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JahSonic 2002 Dec Blog

This is where I post movies, books and cds I would like to see/read/listen or have seen:read:listened to. Occasionally, I point to a site I like.

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2002, Dec 31; 20:06:
  • No Agreement - Fela Anikulapo-Kuti & The Egypt 80 Band [1 CD, Amazon US]

    1. No Agreement 2. Dog Eat Dog

    Too many people have focused on the beautiful simplicity of the lyrics that make up the masterpiece No Agreement. And they would not be wrong. When Fela moans, 'My Mama talk, Your Papa talk', you know Baba 70 is feeling the pain for his people. Our ignorance...our ignorance. Yet it is Dog Eat Dog that even more of us have casually ignored simply because it is an instrumental. Dog Eat is an absolute masterpiece. Playing this track for the first time in 10 odd years was like the feeling you get when you unwrap delicious smelling moin-moin from its fresh green leaves. It is pure class. It is Baba at his band-leader best. It was recorded back in the days when he still had to vocally instruct Africa 70 but that notwithstanding it's still all about very tight musical arrangement. Improve the quality of your life and listen with intent. It would have got five stars but then what would you give Palava, Yellow Fever, BONN, Shuffering & Smiling, Unknown Soldier? You have to understand... - Abami Eda for amazon.com [...]

    2002, Dec 31; 19:52:
  • Various Artists - Classic House Vol.1 - Mastercuts[1 CD, Amazon US]
    Rogers, Ce Ce - Someday (Original 12" Mix) (9.15) Knuckles, Frankie presents Satoshi Tomiie - Tears (feat. Robert Owen) (Original Classic Vocal Mix) (6.45) Night Writers, The - Let the music (Use you) (Original 12" Mix) (8.11) Bam Bam - Give it to me (Original 12" Mix) (5.41) Inner City - Big fun (Original Magic Juan 12" Mix) (7.39) Rosarioo, Ralphi feat Xavier Gold - You used to hold me (Original Kenny´s 12" Mix) (6.28) Knuckles, Frankie - Baby wants to ride (Full Length Mix) (5.53) Raze - Break 4 love (Original Vaughan Mason 12" Mix) (5.10) A Guy Called Gerald - Voodoo ray (Original 12" Mix) (4.27) Ten City - Devotion (Original Bam Bam´s House 12" Mix) (7.39) Void, Sterling & Paris Brightledge - It´s alright (Original 12" House Mix) (6.34) Smooth, Joe Inc feat. Anthony Thomas - The promised land (Original 12" Mix) (4.52) [...]
    2002, Dec 31; 18:23:
  • My Life and The Paradise Garage : Keep On Dancin' - Mel Cheren [1 book , Amazon US]
    I started this site with a page on Larry Levan, so ... back to the roots? This - so I've heard - is not a great book. For completists only.

    "Stonewall. Gay Liberation. The early days of disco. The Paradise Garage. AIDS. House Music. Finally, a New York Story that is captivating, intriguing, and educational. The sights and sounds of Manhattan will never be the same." -- Michael Paoletta, Dance Music Editor, Billboard Magazine. [...]

    2002, Dec 31; 15:19:
  • King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown - Augustus Pablo [1 CD , Amazon US]
    1. Keep On Dubbing 2. Stop Them Jah 3. Young Generation Dub 4. Each One Dub 5. 555 Dub Street 6. Brace's Tower Dub 7. Brace's Tower Dub No 2 8. King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown 9. Corner Crew Dub 10. Skanking Dub 11. Frozen Dub 12. Satta Dub

    First of all shout out to Rockers crew. Second, the amazon review says that King Tubby was the same person as Glen Adams which is not true. King Tubby's real name was Osbourne Ruddock although he did mix an album called termination dub that was comprised of music produced by Glen Adams. Regardless, the album is an absolute classic-probably one of the top three dub albums from the roots era along with Super Ape by Lee Perry and any number of King Tubby albums from this same time period. Much respect to both A.P. and King Tubby-their music will forever be influential and loved. austin harclerode for amazon.com [...]

    2002, Dec 31; 14:43:
  • Wildflowers: The New York Loft Jazz Sessions - Complete - Various Artists - Jazz [CD Box Set, Amazon US]
    Disc: 1 1. Jays - Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre 2. New Times - Richard Harper 3. Over the Rainbow - Byard Lancaster 4. Rainbows - Jerry Griffin 5. Uso Dance - Fred Hopkins 6. Need to Smile - Flight to Sanity 7. Naomi - Richard Harper 8. 73°-S Kelvin - Barry Altschul 9. And Then They Danced - Marion Brown Disc: 2 1. Locomotf No. 6 - Wadada Leo Smith 2. Portrait of Frank Edward Weston - Alex Blake 3. Clarity 2 - Fred Hopkins 4. Black Robert - Dave Burrell 5. Blue Phase - Ahmed Abdullah 6. Short Short - Andrew Cyrille 7. Tranquil Beauty - Hamiet Bluiett 8. Pensive - Julius Hemphill Disc: 3 1. Push Pill - Karen Borca 2. Zaki - Fred Hopkins 3. Shout Song - David Murray 4. Something's Cookin' - Sunny Murray & Untouchable Factor 5. Chant - Jerome Cooper [...]
    2002, Dec 31; 11:44:
  • Mercy Street - A Reminiscent Drive [1 CD, Amazon US]
    1. Life Is Beautiful 2. Leg Show 3. N.Y. C Dharma 4. Serenade (To the Sound of Peace!) 5. King and the Elephant 6. True Love... 7. Like Twins 8. Back to Morocco 9. Mercy Street 10. Codes of Silence 11. There's Always Somebody to Say You're Wrong! 12. Footprints 13. Two Sides to Every Story 14. New Jerusalem 15. Dawn Man Introducing/I Want to Remember This Moment Always 16. Relief [...]
    2002, Dec 30; 17:24:
  • Popular Culture and High Culture: an Analysis and Evaluation of Taste - Herbert J. Gans [1 book, Amazon US]

    One of the world's most respected sociologists updates his classic work on public views of popular and high culture. Is NYPD Blue a less valid form of artistic expression than a Shakespearean drama? Who is to judge and by what standards?

    In this new edition of Herbert Gans's brilliantly conceived and clearly argued landmark work, he builds on his critique of the universality of high cultural standards. While conceding that popular and high culture have converged to some extent over the twenty-five years since he wrote the book, Gans holds that the choices of typical Ivy League graduates, not to mention Ph.D.s in literature, are still very different from those of high school graduates, as are the movie houses, television channels, museums, and other cultural institutions they frequent.

    "In this revised and updated edition, Herbert Gans extends his classic study of the roles popular culture and high culture play in American society. Gans argues in favor of all peoples' right to the culture they choose. He also looks at "dumbing down" and other examples of the new mass culture critique and lays out changes in America's taste cultures. Gans has added a new introduction and new postscripts to each chapter updating the original analysis to incorporate recent trends. [...]

    2002, Dec 30; 01:54:
  • Sound of Channel One-King Tubby - King Tubby [1 CD, Amazon US]
    Disc: 1 1. Stop Look What You're Doin' - Delroy Wilson 2. Stop Look Dub - King Tubby 3. Dance Hall Vibes - Jim Brown 4. Vibes Dub - King Tubby 5. Headline News 6. Headlines Dub - King Tubby 7. 10 Times 7 8. 10 Times Dub - King Tubby 9. Rockin' of the Ten Tousand 10. Dubbin' of the Ten Tousand - King Tubby 11. Babylon a Turn Dem Back 12. Turn Back Dub - King Tubby 13. Dub One - King Tubby Disc: 2 1. I Got Love 2. I Got Dub - King Tubby 3. You Have My Heart - Delroy Wilson 4. Dub My Heart - King Tubby 5. Alphabet Song 6. Alphabet Dub - King Tubby 7. I'm Gonna Tell You My Mind 8. I'm Gonaa Dub You My Mind - King Tubby 9. Babylon You Must Go Down 10. Dub You Must Go Down - King Tubby 11. Diplomatic Link 12. Diplomatic Dub - King Tubby 13. Nanny Goat - Larry Marshall 14. Nanny Goat Dub - Larry Marshall
    Let's give this one its due: A collection of excellent Channel One 45's from the early eighties (probably), with Tubby's looming large and in charge on the version sides. Proto-dancehall deejay, Badoo, makes several enjoyable appearances (including Diplomatic Link, an obscure report on deteriorating Cuban-Jamaican political relations), but the show is well and truly stolen by Delroy Wilson's super-soulful Stop Look What You're Doing and Desmond Irie's ultra-rare righteous roots number, Babylon You Must Go Down. Overall, this is a superior collection which showcases the late, great Tubby's elemental dub styling at its laid-back best, and, as an added bonus, is mostly compiled in disco format so that the original sides meld seamlessly with the stripped-down version. A solid four-stars, but I'll give it five to pull the rating up to its proper place...Forward dis ya dub!

    If you liked this one, then you might want to check out Pressure Sounds' superb Firehouse Revolution compilation. Seek and ye shall find... -- wilymanc for amazon.com [...]

