Here’s the new Orie Weeks-directed video by the fantastic Blitzen Trapper. Watch for Blitzen Trapper in our upcoming Best Music of 2007 special section in mid-December.
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Bill Drummond’s been known to pull off some jokes not just as a member of KLF but also with his hi-jinks against the art world but he’s dead serious about what he calls “No Music Day,” which will be this Wednesday, November 21st. For the last few years, he’s called on clubs, musicians and radio stations to lay off the tunes for a 24-hour period. While this didn’t become a country-wide sensation in the UK, he’s convinced BBC Radio Scotland not to broadcast any music that day. So is this a good idea or a nutty scheme?
For those who like 20 Questions and Charades and other social, word-based games, this is a fun game that will challenge your assumptions about what you think you know about your friends. ‘Friends’ (or family) is key, here, as the clues they each toss your way only hold meaning if you know enough about them to untangle the diverse, designed to trip-you-up responses. The aim is a low score—to figure out the answer with the least amount of clues—and the outcome is a bit of humility along with humor—no matter which end of the clue you’re on. How would you provide a clue to “What’s yours like?” when the answer is: IQ. The game includes a set of kid-inclusive clues (“Grandpa” and “favorite dessert”) for players who might not yet have a clue as to how describe their “mortgage” or “driving style”. [Amazon]
Dont Look Back possesses an enigmatic beauty in both the content and form. It’s a landmark film offering an intimate portrayal of the ever mysterious Dylan being, well, ever mysterious, and highlights Pennebaker’s pioneering of cinema verite (the ‘fly on the wall’ style) in American film, documentary or otherwise. The “deluxe edition” reissue is slick: a stylish box set design, the previously out-of-print 168-page companion book (basically the film’s “script”), a novelty (read: mostly ridiculous) flip book of the famous “Subterranean Homesick Blues” cue-card scene, and an extra DVD of bonus material. But extraneous this ain’t. Yes, the companion book, the flip book, the new digital transfer are all nice and to be expected. But the second disc, entitled Bob Dylan 65 Revisited, is as much a masterpiece of filmmaking and Dylan portrait/performance as Dont Look Back itself. In fact, it might even be better. [Amazon]
Bob Dylan - Dont Look Back [Original Theatrical Trailer]
Hip-O offers another must-have reissue of Elvis Costello’s first record. My Aim Is True remains the true anomaly in Costello’s catalog. It’s a batch of unaffected pop and rock tunes with no allegiance to the new wave or a self-imposed genre. In later albums, Costello’s wordplay would become more kinky and obtuse, his voice more entitled and operatic, but here he’s just a kid from the pub-rock circuit with an ear for Randy Newman and a voice yearning for the timbre of Rick Danko. The second disc is an unreleased live show from in August 1977. It’s notable for being one of the earliest shows Costello performed with his newly hired backing band, the Attractions, the group that would support him for the next nine years, and for this fact alone, the concert is a valuable historical document. [Amazon]
Elvis Costello - Watching the Detectives [Top of the Pops]
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