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  • Brian Eno 1971–1977: The Man Who Fell To Earth

    Brian Eno 1971–1977: The Man Who Fell To Earth

    ★★★★★

    Bam Glam
    ......Thank You, Ma'am
    ......................Roxy Poxy
    ...........Ferry's Doxy
    ....Riley, Cage
    Turn the Page
    ..............Ladytronic
    .................Fripp-o-Sonic
    ......................Needles Camels
    ................Negro Mammals
    ..............Paw-paw Blowtorch
    .....Dead Finks Don't Talk
    Limbourg Lady
    ..........Warm Jets
    .......Baby's
    .............On Fire
    ..................Dalai
    ........................Llama Lama
    .............................Puss-puss Stella
    ..........................Manzanera
    ............Tiger Mountain
    .................Burning Airlines
    ............Judy's Jungle
    .......................Receding Hairlines
    ...Berlin Bowie
    Low and Heroes
    ...........Stella Marls Missa Nobis
    Golden Hours
    ..................Lead Hat Islands
    ....Ambient and?
    ...............Krautrock Science
    .....Oblique Strategies
    Then Silence
    ....In the Locus
    ........There's no Focus

    Ha-ha, Isn't Eno's Life a Circus?

    Yes he's happening

    ...and he's fattening

    ...and it's all that we can get into the show

    ....into the show

    ....there's no Bono

  • The Brain That Wouldn't Die

    The Brain That Wouldn't Die

    ★★★

    [morrissey]
    ♪ Girlfriend with no body
    I know, I know
    It's serious ♪
    [/morrissey]

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  • Rage: 20 Years of Punk Rock West Coast Style

    Rage: 20 Years of Punk Rock West Coast Style

    ★★★★

    An excellently brief chronicle of California Punk that features a number of fun and interesting talking heads like Jello Biafra, along with clips of original concert performances.

    Unfortunately, it's an incomplete account, since they didn't interview Yours Truly, so in the interest of historical accuracy and full disclosure, I've included my own history with Flipside Magazine, as recounted on my old, sadly defunct, weblog, The Eye of the Goof:

    This is the story of Flipside Magazine, at least it's the…

  • Northern Soul

    Northern Soul

    ★★★½

    Like "24-hour Party People," this film revolves around an obscure (to most Yanks anyway) British music scene, set in and around underground clubs in Manchester, that features Steve Coogan. Unlike 24HPP, Coogan doesn't have a starring role this time, and plays a right cunt of a headmaster who torments our hero, John, an introverted, bored youth who discovers American soul music as an escape from his stifling and unfulfilling life in the bleak, industrial North.

    The Northern Soul scene revolved…

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  • Harold and Maude

    Harold and Maude

    ★★½

    I get why this film resonates so much with a specific demographic of nostalgic old hippies, and aging baby-boomers who feel creatively stifled by their careers, but its central message of tuning in, turning on, and dropping out was a tad outdated even when it was originally released, and it certainly hasn't aged like a fine wine since.

    But what really chaps my ass are the 1-dimensional strawmen authority figures that director Hal Ashby sets up as Harold's obstacles on…

  • The Ipcress File

    The Ipcress File

    ★★★★½

    An intentional deconstruction of the Bond franchise that takes obvious delight in contrasting agent Harry Palmer's dreary world of grinding bureaucracy, neverending paperwork, and working-class spydom with the glamour and pretense of 007's alternate-espionage universe. There's nary a jetpack, Aston Martin, or baccarat table to be found in Palmer's parallel dimension, just the oppressive drabness of unswinging London, although he does treat himself to the occasional tin of fancy mushrooms and a little Mozart.

    Michael Caine's Palmer is a lovably…