Thursday, April 28, 2005
Hoo boy. Long week, feels about a month long. A nagging cold and an unending workload keeping me down, but other stuff is liftin' me back up. Time to escape into the blog for a bit...
The Independent Film Festival of Boston came and went, and I caught a couple more films since opening night last Thursday. Friday night we got in to see Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story, an improved fake-umentary about the comeback of a former superstar paintballer played by The Daily Show's Rob Corddry. He was surrounded by a great supporting cast of familiar names, with members of the Upright Citizens Brigade and Naked Babies sketch comedy groups, including Dannah Feinglass, Paul Scheer, Ed Helms (also from the Daily Show), Billy Merrit, and SNL's Rob Riggle, who was a hilarious standout. You'd probably recognize some of those faces if you watch VH1's Best Week Ever, too.
Boston local-boy Corrdy (who seemed to know most of the audience personally), co-star D.J. Hazard, director Brant Sersen, and executive producer Darren Gold, and a craft services guy had a Q&A after the screening, and here's an excerpt (I had to guess at Darren and Brant's voices)...
Saturday evening brought the premiere of a very special, and very important, new documentary called Same Sex America, which screened at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Filmed last year here in Massachusetts during the fight over the legalization of same sex marriage, it was a completely heart-wrenching, fairly hope-filled, and at times totally engraging look at both sides of the issue. It follows seven gay and lesbian couples, their journies towards marriage, and the struggles as our legislators debate an amendment banning their big day. As May 17th, 2004 approached, and our despicable governor tried to block the legalization at the last minute, we see the planning, the hopes and fears, the family and friends around them. It was a beautiful, heartstring-pulling film, one that everyone on both sides of the issue really needs to see.
Being the Boston premiere, the creators and much of the cast were in attendance, and it was a real pleasure to see them gather together on stage. To have had such an intimate, seemingly unfiltered look into their personal lives, and then have them stand up and appear before us... it was just something really touching. I wanted to thank every one of them for their bravery, their candidness on film.
Showtime funded the filming, so keep an eye out for it there eventually. There's hope that it will see a theatrical release, and it will definitely be on DVD at somepoint, whether through Showtime or another distributor. I'm telling you, do not miss Same Sex America.
Moving on from movies to music...
It was a costly week for new releases... stopped by Newbury comics on Tuesday and grabbed all three of those new Cure album reissues, along with the Stereolab three-disc-one-dvd boxset. Ouch. And yet, hooray!. There was really no free will involved... they all fell into my 'must own' category.
Speaking of costly, I got my Dinosaur Jr. tickets, thank you very much. Again, free will not a factor. Gotta go. That's July 15th, Avalon, Boston. If you haven't got your tickets yet, the pre-sale was here. Not sure if it's still going on, but Next Ticketing should have tix on sale on the 6th, too.
Oh, and on the off chance you didn't hear/see them on the Late Late Show a couple weeks back, here's an mp3 of Dinosaur Jr. doing 'The Lung'.
Looks like I'll be watching that show for the second time ever, since the Futureheads will be on it tonight. My TiVo won't be able to skip through the Rosie O'Donnell interview fast enough.
Thanks to Becky for letting me know that The Field Mice were featured on BBC6 Music's Dream Ticket last night. I missed the broadcast, but it's archived here. Not sure how many live songs were played, or how old the session was, but I'm psyched to listen later.
Emma from Lush's current project, Sing Sing, has some news on their site about their upcoming single (called 'Lover', out June 27th, and mixed by demi-god Alan Moulder) and full-length ('Sing Sing and I', out July 11th). But that involves some waiting.
For immediate Lush-style gratification, check this out. On a Resonance FM program called Full Circle, host Mark Braby interviews Emma and asks her to 're-work' one of her earliest musical compositions for the show (thus the show's theme of circularity). She chose to re-do the early Lush b-side 'Sunbathing' with Sing-Sing, and Braby not only plays an early demo (with future Pale Saint Muriel, Lush's first vocalist) and some Lush/Sing-Sing excerpts, but interviews Ms. Anderson about her entire career. Coolest part? You can download a zipped mp3 of the broadcast, even though it just aired earlier today. It's in my headphones at this very moment.