    2002, Dec 30; 01:54:
  • Adventures: The Wire - 20 Years, 1982 - 2002 [BOX SET] - Various Artists [1 CD, Amazon US]
    Disc: 1 1. The Wire - Steve Lacy 2. Seguita - Ennio Morricone (with Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza) 3. Wrong Eye - Coil 4. Egress (excerpt) - Hands To 5. Buried Dreams - David Toop & Max Eastley 6. Tubby's Vengeance - Vivian Jackson & King Tubby 7. Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) - Fennesz 8. M 5 - Derek Bailey 9. Cockfight - Trance In Paksabali And Kesiman - Traditional Musicians, Bali 10. Pygmäen - Einstürzende Neubauten 11. After Rapidly Circling The Plaza (excerpt) - AMM 12. 11,000 Volts - Mars 13. Breathe Deep - Cabaret Voltaire 14. The Death Of The Composer Was In 1962 - Tony Conrad With Faust 15. Vandal - Designer 16. Soaking Bodies In Dub - Torture 17. Shenshema - Fela Kuti Disc: 2 1. Illistrum - Art Ensemble of Chicago 2. Expressway To Yr Skull - Sonic Youth 3. Salt - Spring Heel Jack / The Blue Series Continuum 4. Paper Hats - This Heat 5. Simple Headphone Mind - Stereolab & Nurse With Wound 6. Rock 'N' Roll Station - Jac Berrocal 7. Ancient Ethiopia - Sun Ra & His Solar - Myth Arkestra 8. Jukebox Capriccio - Christian Marclay 9. Williams Mix - John Cage 10. Cathode #4: Soundcheck Version - Yoshihide Otomo 11. Headphones - Björk 12. I (excerpt) - Pauline Oliveros Disc: 3 1. Satan Side - Keith Hudson 2. Music For The Gift Part 1 - Terry Riley 3. Silver Smoke Of Dreams - William S Burroughs (with Ian Sommerville) 4. Rocket USA - Suicide 5. 4.2 - Supersilent 6. Vaihe (Fön) - Pan Sonic 7. Kebabträume - Deutsch - Amerikanische Freundschaft 8. Khalid of Space Part 2 - Welcome - Larry Young 9. Players With Circuits - David Behrman (with Gordon Mumma) 10. The Caution Appears Part 5 - Fushitsusha 11. Living Space - John Coltrane (with Alice Coltrane) 12. Some Summer Day - John Fahey 13. 25 Minutes To Go - Diamanda Galás

    The Wire Magazine first appeared on news stands in 1982 and over the last 20 years it has developed from a quarterly fanzine specializing in avant garde jazz and modern composition into an award-winning and widely influential monthly that covers a vast array of underground, experimental and alternative music and culture. This 3 CD box set is the Audio Edition and spans the magazine's 20-year history. Artists include Ennio Morricone, Coil, David Toop & Max Eastley, Fela Kuti, Pan Sonic, AMM, Derek Bailey, John Cage, Diamanda Galas and more. Slipcases housed in a slimline box embossed with the word Adventures. Mute. 2002. [...]

    2002, Dec 27; 14:43:
  • Many Sounds of Steve Jordan - Steve Jordan [1 CD, Amazon US]
    Esteban "Steve" Jordan is often referred to as "the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion" for his use of multiple electronic effects, but his imagination comes out even more clearly in his choice of notes and his wild, weird arrangements and vocals. This set mixes his raw early recordings of the 1960s with a wonderful LP from the 1980s. The early tracks already show a unique mind at work, with spikily funky runs punctuating the largely traditional vocals of Jordan and his then-wife Virginia Martinez. The second half is odder, mixing traditional polkas with jazz-blues, cumbia, a Buck Owens cover, and the "Corrido de Jhonny el Pachuco," a hip, Chicano slang rewrite of a classic badman ballad. Both show a man who, without ever achieving stardom, remains probably the most innovative musician on the contemporary conjunto scene. --Elijah Wald
    2002, Dec 27; 14:04:
    P Vine label from Japan, all those sleeves! DETROIT EXPERIMENT & CARL CRAIG : The Way We Make Music
    "With a core band that includes the founding fathers (and mothers) from the Motor City including jazz legends Marcus Belgrave, Regina Carter, Gerri Allen, Bennie Maupin, and more, the roots of the Detroit sound were brought back to the future by DJ/Producer Carl Craig, and UMA member Karriem Riggins (Slum Village) who recorded the band over a period of five days at the legendary White Room Studio in downtown Detroit. The results are spellbinding... though the full-length won't be released until February 2003. 'The Way We Make Music', features Michigan's first female MC, Invincible with some help from the Athletic Mic League. Not neglecting Detroit's contribution to the world of Funk, The Detroit Experiment covers 'Church', which is a funk rock fusion track that will please the most discerning of funk fans.

    The B side features the talents of Carl Craig reinterpreting the Marcus Belgrave jazz funk classic titled 'Space Odyssey', with some help from Marcus himself. The experiment also captured the essence of real Detroit jazz, which can be felt by the flute driven 'Midnight At The Twenty Grand'. The final track on the B side is 'Space Break', which takes a small section of the drum break in 'Space Odyssey' and leaves it open for producers and DJs to sample." [...]

    [bought this, because of the "Space Odyssey" cover]

    2002, Dec 27; 12:46:
  • Peven Everett - Studio Confessions [1 CD, Amazon US]
    The latest Peven Everett release finally arrived in my mailbox. Thanks Lucy! What can I say, maybe it is because of all the electro pop I have been listening to lately or because of Simon Reynolds condescending remarks on '... all that awfully dreary Afro-Brazilian influenced house... ' or the fact that MAW has stepped on the 'electro' bandwagon, but the CD just doesn't move me as much as I had expected it to move me.

    Or is it possible that the purchase and gift [thanks Caroline] of two Cheika Remitti cds has put 'soul' into a new perspective? The seventy plus year old grand lady of Rai seems to have more soul in her little finger than Peven Everett in his whole body. Dunno. Anyway, Peven's cd is pretty good, but not as good as the two magic twelve inches he recorded in the late nineties with Roy Davis Jr: 'Watch Them Come' and 'Gabriel', both of which belong in ANY crate. [...]

    2002, Dec 25; 14:35:
  • Blood Simple - Coen Brothers [1 DVD, Amazon US]
    The debut film of director Joel Coen and his brother-producer Ethan Coen, 1983's Blood Simple is grisly comic noir that marries the feverish toughness of pulp thrillers with the ghoulishness of even pulpier horror. (Imagine the novels of Jim Thompson somehow fused with the comic tabloid Weird Tales, and you get the idea.) The story concerns a Texas bar owner (Dan Hedaya) who hires a seedy private detective (M. Emmett Walsh) to follow his cheating wife (Frances McDormand in her first film appearance), and then kill her and her lover (John Getz). The gumshoe turns the tables on his client, and suddenly a bad situation gets much, much worse, with some violent goings-on that are as elemental as they are shocking. (A scene in which a character who has been buried alive suddenly emerges from his own grave instantly becomes an archetypal nightmare.) Shot by Barry Sonnenfeld before he became an A-list director in Hollywood, Blood Simple established the hyperreal look and feel of the Coens' productions (undoubtedly inspired a bit by filmmaker Sam Raimi, whose The Evil Dead had just been coedited by Joel). Sections of the film have proved to be an endurance test for art-house movie fans, particularly an extended climax that involves one shock after another but ends with a laugh at the absurdity of criminal ambition. This is definitely one of the triumphs of the 1980s and the American independent film scene in general. --Tom Keogh [...]
    2002, Dec 25; 13:34:
  • Remembrance of Things Past - Marcel Proust [1 book, Amazon US]
    Marcel Proust whiled away the first half of his life as a self-conscious aesthete and social climber. The second half he spent in the creation of the mighty roman-fleuve that is Remembrance of Things Past, memorializing his own dandyism and parvenu hijinks even as he revealed their essential hollowness. Proust begins, of course, at the beginning--with the earliest childhood perceptions and sorrows. Then, over several thousand pages, he retraces the course of his own adolescence and adulthood, democratically dividing his experiences among the narrator and a sprawling cast of characters. Who else has ever decanted life into such ornate, knowing, wrought-iron sentences? Who has subjected love to such merciless microscopy, discriminating between the tiniest variations of desire and self-delusion? Who else has produced a grief-stricken record of time's erosion that can also make you laugh for entire pages? The answer to all these questions is: nobody.
    2002, Dec 25; 12:39:
  • Goldmine Record Album Price Guide (Goldmine Record Album Price Guide, 2nd Edition) [1 book, Amazon US]
    Within this comprehensive guide collectors will find more albums listed individually than any other price guide available. Coverage includes releases from the beginning of American LP manufacture in 1948 through 2000 with 50,000 listings in up to three grades of condition.

