So a few weeks ago I stumbled across a website/blog called Paper Darts. They are …well…you can read their own self-generated description (here) that is infinitely better than anything i would hobble together. Long story short, i had been casually visiting the site on and off, with a growing appeciation and fondness, when they posted this by a contributor? Safy: http://www.paperdarts.org/blog/2012/1/22/a-list-of-greatness-to-stop-denying.html I cannot express how cool I found this posting/list. Exposing someone to an artist who is awesome is about the coolest gift you can give someone in my book (shoutout to saidthegramophone.com, my online crush). And what amazing gifts these are. Thank you Paper Darts & Safy.
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I just spent an hour trying to find an old forum posting about a song, “Clowns” by Goldfrapp that i loved from back in the day (~2008) and I finally found it. if you arent familiar with the song, here is a link: . Yes, she has marbles in her mouth or something. dont worry about what she is actually saying for now. Just visit this post for what someone thought she **might** be saying. http://www.goldfrapp.com/msgboard/showpost.php?p=371162&postcount=10 god, i laughed and laughed and laughed… even like 3 years later i am still laughing at this. Now…rewatch the video and read along with the lyrics. the terrifying thing is that if you don’t know better (NO CHEATING!), their interpretation is fairly plausible. Please to enjoy.
So Monday night i went an event out at the Walker Art Center (or more precisely the lawn adjacent, where the infinitely nicer old Guthrie used to reside–ugh the new one is a nightmare) to see a screening of Fritz Lang’s “Spies” IMDB with live music scroing done by Minneapolis musicians Dark Dark Dark(album art on site may be NSFW) (who are amazing) and a choir numbering like 30-40 people styling themselves the Modern Times Spychestra. In short the event was amazing.
While i wasnt blown away by the film, it at least wasnt awful. The film was pretty standard fare for the time period, hilarious overacting reminiscent of vaudeville, but typical for films of the time that drew acting talent from the stage and other venues where such exaggeration was standard. You can read summaries of the film elsewhere, so ill just sum it up as a love story with an arch-villian, some gunfights, and a train wreck.
The music and on stage performances accompanying the film were absolutely thrilling. While there were often long periods of quite and lull, there were some key set moments where the music soared and caught me up and immersed me in the moment and in the film. The segment i recorded and posted on youtube, in particular, was quite arresting. One of the ‘squads’ of the Spychestra was waving red lights around, while they, or another squad clanked on what sounded like old clunky bells or pipes or something. It is impossible to capture what a neat moment it was…well..watch the video. I may post some others but this was probably my favorite moment of the night. You can hear me say “wow” like an idiot a little ways into the clip…
Additionally, there mustve been like several thousand people gathered to watch the film, and they appeared to come from all walks of life, which was awesome (although there did seem to be a particularly strong hipster contingent…) the vibe was electric and cool, and in some ways it felt almost like some quasi-hippie gathering from back in college (ah those were the days).
I cannot say enough about the music. Using a lot of repeating themes and motifs, the music was at times sparse enough to leave you wondering if you were imagining you heard something and at others insistent, driving, and enveloping. the piano and cello work, in particular, were fantastic. I felt, during some of the more intense musical sections, that i was listening to a second coming of Phillip Glass. Seriously, words don’t do justice. They were just that good.
If you dont know who Dark Dark Dark are, seek them out. I think there music is more accessible than a lot of similar groups (although they really do kinda have their own niche carved out, so parallels are hard for me to find). I’ll post about Dark Dark Dark soon, with some vids or something…
Or – Drunk and Disorderly brought to you by St. Mary’s Basilica.
SO last night a coworker and I ventured out the the second night of the Annual Basilica Block Party to enjoy the musical stylings of Amos Lee and Ray Lamontagne. For folks not from the Twin Cities (or just clueless in general, but living in the Twin Cities) the Basilica Block party is a fairly large event put on by the Catholic church (is it called a diocese, or something??) who’s aim is to raise money for the church and in a roundabout way, gain exposure among a varied grup of folks who may not otherwise have anything to do with the church. End backstory. ANyways….there were more people last night than in any night previously ive gone to the event…there must have been upwards of 10000 people. it was just jame packed. all in the space of about 4 blocks. After wending our way back to the main stage (thank you Sun Country!) we positioned ourselves strategically about 20 feet from the stage more or less dead center. Now, it was about 500 degress hot yesterday and the humidity was oppressive, so the only sensible thing for the crowd of thousands to do, was to keep pressing in closer and closer to one another.
After 4 hours, literally, of being packed like sardines (thank you radiohead) i was sopping wet, and i have what appears to be friction burns on my arm from the crazy woman who spent that 4 hours grinding and gyrating *against* my arm. I dont care how cute (you think) you are, no one wants you essentailly molesting them at a concert. Seriously. If i knew your name lady, i would call you out. i wish i had your picture…
but i digress.
Enough ranting. The music was fantastif. Amos Lee is an incredibly talented and charming musician. His band is excellent, particularly his Drummer who is extremely fun to watch. Among other things, he played Flower, Keep It Loose Keep it Tight, SUpply and Demand, A song i imagine was called Elephant Boy, and covered Fat Bottom Girls. He was a lot of fun to see again.
Ray Lamontagne was excellent. His voice is so unique. He sounds like an open wound, if that makes sense…it is like his voice aches with 100 years of suffering and longing and regret, which is amazing given that he is a young man…He and his band turned in a great show, at times slow and mournful while at turns very much like a jam session. He played among other things, Trouble, Burn, and Shelter You. Unfortunately i had to get out of the steam cooker up front so i didnt get to see most of his concert from up close.
Gomez also played on the same stage. They are UK band sorta like…i dunno…weezer, maybe? They were good, although i didnt really know much about them beforehand. Their song “Here Comes the Breeze” was pretty cool.
Here is one of the videos i shot last night
If you want to see any of the handful of other videos i shot at the concert, head over to my youtube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/ominousicity?feature=mhee
been following Merival for a while on the youtubes and twitter. was thrilled to see her update her bandcamp site, among other things, you can find a complete album of hers *FOR FREE* there. Here is probly my favorite track off the album.
She is awesome, and the songs are quiet, and thoughtful, and meaningful. I hope you enjoy them. You can see her here: http://www.youtube.com/user/merivalmusic or as part of the duo Kildear here: http://www.youtube.com/user/annawify
Posted another youtube mashup tonight. It’s Cornelius’s “Drop” vs a time lapse of a rainy day. check it out 🙂
Unrelated sidenotes: Game of Thrones is just awesome… Happy Towel Day. We miss you Douglas Adams.
A few weeks back i posted a mashed vid to my youtube pairing Nicolas Jaar’s (Nico) “Little Stone” with some old public domain footage outlining the function and benefit of capitalism and “being a cog” in the system. Ah the olden days 🙂
Anywho, i will continue to mash things together as i have time. If you have requests, or just want to tell me to not quit my day job, lol, leave me a comment 🙂