Archive for October, 2013

“exorcising” demons

Posted in Art & Photography with tags , on October 31, 2013 by phanteana


Lou Reed (1942-2013)

Posted in Music with tags on October 27, 2013 by phanteana

sad news for the music industry today as it was reported that the iconic Lou Reed has passed away at age 71. he will be missed.

Rock’s Back Pages

Posted in Library Science stuff, Music with tags , on October 25, 2013 by phanteana

Rock’s Back Pages

here is a very extensive and rather useful online archive of music journalism articles covering every genre over the past 50 years. highly recommended for research or leisure!

Rock's Backpages


Posted in Library Science stuff, Music, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on October 18, 2013 by phanteana

Nightclubbing is a real treat for those who work in archives or are fans of 70’s Punk (or both at the same time). it’s a Punk Rock music video series that was compiled between 1975 and 1980 by Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong, two music fans from New York City who witnessed the likes of Blondie, Iggy Pop, the Dead Kennedys, and Talking Heads during an era when St. Mark’s Place was crawling with squatters (as opposed to hipsters) and walking through Tompkins Square Park was off-limits after 8 pm for fear of muggings. Ivers and Armstrong incorporate footage of over 100 bands performing along with still photos, show flyers, and interviews into their archive, and have managed to preserve and restore footage that otherwise might have been lost or damaged forever. for anyone in the New York City area, Nightclubbing is now a featured collection at NYU’s Fales Library and is open to researchers, students, and anyone who either wants to remember the good ol’ days or those who wish they were there to witness it all.

dragnet drag

Posted in Music with tags on October 14, 2013 by phanteana


the Glendale News-Press has reported relief for Peter Murphy and his devoted fanbase…back in March, Mr. Murphy was arrested when he crashed into a Mercedes (the driver was not critically injured) and then sped down the Ventura Freeway until police finally caught up to him. after spending 3 days in county jail, he was released and went back to court in the midst of a high-profile U.S. spring tour celebrating 35 years of Bauhaus. the latest reports state that Peter reached a plea deal this week with prosecutors: instead of serving jail time, he received 3 years of probation and was ordered to undergo 45 days of Narcotics Anonymous meetings due to a guilty plea of methamphetamine possession, and 10 days of community service. if the program is successfully completed, the charges will be dropped. good news indeed, since there’s a new album coming out next year (produced by Martin “Youth” Glover of Killing Joke!)…and that will hopefully mean another tour. fingers crossed.

the power of William Friedkin compels y’all

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , on October 10, 2013 by phanteana

The Exorcist (1973) is one of those films people either really love or completely despise. this year marks the 40th anniversary of William Friedkin’s Oscar-winning film (for Best Sound and Best Adapted Screenplay) that made audiences sleep with the lights on and started a trend of theaters providing air sickness bags to patrons prior to showtime. the book, written in 1971 by William Peter Blatty, is equally disturbing since its origins are based in reality (it was inspired by a 1949 case that happened to a 14-year-old boy, but for obvious reasons of privacy the story was altered and centered around a girl of similar age). since it contains some very controversial scenes, it would be expected that those of devout nature would shun The Exorcist…ironically, its largest fan base isn’t those who attend Horror conventions but rather residents of The Southern United States. sure, it has a massive following in major film hubs like New York, Washington DC (where the story takes place), or Los Angeles, but folks in cities such as Chattanooga and Richmond seem to really dig it.

Noel Murray, a contributor to the ever-popular Slate website, blogs about growing up in the South and trying to comprehend why his observant classmates refused to see Jurassic Park (“dinosaurs are stupid”) but got a huge kick out of Linda Blair spewing pea soup and yelling obscenities at anyone who came within inches of her. it’s strange that possession and demonic imagery are perfectly acceptable in some parts of the US, yet listening to R.E.M. is considered blasphemous (a former girlfriend of Murray’s claimed Michael Stipe to be “evil”…i happen to like R.E.M., or at least anything up to 1994’s Monster. i am particularly fond of 1983’s Murmur and 1985’s Fables Of The Reconstruction). what a strange world this is.

Peanuts of the world, unite and take over!

Posted in Popular Culture with tags , , , on October 8, 2013 by phanteana

good grief.