Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Five reasons why I'm okay that David Lynch has quit filmmaking

It's over a decade since David Lynch made his last film, 2006's Inland Empire. In a recent interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, the Twin Peaks director was asked why he hadn't made another feature since then. 'Things changed a lot,' he explained. 'So many films were not doing well at the box office even though they might have been great films and the things that were doing well at the box office weren't the things that I would want to do.' When pressed if Inland Empire was his final feature film he confirmed that it was.
I've been a fan of Lynch ever since I happened to watch the second episode of Twin Peaks on 6 Nov 1990. Over the next eight months the show dominated my attention and, when I realised that one of its mysterious co-creators had already established a filmmaking career with a critically-adored body of work, I set out to consume it all (an easier task back when he'd only made four films but hindered by the difficulties faced by a 14-year-old boy trying to get hold of adult-rated cult films on VHS). Since then I've lapped up everything Lynch has produced with varying levels of adulation. I have a hot and cold relationship with Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, which I hopefully expect to undergo permanent positive change now that it's no longer the unfulfilling coda it once appeared to be.
While David Lynch is my favourite director, if he never again makes another film then here are five reasons why I'm okay with that:

1. He's already made at least three masterpieces

From the very start of his career, Lynch has made some of the greatest films of all time. EraserheadBlue Velvet and Mulholland Drive are arguably all masterpieces, with the latter recently named the greatest film of the 21st century (so far) following a BBC Culture poll. In a filmography that stretches over 27 years the only real dud he's made is 1986's Frank Herbert adaptation, Dune, and even that's gorgeous to look at.

2. Lynch is an artist, not a filmmaker

Away from the limelight, Lynch constantly works in his art studio, painting, sculpting and otherwise turning his hand to whatever medium takes his fancy. If those are the areas where his creative urges lie then there's no use in pushing him back to film. Lynch started out as a painter and fell into film via animation, not through some determined desire to become a filmmaker. He's also produced a number of music albums: solo efforts and collaborations with chanteuses Julee Cruise and, more recently, Chrysta Bell.

3. Twin Peaks: The Return is an 18 hour film

Lynch claims to have shot the new series of Twin Peaks as an 18 hour film (realistically nearer 14 hours minus commercial breaks), which has been described by Showtime president, David Nevins, as the 'pure heroin vision of David Lynch'. Considering what Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost managed to pull off within the constraints of 1990s network TV, the prospect of their creative endeavour playing out unfettered on cable is a dizzying one. Frost is fully involved, having written the entire script with Lynch, and the former's input will likely be essential to the show's tone.

4. Inland Empire felt like closure on his filmmaking career

Inland Empire is a three hour surrealist nightmare about an actress being consumed by a role. Beyond that precis, its labyrinthine, self-reflexive plot is impossible to summarise but, since it is closest in tone to Eraserhead (while further exploring themes around dissociative fugue which Lynch had previously examined in Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive), it feels like Inland Empire is a return to Lynch's experimental filmmaking roots. In fact, it's arguably more impenetrable than Eraserhead. In essence, he's already gone full circle.

5. He might change his mind

Lynch has repeatedly contradicted himself, not least on the numerous occasions over the past quarter of a century when he denied he would ever return to Twin Peaks. And after he did finally announce his return he promptly quit the project, a ruse that helped secure additional funding and support. And although Twin Peaks: The Return has been billed as a final resolution to the mystery, when asked in January if he'd again return to Twin Peaks, Lynch replied, 'Before I said I wasn't going to revisit it, and I did. You never say no.'
Murray Robertson is The List's resident David Lynch-phile and will never retire from having feelings about David Lynch. The new season of Twin Peaks premieres Mon 22 May at 2am and repeated at 9pm on Sky Atlantic

