“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.

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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 Mr. Howard 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…

“There’s always music in the air…” #1: ‘3 O’Clock’ by Oxbow

•July 6, 2017 • Leave a Comment

First 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…

From the opening burst of distant industrial growl, to the slow jazz crawl and somehow both aggrieved and aggressive lethargy of the thing, those descending bass notes, the insistent yet lazy ride cymbal and then of course, as the song lumbers along, mean-spirited and nightmarish, the hysteria-infused meandering mumblings and shrieks of Eugene Robinson, this song’s disparate desperate parts combine to make a truly unsettling affair.

The track is from Oxbow‘s storming Serenade In Red and is worth a purchase should you wish to hear what it sounds like when a man turns himself inside out over the course of an album; other highlights include the thundering, stuttering menace of ‘Lucky’ and their truly unhinged version of Willie Dixon’s blues classic ‘Insane Asylum’ (on which they are joined  Marianne Faithfull!) and which they entitle, perversely, ‘Insylum‘.

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Check ’em out live if ever you can, they will fuck you up in the best way possible.

Lyrics:

Black tie and- and jacket over chair back
My figure fat and fucking gunnysacked
Casting broke-wing shadows on the duvet
While baby sleep, baby sleep, baby sleep
Yeah and baby talks away
Like a… liar, LIAR! Yeah my heads on fire
Bent over your dreaming (your dreaming)
I hear the- the scheme- scheme- SCREAMING
And like Jesus now, I sleep -almost never

Who- Who the hell- is that man, that man?
That man you see in your sleep?
What kind of company do you keep
when I am gone?
I am the love of what is wrong
And that waits for me from dusk on through dawn
Hot, hot, hot and hating me and itching to be free
Looking for another way, eat me
Looking for another way to fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck me!

Love, love, love
Listen to the tongue you speak
When the days turn into days of no sleep
And oh God, I am so weak, I am so weak
And you are killing me
But in her crescent-cut eye
I see the spark that means awake
And wonder why
Someone always has to die

SHOULD YOU LIKE THE NEW TWIN PEAKS? -a mystery solved in 3 somewhat strained metaphors

•July 5, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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A bomb has gone off. Opinion seems to be splitting.

There is much talk on Twin Peaks Facebook groups, talk flying hither and yon, talk of how Twin Peaks: The Return is the best Twin Peaks ever (*excited emoji*), and talk of how it isn’t, and even of how it’s not really Twin Peaks at all.

And much has been the sniping, much the name-calling, much the figurative throwing of toys from prams, much the exclamations of “You’re just too stupid to get it!” and “it’s just pretentious self-indulgent toss!”

…and all I start to hear is Alan Partridge:

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For those who are not enjoying Twin Peaks: The Return due to its radical departure from the original two seasons I have genuine sympathy; it is different, very much so, and if what you were expecting was more of the same soap-opera-with-a-few-sprinklings-of-quirk-and-the-odd-flash-of-dream-like-menace then no, this is not at all what you’ve been given.

However, this brings me to my first somewhat strained metaphor:

#1 – Bringing It All Back NO

This isn’t ‘Dylan goes electric’. This is ‘Dylan was always electric but did a few folk albums in the early 90s that you loved and has now gone back to being chiefly, and often yrev, very, electric’.

I can think of little in Lynch’s past that would suggest that he was interested in repeating himself, particularly in repeating something he did over 20 years ago; it was always going to be a departure and yet, with the advent of the brain melting episode 8, perhaps the old-schoolers might be forgiven for their consternation?

Which ushers forth my next somewhat strained metaphor:

#2 – The Radiohead Paradigm

Followup to the lauded (nay lionised) Radiohead album OK Computer, 1997’s Kid A confused the hell out of many with it’s idiosyncratic electronica and willful sonic abstractions; at the time a flatmate of mine dismissed the album, saying “I don’t go to Radiohead for that kind of music.” If you’re wondering, yes, yes he was an idiot. As the band went on to produce more records, their trajectory seldom flew anywhere near the stylings of OK Computer and remained on a steadfastly strange path; and thus there was a schism. I would say to the OKComputerers the same thing I would say the the TwinPeakoldschoolers: you may not like the new but at no point will you be excluded from enjoying the old. There has been no replacement, no George Lucas-like rewriting of history, merely a fresh, different and non-compulsory piece of art.

