“Bone Machine” - Tom Waits

Well, this is a special one for me.  I picked it up a while back, although I was pretty much resigned to the fact that if I was ever going to own it, it would cost me plenty… $25 was an absolute steal.  90s vinyl is just this side of vapourware most of the time, ya dig?  Mostly pressed overseas somewhere (this was made in Germany) and never really ending up to often in North America, although most places would still special order it for you into their shops if you asked nicely and didn’t mind paying up front.

Regardless, this was the first Tom Waits album I owned (on CD of course), so I sort of started with the heavier, more challenging stuff long before I was ever exposed to the cartoonish-dive-bar-pianist-down-on-his-luck (except for “A Little Rain”, one of the most beautiful songs written by anyone at anytime; I remember it as the closer, but it’s not…).  It won the `92 Grammy for best alternative release (as, I suppose, it was an alternative to virtually everything other than Waits himself).  

Borrowed from Wikipedia:

Bone Machine was recorded and produced entirely at the Prairie Sun Recording studios in Cotati, California in a room of Studio C now known as “the Waiting Room,” in the old cement hatchery rooms of the cellar of the buildings.

Mark “Mooka” Rennick, Prairie Sun studio chief said:

[Waits] gravitated toward these “echo” rooms and created the Bone Machine aural landscape. […] What we like about Tom is that he is a musicologist. And he has a tremendous ear. His talent is a national treasure.

Waits said of the bare-bones studio, “I found a great room to work in, it’s just a cement floor and a hot water heater. Okay, we’ll do it here. It’s got some good echo.”

I gravitated to the recording after watching the video for “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” on MuchMusic.  I though, “Who the hell is this guy?!?”.  The sparse, weirdo video and lofi gravel voice were an instant hook.  He’s on my list of performers I absolutely have to see at some point.


Frank (2014) - dir. Lenny Abrahamson

Have you ever met a fragile artist? Frank (based in part on Daniel Johnston, and Frank Sidebottom) is the most fragile member of a band of misfits and psychotics. The film begins with Jon (Domnhall Gleeson) watching as the keyboardist to a band attempts to drown himself in the Irish seacoast. Don (Scoot McNairy) then invites Jon to come play a gig with his band, the Soronprfbs. What follows is a healthy blend of zany comedy, shots at the music industry, indie bands, SXSW, and what making “real art” actually means. But Abrahamson and screenwriters Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan (the Men Who Stare at Goats) add just enough honest emotion to pull it all off.

It also helps that Michael Fassbender’s the one in the mascot-sized mask. The Soronprfbs perform all of their music live, on screen. All of the songs written by Jon were written by Domnhall Gleeson. All the rest was the brainchild of the actors, Abrahamson and composer Stephen Rennicks. Frank is an odd film for a number of reasons, but at no point is it not succeeding in its quirkiness.


If you loved the music in Frank (I did!), you will be pleased to know that a full soundtrack will be released on September 15 in the U.K. The soundtrack includes songs from the film as well as songs that were not used in the final edit of the film. The album is available for pre-order at Amazon UK. No word yet on whether there will be a North American release.

Frank - Music And Songs From The Film [Soundtrack]

