Dead Links

I’m going to pin this to the top of my blog. Now that my blog is public again there are people who will be coming to the site via search engines or other means, and thus they will not have read the ongoing saga of Amazon and finding a new host for all my shows.

For many years I used Amazon Drive to host all of my show links. They are discontinuing their service at the end of 2023. Not wanting to renew with a dead site I went ahead and canceled my account with them. This means that the thousands of shows I posted with Amazon Drive links are now dead in the water.

I will be reuploading all those old shows to Google Drive. But there are a lot of them and that is going to take me a long time. Especially since my priority will be posting shows that have never been on my blog before.

Please do not leave me a comment telling me my Amazon links are dead. I know they are dead. I canceled that service. Please do leave me a comment asking me to reupload shows that have dead links. Please leave that comment on the post for the show in question. Please don’t leave it on this post or any other post that does not contain the show you want to be reuploaded.

Please be nice about it. Please be patient. I will get to your requests eventually. Following these simple rules and a little kindness will help me get to your requests faster.

My Week in Movies March 19-25, 2033

butch cassidy and the sundance kid poster

I watched ten movies last week, seven of which were new to me. Two of which were westerns that I will talk about later this week in more depth.

The Wild Bunch (1969): Sam Peckinpah made several westerns before this one, but this is his masterpiece, the culmination of his thoughts on the genre. It is brutally violent, dark, cynical, and pretty fantastic. I’ll have more thoughts on it when I write my full review.

Small Town Crime (2017): A small, twisty, noir-tinged thriller starring John Hawkes as a disgraced, alcoholic former cop who discovers a body on the side of the road. He convinces the girl’s father (Robert Forster) to let him work the case as a private detective. The case gives him a new lease on life to actually do something besides drink himself into an early grave. The plot is pretty standard stuff, but it is done well and Hawkes is great as usual. I’d love to see him in an HBO-type series where he solves crimes every week.

Double Indemnity (1973): A television remake of the classic film noir with Richard Crenna in the Fred MacMurray role, Samantha Eggar taking over the Barbara Stanwyck part, and Lee J. Cobb as Edward G. Robinson. It follows the original script pretty closely (though it does edit parts out to cut down on the total time), but pales in comparison.

But it isn’t as bad as it’s been made out to be. It is a perfectly serviceable TV movie. If the original didn’t exist this would be, well it would be completely forgotten as it isn’t good enough to really be remembered, but if you picked it up in the $2 DVD bin you wouldn’t think it was a waste of your money.

But since the original does exist there is no real reason to watch it other than to make you realize how perfect the original is in every way. I watched it because it came as an extra on my Blu-ray of the original and I was curious about it.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969): One of my favorite westerns. It feels like the opposite side of the same coin The Wild Bunch comes from. This is a lot more fun to watch and Paul Newman and Robert Redford have never been more charming.

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927): Alfred Hitchcock’s first big hit and his first truly Hitchcockian film has been a gaping hole in my cinematic knowledge for far too long. I remedied this week and I can’t really fathom why it took me so long.

The plot follows a London family after they have taken in a mysterious lodger who might just be a Jack the Ripper-style killer. It is full of creeping dread and suspense while utilizing what would become many of the director’s trademark styles. Even without sound, he proves himself a master of camera placement and movement, and editing.

Barbarian (2022): A pretty terrific little horror film that I talked about in my Friday Night Horror piece.

Sabotage (1939): The Lodger got me into the mood for another early Hitchcock film. I’d seen this one before but it is so worth watching again. It is about a man who is enlisted by foreign agents to commit acts of sabotage in London. It follows his wife and a young police detective as they try to determine whether or not that’s actually true.

Strangely, this one doesn’t seem all that beloved by Hitchcock fans and classic movie nerds, but I love it. It is full of that classic Hitchcock suspense and it makes great use of its setting (the family runs an old movie theater.)

Excalibur (1981): I have this distinct little memory of my mother renting this movie when I was a kid. I was very excited to watch it because it had knights in shining armor and wizards and it looked really cool. But Mom watched it before me and decided that the nudity, sex, and violence were not appropriate for little old me. I was so disappointed.

