What can be more noir than February? – #Fahrenbruary by Aidan Thorn

If you’re a reader of these pages I imagine you like your entertainment dripping in noir and with the spirit of punk running right through its core. So, I probably don’t need to introduce you to Fahrenheit Press and its hard-boiled and experimental imprint, Fahrenheit 13. But you may not be aware of the levels…

Tarot in Nightmare Alley by K A Laity

  When I showed Nightmare Alley to the students in my noir film course, one came up at the end to complain that the tarot readings were way off. I agreed and encouraged him to pick up Gresham’s novel. I assured him that the author cared a lot more about the tarot than Hollywood (e.g….

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: WOODY HAUT

  Though I’ve tried recently to put consumerist tendencies on hold, it’s been a losing battle, as the length of these lists will attest.  SONGS Mose Allison- Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy Bobby Bland- Rockin’ in the Same Old Boat Gus Cannon- Prison Wall Blues Charlie Christian- Seven Come Eleven Ornette Coleman- Ramblin John Coltrane- Giant Steps…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: CATHI UNSWORTH

SONGS ‘Some Velvet Morning’ Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra, ‘Telstar’ The Tornados, ‘Bedlam’ Gallon Drunk, ‘The Gospel Singer’ Big Sexy Noise, ‘Give It Up’ Lee Dorsey, ‘Let’s Take It To The Stage’ Funkadelic, ‘The Gravedigger Song’ Mark Lanegan Band, ‘The Man With The Golden Arm’ Barry Adamson, ‘Yeh Yeh’ Georgie Fame, ‘Jack The Ripper’ Screaming…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: RICHARD WALL

Music Charley Patton Rolling Stones up to and including ‘Some Girls’ Blind Willie Johnson Drive By Truckers Joni Mitchell Patty Smith Talking Heads Blind Willie McTell Half Deaf Clatch Half Man Half Biscuit Hank Williams Howling Wolf Furry Lewis Elmore James Son House Mississippi Fred McDowell Television The Young Ones Vic and Bob’s Big Night…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: JAMES GENT

SONGS Blimey, where to start? Here’s a semi-random grab bag of tracks that always end up on mixtapes I’ve made for other people. Guaranteed to break the ice at parties: The Quik – Bert’s Apple Crumble The Who – Glow Girl The Monkees – For Pete’s Sake White Noise – Here Come The Fleas Joni…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: RICHARD SANDERSON.

Photo (c)  Kayleigh Shepherd. Music Miles Davis Tufty Swift Van Der Graaf Generator Laura Mvula Joni Mitchell Bob Dylan John Butcher Blind Willie McTell Gil Scott Heron Magma Henry Cowell Judee Sill Ennio Morricone  small group stuff Mike Cooper Derek Bailey Philip Glass up to 1976 Beethoven Laura Nyro Television The Good Place Vic and…

Short Story in a Song— Buzzcocks’ “Ever Fallen In Love” by S.W. Lauden

I recently read an excellent essay called “Playing House” in Heather Havrilesky‘s latest collection, What If This Were Enough? In it, she recounts a doomed relationship from many years ago. He pretended to be something he was not—happy, together—and though she saw through it, she pretended to want to share in his fantasy. She knew it was self-destructive…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: GRAHAM DUFF

Photo (c) Xavier Itter.   SONGS A Mutual Friend – Wire I Can’t Swim (I Have Nightmares) – Ludus Sleepwalker’s Woman – Scott Walker Atomic Little Thing – Family of God Weather Report 2 – The Fall Big Sex II – The Anti Group Just a Minute – Faye Wong The Universe Is A Haunted…