From the Past Few Months

by on August 7, 2010

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Hey all,

I have been busy and not able to write anything non-fiction, let alone a review, interview, ethought, etc. on this brilliant but under-utilized blog space. I haven’t been in a cultural vacuum, though, and with this entry, I plan to lay out what I’ve been spinning, watching, and hearing about recently. Some of the things are old, and some of them new, but dig it.
The song “Marathon” by the band Tennis. A fuzzy, doo-wop vibe, with the sweetest little lyrics about travelling around on a sail-boat, make this an essential summer song. On the subject, two songs from the days of yore that have been getting mad play this summer: “Summer in the City” by the Lovin’ Spoonful and “Time of the Season” by the Zombies (a funny picture proceeds if ye click that link: you’ve been warned). “Time of…” was a crucial part to a movie I saw recently (on Netflix instant queue) and found interesting called “Dear Wendy”. It’s written by Lars Von Trier and was directed by the guy who did “The Celebration” (which I also saw recently and liked).
The Arcade Fire, I think, have been killing it recently. Though I haven’t yet gotten “The Suburbs”, I’ve listened to it a few times and it definitely is unique from AF’s previous records. I like it a lot, though, and like this grown, mature direction their music has gone in. I also like the live performance they did on youtube a few days ago, directed by Terry Gilliam (who used to be the only American member of Monty Python before he became a famous director). You can see them performing “Wake Up” here, or a new cut “Rococo” here. I think the Arcade Fire are a lot like Radiohead, in that they are immensely successful and use that as credibility to experiment. Good for them!
There’s a documentary out directed by Banksy called “Exit Through the Gift Shop”, and its being touted as the first street art disaster movie. You have to see it to understand, and I highly recommend the experience. Banksy is perhaps the most forward thinking artist around. Another movie I saw recently and liked was “Cyrus“, the new movie by the Duplass brothers, who after a long string of successful independent pictures featuring unknown actors, are finally moving into the mainstream and working with professionals. The movie has a strong, strange performances from Jonah Hill, and John C. Reilly is very subtly funny as the guy caught up in this unfortunate situation. Particular kudos to Marissa Tomei, who steals every scene she’s in as Cyrus’s mother. Catherine Keener is also in the movie, and I think I could be fascinated watching her talk about cereal. I just googled to see if she’s married; she was, but divorced. Apparently she also lives in North Carolina, where I live… Fate?
The new Kanye single, “Power”, is the dopest thing he’s done in a long time. I think his next album is going to win back over everyone he alienated with his Katrina comments, the Taylor Swift debockle, the misstep that was 808s and Heartbreaks, etc. I’ve also been bumping the new discs by Curren$y (Pilot Talk) and Big Boi (Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty). Click this link and scroll down to see all the mixtapes Curren$y has put out and has available for free download. He played second fiddle to Wayne before switching over to a new label for Pilot Talk.
What have you guys been doing with your summer? Post it on up, respond, keep being culturally active. Sometime next week I’ll put up a list of things to look forward to.

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