This is rad: Steven Soderbergh performed an experiment on "Raiders of the Lost Ark" - removed the sound, removed the color, and added the score from "The Social Network," and created essentially a black-and-white silent film that is a work of art. It's trippy and amazing at the same time. Watch it here. Not much else this month really, spent a ton of time on Hopscotch nonsense. All of the show reviews are here. And there are five slabs of photos from Hopscotch in the photo
journal this month...some good ones, some whatever ones.
Deal with it.
See the above excuse for the scant few music reviews this time, but I did get to both of the Merge subscription seven inches and the very interesting Fujiya & Miyagi record.
For the second year in a row we traveled to a foreign country to see our beloved Belle & Sebastian
- Montreal last year, and Miami Beach this year. Sure, Miami Beach
isn't technically a foreign country but it might as well be - there were
certainly more women walking around in thongs than you typically see
anywhere else in this country.
Our tickets were general
admission so we got there early and got a good spot up front - I've seen
B&S many times but always from far away; this time, only one row of
people separated us from Stuart Murdoch and company. They were
performing as a thirteen piece with the regulars joined by a quartet of
violin mercenaries from New York (as both the band and the crowd found
out when Stuart talked to them during the set). The band kicked off
with the in- strumental "Judy Is a Dick Slap," complete with Stuart
playing a keytar, and it only got more awesome from there. Lots of
classics throughout the set including "I'm a Cuckoo," "Like Dylan in the
Movies," "Dog on Wheels," "The Boy With the Arab Strap," "Legal Man,"
"Get Me Away From Here I'm Dying," "Judy & the Dream of Horses," and
the always perfect " "If You're Feeling Sinister." According to the
band this was their first show ever in Florida, something Stewart joked
about on a couple of occasions. Also, unbeknownst to me and probably a
lot of the crowd, he is married to a gal from Florida, and told a funny
story about his first trip to the state on vacation when some people
pulled up next to him on the highway and offered him some Ritz
crackers. It was more or less a perfect show, and well worth the cost
of airfare and hotel and tickets and whatever else we spent. I mean,
the beach was nice too, so that was also a plus.
A brief note about opener Luke Temple
- I dug it, but not sure much of the crowd did. He has a really heavy
Jonathan Richman vibe - classical guitar, sparse drummer, hell he was
even wearing a very Jonathan Richman-like shirt. The vocals sounded
more like James Mercer of the Shins though, and the songs had a
jazzy-folk-pop thing going on. the crowd was very loud during his set,
and as his music was pretty quiet it was pretty awful. He tried saying
something to the crowd a couple of times, which has never, ever worked
in the history of live performances, they just get indignant at being
told what to do. I would check him out again though, hopefully in
don't often go to large "arena rock" shows - I think the last one I saw
actually held in a basketball stadium like this one was REM (with
Lucious Jackson opening!) at the Dean Dome back in 1995 or 1996. For
some reason I felt it incum- bent to see Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
while it was still possible though, high priced tickets and nosebleed
seats be damned...it's not often you get a chance to see someone who has
written as many hit songs as he has.
twenty dollars for parking, more than I almost ever pay to actually see a
show, we got inside and found that our section had been closed off and
they upgraded our seats to better ones downstairs - score! You can more
or less guess the set list, basically a lot of his hits (both from his
solo and Heartbreakers records) along a number of with tracks from his
new album "Hypnotic Eye." The crowd sing-along for "Freefallin'" was
pretty impressive, almost as impressive as the drunken dancing by the
fratboys a couple rows in front of us...they were FEELING IT. I knew it
would be a sound good and be a professional performance, you don't stay
on top like Petty has for this long if you're putting out a sub-par
product - but I was impressed with just how good it actually was. Even
from the other end of the stadium where we were seated, it was engaging
and exciting to watch the band perform; I was also surprised at how
funny Petty was, his between song banter was pretty strong. They played
for about two hours, closing with probably their best song "American
Girl." It was money well spent.
It's definitely worth mentioning the opener, since it was the rock legend Steve Winwood.
Yeah he played his eighties hit "Higher Love" and it sounded fine, but
the highlight was the retrospective of songs from some of the different
groups he has been a part of over his career - Blind Faith's "Can't
Find My Way Home," an number of Traffic jams, and a couple of Spencer
Davis Group songs including the ender of "Gimme Some Lovin'," one of the
best parts of the entire night.
"Carnies. Circus folk. Nomads, you know. Smell like cabbage. Small hands."
This is the Oneida & Liars split EP "Atheists Reconsider" that was released on the seemingly now-defunct Arena Rock Recording Co. The whole thing is rad and definitely worth hearing. 01 Rose And Licorice 02 Privilege 03 All In All A Careful Party 04 Fantastic Morgue 05 Every Day Is A Child With Teeth 06 Dorothy Taps The Toe Of The Tinman
13th Floor Elevators - It's All Over Now, Baby Blue. I may have posted these songs before, but it's not like you can listen to 13th Floor Elevators too much. Bonus: Slide Machine
Barzin - Pale Blue Eyes. What I said about the Elevators also applies here. Bonus: Past All Concerns
Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Get Up Morning. I've been loving the boss sounds of Eddy for a while now, but I only recently got around to spending some time with the self-titled debut album. Bonus: Precious Rose
Modey Lemon - Dr. Body Snatcher. I like this band while I'm listening and forget about them pretty much all the rest of the time.
Unnatural Helpers - Medication. Seattle garage rock, pretty straight-forward but decent.
Whatever Brains - NPTO. I've easily taken more photos of this band than anyone else, ever. Their live shows are manna
from god, whatever the hell manna is. Hopefully it's a good thing
otherwise the saying doesn't make any sense. Bonus: Yellow Death 2000