Track Listing
1. Jon’s Crap Songs - Domhnall Gleeson
2. Ginger Crouton - Michael Fassbender, The Soronprfbs and Stephen Rennicks
3. Welcome To Vetno - Stephen Rennicks
4. Lay An Egg - The Soronprfbs and Stephen Rennicks
5. Frank’s Dawn Chorus - Stephen Rennicks
6. Jon Shares His Songs - Domhnall Gleeson
7. Lone Standing Tuft - Michael Fassbender and Stephen Rennicks
8. Work Begins In Earnest - Stephen Rennicks
9. Creaky Door - The Soronprfbs
10. Be Still (Don’s Song) - Scoot McNairy, Darragh O’Kelly and Stephen Rennicks
11. Idiot Shriek - Stephen Rennicks
12. The Holidaymakers - Stephen Rennicks and Evanna Lyons
13. Again - The Soronprfbs
14. Jon’s Song Changed By Frank And Clara - Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Stephen Rennicks
15. Secure The Galactic Perimeter - Michael Fassbender, The Soronprfbs and Stephen Rennicks
16. Broken - Michael Fassbender, The Soronprfbs and Stephen Rennicks
17. Viking Funeral - Orchestra, Karl Ronan, Stephen Rennicks
18. Just Like ‘Paris Texas’ - Stephen Rennicks
19. SXSW - Stephen Rennicks and Hugh Drumm
20. I’m Just Me - Jordyn Aurora Aquino and Stephen Rennicks
21. Frank’s Most Likeable Song…Ever - Michael Fassbender and Stephen Rennicks
22. The Music’s Shit - Stephen Rennicks
23. #findfrank - Stephen Rennicks
24. Lighthouse Keeper - Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Soronprfbs and Stephen Rennicks
25. I Love You All - Michael Fassbender, The Soronprfbs and Stephen Rennicks
26. I Love You All (Credits) - Michael Fassbender, Carla Azar and Stephen Rennicks
27. All Broken (Credits) - Michael Fassbender and Darragh O’Kelly
28. Tuft (Credits) - Stephen Rennicks and Lenny Abrahamson
29. Frank’s Cacophony - Michael Fassbender and Stephen Rennicks
30. Stop Sign - Michael Fassbender and Stephen Rennicks
31. I Love You All (Radio Mix) - Michael Fassbender, Carla Azar and Stephen Rennicks

mansionofindulgence  asked:

Late at night in the depths of Castle Thorne, Veronica was prepping for her departure, her usual attire of skinny jeans and a black t-shirt showing she wouldn't spend the night... but more important than her leaving, was what, or more accurately who she was bringing back. "Ready Queenie?" She asked in a hush as she looked back over her shoulder. "We gotta go quick if you wanna get out without being caught."

Queenie, a great round girl, was dressed in black spandex pants and a black hoodie. Of course, it would be much colder outside, but she had Rennick leave them some coats just outside the castle grounds. “Who’s on lookout tonight?” Queenie pressed her soft body against Veronica’s back as she tried to look through the keyhole too.

Updated World Class 2016 Shows and Music Selections

-The Academy: Drum Corpse Bride (Corpse Bride Main Title by Danny Elfman, Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev, Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas, Suggestion Diabolique by Sergei Prokofiev, Unchained Melody by Alex North and Hy Zaret)

-The Blue Devils: As Dreams Are Made On (Return of The Lion by Garry Gregson-Wlliams, Come Sail Away by Dennis De Young, Where Are U Now by Sonny Moore Justin Bieber Jared Evans and Thomas Pentz, Di Tri Re by Arthur Honegger, Cape Fear by Bernard Hermann, The Impossible by Fernando Velasquez, Prospero’s Magic by Dave Glyde, Stormy Weather by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, Ariel Attack by Gordon Goodwin, and Mishma by Philip Glass)

-The Blue Stars: Le Reve (Overture by Benoit Jutras, Chapel by Benoit Jutras, Tristan Und Isolde by Richard Wagner, The Dream Finale by Richard Saucedo Ian Grolm and John Mapes)

-The Blue Knights: The Great Event (Gorgon: I. Stheno by Christopher Rouse, Medley: Flight Into Wasteland/Adagio and Transfiguration/Arrows of The Gods by Elliot Goldenthal, Frates by Arvo Part, The Great Event by Leonard Cohen, Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven, Air Waltz by Oliver Davis, Saturn by Sleeping at Last)

-The Bluecoats: TBA

-The Boston Crusaders: Quixotic (Man of La Mancha by Mitch Leigh)

-The Cadets: The Awakening (The Pines of Rome Movements I and IV by Ottorino Respighi, Wine-Dark Sea by John Mackey, Turning by John Mackey)

-Carolina Crown: Relentless (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly by Ennio Morricone, Ecstasy of Gold by Ennio Morricone, Medea’s Dance of Vengance by Samuel Barber, Journey of The Lone Wolf by Simon Dobson, El Tango de Roxanne by Sting, Equilibrium by Paul-Lovatt Cooper, Il Triello by Ennio Morricone)

