Friday, November 29, 2013

Soundtrack for my next exhibition, the best new song I've heard all this long hard year.  CBC Radio 2 at the side of Highway 17 near dusk just north of the new Fraser Perimeter Road, the big trucks from Duke Point spinning past, the wind of their passage rocking the parked Subaru from side to side in the half light. 

Lyrics altered from various internet versions to accurately represent what I hear when I listen.

The Desert Babbler

Lyrics & music by Samuel Ervin Beam

It's New Year's Eve
California's gonna kill you soon
The Barstow boys
Buckeyes in the shadow of the moon


Black houses in the hills and roadside haunts
Dying for a place to fall apart
Who knew what you could learn to live without
Mother Mary's lying in your mouth

Now back home the kitchen's warm with Christmas wine
And every girl has got an axe to grind
You live to look for hell, man
But you're far from the hard light tonight


So, quietly, we've lost another year
The desert put a babbler in your ear
He will find a way to not miss you again 

Barstow boys all spit into the wind

Now back home the hammer always has to fall
Cross is barely hanging on the wall
Some day I know you'll never leave me
But we're far from the hard light tonight.



Thursday, November 28, 2013

Mechanics' coveralls, c. 1978

(Compare w/ #5)

Maurice & Robin still alive in this new theremin-inflected LA song's beautiful chorus. 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Halloween (1978) Blu-Ray Movie Screenshots

#8, #21, #32
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

An evening with Joe Sacco, interviewed by Charlie Smith & yours truly.
Monday, November 25, 2013

Test footage, 1978

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