Posts tagged "Phil Spector"
Can You Hear Me Now? Spiritualized on Transcendence, The Ache and Rock n Roll Redemption

Can You Hear Me Now? Spiritualized on Transcendence, The Ache and Rock n Roll Redemption

We are privileged to be able to bring you this beast of an essay from Daniel Matthew Varley on one of our favorite bands (more info about Dan at the bottom):

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Spiritualized’s 2003 album, Amazing Grace, features a cover photo of a bare outstretched female arm, elbow slightly bent, hand completely open, its fingers limp and arranged not unlike Adam’s in Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam. The image suggests, if one is even just passingly familiar with Spiritualized’s works’, that this arm is prepared for an injection of drugs into its veins.

Jason Pierce, the sole consistent member of Spiritualized, has never…

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Silent Night Day 4: Phil Spector

Dion and Phil Spector Go To The Moon

Dion and Phil Spector Go To The Moon

While we bide our time waiting for the long-awaited Phil Spector documentary, The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector to find distribution, the convicted producer’s monumental collaboration with Dion, Born To Be With You begs for some (re-)consideration. Also known as Pete Townshend’s and Jason Pierce’s (of Spiritualized) favorite record, it received close to no attention when it came out in 1974. Partly because it was never released in the States, but mainly because Spector was out of fashion and fading fast, both mentally and commercially, and Dion, whose biggest hits were more than a decade behind him, was still…

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Some Tuesday Morning Youtube Rock N Roll

1. We posted a Billy Preston clip a while back of his show-stopping performance of “That’s The Way God Planned It” at The Concert For Bangladesh (produced by Phil Spector!), but just in case you didn’t know this piano man could move:

2. My favorite Elton John record, Tumbleweed Connection, ends with the Gospel-tinged number “Burn Down The Mission”. At first blush, you could interpret the song as your typical anti-clerical pioneer anthem, but I prefer to see it as a cry from the heart for something more direct and unmediated – i.e. something Protestant. Here he is performing it in…

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Another Week Ends: Phil Spector, The Beatles, Les Mis, The Dark Knight, Bono

Another Week Ends: Phil Spector, The Beatles, Les Mis, The Dark Knight, Bono

1. That Phil Spector lost his case came as no surprise to many of us. Still, as a long-time Spector fan/fanatic, the whole thing has hit me rather hard. Let us not forget that in 2002 he told a reporter, “to all intents and purposes I would say I’m probably relatively insane, to an extent…I have devils inside that fight me. And I’m my own worst enemy.” The best segment I’ve seen on it is here.

1a. Oddly enough the news arrived the same week that the long-awaited Beatles reissues were announced (due 9/9/09) and one day before George Harrison finally…

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Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)

Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)

I used to make mixtapes every December and send them out instead of Christmas cards. They started out as a way to share music with friends but eventually evolved into thematic things, where I would thread songs together to tell a story, usually the Christmas story.

When tape-decks became a scarcity, I tried making the mixes on cd, but it didn’t work as well. It sounds silly, but I missed the control that cassettes gave me over the listening experience (people being much more likely to push the skip button on a cd player than mess with the fast-forward/rewind on a…

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