Saturday, 18 November 2017

The Holy Mountain


To truly understand how powerful The Holy Mountain is, you have to realize it's a comedy of acerbically embittered wit aimed directly at the heart of the western world, and ultimately a wider consciousness of compassion. It’s a film that pokes fun at ‘art cinema’- but as a friend. One that shares their struggle under the crushing weight of manufactured profundity, terrified by the masses that demand excellence at a moment notice and punish weakness with undying insults. To express what I mean, take an early scene in which a toad and lizard circus re-enacts the Spanish Conquistadors landing on Meso-American soil, sanctioning a brutal massacre of the beasts that are themselves forced into slavery for the entertainment of others. It’s a scene mortifying in its raw sincerity- both ridiculing such a comically freakish affair whilst also attempting to sew its own artistry into the seams. There is a repressed memory of hopeful creativity lost at the peak of The Holy Mountain- one that informs its story with blistering insight into the mind of its maker: Writer, director, producer, editor and actor Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Favorite Songs

1 - Wish You Were Here (" , 1975, Pink Floyd)
because it's touched the void
2 - Shine on you Crazy Diamond (Wish You Were Here, 1975, Pink Floyd)
because it's the best song ever written
3 - Echoes (Meddle, 1971, Pink Floyd)
because in the waking unknown could be terror incarnate
4 - Close to the Edge (", 1972, Yes)
because it's always ahead of you
5 - Starless (Red, 1974, King Crimson)
because it's incandescent
6 - Stargazer (Rising, 1977, Rainbow)
because it's ready to burst
7 - Supper's Ready (Foxtrot, 1972, Genesis) 
because it's Odyssean
8 - Kashmir (Physical Graffiti, 1975, Led Zeppelin)
because it will play forever
9 - A Day in the Life (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967, The Beatles)
because it does as it says
10 - Time (Dark Side of the Moon, 1973, Pink Floyd)
because the sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older
11 - Welcome to the Machine (Wish You Were Here, 1975, Pink Floyd)
because there is no hope
12 - In the Court of the Crimson King (", 1969, King Crimson) 
because nobody could write this kind of music
13 - Comfortably Numb (The Wall, 1979, Pink Floyd)
because for just one track, The Wall comes crashing down
14 - Child in Time (Deep Purple in Rock, 1970, Deep Purple)
because it's rock as legend
15 - Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin IV, 1971, Led Zeppelin)
because it will never be bettered
16 - Firth of Fifth (Selling England by the Pound, 1973, Genesis)
because it feels like being shot through spacetime
17 - Epitaph (In the Court of the Crimson King, 1969, King Crimson) 
because dying thoughts should never be shared
18 - Achilles Last Stand (Presence, 1976, Led Zeppelin)
because Bonham was a poet
19 - 21st Century Schizoid Man (In the Court of the Crimson King, 1969, King Crimson) 
because it is the seething scream of a place and time
20 - Roundabout (Fragile, 1971, Yes)
because it's the most unlikely single ever
21 - Layla (Layla & Other Assorted Songs, 1970, Derek & the Dominoes) 
because they went with the coda
22 - 2112 (", 1976, Rush)
because it's so earnestly in love with rock
23 - High Hopes (The Division Bell, 1994, Pink Floyd)
because it's the perfect ending
24 - Burn (", 1974, Deep Purple)
because it never lets up
25 - Us and Them (Dark Side of the Moon, 1973, Pink Floyd)
because the men behind the sun are scared shitless too
26 - Pigs (three different ones) (Animals, 1977, Pink Floyd)
because it's sweltering
27 - Dogs (Animals, 1977, Pink Floyd)
because it's primal
28 - Tom Sawyer (Moving Pictures, 1982, Rush)
because in one note, a legend was born
29 - Brain Damage (Dark Side of the Moon, 1973, Pink Floyd)
because only god can comprehend what Barrett was going through
30 - The Great Gig in the Sky (Dark Side of the Moon, 1973, Pink Floyd)
because death is beautiful
31 - Black (Ten, 1991, Pearl Jam) 
because we have to find our own star
32 - Ambulance Blues (On the Beach, 1974, Neil Young)
because it weeps
33 - Freebird (", 1973, Lynyrd Skynyrd)
because it's so gleefully aware of how great it's going to be
34 - Sheep (Animals, 1977, Pink Floyd)
because it rolls on down the hills
35 - Tarkus (", 1971, Emerson Lake & Palmer)
because who doesn't want a side-long about a weaponised armadillo tank battling for the future?
36 - Cortez the Killer (Zuma, 1975, Neil Young)
because it's a promise fulfilled
37 - Karn Evil 9 (Brain Salad Surgery, 1973, Emerson Lake & Palmer)
because Keith Emerson was the Keith Emerson of keyboards.
38 - Since I've Been Loving You (Led Zeppelin III, 1970, Led Zeppelin)
because it roars
39 - Smoke on the Water (Machine Head, 1972, Deep Purple)
because it's crown king of rock riffs
40 - Hotel California (", 1976, The Eagles)
because it's a woozy summer dream
41 - Like a Rolling Stone (Highway 61 Revisited, 1965, Bob Dylan)
because the critics have a point
42 - Xanadu (Farewell to Kings, 1977, Rush)
because I don't doubt Coleridge would rock out
43 - While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The White Album, 1968, The Beatles)
because Harrison was the best of them
44 - Have a Cigar (Wish You Were Here, 1975, Pink Floyd) 
because art has a price
