Momus (AKA Nick Currie) wrote recently on his site, imomus.com, of songs that never came together, which can be found here. Included in this is the unused song title “Requiem for Laird Henn” and the incomplete “Killing Punky” (“Harm’s grans dog,” Momus says). The lyrics for “Killing Punky” are given as: “Winning friends to influence people / The ant yell / The leprosy of the reeds / The bee flying chestnut.”
In a recent interview with DVDTimes.co.uk, Larry Clark said he’s been asked to do commentary tracks for Kids and Bully. Clark, who has only once released a DVD commentary (Another Day in Paradise), said, “I just haven’t gotten around to it yet, but I could just sit and talk about them they were really interesting experiences, so hopefully that will happen.” Kids is currently available on R1 and R2 DVD with no extras apart from the film’s trailer.
The following is a list of all the music that features in Ken Park.
Bouncing Souls – Lamar Vannoy
Rancid – Antennas
Gary Stewart – Out of Hand
The Roots – Do You Want More?!!!??!
KMD – What a Nigga Know
Blackalicious – Deception
The Alkoholiks – Likwit
Merle Haggard – Mom and Dad’s Waltz
Jerry Lee Lewis – Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues
Quasimoto – Put a Curse on You
Blackstar – Brown Skin Lady
Gary Stewart – Shady Streets
Hank Ballard – Henry’s Got Flat Feet
The Shaggs – Who Are Parents?
Sugar: The Other White Meat, a recently released record by Dylan Nyoukis and Alvarius B that features two brief cameos from Korine, is sold out at the label’s store, linked before, but can still be bought from midheaven.com, yod.com and pinktoes.net. Mr. Nyoukis, too, has a book of art out now. You can read more on Repeat After Me, Mud! Mud! Mud! here and here.
There is a new interview with Korine on The Guardian website (Danger, Man At Work). Thanks to Chris Lusher. Last September, The Guardian spoke to Korine for the article here (“The Odd Couple”), an article about his involvement with Above the Below. Korine’s father, Sol, it seems, later wrote to The Guardian to say, “After hundreds of articles on the David Blaine event someone finally got it right! Thanks.”
This is the date that the site has officially come online. All news prior to this day was added before the site was active. For information about Harmony-Korine.com, including contact details, see the page here. Before registering this domain, the site was hosted by angelfire and before that it existed as an MSN Community, which continued until not so long ago. One of the last posts on the MSN Community included the following piece of news, which is perhaps worth preserving here:
a year ago at the screening of a movie I & a friend made about Jonas Mekas, who told me he had more than 100 hours of Harmony Korine fooling around on film. He said he needed a year to put all that together, so i guess it’s gonna come out soon in festivals somewhere.
Above the Below was released on PAL R2 DVD in the UK on December 1. Included on the DVD is Harmony Korine’s film, additional footage of Blaine’s hospital recovery and material by Korine and a 45-minute program about the Vertigo stunt, which saw Blaine balancing on an 80ft high pole for 35 hours. The DVD is currently available at amazon.co.uk for £14.98.
A remake of R.W. Fassbinder’s Why Does Herr R Run Amok (1970), directed by Korine, has long been rumoured. Brian DeGraw, one half of Korine’s musical project SSAB Songs, said in an interview in early 2000 that Korine’s next project would be Fassbinder’s film remade with the title ‘What Makes Pistachio Nuts’ and that Johnny Depp, who called Gummo “One of the most truthful pieces of filmmaking in a long time,” and has professed a desire to work with the director, will star. We have no more information concerning this.
According to the press release for Gus Van Sant’s new film Elephant (2003), Korine was originally commissioned to write the screenplay but failed to deliver even a draft after two years. In the October issue of i-D Van Sant explained how he came to involve Korine, saying, “HBO said they couldn’t do Columbine but could do Elephant. I had never seen Elephant, which was an Alan Clarke film made in ’89, a 35-minute short about violence in Northern Ireland. But I happened to know about it because Harmony Korine had told me it was his favourite film. So I thought maybe Harmony could write the script. But we never got a script from Harmony. That’s when [JT LeRoy] and I started talking and then [he] wrote the script.” In the end Van Sant didn’t use LeRoy’s screenplay. For more information about Elephant visit the official website here.
Momus (AKA Nick Currie) wrote about The Mistakers (AKA The Mistakists) for a recent issue of Vice (a href=”http://www.viceland.com/int/v10n9/htdocs/where.php?source=db” target=”_new”>here). The Mistakers, Momus says, are “kind of an art gang” and all have the same trident tattoo on their hands as Korine, who is a member himself. An extended version of the Vice article can be read on Momus’ website iMomus.com.