RETRO: Bauhaus “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”

In high school for every Halloween my local college radio station would invariably play “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”, so the day feels incomplete without it. This is a live version from 1982.

And the lyrics are absolutely genius in all their timelessly kitschy pomp:

White on white translucent black capes

Back on the rack

Bela Lugosi’s dead

The bats have left the bell tower

The victims have been bled

Red velvet lines the black box

Bela Lugosi’s dead

Undead undead undead

The virginal brides file past his tomb

Strewn with time’s dead flowers

Bereft in deathly bloom

Alone in a darkened room

The count

Bela Logosi’s dead

Undead undead undead

Graham Coxon’s guitar techniques

Graham Coxon

Guitar TV Online recently conducted an interview with Graham Coxon, wherein the erstwhile Blur guitarist delves into chord structure, tunings, and which guitars he prefers to play with live. Coxon is a severely underrated guitarist, who has never been given his proper due. Despite a respectable solo career since leaving Blur in 2002, rumors of a reunited Blur have been circulating all year. However, Blur’s official site plays down the gossip, reducing the reunion plans to an “enjoyable lunch” with “no other musical plans.”

Coxon interview part one

Coxon Interview part two

Murder By Death signs record deal

Murder By DeathLast night at a show in Columbia, SC Murder By Death announced that its new record, Red of Tooth and Claw, would be out by the end of February. And Blabbermouth has word today that the typically pop-punk home Vagrant Records will be releasing it. The band tried out several new songs last night, and they sounded like they could be some of the group’s best yet. They veered slightly away from the affected country doom of the past two records in favor of a more urgent and wiry post-punk sound, though the lyrical themes still seemed to mine grandiose territory. Long-time drummer Alex Schrodt was conspicuously missing, however. Not sure what the story is there. Both Wikipedia and the band’s official site have the new drummer’s name (Dagon Thogerson) listed, but neither offers any sort of explanation.

Meeting of the mind: Robert Plant and Jessica Simpson

Robert Plant and Jessica SimpsonThis photograph just absolutely blows my mind. The lead singer of one of the greatest rock bands of all time conversing with a talentless rack of fake tits with ears. I cannot fathom what these two would have to chat about, and Plant’s expression is astounding. He looks as though he’s fully aware how irretrievably stupid this girl is and the fact that she’s actually trying to form complete sentences amuses him to no end. Several sites have tried the captioning game. The winner goes to a Velvet Roper (who I am forced to paraphrase because I can’t find the original thread), but it went something like this:

JS: “But I wax my hedgerow, so how could there be a bustle in it?”

Gold!

The weirdly intriguing Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson Myspace interview

Typically precious and bizarre yet ultimately uneventful mock interview between director Wes Anderson and actor Owen Wilson. It was billed as Owen Wilson’s first interview since his alleged suicide attempt, but anyone familiar with either of these guys will immediately pick up on the utter contrivance and affectation implicit in both men’s disingenuously casual banter. It sheds no light whatsoever on Wilson’s personal life, serving more as a shill for Anderson’s latest and least claustrophobic film, The Darjeeling Limited, in which Wilson also stars.

Arcade fire responds to Sasha Frere-Jones

file_184031_98320 Win Butler of Arcade Fire wrote a lucid and unpretentious letter in response to Sasha Frere-Jones’ controversial piece that ran in The New Yorker recently regarding race and indie rock. Butler accompanied his letter with an audio response mp3, which included samples of Arcade Fire’s music to support his points:

“Being as I am in the Arcade Fire, I prickle a little bit at your statement that ‘[i]f there is a trace of soul, blues, reggae, or funk in Arcade Fire, it must be philosophical; it certainly isn’t audible.’ In a somewhat … I dunno, is it childish to respond to critics this way? Anyway. I’ve attached an MP3 with parts of our songs that I think steal quite blatantly from black people’s music from all over the globe.”