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Which is to say, by way of my final somewhat strained metaphor:

#3 – Ideas Are Like Fish

This is, of course, a famous motto of Lynch’s, having to do with the way in which he ‘catches’ his ideas; but think of it like this: when you indulge in a new piece of work, be it music, film, television, sculpture whichever, you are going paddling with one of these fish. The artist has caught the thing, fed it (maybe deliberately starved it), maybe groomed it, filed down its teeth (maybe sharpened them), presented it in a tank they feel to be appropriate; and you? Well you’re climbing into the tank for a paddle, perhaps even a swim.

And sometimes the fish will nibble at your toes, sometimes they’ll give you rides like dolphins, they may even open their moths from time to time and flash you the size of their teeth, give you a fright; however, if you don’t like the look of those teeth, or feel that the fish’s eyes hold too hungry a look, GET OUT OF THE TANK.

Some ideas will eat you up, while others will just devour your time. My advice to all is to find something you want to eat you, and dive in.

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But of course the question should never be Should you like…? but always, simply, Do you…? And if you do then off you go, fill yer boots. If you don’t, then… well… don’t.

“But Angelo, the most important thing is, I’m gonna need some music that’s gonna tear the hearts out of people.”

•June 16, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Playlists for The Double R Club‘s 8th Annual Miss Twin Peaks Contest, 15th June, 2017

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[ in-house Twin Peaks ambient montage comprising ‘Half Speed Orchestra 4 (Dugpas)’, ‘Slow Speed Orchestra 2 (Unease Motif / The Woods)’, ‘Half Speed Orchestra 2 (Dark Forces)’, ‘Half Speed Orchestra 1 (Stair Music / Danger Theme)’, ‘Back To Fat Trout (Unease Motif / The Woods)’, ‘Teresa’s Autopsy’, ‘It’s Your Father’ and ‘The Red Room’ all from The Twin Peaks Archive ]

‘The Bookhouse Boys’ – Angelo Badalamenti, from Music From Twins Peaks
‘Audrey’s Dance’ – Xiu Xiu, from … Xiu Xiu Plays The Music Of Twin Peaks
‘Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Version)’ – Angelo Badalamenti, downloaded from davidlynch.com

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

‘Shadow’ – Chromatics, from Dear Tommy
‘Audrey’ (TV Version) – Angelo Badalamenti, downloaded from davidlynch.com
‘Dance Of The Dream Man’ – The Astronaut Arcade & Who Ha & Lucy Black, from The Next Peak Vol I
‘Falling’  – Chrysta Bell, free download HERE
‘Audrey’s Dance, Epilogue’ – Bookhouse, from Ghostwood

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

‘American Woman’ – Muddy Magnolias (David Lynch remix)
‘Solo Percussion 1’ – Angelo Badalamenti, downloaded from davidlynch.com
‘Horne’s Theme’ – Angelo Badalamenti, downloaded from davidlynch.com
‘Mississippi’ – The Cactus Blossoms, from You’re Dreaming

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‘Snake Eyes’ – Trouble, from Snake Eyes
‘Smoking Beagles’ – Sub Sub (feat. Tricky), from the Smoking Beagles EP
‘Habit’ – Uniform, from Wake In Fright

[ ‘An Angel In A Sycamore’ (edit): in-house ‘mash up’ of ‘The Black Dog Runs At Night’, ‘The Pink Room’ and ‘Sycamore Trees’, from the Fire Walk With Me O.S.T., ‘Blue Frank’, from Twin Peaks Season Two Music And More, and dialogue from Fire Walk With Me -listen to the full version HERE ]

‘Blue Frank’ – Bookhouse, from the album Ghostwood, buy HERE

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My first act was to ‘Miss America!’ by Johnny Desmond, from Yours In Song -with added samples from Mulholland Drive. My second act was a version of ‘Happiness’ by Tones On Tail, the original version of which appears on their album Pop.