45 - Sorrow (A Momentary Lapse of Reason, 1987, Pink Floyd) 
because if Momentary Lapse is throwaway pop then I'm Bo Derrick
46 - Highway Star (Machine Head, 1972, Deep Purple)
because Blackmore always got two
47 - She's Leaving Home (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967, The Beatles)
because it has no right to be famous
48 - American Pie (", 1971, Don McLean)
because McLean had no shame
49 - Learning to Fly (A Momentary Lapse of Reason, 1987, Pink Floyd)
because it proved everyone wrong
50 - Bat Outta Hell (", 1977, Meat Loaf)
because GONE! GONE! GONE!
51 - Ghost Town [single, 1981, The Specials)
because it remains arguably the best single of the last 40 years
52 - Strawberry Fields Forever [single, 1967, The Beatles]
because the boys made an ├╝ber pop hit out of popping shit
53 - Step-On (Pills n' Thrills n' Bellyaches, 1971, The Happy Mondays)
because it might as well be laced with acid
54 - Red (", 1974, King Crimson)
because KC improvise like they've been learning all their life
55 - Moby Dick (Led Zeppelin II, 1969, Led Zeppelin)
because god bless John Henry Bonham
56 - Common People (Different Class, 1995, Pulp)
because it's still stunning
57 - Bell Bottom Blues (Layla & Other Assorted Songs, 1970, Derek & the Dominoes)
because he has humility
58 - Siberian Khatru (Close to the Edge, 1972, Yes)
because we'll never know
59 - Yesterday [single, 1965, The Beatles) 
because no-one has done it justice
60 - The Weight (Music from Big Pink, 1968, The Band)
because are we the first ones up?
61 - Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin II, 1969, Led Zeppelin)
because you need Kool-Aid
62 - Paradise by the Dashboard Light (Bat Outta Hell, 1977, Meat Loaf)
because he's so full of life
63 - I Talk to the Wind (In the Court of the Crimson King, 1969, King Crimson)
because it glides
64 - Limelight (Moving Pictures, 1982, Rush)
because they deserve it
65 - Tears in Heaven (Rush soundtrack, 1991, Eric Clapton)
because no one else should sing it
66 - Sultans of Swing (Dire Straits, 1979, Dire Straits)
because it could make a dead man sway along
67 - The House of the Rising Sun (The Animals, 1964, The Animals)
because it's tortured
68 - Kissing a Fool (Faith, 1987, George Michael)
because it gets a chance to soar
69 - Fat Old Sun (Atom Heart Mother, 1970, Pink Floyd)
because you don't always want the world in six minutes
70 - Hey Jude [single, 1968, The Beatles]
because it's still being sung
71 - Knocking on Heaven's Door (Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, 1973, Bob Dylan)
because god damn Slim
72 - Baker Street (City to City, 1978, Gerry Rafferty)
because holy shit
73 - Childhood's End (Obscured by Clouds, 1972, Pink Floyd)
because Gilmour just couldn't get a word in, for better or for worse
74 - Ritual (Tales from Topographic Oceans, 1974, Yes)
because the final few notes betray a feeling little music has the maturity to face
75 - Telegraph Road (Love Over Gold, 1982, Dire Straits) 
because it crackles on a midnight walk
76 - Knights of Cydonia (Black Holes & Revelations, 2006, Muse)
because it rolls you back into the future
77 - What's Going On? (“, 1971, Marvin Gaye)
because peace is ever elusive
78 - Goodbye Stranger (Breakfast in America, 1979, Supertramp)
because he has so much love to give
79 - Dogs of War (A Momentary Lapse of Reason, 1987, Pink Floyd)
because lyrics be damned, that music is absolutely colossal
80 - Dance of the Dawn (Tales from Topographic Oceans, 1974, Yes)
because the world is a wondrous place
81 - One More Red Nightmare (Red, 1974, King Crimson) 
because On the Run can stuff it
82 - Nights on Broadway (Main Course, 1975, The Bee Gees)
because it moves so smoothly
83 - Temptation (The Luxury Lap, 1983, Heaven 17)
because higher and higher
84 - Carry on my Wayward Son (Leftoverture, 1978, Kansas) 
because it's just cool, yo
85 - Dancing With the Moonlit Knight (Selling England by the Pound, 1973, Genesis)
because for her merchandise he traded in his prize
86 - Up the Junction (Cool for Cats, 1979, Squeeze)
because it all falls away so fast
87 - This is how it Feels (Life, 1990, Inspiral Carpets)
because we'll never know
88 - In the Flesh? (The Wall, 1979, Pink Floyd)
because it's too early to wear thin
89 - Amoreena (Tumbleweed Connection, 1970, Elton John)
because Sal didn't deserve to die
90 - Life on Mars (Hunky Dory, 1971, David Bowie)
because it's perfectly penned
91 - Heart of the Sunrise (Fragile, 1971, Yes) 
because it sealed the deal
92 - One of These Days (Meddle, 1971, Pink Floyd) 
because Richard Wright will be missed
93 - Holy Diver (", 1983, Dio)
because Dio might have my favourite set of lungs in music
94 - Money (Dark Side of the Moon, 1973, Pink Floyd)
because of how many people so beautifully miss the point
95 - What is Life (All Things Must Pass, 1970, George Harrison)
because it's glad
96 - Bohemian Rhapsody (A Night at the Opera, 1975, Queen)
because the intro justifies Mercury's legend and then some
97 - Something (Abbey Road, 1969, The Beatles)
because Pattie Boyd was a sparkling well of inspiration
98 - Dazed & Confused (Led Zeppelin, 1968, ")
because it booms
99 - Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da (The White Album, 1968, The Beatles)        
because it couldn't be happier
100 - Awaken (Going for the One, 1978, Yes)
because it's a final fuck you to the man