That memory has stayed with me, but I somehow only got around to watching the film now. What a strange, long, freaky movie it is. The plot is a retelling of the King Arthur myth. It looks great, the set design is wondrous and the lighting and camera placement are all really interesting. But the story just plods along and the action is clumsy at best.

John Boorman directed it. He made Zardoz a few years earlier. It is just as weird and stylish but its actually good.

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933): Joan Blondell and Dick Powell star in this wonderful little musical with choreography from Busby Berkeley. The film opens with Blondell, Ginger Rogers and a host of chorus girls decked out in dresses made of gold coins singing “We’re in the Money” and it just gets better from there.

Every Secret Thing (2014): Two very young girls are convicted of kidnapping and then murdering a baby. Years later, just after they are released from juvenile correction another little girl goes missing. The story moves from the first crime to the next connecting how what we did in our past influences who we are and what we can do in our present and future.

Did you all watch anything interesting this week?

Bootlegs of the Day: March 27, 2023

Nothing cures the Monday blues like some live Bob Dylan. Today we are continuing our series of shows with Freddy Koella on guitar. Enjoy.

Bob Dylan – 2003.04.30 – Louisville, KY

Bob Dylan – 2003.05.14 – Asheville, NC

Bob Dylan – 2003.05.17 – Jackson, MS

Bob Dylan – 2003.05.18 – Little Rock, AR

Bob Dylan – 2003.07.12 – Winter Park, CO

Bob Dylan – 2003.07.13 – Casper, WY

Bob Dylan – 2003.07.15 – Jackson, WY

Bob Dylan – 2003.07.16 – Big Sky, MT

Bob Dylan – 2003.07.17 – West Valley City, UT

Bob Dylan – 2003.07.19 – Lake Tahoe, NV

Bob Dylan – 2003.07.21 – Ketchum, ID

Bob Dylan – 2003.07.22 – Nampa, ID

Bob Dylan – 2003.07.23 – Bend, OR

Bob Dylan – 2003.07.26 – Paso Robles, CA

Bootlegs of the Day: March 26, 2023

Sundays are for various artists and today I’ve got some shows covering the alternative country/blues market plus a Rolling Stones vinyl.

Enjoy.

Hayes Carll – 2010.08.06 – Happy Valley, OR

Jason Isbell – 2015.02.04 – Washington, D.C

Jason Isbell – 2018.05.09 – Knoxville, TN

Jason Isbell – 2019.04.20 – Louisville, KY

Jason Isbell & Lucinda Williams – 2021.08.01 – Morrison, CO

Stevie Ray Vaughan – 1985.03.01 – Dallas, TX

Stevie Ray Vaughan – 1986.07.17 – Austin, TX

The Rolling Stones – 1967-1975 – 100% Odd Lots Vinyl

The Birthday Haul

blurays and comic books

As I mentioned in today’s bootleg post it is my birthday. Birthdays aren’t a big deal to me, so we didn’t do anything too exciting. We had plans to see Bill Frisell in a little club, which would have been awesome, but the budget has been tight of late, so that wasn’t in the works.

Instead, the wife bought me a few gifts and it was a lovely day and we went to the park. The daffodils were blooming and they were wonderful.

Thanks to everyone who wished me a happy day, it was a good one.

Bootlegs of the Day: March 25, 2023

I had a couple of other shows to share today, but there were problems. The Pink Floyd I was going to share had been previously shared a couple of weeks ago. I screwed up and grabbed the wrong show, so that got deleted. Then I was going to share an Al Green show but realized that particular boot has been officially released. So you get a few shows that I’ve previously uploaded on my Amazon Drive.

I hope at least a few of you find something you didn’t have. More tomorrow.

Also, happy birthday to me 🙂

Allman Brothers Band – 1973.12.31 – San Francisco, CA

Allman Brothers Band – 1989.07.17 – Syracuse, NY

Andrew Bird – 2002.11.02 – Madison, WI

The Who – 1964 – The High Numbers

The Friday Night Horror Movie: Barbarian (2022)

barbarian movie

It is very rare that a movie surprises me. Rarer still is a horror movie that surprises. Barbarian surprised me at least twice and left me breathless on multiple occasions. We’re not talking jump scares – though there are plenty of those – or just general weirdness (though it is a deeply weird movie). Barbarian surprised me in ways that supplanted my expectations. In the best possible ways. That it doesn’t quite stick its ending, and that its Horror was a little too much for me, doesn’t change the fact that this is exactly the kind of horror movie I love to see.

