Archive for February 11th, 2006

Bill Graham recovers his name, Wolfgang Grajonca, and the music from the live shows he produced is set free for us all to hear at Wolfgang’s Vault. The concert recordings are streamed in a 128k radio-like format and are not yet available for download (I hear you’ll be able to purchase music sometime this summer. So far I’ve heard some very strong covers including Lighthouse’s take of the Byrds’ “Eight Miles High” (recorded in 1969) and the Staple Singers’ version of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” (1968) as well as early live versions of James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” (1970) and Bruce Springstein’s “Blinded by the Light” (1973).
Like radio, you have to take it as it comes. No pause. No playback. All surprises. Just now hearing Cream doing “Sunsite of Your Love” (1968).
Damn! Just caught Grace Slick and the Great Society doing “White Rabbit” at the Fillmore in 1966 before she joined the Jefferson Airplane.

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Biollante
How did a giant monster eating plant, Biollante come to attach Godzilla? In three easy evolutionary steps, beginning with:
Little Shop of Horrors (1960) in which Audrey II gets hungry and says the famous line “Feed Me!” Her diet is limited to humans.
Next the plant walks and multiplies:
Day of the Triffids (1962) in which the prey, humans again, are struck blind as they watch a meteor shower. A shower that also brings plant spores!
Finally, the spirit of a young girl, a rose bush and Godzilla are blended, along with their DNA, to create Biollante:
Gojira tai Biorante (1989) aka “Godzilla vs. Biollante” in which the walking growing plant develops a taste for lizard — one of my favorite Godzilla movies, lyrical some call it. For the best review see StompTokyo.com.

If you know of other movies with similar plants, please let me know in the comments.

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