Musical Thingarium 11.21.19

Musical Thingarium 11.21.19

A legion of Superman songs! 1 The Dark Bob – Up Up and Away 2 Rick Springfield – I’m Your Superman 3 Alla Pugacheva – Superman 4 Firewater – So Long Superman 5 I Fight Dragons – No One Likes Superman Anymore 6 The Electric Illuminati – Sin City Superman 7 Kerry & Kaye with […]

Musical Thingarium 11.14.19

Musical Thingarium 11.14.19

An hour of The New Pornographers and their offshoots and an all cover-version hour! 1 Maow – Mean Mean Mean 2 The New Pornographers – Falling Down the Stairs of Your Smile 3 Destroyer – Your Blood 4 Zumpano – The Millionaire Poets 5 Limblifter – Cordova 6 Fancey – Merry Go Round 7 The […]

The New Pornographers: Kathryn Calder

The New Pornographers: Kathryn Calder

When the New Pornographers take the stage at Mass MoCA on Nov. 14,they’ll bring more than their dynamic sound. They’re also bringing a family story. Gathered two decades ago from prominent members of the Vancouvermusic scene by singer/guitarist Carl Newman, who had made a name for himself in the indie rock bands Superconductor and Zumpano, […]

The New Pornographers: Carl Newman

The New Pornographers: Carl Newman

Carl Newman says that he didn’t necessarily want to be the leader of The New Pornographers, that’s just the way it turned out. Currently on tour in support of their new album, “In the Morse Code of Brake Lights,” the New Pornographers are now eight albums away from their beginnings in the Vancouver music scene. […]

Musical Thingarium 11.07.19

Musical Thingarium 11.07.19

The Spoken Thingarium 1 Spy numbers recording paired with Klaus Morlock / Please Reveal Yourself 2 Eccentronic Research Council – Innes’s Dream 3 Patty Hearst, Day 80, April 24, 1974 paired with Quimper / Geoffrey 4 The Flabby American 5 Charles Spearin – Mrs. Morris 6 Christian Astronaut – Loosenut Tell How To Take A […]

Shannon Taggart: Séance

Shannon Taggart: Séance

I was excited when I saw that photographer Shannon Taggart had a new book coming out this year. Séance is a collection of her photography in the community of Lily Dale, New York, the world’s largest populace of spiritualists. She’s spent 18 years documenting this community and I was fortunate enough to interview her about […]

It’s definitely not the end of the fucking world for Charles Forsman

It’s definitely not the end of the fucking world for Charles Forsman

When the hit Netflix series “The End of the F***ing World” returns to screens Tuesday for a second season, many viewers can be excused for not knowing that the show began life as a comic book. Even fewer probably know that the comic was conceived and created in Adams by cartoonist Charles Forsman. “At the […]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Latest News from the Cosmos’ and ‘Black Work’

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Latest News from the Cosmos’ and ‘Black Work’

‘LATEST NEWS FROM THE COSMOS’ (OVIDTV) French poet Babouillec isn’t well known outside her home country — I don’t see that her works have ever been translated into English — but the mysterious quality of her writing is revealed in this fascinating documentary film as an integral part of who she is. Babouillec is actually a woman in her […]

Director Stacy Cochran has entered the building

Director Stacy Cochran has entered the building

It’s been a long journey for filmmaker Stacy Cochran from her previous movie to her current one — almost 20 years have passed. But Cochran isn’t looking back at all. Instead, she is diving into the future with a scrappy ethic. The Williams College alumna will sit down for a public conversation about her career following a […]

Musical Thingarium 10.31.19

Musical Thingarium 10.31.19

That Halloween feeling. 1 The Society for Psychical Research – Enfield Poltergeist Recordings 2 Quimper – Feline 3 Klaus Morlock – Janice and the Pentagram 4 Mental Aardvarks – What Have You Done (Pieces Of Meat)? 5 Eccentronic Research Council – Paul’s Dream 6 Waldemar Bogoras – Yakut Incorporation of the Spirits (Phantom Ice mix […]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘The Biggest Little Farm’ and ‘Island’

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘The Biggest Little Farm’ and ‘Island’