Mulholland Drive

  • 4 stars
  • 2001
  • US
  • 146 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Lynch
  • Written by: David Lynch
  • Cast: Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Ann Miller, Robert Forster
Given the troubled production history of Lynch's nightmare noir – it was originally a pilot for a US television series which was cancelled – it's nothing short of miraculous that Mulholland Drive shines with the filmmaker's idiosyncratic brilliance. Although set in the present day (albeit with retro styling), Lynch draws…

Blue Velvet

  • 1986
  • US
  • 120 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: David Lynch
  • Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Hope Lange, George Dickerson, Dean Stockwell
In small-town Middle America, would-be boy detective MacLachlan finds a severed ear on some waste ground. When the police shoo him away he decides to do some investigating of his own. A singular fusion of the cosy and the terrifying which blends kitsch and nightmare, B-movie detection and brutal sex to deconstruct our…


  • 1976
  • US
  • 90 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: David Lynch
  • Written by: David Lynch
  • Cast: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Jeanne Bates
You may never eat jelly babies again after the repellent but compelling tale of Henry, his haircut, his girlfriend, his strange offspring and a sizeable quantity of pus. Disturbing stuff, mercifully filmed in black and white.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Paul McCartney Adds New York Dates to One On One Tour

Paul McCartney has added more tour dates to his continuing On On One tour, which kicked off last spring in North America. The legendary Beatle will be returning to the New York City area for four shows.

McCartney will kick off the run with a September 11 date at Newark, NJ’s Prudential Center, marking his debut at the venue, before he moves to New York’s Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center. McCartney will then round out the run on Long Island on September 26.

See the schedule below. Tickets for the new dates go on sale May 5 at McCartney’s website


Miami’s American Airlines Arena has also announced that McCartney will be beginning the 2017 North American leg of his One On One tour in Florida on July 5, and 14 dates in all have been confirmed today.

Paul McCartney Tour Dates

July 5 Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena

July 10 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena

July 13 Duluth, GA – Infinite Energy Center

July 15 Bossier City, LA – Centurylink Center

July 19 Wichita, KS – Intrust Bank Arena

July 21 Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena

July 23 Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center

July 25 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

September 11 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center

September 15 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

September 19 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

September 23 Syracuse, NY – Carrier Dome

September 26 Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

October 1 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. Will Be Released On Vinyl

DAMN., Kendrick Lamar's fourth album, dropped last Friday and is already poised to be the rapper's third consecutive #1 record. On Tuesday, Kendrick fans got even more good news.

In addition to the "DNA." video dropping, you can now pre-order the vinyl version of DAMN. on the rapper's online store.

Until 11:59 ET on April 20, fans will be able to order limited edition autographed copies of DAMN, which includes a digital download of the album, for $35. After the 20th, you'll have to settle for unsigned vinyl. The LPs are expected to ship this July.

Warpaint To Open For Depeche Mode, To Perform On 'Ellen' Thursday

Acclaimed L.A. foursome Warpaint will be the sole opener for Depeche Mode on their North American "Global Spirit" tour kicking off August 23 in Salt Lake City with further dates in New York City-with two nights at Madison Square Garden-Nashville, Austin, Los Angeles and more.

Additionally, the band will perform "Whiteout" on "Ellen" this Thursday, April 20. Rolling Stone recently praised "Whiteout," saying the track "enshrouds an austerely crackling dub-funk beat in refracted guitar shimmer as interweaving voices resolve in a Sufi state of opaque desire." The performance continues a massive year for the band, whose critically acclaimed third album Heads Up, was released in September.

The band performed an intense, well-received set at Coachella this weekend and will return this Saturday, April 22, to the Gobi stage at 8:25 p.m.

The band's hit "New Song"-which The New York Times says "feels, actually, like an old song: something from the end of the 1970s when punk, disco and Minimalism found common ground in repetition, simple chords and a danceable thump"-topped radio charts nationwide, and the band toured the U.S. twice to celebrate the release. Warpaint performed "New Song" on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in December.

