you've completed this David, could we please have a new feature film? Thank-you in advance.
posted by fairmettle at 3:57 AM on October 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


The title track definitely brings Crispin Glover to mind.
posted by vansly at 5:32 AM on October 31, 2011


I am really hoping this is Lynch's attempt to build his fan base among the Juggalo subculture. Will I be disappointed?
posted by Jon_Evil at 6:49 AM on October 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


@fairmettle would you count Inland Empire as a feature film? Because I'm not sure if you should hold your breath.
posted by Napierzaza at 7:08 AM on October 31, 2011


Why wouldn't you count INLAND EMPIRE as a feature film?
posted by shakespeherian at 7:14 AM on October 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


Why wouldn't you count INLAND EMPIRE as a feature film?

You mean apart from the lack of a coherent storyline, static characters, and other elements typically standard to feature films?
posted by goethean at 7:51 AM on October 31, 2011


A feature film is a marquee-carried full-length film at a theater. The meaning has nothing to do with narrative structure.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:57 AM on October 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


I walked out of Inland Empire. I've sat, awake, through several Aint-It-Cool-News Buttnumbathons without any qualms, but I just thought Inland Empire was total garbage. I won't pass judgement on you if you liked it, but I just couldn't take it.

This album? I fucking love it.
posted by hanoixan at 8:04 AM on October 31, 2011


Okay, guys, Inland Empire is, in fact, a feature film. Let's accept that. It just happens to be unspeakably terrible.

I will maybe listen to the album.
posted by sixohsix at 8:37 AM on October 31, 2011


Okay, guys, Inland Empire is, in fact, a feature film. Let's accept that. It just happens to be unspeakably terrible.

Nah, it's actually great.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:47 AM on October 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


Can't listen to music at work, but is it more like Good Day Today or the b-side that name of which escapes me right now?
posted by griphus at 9:08 AM on October 31, 2011


Argh. I wish my having renewed my membership to my local NPR station this weekend would opt me out of having to listen to the 15 second ad before every one of these cuts.

That said, interesting to hear the cuts.
posted by aught at 9:09 AM on October 31, 2011


Static characters and coherent plot? The same criticisms you're using to dismiss INLAND EMPIRE were used to dismiss stuff like Last Year At Marienbad or Bergman's Persona before they were canonized. Pesky art films!
posted by naju at 9:44 AM on October 31, 2011


I think smoking cigarettes and doing TM for decades has affected Lynch's judgement. I couldn't listen to this self-indulgent nonsense at all. I'm sure he had fun in the studio, playing shit backwards and making his voice sound weird, but it doesn't do anything for me.

His movies are fantastic, though.

This is not the first case of a talented actor, director, musician, athlete, etc. thinking if he so great at x he could certainly be great at y.
posted by kozad at 9:50 AM on October 31, 2011


I enjoy it a lot and I'm not sure what makes it more self-indulgent than any other music.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:01 AM on October 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


Art, and creativity in general, is self-indulgent. That's the point of it. As a public, we are made better by the relatively few individuals who are able to channel their particular beauty in ways that take it out of their head, and put it into ours. All of it may not appeal to us, but as a whole, we are elevated by the best examples of it and the idea of creative self-indulgence should be encouraged. Because the effort, the act of creativity, comes first. The greatest works of art, the foundations of our collective culture, all had to be produced before they could be judged or enjoyed.
posted by nickjadlowe at 10:22 AM on October 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


Why did I use the word self-indulgent? Probably because I knew the music was put together by a man with a lot of money and access to equipment that made someone with no evident musical talent capable of producing an album like this. "Self-indulgent" is probably an unfair word to use, and it is based largely on my musical tastes, which are, of course, just mine: nothing special.

As far as nickjadlowe's comments go, yes, you certainly have a point. To get up on stage or publish a book is to make a statement about how important one's own creative product is, and thus seems to be the ultimate in egotistical activity, despite the fact that the artist might in fact be a modest, humble person with no evident egotistical tendencies in "real life." That is a paradox. It is easy to say that the artist has something to say that he or she feels compelled to say but can only do so in the context of the arts, but I am more comfortable with just accepting the paradox as inherent in the human act of spending a lot of effort in producing something with unknowable value.
posted by kozad at 10:39 AM on October 31, 2011


Argh. I wish my having renewed my membership to my local NPR station this weekend would opt me out of having to listen to the 15 second ad before every one of these cuts.

If you click the "Hear 'Crazy Clown Time' In Its Entirety" link you get all the songs one after another, after an initial promo spot. But then it's hard to tell which song is which, or if they're in the same order as the amazon listing, etc. Also, if you pause it for more than X seconds, you lose your place. :|

Just listening to this now... I'll reserve judgment for a while...

I will nth all those about Inland Empire. I may try it again one day, but so far it's the only movie he's made that I didn't like at all (worse than Wild at Heart, which I thought was pretty passable).
posted by mrgrimm at 10:46 AM on October 31, 2011


This is not the first case of a talented actor, director, musician, athlete, etc. thinking if he so great at x he could certainly be great at y.

I don't know if this is so much the case with Lynch as it is with self-indulgent actors and writers who dabble outside their area of talent. I think Lynch inhabits his own universe that drives him to create various works, and most of the time this is completely independent of considerations of what an audience might think of them. Without that disconnect I don't think we'd have most of his movies.

Also, he's always been interested in music that complemented his film ideas - he worked closely with Angelo Badlamenti on his soundtracks, as well as the related Julee Cruise album.
posted by aught at 10:59 AM on October 31, 2011


I quite like this. My favorite is the last track, which is unexpectedly beautiful and dreamy.
posted by naju at 11:12 AM on October 31, 2011


Ugh, self-expression is SO egotistical.
posted by buriednexttoyou at 2:11 PM on October 31, 2011


Oh, shit! I just expressed myself! Dammit!
posted by buriednexttoyou at 2:12 PM on October 31, 2011


I would have favorited buriednexttoyou's 2:11 PM post if it wasn't for their 2:12 PM post.
posted by fairmettle at 2:55 PM on October 31, 2011


I hope this is as good as his other debut album, Blue Bob. Thanks for posting.
posted by DarkForest at 4:10 PM on October 31, 2011


Related: David Lynch & 'Big' Dean Hurley - The Stool Pigeon Mixtape, and the related Stool Pigeon interview.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:22 PM on November 3, 2011


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