is sort of like what you'd get if you crossed Kate Bush and Mike Patton. Togawa, who became known in Japanese culture after appearing in a bidet commercial
, was half of the electro-cabaret band Guernica
, which sometimes sounded very classical
and sometimes sounded very new wave
and sometimes much stranger
. Somewhat more straightforward is her rock outfit Yapoos
, which similarly varies quite a bit
. Her solo work, unsurprisingly, is quite melodramatic
, with some very interesting arrangements
, both parodically poppy
. I particularly like her covers of All Tomorrow's Parties
by the Velvet Underground, Brigitte Fontaine's Comme à la Radio
, and – weirdly – Pachelbel's Canon
posted by Rory Marinich
on Apr 21, 2013 -
The Way They Were
(SLYT... 1:07:45 'The tape fails there!')... an old Granada / Channel 4 program that was a compilation of Tony Wilson's So It Goes
a show that featured performances from some of the best British Punk and New Wave bands of the time.
posted by fearfulsymmetry
on Aug 29, 2012 -
"Reagan's president elect...."
30+ years ago Heaven 17 released their first single, (WE DON'T NEED THIS) FASCIST GROOVE THANG. Stop your good time dancing, 'cause here they are
three decades later (still) performing it at Abbey Road studio and sounding pretty fine. Turn volume up before playing.
posted by Dean358
on Aug 18, 2012 -
WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing covered a range of cultural issues and was widely known for its innovative use of graphic art. Started as a simple one-man operation that included artwork and text solicited from friends and acquaintances, the production, team, and circulation of the magazine would grow over the years. Its content also evolved to cover a wider expanse of stories that captured a smart and artsy Los Angeles attitude that was emerging at the same time as punk, but with its own distinct aesthetic. The magazine’s energetic creativity and flair for the absurd would remain a constant. As design problems arose, solutions were often improvised on the spot, creating a quirky and prescient editorial sensibility that remains one of WET's most enduring legacies. Its layout and design helped to catalyze the graphic styles (NSFW) later known as New Wave and Postmodern.
posted by Trurl
on May 4, 2012 -
In Southern California in the 1980s, KROQ had this weird un-DJ-like guy named (seriously) Rodney Bingenheimer
, who came on late at night on Sundays and played punk records and new bands like Blondie, The Ramones, X, Joan Jett, Devo and Cheap Trick. Did this weirdo really have some influence? A 90-minute 2004 documentary now on YouTube, Mayor of the Sunset Strip (Part 1)
tells his story, and it's weirder than you may have imagined. [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto
on Nov 14, 2011 -
The French romantic thriller “Diva” dashes along with a pellmell gracefulness, and it doesn’t take long to see that the images and visual gags and homages all fit together and reverberate back and forth. It’s a glittering toy of a movie... This one is by a new director, Jean-Jacques Beineix... who understands the pleasures to be had from a picture that doesn’t take itself very seriously. Every shot seems designed to delight the audience.
- Pauline Kael, 1982 [more inside]
posted by Trurl
on Sep 16, 2011 -
Touched By Your Presence, Dear:
Ex-Blondie songwriter and bassist Gary Lachman (aka "Gary Valentine") blogs (and is interviewed) about his books on Jung, Steiner, Ouspensky, and Sixties mysticism, and his time spent toiling in the fields of Crowleyana and The Gurdjieff Work.
posted by darth_tedious
on Sep 14, 2010 -
Paul Tschinkel is the producer and director of the series called ART/new york. -- After showing video pieces in New York galleries, he turned to the fledgling New York cable system (Manhattan Cable downtown and Warner Cable uptown), producing a half hour weekly arts program - a gallery on television. From 1974 to 1979 Paul Tschinkel's Inner- Tube
was devoted to conceptual and narrative video art pieces. [more inside]
posted by vronsky
on Aug 18, 2009 -
Connecticut's Have a Nice Life
is responsible for one of the year's most acclaimed
, highly conceptual albums this year, Deathconsciousness. The two discs (entitled The Plow That Broke The Plains and The Future, respectively) feature music spanning over five years of collaboration between the two artists, and are accompanied by a 75-page booklet on medieval Italian heretics in lieu of liner notes.
