Buckley’s back – and this time it’s Tim

August 6th, 2009, 10:05 am by Greg

TimBuckleyThe magnificent ’60s singer-songwriter Tim Buckley has a new album slated for release later this month, which is a real treat for fans because, well, Buckley died nearly 35 years ago.

A cult favorite much like his son the late Jeff Buckley, Tim Buckley’s musical explorations veered far away from the road most traveled – and we’re all better for it.

The new album, “Live from the Folklore Center, NYC,” was recorded back on March 6, 1967 at Izzy Young’s renowned hub of the ’60s NYC folk revival. The disc features six songs which have never been released on any of Buckley’s recordings. And the album is slated for release on Tuesday, August 25 on Tompkins Square Records.

If you can’t wait til then, give a listen to one of those vintage (obviously) previously unreleased Tim Buckley tracks, “What Do You Do (He Never Saw You),” courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

Live at the Folklore Center, NYC: March 6th, 1967 at Amazon (preorder)


7/20/59: It was 50 years ago today…

July 20th, 2009, 3:45 pm by Greg

Ed Wood’s classic film “Plan 9 From Outer Space” had its theatrical premiere.

“Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember, my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.

You are interested in the unknown. The mysterious. The unexplainable. That is why you are here.

And now, for the first time, we are bringing to you the full story of what happened on that fateful day. We are bringing you all the evidence based only on the secret testimony of the miserable souls who survived this terrifying ordeal. The incidents. The places.

My friend, we cannot keep this a secret any longer. Let us punish the guilty. Let us reward the innocent.

My friend, can your heart stand the shocking facts of grave robbers from outer space?”

“Lonely Are the Brave”

July 7th, 2009, 3:00 pm by Greg

We here at Nippertown.com are rejoicing today.

Yes, finally – finally – one of our all-time favorite films is being released on DVD, and we won’t have to settle for watching our badly beat-up 1985 VHS copy.

“Lonely Are the Brave” is a classic modern-day existential western (or at least it was modern day when it hit movie theaters back in 1962). Starring Kirk Douglas in what he has declared to be the favorite film of his career, the David Miller-directed movie was shot in black and white, heightening the air of quiet desperation in the screenplay by the great Dalton Trumbo.

There’s a great cast, too. In addition to Douglas, the film features Gena Rowlands, George Kennedy, Walter Matthau, Carroll O’Connor, William Schallert and even Bill Bixby in a bit part.

It’s unbelievable that this movie hasn’t been available on DVD before this, but at least it is now, so I’ll stop bitching and moaning about it. Now if only somebody would release a few more of our favorite films on DVD before the format becomes completely extinct.

Like how about “Brewster McCloud”? Please?


Lonely are the Brave

Cult Classics: “Phantom of the Paradise”

May 27th, 2009, 6:14 pm by Greg

Somewhere in between Goethe and Randy Newman, director/screenwriter Brian De Palma teamed up with songwriter/actor Paul Williams to concoct this 1974 cacophonous cinematic deconstruction of “Faust”-meets-“Phantom of the Opera.”

As the devilish Swan (portrayed by Williams) explains to a gaggle of reporters at a press conference, “It’s an opera, a kind of pop cantata. It tells the story of a young man who sells his soul to the devil to become a pop star. It will be the first rock version of ‘Faust.'”

And yes, apparently the film is supposed to be a contemporary (for ’74) rock & roll rendition, but with music penned by Williams – the composer of “Theme From the Love Boat,” the Carpenters’ “We’ve Only Just Begun” and the recent stage musical “Happy Days: The Musical” – the rockin’ never really gets started.

The tag line on the DVD cover proclaims the film to be “the most highly acclaimed horror phantasy of our time,” but I have no idea whose time they’re actually talking about. So ridiculously over the top, the film seems to make a run for the midnight movie circuit, and at times it’s clearly a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” wanna-be.

Chockful of delightfully awful scenery-chewing acting and incredibly over-cooked dialogue (“The karma is so bad around here you need an Aqualung to breathe,” for example), it’s no surprise that the film was panned by reviewers.

The best thing about this movie? The voice-over narration at the beginning of the film – by an uncredited Rod Serling.

So what is it?
A horror musical comedy?
Keenly observed satire?
A total trainwreck?

Well, maybe it’s all of those things. But one thing is for sure – it’s a hoot and a half.

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