Monday, September 27, 2021
"day of Saturnalia 25 Sept 21. Another good mad painter
practice for Thursday 14 Oct 21 at Union tavern.
Whenever I woke up "Sunday Morning" FXM retro had nuthin'
but horror films! That's about a week's worth of column BUT....Witchcraft
(1964). My kinda film! wiki: "in the 1600s the
Lanier family buried a Whitlock woman alive as a witch" (Welsh
actress NOT named Rhiannon!) Feud, boy/girl of opposing families
fall in love "Just like Romeo and Juliet' ("hey hey hey!")
The dialogue I remember most was "the Laniers were of Norman
stock' (though Thomas Lanier "Tenesse" Williams was of
Huguenot stock but they didn't KENsult me for GIZstorical accuracy!)
'while the Whitlocks were Anglo-Saxons, clinging to the "old"
religion"...well, goll-ee Sgt Carter! ma's Blodgett ancestor
that landed in ye Harvard Square of son of Robert Blodgett whom
owned ye inn in Stowmarket on Hadley, ole chap (Suffolk county...I
never left!). HIS mother (12 generations back for I) was Mary Whitlock
born 1575 Winston, Stowmarket, Suffolk, England whom wasn't to my
knowledge a pagan (Puritan son). HER father (14 "talkin' 'bout
my generations") was Roger Whitlock born 1545 Copford, Essex,
England, dying 1641; his grandson sailed to Harvard Square 1645
and died almost same year as grandfather! DARE I tell Ma the Whitlocks
"stuck to the auld religion"? Bobby Whitlock is a high
priest JUST for writing "bell bottom blues" off Layla
album! Lastly, my dad's y-DNA is Saxon,so cue up Creedence clearwater
revival's "pagan baby"!".....
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
"Monntag 27 sept 21 715 pm Somerville theater: Cry
macho. At Ninety, older than willie loco, years old
my distant cousin Clint Eastwood (BOTH my parents
and him have same Bliss ancestor but Clint had a Bliss Parsons ancestor
in Springfield, mass. ACQUITTED of witchcraft!); acting and directing
Clint, at his age and still damn good! Clint is a washed-up ole
rodeo star and Dwight Yoakum is his boss; Dwight had a son down
in Mexico, so Clint has to retrieve (borderline kidnapping) the
son from mother for Dad Dwight. Son is running wild on streets at
13 with his prize Fightin' Cocks (did Charlie Mackenzie manage HIM?)
rooster name Macho (eleven birds were used in this film and despite
cockfightin' NO critters wuz hurt!). A lot of misadventures with
stolen/dying cars, Mom's henchmen, los federales and even a romance
for ole Clint with a caliente chica! (Natalie Traven as Marta, a
widowed granny whom you can like on facebook!). Music is Dwight
Yoakum in texas AND GREAT romantic dancing (Clint and Marta) Mexican
music on archaic jukebox. Clint knows about animals, so in Marta's
town all of a sudden he's "veterianario": 'who do they
think I am doctor Doolittle?" if this were in Macchu Picchu
we'd be seein' him waitin' on Pushme Pull You! Lotsa beautiful mustangs
that Clint and the boy "break" in mexico but (spoiler)
when the henchman tries to re-capture Dwight's boy, macho the rooster
attacks henchman! Three cheers for Cry Macho!"...….
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
"Til Tuesday 28 sept 21. My Somerville Theater tri-fecta
for the week: PIG starring Nicholas
Cage and his pet pig ("Porky"? alas Peter Tork's
"Peter Percival's pet pig porky?"). $8 senior discount,
coffee and popcorn $6 (Solomon Gruberger used to BRAG about the
cheap or not cheap cost of things in 1974's O. Rextasy; "five
dollars for a beer?" (NY Dolls, april '74) "I'm going
to be nursing this!" I did same thing, same one beer, ramones
So cage WAS a chef at that high- class diner with "haw-tay
coos-een" but his wife died and he became an Oregon forest
recluse in a Unabomber shack: no shower/no phone; he played cassettes!
He was also "unwashed and somewhat slightly Dazed"!
Cage's character sells truffles to a "dealer' and Brandy
plays his truffle-huntin' pig (Brandy ALSO had an understudy,
listed in credits! score; two hogs in this movie versus 11 roosters
in Cry macho and the Partridge family in a pear tree!).
One night, a "dirty robber" comes in and takes Cage's
hog! HOGNAPPING! Obsessively, he goes into town from scumbag to
scumbag Adam Antly: "I want my pig back". "I love
my Pig"; hey Donovan "loved his shirt" but this
porker is DAMN cute so forget about Babe! The pig is
only in first 13 minutes, rest of movie kinda dragged and I did
fall asleep. BUT coming up soon and/or "Coming up fast parts
one and two" (John Dawson Winter III): the new Tony Soprano
movie where, as a teen, he favours John Belushi! Support the Somerville
Theatre, their films change weekly! Til then; brattle und Bratwurst!
(it IS Oktoberfest!)"....
