Today's the day you've all been waiting for. The new Of Montreal record, HISSING FAUNA, ARE YOU THE DESTROYER?, is officially unleashed upon the world. Though I've already just about played it out, I'm going to buy it to support them and see just how many records they sell in their first week of release. Objectively speaking, HISSING FAUNA is a dizzying work of musical genius, with so much boundless greatness that it might seem daunting upon first listen. But stick with it, because it only gets better and better and better.
Good buddies Mike and Matt Chapman, aka The Brothers Chaps, aka Homestar Runner, directed the first video off HISSING FAUNA, for the song "Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse." Watch it here. Word on the street is that a lot of these costumes will be part of the actual live show. Talk about a spectacle. I can't wait to witness it for myself. You lucky Sundancers will get a chance in the next few days. Jerks.
For those of you who are infatuated with Homestar Runner--or should I say, for ALL of you who are infatuated with Homestar Runner, as everyone in the world appears to be a fanatic--it should be noted that Craig Zobel, director of the supremely excellent GREAT WORLD OF SOUND, is also a force behind that lovely creation. You know Coach Z, right? Look at Craig. Then look at Coach Z. Jackpot. Speaking of looking at Craig, he was on yesterday's "Sundance Dailies," along with another Free Country USA compatriot, David Gordon Green. My homeboys is tearin' shit up, yo. Wish I could be there to see it for myself. But I'm not cool enough for Sundance--not yet, at least. Maybe one of these years my Hip Visa will finally come through.
Speaking of GREAT WORLD OF SOUND, there are still more showings this week, so check it out if you haven't. The same goes for LOW AND BEHOLD, which had a great premiere last night--or so I heard from those who were there.
As for life in New York City, I can't complain. An interesting Monday night, to say the least. First up, a cocktail tribute to Henry Louis Gates, Jr., on the 20th floor at The St. Regis Hotel. Good friend Jesse Sweet worked with Skip on the "African American Lives" PBS special, so he used his pull to get us into that. Be sure to watch OPRAH'S ROOTS, AN AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES SPECIAL on Wednesday night.
We jetted from there to MOMA to catch the restored print of ERASERHEAD, which was quite mindblowing. I fear that I will have nightmares like that if and when I get the news that I'm going to be a father. But one needs to have sex to become a father, right? At least in the traditional sense. So I don't have to be worrying about those nightmares anytime soon, seeing as... well, let's not get into that right now.
Lastly, you need to watch this new video from Fionn Regan. Cousin John, aka JT Songs, recently hipped me to Regan's latest album, which is quite lovely. But this video takes it to a whole 'nother level. A simple idea, perfectly realized. That's what I'm talking about.