    2002, Dec 25; 01:33:
  • Royal Tenenbaums Soundtrack[1 CD, Amazon US]
    1. 111 Archer Avenue - Mark Mothersbaugh 2. These Days - Nico 3. String Quartet In F Major - Ysaye Quartet 4. Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard - Paul Simon 5. Sonata For Cello And Piano In F Minor - The Mutato Muzika Orchestra 6. Wigwam - Bob Dylan 7. Look At That Old Grizzly Bear - Mark Mothersbaugh 8. Look At Me - John Lennon 9. Lullaby - Emitt Rhodes 10. Mothersbaugh Canon - Mark Mothersbaugh 11. Police & Thieves - The Clash 12. Scrapping And Yelling - Mark Mothersbaugh 13. Judy Is A Punk - Ramones 14. Pagoda's Theme - Mark Mothersbaugh 15. Needle In The Hay - Elliott Smith 16. Fly - Nick Drake 17. I Always Wanted To Be A Tenenbaum - Mark Mothersbaugh 18. Christmas Time Is Here - Vince Guaraldi Trio 19. Stephanie Says - The Velvet Underground 20. Rachel Evans Tenenbaum (1965-2000) - Mark Mothersbaugh 21. Sparkplug Minuet - Mark Mothersbaugh 22. The Fairest Of The Seasons - Nico 23. Hey Jude - The Mutato Muzika Orchestra
    2002, Dec 25; 01:33:
  • Boris Vian chante Boris Vian [1 CD, Amazon US]
    1. Les Joyeux Bouchers 2. Le Deserteur 3. La Java Des Bombes Atomiq 4. Le Petit Commerce (Inedit 5. Complainte De Progres 6. Cinematographe 7. J'suis Snob 8. On N'est Pas La Pour Se F 9. On N'est Pas La Pour Se F 10. Je Bois 11. Le Petit Commerce 12. Bourree De Complexes 13. Ah! Si J'avais Un Franc C 14. Barcelone (Inedit) 15. A La Peche Des Coeurs (In 16. Calypso Blues (Inedit) 17. Mozart Avec Nous (Inedit) 18. La Java Des Chaussettes A 19. J'suis Snob (Inedit)
    2002, Dec 23; 11:16:
  • Tunes from the Missing Channel - Dub Syndicate [1 CD, Amazon US]
    Personally, I've always considered it a sad professional failing for the authors of album sleevenotes to inject any hint of subjectivity into their work......... When "On the Wire" launched on BBC Radio Lancashire on Sunday 16 September 1984 its first guests were Adrian Sherwood and Keith LeBlanc, its adopted theme tune, and therefore the first tune to be heard on the show, was a remix of the yet to be unleashed "Ravi Shankar Pt.1". "Tunes from the missing Channel" was originally released in June 1985, ostensibly as the follow-up to two previous Dub Syndicate outings. Firstly 1982's "Pounding System", sub-titled "ambience in dub"! and whose titles were piss-takes of the then current Prince Jammy "zombie space invaders versus voodoo ninja footballers" style albums coming through on the Greensleeves label. Followed by 1983's largely experimental "One way system", released on cassette only format in the States but then seeing unofficial CD release in Europe in the early nineties (remarkable for achieving a listing in the Sunday Times best-of-the-year round-up, this sort of recognition having been something of a rarity for an On U product).

    However "Tunes", as we shall refer to the album from here on in, was not so much a follow up but more of an initiation of a whole new genre, for what we now know today as "new roots" can track its modern development back to this album as its source. From the late seventies Sherwood had ploughed a lonely furrow, with only the likes of the underground Shaka, Dennis Bovell and Neal Fraser a.k.a. the Mad Professor vaguely approaching similar work. Dub Syndicate was, and still is, a conglomerate formed around the drums of Jamaican Style Scott and producer Adrian Sherwood. As the drummer for Roots Radics Scotty's link with Sherwood was forged via their mutual work and friendship with Prince Far I - and therefore the "correct reggae pedigree" for On U productions should have been assured. This cut no ice with the critical mass of the London based press corps who at the time had no time for reggae, let alone UK productions.

    The routine for Dub Syndicate albums was that Scotty drove out the rhythms in Kingston and Sherwood manipulated the finished product in London. What was different about "Tunes" though was the discovery of some new technology, its use and abuse. Whilst in Switzerland working with Marc Hollander, of Aksak Maboul fame, Sherwood together with partner and keyboard-player Kishi Yamamoto discovered an emulator for the first time - hence the delight in pulling the sitar sound from the keyboard which resulted in the almost prosaically titled "Ravi Shankar Pt.1" (because it was!) Also, before sampling had a name, Sherwood stumbled upon the technique of what he called "captured sound" by utilising the locking function in the AMS digital harmoniser. No need to bleed all over the tape deck a la Double D & Steinski as a result of razored edits, instead you just invoke Emperor Rosko (the album's Fats Comet) via machine triggers to appear in "The show is coming".

    And so in "Tunes" we have the earliest manifestation of the use of the kind of technology which is today commonplace in the production of the new roots reggae/dub all over the world. But the album, with its mad splashes of sound and out-of-time beats remains uniquely an On U Sound/Sherwood creation. The collaborative nature of the enterprise brought together ex-PIL playmates Wobble and Levene in addition to members of African Head Charge and Creation Rebel, the sweet crooning of Bim Sherman and the apparently game for anything Steve Beresford. The result was the grouping of tracks that eventually became "Tunes", one of the best-selling albums in the entire On U catalogue, re-pressed here on CD for the first time and re-mastered from the original mix-down masters. It would not do justice to "Tunes" to say that it sounds as fresh today as it did back in 1984 because for most people either their ears were just not ready.

    Steve Barker - On the Wire
    July 1997


    2002, Dec 21; 14:29:
  • Donna McGhee - Make It Last Forever[1 CD, Amazon US]
    1. Make It Last Forever 2. Do As I Do 3. It Ain't No Big Thing 4. Mr Blindman 5. I'm A Love Bug 6. Make It Last Forever (Single Version) (Bonus Track) 7. It Ain't No Big Thing (Single Version) (Bonus Track) 8. It Ain't No Big Thing (Danny Krivit Re-Edit) (Bonus Track)

    Japanese Version featuring Three Bonus Tracks: "Make it Last Forever (Single Version)", "it Ain't No Big Thing (Single Version)", and "it Ain't No Big Thing (Danny Krivit Re-edit)". [...]

    2002, Dec 21; 11:39:
  • International Style: Modernist Architecture from 1925 to 1965 [1 book, Amazon US]
    "Modern architecture is not a new branch of an old tree - it is an altogether new shoot rising beside the old roots." Thus Walter Gropius, one of the pioneers of modern architecture, on the radical departures of the 20th century. In the 1930s, the term International Style came into use to describe a new form of architecture evolved from Bauhaus and its conviction that "form follows function". Until the 1980s, International Style set the standard in modern building, with its logical formal idiom and rational solutions to construction problems. Combining steel, glass and concrete, it established an aesthetic founded on the sheer thrill of pushing to the limits of technical and economic viability. Hence the exhil-arating skylines of metropolises worldwide - but also the desolate anonymity of modern suburban environments. This book traces the exciting evolution of a style while examining the individual and regional forms it took, and analyses the ideals and realities of architectural visions of utopia. [...]
    2002, Dec 20; 23:30:
  • La Mer - Charles Trenet [1 CD, Amazon US]
    1. Mer (Beyond The Sea) 2. Rendez-Vous Sous la Pluie [Rendezvous in the Rain] - Johnny Hess 3. Grand Cafe 4. Vous Êtes Jolie [You're a Pretty Girl] 5. Ah! Dis Ah! Dis Ah! Bonjour [Oh! Say Oh! Say Oh! "Good Morning"] 6. Oiseaux de Paris [the Birds of Paris] 7. Vieille [the Old Woman] 8. Jardins du Mois de Mai [Gardens in the Month of May] 9. Pic... Pic! 10. Prés de Toi, Mon Amour [Close to You My Love] 11. Verlaine 12. Terre! [Earth] 13. Cigale et la Fourmi [the Cicada and The Ant] 14. En Écoutant Mon Coeur Chanter [as I Listen to My Heart Singing] 15. Seul... Depuis Toujours [Alone... Since Forever] 16. Retour À Paris [Return to Paris] 17. Tombé du Ciel [Dropped from the Clouds] 18. Retour des Saisons [as Seasons Come and Go] 19. N'Y Pensez Pas Trop [Don't Think Too Much About It] 20. Marie, Marie 21. Annie-Anna 22. Mes Jeunes Années [in My Younger Days] 23. Rou Dagobert [Dada-Gogo-Bébert] 24. Ohe, Paris! [Hello There, Paris!] 25. Douce France [Gentle France] [...]
    2002, Dec 20; 20:53:
  • I Love Serge: Electronicagainsbourg - Various Artists [1 CD, Amazon US]
    1. Ballade de Melody Nelson - Howie B. 2. La-bas c'est naturel - Faze Action 3. Love On The Beat - Krikor & W.A.R.R.I.O. 4. Bonnie & Clyde - Herbert 5. No Comment - Dax Riders 6. Sea, Sex & Sun - Demon Ritchie 7. Lola Rastaquouere - Chateau Flight 8. Aeroplanes - Readymade 9. Marabout - Bob Sinclair 10. Five Easy Pisseuses - OGM 11. Requiem pour un c... - The Orb 12. L'hotel particulier - Stratus 13. Je t'aime... moi, non plus - Dzihan & Kamien 14. New York-U.S.A. - Snooze [...]
    2002, Dec 17; 08:00:
  • SYR 4: Goodbye 20th Century - Sonic Youth [2 CD, Amazon US]
    Wildly influential four-piece Sonic Youth have self-released their version of a tribute to the 20th century: two discs of noisy interpretations of modern, experimental classical scores. The group has chosen composers whose works leave a great amount of innovation open to the performer. This chance-embracing approach--typified and in some senses originated by John Cage--is one of the crucial turning points of "new" music. What's great about this CD is that it demonstrates the freewheeling, decidedly unserious spirit behind this music, essentially combining the legacies of punk rock and out-sound. In addition to three late works by the chance-loving Cage, there are pieces by current Merce Cunningham collaborator Takehisa Kosugi, minimalist giant Steve Reich, "deep-listening" drone lover Pauline Oliveros, and Fluxus founder George Maciunas. Longtime collaborator Wharton Tiers, the young everything-ist Jim O'Rourke, and even some of the composers themselves join in on these exercises. The result is messy, fun, and anarchic, with occasional revelations (notably James Tenney's "Having Never Written a Note for Percussion"). It's not a disc to play all the time, but it is a challenging, enthused record that ideally will point listeners toward some of the most vital music of the last half of the last decade of the second millennium. --Mike McGonigal [...]
    2002, Dec 16; 22:44:
  • Fidget - Kenneth Goldsmith[1 book, Amazon US]
    Readers familiar with poet and visual artist Goldsmith's No. 111 2.7.93-10.20.96, perhaps the most exhaustive and beautiful collage work yet produced in poetry, wondered what he might possibly do for an encore. The answer came on June 16, 1997--Bloomsday--when Goldsmith used a dictaphone to note as much of as many of his body's movements as he could, keeping a verbal record of what happened when he walked across his bedroom, shook his head or performed more intimate functions. This volume charts the results in 11 sections, corresponding to Goldsmith's eleven hours awake that day, in clear homage to the hour-by-hour chapters of Joyce's Ulysses--that most bodily of modernist masterpieces. And as in Ulysses, different actions dominate different hours. (Goldsmith's masturbatory episode comes earlier, and more graphically, than Bloom's, taking place between one and two p.m.) Most of the time, the actual prose is not the point: "Facial muscles relax. Back tingles. Chills emerge. Right hand moves to top of head. Fingernail scrapes scalp. Thumb meets each successive fingertip. Rubs," though by nighttime we get lusher, lovelier phrases, like bits of Finnegan's Wake: "Unpegged chip of tongue. Stealing very hard ridge. Very hard skin in its septemberary... Hoo hoo arises. Giggle hits head." A brisk afterword from critic Marjorie Perloff (Poetic License, etc.) examines the links between Goldsmith and Beckett, concluding that Goldsmith "celebrates with perverse charm... the victory of mind over matter, and the inability to convey what we call body language except through language." But, as Perloff notes, the book is not the whole here: Goldsmith's project also inheres in a Java application done with programmer Clem Paulsen, and was interpreted in a vocal-visual performace by Theo Beckmann at New York's Whitney Museum of American Art (both archived at the publisher's Web site). This is another important book from Goldsmith, pointing the way to a rapproachment between poetry and conceptual and performance art--avant-gardists and art lovers of all stripes will want to experience its near-hypnotic pleasures. (June) -- Cahners Business Information, Inc. [...]
    2002, Dec 15; 20:00:
  • The Senses of Modernism: Technology, Perception, and Aesthetics - Sara Danius [1 book, Amazon US]

