On the day of this recording, Ian Fleming picked up Raymond Chandler at 11am, and already Chandler’s voice was “slurred with whiskey”. Undaunted, the creator of James Bond conducted a fascinating interview with the hard-boiled legend, which is available in four parts on YouTube.
Part 1 (of 4): Ian Fleming interviews Raymond Chandler for the BBC (note: the actual interview begins around 5:45)
From the moment the first piano keys reverberate on Soap & Skin’s “Thanatos”, you know you are in for a spellbinding ride. She introduces herself with a whisper, slowly lulling you into her spell, before shattering any preconceived notions you have of her with the wailing force of a Banshee. Any emerging female solo artist of her stature will immediately bring up comparisons of PJ Harvey, Björk, Kate Bush, and Nico. I will do the obvious and compare Soap & Skin to Nico and Björk for very good reasons, rather than from an unimaginative knowledge of female artists. She shares Björk’s inclination for experimentation with both electronic and organic sounds, while she can also powerfully hit the consummate depths of Nico’s vocal register. Born Anja Plaschg, this Austrian enigma has recently only turned 20 but has already built a reputable niche for herself in Europe and it will be just a matter of time before she’ll cross the Atlantic.
Idris Elba, the man known to most as The Wire’s Stringer Bell, wants to promote a new alter-ego. This time he’s “King Driis”, a multi-accented singer and rapper who has a new song and music video, “Hold On”, to share with the world. The British-born, half-Sierra-Leonean and half-Ghanaian Elba forces us to sit through a barely-decipherable, Mos Def (or a Mos Def look-alike) starring skit before we get to his new tune. It may well be worth it, however, thanks to producer 9th Wonder’s delirious dancehall beat, a laid-back, bouncy number which provides the perfect backdrop for “Driis’s” questionable range of patois.
David Lynch wrote and directed Lady Blue Shanghai, a 16-minute short film with Dior branding that suggests someone here might want to sell a purse, or something. From Eraserhead to Blue Velvet to Clear Blue Easy home pregnancy tests, Lynch’s work is unmistakable. The glowing bag recalls the briefcases in Pulp Fiction and Kiss Me, Deadly, while the creepy, hushed interiors seem like they’re just down the long, dark hall from those in Lost Highway. With the odd angles, red curtains and flashing lights, it would be no surprise if a backwards-talking little person danced into the film to whisper the identity of Laura Palmer’s killer. [via Salon]
When Jay-Z and Eminem announced last week on ESPN that they’ll be doing a double concert at Yankee Stadium and Comerica Park this fall, I started to dream a bit.
And unfortunately since the Cubs are (so far) really sucking it up this year, I decided to escape the pain of watching the Cubs and wonder what it would be like to see some of my favorite Chicago artists rock Wrigely Field, if the Cubs aren’t going to.
So just off the top of my head, I’ve listed a few Chicago bands that I’d like to see play the best baseball park in the world… Wrigley Field:
A Chicago blues showcase featuring Buddy Guy and other local blues legends
Miraculously bring Steve Goodman back from the dead to play a concert that he rightfully deserves since he’s the genius who wrote “Go Cubs Go”.
Like I said, I’m biased to the Windy City, so I’d like to know what favorite hometown bands and baseball teams would you like to see join forces to rock your favorite ball parks?