-Cascades: O (Music by Imogen Heap, Frank Ticheli, and Carl Orff)

-The Cavaliers: Propaganda (The Funeral of Queen Mary by Henry Purcell, Symphony for Band by Morton Gould, Elegy for Dunkirk by Dario Marianelli, Lollapalooza by John Adams)

-The Colts: Nachtmusik (Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart, Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber, New Moon in the Old Moon’s Arms by Michael Kamen)

-The Crossmen: Continuum (Music of Andrew Markworth)

-Jersey Surf: Ebb and Flow (La Mer by Trent Reznor, Asteraw by Nick Littleman)

-The Madison Scouts: Judas (Music Selections from Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Weber)

-The Mandarins: TBA

-The Oregon Crusaders: Hunted (Hunter by Bjork, No One To Know One by Andy Akiho, Who Wants To Live Forever by Queen, Knights of Cydonia by Muse, Death Hunt by Bernard Hermann)

-Pacific Crest: Union Pacific (Foundry by John Meehan, Aha! by Imogen Heap, Fix You by Coldplay, Engine by Pete Lucero, Point Blank by Paul Dooley, Last Train Home by Pat Metheny)

-Phantom Regiment:Voice of Promise(Preludes for Piano by Dimitri Shostakovich, The Chairman Dances by John Adams, Ave Vernum Corpus by Colin Mawby, The Darkest Moment by Rob Ferguson, I’m Dreaming of Home by Philppe Rombi, Young Person’s Guide To The Orchestra by Benjamin Britten)

-Pioneer: St. Joan of Arc (Voices of the Sky by Samuel Hazo, Lauds by Ron Nelson, Adagio For Strings by Samuel Barber, The Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky)

-Santa Clara Vanguard: Force of Nature (Spring 1 by Max Richter, Without Warning! by Stephen Melillo, Earth Song by Frank Tichelli, Winter 1 by Max Richter, After the Storm by Stephen Melillo)

-Spirit of Atlanta: Georgia (Rusty Air in Carolina by Mason Bates, Georgia by Cee Lo Green, Can’t Help Falling In Love by Hugo Peretti Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss, Sweet Georgia Brown by Ben Bernie and Maceo Pinkard, Georgia On My Mind by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell)

-Troopers: Hero (Music by Robert Smith and Pau Rennick, Walking With Heroes by Paul Lovatt, Fix You by Coldplay)

2015 DCI World Class Music Selections

The Academy- A Step In Time (Step In Time and other selections from the Mary Poppins soundtrack)

Blue Devils- Ink (Dark Forest by David Glyde, Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party by Gordon Goodwin, I Like You by GOT7, Children Will Listen by Stephen Sondheim, Last Midnight by Stephen Sondheim)

Blue Knights- Because (Because by The Beatles, Rush by Bocook Shah Jackson, Apres Moi by Regina Spektor, I’m Alive by Adam Watts, Fly to Paradise by Eric Whitacre

Blue Stars- Side Show (Entrance of the Gladiators by Julius Fucik, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze by Gaston Lyle & Alfred Lee, I Will Never Leave You by Henry Krieger & Bill Russell, Send in the Clowns by Stephen Sondheim, Carnivale by Jeff Beal, Original music - by Richard Saucedo, Ian Grom, John Mapes)

Bluecoats- Kinetic Noise (Shaker Loops by John Adams, Electric Counterpoint by Steve Reich, Woods by Bon Iver, Gene Takes a Drink by Michael Gordon, The Animated Description of Mr. Maps by The Books, Dense - by Univers Zero)

Boston Crusaders- Conquest (Game of Thrones Main Title by Ramin Djawadi, Conquest by Alfred Newman, Palladio by Karl Jenkins, Take What is Ours by Brian Tyler, Five Variants From Dives & Lazarus by Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Battle by Hans Zimmer, Original Music - by Ryan George and Ellis Hampton)