    In The Senses of Modernism, Sara Danius develops a radically new theoretical and historical understanding of high modernism. The author closely analyzes Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain, Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, and James Joyce's Ulysses as narratives of the sweeping changes that affected high and low culture in the age of technological reproduction.

    In her discussion of the years from 1880 to 1930, Danius proposes that the high-modernist aesthetic is inseparable from a technologically mediated crisis of the senses. She reveals the ways in which categories of perceiving and knowing are realigned when technological devices are capable of reproducing sense data. Sparked by innovations such as chronophotography, phonography, radiography, cinematography, and technologies of speed, this sudden shift in perceptual abilities had an effect on all arts of the time. Danius explores how perception, notably sight and hearing, is staged in the three most significant modern novels in German, French, and British literature. The Senses of Modernism connects technological change and formal innovation to transform the study of modernist aesthetics. Danius questions the longstanding acceptance of a binary relationship between high and low culture and describes the complicated relationship between modernism and technology, challenging the conceptual divide between a technological culture and a more properly aesthetic one. [...]

    2002, Dec 15; 20:00:
  • Hunger - Knut Hamsun[1 book, Amazon US]

    Fante revered and studied the great Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian, Knut Hamsun, perhaps the father of modernism, whose first novel, Hunger, published in 1890, predated James Joyce and Marcel Proust in chronicling in prose a character’s deeply interior voice, self-awareness and the dawning of consciousness. --Steve Weinstein

    I read this incredible novel twenty years ago and it still holds up--as it should, always will. Hamsun is first rate here, and I disagree with that reviewer who says this isn't Dostoevsky, Kafka, or Camus--no, it isn't, because it's better. As far as I'm concerned, Dostoevsky is one of the most over-rated writers ever. Knut Hamsun nearly outdoes every writer and is, to be sure, up there with the best of the best, and I am talking about Nat West, Hemingway, Charles Bukowski, Celine, Henry Miller, Dan Fante, Nelson Algren, Eugene O'Neill (yes, I know, he wrote plays), Edward Bunker, Clarence Cooper, Jr., George Orwell (Down and Out in London and Paris), B. Traven, Jim Northrup, Carson McCullers, Jack Kerouac, James M. Cain, Chester Himes (If He Hollers Let Him Go), Sylvia Plath (The Bell Jar), Vincent Van Gogh (Dear Theo), James Ross (They don't Dance Much), et al. -- tucumcaripress for amazon.com

    2002, Dec 14; 22:15:
  • Reconfiguring Modernism: Explorations in the Relationship Between Modern Art and Modern Literature - Daniel R. Schwarz [1 book, Amazon US]

    A new book offers insight on the interrelationships between some of modern art and literature's most important and influential figures, while shedding light on the influence of African, Asian and Pacific cultures on European modernism and suggesting how we "read" paintings as narratives.

    In Reconfiguring Modernism: Explorations in the Relationship Between Modern Art and Modern Literature, published by St. Martin's Press, Cornell English Professor Daniel R. Schwarz proposes, relationships between artists as varied as Edouard Manet and Henry James, Paul Eugéne Henri Gauguin and Joseph Conrad, Paul Cézanne and T.S. Eliot, as well as among Pablo Picasso, Wallace Stevens and James Joyce. In doing so, Schwarz suggests directions for studying the relationship between modern art and modern literature that erase the boundaries between visual and written texts. - Darryl Geddes [...]

