Other Things

It’s been a bit of a busy (and crap) week here. But some fun things did happen last week!

New Glasses!
I got my new glasses. Fancy and Parisian (and Expensive)!

One of my Favorite Humans
I got to see Michelle again before she went back to China. I love this human! We ate too much food (green bean fries!) and drank too much beer at our favorite watering hole.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor at The Orange Peel 8/9/19
I saw Godspeed You! Black Emperor at The Orange Peel, The opening band really sucked but GY!BE was AMAZING.

Meanwhile …

Good Morning!
The sunrise was pretty nice this morning.

And, all that is left to say is … “C’MON, WEEKEND!!!”

Other Things

Take My Money!

40 Live: Curaetion-25 + Anniversary
THE CURE 40 LIVE – CURÆTION-25 + ANNIVERSARY is out on 18th October and available to pre-order now by clicking HERE.  40 LIVE is released in a Limited-Edition Deluxe Boxset (2Blu-ray/2DVD + 4CD’s) and Hardbook (2Blu-ray/2DVD) and on Digital.

40 LIVE is a double concert film set that captures the two historic shows performed by The Cure in 2018 in celebration of their 40th Anniversary.

The first film CURÆTION-25: From There To Here | From Here To There – was captured on the tenth and final night of the 25th Meltdown Festival (curated by lead singer Robert Smith) at London’s Royal Festival Hall in June 2018. The band performed a song from each of their 13 studio albums with new, unreleased songs at the core of the set, offering a glimpse into the bands’ future.

Released in theatres globally on 11th July, the second film – ANNIVERSARY: 1978-2018 Live In Hyde Park London features the band’s acclaimed 29-song, 135-minute anniversary concert. Filmed in one of London’s Royal Parks to a crowd of 65,000 fans, The Cure presented a four-decade deep set on July 7, 2018, including “Just Like Heaven,” “Lovesong,” “High,” and “The End Of The World.”

“This really was the perfect way to celebrate 40 years of the band,” Smith exclaimed. “It was a fabulous day none of us will ever forget!”

The Cure, Curaetion-25, Robert Smith’s Meltdown, London, 6/24/18

SET 1
1. “Three Imaginary Boys”
2. “At Night”
3. “Other Voices”
4. “A Strange Day”
5. “Bananafishbones”
6. “A Night Like This”
7. “Like Cockatoos”
8. “Pictures of You”
9. “High”
10. “Jupiter Crash”
11. “39”
12. “Us or Them”
13. “It’s Over”
14. “It Can Never Be the Same”

SET 2
15. “Step Into the Light”
16. “The Hungry Ghost”
17. “alt.end”
18. “Last Day of Summer”
19. “Want”
20. “From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea”
21. “Disintegration”
22. “If Only Tonight We Could Sleep”
23. “Sinking”
24. “Shake Dog Shake”
25. “One Hundred Years”
26. “Primary”
27. “A Forest”
28. “Boys Don’t Cry”

The Cure, British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London, England, 7/7/18
1. “Plainsong”
2. “Pictures of You”
3. “High”
4. “A Night Like This”
5. “The Walk”
6. “End of the World”
7. “Lovesong”
8. “Push”
9. “In Between Days”
10. “Just Like Heaven”
11. “If Only Tonight We Could Sleep”
12. “Play For Today”
13. “A Forest”
14. “Shake Dog Shake”
15. “Burn”
16. “Fascination Street”
17. “Never Enough”
18. “From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea”
19. “Disintegration”
20. “Lullaby”
21. “The Caterpillar”
22. “Friday I’m in Love”
23. “Close to Me”
24. “Why Can’t I Be You?”
25. “Boys Don’t Cry”
26. “Jumping Someone Else’s Train
27. “Grinding Halt”
28. “10:15 Saturday Night”
29. “Killing An Arab”

Take My Money!

Tidbits

Yeah. I am alive … somewhat.

