“I like to think of the electric guitar as a powerful engine. At least eight cylinders, but running rough, with a bad muffler.”

•November 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Playlists for The Double R Club 16th November, 2017

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‘Night Life In Twin Peaks’ (X3 -overlapped) – Angelo Badalamenti, from Music from Twin Peaks
‘Up In Flames’ – Julee Cruise, from The Voice Of Love
‘Soft Sounds’ – Henry Mancini, from The Music From Peter Gunn
‘Perdita’ – Rubber City, from Wild At Heart O.S.T.
‘Home Stab Kit’ – House of Le Ford, downloaded HERE

[sampled audio montage from ‘Blues Music’ promo trailer for Crazy Clown Time by David Lynch]

‘Bad For Bobby’ – Lydia Lunch, James Johnston, Terry Edwards, Ian White, from Big Sexy Noise
‘In My Curiosity’ (excerpt) – Eugene Robinson & Philippe Petit, from The Crying Of Lot 69
‘People Like Frank’ – Amon Tobin, from Permutation

[sound design and dialogue from Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted]

‘I’m Hurt Bad’ (Industrial Symphony No. 1 Version) – Angelo Badalamenti, downloaded from davidlynch.com
‘Rentboy’ – HTRK, from Marry Me Tonight
‘Red Shoes By The Drugstore’ – Tom Waits, from Blue Valentine
‘How Do I Relax’ – Butter 08, from Butter 08
‘See Pretty’ – Beirut Slump, from Lydia Lunch Hysterie 1976 – 1986
‘You’d Be So Nice’ – Xiu Xiu, from Nina

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‘Walkin’ On The Sky- – David Lynch, from Inland Empire O.S.T.
‘Texas Keller’ – Bohren & der Club of Gore, from Gore Motel
‘I Cannot Do That’ – David Lynch & John Neff, from Blue Bob
‘The Travelling Salesman’ – DK3, from Neutrons
‘I’m A Believer’ – Anita Lane, from Dirty Pearl

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My first act was to ‘Turn Around, Look At Me’ by Glen Campbell, from Glen Campbell, The Early Years. My second act was a version of ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ by ZZ Top, the original version of which appears on their album Eliminator; the extra ‘Louche-centric’ verse I penned for the performance went thusly:

White slacks, frill shirt
I wear a bandage ’cause my hand is hurt
Ear cuff, red shoes
So fuckin’ suave, such a short fuse
They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
‘Cause every girl crazy ’bout-
Every boy crazy ’bout-
Everyone crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man

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“[E]verybody likes certain things that others may not like. I know though that sound is — and underline these words — extremely important.”

•October 20, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Playlists for The Double R Club 19th October, 2017

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‘No Happiness For Slater’ (pitch lowered by 10 semitones) – John Lewis, the original version from Odds Against Tomorrow O.S.T.
‘Motel’ – Johnny Jewel, from Windswept
‘Audrey’ – Angelo Badalamenti, from Twin Peaks Season Two Music And More
‘The Stairs Are Like An Avalanche’ – The Swell Maps, from Jane From Occupied Europe
‘Dance Of The Dream Man’ – Xiu Xiu, from … Xiu Xiu Plays The Music Of Twin Peaks
‘Somnambulatin” – Unsong, from A Blue Rose For Black Bob buy CD HERE or download HERE
‘Factory Interlude’ – David Lynch & John Neff, from Blue Bob
‘Blurred Dancer Music’ – David Lynch, downloaded from davidlynch.com
‘Sycamore Trees’ – Sick Tree, listen HERE
‘Lumberton U.S.A. / Going Down To Lincoln (Sound Effects Suite)’ – Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch, from Blue Velvet O.S.T.
‘The Shadow Knows’ – Link Wray & The Wraymen, from The Best Of Link Wray
‘Why Do You Dream?’ – Prom Queen, from Doom Wop
‘Hate Song (Version)’ – Fudge Tunnel, from Hate Songs In E-Minor

[sound design / dialogue from Twin Peaks: The Return]