    2002, Dec 14; 17:13:
  • The Sugar Hill Records Story[6 CDs, Amazon US]
    Disc: 1 1. Rapper's Delight [Long Version] - The Sugarhill Gang 2. Funk You Up [Long Version] 3. Rapper's Reprise [Jam-Jam] [Jam-Jam] - The Sugarhill Gang 4. Super-Wolf Can Do It [Short Version] - Super Wolf 5. Hot Hot Summer Day - The Sugarhill Gang 6. And You Know That [Short Version] 7. Freedom - Grandmaster Flash 8. Monster Jam 9. Baby Let's Rap Now, Pt. 2 - The Moments 10. People Get on Up - Positive Force Disc: 2 1. 8th Wonder - The Sugarhill Gang 2. That's the Joint - Funky Four Plus One 3. Birthday Party - Grandmaster Flash 4. Check It Out 5. Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel - Grandmaster Flash 6. Showdown - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five 7. Let's Dance (Make Your Body Move) - West Street Mob 8. Spoonie Is Back - Spoonie Gee 9. Apache - The Sugarhill Gang 10. It's Nasty (Genius of Love) [Short Version] - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five Disc: 3 1. Hey Fellas [Long Version] - Trouble Funk 2. Sing a Simple Song - West Street Mob 3. It's Good to Be the Queen - Sylvia Robinson 4. Lover in You - The Sugarhill Gang 5. Message - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five 6. Whip It - Treacherous Three 7. Scratching - Crash Crew 8. Ooh Baby [Short Version] - West Street Mob 9. Scorpio - Grandmaster Flash 10. Making Cash Money - Busy Bee 11. Here Comes the Bride - The Sequence Disc: 4 1. Message II (Survival) 2. Breaking Bells (Take Me to the Mardi Gras) - Crash Crew 3. Yes We Can Can - Treacherous Three 4. Word Is Out - The Sugarhill Gang 5. New York New York - Grandmaster Flash 6. Girls - The Sugarhill Gang 7. Kick It Live from 9 to 5 - The Sugarhill Gang 8. Break Dancin' (Electric Boogie) - West Street Mob 9. All Night Long [Waterbed 10. At the Ice Arcade 11. White Lines (Don't Don't Do It) [Long Version] - Melle Mel & The Furious 5 12. We Are Known as Emcees (We Turn Party's Out) - Crash Crew Disc: 5 1. Jesse - Grandmaster Melle Mel 2. Beat Street {from the Motion Picture Beat Street} - Grandmaster Melle Mel 3. Livin' in the Fast Lane - The Sugarhill Gang 4. We Don't Work for Free - Grandmaster Melle Mel 5. Step Off - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five 6. Xmas Rap [Uncensored] - Treacherous Three 7. Busy Bee's Groove - Busy Bee 8. Turn It Up - Treacherous Three 9. Down Beat - The Sugarhill Gang 10. Vice [From Miami Vice] 11. Outta Control - Miracle Mike 12. Street Walker [Original Version] - Mass Production 13. Message ['97 Dungeon Mix] Disc: 6 1. Message [12"] - Duke Bootee 2. Message [12"] - Duke Bootee 3. Message ['97 Dungeon Mix][Version] - Duke Bootee 4. Message [12"] - Duke Bootee [...]
    2002, Dec 14; 10:16:
  • I'm Sick About My Hat - John Corbett & Heavy Friends [1 book, Amazon US]
    Even if you don't know who John Corbett is in relation to the burgeoning Chicago post- rock/avant-jazz scene, you must admit he does have some heavy friends: trombonist Jeb Bishop, drummer Hamid Drake, multi-reedist Mats Gustaffson, and cellist Fred Lonberg- Holm, among them. Corbett, who is best known for his role as a Chi-Town promoter, organizer, and pontificator, has sparked these musicians to enter his half-baked soundworld of tape slicing and randomness. Trombone solos end in electronic swoops. Saxophone blurps create neo-Beefheartian squatpiles of uninspired improv expressionism. Creaky acoustic-guitar motifs, repeated throughout, fail to evoke the blues/folk tradition intended or to anchor the "pieces." Much of these moody yet skronky, uselessly abstract flavors create a definite whiff of art-prank. The Barnes & Barnes/early-San-Francisco-art-punk-style "cover" of James Brown's "Cold Sweat" is probably the most egregious outburst. Nothing more than the lyrics of said minimalist groove-anthem spouted onto pitch-altered tape, it fails to reveal the Dada poetry Corbett apparently felt was present in Brown's writings; instead, the listener glimpses a certain unmistakable grad-student smarminess. Real listener pleasure applications for this are frankly unclear. --- Phil Freeman, [...]
    2002, Dec 13; 15:25:
  • Delta of Venus - Anais Nin [1 book, Amazon US]
    Yes, it's graphic. I disagree with the idea that "pornography" cannot be an art. I prefer to think of good erotic literature as just that: an art form often attempted but rarely achieved in the purest sense of the word. "Penthouse Forum" is porn - "Delta of Venus" (as well as "Little Birds" and "Spy In The House of Love") is the best example of literary erotica, the combinations of love and the mystery of orgasm and sensuality. - Laura G. Carter for amazon.com [...]
    2002, Dec 13; 15:14:
  • Rimbaud: A Biography by Graham Robb[1 book, Amazon US]
    When he was not yet 17, Arthur Rimbaud (1854-91) electrified Paris's literary society with the incendiary poems that later made him the guiding saint of 20th-century rebels, from Pablo Picasso to Jim Morrison. "A Season in Hell," "The Drunken Boat," and the prose poems of Illuminations were epochal works that changed the nature of an art form--and yet their author abandoned poetry at age 21 and spent the rest of his short life as a colonial adventurer in Arabia and Africa. "He was writing in a void," explains British scholar Graham Robb. "In 1876, most of Rimbaud's admirers either were still in the nursery or had yet to be conceived." Hardly surprising, since the poet was a difficult and frequently unpleasant person to actually know. The Parisian poets who took him under their wing soon discovered that Rimbaud was ungrateful, crude, and as scornful of their precious verse as he was of the Catholic Church, bourgeois proprieties, and everything else his disapproving mother held dear. Rimbaud's stormy affair with Paul Verlaine estranged the older poet from his wife and, eventually, from most of his artistic friends as well. In Robb's depiction, the poet possessed from his earliest youth a restless, searching intellect that permitted no compromise with convention nor tenderness for others' weaknesses. The author doesn't soften Rimbaud's "savage cynicism" or gloss over his frequently obnoxious behavior, yet Robb arouses our admiration for "one of the great Romantic imaginations, festering in damp, provincial rooms like an intelligent disease." Like Robb's excellent biographies of Hugo and Balzac, this sharp, subtle, unsentimental portrait is both erudite and beautifully written. --Wendy Smith [...]
    2002, Dec 12; 11:55:
  • The Painted Bird - Jerzy N. Kosinski[1 book, Amazon US]
    Semiautobiographical novel by Jerzy Kosinski, published in 1965 and revised in 1976. The ordeals of the central character parallel Kosinski's own experiences during World War II. A dark-haired Polish child who is taken for either a Gypsy or a Jew loses his parents in the mayhem of war and wanders through the countryside at the mercy of the brutal, thickheaded peasants he meets in the villages. He learns how to stay alive at any cost, turning survival into a moral imperative. Full of graphic scenes depicting rape, torture, and bestiality, the novel portrays evil in all its manifestations and speaks of human isolation as inevitable. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
    2002, Dec 10; 23:26:
  • Arkology - Lee Scratch Perry [3 CD, Amazon US]
    The nearly four hours of astounding music encoded on these three discs merely scratch the surface of the highly personal sonic universe created by this legendarily eccentric, yet ridiculously prolific, dub-reggae producer. It's still the best source of entry into Lee "Scratch" Perry's world, though, a place defined by homemade avant-garde production techniques applied to the wittiest, angriest, sexiest, and most soulful reggae tunes ever written. Perry was born in 1936, and his career spans the history of Jamaican music. These 52 tracks, however, derive mainly from the late 1970s, when he was at the height of his considerable powers and recording hits like Max Romeo's "War in a Babylon" and Junior Murvin's "Police and Thieves" for Island. Helpfully annotated, with a healthy handful of unreleased tracks, Arkology is a beginner's banquet of tracks that sound increasingly deep, daring, and downright frightening as the depth of Perry's talent is plumbed. --Richard Gehr [...]
    2002, Dec 10; 23:12:
  • Peter Jackson - Bad Taste [1 DVD, Amazon US]
    Could a title be any more direct? New Zealand maverick Peter Jackson made a splash (well, more of a splatter) with this film debut, a slapstick gross-out comedy about an alien fast-food franchise that turns a small town into a cheap source of meat. All that stands in the extraterrestrials' way is the Alien Investigation Defense Service (yes, it's a tasteless gag), a bunch of would-be Rambos who take on the aliens with axes, rocket launchers, and chainsaws. Jackson mines vomit jokes, dismembered corpses, and brain-spattering gore for over-the-top laughs and succeeds with inventive low-budget effects, crack timing, and sheer exuberance. Not bad for a film made on weekends with homemade props and a bunch of energetic mates. Jackson topped himself a few years later with the even more outrageous and hilarious bloody gut-buster Dead Alive. The limited-edition two-disc set also includes the documentary featurette "Good Taste Made Bad Taste," a revealing "making of" shot at the time of production and featuring behind-the-scenes footage of Jackson's home-made special effects, and a 16-page booklet with cast interviews. --Sean Axmaker [...]
    2002, Dec 10; 23:02:
  • Erotica 19th Century - Gilles Néret [1 book, Amazon US]
    This is a varied and somewhat difficult collection. Neret has assembled examples that are sometimes jarring in their contrasts. There is for example the lushly golden torso, in a tangle of sheets, of painter Gustave Courbet's sleeping female model ("The Origin of the World," 1866) and Degas' nudes (not, I would argue, "erotica" in intention or result). Series of engravings, illustrations for a variety of fancifully obscene books, were in high demand in the first half of the nineteenth century, and they are included. They are nearly cartoonish, and the colors are often garish. There are dream sequences, parlor high jinks, threesomes, foursomes, voyeurs, business being conducted, feathers, orgies, settings indoors (with great attention paid to interiors: carpets, wallpapers, and furniture depicted carefully) and out - whether in nature on the Grand Canal. The men and women in these are in various stages of undress. (Later on in much mainstream pornography, the men would often remain clothed.) This is the stuff of middle-class fantasy - and one suspects it sold well. -- Eileen Berdon [...]
    2002, Dec 10; 22:25:
  • The Immediate Experience: Movies, Comics, Theatre, and Other Aspects of Popular Culture - Robert Warshow [1 book, Amazon US]
    This collection of essays, which originally appeared as a book in 1962, is virtually the complete works of an editor of Commentary magazine who died, at age 37, in 1955. Long before the rise of Cultural Studies as an academic pursuit, in the pages of the best literary magazines of the day, Robert Warshow wrote analyses of the folklore of modern life that were as sensitive and penetrating as the writings of James Agee, George Orwell, and Walter Benjamin. Some of these essays--notably "The Westerner," "The Gangster as Tragic Hero," and the pieces on the New Yorker, Mad Magazine, Arthur Miller's The Crucible, and the Rosenberg letters--are classics, once frequently anthologized but now hard to find. Along with a new preface by Stanley Cavell, The Immediate Experience includes several essays not previously published in the book--on Kafka and Hemingway--as well as Warshow's side of an exchange with Irving Howe. "A legendary little book, partly because its author died at the age of 37, but mostly because it stands as a virtually unique representative from its period of a consistently open-minded, moral, aesthetic, and political engagement with commercial culture." --Louis Menand [...]
    2002, Dec 09; 00:22:
  • The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World - Lawrence Lessig[1 book, Amazon US]
    If The Future of Ideas is bleak, we have nobody to blame but ourselves. Author Lawrence Lessig, a Stanford law professor and keen observer of emerging technologies, makes a strong case that large corporations are staging an innovation-stifling power grab while we watch idly. The changes in copyright and other forms of intellectual property protection demanded by the media and software industries have the potential to choke off publicly held material, which Lessig sees as a kind of intellectual commons. He eloquently and persuasively decries this lopsided control of ideas and suggests practical solutions that consider the rights of both creators and consumers, while acknowledging the serious impact of new technologies on old ways of doing business. His proposals would let existing companies make money without using the tremendous advantages of incumbency to eliminate new killer apps before they can threaten the status quo. Readers who want a fair intellectual marketplace would do well to absorb the lessons in The Future of Ideas. --Rob Lightner [...]
    2002, Dec 07; 22:28:
  • The Very Best of South Shore Commission: Free Man South [1 CD, Amazon US]
    "Free Man" is one of the classics of the early disco era and was the pinnacle of South Shore Commission's output. The DC-based act had previously performed as the Exciters; the name changed to South Shore Commission in 1970. Atlantic signed them up for a series of singles, but nothing charted. Their luck changed with the arrival of producer Bunny Sigler. One of Philly's most eccentric studio talents, Sigler saw in the Commission an outlet for his compositions and an opportunity for his proteges Instant Funk to sharpen their skills.

