Monthly Archives: February 2010

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Apna Desh 1972

Film: Apna Desh
Music: R.D. Burman
Vocals: R.D. Burman & Asha Bhosle
Cast: Rajesh Khanna, Mumtaz, Om Prakash, Madan Puri, Kanhaiyalal

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Snake Hips by The Johnny Lewis Trio And Millie

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Johnny Lewis Trio And Millie, Snake Hips
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A Rare Conversation with Betty Davis

“She doesn’t really do interviews, but I’ll add you to the list.”


That was where my initial request fell for an interview with the reclusive mistress of funk and former ex-wife of Miles Davis. The Seattle based indie label
Light In The Attic, had just released Is It Love or Desire, Betty Davis’ fourth album, recorded in 1976 but never released, until now. I knew it was a long shot, but, dear reader, it’s always worth a try.

Besides that, the album was an interesting enough subject itself. Recorded in 1976 and shelved by Island records, the LP was that of legend: never bootlegged, never circulated. The master tapes sat somewhere amidst the dust, perhaps forsaken, perhaps forgotten, except to the intransigent crate diggers and diehard funkateers who searched for them in vain.

Then, almost miraculously and without warning, it arrived. As if from some sort of archeological excavation, the album was found, perfectly preserved after over thirty-three years. And there she was, the knock-out, drop dead-sexy rock ‘n’ soul revolutionary, who’s name was immortalized in not one but two Miles Davis titles (…)

Read on:  The Beautiful Dichotomy of Betty Davis | J. Hayes | No Depression

 

Betty Davis

 

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Gettin Kicked Off, Havin Fun by Betty Davis
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The Lone Ranger by Betty Davis
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Fresh Air: Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash mural in downtown Austin on Rio Grande just below 6th Street. (Photo: Tim Patterson)

This week, a new Johnny Cash album — American Recordings VI: Ain’t No Grave — was released to coincide with what would have been the music icon’s 78th birthday. Today, we take a look back at the Man in Black, who spoke with Terry Gross in 1997. ()

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Hello World: A Life in Ham Radio

Hello World: A Life in Ham Radio

by Paul Sahre

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

This book, co-authored with Danny Gregory, was initiated by a flea market find. Danny bought an album full of QSL cards (postcards that ham radio operators exchange after they make contact on the air for the first time). The collection belonged to a man name Jerry Powell (W2OJW), who communicated with people all over the world for seventy-five years from his basement in Hackensack, New Jersey. The book documents Powell’s hobby through the cards. Through this information we learned about the people and places he communicated with.

Hat tip:  Harim Kim

 

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From Grass to Cheese

From Grass to Cheese is a feature documentary that chronicles the ups and downs of a family-run dairy farm in Ohio during it’s first year of cheese production. From Grass to Cheese will tell the story of Nick and Celeste Nolan, their five children, and what it’s like to start up a family farm in the age of industrial agriculture.

The Nolan family’s Laurel Valley Creamery got it’s start in 2005 when they purchased farmland belonging to Nick’s grandparents in an attempt to carry on their family farming tradition. Their goal now is to create a successful cheese business and also help people renew their relationship with food production. Nick and Celeste firmly believe that by turning grass into cheese there are rewards far greater than just filling stomachs.

Todd Tue, a filmmaker and good friend of the Nolan family, was invited to the farm in 2009 and during his visit made a short video about the family business. The video was warmly received at the Bob Evans Farm Festival and was used on the Laurel Valley website where it gained the attention of many food/dairy blogs on the internet.

Todd and the Nolans have decided to embark on a new project together. The new film will tell the story of Nolan family and how they turn grass into cheese.

The current goal is to raise $28,000.00 to complete a feature-length documentary in 2011. This estimated budget would allow the filmmakers 1 to 2 trips per season to the farm (6-8 trips over a year), roughly 5 days per visit, during the first year of cheese production. The estimated budget for the film will help to cover costs including: rental gear, equipment purchases, gas, and in part, post production expenses such as editing, legal, promotions, and film festivals. Upon completion, the film will be sent to festivals and the filmmakers will seek DVD distribution. The film will also be distributed to farming/food advocates in order to spread the philosophies of community based farming.

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