13 04 2009
#2130

Phil Spector Found Guilty of Murder


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Phil Spector Found Guilty of Murder
By SOLOMON MOORE and RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD
Published: April 13, 2009

LOS ANGELES —Phil Spector, the rock music impresario behind such hits such as “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” and “Be My Baby,” was convicted of shooting and killing a struggling actress at his mansion after a night of drinking.

Music producer Phil Spector, center, surrounded by his defense team during closing arguments at the retrial murder case in Los Angeles in March.

Mr. Spector, 69, faces at least 18 years in prison. The jury, in a five-month trial, reached its unanimous decision after deliberating whether one of the recording industry’s best-known producers shot the woman in a fit of anger or, as his lawyers argued, merely witnessed the woman’s suicide.

In addition to second-degree homicide, the jury also found Mr. Spector guilty of illegally discharging a firearm.

This was the second murder trial in the case. A previous trial was ended September 2007, when a jury deadlocked 10 to 2 in favor of conviction in September 2007. Mr. Spector has remained out on bail for most of the last six years, but was immediately taken into custody after the verdict on Monday.

Mr. Spector came into court looking frail and sullen. He wore a long blue overcoat, a bright red tie, and a shoulder-length mullet hair-style. Gone were his psychedelic glasses and the swagger that carried him through more than five decades at the top of the Los Angeles pop music scene.

He whispered only a few words to his lawyers, whose number shrank to two from more than four by the time the jury was polled. As a court clerk read the verdict, Mr. Spector leaned forward intently. He face betrayed little emotion throughout the proceeding.

The family of the actress, Lana Clarkson, who was 40 at the time of her death, reacted with relief and embraces. They declined to speak to the throng of reporters gathered at the Los Angeles Superior Court in downtown Los Angeles.

Mr. Spector, who was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, is famous for his “Wall of Sound” lush orchestrations heard on an array of hits in the 1960s and 1970s with groups like the Ronettes. He has worked with the Beatles, Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones and others but had receded from the public stage in recent years and was known as much for eccentric behavior — he has been often photographed wearing a large fright wig — as his talent.

The verdict came more than six years after Ms. Clarkson was found shot to death in the foyer of Mr. Spector’s mansion in suburban Alhambra on Feb. 3, 2003.

The decision was a victory for Los Angeles prosecutors who have endured high-profile defeats in celebrity murder trials, including the acquittals of O.J. Simpson and the actor Robert Blake.

Mr. Spector, who had been free on $1 million bail, was accused of shooting to death Ms. Clarkson, an aspiring actress best-known for a starring role in the 1985 cult hit “Barbarian Queen” and a bit part in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” in 1982.

She was working as a hostess at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip when Mr. Spector visited the nightclub, struck up a conversation and eventually took her out drinking.

They ended up at his Alhambra mansion, known as “the Castle,” but when she spurned his advances and tried to leave he put a gun in her mouth and fired, prosecutors said.

They argued that this fit a long pattern of Mr. Spector’s drinking and threatening women with guns over several years, and they presented testimony from several of them.

Mr. Spector, they said, essentially confessed when he emerged from the home, gun in hand, and told his limousine driver, “I think I killed somebody.” Mr. Spector retreated into the house and in the prosecution’s view, took steps to cover up the crime.

The defense disputed the case on several fronts, including the account of the limousine driver, Adriano DeSouza.

They noted that he was a Brazilian immigrant not fully proficient in English and said he may have misquoted Mr. Spector, who they suggested may actually have been telling him to “call somebody.” A gurgling fountain nearby and the driver’s fatigue and hunger from working all night may have added to confusion, they told jurors.

The defense suggested that Ms. Clarkson was handling the gun when it discharged. They said she was despondent over her lackluster career and finances and decided to take her own life.

They supported their case with scientific evidence they believed questioned the prosecution’s sequence of events.

from www.nytimes.com

10 04 2009
#2129

Picturesque


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08 04 2009
#2128

Sunn O))) Exclusive WIRE Interview Transcripts


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Read complete transcripts of Joseph Stannard's conversations with vocalist
Jessika Kenney, composer, tubist and violinist Eyvind Kang, Mayhem front man Attila Csihar, and a few others (eventually us) as part of a series of exclusive interviews with
collaborators and members of Sunn O))) for THE WIRE.

Read them here...

