(for those who require one)
And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather
Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger is Langston Hughes.
Julie London - The Lonesome Road
Robert Mitchum - They Dance All Night
Earl Grant - The Japanese Farewell Song
Dean Martin - The Tracks of My Tears
Patience & Prudence - We Can't Sing Rhythm and Blues
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Come On Home
Fred Astaire - I Used to Be Color Blind
Mabel Mercer - Some Fine Day
Bobby Troup - Jamboree Jones
Billie Holiday - Lover Come Back to Me
Ricky Nelson - Gloomy Sunday
Nick Drake - Blues Run the Game
The Velvet Underground - I'm Not a Young Man Anymore
Herman's Hermits - Museum
The Zombies - Remember You
Ray Charles - A Fool for You
Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger is Vladimir Nabokov.
Sonic Youth - Skip Tracer
The Breeders - Happiness is a Warm Gun
Pavement - Transport is Arranged
Mazzy Starr - Ride It On
Michael Penn - Long Way Down (Look What the Cat Drug In)
The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (Mildred Bailey, voc.) - Shouting in the Amen Corner
Esther Walker - Ya Gotta Know How to Love
Una Mae Carlisle - If I Had You
Sophie Tucker - If Your Kisses Can't Hold the Man You Love
Jane Green - I'm Gonna Meet My Sweetie Now
The Ducanes - I'm So Happy (Tra-la-la)
Noreen Corcoran - Why Can't a Boy and Girl Just Stay in Love?
The Paris Sisters - He Knows I Love Him Too Much
Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans - My Heart Beat a Little Bit Faster
Spector's Three - Mr. Robin
The Fisk Jubilee Singers - My Lord is Writing All the Time
The Goodwill Male Chorus - Good News, the Chariot is Coming
Kings of Harmony Quartette - Fountain of Blood
The Wandering Boys - Lead Me to That Rock
Hall Johnson Choir - Great Camp Meeting
Art Blakey & His Jazz Messengers - Blues March
Today's adventure: Special Instructions to Players, a rare 1898 document that had to be personally delivered to professional ball teams — it was considered too obscene to be issued via the postal service — admonishing its members for the colourful language they used upon the field.
Click here for a better look.
While some have cast doubt on the authenticity of the document, its provenance has been established, and it sold at auction for $32,312.50.
Today we inaugurate, for your listening and downloading pleasure, this blog's very own Podcast series, Radio Free Gunslinger: A guided tour through the chthonic regions of 20th century Western culture and the society it reflected.
At least that's what it says on the wrapper.
Your host for this edition is Albert Ayler.
Charles Mingus - Eat That Chicken
Buddy & Ella Johnson - That's How I Feel About You
Buck Clayton & His Orchestra - Cool Breeze Woman
Scott Engel - I Broke My Own Heart
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - I Won't Hurt You
The Dead Milkmen - Beach Party Vietnam
Honey, Ltd. - The Warrior
Scott Merrill, George Tyne & John Astin - Army Song
Free Blue - Set Calley Free, Part 1
Evan Greer - The Day All the Democrats Won
Randy Newman - Marie (Demo)
Lou Rawls - Let's Burn Down the Cornfield
Gene Pitney - Nobody Needs Your Love
Harper's Bizarre - The Biggest Night of Her Life
Blood, Sweat and Tears - Just One Smile
The Marks - Greensleeves
Human Instinct - A Day in My Mind's Mind
Four Just Men - Things Will Never Be the Same
King's Ransom - Shame
The Beat Merchants - Pretty Face
Kid Ory & His Orchestra - The World is Waiting for the Sunrise
To try and sum up the contribution of Ray Bradbury to science fiction/fantasy, television and film in a few lines is an impossible task, so I will direct you to the L.A. Times obituary here, and share with you this bit of whimsy concocted by Bradbury's good friend Stan Freberg as part of his campaign to sell America on the concept of snacking on pitted prunes. It's probably not the way most people will remember Bradbury, which is why it's the perfect way to honour his memory at the Gunslinger.
George Marino, arguably the world's finest mastering engineer, has died. Marino, a stalwart of Sterling Sound in New York, began cutting records for Capitol in their New York studios in the late 1960s. He moved to The Record Plant when Capitol ceased its New York operation, and finally settled in at Sterling Sound, working there from 1973 until his death.
If your collection has more than ten records [whether on vinyl or CD] recorded after 1968, you've almost certainly got some of Marino's work on your shelf. From Don McLean's American Pie to John and Yoko's Double Fantasy, from AC/DC to Hendrix to Coldplay, his masterful finishing touch brought life to countless sterile mixes. And, of course, brought sparkle and sheen to some real dogs.
A brief obituary, of sorts, can be found at the Hollywood Reporter.