“Heineken? FUCK THAT SHIT!”

•May 13, 2020 • Leave a Comment

FRANK BOOTH WINE

A Figment In The Elsewhere #5: Mr. Blanche DuBois

•March 25, 2020 • Leave a Comment

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-being the fifth in an ongoing series detailing stand-out acts that ‘appeared’ at The Double R Club (often more than once); acts that Rose Thorne and I loved, that seem to typify in some way, or stand as emblems for, just what it is The Double R have attempted to do, to be, displays that went some way to describing our own particular brand of ‘Lynchian’, over the last decade of shows…

This time: Mr. Blanche DuBois and their… well, their Blanche DuBois act; (to try and prevent this post becoming unduly confusing I shall henceforth refer to performer Blanche DuBois as PerformerBlanche or Mr. Blanche Dubois, the character as simply Blanche).

PerformerBlanche is an incredible and versitile artist that has appeared at the Double R countless times over the years, never illiciting anything other than a rapturous response, however, when we first clapped eyes on their Blanche DuBois act, it very soon became clear that we were witnessing an almost quintessentially Double R moment.

In Tennessee Williams’ 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning play A Streetcar Named Desire, we learn that Blanche DuBois’ husband committed suicide after he was discovered having a homosexual affair. Wikipedia: “This reference was removed from the film; Blanche says instead that she showed scorn at her husband’s sensitive nature, driving him to suicide.”

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In PerformerBlanche’s act, the Blanche of the play appears locked in a kind of time-loop or bad dream, in which the terrible tragedy from her past seems to have fractured time itself and she is forced to re-live those terrible moments again and again.

Mournful strings are heard, as well as the sound of chalk writing on a blackboard, PerformerBlanche scribbles on the air, perhaps writing a diary, perhaps trying to re-write the tragedy that she knows she can never escape.

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Blanche’s speech from the 1951 film version (by Vivien Leigh) is heard, though cut up, re-ordered, repeating itself, again and again, and PerformerBlanche lipsynchs the fractured story, growing more and more frantic and distraught as the events are regurgitated and relived, as the guilt destroys her before our very eyes.

She’s reminded, over and over, of the whole awful event, from their meeting:

“There was something about the boy… He was a boy,”

to the terrible night when, after she tells him that he disgusts her, he commits suicide:

“One night we drove out to a place called Moon lake… I didn’t know anything, except that I loved him, and I heard him crying… Suddenly in the middle of the dancefloor the boy I’d married broke away from me… He stuck a revolver into his mouth…”

And then of the discovery of her husband’s body: “The terrible thing at the edge of the lake.”

The act ends with Chet Baker’s heartbreaking rendition of Elvis Costello’s Almost Blue; during which PerformerBlanche removes their dress and corset, and then stands them up, as if the character of Blanche had simply vanished, or had been a ghost all along; perhaps in a suggestion that bystepping out of costume, Blanche’s tragedy has been left behind after all.

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This is an act that sends shivers about the room like a Mexican wave and that has moved many a Double R audience to tears; and, with it’s themes of tragedy and loss, and it’s dream-like, hypnotic repetition, not to mention its harking back to a golden age of Hollywood, it remains one of the most purely Lynchian acts we’ve ever presented.

“If you start off with a certain beat and a certain sound on the guitar, it’s gonna put you on a certain road. And when you go down that road, you can discover things.”

•February 21, 2020 • Leave a Comment

JUMPING MAN CLOSE UP

Playlists for The Double R Club, 20th February, 2020

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[ Suite of processed sound design from What Did Jack Do? plus a single word of dialogue from Fire Walk With Me ]

There’s Someone at the Door, Gordon – Giovanni Varrica, from Little Girl Down the Lane – A Twin Peaks Tribute
Night Life In Twin Peaks – Angelo Badalamenti, from Music From Twin Peaks
Eraserhead – Ralph Dorper, from Eraserhead 12″
Dipped In Tea – Terry Edwards, from Terry Edwards
Pena – written by Don Van Vliet, read by David Lynch

[ dialogue / sound design from What Did Jack Do? ]

