Howdy folks. The movie that I handled music supervision for a couple of years back is making its return to Los Angeles and guess what — you can watch it for FREE. The Scenesters, a noir mockumentary set in Silver Lake, is playing on Friday, March 19, at 3 p.m. at The Directors Guild Of America (7920 Sunset Blvd., 90046). Again, admission is absolutely free. Just RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (310) 289-2033.
This Friday at 10 a.m., and next Tuesday at 8 p.m., The Scenesters will be screening at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. For those who don’t know, Slamdance is the scrappy, indier cousin to Sundance, which happens concurrently in the same city. And for those (perhaps same people, perhaps others) who don’t know, yours truly was the music director for the film. Here’s a trailer. More info on the festival screening here.
Because it’s been a hot minute since I’ve reported any news on Wallpaper, I figure it’s a good time to share this. The video quality isn’t the best (shaky, low light, bad framing), but frontman Eric Frederic’s duds are sweet, and dude’s rocking the live saxophone at a small venue in Sacramento. The funk quotient has been upped.
Everyone’s gotta have a list, right? Well, we critics for The A.V. Club were given the opportunity to write on any of our personal favorites that didn’t make the publication’s official countdown. Despite the presence of Fall Out Boy on said countdown, it was assembled democratically, with each critic having received 100 points to distribute as she/he saw fit on up to 15 records (with no more than 15 points for any single album).
The individual ballots have been published, and this link goes directly to mine, which includes writeups on game-changers like Neon Indian and Fool’s Gold, overlooked moments of greatness from DM Stith, Wallpaper, and Themselves, quieter things like Tiny Vipers, and creepy stuff like Fever Ray (plus a few others).
DM Stith, 'Heavy Ghost'
Posted in A.V. Club, album reviews
Tagged anticon., best albums, best of 2009, Bowerbirds, DM Stith, Double Dagger, Fever Ray, Fool's Gold, music crit, Neon Indian, Themselves, Tiny Vipers, wallpaper., WHY?
Todd Berger, a good friend and the director/star of The Scenesters (which I supervised, musically speaking), was recently interviewed over at The A.V. Club. I actually had nothing to do with setting this up — the movie’s been generating considerable buzz on the festival circuit — but the shout-out in the opening paragraph doesn’t hurt none. Among the numerous bands featured in the film: The Franks, The Sonics, American Watercolor Movement, Tobacco, Thee More Shallows, Gavin Castleton, Wallpaper, Le Switch, The Cribs, Barr, Her Space Holiday, Fog and The Airborne Toxic Event.
Screening info here.
Apologies for an excessive amount of Wallpaper coverage, but what’s a blog for if you can’t get personal from time to time? Eric Frederic, the main brain at the center of the Wallpaper duo (as well as the Facing New York project), is one of my dearest friends. I’m not positive about this, but I do believe I was at his first band’s first ever show, at a small Pinole bakery down the street from our high school. He’s been an incredible writer of music since before we met, and as often happens with true talent, success by a grand societal scale has always just eluded his work. But there’s change in the air, and hard work does yield results, and those results taste all the sweeter if they had to age a little bit along the way. Please click here to read an exceptionally spot-on piece written by SF Weekly‘s music editor, Jennifer Maerz, on the occasion of the release of Wallpaper’s debut LP, the lovingly titled Doodoo Face.
Check out previous entries on Wallpaper here.
Posted in rando
Tagged Doodoo Face, Eenie Meenie, electronic music, Eric Frederic, Facing New York, Jennifer Maerz, Locale A.M., Pinole, San Francisco, SF Weekly, wallpaper., West Oakland