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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.
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 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.