Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Yet Another Durn Album!

I'm in the process of readying another album for upload to CDBaby and subsequently all the usual music stores. Not certain exactly what I'll upload. There's WELCOME TO CONCRETE as a possibility, of course, but I still haven't made much of an effort to find outtakes and alternate takes and unreleased stuff to fill out the album. There's also HOGGETT HEADS which was the 2002 Book of Kills album that featured Jane and Casey Firkin, Bill Bird, Randy Simpson and me. I suppose that one's long overdue to be made available. There's also the Karl Rove stuff which is equally overdue for exposure. There are some great songs one those records by folks like Jane Firkin and Johnny St. Ours that certainly deserve a chance to be heard. I have to decide very soon since the time frame during which I'm allowed to upload an album on a quarterly basis is near its end.

TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN ended its eighteen episode return this past Sunday. This third season cemented its deserved place as one of the greatest television series of all time. It was also deeply affecting since several of the actors who had appeared in the show died shortly after it wrapped production, including David Bowie and this third season was also quite clearly David Lynch's magnum opus and a summation of everything he has meant to American and world film making. I suspect it will have a rather sneaky effect on many younger directors in the future.

Evidently, few people watched THE RETURN, but that's to be expected. Americans want the same thing only different in their entertainment over and over again. Witness the mega-success of the Marvel Comics series of movies. No, most of those films aren't bad and, in fact, most of them are quite entertaining, but they adhere to a strict, safe formula that never really varies.

As the WASHINGTON POST'S film and TV critic, Hank Steuver so succinctly put it, "TWIN PEAKS...took us somewhere entirely new, on its own creative terms and using its own visual language. It required that we pay attention and even do our homework. TWIN PEAKS promoted and celebrated every quality we TV purists say we most want from the medium: It challenged us, surprised us, and rewarded the minds that were the least inert and the most open."

TWIN PEAKS makes me even more determined to create a new album, what will surely be one of my last...hell, I ain't gettin' any younger...that challenges and surprises (and yes, entertains) the people who encounter it.

"Intuition is the key to everything, in painting, filmmaking, business - everything. I think you could have an intellectual ability, but if you can sharpen your intuition, which they say is emotion and intellect joining together, then a knowingness occurs."

"I don't think that people accept the fact that life doesn't make sense. I think it makes people terribly uncomfortable. It seems like religion and myth were invented against that, trying to make sense out of it."

"I've always loved the electric guitar: to hold it and work it and hear what it does is unreal."

-- David Lynch