Thursday, 18 December 2014

Culture Clash On The Front Line - documentary

Fascinating documentary about St, Paul's, Bristol.

Songs for Christmas 3

The Fall

Old Mark E. Smith  has examined the X-mas season throughout his long career.
First two are from a John Peel session in '94.

Hark The Herald Angels Sing (1994)

Jingle Bell Rock (1994)

From the EP of the same name:

(We Wish You) A Protein Christmas (2003)

The Fall do Elvis in Cheshire:

Blue Christmas (live in Chester, 2011)

Going right back to Live At The Witch Trials (1979).

No X-mas for John Quays (1979)

Songs for Christmas 2

Singing siblings from New Jersey, The Roches, made a great Christmas album called We Three Kings, released back in 1990. The Roches are perfect for a slightly off-kilter celebration of the geeky kind.

We Three Kings

They mixed up the secular and sacred perfectly.

Sleigh Ride

So we can all join in.

Here We Come A-Caroling

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Songs for Christmas 1

Might as well jump on the festive bandwagon and present a few of the best Christmas choons, old and new. First we have a lovely little gem from Mark Kozelek's recent album of seasonal songs, Mark Kozelek Sings Christmas Carols. The idea in itself is pretty astounding when you consider the tone of much of Mr. Kozelek's output as Sun Kil Moon and in Red House Painters but this is quite touching.

Mark Kozelek
Away In A Manger (2014)

He even covers The Pretenders and improves upon the original greatly.

2000 Miles (2014)

Have some more. At the bottom he covers my all time festive favourite.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

St. Paul's, Bristol

1980 film made by BBC about the St. Paul's area of Bristol.
My childhood home.

Bob In Fine RT Cover Shock

Picked this up from Expecting Rain

Well, blow me down! This was actually really good.
14th July 2013 in Clarkston, Michigan. Dylan and Richard Thompson played at the same show and Bob tipped his hat in honour. Shame RT went home before Bob's performance.

1952 Vincent Black Lightning

Monday, 15 December 2014

Film Fun 2

Time for a little more 'film fun' here at GUB. With the festivities rapidly approaching I thought I might include some seasonal favourites but then I thought, 'Nah. More Elf? Not bloody likely!' so here's more of my usual fare.

'That's a bonny fresh herring, cooked in butter!' 

First we have one of my personal favourites in the 'grim oop North, pass the tripe, Mother' style, Spring and Port Wine from 1970, starring British icon, James Mason as the father, Diana Coupland as mother and a young Susan George as 'our Hilda'. This a lovely little film of the dark and light of family life in late 60's northern England, with its urban wastelands, muddy football pitches, factory smoke and good old working class values (plus herring for tea).

'Mother, guard that herring.'

Watching it again the other day, for the first time in years, I was charmed, moved and tickled by the naivety of it all: simple times, aye, and better! I also remembered the first time I saw it, which must have been in the mid-70's and how I fell in love with Susan George. What a lovely lass!

'Only pigs leave their trough as it suits!'

Spring and Port Wine - Opening Credits

Here's a bit more. Sorry about the poor quality.

Talking of Ms. George, who can forget her in Straw Dogs with Dustin Hoffman? This 1971 film, directed by Sam Peckinpah, is a violent thriller set in the wilds of Cornwall that succeeds in making the English West Country something akin to William Faulkner's Deep South with added mangelwurzels and thatch to spare. There is a controversial rape scene which remains perplexing to this day and possibly overshadows a rather good, if disturbing, film.

Here's the theatrical trailer.

If you've time, here's the opening few minutes. Escape to the country? Maybe not.