If I had to pick one singer to call my favorite, I couldn’t pick just one. But, what I can say, is that April March is definitely one of my top picks. The first time I heard an April March song (which is actually a Serge Gainsbourg song) was in high school when I saw the movie But I’m a Cheerleader. Even though I had no idea what she was saying, I have been a fan ever since. Here are five things about April March you should know:
1) She was once a principal animator for Ren and Stimpy
2) She performed the theme song for I Am Weasel
3) She worked as an animator on Pee Wee’s Playhouse
4) She worked on the movie Who’s That Girl
5) She was in the bands the Pussywillows and the Shitbirds (If you find any of these records you better buy them damn things or you’ll regret it forever)
I have been waiting for what seems like forever for Paris in April to come back into Streetlight. Now, finally, after waiting for hecka days, it is finally here. As soon as I saw it I bought the dang thing. Half of the album is in English the other half is in French.
Although Paris in April came out in 1995 it is very ’60s pop influenced—not in a cheesy, all the band members’ clothing matches and everyone is tilting their head to the side at the same time, kind of way, but in a cool, you just walked into this room and this girl’s voice made you forget where you were going, way. If you like Francoise Hardy or girl singers or just good music then Paris in April by April March is a must-have album.
So here’s the song I fell in love with:
by Mari Stauffer
“How’s Annie?,” a Bob-possessed Agent Dale Cooper mockingly asks as he maniacally laughs with blood streaming down his face. This is the famous final scene of the last season of the cult-status and legendary TV show Twin Peaks. I became an instant fan, as I remember being in high school when the show first aired on television (PRIME TIME, mind you….yeah, along with mainstream, glossed-over sitcoms like Who’s The Boss).
I still don’t know how David Lynch and Mark Frost managed to do it…my friends and I were floored at the brazen, twisted and disturbing themes, mixed with a fascinating surreal and paranormal undercurrent, along with, of course, that silly and innocent sense of humor that runs throughout. This, I thought, was unlike anything before, and anything since.
Since that last scene of Season 2 (yes, there were only two), hordes of fans have been speculating and pleading for more….it seemed like there would be, judging by that cliffhanger! The only release since then has been the epic, more blatant and less mysterious (spoiler alerts galore for those who haven’t watched the entire series), movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Since then….crickets.
Until July 29th, that is! On this date, a 10-disc Blu-ray set will be released, called Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery. Hmmm…guess I’m shopping for a Blu-ray player now. This long awaited collection features every single episode from the entire TV show, the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and around 90 minutes of never-before-seen, deleted and alternate scenes from both the movie and TV show, and much, much more.
I can barely contain myself as I type these words, drinking my, excuse me, damn fine cup of coffee. That TV show I like seems to have come back in style.
There are too many blogs and websites on the subject at this point to count, but here’s a Tumblr with more info about the release. Also, check out the teaser with some of the “missing pieces!”
Tomorrow, the Black Keys drop their new album, Turn Blue. To celebrate, we’re raffling off some really cool goodies including a vinyl test pressing of the album, a canvas print of the album cover, slipmats, posters, buttons and more.
To be entered in the raffle, come in and pick up the new album ON TUESDAY 5/13. We’ll give you a raffle ticket. Winners will be called on Wednesday. Here’s the single “Fever” to get you in the mood:
Big news, Herb Alpert’s Whipped Cream lady has been found (was she ever lost?). Her name is Dolores Erickson, she’s 76 and she recently showed up at a Seattle record store. The Seattle Times has the story.
From the Only in Santa Cruz Department: It turns out that humans aren’t the only ones who headbob to the beat:
And, in case that’s not enough sea lion-ery for you, here’s a sea lion dancing to “Thriller”:
That is all.
by Cat Johnson
Different people have different ways of filing their records. Some alphabetize them, some split them into genres, some alphabetize them within their genres and some go for the ol’ put-it-anywhere-I’ll-find-it-someday method.
I have to say though, in all my years of hanging out with record nerds, I’ve never heard of anyone who files their records by record label. Until now.
Cut Chemist, one of the standout DJs of the last 20 years; the man who has worked with Jurassic 5, Ozomatli, DJ Shadow and many other top-tier acts, does just that.
Check it out: