Thursday, May 28, 2015

Chris Robinson Brotherhood - phosphorescent harvest

Modern psychedelic rock but steeped in rock heritage especially jam rock bands like the Grateful Dead, this album would not in many ways sound out of place in 1968, 1978 or now. Fusing elements of folk and blues into their rock and roll the Chris Robinson Brotherhood produce irresistible and varied meanders through soundscapes.

"About a stranger" is my favourite track, it starts off a fairly straightforward rock track but with beautiful guitar woven through it evolves into a multi-layered journey. There is a lot more like this too, its complex and intriguing and so enjoyable.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Movie : Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987)

A definite cult classic involving drug smuggling gangs, diamonds and a toxic snake on a small Hawaiian island. Its a strange film with masses of gratuitous nudity (the female cast need no excuse it seems to take their clothes) and violence. Its also full of oddness. The skateboard assassin scene for example, where the hoodlum tries to hide behind... a blow-up doll.

The plot is fairly basic being a standard good guys hunt the bad guys film though the addition of a toxic snake (which by the end of the film seems to gain almost magical powers) gives the film its final random twist. Its very 80s, very odd and actually very good. Well good if you like weird 80s action cheese...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tina & David Meltzer - poet song

Celebrated Beat Generation poet David Meltzer recorded this album with his then-wife Tina (now passed away) in 1969 following on from another more psychedelic album they did together (with a few others) under the name of The Serpent Power. A mixture of songs and spoken word pieces, the former handled by Tina who has a lovely warm voice, indeed David said the album was written to showcase her voice and it surely does.

Highlight for me is "Lullaby", a truly beautiful song, a gentle yet slightly haunting melody supported by strings. To me its a true lost treasure from the late 60s. Unfortunately nothing else really matches up to that song to make this album a genuine lost classic but its well worth a listen anyway.

"Pure white place" is an "of its time" song with its themes and rootsy feel and is an enjoyable listen. Less essential maybe but perfectly ok are songs like the county tinged "Hymn to love" and "It is for you", a lightly fluffy and somewhat throwaway song but still fun.