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119. THE WANDERER

I always loved this song by Johnny Cash and U2. But, recently I wondered what it would sound like if it had a little Black and Blue added to it. So, I laid down a new arrangement that brought in our solid beats and funky spaghetti surf sound. Then I recorded the lead vocals and […]

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120. Mr. Dynamite; JAMES BROWN

A few months ago Nick Dawson from The Talkhouse invited me to write a piece for the magazine. He’s put together a great site where filmmakers and artists share their thoughts about recently released music and films. The film pieces are not “reviews”. They are personal reflections about the films that offer a perspective missing for the […]

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118. HISTORY OF JOHNNY SUEDE

Just when you thought there no more that could be said on the subject, Kathy Lindboe at Miramax put together a very cool piece on Johnny Suede. READ IT HERE Our interview delves deeper into the creation of the character and the fertile times in NYC from which he spawned. Kathy provides a sharp perspective on […]

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117. WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL

I’m thrilled to announce that my new film, DOWN IN SHADOWLAND,  has been accepted into the Main Documentary Competition of the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival. Here’s the program listing.     The film will screen Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18 in Woodstock, NY. I will be there for both screenings and am looking forward […]

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116. MUZIK-nonstop

Alex Green’s cool music website has been revamped and renamed. It is now called STEREO EMBERS. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to read impassioned and informed articles on music–and best of all to discover new music. STEREO EMBERS just released a list of Best Albums of The Decade So Far. They […]

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115. JOHNNY SUEDE; Official Director’s Cut

Not all stories in the film business end like this one did. A few months ago I found out that without my consent, major sections of music had been replaced in my film Johnny Suede showing on Netflix. This was pretty shocking because the film had been “locked” since it was released in 1991. But, suddenly all of […]

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114. BALL & CHAIN VIDEO

Here it is at last. We shot this in two different continents and three different cities. It was my concept which was somehow sparked by the idea of Johnny Cash on acid. See what you think. httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9i0E491c1I

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112. RADIO ACTIVITY

I know it’s been a while since I posted anything of substance. My heart is still here but my brain is in a strange universe these days; one that looks almost as strange as the one we’re in. There is some activity on the film front. I’m in what can be most accurately termed pre-pre-pre-production […]

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111. JOHNNY SUEDE on Netflix

Last night a courageous and astute reader named Tony informed me that the version of my film, JOHNNY SUEDE, now showing on Netflix has been altered without my authorization. All of the Link Wray music I worked so carefully into the film has been replaced with some generic 50’s crap. The Link Wray music has […]

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110. RELEASE!!

I’m thrilled to announce the official release of The Black and Blue Orkestre’s first album, HURT ME TENDER. It consists of 12 original tracks performed by Tom DiCillo, Grog and Will Crewdson. Live drums provided by Alan Van Kleef. The album was impeccably mastered by Amaury Perez. A great review came in from  Alex Green […]

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108. Interview with Paul Rowlands

A few months ago I had a long talk with Paul Rowlands who runs a cool site about film called Money Into Light. We talked about Johnny Suede, Brad Pitt, acting, Steve Buscemi, Living In Oblivion, The Doors, When You’re Strange and my preferred form of medication. See the interview HERE.

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107. Four Days of DOORS

My friend Alex Green runs a very cool music website called Caught In The Carousel. I would highly recommend checking it out for anyone interested in all things about new music. There are great pieces on new artists with free music, podcasts and insightful and personal interviews. This week The Carousel if devoting four days […]

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106. FOUR QUESTIONS

This comment came in last week. I liked the questions so I thought I’d post them here. “Hello, Tom. My name is Nicolò, I’m an Italian student from the University of Turin. The thesis for my academic degree is about the cinema of Steve Buscemi, as an actor and a director. For this reason I watched for the first time […]

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105. NERVOUS LAUGHTER

Over the past few weeks The Black & Blue Orkestre has been busy revisiting an earlier song. Hard to believe we’ve been doing this since 2006; some of the songs are almost 6 years old. As we are moving toward releasing a CD of all our originals we’ve been taking a look at how they […]

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104. BALL & CHAIN

I’m happy to announce that The Black & Blue Orkestre has a brand new vocal track called BALL & CHAIN. This one originated from a guitar loop I made from a fragment of a Chuck Berry song about a train ride to hell. I didn’t have any lyrics except for this fragment that hit me one day 15 years […]

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103: PROMISED LAND

The Black & Blue Orkestre did a major reworking of an earlier song, with all new beats, new bass and new twang–and new vocals. We feel the extra effort was worth the extra effort. See what you think: I’m also happy to announce that the Orkestre did it’s first interview with writer Christine Bode. There […]

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102: BLACK & BLUE MUSIC VIDEO

Recently I got the idea to put a music video together for Frozen Sunset, a new instrumental track by The Black & Blue Orkestre. I thought it might be a quick thing because there were no vocals. Then I foolishly suggested that Will and Grog shoot some video of themselves using their iPhones. Which meant […]

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101. FROZEN HEARTACHE

The Black & Blue Orkestre has a new vocal track, called “Frozen Heartache“. We’d be grateful for the lending of your ears. It was somewhat inspired by the groove of “Frozen Sunset” but then took on a life of its own.  

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