‘THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM’ (AMAZON, APPLE, GOOGLE PLAY, VUDU, YOUTUBE) The most recent, as of this writing, in an apparently endless string of breakout documentaries, “The Biggest Little Farm” wears its crowd-pleasing qualities on its sleeve. If you like infused-sentimentality, then you’re going to love the film. If that’s not your thing, I’d suggest seeing […]

Musical Thingarium 10.24.19

Musical Thingarium 10.24.19

Another Satanic Thingarium!!! 1 David Beatty & the Harmonettes – I Just Got Off the Devil’s Train 2 Harvey McLaughlin – The Devil in the Dance Hall 3 Uncle Tupelo – Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down 4 Big Fancy – The Devil is a Hard Man 5 Gillian Welch – The Devil Had a […]

What is the truth about the Bennington Triangle?

What is the truth about the Bennington Triangle?

The Bennington Triangle may not be as well known as the Bermuda Triangle, but it has more verifiable mysteries within its three-pointed designation. Located in Southern Vermont, and including the ghost town of Glastenbury at the center of it, the Triangle is host to numerous macabre and mysterious events, including murder and monsters, following a […]

A History of Satanism

A History of Satanism

Satanism is a modern, largely non-theistic religion based on literary, artistic and philosophical interpretations of the central figure of evil. It wasn’t until the 1960s that an official Satanic church was formed by Anton LaVey. Prior to the 20th Century, Satanism did not exist as a real organized religion but was commonly claimed as real […]

Musical Thingarium 10.17.19

Musical Thingarium 10.17.19

All French music 1 Lolitas – La Fiance Du Pirate 2 Les Hurlements D’leo – Des hauts des bas 3 Les P’tits Yeux – Si et seulement si 4 Chantal Archambault – Panache 5 French Boutik – Loin de moi 6 La Feline – Mystery Train 7 Les Humeurs Celbrales – Le troubadour 8 Tetes […]

Habibi

Habibi

When Brooklyn-based band Habibi takes the stage at HiLo in North Adams on Saturday, Oct. 19, they’ll bring with them their hybrid sound that pulls from Iranian music and ’60s surf, signifying both the defiance and the joy that accompanies the band’s existence. The band includes lead vocalist Rahill Jamalifard, guitarists Lenny Lynch and Leah […]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Herrens Veje’ and ‘First Reformed’

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Herrens Veje’ and ‘First Reformed’

‘HERRENS VEJE’ (‘RIDE UPON THE STORM’) (NETFLIX) Series creator Adam Price previously gave the world the infectious and intelligent show “Borgen,” which portrayed the fictional first woman prime minister and launched the international career of actress Sidse Babett Knudsen. Here he takes the same attention to detail he showed to Danish politics and applies it […]

Musical Thingarium 10.10.19

All ska! 1 The Offbeats – Offbeat 2 The Ventilators – Russian Ska 3 Jake Jumpers – 1966 4 J.C. Superska – Hepstepper 5 Skasouls UK – Disco Ska Bar 6 Bobby Pins and the Saloon Soldiers – The Revenge 7 Big Mama – Jesse James 8 Dutch Ska Express – Zombie Girl 9 Melbourne […]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Deutschland 83,’ ‘Deutschland 86,’ and ‘Skyggenes Dal’

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Deutschland 83,’ ‘Deutschland 86,’ and ‘Skyggenes Dal’

‘DEUTSCHLAND 83,’ ‘DEUTSCHLAND 86’ (SUNDANCE) The final years of East Germany — or, more properly, the German Democratic Republic — have proven fertile ground for German television, partially, it seems, as an act of atonement. But it’s also a period rich in political corruption, espionage, human drama and cautionary tales about the limits of control that lends itself to […]

Musical Thingarium 10.03.19

It’s a Robot Invasion!!! 1 Bruce Haack – School For Robots 2 RIAA – Mechanical Robot Man 3 Trem – My Robotic Friend 4 Future Bible Heroes – The Lonely Robot 5 Shy Tots – Robot Maid 6 The New Occupants  – It’s Time To Become Robots 7 The Science Fiction Corporation – The End […]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘After Life’ and ‘Bathtubs Over Broadway’