Combining elements of shoegaze
, new wave
, ambient drone
, experimental industrial
, avant-garde dark metal
, and electronic
music, and citing references such as My Bloody Valentine
and Joy Division
to their credit, the original and only pressings sold out within hours
. Full stream of all 85 minutes available here
. Direct mp3 samples here
. [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole
on Jun 28, 2008 -
It was 30 years ago today
that Elvis Costello and the Attractions appeared on Saturday Night Live. They'd wanted to play Radio Radio
but SNL said no as it was thought to be 'anti-media.' So they started playing Less Than Zero
, but stopped eight seconds in and played Radio Radio
anyway, which led to them being banned from SNL for 12 years. Tip o' the hat to the Post Punk Progressive Pop Party.
posted by carter
on Dec 17, 2007 -
On the cusp of DEVO's first tour of Europe since 1990
, it's become clear that, though largely cast aside after their 1980 hit "Whip It", DEVO's influence is finally being felt on modern audiences, around the world. DEVO has inspired tribute bands, some traditional
, some not
. They've also spawned new bands, domestic
[MySpace link], and Foreign like Japan's POLYSICS
[YouTube], and Germany's Mutate Now
[YouTube]. With musical inspiration like this, can't we forgive such missteps as Devo 2.0
posted by SansPoint
on Jun 15, 2007 -
Happy Birthday Ric Richard Otcasek
turned 58 today. It's All Mixed Up
, I had no idea he was so old. Well, no matter how old you are, you still need to let the Good Times Roll
, so Let's Go
wish him our very best, since it's pretty much Touch and Go
for any rock star approaching age 60.
Though many of the Cars hits where sung by the late, great Ben Orr
, Ocasek was one of the more recognizable front men of the 1980s. So distinctive that, on April 18, 2006, he was ranked number 50 in The Boston Phoenix list of "The 100 unsexiest men in the world."
Ocasek has had a low-key, but reasonably successful career as a solo artist
, written a book of poetry and had a cameo role in the John Waters feature film Hairspray
. He also appeared on the Colbert Report where he volunteered to lead a commando mission to "rescue" Stephen Jr.
, the baby eagle at the San Francisco Zoo
. Ric also is notable as a producer, though he is probably best known (or infamous in indie circles) for producing Guided by Voices'
much maligned Do the Collapse
. As for my own personal connection, the first time I saw him was in 1984, when the Cars played a show with Wang Chung
and the last time was when I stood next to Ric at Luna's Farewell show
at the Bowery Ballroom, a well known Nightspot
. Nice guy, he let me buy him a beer. It was, he said, Just what he Needed
posted by psmealey
on Mar 23, 2007 -
"I would like to do better, to be better than I am".
He's the French New Wave maverick
and Academy Award winner (at 26, for his first short
) who, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz -- with considerable personal pain and the admission that "no description, no picture can reveal the true dimension
" of what happened in the camps -- made what François Truffaut called "the greatest film ever made
", duly censored by French authorities
. Four years later he baffled audiences with "the first modern film of sound cinema
", shattering the rules of chronology
to describe the “anguish of the future”: even if all he ever wanted was "to stop death in its tracks
" (French language link)
, only for one minute
. But he is also the unabashed lover of la bande dessinée
who learnt English by reading comic books
and in the Seventies dreamed (French language link)
of making "Spider-Man" into a movie
(the Hollywood studios were not convinced), the MGM old-school musical
nut so in love with design that "half of the fashion photography of the past 40 years owes a debt
" to him. Now, Alain Resnais
' new work
, just shown at the Venice Film Festival
where his buddy David Lynch was awarded a lifetime achievement Golden Lion
, is a French film inspired
by an English play with 54 short scenes
, music by the X-Files's Mark Snow. (more inside)
posted by matteo
on Sep 8, 2006 -
AppreciationFilter: Edwyn Collins
--Scottish Britpop Master--from Nu-Sonic as a teen in the 70s, Orange Juice ("Rip It Up") in the early 80s, to "A Girl Like You" and "Magic Piper," and still going strong decades later.
He even created a British sitcom, West Heath Yard, and now supports up and coming bands. Even if you've never heard of him, you've heard at least one of his songs, whether in Austin Powers or elsewhere. More history here, from his old site. (and you can hear 18 streaming songs of his on the main link, above.)
Edwyn is now in the hospital after suffering a serious brain hemorrhage.
posted by amberglow
on Feb 26, 2005 -
newwavephotos.com You will find here a selection of photos (mainly B&W) taken mostly in the late 70's and early 80's of popular and not so popular "rock", "new wave" and "punk" groups.
posted by soundofsuburbia
on Aug 17, 2003 -
Boy George Nearly Killed by Glitter Ball
There is just something so strangely ironic about this, that made me laugh and spew coffee all over my monitor this morning. Apparently witnesses at the scene said the ball missed landing directly on singer's head by just two inches. Darn!
posted by grant
on Dec 17, 1999 -