‘Lost And You Don’t Even Know It’ – Unsong, from A Blue Rose For Black Bob uy CD HERE or download HERE
‘Sixteen Reasons’ – Connie Stevens, from Connie Stevens – As Cricket
‘Cop Beat’ – Angelo Badalamenti, from Twin Peaks Season Two Music And More
‘Flight’ – Barry Adamson, from Back To The Cat
‘Saturday (instrumental)’ – Chromatics, from Twin Peaks: Music From The Limited Event Series
‘Girl On The Street’ – David Lynch, downloaded from davidlynch.com
‘It’s Your Father’ – Angelo Badalamenti, downloaded from davidlynch.com

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‘Eraserhead’ – Bruce McCulloch, from Shame Based Man
’11:52′ – Vainio / Väisänen / Vega, from Resurrection River
‘Don’t Go Into That Barn’ – Tom Waits, from Real Gone
‘Green Onions’ – Booker T. & The MGs, from Twin Peaks: Music From The Limited Event Series

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My first act was to an edit of ‘American Woman (David Lynch Remix)’ by Muddy Magnolias, from Twin Peaks: Limited Event Series Soundtrack. My second act was a version of ‘Axolotl (the Roadhouse Mix)’ by The Veils, the original version of which appears on Twin Peaks: Limited Event Series Soundtrack.

“Ladies and gentlemen, The Roadhouse is proud to welcome…”

•September 27, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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And so, with the ending of Twin Peaks: The Return, and the release of the two (count ’em two!) soundtrack albums, I began reflecting on The Roadhouse, on it’s clearly over-achieving booking agent, how such big artists could possibly make it worth their while to play such a tiny venue (how much were tickets?!) and then of course what bands I might have liked to see appearing at The Bang-Bang Bar, or those that might appear in some alternative ‘other’ Twin Peaks (listen up, Richard and Linda), and just what my dream line up might be…

 

“I love electricity. I love the wind. I love so many things about sound. I always say that cinema is sound and picture, flowing together in time.”

•September 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Playlists for The Double R Club‘s 8th Birthday Party, 21st September, 2017

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‘For David Robert Jones’ (excerpt) – William Basinski, from A Shadow In Time
‘Grady Groove [Featuring Grady Tate]’ – Angelo Badalamenti, from Twin Peaks: Limited Event Series Soundtrack
‘Fire, Walk With Me’ – Bookhouse, from the album Ghostwood, buy HERE
‘Audrey’s Dance’ (backwards) – Angelo Badalamenti, the original version appears on Twin Peaks Limited Event Series Soundtrack
‘Mother’s Gone’ – Trouble, from Snake Eyes
‘Peter Gunn’ – Shelly Manne (slowed / pitched down 5 semitones), original version from The Leopard Lounge 2

[sound design from Twin Peaks: The Return]

Sylvia Black – Walking With Fire (feat. Jaleel Shaw) BUY HERE
‘The Crimson Kiss’ – Johnny Jewel, from Windswept
‘Electricity I’ – Dean Hurley, from Anthology Resource Vol.1
‘American Woman (David Lynch Remix)’ – Muddy Magnolias, from Twin Peaks: Limited Event Series Soundtrack
‘Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima’ (excerpt) – Krzysztof Penderecki + sound design from Twin Peaks: The Return
‘Headless Chicken’ – Thought Gang, from Twin Peaks Limited Event Series Soundtrack
‘Slow 30’s Room’ – David Lynch & Dean Hurley

[sound design sampled from Lynch’s Rabbits]

‘I’m A Living Sickness’ – The Calico Wall, from the I’m A Living Sickness 7″
‘Interlude: Got Me All Alone’ – Black Lips, from Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?
‘Out Of The Shadows’ – I.M.U., from Manifestation III

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‘A Toast To Your Birthday’ – The Shells, from The Best of the Shells Doo Wop
‘Human’ (excerpt) – Hudson Mohawke
‘Out Of Time’ – Brian Reitzell, from American Gods Original Television Series Soundtrack
‘Love Me Love My Dog (RRemix)’ – Alexander Hacke, original version appears on Sanctuary
‘Shadow’ – Chromatics, from Dear Tommy
‘Attack Of The Ghost Riders’ – The Raveonettes, from Whip It On

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My first act was to ‘My Prayer’ by The Platters (with added sound design from Twin Peaks: The Return), from The Best Of The Platters. My second act was a version of ‘She’s Gone’ by “The” Nine Inch Nails, the original version of which appears on their Not the Actual Events EP.

