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by Victor P. Corona

6 Oct 2010


Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar documents the short life of the transsexual actress whom Warhol’s POPism memoir described as “the most striking drag queen I’d ever seen”. Oscar-nominated actress Chloe Sevigny supplies the voice of the Superstar, who grew up on Long Island being entranced by silver screen legends like Kim Novak and Lana Turner. After moving to Manhattan, her role in Glamour, Glory and Gold, written by Jackie Curtis, served as the entryway into Warhol’s orbit. In addition to appearing in major underground films like Paul Morrissey’s Flesh (1968) and Women in Revolt (1971), Darling inspired the Velvet Underground song “Candy Says” and is mentioned in Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side”. After dying from cancer in 1974, her Upper East Side funeral drew the presence of icons like Julie Newmar and Gloria Swanson, a fitting tribute to a young actress whose dreams of Hollywood stardom were left unfulfilled.

The legacy of her gender-bending brand of blond ambition has been transmitted to newer generations of glam-pop performers. In 2005, Madonna herself was rumored to be playing Candy in a film project that never actually materialized. Candy has also been a key inspiration for Darian Darling, a make-up artist and New York nightlife persona who used her blog to offer “love, respect and fascination” to her Superstar namesake. In July 2010, Lady Gaga named Darian as one of her fellow “Golden Girls of Rocknroll,” alongside Justin Tranter of Semi Precious Weapons and her longtime collaborator, Lady Starlight. Gaga tweeted a photo of the quartet to her millions of fans. Another fitting caption for this picture might be the question posed by Candy during her memorable scene in the Warhol-produced Flesh: “Don’t you want to learn to be glamorous?”

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Director James Rasin and producer Jeremiah Newton will be present at the documentary’s screenings at the Hamptons International Film Festival and the Chicago International Film Festival, both in early October.

by John Garratt

6 Oct 2010


Fond of Tigers

In the past I have sang the praises of the Canadian label Drip Audio, home of No More Shapes, Inhabitants, Fond of Tigers, and lots more wonderfully weird music that when description of it is attempted, gives the hyphen key on your keyboard a workout. Lots of jazz elements bouncing around, colliding with the rock edge that graces the post-everything world nowadays. If you are tired of trying to read my efforts to summarize the most on Drip Audio, you can go to their website and download ten songs.

In other news, the indie-racket group Fond of Tigers has tapped into the talents of Snadro Perri and Mats Gustafsson for their upcoming third album Country & Western. A few vocal numbers are kicked around in the dirt, but the instrumental barrage of “Soheb” and “Grandad” are not to be missed.

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by Jessy Krupa

5 Oct 2010


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recently announced their nominees for the 2011 induction, and as usual, it left many people disappointed. While there were some good candidates on the list, it’s impossible to please everybody. However, ardent fans have made a strong case for the following bands and artists who weren’t nominated this year and aren’t in the hall of fame yet.

by John Garratt

5 Oct 2010


Alexander von Schlippenbach

Good news: www.destination-out.com is now selling complete downloads. In the past, these keepers of avant-jazz’s odd and obscure relics has dolled out free MP3s just a few at a time. Anyone who followed the site closely had to wonder “Where do they find all this crap?”

I still don’t know where they manage to find it, but now they are selling some of these rare and forgotten albums in their store.

As of this writing there only two albums (more to follow), but they are two very curious finds nevertheless. Schlippenbach trio’s Elf Gagatellen features Evan Parker, Alexander von Schlippenbach, and Paul Lovens. Touch the Earth - Break the Sheels features Wadada Leo Smith pitted with Peter Kowald and Gunter Sommer.

Whoah. Good luck finding those at a flea market.

by PopMatters Staff

5 Oct 2010


Portland’s Tu Fawning was formed three years ago by Corrina Repp and Joe Haege and, in that short time, have developed a sophisticated and mature sound that draws from the noirish elements of Tom Waits, the textures and moods of Portishead, and ‘20s and ‘30s big band tunes and folk music. The emphasis is very much on experimentation and messing about with traditional rock instrumentation, so it’s not unusual to hear Tu Fawning trotting out trumpets, trombones and just about anything else that will allow them to augment their jagged riffs with something a bit unexpected. As Haege says, “We’re trying to weave a fabric that is a little more dense, which some will undoubtedly find unnerving. For others, though, ourselves included, it seems to be the last oasis for searching out that emotional high that music can give you. There is just something magical about being able to make your songs sound as though they were played while a giant walks through a valley, a piano is stabbed in a 1920’s basement, drums are beat on a mountain or that you’re singing in a cave.”

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