I have had a freelance induced stress headache since last night … but it appears that the most stressful of projects is finally out of my hair and at the printers.

Sometimes the stress outweighs the money. So, I am going to have to think long and hard about whether to put myself through this particular project next year.

This is funny and somewhat true …
Resignation

Meanwhile, here some other things that have happened.

Good Friends
I got take a night off and see Michelle while she was in town. It’s always awesome to see this truly special person.

Stranger Things 3
Binged Stranger Things 3. It was thrilling, funny, soul crushing, and oh-so 80’s. I loved it.

Hazelwood Farmacy
Went and had a burger and a milkshake at the Hazelwood Farmacy with A&A. Yeah. That burger is slathered in Pimento cheese. Yummy. And the mint chocolate chip shake was also tasty as fuck.

SPIDER-MAN: ™ FAR FROM HOME
And caught Spider-man: Far From Home. The movies itself is fun, fun, fun. It’s just too bad that Jake Gyllenhaal didn’t get an obligatory shirtless scene like Tom Holland did. Bummer.

AND! I am not sure how I missed hearing this Pet Shop Boys/Jean-Michel Jarre collaboration from three years ago. I guess that means I am not as good a PSB fan as I thought I was.

Tidbits

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So, I found out Friday morning that I didn’t get cast in the show I auditioned for last Monday. It’s a little disappointing but ultimately works out for the best because it means I don’t have to go to a rehearsal tonight (or tomorrow or Wednesday) after seven days of doing a show locally. Plus, it means I can plan a trip to see Dr. Phibes and Co. in July. Yay!

We opened Stardust this past weekend. All singing! All dancing!

Top Hat and Cane = Me Singing About Mules, Pigs, Fish, and Stars.
Stardust

I wish our fans where blue instead of pink to match our accessories (and the ladies). Don’t those sock garters look SEXY?
Stardust

This is a cool photo of us singing a medley that has harmonies I still don’t know very well.
Stardust

On Saturday, I treated myself with a trip to the record store where I found a copy of The Heart ThrobsCleopatra Grip on vinyl. It’s a Czech pressing which I find interesting. How did a vinyl pressing of a 1990 record from England released in an Eastern Bloc country make it to the mountains of WNC nearly 30 years later?! Regardless, I am stoked as I love this album. It was a mainstay in my post high school soundtrack.
The Heart Throbs’ Cleopatra Grip

I also made Jell-O shots on Saturday. These are made with Grape Jell-O and Sugarland‘s Peanut Butter and Jelly Moonshine. Time to throw a faux frat house party!
Jell-O Shots!

And … this is the best thing that happened all weekend. Breakfast at Clyde’s!
Breakfast!!!

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Vinyl Candy [Silence Edition]

Check out this upcoming new vinyl release of The Silence of the Lambs – Expanded Motion Picture Soundtrack 2XLP from Mondo! It’s snazzy … and also pre-ordered.

This expanded edition is produced by Neil S. Bulk, supervised by Howard Shore himself, and mastered by Doug Schwartz from the original two-track stereo session tapes, courtesy of MGM. Featuring original artwork by Rich Kelly, liner notes by Tim Greiving comprised of all new interviews with composer Howard Shore and star Jodie Foster. Housed in a gold foil stamped gatefold jacket and pressed on 2x 180 Gram Moth Colored Vinyl (Yellow and Black Swirl with White Splatter). Also available on 2x 180 Gram Black Vinyl.

Vinyl Candy [Silence Edition]

Everything is Indeed Alright!

As you might have guess from postings over the last month, I LOVE PROM NIGHT!!! And, after almost 40 years, there is finally an official release of the soundtrack from the friendly folks at Perseverance Records. I love a good Canadian slasher film and Prom Night is totally aces in my book. How can you not love a disco-centric slasher film starring Jamie Lee Curtis?