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘After Life’ and ‘Bathtubs Over Broadway’

‘AFTER LIFE’ (NETFLIX) Appreciating the work of Ricky Gervais has always hinged on your taste, and even then, some of his efforts over the years seem to have lost him fans. His problem is that he’s always pushing the boundaries of good taste in ways that some people find mean-spirited, focusing his comedy on concepts […]

Musical Thingarium 09.26.19

The 1993 Show 1 Man or Astro-Man – Cowboy Playing Dead 2 The Ramones – Surf City 3 Southern Culture on the Skids – Eight Piece Box 4 The A-Bones – Bonomo Twine Time 5 Reverend Horton Heat – You Can’t Get Away From Me 6 The Country Rockers – Drivin’ Nails in My Coffin […]

Cartoonist Travis Dandro draws on Leicester childhood for ‘King of King Court’

Cartoonist Travis Dandro draws on Leicester childhood for ‘King of King Court’

Cartoonist Travis Dandro lives in Maine these days, but his memories of Leicester are vivid enough to fill a book with them. He did exactly that with his recently published graphic novel, “King of King Court.” Recounting his childhood and teen years in Leicester, it’s a comics autobiography delving into his life in a dysfunctional, […]

C.W. Stoneking

C.W. Stoneking

With a gruff voice that sometimes howls, sometimes grumbles, Australian bluesman C.W. Stoneking sounds like a ghost from another era. With musical styles pulling from the early 20th century, blues and jazz, and painting lyrical images of a forbidden and long-gone world populated by black magic, mysterious sins, jail, shipwrecks, voodoo celebrations, decadent dances and […]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘The Devil and Daniel Johnston’

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘The Devil and Daniel Johnston’

“THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON” (AMAZON, APPLE, IMDBTV, GOOGLE PLAY, VUDU, YOUTUBE) Given the death last week of Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston at the age of 58, it seemed right to write about the 2005 documentary on his troubled life, “The Devil and Daniel Johnston.” I suppose there are many people out there who […]

Musical Thingarium 09.19.19

More sounds of 2019 1 Jeanines – No Home 2 Belle and Sebastian – Get Me Out of Here I’m Dying 3 Mr Gallini – Sunny Days 4 The Anderson Council – Mrs. Kirkby’s Refrigerator 5 The Stroppies – First Time Favourites 6 The Galileo 7 – Let Go 7 Beirut – Landslide 8 Holiday […]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Alena’ and ‘Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle’

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Alena’ and ‘Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle’

‘ALENA’ (AMAZON, OVIDTV, SHUDDER) Things aren’t right in a private boarding school for girls, but when are they ever? In this Swedish film, a disadvantaged girl arrives to find animosity among the existing student body, and her already damaged existence becomes further pummeled by elitist bullies. But there might be something else going on as […]

Musical Thingarium 09.12.19

In memory of Daniel Johnston 1 Daniel Johnston – My Life is Starting Over 2 Cub – Tell Me Now 3 P – I Saw Cigarette Butts 4 The Silver Maggies – Don’t Play Cards with Satan 5 J. Courtney – Mind Contorted 6 The Dahmers – Man Obsessed 7 Wilco – True Love Will […]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘A Very Secret Service’ and ‘Now He’s Out in Public’

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘A Very Secret Service’ and ‘Now He’s Out in Public’

‘A VERY SECRET SERVICE’ (NETFLIX) The words “spy comedy” evoke something very specific, but this French period comedy delivers something deliciously outside of those restrictions. Taking place in the early 1960s and featuring an attention to period detail that rivals “Mad Men,” “A Very Secret Service” follows the experience of Andre Merlaux (Hugo Becker) as […]

Musical Thingarium 09.05.19

A variety of sounds designed to meet your specific needs 1 Poopiehead – Oldsmobile Supreme 2 The Shermans – Lousy Judge of Character 3 Sarah Carroll – Ukulele Bitch Fight 4 Thee Headcoatees – Johnny Jack 5 God Help the Girl – I’m Not Rich 6 Jonathan Richman- Outside O’Duffy’s 7 The Lemons – Johnny […]