I'm sure many of us had mixed feelings reading about Kim Fowley's passing this week. Focusing on the good (of which there was a LOT), here's something I only just found out about: his proteges the Hollywood Stars recorded Fowley's composition "King of the Night Time World" three years before KISS got there, and as much as we all love Destroyer (and we really do), the LA quartet slay NYC this time out. CHECK IT OUT and pay respect to Kim.
Today Archy and co. released the video for "A Lizard State" from last year's 6 Feet Beneath The Moon.
The video, directed by Jamie-James Medina and introduced by Alfred Hitchcock, was inspired by Hitchcock's film Dial M For Murder:
Speaking on the video, Medina said:
"Archy and I both love Hitchcock and we've spent a lot of time away from music talking about his films. When I heard the phone ringing over the intro all I could think about was Dial M For Murder and the scene where Grace Kelly answers the phone. That really started the conversation. I had this idea of Hitchcock introducing King Krule. I've seen every episode of Hitchcock Presents and every introduction that he gives is brilliant - you could use any episode and it would work. We loved the idea of Archy defying gravity and that being the setting for his performance. But right up until shooting we didn't know if we'd get permission to use the Hitchcock footage - to have him appear. Its such an honor that the Hitchcock estate gave us the opportunity. And then at the very end he said, 'and the room is full of lizards', so we had to find a set of lizards and managed to get a guy who entertains at children's parties."
You know em when you see em, and though I can't think of single other example at this moment, I know they're out there (HELLO COMMENTS SECTION!): television appearances that herald an artist's arrival, and that capture an unforgettable moment in time. It's a special thing to be there when it happens, or around the corner at a bar:
or try this version:
King Krule's debut album 6 Feet Beneath The Moon is onsale now. Like, at a discount!
photo by Peter Senzamici
In the last few weeks King Krule completed a pretty triumphant run in NYC + LA. Sold out shows at the Bowery Ballroom + The Echo, along with free all ages fan-oriented shows at Space 15twenty, Alife and a KCRW session. All in support of 6 Feet Beneath The Moon the debut album.
Now we have something to look forward to again, with more tour dates coming this December- a more comprehensive run for this gang of amazing kids.
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12/03 @ The Space – Hamden, CT
†12/04 @ Webster Hall – New York, NY
12/05 @ Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
12/06 @ Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, D.C.
12/07 @ Johhny Brendas – Philadelphia, PA
12/09 @ Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
12/11 @ Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
12/13 @ Fortune Sound Club – Vanouver, BC
12/14 @ Barboza – Seattle, WA
12/15 @ Doug Fir- Portland, OR
12/17 @ Independent – San Francisco, CA
12/18 @ Fonda – Los Angeles, CA