I don't want to buy it, I just want to rent it for a minute or two"
"On February 1st, 1974, I moved out of my parents house and into the top floor of a 4th story walk-up rent-controlled apartment in East Boston (similar to the one pictured above) with two of my oldest and dearest friends Tony Leonti and Vincent (Dr. Boom Baa) Moretti. Then and now, we always have a great time playing records together in the Archives. Our individual picks are listed by the selector and are not in running order.
These guys are the most obvious and guilty
of all the Usual Suspects and I'll stop loving them when they grow the fuck up!
*The sound-collage coda was Blame The Media by Project Data Control and can be found on The Droplift Project compilation CD, released in July, 2000, which was "droplifted" or reverse shoplifted into chain music stores allowing the artist's work to appear next to "legitimate" releases.
You can find it here at the wonderful Free Music Archives site! **"...No form of government has yet been discovered by which cruelty can be wholly prevented. Subordination supposes power on the one part, and subjection on the other, and if power be in the hands of men, it will sometimes be abused. The vigilance of the supreme magistrate may do much, but much will still remain undone. He can never know all the crimes that are committed, and can seldom punish all that he knows."
Dialogue by the character Imlac in the novel Rasselas written by Samuel Johnson in the year 1759, when he was fifty years of age.
*The iconic character of the Cowardly Lion and the featured excerpt were portrayed and performed by Bert Lehr in the 1939 Academy Award winning motion picture The Wizard Of Oz.
**The Hostess Twinkies ad, created by the legendary Raymond Scott, can be found on Manhattan Research Inc., a two-CD compilation of Scott's work from the 1950s and 1960s for film soundtracks, commercials, and his own technical and musical experiments. The synthesizers, sequencers, and drum-machines used were all designed and constructed by this pioneer of electronic sounds!
***The amazing live Led Zeppelin track was recorded October 10, 1969 at The Olympia, Paris, and remastered by Jimmy Page for inclusion of the entire show on the
Deluxe Edition of their debut!
* A Gift Of Murder was The Shadow radio series' annual Christmas show, originally broadcast 71 years ago tonight on December 21, 1947, by the Mutual Broadcast System.
I could feel the connection, albeit long distance!
From this vantage, Christmas is under siege. The attack not being aimed at the holiday itself, but the very morals the stories of Jesus and Santa inspire. Our particular battles in 2018 might appear different than those in 1947 or when John and Yoko wished the world Happy Christmas in 1971,
but the message and answer remain consistent.
War Is Over
If We Want It
I send Holiday Love from mine to yours and
thank You for being part of the RFW Family!
*The scratchy narration of this RFW orchestral operatic opus was provided by Bandon deWilde sampled from the 1961 Vox Records release by Benjamin Britten - Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. Thanks to Mystery Train Records in Gloucester, MA for their inspiration and free album case!
**The titular pictures are homemade.
A Heart Shattered Like Glass, taken by yours truly, was the untouched scene of a freak wind-storm that destroyed our patio set. The random sadness I felt from the visual compelled me to snap the shot.
Fading Memories by Tracy gives the viewer a sense of the passage of time in a still.
"My world is suffering Your world is suffering Our world is suffering World Citizen" RFW
*We featured The Final Autumn In Asia...Psychic Document for 1982 from the wonderfully rare and amazing Prologue For Post-Modern Music, the only lp by Masashi Kitamura, a Japanese musician, editor, and music critic. The founding member of the bands YBO², Canis Lupus and Differance, Masashi passed in June, 2006. Find this vinyl!
*I first met Jon Butcher at WBCN in Boston in 1975, when he was a member of
Johanna Wild (you were a foot taller, Jon).
Our careers, lives and friendship have traveled across the country, evolving thru the decades and we now find ourselves in New England happily immersed in what we love - back at the beginning - almost!
See Jon live when he plays your local music hall and check out the new EP