Jim Shorkey

VOTD – The Hidden Cameras
November 30, 2009, 10:32 am
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Here’s some footage from when The Hidden Cameras appeared on CBC’s Go show.


VOTD – Groupie (Superstar)
November 29, 2009, 10:49 am
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Three versions of one of my favourite songs. The original Bonnie Bramlett (who wrote it), my new fave version by Spring (which included Brian Wilson’s wife, Marilyn) and the most well known version by the Carpenters.


VOTD – Sultans Of Ping
November 28, 2009, 8:15 pm
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It’s awful when you can’t find your sweater.

VOTD – Harry Nilsson
November 27, 2009, 1:33 pm
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Harry Nilsson cameos on an episode of “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” from 1969.


Denis Johnson – Nobody Move
November 26, 2009, 11:10 am
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I bought Denis Johnson’s last book, Nobody Move a while back, started it and put it down about 20 pages in- twice. Since then I’ve been reading mostly short stories, comics and design/art books. When picking up the book last night, I realized I didn’t remember the characters introduced in those few pages and started from the beginning. To my surprise, I didn’t stop until I finished the book. Nobody Move is a crime noir story that was originally serialized last year in Playboy. It is a far more traditional book then Johnson’s usual fare (Jesus’ Son, Tree Of Smoke) but written with his usual grit and flair for dialogue.

Click here for an excerpt.

Nobody Move

VOTD – Holly & Joey
November 26, 2009, 10:41 am
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I heard this once on the radio over 25 years ago and could never find it. I was heartbroken to find out that it was included as a bonus track on a 2002 releases of Holly Beth Vincent’s first album but quickly discontinued.


VOTD – Brian James
November 25, 2009, 11:17 am
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I discovered this tune on a compilation album on Mile’s Copeland’s IRS label. Brian James recorded “Ain’t That A Shame” shortly after leaving The Damned. He re-recorded the song for his eponymous 2007 release and it was good but a little less gritty.