Thursday, September 30, 2021
"day of WODIN 29 sept 21. Yet another kenne Highland
Air force practice and if you missed us at Frank Rowe's
70th at Midway, go 1130 pm Pete's grille, Quincy,mass Friday
15 October 21. So we practiced the Midway set and at end
tried "The Family", a poem by dead Poet Society Christina
Angellopolous and music by Lt larry Newman stealing from "hey
Joe". larry had fixed my fake Les paul, gotten from patricia's
ragan's husband whom was in northern Virginia punk band the Assbeaters.
through that $60 amp and pickup turned to bass I sound like mark
farner! (mine and Jim Morrison's distant cuzzin, memorial on Block
island, Rhode Highland; Rathbun decendants, yessssss……)...SO
the JAMS are 'why isn't the tape rollling?" (Sam phillips to
elvis; 'what're you doin in there? well whatever it is get back
in there!" Tapes rolled, Sun records shone!). "get this
thing on the move", Captain easychord (now with lt Newman on
bass plus Schmel Herbie Hind: Boston incest!) sang (predicatably)
"Im your captain" and lastly, as I remember, just "messin'
'round' (but NOT at the mess Around!); I did a Hendrix meets beatles
on "don't let me down" , Al Hendry drumming his Mitch
Mitchell beats; SOMEBODY thought I was playing a Hendrix toon! (trying
to channel "little wing": Arschlocks Bold as Liebe!).
John Keegan recovering from knee surgery and limping like I do but
still da ballz on sax and psychedelic wind percussion. DO book us!
available for gigs! But the way keegan and I be walkin', folks'll
say: "dudes! your band is,like, SO lame"...….
Kenne Highland's Airforce
Friday, October 1, 2021
day of Thor 30 sept 21. Brattle membership passes were for 8 pm
METROPOLIS! I even owned a Woolworths
DVD that I left with Ma (along with Terror of Tiny Town!).
So, for a movie I seen umpty-nine tymes: Ida May: about this tyme
'76, Patricia Ragan's rocknroll basement in "My old school"
Annandale Virginny: "have you ever seen Fritz lang's M?"
FINALLY on a DVD at der Geothe Institut; danke to der fraus! Later
on that month Patricia and I met the ramones, but yes! SHE turnt
me onto Fritz Lang (and Kenneth Anger and Dianne Arbus; maybe we
were like Patti Smith and Maplethorpe)...ITEM B: crashed out from
day of Wodin practice, missed the first hour of this opus. Wikipedia
says I woke up during freder (the industrialist son) "has a
hallucination that the machine is a temple of Moloch and the workers
are being fed to it". Moloch has me underscore or whatever
is that; book of Leviticus in Old testament, "a Canaanite God";
no pillars of salt but he appears in Milton's Pair-a Dice lost (he
lost at a crap game; SNAKEYES!!!), Flaubert's Salammbo and GIZBurger's
HOWL. Plus "Goin' Down" was origninally done by Memphis
Moloch, whom were probably as Southern Baptist as BLACK OAK ARKANSAS!!!!
More of my vision from the Brattle seat doubling as a surrealistic
Pillow: they have a fraulein dancing scantily in pre-Code Werimar
republic and dialogue about "she has commited all seven deadly
sins!" My college German (ala the intro to Royal Guardsmen's
"Snoopy" 45!) learnt me about "Saint Johann",
that being St John book of revelations etc. In other words: DER
TEUFEL! Funny what one sees in this movie many tymes around, SO
ahead of it's tyme/classic etc. This WAS Silent Movie Week, so glad
I went and researched all this waitin' for the 10 pm 69 bus back
to Inman Square on a LOVELY CHILLY DARK autumn night!"......
Saturday, October 2, 2021
Freitag 1 Octoberfest 21 7 pm, brattle theater, membership pass
so let's check out DAYS (youtube link
to trailer). Gee Julie that morn and I were discussing
'art films" and it starts, NO dialougue, NO subtitles of our
Taiwanese hour staring out window at the rain. Another slow passage
was a Laotian migrant worker in Bangkok (I had an Alex Chilton earworm
after that) chopping up vegetables for supper; looks good that soup
and salad! (I've eaten plenty of Thai food). Then another long
episode of ennui (Lou reed taught me that word!) in an
open-air market..."Looking tired and a little burnt" (dave
mason interview, 1974 maybe, beyond our control which was a more
hippie-fied version of Gulcher); "bodies need rest"....I
wake up to the two dudes "massaging" each other (right
next door to Brattle, I've read Dad's Puritan ancestor William Spencer
owned the Cambridge center for adult education...1630s Puritan Cambridge
rolling over in ye olde grave yard! ESPECIALLY Deacon Stone!). I
forgot to mention the older dude going through some painful looking
acupuncture. Rest of movie is the young Laotian merely sitting kinda
at a bustop and my view of Bangkok: looks like those Lower east
Side place I played with GLider and Baabes in 2019! New York busy...curiosity
satisfied! Want to check out more of this director's non-dialagoue
Harvard Film archives art films and DAYS is playing Brattle for
next week; I DO recommend! I also recommend you see play bass in
mad painter Thursday 14 oct 21 union Tavern Somerville AND
Kenne Highland's air force pete's grille Friday 15 oct 21
1130 pm. see you there! 'see my friends"!"...