Not sure why so many people still find this so difficult, but:

•August 4, 2017 • Leave a Comment

A small, poetic ‘aide-mémoire’ concerning Twin Peaks: The Return

 

DOUGIEIf his jacket is in mustard tones,
The man you see is Dougie Jones.

 

 

 

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If he’s in green or black and in a stupor,
It’s not fucking Dougie, IT’S FUCKING DALE COOPER.

“There’s always music in the air…” #2: ‘Rose Blue’ by Crime & The City Solution

•July 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Second in an ongoing series of posts highlighting Lynchian sounds and musics (as defined by The Double R Club and I) that may have flown under the radar of many and which perhaps one might even imagine appearing at The Roadhouse in some future, imaginary episode…

A mournful number of dysfunctional romance and self harm (perhaps even romance as self harm?) a story is told of a girl who, once ‘opened’, once known by our narrator, is shown to be hollow (perhaps hollowed by him?), empty, disordered within and incapable of love. A tragedy in just under five minutes, there can be seen (for those looking) certain shades of the kind of dissociation, damage and downward spiral that spelt the end of Laura Palmer; but of course it is the title itself that recalls the ‘blue rose’ of Fire Walk With Me.

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One might even be forgiven for imagining that the ‘her’ to which Simon Bonney croons, so doomed and dejectedly, is in fact Sour Face Lil, wearer of the blue rose, and when Bonney says “But the things that she said when I fell asleep..” well, perhaps the listener could also imagine what clues she might have been trying to tell him in his dreams…?

From Crime & The City Solution’s 1985 Just South of Heaven EP (but included in the CD issue of Room of Lights, thereby combining almost all of Rowland S. Howard‘s contributions to the band in one release -but more of him another time) the song stands as a forlorn gem among their early output; but for those looking to explore further into the band’s discography, I can do no better than recommend the frankly incredible Bride Ship album, a kind of epic and abstract record of political, apocalyptic romanticism and beautiful damnation.

Lyrics:

Rose Blue
I saw the sky turn
Rose Blue

I opened up her lock
And found out what she was hiding
Saw that I had left a ditch inside her
Her head is like her room
It has no order
Her head is like her room
It has no order
I fell away, I fell away, I fell away

(I watched her jam a fork right up into her arm)

And I saw away, slip away, slip away
The hollow that I partied on
Filled up that space inside her
Filled up that space inside her

Rose Blue
I saw the sky turn
Rose Blue

The curtains the walls the lock on the door
Locked us in together
But the things that she said
When I fell asleep, went to bed
Well I was deaf to that tune
She started to wear those long blue sleeves
Well they saw her through me
When I planted that need

When I see that damaged place inside her
Well I opened that wound, opened that wound
And a heart that is inside her
I want to kill her, kill that broken heart
Rose Blue
I saw the sky turn
Rose Blue

I wish I was a prize possession
She put it back together
Put it back together
It is her treasure
It had a black heart
It had a white body
And she cherished it with love
I believe her mother gave it to her
Well I threw it at the wall
I Broke it into one thousand pieces
Well she tried to put it back together
Tried to put it back together
Think I’ve sunk down deep
Down deep into my Rose’s Blues

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In The Zone

•July 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

*SPOILERS, of course*

Though you’ll doubtless already be aware of it, a really very nice offshoot of Twin Peaks: The Return is the website ‘The Search for the Zone‘ mentioned in episode 9 written by fictional Highschool Principle Bill Hastings and doomed to be decapitated librarian Ruth Davenport, which has been brought into existence (manufactured for a “purpose…”?) in all its wonderfully 90s GeoCities-a-like kitsch glory, to be perused at your leisure, and with many an intriguing Twin Peaks treat hidden within…

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My main problem with it is, well, (PEDANT MODE: ENABLED) how could a website be written by a Highschool Principle and a librarian, of all people, and yet use a question mark in the sentences

“Think of the events that could have splintered time?”

and

“The things that could have laid the seed for a starting point for this development?”

which AREN’T BLOODY QUESTIONS?!

Answer me that, Bill!

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Pernickety enough for you?

But it’s just a small thing, nothing to lose your head over.

Ah… a somewhat indelicate turn of phrase… awkward… apologies, Ruth…