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Journal Journal · 2017 · 2016 · 2015 · 2014 · {and before that
Betty Davis Born today

born Betty Mabry, July 26, 1945

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Born today.
Genuine, everlasting talent. Self-produced Artist, song-writer. Betty Davis made a difference.
She released three immortal albums between 1973 and 1975 before disappearing from the spotlight in the 80s. At 70, she lives in retirement in Pittsburgh.

There was an Indiego campaign to produce a biopicture about her, but.. FFS.. where and how did it end.. can you tell me?

NASTY GAL - Movie Teaser from Native Voice Films on Vimeo.

Luckly for our ears and soul, the lost Columbia Years 68-69 demos were finally released last year, by Light in the Attic rec, - audio excerpts available here.

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Brainiac Electro-Shock for President

(6tx CD - 14'16'' - Touch & Go rec 1997)

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You know, for a while, I’d use 3ra1n1ac as password for my private accounts.
This EP is now 20 years old. And it still sounds that timeless (for the modern age).
Produced by Jim O’Rourke (holy sh1t!), as known, ’this EP was intended to be a teaser for Brainiac’s fourth album, expected to be their major label debut on Interscope Records. However, vocalist and keyboard player Tim Taylor died in a car accident shortly after this album’s release’ [wiki], one month after, in May 23, 1997.
On this amazing EP, they opted for only electronic equipment instead of guitars, and made a point: their sound could be still that good and blasting, - they were pure noisemakers, they can put an order to an insane mayem of sounds.
The rancid vent of Fresh New Eyes, the robotic fierceness of Flash Ram, the break beat oddness of Mr. Fingers. Absolutely ace.
And the record’s title is more actual than ever.
Enjoy, educate (musically) yourself.

Bonus: ’You guys are going places

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The Warlocks Live Rome, 12/07/2017, Monk

10 euro

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Holy shit, is this for real the first gig I go to in 2017? Tempus fugit, and so quickly. And even faster than that, because, it seems to me it was just only a couple of years ago I went to see The Warlocks performing live here in Rome... and, NO, it was bloody.. 2010.
And The Warlocks are around since.. 1998. Tempus fugit for everyone, if so, that’s fair to me too. Though, only the core-member Bobby Hecksher is the real constant of the line-up until today.
Anyway, the venue, Monk, was FULL of people. No, wait. Not the concert hall. But, the outside garden. There was free-entry for the outside garden. There. And a bar. There. Not inside the concert hall. No opening band, a 10 euro ticket for The Warlocks may sound fair to me. But, fukc, they have closed the bar inside the concert hall, and if you wanted anything to drink, you had to go outside, walk around 30mt, through the party-people outside, playing foosball, and then going back. That’s not fair. For the band, for their audience. Us, the audience, we were about only 40 people. 40 Lonesome Bulldogs.
Touring with 4 gigs in Italy, to promote Songs from the Pale Eclipse, the show was due to 11pm, but it started half an hour later. I can see that. I imagine how that can be frustating. You see all that people, just outside, and you play inside. With no bar. But, The Warlocks are professionists. They played a full show, plus a three songs encore included. They felt the love of these 40 people. The average age of the audience ranged from 25 to 50, I think.
And I can say for sure there is no a generational turnover for this kind of Music in Rome. There’s a Dead Generation missing here. Okay, The Warlocks are not exactly a NEW thing, but do people need new? They are some kind of revivalists of Velvet Underground (Shake the Dope Out is bloody Sister Ray, we all know that, AND it’s not that secret, - you know.. that song for Nico), Jesus And Mary Chain, with a hint of shoegaze (recent Only You, Easy to Forget).
Please, Come Save Us, with your Orange amps-only porn on stage. The Warlocks make you want to dance. They have a good vibe live, buzzing and mesmeric, although they’re not Iggy Pop (kind of algid, actually - notwithstanding the venue temperature). And it wasn’t because of my then-cold 6 euro gin lemon, grabbed before the show started, so to stay hydrated, but I felt good vibrations, the audience got well, and this was my first show in 2017, or 1967?
Anyway. Glad they made it to Rome, again.

Now press play here.

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