Monthly Archives: March 2009

murnau directs

Murnau directs Der Letzte Mann.

Karl Freund at camera. F.W. Murnau with Emil Jannings.

Murnau on right, next to Freund with camera mounted on belly.

That crane.

years after the event (john and yoko may 1970)

may photo

Arrival in a watching world. Picture by Associated Press at premiere of “In His Own Write”

may 1970

may detail

While listening to those Get Back tapes it became clear to me that the fabs thought that the German language was hilarious. Here‘s Lennon indulging his sense of humor singing the theme to The Blue Angel, Falling in Love Again in mock German.

vintage jam (star edition)

Primal Scream. Star.

nine seven shit.

cute band alert

A few day ago, this dubious NME story hipped me to the existence of a prefame recording made by The La’s in 1989. It features the band recording a handful of never-released songs in a kitchen and is nearly as good as their album–it might even be better despite the fact that the songs are mostly unfinished and fragmentary. It has the feel of the white album demos that the fabs recorded at Kinfauns. Here‘s a link to an edited version that removes the between song banter. A Kitchen Tape Thirty Days if you will. All killer. No filler.

The La’s, guided by their perfectionist leader, famously recorded their only LP a handful of times and then even disowned the released version of it. I always assumed that Mavers was being a crybaby for insisting on making the record so many times and ultimately not being happy with any of the results–even though the released version is one of the finest debut LPs around. But having heard the rejected versions, I can see why he was so unhappy. They’re pretty lackluster.

the decorative sex

Veronica Lake

Above, Lake demonstrates how not to wear your hair when working in a munitions factory. Below, two posters for the Lake starring I Married a Witch.

i married a witch

i married a witch 2

f for orson

Orson and Jeanne Moreau in Falstaff. 1965.

years after the event (john and yoko april 1970)

april photo

“This is what happens when two clouds meet.” Planting two acorn seeds as growing pieces in Coventry Sculpture Exhibition. Photograph: Keith McMillan.

april 1970

april 1970 detail

Here‘s an amazing 1969 home demo of “Oh, Yoko” that includes a bit of “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).”