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Month: February 2013
Reg Presley, British rock singer of ‘Wild Thing,’ dies
Sad news. Former Troggs singer Reg Presley has passed away after suffering with cancer for a year. He was 71. The video shows Presley in his prime, singing “A Girl Like You,” which would be wonderfully covered by the late Alex Chilton some years later.
[Review] Kirill M – Nepostizhimaya Bisota (Unfathomable Height) [Кирилл М – Непостижимая Высота]
Kirill M is a Russian composer who uses an accordion to make some rather hazy sound-scapes. His work follows in the tradition of fellow Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, whose works for bayan strike a similar chord with me, and Pauline Oliveros, the American composer who seems to be Kirill’s lost soul mate.
The first track, Unfathomable, is a cloudy affair, droning listlessly in a way that would fit as part of a soundtrack to an Andrei Tarkovsky movie. Height is more claustrophobic in feel. The sound envelops you in a crushing, yet relatively pleasant, sort of way.
I’m looking forward to hearing more from this man.
You can find out more about Kirill M from his website, Bandcamp site, and at Petroglyph Music, the Norwegian net-label hosting his work.
A Smooch For History
You know the photo. It is perhaps the most iconic non-battle photo to come out of World War II. Marielena Montesino de Stuart and Carl Muscarello, the two subjects giving each other that legendary kiss, came together for a photo op on May 28, 2012. Montesino was running for Senate at the time. Muscarello had retired from the NYPD after working as a detective.
I mention the article for two reasons. The first is that Carl Muscarello bravely stopped one of two burglars from robbing him and his wife. It came as a surprise that he was a detective for NYPD. The second, and far more repugnant reason, was a feminist article decrying that kiss as sexual assault. The depths these people swim to with their garbage boggles the mind.
Thanks to Courage for America, Marielena’s site, for posting this article.