Since getting back from Park City, my life has been on-da-muhfukkin-GO, yo. I moved into a new place, only to discover that very day that I have landed my dream room at Marlborough Farms, which I have admired from afar (and sometimes inside) for the past ten years. Now, if and when I leave New York City, I can say that I fully lived it up in style because on March 1st I will officially be a house member at the Farms. (Most of you don't know what I'm talking about. You indie music nerds, on the other hand, should.) It wasn't fun to break the news to my new roommates, but they are sweet and understanding, so I lucked out.
Everyone needs to buy the Quiet City/Dance Party USA DVD.
The SXSW lineup looks crazy cool, and now that I have officially watched Mary Bronstein's Yeast all the way through, I can safely say that it is one of the most exciting and electrifying feature film debuts you will see this year. I can't believe my clumsy hands shot so much of the footage. I've never been more excited to be a part of something in my life. Like the best Mike Leigh (Nuts in May, etc.), Yeast is simultaneously excruciating and hilarious. When we shot it I didn't know if the thing would be unbearable, but there's a humanity to Mary Bronstein's vision (and performance) that turns a horrendously off-putting character into someone you simply can't believe exists. She makes Margot look like your sweet ol' Grandma. But somehow it's always fascinating and never annoying. I don't know how Mary pulled this thing off. Even the supporting performances are incredible, every single one of them. The biggest compliment I can give Mary Bronstein is that she wrote, directed, and starred in almost every single moment of a film and yet it feels like a completely selfless venture. Independent directors, take note. Yes, Mary Bronstein is a female, and if you want to say that this is the most exhilarating female directorial debut in recent memory go ahead. I'll simply say that it's one of the most exhilarating directorial debuts period. Fuckin' Ronnie and Mary Bronstein. Settle down. You're nice, you're a cute couple, and you make insanely thrilling work. Jerks!
I haven't been blogging because I've been busy house painting. Ben Crum and I are the one-and-only Nice & Smooth Painting Company. Spread the word, because as tired as I am at the end of each day, I love doing this kind of work. And we're getting pretty good at it, too.
In two days and twenty minutes I will be descending an escalator and seeing a face that might make me release yellow all down my drawers.
Did you vote today? You should have.
Don't think that the minimal posting over at Hammer to Nail means we're slowing down. We're just getting started.