David Lynch: Painter

David Lynch Painting
While David Lynch is known for his film and television projects, he started out as a painter and has maintained a studio practice throughout his weird and wonderful career in moving images. While Lynch’s fear of being seen as a “celebrity painter” has kept him from pursuing gallery exhibitions,…

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Scorsese, Sedated

The Ramones
When I think of the films of Martin Scorsese, I don’t think I’ve ever been reminded of the music of the late, great Ramones, but between now and 2016 it’s not likely I’ll be able to make any other connection. It’s just been announced that the great director will be telling the tale of…

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Radical Sexual Mystic

Ida Craddock
Ida Craddock was a 19th century champion of free speech and women’s rights who is of particular interest to Insomnia due to the occult mysticism that permeated her voluminous, pioneering writings on human sexuality. Craddock is considered the first great hero of the sexual revolution — she can also be…

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Of Mice and Men

Ub Iwerks
When we think of Mickey Mouse we usually think of Walt Disney, but we should really be thinking of Ub Iwerks — the man who first drew the mouse and animated him to life. Here’s the Wiki… In 1922, when Walt began his Laugh-O-Gram cartoon series, Iwerks joined him as chief animator. The studio went…

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Old School Breakin’

Boom Box
Do the roots of breakdancing stretch all the way back to the 1930′s? It’s unlikely that the connection is conscious, but this clip from the Mills Brothers’ film Caravan shows that there seems to be some kind of genetic memory at play in the evolution of the form. The whole clip is entertaining, but…

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Tell Me A Story

AudubonHawk (1)
Here’s a song from my upcoming album, The Wicked. This is a performance from a few weeks back at Tavern 96 in Nashville, TN. This was the second of The Sundown Sessions organized by my pal Andrew Adkins. Andrew and Daryl Wayne Dasher have done a great job producing two superb songwriter showcases on the deck at…

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Basement Band

Bob_Dylan_and_The_Band_-_1974
45 years ago, in 1969, The Band released their classic sophmore album and changed rock ‘n’ roll forever. But, how did a group of nearly-all Canadians seem to absorb the entire history of American music from folk, to blues, to country to jazz and recreate it in their own inimitable way? While the band…

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Mishima’s Mask

s Mask
This year we remember the 65th anniversary of the publishing of Yukio Mishima’s first novel, Confessions of a Mask. One of my favorite writers and thinkers of all time, Mishima lived and died by the example that art and obsession can make great beauty if also a bloody tragedy. Here’s the…

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Wild Oates

Warren Oates
Warren Oates might not be a household name in 2014, but during the golden age of the New American Cinema, Oates took iconic turns in cult classics like Cockfighter and Two-Lane Blacktop, and became the John Wayne to Sam Peckinpah’s John Ford, appearing in The Wild Bunch, Ride the High Country and Major Dundee.…

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Woodstock 45

Woodstock 45
This past weekend we celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. The event was a legendary happening that’s been illuminated from so many angles, it’s hard to shed any new light on the subject. That said, it is — and always will be — a milestone in the establishment of…

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