Archive for December, 2008

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Happy New Year.  In case you missed it, The Walkmen’s album You & Me was one of our favorite LPs of 2008.  As the year closes out we caught up with Walter Martin to discuss, among other things, the critical reaction to the band’s previous two releases, The Velvet Underground, Roy Orbison, recording/production and songwriting, […]

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

February of 2007 saw the long-awaited DVD release of the 1970 psychedelic/schizophrenic gangster-meets-pop star tale Performance. Famously known as Mick Jagger’s on screen debut, Performance expertly captures the late sixties decadence and decline into hard drugs and paranoia.But for many of us, long before we saw a grainy VHS bootleg copy of the film, we […]

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni’s film Blow Up, from 1966, left a lasting impression on me. Its depiction of mod-cool, sixties London, is aesthetically on point throughout its entirety — and that’s not even taking in consideration the actual (murder mystery) plot, which itself is both meandering (in the style of sixties art-house) and engrossing. The […]

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Alejandro Escovedo’s cover of Gun Club’s “Sex Beat” has been posted here before and played many a time on my radio show over the years as well. Why? Because like any good re-interpretation, it takes the song’s bare essence and spins it until it becomes something entirely different — and yet it hangs on to […]

Monday, December 29th, 2008

No, the photo to the left is not of Stephen Malkmus (although the resemblance is quite uncanny, no?) Even today the majority of Zeppelin fans still do not know that the band’s epic “Dazed And Confused,” off their eponymous debut, was in actuality a cover tune. During a U.S. American tour in the late ’60s […]

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Off The Record is a recurring feature here on the Drunkard that marries two of my greatest interests; music and travel. Having a locals perspective when visiting a new locale is the difference between experiencing it through the lens of a tourist and of that of a native. Off The Record gathers some of my […]

Friday, December 26th, 2008

Our label, Autumn Tone Records, had its most, ahem, action-packed year yet with the release of three new albums, plus the digital distribution of J. Tillman’s back-catalog (and his other band Fleet Foxes produced our favorite album of 2008). Last Spring saw the release of Travel by Sea’s sophomore LP, Days of My Escape, followed […]