Joup’s Friday Album: Lubos Fiser – “Valerie and Her Week of Wonders” OST

valerieostFor this week’s Friday Album, I’m veering off a little into leftfield, selecting the original score to the 1970 Czech film Valerie and Her Week of Wonders by composer Lubos Fiser.  I initially became aware of this wonderful album when it received its first proper release on Finders Keepers Records in 2007, a label whose entire output and catalog of discoveries and reissues I cannot recommend enough.  Upon first listen, I was completely in awe.

Thank God for VOD! – The Sacrament

I don’t get to go to the movies as often as I’d like to, but that doesn’t mean I can’t watch awesome flicks at home. Thank God for VOD!

sacramentThe Sacrament

Thank God for VOD! – Grand Piano

Though I have admittedly always been much more of a music guy, I have been a devoted fan and lover of movies and film since childhood. Sparked and nurtured by weekly trips to the local video rental store and then cemented with my first big screen experience (that I remember at least), a screening of Return of the Jedi when I was 4 years old, I have been an avid moviegoer for the last 30 years. I love them. Dramas, comedies, sci-fi flicks, action movies, blockbusters, B-movies, and horror, especially horror, I watched as much as I could fit into my brain. At one point, I even aspired to be a filmmaker myself and went to film school. There’s just something about the darkened, hushed theater, the smell of popcorn wafting through the room, the clicking flicker sound of the reel as it begins to move. It’s special. It’s an event. It’s one of my favorite things to do. My wife and I used to go to the movies at least a couple of times a month.

Kurt Cobain would have been 47 this Year

nirvanaI should have written this piece a week ago.

Somehow, it escaped my notice over the last 10 days that this April marked the 20-year anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. And that shit was everywhere. Basically starting last fall with the 20-year anniversary of In Utero, through the nomination and induction of the band into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the performances last week with Kim Gordon, St. Vincent, Joan Jett, and Lorde, and culminating with the onslaught of internet article after internet article regarding Cobain’s legacy, I’m not sure how I missed it all. Evidently, I live in my own little bubble, oblivious to my surroundings and the outside world at large.

When Bad Science Goes Good

rickmortyFor years and years Adult Swim, the longtime bastion of geeks, misfits, stoners, pop culture revivalists, and the perpetually adolescent has been the haven to an array of quirky animated series, a platform for a myriad of network castoffs, nostalgia purveyors, surreal mind-fucks, and bad taste. Everything from a dead-in-the-water series that suddenly finds massive popularity (Family Guy), to anime* (Cowboy Bebop), to the comedic reinterpretations of characters from our childhood (Robot Chicken/Space Ghost Coast to Coast), to pure and warped stoner candy (Aqua Teen Hunger Force) has surfaced and thrived on this late night block of programming on the Cartoon Network. Often times it’s crudely made. It can be absurd. It can be vulgar and immature. But it’s usually pretty damn funny. People like me call it home.

35 Albums in 35 Years: 1989

In an ongoing attempt to bleed my opinions all over your computer screen, I’m selecting one album from every year that I’ve been alive that has some sort of significance to me…and then writing about it.  Welcome back to 35 Albums in 35 Years.

 

weirdaluhf1989: Weird Al Yankovic’s UHF Original Soundtrack

Joup Friday (Err…Saturday) Feature Album: Brigitte Bardot Sings

Brigitte Bardot Sings (Phillips)

Brigitte Bardot Sings (Phillips)

So I’ve been staying in Logan Square in Chicago. Been subletting from my very good friend Liz whom is now in Oakland, CA running the wonderful conservatory Mynah Music. You can read my interview with her about Mynah here.

She’s a wonderful musician, accomplished in violin, piano and even guitar. I’m lucky enough to have an apartment that has a turntable and a great selection of international music. I’ve added to that collection thanks to Reckless Records in Wicker Park. But Liz had a hidden little jem by one Brigitte Bardot. Yeah, that Brigette Bardot, you know…And God Created Woman. Probably every man (especially French men) in the late 50s and early 60s dreamed about her and every woman…well I can’t really speak for them. She was though, an original “supermodel.” Truly.

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