Slow Burn [feat. Lydia Lunch] – Sylvia Black, from Twilight Animals
Filmmaker – Queen Ov Material Happiness from The Love Market
Godspeed You!Black Woodsman – Swordy, listen HERE
True Love’s Flame – David Lynch [feat. Jack Cruz], buy HERE

[ dialogue / sound design from What Did Jack Do? ]

Less Sex – Daughters, from You Won’t Get What You Want
I’m Waiting Here – David Lynch & Lykke Li, bonus MP3 track from The Big Dream
Fire Walk With Me – Sick Tree, listen HERE
Josie and Truman – Angelo Badalamenti, from Twin Peaks Season Two Music And More
Twin Perks – Mike Cooper, from I Had the Strangest Dream Last Night (The Owls Were Silent), FREE download HERE
The 49th Ton – Penthouse, from My Idle Hands

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Trafelato – Ennio Morricone, from Crime and Dissonance
Say It – David Lynch, from The Big Dream
It’s Showtime – Terry Edwards, from My Wife Doesn’t Understand Me
Shake It Baby – John Lee Hooker, from Serves You Right To Suffer
Boiler Maker – The Jazzus Lizard, from Horn
Heirate Mich (edit) – Rammstein, from Lost Highway O.S.T.
The ’57 Incident – The ’57 Incident, from A Tribute To Betty Page

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My first act was to ‘Night Life’ by Julie London, from Wild, Cool & Swingin’. My second act was a version of Frank In Blue Jeans which is itself a mashup of Blue Frank by David Lynch, from Twin Peaks Season Two Music And More and Blue Jean by David Bowie, from Tonight -listen HERE.

“It’s all like a crazy nightmare to me now.”

•January 22, 2020 • Leave a Comment

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TOOTOTABON!”

“I love melody. I was very lucky to meet Angelo [Badalamenti]. In movies, there is music that is not melodious, but it’s setting a mood and a very special feel. And then there’s music that has a melody that can tear your heart out, and Angelo can do both of those things.”

•January 17, 2020 • Leave a Comment

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Playlists for The Double R Club, 16th January, 2020

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Eye on the Donut – Vitor Joaquim, from Hear the Other Side, See the Other Side (Traces to Nowhere)
Wash The Dust From My Heart – Nurse With Wound, from Huffin’ Rag Blues
The Black Dog Runs At Night – Thought Gang, from Thought Gang
Burst Into Fire – Giovanni Varrica, from Little Girl Down the Lane – A Twin Peaks Tribute
Lipstick – Johnny Jewel, from Themes For Television
Truth – Goldie [feat. David Bowie], from Saturnz Return

[sampled sound design / music / dialogue from Inland Empire]

Plutocracy Blues – Dangerpuss
Negative Space – Aloha Dead
Cold Light of Day – The Denison / Kimball Trio, from Plays The Music Of “Walls In The City”
Karl – Laddio Bolocko, from The Life and Times of Laddio Bolocko
Like Regular Chickens (RR edit) – Amon Tobin, the original version of which appears on Permutation
Love Letters – Ketty Lester, from Blue Velvet O.S.T
Girl On The Street (instrumental) – David Lynch
Just You – Angelo Badalamenti, from Twin Peaks Season Two Music And More

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

Slow and Easy – Henry Mancini, from Music From “Peter Gunn”

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You Wear My Stuff – Giovanni Varrica, from Little Girl Down the Lane – A Twin Peaks Tribute
Murdered Out – Kim Gordon, from No Home Record
Terminus (edit) – Sand, from Beautiful People Are Evil
Disco La Krupa – Caesar Romero, from Matamoros

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My first act was to The End Of The World by Skeeter Davis, from The End Of The World. My second act was a version of I See Them All Lined Up by Michael Gira, the original version of which appears on the album Drainland.

“We’re [definitely] not gonna talk about Judy…”

•January 12, 2020 • Leave a Comment

judy

“I need your clothes, boots and your motorcycle.”

•December 22, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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Laurel Near & Jack Nance on the set of David Lynch’s Eraserhead, c.1977