Eagle Crow Owl Gets Mad


Caren McCaleb’s ongoing series of Youtube vids continues. This time with a terrifyingly evocative piece titled ANGER. Influenced in part by the tone and imagery of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s PULSE and layering on top of that the eerie tones of Penderecki, McCaleb has created one of her most powerful pieces to date.

A Message From DSO’s Rob Eaton


Regarding questions on Dark Star Orchestra’s revolving lead guitarists, rhythm guitarist and singer Rob Eaton hopped on one of the forums to let everyone know the status: We are going through MAJOR changes and decisions, patience on the fans’ part would be a great help to us. Here’s what I can tell you at thisContinue reading “A Message From DSO’s Rob Eaton”

Goodnight, Jean Simmons


The beautiful and talented actress Jean Simmons died today in Southern California after a long battle with lung cancer. She was 80. I grew up on the films of Ms. Simmons and have many terrific memories of her in so many different films and so many different roles it’s sometimes hard to keep track. OddlyContinue reading “Goodnight, Jean Simmons”

Is America Worth Saving?


It’s a question I’ve asked myself many a time. In fact, I find myself asking it about the entire human race from time to time. And the answer’s always the same: I sure as hell hope so. I’d like to believe that we can grow and mature, learn from our mistakes. But like children whoContinue reading “Is America Worth Saving?”

Exporting Hate & Terror In The Name Of God


Sounds like something one might accuse Al Qaeda of. But what if it were suggested the United States of America were on a religious crusade all its own? Last year, former French President Jacques Chirac told the world that, while the White House was assembling its “coalition of the willing” to invade Iraq, then presidentContinue reading “Exporting Hate & Terror In The Name Of God”

Ang Lee’s RIDE WITH THE DEVIL Director’s Cut Comes To Criterion Blu


Finally! After a short run in New York last year, Ang Lee’s Director’s Cut of his amazing film RIDE WITH THE DEVIL comes not only to Blu-ray on April 27, but via the discerning folks over at Criterion. This is exciting news, indeed! RIDE WITH THE DEVIL was all but lambasted by critics, dumped byContinue reading “Ang Lee’s RIDE WITH THE DEVIL Director’s Cut Comes To Criterion Blu”

DSO In Flux


It’s always a bit scary to watch a band you love lose its lead guitarist and move through several new ones as it tries and find its new footing. And so it currently goes with Dark Star Orchestra. With the loss of lead guitarist and founding member John Kadlecik to Further (Bob Weir and PhilContinue reading “DSO In Flux”

Laika 2: Electric Bugaloo. Russians Sending Monkeys To Mars


Looks like the Russians are set to eject another animal into space. Back in 1957, they put Laika, a dog, into orbit. Laika died several hours later, presumably from stress and overheating (though the Russians initially reported that she lived for several days. The truth finally came out in 2002). Now they’re looking at sendingContinue reading “Laika 2: Electric Bugaloo. Russians Sending Monkeys To Mars”

Favorite Quotes: Joni Mitchell


“I heard someone from the music business saying they are no longer looking for talent, they want people with a certain look and a willingness to cooperate. I thought, that’s interesting, because I believe a total unwillingness to cooperate is what is necessary to be an artist — not for perverse reasons, but to protect yourContinue reading “Favorite Quotes: Joni Mitchell”