I could go on at great length about my love for this movie. But, for right now, I will let the press release for the soundtrack do the talking …

“This soundtrack features four different aspects of the music. First it opens with a re-creation of the score as it appears in the film – or as close to it as it could be assembled from the separate elements. Next is the score that wasn’t used in the picture. Then come the disco songs in approximate order – but omitting the Blue Bazaar songs that were not featured in the movie and were used only as filler for the bootleg Japanese LP. The last portion of the album is dedicated to the songs that don’t appear in the picture yet are as intrinsic to the sound of Prom Night as the songs that made it.”

YES!!! So insanely happy to have this in my hands.

Prom Night Soundtrack CD
Prom Night Soundtrack CD
Prom Night Soundtrack CD

The Score
1. Opening – 3:12
2. Killer’s Call List – 2:18
3. Tearing Up Yearbook – 1:00
4. Beach Flashback – 1:12
5. Prom Night Cello Theme – 1:48
6. Killer Tension – 1:11
7. Prom Night Suspense Theme – 1:18
8. Kid’s Piano Theme – 1:32

The Score Not Used in the Film
9. Hallway Chase – 1:03
10. Haunting Robin – 2:53
11. Calm Before the Storm – :45
12. Caught in the Web – :25
13. Eerie – 1:20
14. Escape – :36
15. Hunted – :59
16. Lurking – :37
17. Quivering – :28
18. Trapped – :23
19. Who’s There? – :42
20. Vertigo – :30
21. Waiting – :33
22. Mystery Build – :51

The Songs
23. Dancin’ in the Moonlight – 3:03
24. Love Me Till I Die – 3:10
25. Tonight is Prom Night – 3:33
26. Changes – 4:15
27. Time to Turn Around – 4:20
28. Fade to Black (End Credits Song)– 4:12

The Songs Not Used in the Film
29. Prom Night – 3:07
30. Disco Out the Back Door – 3:37
31. You Can Be What You Want To Be – 3:52
32. Another Disco Funk Track – 3:07
33. Funk Dat Disco – 2:44
34. Burnin’ With Desire – 3:37

Everything is Indeed Alright!

Happy 30th!

The Cure Disintegration
30 years ago today, Disintegration was released! This is The Cure firing on all cylinders. It’s a masterwork with the singles including four really excellent B-sides. This album was the capper to my senior year in high school with me riding around all summer in the 1979 Ford Mustang I had at the time blasting it at full volume. I also remember buying the cassette single of “Lovesong” at The Rhythm Section on a trip to Gatlinburg with my dad. I can’t remember where my mom and sister were and why it was just Dad and I on that trip. I do remember Dad napping in the passenger seat as we made our way home through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on a bright sunny day. I eventually ended up buying the Integration box set so that I could have all the non-album tracks. Seriously. Those B-sides are so good.

I always find it strange and interesting just which albums make a big impact on our lives. I can say that The Cure has a few that have done that to me with Disintegration being the one with biggest impact. I suspect it’s because this album came right at the moment of a lot of change in my life as I went from high school (I was 17 when I graduated) and stumbled my way into adulthood and a schedule of full time school and full time work.

Anyhoo … if you are not familiar with Disintegration, you should immediately find it on your favorite streaming service or get old school and track down the excellent 3-Disc Deluxe Edition.

Happy 30th!

Everything is Alright!

And … I am stupid excited to have landed a copy of the Blood on Black Wax (RSD Edition) with limited edition “Blood Red” Prom Night 7″ Single! I am bit Prom Night obsessed as it’s one of my favorites from the golden age of the slasher movie. I mean … c’mon. How can you not love a horror movie that has a Jamie Lee Curtis led disco dance sequence right in the middle of it?! I might have bought two copies of this because I am that obsessed. There’s one to open and play and one to keep sealed. Woot!

Blood on Black Wax with RSD 2019 with Limited Edition Prom Night 7"
Blood on Black Wax with RSD 2019 with Limited Edition Prom Night 7"

Oh yeah! It’s prom night and everything is alright.

Everything is Alright!