James Chance on Film Noir

Yes, that James Chance. From the latest edition of Perfect Sound Forever. Because I’m fairly noir-deficient, much of the context here eludes me, but there’s some great lines throughout. On 1947’s Nightmare Alley: “The movie that proves that the geeks that you meet on the way up are the same ones you meet on the way down. In fact, you just might be meeting yourself.” … Continue reading James Chance on Film Noir

Early Coley

A review of Byron Coley’s C’est la guerre: Early Writings: 1978-1983 (published by L’Oie de Cravan, in both English and French), at Blurt Online. And to further mark the occasion, an interesting interview with Coley at Vice magazine. Q: So back when this stuff was being written, did you think you’d still be writing about music 30 years later? A: I remember talking to Richard … Continue reading Early Coley

Reading Books About Hüsker Dü

Hüsker Dü’s Propulsive Liberation (Reviews of two new Dü books by Christgaü — including one co-written by Mould and Michael Azerrad — in the New York Times) “Three dec­ades later I still feel lucky to have experienced that transmutation of wrath into flight. Not only did Hüsker Dü generate an impressive recorded legacy during their eight years on earth, they were ferocious live — as … Continue reading Reading Books About Hüsker Dü