Monday, February 28, 2011

* Radio Hour: Secret letters to you.

Image © Lise Silva

Simple, stripped down album cuts along side rare, lost tracks, bootlegs, and demos. Twenty two quietly desiring songs featuring a few rare and unrealeased recordings by John LennonLinda PerhacsBob Dylan and others.

Click Play:


Aisumasen (I'm Sorry) (Home Version) - John Lennon
Sea Of Love - Cat Power
Granada - Emilio de Benito
Lua - Bright Eyes
I Don't Blame You - Cat Power
He Was A Friend Of Mine - Bob Dylan
Turquoise - Donovan
Sunrise - Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
Simply Beautiful - Al Green
Listen to My Song - Darondo
Hey, Who Really Cares? - Linda Perhacs
Let It Down - George Harrison
Mama, You Been On My Mind - Bob Dylan
Julia - The Beatles
Eulogy To Lenny Bruce - Nico
What You Got - John Lennon
Something - The Beatles
I Just Don't Believe You - Jeff Hanson
Time Has Told Me - Nick Drake
A Case Of You - Joni Mitchell
Diamonds and Rust Live - Joan Baez
India Song (piano) - Carlos d'Alessio
dream scream - Daniel Johnston
Mojo Pin - Jeff Buckley

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Glasses vs. non-glasses.

George as the bassist in a space funk band, Ringo as a groovy nightclub owner, John as a Victorian era radical academic/world traveller, and Paul as an investment banker after a party binge.

The Beatles circa 1969.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Girl in the bubble.

via Groovy

Friday, February 25, 2011

The George of my dreams.

Dreamy George circa 1965

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Still Film: Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951): Bullfight scene

I did two extensive Pandora and the Flying Dutchman posts in September (you can check out part 1 here), but since the bullfighting scene was so amazing I decided to save this scene for a long third Pandora post.  What I love about this scene is the traditional clothing (heavily sequins and beaded as a man should be), the drama of the bullfighter, and the tension of the scene.  While men desire Pandora with an obsessive and unwavering focus, she is the cursed femme fatale bringing them, and her self, misfortune and the audience is already clued into that at this point, adding to the surmounting tension.  Fashion-wise in this scene, Ava Gardner is swathed in batik green fabric looking more au natural and wholesome than her usual va-va-voom role but none the less regal.  Though, this is one of the only scenes in film history that I know of where a man outshines Ava Gardner in the fashion department.

Veruschka makes up, 1969.

via Vintage-a-peel

Kenwood on the St. George's Hill estate, Weybridge, Surrey, England

The Boot from help! ended up at Kenwood

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


via Ilovehotdogs.  Bébé: The Films of Brigitte Bardot (1975) by Tony Crawley

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Psychedelic album art: Part 2, featuring Donovan

I really heart Donovan.  I love so many of his mid-late sixties era songs and they are a dreamy psychedelic playlist maker's dream come true.  

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Un Chien Andalou, Dalí & Buñuel

Part 1

Part 2

*New Video Source 2/22

This is the entire 16 minute short avant-garde/surrealist silent film made by collaborators Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí in the 1920s.  It was produced in France and the title translates to The Andalusian Dog in English.   Rather than a chronological narrative, the film uses psychological association and dream imagery to introduce loose characters and events.  The film was said to be very shocking when it came out, but that didn't deter anyone from seeing it-- it was a very popular film upon release.  

There are so many amazing or hard-to-watch images in the film.  One of the most infamous scenes is the cutting or slitting of an eyeball-- intended to look like the eye of a character-- and people debated for years how exactly he shot that image.  It was actually the eye of a dead calf and he used in lighting tricks to make the fur appear as smooth as human skin.  

Dalí contributed many of his ideas during the conceptualization of the film, but by the time the film was actually being made, he was said to have had a falling out with Buñuel and many of his ideas weren't included in the final cut.   Strangely, both of the lead actors of the film committed suicide-- one by overdose, one by setting herself on fire in public.  

The music heard is the same song, from the opera Tristan and Isolde, that Buñuel used to have playing on the phonograph during theatre screenings.  

*Sadly the first video link I had up-- which was a restored, crisp full length version was taken off youtube-- so I had to replace it with a fuzzy part 1 and part 2.  

Stoned immaculate.

The Rolling Stones circa 1965

Keith makes this photo just great.

I want to see Mick!

Anyone know what film this still is from?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

* Radio Hour: The Faster Pussycat Kill Kill! Soundtrack: Part 1

Image © Lise Silva

Thrill seeking go-go dancers form a deadly gang hatch a plan to take whatever they want. Buxom, 
bouffant femme fatales shimmy their sequins and, while batting their cateyed lashes, race through 
the desert in fast cars. If I could make a soundtrack to one of my favorite films the 1965 Russ Meyer 
classic 'Faster Pussycat Kill Kill!' it would include these twenty-one wildly exciting tracks with music 
by Van Morrison
Click Play to listen:

