David McComb and The Triffids

The late David Richard McComb, best known as lead singer and songwriter in The Triffids, was born 54 years ago today on 17 February 1962. His parents were plastic surgeon Harold McComb and geneticist Athel Hockey. The couple had five boys and lived in an historic home, The Cliffe, in the affluent Peppermint Grove suburb of Perth, Australia. David McComb … Continue reading David McComb and The Triffids

Brightwell’s Top 10: 1897

In 1857, Frenchman Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville patented his invention for recording sound, the phonautograph. Twenty years later, in 1877, someone first realized that his phonautograms could also play back recorded music. It was the same year, coincidentally, that Thomas Edison patented the phonograph and thus the age of recorded music began. In 2015, former Amoebite Matthew Messbarger posted an NME “Best of 1990” on my Facebook timeline and I … Continue reading Brightwell’s Top 10: 1897

No Enclave — Exploring English Los Angeles

Diversity has long been part of the fabric of Los Angeles and Southern California. Humans first arrived here at least 13,000 years ago and more than twenty Native American nations made their home here before the Spanish Conquest. The Spanish pueblo of Los Angeles was itself founded by people of Native, African, European, and mixed ancestries and … Continue reading No Enclave — Exploring English Los Angeles

The Top 10 Shoegaze Bands of All Time, or, The Godlike Genius of Shoegaze

I’m still buzzing from the Ride show at the Warfield. “Cool Your Boots” has been running through my head non-stop for a week (although there was a break, at least in my sleep, when I had a dream which involved listening to Cedric Im Brooks). Since the show, I’ve been listening to a lot of shoegaze … Continue reading The Top 10 Shoegaze Bands of All Time, or, The Godlike Genius of Shoegaze

Female Experimental Filmmakers: A Noncomprehensive A-Z

There are almost as many types of experimental films as there are experimental filmmakers. Many of them come to film from different directions than conventional filmmakers — weaving together psychology, painting, dance, poetry, literature, theater, sculpture, and other fields. This being Women’s History Month, I thought I’d have a crack at compiling a list of … Continue reading Female Experimental Filmmakers: A Noncomprehensive A-Z

Exodus shocker — the latest Hollywood Bible cartoon isn’t very realistic

The other day I found out that some people are outraged by the casting in a Hollywood film — in this case Ridley Scott‘s latest effort, Exodus: Days of Future Past (or whatever its full title is). They’re apparently so upset that they’re boycotting it, which is something I do with all but one or two Hollywood … Continue reading Exodus shocker — the latest Hollywood Bible cartoon isn’t very realistic

Swinging Doors — The Cat & Fiddle

Pour one out for the Cat & Fiddle — another pub lost in the Southland… Somewhere I don’t want to be If in the bar of your dreams every centimeter of wall (and ceiling) space is covered with banks of televisions flashing seizure-inducing commercials unblinkingly stared at by backwards-capped man-children guzzling plastic pitchers of thin macrobrew … Continue reading Swinging Doors — The Cat & Fiddle