Mixtapes for Hookers

The Voluptuous Horror of Cass McCombs
June 7, 2009, 10:40 am
Filed under: music | Tags: , ,

Excepting possibly one episode of Murder She Wrote and one episode of Party of Five, I haven’t seen Karen Black acting in anything since Robert Altman’s underrated 1982 drama Come Back To The Five and Dime Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean.  She was in House of 1000 Corpses, not to mention dozens and dozens of movies I’ve never heard of, but I’m mainly familiar with her older work:  Family Plot (Hitchcock’s goofy final film), Five Easy Pieces, and Nashville, Robert Altman’s sprawling extravaganza about country music and redheads and America’s position at the time of its bicentennial.  In that film Black plays Connie White, a country singer, and she wrote and performed three songs that appear in the film. (Note that the trailer I’ve included above does a really terrible job of making anyone want to see it.  I’ve seen it at least five times over the years, and I’m still turned off by what they’re showing.)

Anyway, now Karen Black is back in front of the mic, guesting on the single Dreams Come True Girl by LA singer-songwriter Cass McCombs.  It’s very Buddy Holly meets the Kills.  Black sounds, not surprisingly, a little like and American version of latter-day Marianne Faithfull.

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