It is also a movie that truly is best seen completely cold, so I will do my best to remain vague and spoiler free.

Tess (Georgina Campbell) travels to Detroit for a job interview. She books an Airbnb and arrives late at night in the pouring rain. The lockbox opens but is missing the key. The rental agency does not answer the phone. Just as she’s leaving, a man, Keith (Bill Skarsgård), opens the door. Turns out he also rented the place for the night.

Being in a strange city, in the middle of the night, during a rainstorm, finding herself stuck staying in a house with a complete stranger doesn’t exactly make Tess feel comfortable. The film has a lot of interesting things to say about the ways men and women must travel through the world in different ways to feel safe.

It also does a great job of building tension around this situation. We (and therefore Tess) are never quite sure whether or not Keith is a potential friend or a danger. In order to not spoil what comes next I’ll fast forward to a second story the movie tells.

But let’s just say this is a horror story.

AJ Gilbrade (Justin Long) is a working actor – not quite rich and famous yet, but he’s getting there. He’s introduced driving a convertible down an ocean-side highway singing along to Donovan’s “Riki Tiki Tavi.” A phone calls interrupts this happy moment and he’s informed that his costar on his upcoming television series has accused him of sexual misconduct.

Losing that job and basically becoming untouchable to everyone else, AJ realizes he needs to liquidate some things fast in order to have the money to live on while things get sorted. Queue him traveling to Detroit to sell one of his rental properties.

Guess which house is his?

The two stories intersect but again it goes in directions I was not expecting at all.

Justin Long is a likable actor and we naturally assume that his declarations of innocence over the misconduct allegations are true. The film teases out what actually happened in some really interesting ways, and makes some comparisons to…well, again I don’t want to spoil anything.

I’ll say no more about the plot. Writer/director Zach Cregger has created a most interesting story and found ways to interject something new into some pretty familiar-sounding horror tropes. As a director, he creates a good sense of space and an eerie sense of mood and creeping horror.

The jump scares mostly worked on me but they were the least interesting aspects of the film. Likewise, the actual horror parts of the film, by which I mean the more atypical scary parts of the movie (sorry, I do want to be vague and that makes it difficult to say what I mean just here) were a little too over the top for my tastes. But otherwise I completely fell for this film.

Bootlegs of the Day: March 24, 2023

Fridays are for Van Morrison. All of these shows have been previously released, but a couple of the famous ones have a new source or two.

Van Morrison – 1970 Demo Session

Van Morrison – 1970.09.23 – New York, NY

Van Morrison – 1970.10.09 – San Francisco, CA

Various Artists – 1971.07.04 – Closing Night at the Fillmore West

Van Morrison – 1971.09.05 – San Francisco, CA

Van Morrison – Inarticulate Speech of the Heart Live

Van Morrison – Into the Music Live

Van Morrison – Irish Heartbeat Live

Watch Scary Pockets Perform “Purple Rain”

When I’m not watching movies or posting shows, I sometimes turn on Youtube and look for good music. There is a whole cottage industry of folks playing cover songs on a regular basis and racking up pretty sizable followings.

Scary Pockets is one of my favorites. They are from Los Angeles and they do funkified versions of all kinds of pop songs. I really dig them and thought you might too. This is their version of Prince’s “Purple Rain”.

Bootlegs of the Day: March 23, 2023

Thursdays are for Neil Young and I’ve got five shows from 1970 with Crazy Horse. I believe the only one not ever posted here before is the New York gig. Enjoy.

Neil Young – 1970.02.19 – San Francisco, CA

Neil Young – 1970.02.25 – Cincinnati, OH

Neil Young – 1970.02.28 – Philadelphia, PA

Neil Young – 1970.03.01 – Boston, MA

Neil Young – 1970.03.07 – New York, NY