The Cadets- The Power of Ten (Symphonic Movement by Vaclav Nelhybel, Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 (mvmnt ii and iv) by Dmitri Shostakovich, Mulholland Drive/Love Theme by Angelo Badalamenti)

Carolina Crown- Inferno (Gates of Hell by Thom Hannum and Tony Nunez, Dies Irae by Giuseppe Verdi, Symphony for Organ and Orchestra by Aaron Copeland, Adagio in G Minor by Remo Giazotto, Symphony No. 9 by Ludiwig van Beethoven)

The Cavaliers- Game On (Fetes from Nocturnes by Claude Debussy, Macrotus by James Newton Howard, On The Shoulders of Giants by Peter Graham, Run Boy Run by Woodkid, Symphony No. 8: Finale by Anton Bruckner)

Colts- And A Shot Rings Out (Man With The Golden Arm by Elmer Bernstien, Lex by Michael Daugherty, Science Fiction by Christian McBride, Moanin’ by Charles Mingus, original musc by Chuck Naffier and David Nelson, Lay Me Down by Sam Smith)

Crossmen- Above and Beyond (Fly To Paradise by Eric Whitacre, Jubal Step by Wynton Marsalis, One Day I’ll Fly Away by Will Jennings, Butterfly by Rajaton)

Jersey Surf- Sun Surfing (Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me by Elton John, Wipeout by The Surfaris, Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys)

Madison Scouts- 78th and Madison (NYC by Strouse, Gotta Dance by Brown, Good Morning  by Brown, Got Rhythm by Gershwin, Moses Supposes by Eden, The Boy Next Door by Martin, Traffic Jammin’ by Tyzik, Get Happy by Arlen, Happy Days are Here Again by Ager)

Oregon Crusaders- Midnight Garden (Cinderella Suite by Sergei Prokofiev, Who Is She by Patrick Doyle, Pumpkin Pursuit by Patrick Doyle)

Pacific Crest- The Catalyst (Scythian Suite by Sergei Prokofiev, Final Fantasy, by Uematsu, Enjoy The Silence by Depeche Mode, Angels in the Architecture by Frank Tichelli)

Phantom Regiment- City of Light (I Love Paris by Cole Porter, Horoscope by Constant Lambert, Claire De Lune by Claude Debussy, An American in Paris by George Gershwin, Symphony Number 3 by Camille Saint-Saens)

Santa Clara Vanguard- The Spark of Invention (Virus Attack by Amin Bhatia, Original work based on Invention No.13 in A Minor by JS Bach, Paul Rennick, Sandi Rennick, JD Shaw, Pure Imagination by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by John Corigliano)

Spirit of Atlanta- Out of the Ashes (Taras’ Theme by Max Steiner, Southern Harmony by Donald Grantham, Full Pull Cage Match by Scott Mcallister, Harmonium: Wild Nights by John Adams, Original Music by William Pitts, Ben Pyles and Greg Tsalikis)

The Troopers- Wild Horses (Dreamer by John  Debney, Open Spaces by Robert W Smith, Wild Horses by Natasha Bedingfield, Adrenaline City by Adam Gorb)

SCV Percussion appreciation master post
2016 IFTA - Nominees


My Name is Emily
Sing Street
The Survivalist


Colin Farrell - The Lobster
Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs
Domhnall Gleeson - Ex Machina
Barry Keoghan - Mammal
Martin McCann - The Survivalist


Eva Birthistle - Swansong
Ruth Bradley - Pursuit
Orla Brady -The Price of Desire
Evanna Lynch - My Name Is Emily
Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn


Domhnall Gleeson - Brooklyn
Sean T. Ó Meallaigh - The Callback Queen
Jack Reynor - Sing Street
Owen Roe - Pursuit
Michael Smiley - My Name is Emily


Jane Brennan - Brooklyn
Gemma-Leah Devereux - Get Up and Go
Olwen Fouéré - The Survivalist
Siobhan O'Kelly - An Klondike
Ger Ryan - The Callback Queen


Lenny Abrahamson - Room
Paddy Breathnach - Viva
John Carney - Sing Street
John Crowley - Brooklyn
Stephen Fingleton - The Survivalist

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