Hey all. Some of you may have been wondering what I’ve been doing with myself over the last few days. I’ve been trying to beat the heat in several different ways:
I’ve seem more movies in the last month than I’d seen all of last years. I’ve viewed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hustle and Flow, March of the Penguins, and 9 Songs. Now on that last movie, you may or may not have heard of it–it’s the new Michael Winterbottom film. Michael Winterbottom is the man who’s brought you brilliant movies such as Wonderland and 24 Hour Party People. He’s also brought you not so enjoyable films (IMHO) such as Jude and Welcome to Sarajevo. 9 Songs is one of those kinda not enjoyable films.
If you’ve read anything concerning the movie, you already know that it depicts real, live sex. As in the actors in the film were actually having sex as the cameras were filming. There is little to no story line involved–the characters are only seen within the confines of their apartment (talking nonsense or doing it), doing drugs, going to gigs at the Brixton Academy, and going to strip clubs. It’s basically a film you don’t want to see with your parents, and it’s definitely not a date movie–unless it’s a special kind of date.
The part I enjoyed most during the movie was the live concert footage. I had a game with myself to see if I could guess all of the bands. And I won! The bands who are featured in the movie are: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the Von Bondies, Elbow, Primal Scream, Franz Ferdinand, Super Furry Animals, and The Dandy Warhols.
When I’m not watching movies, I’ve been riding my brand new folding bike. Just FYI, I got a Dahon Boardwalk from Metro Bikes on 14th Street. It meets my needs and I love that it folds up into a tiny little space. I’ve been riding the bike paths on the West and East sides. I shouldn’t really ride in traffic because I’m the world’s most uncoordinated person.
Looking at Laptops
Now I’m researching getting a new laptop because mine is on it’s last legs. It’s actually limping. I originally thought I wanted a thin and lightweight PC. I read on PCWorld that the Gateway M205X was good. Then I was talking to M. about what I should get and he said, “I can’t believe you’re getting another PC.” You see, M. is a Mac user. I replied, “Well, I have been thinking about getting an iBook or something like that, but I don’t know.” Then we had words about which was better, and then he said, “Well why don’t you post it on your site and see what people say: Macs vs. PCs: Which is better?. Then I said, “Well fine! But you know that all the Mac fanatics are going to write sanctimonious stories and sh-t like that…” So now I’m throwing the question out to you…which do you prefer, Macs or PCs, and for what reasons?
I’ve also been eating a lot. Mmm. Food. I finally got to check out Dumpling Man on St. Marks. Despite all of the raves I’ve read about the place, I have to say Dumpling Man isn’t so dumpling great. You can get better (and cheaper) dumplings in good ol’ Chinatown. BUT the upside to eating at Dumpling Man is that there is a really cute guy working the cash register. He kinda looks like he belongs in BBMak, but he’s not British, and he’s less gay looking. (No frosted tips.) I apologize to Cute Dumpling Man cashier boy in advance for mentioning this on my site.
Another upside is the place looks really cute and they have an adorable logo. But like I said, better little packets of Asian goodness can be found elsewhere. Sad.
Being a Talking Head
On Wed, I was part of a panel for Indie Night School talking about getting exposure in music press/media, etc. It was fun and interesting.
There were some wacky comments made by Paolo De Gregorio, the dude from Deli magazine, about having to spend $10,000 on an album to get the message across that you were a “serious” band, committed to making music. I found that comment to be a weird load of psychobable. Intrigued by that warped sense of reality, I just went on the Deli Web site to find out more information about my fellow panelist.
According to the “about us” page on the Deli magazine site, Paolo is a self-described “producer” who has “refined his skills as a sound/mixing engineer, collaborating with producer Charlie Francis (R.E.M, High Llamas, Turin Brakes, Minus 5).” Now knowing this piece of information, his comment makes a bit more sense. This man has a personal interest in bands spending tons of money on recording music because that’s one way he makes his own money. I urge anyone who was there and who heard Mr. De Gregorio’s comment to take it with a grain of salt.
All in all, I think everyone had fun and I hope folks got some good information from all of our babbling.
More talk about the Indie Night School: Blogger/Writer Edition: Daily Refill.