    "Free Man," an utterly real lyric about relationships, had no chance of being recorded by anybody on the masculinity-obsessed Philadelphia International label because of its gay theme. The Commission had no such reservations and took the song to #9 in late 1975. The extended version became a sought-after classic thanks to the breakdown by Instant Funk, their finest moment on wax prior to "I've Got My Mind Made Up" years later. "A Train Called Freedom" and a cover of "We're On the Right Track" finished off their chart ride. Anthony Rucker for allthingsdeep.com [...]

    2002, Dec 07; 20:45:
  • Nice Up the Dance-Studio One Discomixes - Various Artists [1 CD, Amazon US]
    Always a hit factory, the label came close to completely dominating the Jamaican dance floor with the emergence of the long-playing 12-inch “discomix” in the 1970s. Studio One capitalized on the extended discomix format, successfully recycling some of its best material from the 1960s. Older hits were updated simply by mixing in lengthy instrumental endings. The popularity of the discomix allowed the label to prolong its reign, even after its most creative period had passed. Because a discomix filled up an entire side of a [12"] record, a hit song had the power to keep competing records off the DJ’s turntable for a good long time. Nice Up The Dance complies the very best of these highly sought-after 12-inch classics, including tracks from such legendary artists as Delroy Wilson, Alton Ellis, and Tommy McCook. The album opens with Cornell Campbell & the Eternal’s obscure classic, “Queen Of The Minstrels,” which unfolds in a deliciously slow groove that suspends both time and worry. The discomix of Alton Ellis’s eternal reggae classic, “Can I Change My Mind,” clocks in at an astounding 11-minutes. This endless version gives us plenty of time to experience the full magnitude of Ellis’s mighty soul caressing voice. The lengthy instrumental sections that fill Nice Up The Dance not only give added depth to older hits, but also showcase the impressive talents of the Studio One house musicians, masters of the hypnotic reggae groove. For almost three decades, Studio One has provided Jamaicans with the soulful soundtrack of their lives. -- John Ballon

    Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, is the founder and publisher of MustHear.com, a music review and photography website dedicated to celebrating the brilliant and the obscure. He is an avid reader, writer, photographer, dog-walker, thrift-shopper, percussionist, and record collector. While his musical tastes are as varied as his hobbies, jazz has long been a major passion. He prefers to photograph jazz in black and white, but has recently been dabbling in color. Visit John's photo Must Hear recommendations site at http://www.musthear.com

    During the seventies in Jamaica the 12" mix of popular songs became the vogue. The vocals and dubs were mated for a musical extravaganza. As a result of the popularity of these 12" singles Coxsone Dodd compiled and released some "Showcase" albums. Now the Cambridge, Massachusetts U.S.A. based Heartbeat Records has issued "Nice Up The Dance", which is a decent follow up to the previous releases 'Showcase Volume 1 & 2". Many of the songs on the album were originally released in the late sixties and re-released in their extended version ten years later. The album opens with classic late sixties lovers tune Queen Of the Minstrels from Cornell Campbell and The Eternals. He recorded many sides for Coxsone, starting in the late fifties, before teaming up with producer Bunny Lee. In the seventies his output was prolific and he still is recording quality sides for a variety of producers, such as the New York based Don One. Ken Parker comes next with his rendition of William Bells' My Whole World Is Falling Down. Ken's version topped the Jamaican charts in 1969. One of Jamaica's most underrated vocalists is the late Freddie McKay. Love Is Treasure remains his best remembered tune, the Studio One album 'Picture On The Wall' is a classic set. An often versioned riddim is Horace Andy's Mr. Bassie. It's a dancehall staple, and any producer looking for a dancehall hit will consider versioning it. Great names like Beres Hammond, Garnet Silk, Frankie Paul, Dean Fraser and Robert Ffrench have scored hits riding this riddim. The late great Delroy Wilson is one of Studio One's legends. He started out at the age of twelve, voicing popular ska sides for Coxsone Dodd. His tune Give Love A Try is one of the highlights found here. The Sound Dimension's 'Real Rock' riddim probably is reggae's most versioned riddim. Although Willie Williams' version 'Armagideon Time' is a very popular cut of the riddim, Michigan and Smiley offering Nice Up the Dance is a noteworthy track. This tune is followed by the killer tune of the album, Alton Ellis' Can I Change My Mind. This brilliant retelling of Tyrone Davis' 1968 hit tune proved Alton's most popular tune. He has recorded a few tunes over the years and his outings still remain popular with the reggae massive. The album closes with a previously unreleased tune by The Viceroys. For this release the original vocal cut Slogan On The Wall was mixed together with Tommy McCook's instrumental cut 'Tenor On The Call'. -- jo moenen for amazon.com

    2002, Dec 07; 16:59:
  • May '68 and Its Afterlives - Kristin Ross [1 book, Amazon US]
    This is a smart and lively book about how French politicians, media, and other groups have coopted the Paris strikes and uprising of May '68 to their own ends. The ways in which that event--the largest strike in French history--transformed French and European culture are explored by Ross, a formidable presence in the area of French cultural studies. Smart, succint writing--richly anecdotal yet theoretically sophisticated--this book should soon prove a classic in modern French studies and in Sixties culture. [...]
    2002, Dec 07; 16:51:
  • Between Montmartre and the Mudd Club - Bernard Gendron,[1 book, Amazon US]
    Gendron (philosophy, Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Technology and the Human Condition) here traces the interaction between "high" and "low" culture specifically, between modernist visual art and popular music from the cabarets of Paris's Montmartre district in the 1880s through New York City's "art after midnight" clubs in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In scrupulously documented detail, he examines the development of the elite/mass, art/pop dialectic within its social and historical context in the 20th century, such as the metamorphosis of jazz from Dixieland into bebop, incorporating modernist postures, and the metamorphosis of rock from the Beatles into punk and new wave, aided and abetted by Warhol and Waring. With unprecedented depth, detail, and dedication, Gendron illustrates how jazz and rock, once considered banal entertainment, came to be validated as art forms. The author's language and references to Foucault, Lyotard, and Adorno will make this book useful for all academic libraries, though it will be an especially valuable addition to popular culture collections. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

    "Punk was always the intellectuals' favorite," says Bernard Gendron, a professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. "Academics were interested in punk from the start, in England especially. One of the first really classic texts in cultural studies from the early 1980s was Dick Hebdige's Subculture, which stressed the semiotics of punk -- trying to read the 'live' texts of punk clothing's signifiers, for example. In the United States, it was the art world that was really taken with punk." Mr. Gendron traces the movement's ambivalent relationship with high culture (and vice versa) in his recent book, Between Montmartre and the Mudd Club: Popular Music and the Avant-Garde (University of Chicago Press). -- Scott McLemee -- [...]

    2002, Dec 07; 14:38:
  • Waiting for the Man: The Story of Drugs and Popular Music by Harry Shapiro [1 book, Amazon US]
    A central axiom of rock criticism is that when the drugs change, so does the music. Each musical revolution has been characterised by the use of particular drugs: Rock'n'Roll ignited by the post-War abundance of amphetamines; the languorous Summer of Love hallucinated by LSD; Punk Rockers' nihilism expressed by Sniffin' Glue; the Eighties' Acid House upheaval loved up on MDMA, a.k.a. Ecstasy. In conjunction with their drug of choice, however, each successive generation has also consumed cannabis. As Harry Shapiro tells, in his seminal Story of Drugs and Popular Music, Waiting For The Man, 'The drug (cannabis) features throughout the history of popular music, experienced differently by divergent sub-cultural groups: jazz age swingers, cool beboppers, cosmic hippies and Trench Town roots rockers from Jamaica.' -- Russell Cronin [...]
    2002, Dec 05; 19:39:
  • Journeys By DJ: 70 Minutes of Madness - Coldcut [1 CD, Amazon US]
    [Just received it in the mail, always good to receive music in the mail. So far, Afrian Drug is my favourite, since D 'n B is not really ma thing ... apart from that, I can hear why everybody is raving about this mix cd :-)]

