Various Artists – Boardwalk Empire Vol. 2


Funny thing, soundtracks. The words “Inspired by” sometimes instill the suspicion that the tracks contained in a soundtrack are more a label’s sampler than a cohesive piece that complements (and sometimes obscures) a television show, a miniseries or a film. Many soundtracks that I’ve bought had some great tracks and a lot of filler (mostly comic book film related soundtracks from the early 2000s.) Now, there are soundtracks that help quite a powerful scene sink in your conscience, like the very select few tracks that made it into Shawn Ryan‘s The Shield (one of the finest tv shows we’ve had, I might add.) Selected songs that fitted perfectly the mood and intentions of people on screen, like Grant Lee Buffalo‘s ‘Demon Called Deception’ or Live‘s ‘Overcome’ in poignant scenes.

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Patti Smith and her Band Manchester Academy 07/09/2012

Personal Reflections.

It’s 10:26 pm and a 65 year old mother of two, who is also a widow, has been on the stage for an hour and a half. The Academy is steaming hot. Patti Smith has taken her jacket off. Running her hands through her hair she smiles, her eyes twinkle, “ I haven’t finished with you yet “ she declares and launches into ‘Rock and Roll Nigger’. Continue reading “Patti Smith and her Band Manchester Academy 07/09/2012”

Review: Patti Smith @ Manchester

I’m going to start this post with a story.

In the early nineteenth century there was a young woman who worked as a laundress, travelling from remote farmsteads to small hamlets, helping the housewives with their monthly wash. Her long fingered hands were raw from lye. Her arms were mottled and powerful from the scrubbing in cold water and the wringing of sheets. At one of these farms she met a young shepherd. “That’s the man I’m going to marry” she said to herself, and four years later she did. They ran on their own flock of hardy sheep on the mountain, and took on a smallholding. They had two children, a boy and a girl. Continue reading “Review: Patti Smith @ Manchester”