An annotated discography for sound and sound art at the fringes. You could probably get all Benjamin and Adorno on these genres and ideas, but Tau keeps the critical machinery to a minimum and often approaches the pieces and artists very practically. What draws us toward or away from these sounds? What does one get out of making this? Sometimes the answer is conceptual and sometimes it’s more like “we needed something else on the merch table.”
Listed in Shudder’s current Giallo selections. Jean Seberg and Marisol are tormented by a hitchhiking yard boy while the village is tormented by a raincoated killer with a sickle, who might also be the yard boy. Perfect for Euro-sleazy summer night.
The English marketing on this is way off. There’s no cannibalism in the movie–well–almost. Our leading man, as the poster says, is indeed a butcher, but he’s not a cannibal, on purpose, anyway. Bodies start piling up in a comic mode drier than Hitchcock. Meanwhile, the film seems to be more about masculinity and homosexuality. De la Iglesia is new to me and is known for his commentary on the transition out of Franco’s control of Spain. Shudder also has a collection of his films running right now.
Finally listening to some of Tom Verlaine’s solo work. Like most of Verlaine’s work, uneven with moments of brilliance.
Listened to Big Black’s discography. Ferocious and funny. I am currently prepping for a project that may feature electronic or pre-recorded drums and wanted to dig into a band known for that.
St. Vincent covering Big Black. Not a fan of the vocal effects, but I certainly enjoy the guitar playing.
Seeing the St Vincent video reminded me of the Shreds videos by St Sanders. I hadn’t seen those in years and it looks like he’s occasionally putting out new material.
Lots of stuff for the guitar geeks this week.