January 12, 2007


Having alluded to Japanese noise-rock legends The Boredoms in my last post, I can perhaps claim a modicum of cohesion for a blog that is not likely to adhere to any particular theme or style. At any rate, the propulsive 23-minute track "Seadrum" from the Boredoms' 2004 album Seadrum/House of Sun (their first since Vision Creation Newsun at the turn of the millennium) merits a post in its own right. I had the extremely good fortune of seeing the band live in Columbus, Ohio in June. "77" - an installation featuring as many drum kits - is scheduled for July 7, 2007 (7/7/07) in New York City. The longevity of this band, who have been active for over twenty years, attests to the tremendous energy that characterizes all of their output.

[Download link removed at the behest of Vice Records.]

January 11, 2007


It seems that my inaugural post will feature variations on film scores. Those of you who have seen Jean-Luc Godard's new wave classic "Contempt" ("Le Mepris", 1963) will no doubt recognize "Theme de Camille" from Georges Delerue's melodramatic score. The piece was covered in 1989 by John Zorn's high-intensity Naked City ensemble, which included jazz guitarist Bill Frissell and Yamatsuka Eye (The Boredoms). Next up are the title piece from François De Roubaix's score for Jean-Pierre Melville's neo-noir film "Le Samouraï" (1967) and a 2005 remix by Nicolas Errera included on the CD release. Most importantly, both films come highly recommended.

Georges Delerue - "Theme de Camille"
Naked City - "Contempt"
François De Roubaix - "Le Samouraï"
"Le Samouraï (Nicolas Errera Remix)"