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Dracula by Tod Browning (1931)

Music scored by Philip Glass

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Universal (MGM, says Philip..): 'Pick one, Philip: Dracula, The Mummy, or Frankestein'.
Philip: 'I'll do all three'
MGM: 'No no no no, you have to pick one'
Philip: 'Then I had to do Dracula because Bela Lugosi's such a beautiful image, there are places in the film, where his face takes the whole screen..'

I remember I saw for the first time Tod Browning's Dracula, originally dated 1931, when I was a kid. 
Dubbed in Italian, of course. I will never forget how the scene where Count Dracula would not cast a reflection in the little mirror of a cigarettes box, that left a huge impression of my young, fervid mind. An amazing performance, 'the' performance for Bela Lugosi. Unforgettable.
On wiki, I can even see now the very exact date I have been watching this movie, enraptured: Sunday evening, 1986, April 20th, the movie was broadcasted on TV Rai 2. I was 8, and the movie, in Italian, was renamed Dracula Primo. There was no music on that version of the film. But, later, in 1998, for the DVD release, Universal pictures called Philip Glass.

"Due to the limitations of adding a musical score to a film's soundtrack during 1930 and 1931, no score had ever been composed specifically for the film. [..]  In 1998 composer Philip Glass was commissioned to compose a musical score for the classic film. The score was performed by the Kronos Quartet under direction of Michael Reisman, Glass's usual conductor." [wiki]
"It's that perfect collaboration.. the director is dead, the writer is dead, every actor of the movie is dead, the only one left alive is the composer, who wasn't born when it was tourned.. ideal!" - Philip Glass.

Enjoy the full Movie here..

Dracula (1931) from Interact-TV, Inc. on Vimeo.
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Moe / Gerda Karaoke

(4tx 10inches vinyl/DGTL, 23'' - Shove, Wallace, Icore rec 2017)

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I love this kind of split releases. Two bands sharing a tour, sharing each other their Music, paying each other a tribute with a cover. MoE from Oslo, Norway, and Gerda from Jesi, Italy. That's a good Ear-asmus thing from the alternative European Music niche at its finest.
Gerda guys kick it slow as heavy with MoE's Mucosa, originally from their 2014's release titled 3. Spot the differences with the original version: both loaded with a fierce bitterness. Gerda's version feeds with post-hc nihilism an epic tidal wave, growing more and more, while the original track was bending on itself with a twisted pace of sludge metal, percussively enthralling, with female vocals like a Lilith on full revenge. First track for Gerda in English, I believe.
Gerda's Fucked Up Voice is originally date 2014 too, it was on Your Sister. An emotional ride during the war of loneliness. It may blow up your windows, menacing and anxious such it is: the lyrics (in Italian) are acid not less than the distortions mayem the vocals are in. First time for MoE in Italian, I guess. And MoE return the compliments with a blasting version.
Do as pictured on the artwork: listen to these four tracks and be ready to be blown away.

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John Coltrane Church of st. John Coltrane

The only church I may join

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John Coltrane's Music has changed the life of many, I have never had a single doubt about that. 

But, I did not know there is also Church after him: The Church of Saint Coltrane, later renamed in St. John William Coltrane African Orthodox Church - in San Francisco. 
The inner first notes of masterpiece A Love Supreme made indeed the difference here, in the life of Franzo King, whom funded this church, and then in his beloved family, and San Francisco's related community: 


And not less the ending lines: 'Elation. Elegance. Exaltation. All from God. Thank you God. Amen'. 

This is a short documentary film produced by Alan Klingenstein and directed by Jeff Swimmer, filmed in 1996. Truly interesting, and inspiring. 

In case you were still looking for God or godness, please, don't forget to search for him/it in this record soon or later. Maybe again. The catholic church got it wrong again its marketing choices, missing this.

[found via Aeon]

And of course:

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