Track list: 
Stengun - Boo & The Boo Boos, Linda Van Dijck
Tame Me Tiger - Bonnie St. Claire
Gloria Van Morrison with Them
Melvin - The Belles
Can't Seem To Make You Mine - The Seeds
Action Woman - The Litter
Nightmare - The Whyte Boots
Kyrie Eleison - The Electric Prunes
Bang Bang - Nancy Sinatra
For Your Love - The Yardbirds
Girl I Want You - The Seeds
Shake - British Walkers
Steppin' Out - Paul Revere & The Raiders
These Boots were Made for Walkin' - Nancy Sinatra
I Happen To Love You - The Electric Prunes
Hey Girls - Honeybee
Run And Hide - The Chayns
Bad Part Of Town - Barefacts
Baby Please Don't Go - Van Morrison with Them
Baby Don't Go - Sonny & Cher
Out Of The Picture - Marcia Strassman
The Last Race - Jack Nitzsche

Friday, February 18, 2011

Muse: Tura Satana

I have that eerie feeling right now, hearing that Tura Satana died after I just made that Faster Pussycat playlist a couple days ago.  She actually passed away on February 4 and I had no idea until I read a recent Cat Party post.

One of my all-time favorite films is Faster Pussycat Kill Kill!  I first saw it one late night on Turner Classic Movies and swear I had a religious experience.  If you haven't seen it, you must rent it right away.  But, if you love black eyeliner, go go boots, retro drag racing scenes, chicks beating up guys, hour glass figures, campy cult classics, and worms-eye-view camera angles, then stop reading this sentence immediately and buy this movie.


Tura is best known for her role in Pussycat as Varla, a ruthless female lead of a small group of gals that find their way into dramatic love triangles and ass kicking-- sometimes at the same time.  Tura was partially cast in the film by cult classic director Russ Meyers for her clevage-- the female anatomy Meyers was admittely obsessed with (see: all his other films.... lots of mommy complex issues).  

Even before Pussycat, Tura had an intense life.

Born to a show-biz family, she was raise partially in Japan of Japanese, Filipino, Cherokee, and white-American heritage.  She had spent time in an internment camp during WWII and moved to Chicago after her famliy was released.  Though Chicago seemed a fresh start, she faced a worse event; while walking down the street (at age nine) Tura was viciously raped by five men.  Despite the grusome situation, the men were faced no consequence from the court, walking free after the trial.  Whats more, due to the incident, she was placed in a juvenile dilequent program.  The injustice prompted her to learn martial arts and self-defense techniques, and she vowed to find her attackers and administer some corporal punnishment.  Over the course of 15 years she tracked down each rapist and beat them to a pulp.  But meanwhile as a teenager, she proved to be a tough girl who formed her own leather jacket wearing all-girls gang, and enacted a mini version of Pussycat with her schoolmates.

This was cut short when her parents pushed her into marrying at... 13!  She was married in Mississippi to a young man of 17.   When that surprisingly didn't pan out, she cut loose for LA and tried an assortment of jobs, including blues singing, and eventually landed into nude modelling (this, keep in mind, is all happening at age 13).  Eventually though, she went back to her parents in Chicago and began stripping as an exotic dancer, which she took on the road, travelling with some of the icons of Burlesque. Oddly, she holds the title of Best Undressed Burlesque star of the 20th century by the supposed connoisseur Bill Hanna of Hanna-Barbara fame.

Naturally, Tura found her way on to TV and film but Pussycat remains the high point of her career.  Director Russ Meyer even maintains that she controlled most of the film.  She brought the high kicking martial arts, her costume styling, make up style, dialogue, and energy to the film.  Meyers said, "She and I made the movie."

But no, her story doesn't stop there, in years after Pussycat she: had affairs with Elvis and Sinatra (she supposedly rejected Elvis, prompting him to force his next girlfriend Pricilla to adopt her Vampiress-Siren look for the first few years), was shot by an estranged lover (which was nether Elvis nor Sinatra), studied nursing, worked in a Police department, broke her back in a car accident, and had a metal band named after her (she was not affiliated with the band).  She started in two other memorable cult films Astro-Zombie (1968) and The Doll Squad (1973), but nothing in career captured her quite as iconically as Pussycat, and on no other film did she have so much creative input behind the scenes.

This woman was amazing.  She was very attentive to her cult fanbase, maintaining a myspace page and website, and often making appearances for signings.  She died suddenly in Reno, Nevada February 4, 2011.  Her cause of death is vaguely listed as 'heart failure'.

More Tura :

---->  Ebert even has a page on her (??!)

---->  Also see a more recent interview of Tura, sassy and still rockin' monochromatic black and even gigantic-er cleavage:  HERE.

---->  See her official website/tribute HERE

Violent clip from the gals of Pussycat:

Art: Katy Smail

As previously mentioned... I really love the work of Katy Smail.  I discovered her very randomly when the only info I could find on her was a myspace page and website.  Now a google search result shows blog posts on her work by various bloggers, a book-by-its-cover post, an updated website, and her lovely inspiration blog, among other things.  Take a looksy. 

When asked what inspires her work she said: 

"At the moment: Nabokov, great love stories, wistful girls in petticoats and furs, Charles Anastase, Victorian botanical illustrations, Lula magazine, woodland animals, The Belles of the Black Diamond Field, tragic heroines, Yelena Yemchuk, lonliness and longing, Rodarte, Egon Schiele, sequins, Tim Walker, dusty books, Henry Darger, Erdem, old English houses, paper dolls…….."

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