NPR Music filmed the band's October Washington, D.C. show as part of their Front Row performance series. Watch the entire concert here. See warpaintwarpaint.com for all announced tour dates.

Warpaint – 2017 Tour Dates

Apr 22 Coachella Indio, CA
May 12 Centennial Olympic Park Atlanta, GA
May 14 Shakey Knees Festival May 12-14 Atlanta, GA
May 15 Cats Cradle Carrboro, NC
May 16 The Orange Peel Asheville, NC
May 18 Mr Smalls Theater Pittsburgh, PA
May 19 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
May 20 101 WKQX PIQNIQ 2017 Chicago, IL
May 21 Hangout Fest Gulf Shores, AL
Jun 02 Governors Ball: June 2-4 New York, NY
Jun 05 Fete Music Hall Providence, RI
Jun 07 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Jun 08 20th Century Theater Cincinnati, OH
Jun 10 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
Jun 28 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark
Jul 01 Vida Festival Vilanova I La Geltru, Spain
Jul 06 Mad Cool Madrid, Spain
Jul 07 NOS Alive Algés, Portugal
Jul 09 Blue Dot Festival Cheshire East, United Kingdom
Jul 10 Somerset House London, United Kingdom
Jul 12 Culture Factory Zagreb, Croatia
Jul 13 Carropnte Milan, Italy
Jul 14 Kulturzelt Kassel, Germany
Jul 15 Melt Festival Gräfenhainichen, Germany
Aug 03 Grant Park Chicago, IL
Aug 05 Grant Park Chicago, IL
Aug 06 Grant Park Chicago, IL
Aug 11 Golden Gate Park San Francisco, CA
Aug 23 USANA Amphitheatre Salt Lake City, UT Presale Tickets
Aug 25 Pepsi Center Denver, CO
Aug 27 DTE Energy Music Theatre Detroit, MI
Aug 30 Hollywood Casino Amphitheater Chicago, IL
Sep 01 Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, CT
Sep 03 Air Canada Centre Toronto, Canada
Sep 05 Centre Bell Montréal, Canada
Sep 07 Verizon Center Washington, DC
Sep 09 Madison Square Garden New York, NY
Sep 11 Madison Square Garden New York, NY
Sep 13 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre Tampa, FL
Sep 15 American Airlines Arena Miami, FL
Sep 18 Ascend Amphitheater Nashville, TN
Sep 20 Austin360 Amphitheatre Del Valle, TX
Sep 22 Starplex Pavilion Dallas, TX
Sep 24 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Houston, TX
Sep 27 Ak-Chin Pavilion Phoenix, AZ
Sep 30 T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas, NV
Oct 02 Santa Barbara County Bowl Santa Barbara, CA
Oct 06 SAP Center San Jose, CA
Oct 10 Oracle Arena Oakland, CA
Oct 12 Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, CA
Oct 14 Holly Los Angeles, CA
Oct 16 Holly Los Angeles, CA
Oct 21 Key Arena Seattle, WA
Oct 23 Moda Center Portland, OR
Oct 25 Rogers Arena Vancouver, Canada
Oct 27 Rogers Place Edmonton, Canada


Having recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of his timeless classic “Legalize It” on the heels of the Peter Tosh Museum grand opening, fans worldwide are getting ready for “International Peter Tosh Day” on Thursday, April 20th, 2017!

Among the many acts who are planning tributes and messages of gratitude spreading the “Legalize It” movement worldwide; Tosh’s children and grandchildren including sons Andrew Tosh and Jawara “Tosh 1” McIntosh, grandson Dre Tosh, and granddaughter Jahzarah McIntosh have continued their father and grandfather’s legacy through music and advocacy. 

Granddaughter Jahzarah, who will be participating in a Facebook LIVE stream to commemorate the third annual International Peter Tosh Day, recently had this to say on the upcoming celebration: 

“I believe that it’s time that the world comes together and celebrates my grandfather Peter Tosh. Over 40 years ago, he released his iconic song and album Legalize It.  A song that became the anthem for those that believed that our human rights should NEVER be compromised. Join me and many others as we celebrate the musician, the activist, the revolutionary, and the visionary on April 20th,  International Peter Tosh Day by sharing your videos and photos with #petertosh420 and #420intlpetertoshday.”

