The Dork Report http://www.thedorkreport.com Thinking out loud about movies, music, and design. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 04:07:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 King Crimson Album Art: A Band With No Logo http://www.thedorkreport.com/king-crimson-logo/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=king-crimson-logo http://www.thedorkreport.com/king-crimson-logo/#comments Thu, 05 Sep 2013 19:53:37 +0000 http://www.thedorkreport.com/?p=4153 Over the course of this series on King Crimson album art, I have often analyzed the work in marketing terms. A fan might like to believe that every sleeve for every beloved album sprang straight from the the interests and obsessions of the musicians themselves. But the reality of the music business dictates that such […]

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Songs That Broke My Heart: Hallelujah by John Cale http://www.thedorkreport.com/songs-that-broke-my-heart-hallelujah-john-cale/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=songs-that-broke-my-heart-hallelujah-john-cale http://www.thedorkreport.com/songs-that-broke-my-heart-hallelujah-john-cale/#comments Thu, 08 Aug 2013 20:35:43 +0000 http://www.thedorkreport.com/?p=4136 Conventional wisdom will tell you nobody did Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” better than Jeff Buckley. The few who disagree are likely of the opinion that nothing beats the original. Here’s a third opinion: the person who transformed Cohen’s song into the modern standard it is today was John Cale. As I started to compile songs for […]

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The Art of King Crimson’s The Power to Believe http://www.thedorkreport.com/king-crimson-power-to-believe/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=king-crimson-power-to-believe http://www.thedorkreport.com/king-crimson-power-to-believe/#comments Thu, 23 May 2013 17:43:14 +0000 http://www.thedorkreport.com/?p=4121 The Power to Believe, King Crimson’s latest album to date, is now almost a decade old. There are occasional glimmers of life in the world of Crimson (most notably the 2008 40th Anniversary tour/victory lap, the Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins ProjeKct A Scarcity of Miracles, and the Crimson ProjeKct live band) but it’s entirely possible […]

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Albums That Broke My Heart: Sea Change by Beck http://www.thedorkreport.com/albums-that-broke-my-heart-sea-change-beck/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=albums-that-broke-my-heart-sea-change-beck http://www.thedorkreport.com/albums-that-broke-my-heart-sea-change-beck/#comments Fri, 03 May 2013 15:25:24 +0000 http://www.thedorkreport.com/?p=4110 You could throw darts at the tracklist from Beck’s 2002 album Sea Change and each song you hit would be sadder than the last. Hence this deviation in format from our ongoing playlist of Songs That Broke My Heart… call it an Album That Broke My Heart. Beck had always been equal parts folk (Mutations) […]

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The Art of King Crimson’s Larks’ Tongues in Aspic http://www.thedorkreport.com/king-crimson-larks-tongues-in-aspic/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=king-crimson-larks-tongues-in-aspic http://www.thedorkreport.com/king-crimson-larks-tongues-in-aspic/#comments Sat, 20 Apr 2013 14:16:06 +0000 http://www.thedorkreport.com/?p=4104 King Crimson’s Larks’ Tongues in Aspic celebrated its 40th anniversary in March 2013. Originally met with skepticism in 1973, it now lives on in an array of new editions with meticulously restored sound, artwork, and hours of unheard recordings. The 40th Anniversary “Complete Recordings” box set is a beautiful piece of design in and of […]

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Doctor Who and The Rings of Akhaten: Imagine There’s No Religion http://www.thedorkreport.com/doctor-who-the-rings-of-akhaten/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=doctor-who-the-rings-of-akhaten http://www.thedorkreport.com/doctor-who-the-rings-of-akhaten/#comments Sat, 13 Apr 2013 05:40:27 +0000 http://www.thedorkreport.com/?p=4094 Is the Doctor Who episode “The Rings of Akhaten” already one of the series’ most misunderstood? Almost two years ago, the Doctor urged his companions Amy & Rory not to live up to the title of “Let’s Kill Hitler”, for the vaguely-explained sci-fi reasons that changing history doesn’t always work out for the best. The […]

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Songs That Broke My Heart: Days in the Trees (Reich) by No-Man http://www.thedorkreport.com/songs-that-broke-my-heart-days-in-the-trees-reich-no-man/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=songs-that-broke-my-heart-days-in-the-trees-reich-no-man http://www.thedorkreport.com/songs-that-broke-my-heart-days-in-the-trees-reich-no-man/#comments Mon, 18 Mar 2013 01:42:54 +0000 http://www.thedorkreport.com/?p=4085 No-Man’s Days in the Trees Any playlist of sad songs I might compile must include No-Man, but it was no easy task to select only one piece from a songbook positively chock full of them. To make my job a bit easier, I went back to the band’s beginnings. Similar in style to their first […]

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The Songs That Broke My Heart http://www.thedorkreport.com/songs-that-broke-my-heart/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=songs-that-broke-my-heart http://www.thedorkreport.com/songs-that-broke-my-heart/#comments Mon, 18 Mar 2013 01:30:25 +0000 http://www.thedorkreport.com/?p=4082 Rock ‘n’ roll is not an everyday conversation topic around our family table, but the improbable longevity of The Rolling Stones was remarkable enough to come up once during dinner. I had recently listened to “Sympathy for the Devil” for the first time in a while, and remarked upon how surprisingly dark and intense it […]

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Inner Knot: The Art of King Crimson’s Discipline http://www.thedorkreport.com/inner-knot-art-of-king-crimson-discipline/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=inner-knot-art-of-king-crimson-discipline http://www.thedorkreport.com/inner-knot-art-of-king-crimson-discipline/#comments Fri, 01 Mar 2013 13:34:07 +0000 http://www.thedorkreport.com/?p=4068 The story of King Crimson’s revitalization for a new decade with the album Discipline has been told many times over. The 1981–84 period is usually discussed in terms of personnel, with most commentary marveling that no two consecutive prior King Crimson albums had ever before featured the same lineup. No doubt, for a band defined […]

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Retina Favicons & Jungian Archetypes: A Pair of Updates http://www.thedorkreport.com/retina-favicons-jungian-archetypes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=retina-favicons-jungian-archetypes http://www.thedorkreport.com/retina-favicons-jungian-archetypes/#comments Thu, 10 Jan 2013 23:04:58 +0000 http://www.thedorkreport.com/?p=4057 Two recent posts saw substantial updates today: King Crimson Album Art: In the Wake of Poseidon A commenter got in touch with some very interesting details regarding Tammo de Jongh’s painting for King Crimson’s In the Wake of Poseidon… or should I say twelve paintings? If this sounds interesting to you too, well, what are […]

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