Archive for Post-Punk

unread, unread, unread

Posted in Art & Photography, Music with tags , , , , , , on October 13, 2017 by phanteana

since it’s Friday the 13th and all, it only makes sense to post something Halloween-related….but instead of bombarding y’all with Jason Voorhees memes, let’s talk about this monster of all coffee table books being (appropriately) released for pre-order on Halloween.

Bauhaus (specifically Peter Murphy) have been in my collection and my heart for decades. they are the band that started it all. without them, none of the artists they influenced would exist. i have seen Bauhaus as a collective twice during their resurrection, and separately (again, specifically Peter Murphy) on more occasions than i can count (most recently was the summer tour of Poptone and their re-imagined versions of some notable works). they may have long since called it quits, but the boys of Bauhaus* still know how to market themselves. well done, gentleman.

 

 

*i was at this performance…still seems like only yesterday, even though it was almost 20(!) years ago.

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Mr. Moonlight and The Prince

Posted in Music with tags , , , on September 20, 2017 by phanteana

someone’s gettin’ the band back together (or at least part of them): Peter Murphy has announced that an old friend of his will be joining him during a momentous 2-week residency in San Francisco next winter. this is incredibly exciting news, not only because these two haven’t performed together since the last Bauhaus album was released almost 10 years ago, but word of health issues forced Peter to postpone his performances (which were originally scheduled for late June/early July of this year). now that the concerns of Peter’s health have (mostly) been alleviated, let the show go on!

 

(now if only Bauhaus would do another reunion…it’s a long shot, i know. i got to see them twice, but a third time would be lovely)

they keep trawwwling meeeee

Posted in Music, Popular Culture with tags , , , on September 12, 2017 by phanteana

a long-standing trend in popular music is that of the parody artist, or a musician who spoofs pre-existing songs a la Weird Al (who’s been making fun of the rest of us since the early days of cable TV). among the new breed of parody bands include the fast-food obsessed Mac Sabbath, Tragedy (a heavy metal tribute to the Bee Gees), and Phoenix, AZ’s self-described “Ned-al band” Okilly Dokilly. but just when you think you’ve heard it all comes something from the depths of the ocean (or in this case, Los Angeles): Koi Division. that’s correct…all your favorite Joy Division tunes redone for the nautical set. it may be ridiculous, but it provides a much needed laugh. even if you’re allergic to seafood, you can at least enjoy these carpy cut-ups onstage.

 

thrift store jackpot

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , on August 24, 2017 by phanteana

i’m quite fond of thrift stores. whether it’s in my own city or when i’m travelling, i make it a point to stop in and see the unique treasures for sale ranging from books (old print smell forever!) to clothing. here’s a recent find for a dollar well spent:

 

deep cassette

 

it’s a nice companion piece to the personally autographed CD copy i’ve owned for closed to 20 years (and still plays perfectly). that’s deep.

Goth’s not dead…it’s just matured

Posted in Music, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , on July 5, 2017 by phanteana

despite its association with doom and gloom, Goth is alive and well…or at least is a little more mature. there was a time when Goth was considered youthful, with its “sleep all day, party all night, never grow old” mentality. but since most folks are not members of the Lost Boys they eventually get jobs, have families, pay mortgages, etc. but hey, we can still wear black and listen to Bauhaus!

so what’s the issue? lack of fresh blood (no pun intended). while it’s great that many folks who were teens and 20-somethings during the Goth heyday of the 80’s or the 90’s revival are still enjoying the music and managing to venture out to events when feasible, the younger generation just doesn’t seem to take much notice of it. one factor might be the economy…because let’s face it, having fun costs money. yet there are plenty of free or low-cost events taking place to alleviate this concern. another might be feeling out of place in a crowd full of 35 to 50-somethings who often reminisce about the good ol’ days. in addition, a lot of cities just aren’t hot beds for Goth as they used to be…Los Angeles and New Orleans are still going strong, as are Berlin & London. but places like New York have fallen behind in recent years, due to rising rents and declining attendance. still, those who are loyal will be around for many years to come.

 

the prince and old lady shade

Posted in Music with tags , , , on July 11, 2016 by phanteana

“My 10th birthday at Stonehenge, my brother Chris and my playground on our long summers with the Sunshine Heart elder sister Shirley (Shirl). Chris and me are like twins but I cut him out of this picture for today (I’m the better looking one), and anyway it’s my birthday. I was planning to take Duncs down to the Cathedral, which had flood lights set in a dip. It had to be just after dark. Why? Because I had planned my first performance with an audience of one (Duncan). I killed it as I sang full out Jean Genie, lit up perfectly by the up beams of the super troopers flood lights which cast shadows on Salisbury Cathedral’s highest spire. Happy Birthday”  –  Peter Murphy (born on this day in 1957)

this 10 year old kid grew up to be an incredibly handsome man

lego my ego

Posted in Art & Photography, Music, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on February 29, 2016 by phanteana

i’ve been a fan of Killing Joke for years, and have been fortunate to see them in concert a few times. this is not a common occurrence, given that these gentlemen aren’t US citizens. so when news of a full-scale US tour broke (in recent years, they have only appeared sporadically on our shores, typically in New York or Los Angeles), there was much rejoicing…until some “unspecified health issues” (they’re not exactly spring chickens) caused the entire itinerary to be scrapped, leaving the US fans with broken hearts and fuller wallets as refunds were issued. the other day, i came across a very clever and rather cute representation of the Post-Punk pioneers as Lego figures. while it doesn’t quite make up for the tour cancellation, it does warrant a smile.