International Peter Tosh Day will also be a day of recognition focused on Tosh’s contributions as a revolutionary musician in hopes that he will be considered for the 2018 class of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductions and given the rightful honor he wholeheartedly deserves, with the continued #InductTosh movement spreading worldwide.

Additionally- Dre Tosh, who released a cover of “Comin’ In Hot” late last year in tribute to his grandfather, will be be going LIVE via Facebook continuing to spread the message of equal rights, cannabis legalization, and expansion of Jamaica’s worldwide cultural influence that Peter Tosh so passionately fought for.

Just last year, the Tosh Family announced the launch of the “Peter Tosh 420” cannabis brand, which will be launched in tandem with this year’s celebration! A company with a mission to organically grow the Peter Tosh legacy by providing quality cannabis products for medicinal power, spiritual enlightenment and recreational enjoyment- PT 420 will embrace the mind, body, and spiritual aspects of the cannabis culture. In addition, proceeds from every sale will be donated to the Peter Tosh Foundation to support education and social programs with an emphasis on social justice, cannabis legalization, and other humanitarian causes in Jamaica and around the world.  

A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Peter Tosh and The Wailers became pioneers of the burgeoning reggae scene in the late 1960’s, and together they toured the world for over ten years. He left the band in 1973 to pursue his solo career and earned huge success with “Legalize It” and later solo releases. He was tragically assassinated in his home in 1987 at the age of 42. In 1988, he was posthumously awarded a Grammy for Best Reggae Album for 1987’s “No Nuclear War”.

So this coming Thursday, April 20th celebrate International Peter Tosh Day via Facebook Live and join the Tosh Family, Estate, and countless others around the world in honoring the legacy of a true cultural icon!


Info on the Launch of the Peter Tosh 420 Cannabis Brand

More Information on Peter Tosh and His Legacy: HERE

PJ Harvey at Brooklyn Steel, April 20

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Michael Nesmith "Infinite Tuesday" releases April 18th

You know Michael Nesmith, of course, from his work as one of the members of The Monkees, but there’s so much more to this man than a wool hat, a flair for comedy, and a gift for songwriting, and you’ll be able to find out about the other sides of his life when you pick up a copy of his new book, Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff. And after you’ve picked up a copy – or possibly even before then, in case you just want to be prepared for whenever you do add it to your bookshelf – we’ve got the perfect soundtrack for your reading: INFINITE TUESDAY: AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL RIFFS.

Yes, we know the titles are very similar. This is not coincidental.

Nesmith’s AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL RIFFS features 14 songs, starting off with a song from his pre-Monkees recording career as Michael Blessing, following it with a track from the Monkees’ self-titled debut album (“Papa Gene’s Blues”), and also offering two other Nesmith-penned Monkees songs: “The Girl I Knew Somewhere” and “Listen to the Band.” Beyond that, however, you’ll get a strong compilation of Nesmith solo songs, including his most famous solo composition, “Different Drum,” and taking you all the way up to his most recent solo album, RAYS.

Here’s the full track listing, so that you’re filled on what else the collection is filled with: 

1.    "The New Recruit" - Michael Blessing
2.    "Papa Gene's Blues" - The Monkees
3.    "Different Drum"
4.    "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" - First Recorded Version/Stereo Remix
5.    "Listen To The Band" - Single Version
6.    "Joanne"
7.    "Silver Moon"
8.    "Some Of Shelly's Blues"
9.    "Opening Theme - Life, The Unsuspecting Captive"
10.  "Rio"
11.  "Cruisin'"
12.  "Light"
13.  "Laugh Kills Lonesome"
14.  "Rays"