Book Review: Josephine: Wife of Napoleon

Josephine, Wife Of Napoleon by E.A. Rheinhardt (English version by Caroline Fredrick) is, as you can imagine, a biography on the life Josephine, the wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, the Emperor. I received my copy from my grandmother, and it’s dated to 1934, published by Garden City Publishing Co., Inc of New York, USA. Copyrighted by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.

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Book Review: Weegee’s New York

Weegee’s New York is a collection of photographs from 1935-1960 that should not be casually browsed on a Sunday afternoon. It is a serious and raw outlook on a city from the after dark like scenes and core fundamentalist photojournalism that one would expect from a tabloid and press photographer. Continue Reading →

Book Review: Stray Dog by Daido Moriyama

Stray Dog is not a novel. Stray Dog is a book explaining, and showcasing what post war contemporary photography was like in Japan, through the lens of Daido Moriyama. To make it more interesting, it’s a book published by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Continue Reading →

Album Review: Folk Singer by Muddy Waters

In 1964, Muddy Waters released his album Folk Singer under the Chess Label. Don’t let the album title fool you, this is as blues as blues gets. This album was released in the hayday of Muddy, and also the resurgence of Blues in America which was fueled in part by the various rock groups like Led Zeppelin, and The Rolling Stones who were covering many of the black blues singers material. Continue Reading →

Coral Fang by The Distillers

One of my favorite punk rock albums of all time is The Distillers 2003 major label debut album, Coral Fang. Not only is it some amazingly catchy guitar riffs, it’s got  some hard hitting drum beats, and lusty blood filled lyrics. Something any fan of The Distillers will happily admit. Oh, and did I mention Brody? Continue Reading →

Amon Tobin @ Vogue Theatre

On September 28, 2011, Amon Tobin came to Vancouver where he played to a sold out Vogue Theater. This wasn’t your typical show. Amon Tobin isn’t your typical artist.

I knew Amon was a special artist right when I first heard his music back a few years, and it was re-enforced when when I watched his little video documentary he made for the making of Foley Room, where he had the help of a University Masters student studying microphones, who also had equipment. Continue Reading →

On The House by Head of the Herd

The first track I heard of Head of the Herd blew my socks off, and so did the next track, and so did the one after that. This same pattern continued until I had exhausted everything I could find to listen to by these two guys, Neu and Clay.

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Velvet Underground & Nico

The Velvet Underground held a regular gig at Andy Warhols Factory. One of the hippest spots of the 60’s and into the 70’s, where everybody wanted to be, but only select few penetrated the inner circles.

Led by front man Lou Reed, and also including John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen “Moe” Tucker The Velvet Underground & Nico was their debut album, which by the title clearly states it included Andy Warhol elite (and babe): Nico.

The arrangement of instruments in this is pretty extensive, and no wonder why they were so great. Sunday Morning starts off with a twinkling sound, somewhat similar to a xylophone. At any rate, it’s a song you should most definitely recognize if you listen to music, in fact, most of the songs on the album you should recognize. Continue Reading →