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Our morning routines have changed. More energetic types may have been bouncing out of bed for a virtual PE lesson, and domestic deities are shuffling into the kitchen to inspect their sourdough starters. Me, I’ve been waking up each morning to check yesterday’s weather in Los Angeles.

In mid-May David Lynch activated a YouTube channel (David Lynch Theater) for the express purpose, it seems, of keeping Angelenos up to date with the local weather forecast. It’s the revival of an old habit: he used his website for the same purpose back in the early 2000s. In clips just a few seconds long, the director, artist, musician and now YouTuber can be seen seated at his desk, with curls of steam rising from his coffee cup, delivering a weather forecast (in fahrenheit and celsius), pausing only to turn his head and gaze out of the window, as he assesses the stage of the morning cloud formation. True to form, his forecasts are generally optimistic. The clouds will burn away, the mercury will rise and there will be “sunshine all the way”. He concludes with a salute, and the instruction to “have a great day”.

World Chat / Re: Music Documentaries
« on: July 08, 2020, 01:03:04 PM »
Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s next project is a Showtime documentary about New York Dolls frontman David Johansen.

The as-yet-untitled doc will cover the many facets of Johansen’s career — from his childhood in Staten Island to fronting the flamboyant ’70s-era New York Dolls to his evolution into Buster Poindexter, to his blues work with the Harry Smiths in the ’90s to the present day.

“I’ve known David Johansen for decades, and his music has been a touchstone ever since I listened to the Dolls when I was making ‘Mean Streets,’ ” Scorsese said in a statement. “Then and now, David’s music captures the energy and excitement of New York City.

World Chat / Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
« on: July 08, 2020, 09:20:42 AM »

Scabies, who turns 65 (!) in July is not slowing down. In fact, he is maybe more active than in his early days. His latest, a superduo called The Sinclairs, is Scabies and the formable Jesse Budd (known also as Billy Shinbone), frontman of veteran psychedelic-folk group Flipron. They transformed a few jam sessions into a surf music lover’s dream, a 10-song rumble-seat ride called Sparkle (Cleopatra Records). The album, released in May, is described in their official press release as “Easy Listening made difficult.” The description is apt.

From the opening Ventures-esque “La Venta,” and the mesmerizing Santo & Johnny-like “Sleep Walk,” to the ’60s alien soundtrack-styled “Dodgems and Twin Peak-psych echoes of “Lipstick Rumble,” Scabies and Shinbone stretch their chops and make one hip and entertaining road-trip album.

Scabies has stayed super-active since his 1995 exit from The Damned. A list of impressive collaborations includes Chris Constantinou and the Mutants, and he has a new band with Constantinou called One Thousand Motels. Other bands include The Gin Goblins, Professor and the Madmen (with Alfie Agnew and Sean Elliot of DI and former Damned bass player Paul Gray).

Tucson Weekly: How are you and your family weathering the virus?

Rat Scabies: I find the whole thing incredibly unique actually, and also divisive because on the one hand I absolutely feel for the people, their losses, the sickness that’s going around. But at the same time, I look at the panic knee-jerk reactions of governments. I am wondering how they are handling it.

The other thing is, I quite enjoy a lot of it. I’m liking the clean air, the lack of noise, the lack of cars, and the lack of people. The pubs are open, so I really don’t mind it too much. It’s very ecological at the moment, isn’t it?

Did you ever think of this sort of Ventures meets Twin Peaks feel, to make it a soundtrack for a movie?

Funny enough you should say that, we’ve got an invitation, and we’re working on it. I don’t want to sour it but what the idea is they run movies with us playing the soundtrack live in the cinema just like in the good old days. So, that’s an idea we are talking about and I find quite exciting.

World Chat / Re: Obituaries
« on: July 06, 2020, 10:00:07 AM »
R.I.P. Ennio Morricone

Not long ago I re-watched "Once upon a time in the west"; the music drove tears to my eyes and kept playing in my head for days after...

Morricone, who was simply known as "Maestro" in his home town of Rome, scored more than 500 films over seven decades.

Yet he remains best known for the haunting melodies he wrote for the trilogy of 1960s westerns Sergio Leone made with the then little-known Eastwood.

Leone called the composer's contributions "indispensable" and would have him write the score before shooting so he could design his shots around Morricone's contributions.

World Chat / Re: The Damned to launch 'The Damned Show'
« on: July 04, 2020, 05:35:48 PM »
Wonder if the wait for a Vanian episode will last as long as the wait for a new forum...  ;D

What's a single?

Me. Send pic if interested.   ;D  :P

New single is #1 in Germany - their first #1 since 1968!

Mit "Jumpin' Jack Flash" schafften es die Rolling Stones schon einmal an die Spitze der deutschen Single-Charts. Das war 1968. Jetzt, 52 Jahre später, sind die Briten zurück auf Platz eins, wie GfK Entertainment am Freitag mitteilte. Auftrieb erhalten habe "Living In A Ghost Town" von der Veröffentlichung neuer Vinyl- und CD-Versionen, Anfang Mai sei das Lied schon einmal auf dem 22. Platz gewesen, hieß es weiter.

Damit hätten die Rolling Stones zwei Rekorde erreicht: Sie seien die ältesten Künstler, die jemals die Single-Charts anführten, und zwischen den beiden Nummer-eins-Hits liege mit 52 Jahren auch die größte Zeitspanne, teilte GfK-Entertainment weiter mit.

World Chat / Re: Reggae music to be protected by the UN
« on: July 02, 2020, 03:21:17 PM »
"Reggae music to be protected by the UN"?  ??? Ok, but what about (other) good music?

What are your additions please?

TV Smith - Wheels Out Of Gear  :D

Toots & the Maytals - Pressure drop

Sublime - Badfish

Bob Marley - Punky reggae party (of course)

... on Fred's favourite social media site!

Twitter? Snapchat? Instagram? Google plus?  :-\

World Chat / Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
« on: June 29, 2020, 04:26:48 PM »
There's a new one up now with Rat - he's chosen an eclectic mix of tracks (there's an Adverts one there too!).

Thanks for sharing. That's nice of him to include the Adverts!  8)

Well, if it hasn't happened in over eight years...

Is that a bit like with the new forum (announced by our dear Admin)?  ;D

World Chat / Re: Things to cheer us up in these worrying times
« on: June 26, 2020, 08:42:40 AM »

Otherwise known as The Original Rude Boy, Neville Staple was founder and co-frontman of The Specials, Fun Boy Three and Special Beat.
“Sugary came up with the idea to write a song about the lockdown, which, at first, was a very fast-stomping ska track. We then realized that it was too fun and happy a tune for the theme. Most of us have been quite down about the whole virus thing, so we decided to take it on a more sweet but moody 2Tone reggae route, in a similar vein to ‘Ghost Town’, with some music we had worked on previously with Sledge (Steve Armstrong),” says Neville Staple.

The dynamic ska duo used the internet to send files back and forth among the band members – from home to home to home. Due to social distancing rules, the video for this song was recorded and filmed on band members’ regular home equipment.

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