In case you missed it: A great Ida interview on Gothamist.
Really glad to read that Bob Mould is doing the full band thing on his next tour, and with Fugazi's drummer, Brendan Canty at that. Great guest list on the upcoming album, too.
The latest Asaurus Records newsletter says that the next Colin Clary record, "Sweater Weather or Not, These are the Songs I Got" is out soon, and they've shared up one of the songs 'The Mixtape on My Mind'. You can either stream it or download the mp3. Go Colin Go!
Behold: The packaging for the upcoming Season 3 DVD set of HBO's THE WIRE. No details on a release date yet, but you'd better damn well rent or buy the first two seasons by then. Or else I'll, well, feel sorry for you? Yeah, pity's easy.
In the "two favorites collide" department, comics writer Warren Ellis will be releasing a one-shot comic called Velocity Girl as part of his Apparat2 series. Infamous for often using song titles in his work, do you think he got it from the Primal Scream 7'', or from Velocity Girl, who themselves took it from that 7''? Either way, cool title. According to Ellis' Bad Signal description: "VELOCITY GIRL takes early TV like HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL and nails it on to the Japanese chambara form, exemplified by the likes of ZATOICHI." If it's Ellis, I'm buyin' it.
Glad to hear that the full-length feature film starring Sascha Baron Cohen's Borat character is back on track. The original director, Todd Phillips (Old School / Starsky & Blech), bailed out, but they've got a replacement in Larry Charles (Seinfeld / Curb Your Enthusiasm). Much better fit, I think.
For nostalgic fans of the now-deceased Screen Savers technology show on the much-missed TechTV, check out this recent podcast called 'Revenge of the Bleep' (Bleep as in 'Screen Savers', to avoid G4-fueled lawsuits), which features former TSS co-conspirators Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, Kevin Rose, and Robert Heron chatting about what they're up to. Hopefully it's the first of many. Oh, when you lick that link, make sure you scroll waaaaay down, as it seems Leo's page formatting is a bit messed up at the moment.
Amie and I made our first visit of the 2005 season to Fenway Pahhk on Tuesday night, and it happened to be the brutal four-hour marathon that ended in another nasty Red Sox loss to the Orioles. Yeah, we blew a five run lead, twice. It's an understatement to say that the Sox have 'pitching issues' at the moment, and boy does Bellhorn need to buckle down in the clutch. Watching him stare at strikes as they blow by him is pretty painful, especially with guys on base.
Still, we had a great time... not much beats a spring night at Fenway. The place exists inside a magic bubble that makes everything a little mo' better... the too-expensive Bud goes down so smooth (and I never drink Bud, says the beer snob), the salted peanuts are near perfect, the pretzels are even more... pretzely? Lost for adjectives there. Since the game was a long slooooow one, a lot of people bailed early, and we were able to work our way down to the very front row, a little past third base.
And who was sittin' only a couple seats to our left? Why, none other than Mr. Doug 'Gimme Fouls' Flutie, just being a Sox fan like the rest of us. Between him, his son, and his two buddies, they have a collection of 10 foul balls this season, and added another last night. Talk about ball hoggin'. Mr. Flutie was gracious to every single fan who asked for a picture or an autograph, although I didn't feel comfortable intruding. Came close after a little cell-phone-nudge from Chris, but couldn't follow through. Amie did snap a quick phone-photo, though.
Hey, here's a new Red Sox blog I've been readin' lately: Red Sox Reality Check.
Oh, and regarding the title of this post... TONIGHT: The freakin' WEDDING PRESENT. On stage in front of me. At last.
Oh, and in a couple hours, at 6:30pm, Weddoes main-man David Gedge will be on Petrina's WZBC radio show for a little interview action. The listening link can be found here.
If my show recording goes well, and I'm too hyped up afterwards to sleep, you'll see some live Wedding Present mp3s here tomorrow morning. Unless, of course, I end up following them across country for rest of the tour. Sigh, don't I wish.
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