    1. Bola - Philorene 2. Street Beats, Vol. 2 3. One Blood - Junior Reid 4. Jam on Revenge (The Wikki Wikki Song) - Newcleus 5. Extreme Possibilities [Wagon Christ Remix] - 2 Player 6. King Ashabanapal [Dillinja Mix] - Funki Porcini 7. Noddy Holder - Jedi Knights 8. Fuk - Plastikman 9. Mo Beats - Coldcut 10. Manganese in Deep Violet - Bedouin Ascent 11. African Drug - Bob Holroyd 12. If There Was No Gravity - Air Liquide 13. Beats and Pieces - Coldcut 14. Greedy Beat - Coldcut 15. Music Maker - Coldcut 16. Find a Way [Acapella] - Queen Latifah 17. King of the Beats - Mantronix 18. Mag - Gescom 19. Blood Vibes [Kenny Dope Mix] - Masters at Work 20. Trumpet Riff 21. Luke Slater's 7th Plain 22. First Time I Ever Saw Your Face - Joanna Law 23. Balthus Bemused 24. Into the 90's - Photek 25. Bridge Is Over - BDP Posse 26. Nu Blud - DJ Food 27. Friendly Pressure [Acapella] - Jhelisa 28. Freshmess [Bandulu Mix] 29. Message from Our Sponsor 30. Unify - Pressure Drop 31. Again Son 32. Hot Flush - Red Snapper 33. Theme from Dr. Who 34. Free - Moody Boyz 35. Dusk - DJ Food When Coldcut initially released 70 Minutes of Madness, in 1997, it caused a mighty stir among the dance community. Mixing drum and bass, electro, dub, hip-hop, reggae, experimental sounds, and avant-garde techno into a tight and cohesive whole, it was seen as one of the decade's most daring, mischievous, and innovative mixes. One of the album's main achievements was to render many so-called mix compilations narrow and basic, so its current re-release into a musical climate saturated with insipid comps couldn't be more timely or relevant. Not a beat is missed as the record barrels and blusters through tune after tune, climbing from peak to peak with mighty, imaginative strides. If you missed out first time around, this is a golden opportunity to seriously enhance your collection. --Paul Sullivan [...] <
    2002, Dec 04; 23:23:
  • Catch-22 - Joseph L. Heller [1 book, Amazon US]
    There was a time when reading Joseph Heller's classic satire on the murderous insanity of war was nothing less than a rite of passage. Echoes of Yossarian, the wise-ass bombardier who was too smart to die but not smart enough to find a way out of his predicament, could be heard throughout the counterculture. As a result, it's impossible not to consider Catch-22 to be something of a period piece. But 40 years on, the novel's undiminished strength is its looking-glass logic. Again and again, Heller's characters demonstrate that what is commonly held to be good, is bad; what is sensible, is nonsense. [...]
    2002, Dec 04; 22:25:
  • Woody Allen - Annie Hall [1 DVD, Amazon US]
    Annie Hall is one of the truest, most bittersweet romances on film. In it, Allen plays a thinly disguised version of himself: Alvy Singer, a successful--if neurotic--television comedian living in Manhattan. Annie (the wholesomely luminous Dianne Keaton) is a Midwestern transplant who dabbles in photography and sings in small clubs. When the two meet, the sparks are immediate--if repressed. Alone in her apartment for the first time, Alvy and Annie navigate a minefield of self-conscious "is-this-person-someone-I'd-want-to-get-involved-with?" conversation. As they speak, subtitles flash their unspoken thoughts: the likes of "I'm not smart enough for him" and "I sound like a jerk." Despite all their caution, they connect, and we're swept up in the flush of their new romance. Allen's antic sensibility shines here in a series of flashbacks to Alvy's childhood, growing up, quite literally, under a rumbling roller coaster. His boisterous Jewish family's dinner table shares a split screen with the WASP-y Hall's tight-lipped holiday table, one Alvy has joined for the first time. His position as outsider is uncontestable he looks down the table and sizes up Annie's "Grammy Hall" as "a classic Jew-hater."

    The relationship arcs, as does Annie's growing desire for independence. It quickly becomes clear that the two are on separate tracks, as what was once endearing becomes annoying. Annie Hall embraces Allen's central themes--his love affair with New York (and hatred of Los Angeles), how impossible relationships are, and his fear of death. But their balance is just right, the chemistry between Allen's worry-wart Alvy and Keaton's gangly, loopy Annie is one of the screen's best pairings. It couldn't be more engaging. --Susan Benson [...]

    2002, Dec 04; 20:41:
  • Original Underground Massive Attack - Wild Bunch [1 CD, Amazon US]
    1. Hands In The Air One Time (Live Intro) - Wild Bunch 2. Party Scene - Russell Brothers 3. On The Radio - Crash Crew 4. Love Rap - Spoonie Gee 5. T LaRock - Its Yours 6. Tearin Down The Avenue (Live) - Wild Bunch (Feat Daddy G) 7. Techno Scratch - Knights Of The Turntables 8. Jam On Revenge (The Wikki Wikki Song) - Newclass 9. Smurph Across The Surf - Microawts 10. Hip Hop Be Bop Sucker DJ - Man Parrish Dimples D 11. We Rap More Mellow - Younger Generation 12. Dyin To Be Dancin - Empress 13. Come Back Lover - Fresh Band 14. Rock Shock - BBCS And A 15. Inside Out - Odyssey 16. Im In Love - Evelyn Champagne King 17. Behind The Groove - Teena Marie 18. You Used To Hold Me So Tight - Thelma Houston 19. Double Fresh (Live) - Wild Bunch (Feat Daddy G) 20. The Music Got Me - Visual 21. Who Needs Enemies With Friends Like You (Montana Sextet) 22. Dance Freak - Chain Reaction 23. Its Serious - Cameo 24. Can You Feel It - Mr Fingers 25. Dub Plate Fashion (Live) - Wild Bunch (Feat Daddy G) 26. The Look Of Love - Wild Bunch

    Another major release for ultra-cool UK label, Strut as they present the rise of one of the great UK dance music success stories, The Wild Bunch DJ crew from Bristol, members of which went on to enjoy worldwide success as Massive Attack with their massive selling Blue Lines, Protection and Mezzanine albums. Mixed by DJ Milo.
    2002, Dec 04; 20:20:
  • Tony Allen - NEPA [1CD, Amazon US]
    Tony Allen, the longtime drummer of Fela Kuti has released a new album on http://www.wrasserecords.com/. The really good news for people without turntables, is that his NEPA 4 track album/EP has been released for the first time on CD. It contains N.E.P.A. (Never Expect Power Always)+dub and Road Close+dub. Get it. It's important. [...]
    2002, Dec 03; 21:21:
  • Re/Search Angry Women - Andrea Juno (Editor), V. Vale (Editor [1 book, Amazon US]

    An enduring bestseller since its first printing in 1991, "Angry Women" has been equipping a new generation of women with an expanded vision of what feminism could be, influencing Riot Grrrls, neo-feminists, lipstick lesbians, and suburban breeders alike. A classic textbook widespread in college curriculae, Angry Women is the most influential book on women, culture, and radical ideology since The Second Sex.

    "This is hardly the nurturing, womanist vision espoused in the 1970s. The view here is largely pro-sex, pro-porn, and pro-choice. Separatism is out, community in. Art and activism are inseparable from life and being." - The Village Voice

    Juno publishes books on all aspects of modern culture, but especially those on the fringes -- the weird, the wacky, the downright disturbing. One recent title is Horror Hospital Unplugged.

    In 1980, Andrea Juno co-founded Re/Search Publications. She has produced and edited 26 books and logged thousands of hours of recorded interviews with some of the most fascinating culture-shapers, from J.G. Ballard and William Burroughs to Diamanda Galas and Annie Sprinkle. In 1996, the company metamorphosed into Juno Books. [...]

    2002, Dec 03; 20:56:
  • Annie Sprinkle: Post-Porn Modernist - Annie Sprinkle [1 book, Amazon US]
    Porn-star-turned-performance-artist Annie Sprinkle presents an illustrated history of her 25-year career, documenting her transformation from ugly duckling to prostitute to porn queen to sexual healer, activist, and educator. Although she began as "an excruciatingly shy girl" selling popcorn at an adult theater showing Deep Throat, her playful and uninhibited nature was soon recognized. When the police closed the theater, she asked a spiritualist friend for a spell that might bring her a new job. "It was my first experience with witchcraft," Sprinkle recalls, "and I didn't really expect it to work. But did it ever! I hit the jackpot. Maybe it was just good luck, but a week later I was working as a prostitute." She was discovered by porn producers soon afterward and went on to make over 200 hardcore films before leaving the industry to develop her own public performances, the most famous of which was her "Public Cervix Announcement," in which she allowed audience members to view her interior using a speculum and a flashlight. Well-written, well-illustrated, and calmly outrageous, Post-Porn Modernist is a great introduction to an American original. --Regina Marler [...]
    2002, Dec 03; 00:36:
    Wired magazine started in 1993, Joost Geerinck, my brother, brought it with him from the USA.
    The Rise and fall of Wired Magazine by Stephen Downes
    When I say Wired became a corporate shill, that it's the advertiser writing the content, what I am saying is that Wired - in the ways just documented - is representing the interests and values of its advertisers and the readers they cater to, as opposed to the interests and values of the hackers, phreaks, wizards and geeks it first sought to reach and talk about. When I say Wired sold out, I am saying that they know where the wave of the future is, but have turned away, more interested in making money than making waves. -- Stephen Downes
    2002, Dec 02; 22:13:
  • Legal Highs: A Concise Encyclopedia of Legal Herbs & Chemicals With Psychoactive Properties - Adam Gottlieb [1 book, Amazon US]

    We uphold the right of the individual to do with itself what it wishes, when it does not harm or transgress the rights of others.

    We believe that it is better to grant people their natural right to use upon themselves any substance they desire while supplying them with factual information on use and misuse, rather than to attempt in vain to curb abuse through legislation.

    We are not children; nor are we stupid. As adult human beings we are responsible for ourselves and have the right to make our own decisions.

    Those who use the information in this book for personal experimentation are offered the following advice:

    1. Begin with doses below those given. If no undesirable side- effects occur, gradual increases of dosage may be tried on separate occasions until desired effect occurs.

    2. Do not combine drugs unless you know what you are doing. See section titled DANGEROUS COMBINATIONS.

    3. Allow rest periods of at least one week between experiments.

    4. When experimenting be relaxed, well rested, in good health, and momentarily relieved of responsibilities.

    5. Do not permit yourself to become dependent upon any of these substances for relaxation, stimulation, etc. Seek your high in health, love, and awareness. Learn techniques of yoga, tai chi, etc., for relaxation. Employ meditation for consciousness expansion. [...]

