One of my favorite machines.
One of my favorite machines.
This is track off of Hillage’s 1979 album Open. The whole record is a very spaced out and surprisingly funkified affair. Available in an extended edition on Spotify.
Leo kottke is hypnotic and soothing to watch even when his music reaches frantic heights. I would compare his playing in the most favorable way possible to an episode of How it’s Made. Watching his fretwork is watching something of unbelievable complexity spring to life from nothing.
At the beginning of this little concert, the host asks how many peopl in the audience have been inspired to pick up a guitar by Leo Kotkke’s playing. A man in the audience says Kottke inspired him to put it down.
In John Carpenter’s The Fog, Adrian Barbeau has possibly the coolest Job in the history of cinema: radio DJ broadcasting out of an old lighthouse. There’s not much that can beat this – unless you were a DJ broadcasting out of an observatory perched on the cliffs over-looking the ocean. And possibly fighting off alien invasions.
Now, we have two light houses within view of our local beach and there are a total number of zero radio DJs broadcasting out of them. Why not? Well it comes down to boring practicalities like no transportation and general lack of electricity and/or broadcasting equipment. In short there’s no compelling reason to stick a DJ out there and about hundred really good reasons not to. Which is as equally true as it is boring.
The things is, there’s no compelling reason to stock a DJ out there except the most compelling reason of all:
It would be super, super cool.
I mean just think of laying on the floor of your living room at night, the walls illuminated only by the glow of the stereo tuner, listening as some lone voice out there on the water taking phone calls and requests deep into the twilight zone.
Imagine a world where that happens. Don’t you want to live there?
I found this page on WFMU’s beware of the blog featuring 42 different versions of Earle Hagen’s classic composition harlem Nocturne. For all of the hundreds (thousands?) of times I have heard the piece it has still never failed to elicit a sense of mystery and danger.
From the post, which was made in 2008 in honor of Earle Hagen’s death:
Hagen is also the composer behind “Harlem Nocturne”, probably one of the most covered saxaphone songs in history (500 versions so far and counting). Writen in 1939 while Hagen was an arranger with the Ray Noble Orchestra, the song has lived on as a standard for every big band, bar band, R&B band, and instrumental band since. It is also of course a crime soundtrack staple.
Re-listened to this today for the first time in – what?- 23 years? Something like that.
It holds up really well, and some of the compositions and productions by Booga Bear are actually really amazing.
That’s good music.