08 04 2009
#2127

SUNN O))) Japan Shoshin pass


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This pass and a set of earplugs in their own SUNN branded container are bonuses for people in Japan who buy 2 tickets for each Tokyo or Osaka shows at this months Japan gigs.

08 04 2009
#2126
08 04 2009
#2125

SAVX on Touch Radio

http://www.touchradio.org.uk/

Touch Radio 40 | Edwin Pouncey
http://www.touchradio.org.uk/touch_radio_40_edwin_pouncey.html

03.04.09 - R'Occult 'n' Roll – 23:52 - 192 kpbs VBR

Recorded 02.04.09, at:
“R'Occult 'n' Roll – Music and Magic on the Wild Side”
Readings by Sandy Robertson and Edwin Pouncey at Treadwell's Books, London.

“The connections between rock music and the occult range from the legends of bluesmen selling their souls to the Devil for success, through to the influence of Aleister Crowley on the Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin in the 60s and 70s, and the Satanic music and imagery of today’s Black Metal underground. This talk will cover all these subjects, together with lesser-known examples of ‘rockultism’. You may even get to hear some mad, bad and occasionally dangerous musick too. Earplugs optional.

Sandy Robertson is the author of The Aleister Crowley Scrapbook (now in print for 20 years) and has written for Mojo, NME and other publications. As well as being a music writer and illustrator for The Wire magazine, Edwin Pouncey (aka Savage Pencil/Sav X) is an artist whose work has been shown in galleries in the UK, Europe and America. Sandy Robertson and Edwin Pouncey were colleagues at the legendary rock paper Sounds during the 80s.”

In this excerpt, Edwin Pouncey discusses the genealogy of Black Metal.

Continue reading: Touch Radio 40 | Edwin Pouncey

01 04 2009
#2124
01 04 2009
#2123

SUNN DJing


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Well Cavemanskillz & The Lord DJing.
At Rough Trade East in February
First time we've cleared a room in a while! Even the staff left. Tony stayed though.

01 04 2009
#2122

Daniel Menche: Atavistic Librarian

Yo pardner of black muerte!

After visiting that "witchcraft market" in Mexico City I was eager to get back to my library job to research the beeseegees out of this whole "Saint Muerte" phenomenon. I found a truck load a fascinating stories and GREAT videos. You maybe very interested in some of these tidbits. From the recent news it looks like Saint Muerte is the new BLACK!

Below is a smorgasbord of news stories relating to this exploding religion of death. VERY interesting read considering that Saint Muerte is the god of choice for drug lords. Just last week there was raids through border towns to remove Saint Muerte statues because they are considered somewhat responsible for the violence...(yeah right!). Check out this quote below from a court wiretap of a drug lord who killed two boys.
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Police in the U.S. learned about the abductions when the parents of the two boys, the youngest 14 years old, reported them missing. The investigation ended when one of the accused killers, Gabriel Cardona-Ramirez, also known as “Pelon” and “Gaby,” bragged about how the boys were crying when he slashed them to death with a broken bottle, then poured their blood into a cup for a toast.
“Poom! The little cup [drink]! Poom!” Cardona-Ramirez boasted on a federal wiretap planted at a cartel hide-out on Orange Blossom Loop in Laredo. His words were translated into English for U.S. court officials. “I filled it with blood and poom! I dedicated it to La Santisima Muerte” – St. Death.
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Very Interesting News stories below all about SAINT DEATH:

http://www.beliefnet.com/News/2003/01/Saint-Death-Worshippers-March-In-Mexico.aspx

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-mexico-muerte_avilamay27,0,6329824,full.story

http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/452438.aspx?option=print

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/laplaza/2009/03/santa-muerte-st.html

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1671984,00.html

Here's the IMDB profile of a 84 minute documentary simply called "Le Santa Muerte" Looks good and it has that hunky Latino lover Gael García Bernal narrating it.....NICE!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1022580/

I believe this is the official trailer but I could be wrong. Regardless it's fascinating

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgQftFWM41Q

And finally this great music video about Saint Muerte! You GOTTA check out the music video! It's a total "spit your coffee out funny" Just wait until a few minutes in and the band "magically" appears with Saint Death and dances and sings up a storm.. Very Muerteistico!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6joFAy9NW8

Ok! there you go. My librarian skills at work! Hope you dig it!...My students sure did!

Daniel

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