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FROM THE RADIO TIMES #9 [Apr. 25th, 2012|11:02 pm]
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[Current Music |Imikuzushi by Keiji Haino/Jim O'Rourke/Oren Ambarchi]

LETTER OF THE WEEK

Years ago in Germany, my wife and I listened to a breakfast show playing a symphony by Mozart followed by live Grateful Dead tracks. This should be Radio 3's template.

Andrew Lacey
Mold, Flintshire
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FROM BOOKS #12 [Nov. 20th, 2011|06:30 pm]
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[Current Music |BELLS by Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Trio plus]

"How odd a figure I must seem to you now, a solitary crank who maroons himself with a TV set and dozens of stacks of dust-jacketed comic books. Don't think I wouldn't appreciate a dramatic visit between two and three in the morning," he told her, "from an intelligent woman in spike heels and a slit skirt, with high-impact accessories."

- from WHITE NOISE (1985) by Don DeLillo
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FROM BOOKS #11 [May. 20th, 2011|12:08 am]
giddyoldgoat
[Current Music |Black: Implication Flooding by Keiji Haino with Boris]

Rita Lee came back with a frozen Milky Way and some confession magazines and comic books. She read about a miser duck called Uncle Scrooge, and his young duck nephews, whose adventures took place in a city where all the bystanders, the figures on the street, were anthropoid dogs walking erect. Norwood read about Superman and the double-breasted-suited Metropolis underworld. It was a kryptonite story and not a bad one.

from NORWOOD (1966) by Charles Portis
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FROM THE SLEEVENOTES #1 [Jul. 25th, 2010|11:21 am]
giddyoldgoat
[Current Music |IN QUEST OF TENSE by Dredd Foole]

"I can remember a time when I totally believed we were one of the loudest bands in the world. We went on stage to annihilate and to penetrate the depths of any soul. This is a HARD ROCK band that wretched (sic) and exorcised itself each night on stage, defiant to anyone. We were pissed off, and we played down and angry and brilliantly. Most times, we focused on the riffs, the lyrics, the shapes, the impact. World domination never came up."

- Bill Ward, quoted in the sleevenotes to the remastered CD edition of MASTER OF REALITY by Black Sabbath
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FROM BOOKS #10 [Jul. 21st, 2010|11:10 pm]
giddyoldgoat
[Current Music |(WHITE LIGHT) by Gene Clark]

[Jodorowsky] not only wrote, directed, and scored EL TOPO, but also appeared on screen in virtually every scene as a character none too subtly identified with Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and the Magnificent Seven. Later, the filmmaker revealed that EL TOPO had been shot in sequence and that he'd worn throughout special under shorts with holes for his testicles and a green circle stiched around his anus "to make sure I wouldn't act like John Wayne".

- from THE DREAM LIFE: MOVIES, MEDIA AND THE MYTHOLOGY OF THE SIXTIES by J. Hoberman (2003)
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TWO FROM ROBERT BRESSON [May. 25th, 2010|10:16 pm]
giddyoldgoat
[Current Music |BEACH HEAD by Sun Araw]

From a television interview:

Q: What did you want people to feel in PICKPOCKET?

A: Rather than having a story I wanted to tell, I wanted people to feel the atmosphere that surrounds a thief, that particular atmosphere that makes people anxious and uncomfortable.

Q: Have you ever met any thieves?

A: I think I've met several, but you don't know until after you've been robbed.

Q: You felt nothing at the time?

A: Yes, I did. I remember one time out in the county, I was in a room with my host and a third person who - we both felt this third person either was going to steal or had already stolen.

Q: What made you feel that?

A: Something very mysterious that I can't put into words, and that's the feeling I wanted to express in the film. That, and the terrible solitude that is a thief's prison.

From NOTES ON THE CINEMATOGRAPHER:

Slow films in which everyone gallops and gesticulates; quick films in which people hardly move.
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FROM THE FILMS #3 [Mar. 21st, 2010|09:17 pm]
giddyoldgoat
[Current Music |TRANSPORTS by Ghedalia Tazartes]

"What is this association between insects and the human soul? Is it because of the multifarious mystery of them both?"

- Professor John McGregor (Donald Pleasence) in PHENOMENA (1985 Dir: Dario Argento)
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FROM THE MAGAZINES #6/FROM THE WEB #2 [Mar. 5th, 2010|07:14 pm]
giddyoldgoat
[Current Music |PARANOIA IN HI-FI by Nurse With Wound]

"I don't believe in peace either. I used to think, 'Love and Peace.' But now I have changed my mind about that. I have a new philosophy. It's this: I believe that I am an agent put here to maintain the aspect of equipoise in the universe, the balance of nature. That means warmth and cold, night and day, light and darkness, order and chaos, good and evil, there's a reason for those things being, and I do whatever I can to maintain that.

For example, before you came, I ripped up that Life magazine. it came in the mail today, and I destroyed it by ripped out things that I wanted. Now tomorrow I might destroy an idea and the day after I might destroy a person. I believe that in order for life to endure there has to be movement and change. Static is death. Motion is life. So every day I create something, a drawing, some writing, something new. And in order to maintain that balance, I'll destroy something. After you've done it for a while, you begin to see signs that something will be to be destroyed."


Jim Steranko, quoted in the article "Face Front! Clap Your Hands, You're on the Winning Team!"
by Robin Green from Rolling Stone Vol. 1, #91 (Sep 16, 1971)

http://reocities.com/Area51/chamber/8346/rs91.facefront.1.html
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FROM THE RADIO TIMES #8 [Feb. 17th, 2010|07:00 pm]
giddyoldgoat
[Current Music |THE RAIN by Kayhan Kalhor, Shujaat Husain Khan, Sandeep Das]

WINNER'S VERDICT ON GREGG WALLACE AND JOHN TORODE:
I would never watch any programme that has the word 'chef' proceeded by the word 'master'.

WINNER'S VERDICT ON JAMIE OLIVER:
Love the TV commercials. Do not tempt me to try his food. I don't need serving from a truck.

WINNER'S VERDICT ON DELIA SMITH:
Anyone who promotes how to make a vegetarian sausage can't be all good. I went to a vegetarian school, so I should know.

WINNER'S VERDICT ON SOPHIE DAHL:
Anyone married to Jamie Cullum can't be all bad, but saying, 'Cooking often serves as an emotional barometer'? Pass the sickbag.

WINNER'S VERDICT ON HUGH FEARNLEY-WHITTINGSTALL:
Can anyone that grubby be trusted with food? I didn't know he cooked. I just thought he killed things.
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FROM BOOKS #9 [Feb. 9th, 2010|07:53 am]
giddyoldgoat
[Current Music |TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT by Neil Young]

John 'Marmaduke' Dawson:
Jerry used to be doing up acid behind the stage. Back in the magic days when everybody was able to be on stage, everybody would be stoned on acid and then you'd smoke some DMT. Bear swore to me, and I've heard other people say this, too, that when they were smoking the DMT, the meters on the amplifiers would actually crank up about ten or twenty percent. You could actually see the meter going up when the DMT was being smoked back there.

- DARK STAR: AN ORAL BIOGRAPHY OF JERRY GARCIA by Robert Greenfield
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