Monday, June 3, 2019
2019: June 3rd Chelsea Wolfe Covers Roky Erickson (RIP)
I've been so ensconced in my little final edit bubble, I only left the house this weekend to run errands on Saturday, and I've had the phone on Airplane Mode for the better part of the last three days. This means I did not know Roxy Erickson passed away on May 31st.
I wasn't as exposed to Roky's music as many, but I discovered the 13th Floor Elevators in my Ex's CD collection in the 00s and was immediately drawn to the sound, if only in a small way. The Elevators always seemed like a band I hadn't known I knew about, if that makes any sense. Their music - or what I knew of it through that one "Best of" disc - felt like an archetypal piece of Americana that informed a lot of the other, more top-level stuff I was into. And I believe that's exactly what it was. In 2014 I covered a Post-Elevators Erickson song in a band I was in (I Walked with a Zombie), and during that period, I did some subsequent digging into Erickson's music and found what I believed was one of the quintessential "Nuggets" artists. If you're unfamiliar with Nuggets, there's an entire subset of bands and artists that carved an archetypal niche in 60s Rock music, referred to mostly as Psychedelic. Many of these bands never made it beyond the status of Garage Band. Many of them became better known in the modern era through radio shows like Little Steven's, and subsequently a series of Anthology albums titled Nuggets. In this way, these bands and their aesthetic became an aspect of left-of-center popular cultural, and that's where the Elevators and later Roky's music lived until it began to inspire an entire new generation of artists in the 90s and, more so it seems to me, the 00s, when bands like The Black Angels brought them a little farther into the cultural vernacular of Rock Music.
Anyway, I'm dangerously close to talking about things I'm mostly unfamiliar with. Chelsea Wolfe's cover is gorgeous; a fantastic send-off. Roky Erickson, Rest in Peace.
Watchlist report: Well, I made it through everything from Friday morning's list I am likely to, plus some. Here's the scorecard:
Godzilla - skipped it. Not a huge fan by any means, and despite the fact that the film looks beautiful and fun-as-hell, after deciding against it Friday night, we just couldn't find the time to go see it amidst my editing schedule.
Swamp Thing - Disliked this very much. The usual DC shenanigans of getting the look down and then putting only the most perfunctory work into building characters and story. Swampy's origin itself has been altered in a way that's so convoluted by the end of the pilot, it doesn't bode well for the future, imo.
Ozark - Season Two Finale - FUCKING BRILLIANT.
The Perfection - I'd purposely avoided reading anything about this film, but had been anticipating it for a few weeks, since I heard about it on the Shockwaves Podcast. Loved the first half, felt the second half became something that betrayed that first part. Not terrible, but uneven and thus, frustrating.
Deadwood - FUCKING BRILLIANT. A fitting, beautiful end to one of my all-time favorite series.
Playlist from 6/01:
Zeal and Ardor - Stranger Fruit
Zeal and Ardor - Live in London
Zombi - Shape Shift
Zombi - Spirit Animal
Bloody Hammers - Lovely Sort of Death
Bloody Hammers - Under Satan's Sun
Playlist from 6/02:
Sunn O))) - Domkirke
Steve Moore - The Mind's Eye OST
Jóhann Jóhannson - Mandy OST
No card today.