Last week (Oct. 23), esteemed rock and roll photographer Bob Gruen celebrated another trip around the sun. Like most people, he celebrated his 69th birthday with a party — but unlike most people, his party included performances by Billie Joe Armstrong, Jesse Malin, Debbie Harry, Alice Cooper and more, all inside a small bar in New York City.
Hollywood has been churning out horror movies for nearly 100 years, and all the way back to the silent film era some of the most popular recurring characters have been villains from horror flicks. In the early days it was Dracula and the Wolfman, and by the 1970s more demented creatures like Michael Myers and Leatherface came onto the scene. Today, audiences have to deal with stomach-churning monsters like Jigsaw from the Saw pictures. In honor of Halloween, we asked our readers to select their favorite horror movie villains. Here are the results.
Back in 1997, Hal Willner recorded, Closed On Account of Rabies, an audio compilation featuring well-known artists reading macabre stories by Edgar Allan Poe. 15 years later, the album has gone out of circulation. A handful of “out-of-print” CDs can be bought on Amazon. But they’ll run you anywhere from $30 for a used copy, to $250 for a mint copy in its original packaging. That puts the audio collection out of reach for most.
Scott Walker and Sunn O)))’s collaborative masterwork Soused was released this week, and today they’ve unveiled a video for the album’s opening track, ‘Brando’. It was directed by Gisèle Vienne, a previous collaborator with Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley, with NPR noting that it stars the dancer Anja Röttgerkamp and actress Catherine Robbe-Grillet, both involved in some act of unexplained violence, unfurling over a discontinuous narrative and, crucially, deeply unsettling. As, too, is the unerring similarity of the shot of Léon Rubbens, playing a young boy, locking himself away in a dark room, to the front cover of Swans’ The Seer. Coincidence? (Yes.) Take a look and it above and read tQ editor John Doran talking to Walker about the record here.
Scheduled for November release by Ace/Big Beat Records:
America’s 1960s love affair with British rock was probably never articulated better than by the original group known as Powder. Equal parts incisive melody and violent chording, and dripping pop-art flash, the dynamic 1968 recordings by this power trio from the San Francisco Peninsula have an acquired a cult notoriety since they were first uncovered two decades ago. Now with Big Beat’s deluxe Ka-Pow! An Explosive Collection 1967-68, this remarkable material has been given a further, fully re-mastered, lease of life.
“I believe in the power of Punk.” So said Lou Reed in September 2013, just a month before he passed away. It is the kind of thing that Reed said throughout his long career, one in which he played a defining role, not just for Punk, but for rock music as a whole. One year on from his death, Lou’s music continues to fascinate and captivate audiences around the world.
It was a chilly winter, early morning of 1969, when Merry Clayton awoke from a deep sleep by a phone call asking her to come down to the studio to help some British boys out with their track, “Gimmie Shelter.” Merry was a good Christian woman, pregnant, and slightly annoyed that she was being pulled out of bed. She arrived– hair in curlers paired with a robe and slippers. Hesitation set in when asked to emote on the words rape and murder. She wasn’t sure whether these lyrics coincided with her values. Thank god she decided to do it….
One of the most recognizable moments in music history was when Merry’s voice cracks while pushing her range as hard as she could on the word “murder”, and you hear Mick Jagger in the background exhaling “woo!” Every Rolling Stone was in awe of this woman’s power.
In this weekly series, T’s photo editors share the most compelling visual projects they’ve discovered.
The New York-based photographer Olivia Locher’s “How To” series chronicles a smattering of misguided attempts at achievement. “Around the time I started the project I was looking through a lot of cookbooks,” she says. “After a few cooking disasters, I got inspired by how directions could be easily lost in translation. I started illustrating simple tasks that were a little off.” Those undertakings range from applying lipstick to solving a Rubik’s Cube, each portrayed using pops of color, handmade props and plenty of wit; the 23-year-old assumes the mindset of a child learning to tackle one obstacle after the next. Life isn’t easy, but through Locher’s lens, it’s always humorous.
It’s 0607 hrs, which wouldn’t be so bad if I weren’t in Washington, D.C., having just arrived from Los Angeles yesterday afternoon. I am operating on about three hours of sleep.
I’m sitting in the Starbucks at 1810 Wisconsin Ave., just blocks from the hotel where I am staying. This particular one distinguishes itself as the place where three employees were shot and killed in a robbery attempt in 1997. There is a sculpture on the wall with their names.