Lou Reed's 1979 LP The Bells
, featuring Don Cherry and Nils Lofgren, turned 35 in April.
Lester Bangs' take:
Lou Reed is a prick and a jerkoff who regularly commits the ultimate sin of treating his audience with contempt. He's also a person with deep compassion for a great many other people about whom almost nobody else gives a shit. I won't say who they are, because I don't want to get too schmaltzy, except to emphasize that there's always been more to this than drugs and fashionable kinks, and to point out that suffering, loneliness and psychic/spiritual exile are great levelers.
The Bells isn't merely Lou Reed's best solo LP, it's great art. Everybody made a fuss over Street Hassle, but too many reviewers overlooked the fact that it was basically a sound album: brilliant layers of live and studio work in a deep wash of bass-obsessive noise. Most of the songs were old, and not very good, with a lot of the same old cheap shots.
posted by porn in the woods
on Jun 16, 2014 -
“Her early records are collectors’ items. Her writing and playing have become part of the pattern of jazz history. She has transcended the difficulties experienced by women in the music field and through several decades has held a position of eminence as one of jazz’s most original and creative pianists. She speaks softly: ‘Anything you are shows up in your music—jazz is whatever you are playing yourself
, being yourself, letting your thoughts come through.’” Mary Lou Williams: Into The Sun
, a conversational profile by fellow pianist Marian McPartland, 1964. [more inside]
posted by koeselitz
on Nov 16, 2012 -
Would you trust this man
with your life's savings? Successful entrepeneur and president of Trans Continental Airlines cum boy band svengali, Lou Pearlman
was the guiding hand behind N'Sync, the Backstreet Boys, and O-Town. Now, however, he's on the lam
, wanted by the FBI for swindling old folks out of $317 million. Pearlman was last seen in Berlin on February 1st; as he sat in a crowded theater watching his latest creation, the German boy band US5,
win an international pop award, FBI investigators were already combing through his Florida home and offices.
posted by billysumday
on Apr 17, 2007 -
probably shouldn't have been a professional athlete. Born without a right hand
, he defied the odds and grew up to be a major league pitcher. In 1991 he won 18 games for the Angels while posting a 2.89 ERA, in 1992 he pitched a no-hitter against Cleveland, and in 23 career at-bats, he amazingly got two hits
(while playing for the Brewers). But Abbott (now a motivational speaker
) wasn't the first handicapped professional baseball player. Pete Gray
lost his entire right arm in a childhood truck accident and, due to the shortage of major league players during WWII, became an outfielder with the St. Louis Browns. His fielding, naturally, was unorthodox: After catching a fly ball, Gray would tuck his thinly padded glove under his stump, roll the ball across his chest, and throw, all in one fluid motion.
But if those guys don't impress you, then what about Bert Shepard
, who had his right leg amputated after his fighter plane crashed in Germany? The gutsy left-hander from Dana, Indiana taught himself to walk and then to pitch with an artificial leg -- all within the confines of a POW camp in Germany. The length of his major league career consisted of pitching five innings in one game for the Washington Senators
. Then of course there was Lou Brissie
, the only survivor of his WWII infantry unit, which was wiped out in battle. An exploding shell shattered Brissie's left leg, causing him to wear a brace during his pitching career. The 6'4" southpaw
went 16-11 in 1949 for the Athletics and helped himself by batting .267. So...who's your favorite handicapped ballplayer? Eddie Gaedel
posted by billysumday
on May 24, 2005 -
'The Passion of the Heist
'. This short spoof on Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ' was shot in 30 minutes and cost 20 dollars to make. Bret Carr
, the young film maker - who has won previous awards - is now getting calls from Hollywood bigwigs because of it. 'The Passion of the Heist' took an hour to shoot and put on the web - however, it took five years
to make Carr's previous film 'LOU
', a feature film from the writer of 'The Deer Hunter'.
posted by tapeguy
on Mar 23, 2004 -