    2002, Dec 02; 21:12:
  • Techgnosis: Myth, Magic + Mysticism in the Age of Information -- Erik Davis [1 book, Amazon US]
    The gap between the technological mentality and the mystical outlook may not be as great as it seems. Erik Davis looks at modern information technology--and much previous technology--to reveal how much of it has roots in spiritual attitudes. Furthermore, he explores how those who embrace each new technological advance often do so with designs and expectations stemming from religious sensibilities. In doing so, Davis both compares and contrasts the scientific attitude that we can know reality technologically and the Gnostic idea of developing ultimate understanding. Although organized into reasonable chapters, there's a strong stream-of-consciousness component to Davis's writing. His expositions may run, for example, from information theory to the nebulous nature of Gnosticism to the philosophical problem of evil-­all in just a few pages. It's as if there are so many connections to make that Davis's prose has to run back and forth across time and space drawing the lines. But the result, rather than being chaotic, is a lively interplay of wide-ranging ideas. His style is equally lively and generally engaging--if sometimes straying into the hip. In the end, he succeeds in showing the spiritual side of what some may see as cold, technological thought. --Elizabeth Lewis [...]
    2002, Dec 01; 21:58:
  • Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), for orchestra, L. 86 - Composed by Claude Debussy[1 CD, Amazon US]
    At the point when Debussy heard Javanese gamelan performed at the Paris Exposition of 1889, the acoustic world was expanding as dramatically as global awareness. These expositions were celebrations of European colonialism, yet the sudden impact of these colonial "commodities" - Javanese and Vietnamese musicians or West African pot makers -- stimulated a kind of surrealism of possible worlds in the minds of many musicians. As the world changed, rapidly and irrevocably, whether by travel, technological growth, the advent of modern warfare or instant communications, so these surrealistic soundworks depicted a mutating environment of exotic signals and strange noise. Musicians heard and organised sound with a revived sensitivity to its potential. Increasingly easy access to previously unknown musical cultures and environmental sounds threw assumptions of European musical superiority into doubt; theories of harmony and rhythm were eroded and enriched by these influences. Sound was treated as an ocean in which we swim, and in that sense, music has helped to prepare us for the information ocean of the next century. -- David Toop in Ocean of Sound, [...], [...]
    2002, Dec 01; 21:58:
  • Buffet Froid, France, 1979[1 DVD, Amazon US]
    From Bertrand Blier, the Academy Award®-winning director of Get Out Your Handkerchiefs and Too Beautiful for You, comes Buffet Froid, Blier's farcical thriller starring Gérard Depardieu as Alphonse, an unemployed drifter obsessed with murder and death. Structured as an absurdly hilarious nightmare, Buffet Froid has a logic that is both twisted and stark: a husband befriends his wife's murderer, a high-ranking official plans his own assassination, a lost knife is found in the belly of a subway passenger. Together with the Chief of Police and a murderer who is afraid of the dark, Depardieu is drawn into an inescapable complicity of murder, treachery and paranoia which draws him closer and closer to a fatetul end. [...]
    2002, Dec 01; 15:48:
  • The Biggest Dancehall Anthems, 1979-82: The Birth of Dancehall [1 CD, Amazon US]
    Disc: 1 1. Fally Ranking - Johnny Osbourne 2. Shine Eye Gal - Barrington Levy 3. Firehouse Rock - Wailing Souls 4. Bathroom Sex - General Echo 5. Ice Cream Love - Johnny Osbourne 6. Morning Ride - Yellowman 7. Look Youthman - Barrington Levy 8. Another One Bites The Dust - Clint Eastwood & General Saint 9. Fattie Boom Boom - Ranking Dread 10. Gunman - Michael Prophet 11. How The West Was Won - Ranking Toyan 12. Look How Me Sexy - Linval Thompson 13. Spar Wid Me - Ranking Toyan 14. Ghetto Queen - John Holt 15. Love Tickles Like Magic - Junior Delgado 16. Bounty Hunter - Barrington Levy 17. Jah Love Is With I - Johnny Clarke 18. Chip In - Wayne Jarrett 19. Poor & Humble - Wayne Wade 20. Who No Waan Come - Wailing Souls Disc: 2 1. Wa-Do-Dem - Eek-A-Mouse 2. Yellowman Getting Married - Yellowman 3. Diseases - Papa Michigan & General Smiley 4. Bone Connection - Nicodemus 5. To The Foundation - Dennis Brown 6. Mary Long Tongue - Barrington Levy 7. Sweetie Come Brush Me - John Holt 8. Come Fe Mash It - Tony Tuff 9. Kingdom Rise Kingdom Fall - Wailing Souls 10. River Jordan (Crucifixion) - Barrington Levy 11. River Jordan - Ranking Joe 12. Entertainment - Tristan Palmer, Jah Thomas & Ranking Toyan 13. I'm Not Crazy - Don Carlos 14. Can't Pop No Style - Hugh Mundell 15. Up Front - Wailing Souls 16. Love A Dub - Ranking Dread 17. Mr Chin - Yellowman 18. Trying To Turn Me On - Johnny Osbourne 19. Eventide Fire A Disaster - General Echo featuring Barrington Levy 20. Tribute To General Echo - Clint Eastwood & General Saint [...]
    2002, Dec 01; 15:48:
  • Triston Palmer Meets Jah Thomas in Disco Style Entertainment [1 CD, Amazon US]
    Reggae music is continually developing and mutating, even when it appears relatively static; take, for example, the late 'seventies, a time when international attention increasingly focussed on the great Bob Marley, and the successful hitmaking studios like Channel One and Joe Gibbs. However, that was by no means the whole story; independent producers like Lincoln 'Sugar' Minott, Leon Synmoie, Linval Thompson, Jah Thomas, Percy 'Jah Life' Chin, Henry 'Junjo' Lawes, Ossie Thomas and others were laying the foundations of what would soon become known as 'dancehall' music. Steve Barrow for Blood and Fire [...]
    2002, Dec 01; 15:38:
  • Fear of Living [LIVE] - Karen Finley [1 book, Amazon US]
    You may remember Finley as one of the 5 controversial performing artists who struggled against bigoted conservative congressmen in the early 90s to keep their Performing Arts funding. Their in-your-face performance art, often dealing openly/squarely with important issues such as homosexuality, AIDS, spousal abuse, sex, drugs and a host of other "liberal" issues, was seen as "dirty," "un-American," "immoral,"etc. by the Religious Right.( I forget who won out in the end.) I caught Finley in Berkeley in 1992--it was a formal "reading"(!) in an academic setting--we were all floored! In her full concert performances, Finley would hypnotically chant unnerving, tawdry litanies at the top of her lungs (especially)about female angst (at full-screech, mind you) while covering her semi-nude body in chocolate syrup and faux-masturbating with yams--(No unfortunately I missed the full show!) The next day after the reading (during which she belted and raved, but no foodstuffs! )I bought her first album, and let my friends listen--I remember we were all transfixed from beginning to end...a totally original sound, lots of comedy, even some tears...WOW, we thought, what powerful--and appalling use of rhythm and language and that pleasantly blood-chilling voice! It's captured in all of its irreverent yet uplifting power on this album, with some of her chants set to music. (NOTE: The catchy "SUSHI SUSHI SUSHI! ALBACORE AND EEL!" has nothing to do with maguro!) I bought this later Finley offering FEAR OF LIVING (many tracks taken/ re-mixed from original album) on the cheap many years later, and have played the heck out of it. There's lots of obscenity on the album, but it serves the higher purpose of articulating this artist's rage at the Male Machine--and in this sense she is a very high-minded, intellectual artist! If you are not easily offended--or better, if you love being offended-- and are looking for a PRIMO, CATHARTIC ALBUM--give this unique performance art a chance! (Warning: this album is not for most grandmas! ) (By the way, look for Finley in the role of the female MD in PHILADELPHIA with Tom Hanks--you'd never guess from that movie that this woman had screwed sweet potatoes on stage before appreciative audiences less than a decade before!) [...]
    2002, nov 30; 22:49:
  • Blood and Guts in High School - Kathy Acker [1 book, Amazon US]

    Janey is a little girl wandering through a fantasy landscape of men who reject her-- her father, Jean Genet, the Persian Slave Trader, Tommy. This is a book communicating a world of pain-- the dialogues in the beginning between Janey and her father as he prepares to leave her for someone else carry the weight of the agony of someone being betrayed by someone so close and all the little lies and tricks we use to pull closer and push away. It's also a book about illness. Janey constantly has pain and infections and disease that cripple her, but she always pushes the physical pain to one side to focus on the men who she knows from the beginning are going to leave her.

    It is not the easiest book in the world to read-- the emotion, rather than the plot, is the thread that ties the book together. There's a section in the book which is a series of drawings by Janey that provide a map to her dreams. I used this map to give the reading experience a kind of structure and I found that thinking about the book as a dream landscape made the lack of narrative much less jarring. -- frumiousb for amazon.com [...]

    2002, nov 30; 11:07:
  • Milo Manara - Click [1 book, Amazon US]
    Frigid rich bitch Claudia gets a little implant in the right spot with a remote control. Turn the knob and voila! She¹s a hot cauldron of unleashed lust!
    Alright, if you're interested in Click 2, it is because you already have read Click. So you know what it's about: sex. If that is what you are looking for, this is the book. It has all the explicit scenes anyone could wish for. The plot? Hmmm, well... yes, it has one. Manara seems as mysoginistic as always, but you cannot take him too seriously in his erotic books. It is fun to read, does not make a lot of sense most of the time, but the art is great. Have fun. -- Albrecht Bake for amazon.com [...]
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