True Detective Season Two Has David Lynch Influence

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True Detective Season Two Has David Lynch Influence

As a huge fan of David Lynch and a growing fan of Nic Pizzolatto, writer of True Detective, I found the above article over at Slate an interesting read.  A sample:

Mulholland Drive

Some have already remarked on the fact that a street sign with the words “Mulholland Dr.” on it is prominently featured early on—indeed, there’s a big, fat close-up of it—in the first episode. Not only that, but the car passing by the sign in question is carrying the dead body of Ben Caspere, the city controller whose death sets off this season’s featured investigation, and the episode repeatedly cuts to its journey. In Mulholland Drive, the crash of the car in question set off the plot of thatmovie, and the film repeatedly cuts back to its journey. Also, we don’t know that the figure of Caspere is dead at first—he’s got sunglasses on and is sitting straight in the backseat, next to a not-entirely-un-Lynchian black crow mask, which of course will return in episode two.

David Lynch’s Music Supervisor Giving Away New Solo Album

David Lynch’s Music Supervisor Giving Away New Solo Album

Dean Hurley, who has worked as a music supervisor for David Lynch, is giving away a new solo album.  The link above is to the article and if you click on the free download will give you a zip for the record which you can download to your iTunes.  The vocals are all old soul samples, while somehow the music is inspire by Hans Zimmer’s score for, wait a minute, Days of Thunder!  It sounds like a strange concept for sure, but I am willing to give it a try as I love his work with Lynch and also with singer Chrysta Bell.

The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer Review and Overview

The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer Review and Overview

Above is a link to an article at The Nerdist that reviews and recaps the book The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer.   This is a book that all Twin Peaks fans should read, especially as we await the new season in 2016.  (Yes I have read it.)  22 year old Jennifer Lynch, daughter of show creator and director David Lynch, wrote the book.  It provides a view into the life of Laura Palmer leading up to the events in the Twin Peaks movie Fire Walk With Me which itself was a prequel to the series.  (I can’t remember if any events from the movie are specifically hinted at in the book.  It has been several years since I read it.)  Those that are particularly fascinated with the darker side of Twin Peaks will find much to dive into here. 

Twin Peaks and Tapping Into the Subconscious

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uncanny – strange or mysterious, especially in an unsettling way.

I have been revisiting Twin Peaks lately in preparation for the return of the series next year.  It still amazes me, 24 years, on how well it holds up.  I also can’t believe it was on mainstream network television.  There are scenes of pure surrealism that often disturb due to their uncanny nature.  As I’ve grown older there are very few times when I find myself the least troubled by things that try to shock or scare.  However, there is some subconscious level that David Lynch taps into, especially in scenes in the red room, where I find myself still getting chills late at night.  This is, despite the fact, that I have seen this show many times and have read and watched countless interviews about it.

Because the show was on network television there is nothing explicitly sexual or violent about the series, although explicit sex and violence are always lurking in this show just off camera.  Lynch, without being able to show any nudity or extreme violence, is able to tap into some kind of primal dream state that unnerves in ways that so many other TV shows have never been able to.    Lynch has a strange ability to put images and sound design together in a way that is the closest to the unsettling nature of dreams as I have ever seen.  While surrealism can sometimes just appear to be random things thrown together, with Lynch there is always some perfect connection between the things he uses, even if it can’t be described in any intellectual way.  While most dreams on TV are nothing like real dreams, but are simply pieces used to move the story along in a different fashion, Lynch gets that dreams reflect life without adhering to the same logic or structure.

Lynch is a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation.  He talks about how he uses this for inspiration in the book Catching the Big Fish.  While having next tried it myself, I can neither confirm or deny its merits.  However, he does seem to be able to tap into the subconscious in ways that no other filmmaker can quite match.  I’m looking forward to what Lynch does with this show once it returns, especially now that it will be on Showtime, which does not have the restrictions of network TV.

Johnny Depp: Actors that Start Bands Make Him “Sick”

Johny Depp: Actors that Start Bands Make Him “Sick”

The above link is to an article where Johnny Depp discusses his distaste for actors who use their fame to start bands.  Depp plays music with others on the side, but would never form his own project because most people would only want to see it due to fame.

I was trying to think of people that were famous in one career, that moved over into music later in life, and there isn’t many that I can think of that actually made valid music.  David Lynch has gone from being a director to creating valid music at times, even releasing solo records.  However, Lynch has always been sort of a Renaissance man.  He was involved in the music and sound design of many of his films.  He wrote the lyrics for the Julee Cruise albums that him and Angelo Badalamenti did with her.  I think someone like Lynch is the exception and not the rule though.

One of the things that is really troubling in Austin is that you see a lot of the young rich starting bands and taking up club slots on the weekends.  The tech industry is really big in Austin.  You will have these guys that are rich by the time they are in their 30’s start up these massively funded bands, taking slots away from working musicians.  If they were any good one could possibly ignore it.  Although I’m sure one of those kinds of bands is actually decent, most of them are terrible.  Sure, they are usually professional, as they can afford to buy good equipment, pay for promotion, take professional photographs, buy good looking stage outfits, etc.  However, the music itself is usually the worst kind of cliched nonsense.  It may seem like I am jealous, and I do feel it is an insult to people that have spent years honing their craft, but really I just wish my ears wouldn’t be polluted by so much nonsense.  The 1% will not only own 50% of the wealth by 2016, but are also pumping out more than their fair share of sonic gibberish.  There are some that will refuse to believe me, and will think that this is some kind of personal vindictiveness, but I would so rather hear rich guys making amazing music than poor people making total shite.  However, this is rarely the case.  Most of these “weekend warrior” bands are making, to quote Keith Richards when talking of Mick Jagger’s solo album, “dogshit in the doorway”.

Night Time, My Time

Sky Ferreira’s 2013 album Night Time, My Time is one of the few pop records I have returned to consistently since it came out. Major props for referencing David Lynch’s Fire Walk With Me

About a year and a half I was in Kyoto, Japan.  I was walking back to the hotel solo and I started to take a shortcut through a mall.  Ferreira has a song called Omanko in which she sings about a Japanese Christmas.  I will never forget coming up an elevator and seeing a giant Japanese Christmas display while that song played.  It was one of those times when the music you happen to be listening to and your surroundings find complete synchronicity.  The snow and costumes were the same as ours.  However, most of the characters in those costumes looked like they were from The Legend of Zelda.  I often wonder if other countries are as befuddled with our Holiday characters, as I was with theirs?  Who knows such things…

Kyle MacLachlan Confirmed As Dale Cooper For Twin Peaks New Season

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Kyle MacLachlan Confirmed In New Season of Twin Peakes

I just saw this today, although the news appeared yesterday.  I don’t really get that excited by many TV announcements, but Twin Peaks coming back on, and all that entails, is pretty damn exciting.  Fire Walk With Me is one of my all time favorite movies, and the TV show is obviously a classic.  Plan to hear more about the series return here in the future.