Well, kids, the COCAINE ANGEL train just keeps on a chuggin'. Tomorrow morning, I wake up quite early to embark on another film festival adventure. This time around, it's the Independent Film Festival of Boston (www.iffboston.org). Unfortunately, Damian won't be in attendance, but I'll do my best to keep that heroic man's spirit alive. I know that Tribeca is getting most of the indie film world's media attention this weekend, but to be completely honest, I'd rather be going to Boston. No disrespect to Tribeca (actually, kinda-sorta disrespect, as I've always had irksome experiences there), but I just have a really good vibe about Jason and Adam and what they're doing with their festival. Seems more like my scene in every possible way. Of course, I'll try to post as many updates as possible for all you eager diehards out there. This time around, Todd promised to take care of the photo-journal recap (that Sarasota one felt like it took me ten hours to put together), though I'll be taking my own pictures, since he doesn't arrive until Friday night. Not to geek out, but I plan on visiting the Crossroads Irish Pub at some point, which is where Richard Yates spent most of his time during his eleven years in Boston. If any of you happen to be in, around, or near Boston this weekend, please come see COCAINE ANGEL (screenings are on Thursday April 20th at 7:45pm and Saturday April 22nd at 8:45pm at the Somerville Theatre). Pretty please!
If I may transition to another topic for a moment, does anyone realize how unbelievably good this year has been for music? It's only April, and I could already make a stellar end-of-the-year list (Destroyer, Ghostface, Figurines, Cat Power, Islands, Band of Horses, etc...). Not to mention all of the good stuff that is yet to come (Midlake, Great Lakes, The Streets, The Shins, etc...). This year's "Michael Tully Presents the Best Songs of 2006" is going to be TIGHT.
Speaking of Figurines, they might just be my new favorite band. Of course, I didn't discover them until after SXSW, but at least I finally have (lay off, okay, I'm thirty-one years old, at least I'm still trying). Watch this video for "The Wonder," which is a dangerously catchy song (dangerous, as in I've listened to it about eighty-seven times in the past two days):
The whole album is really excellent. I haven't heard the new Built to Spill yet, but "Skeleton" makes me feel the way "There's Nothing Wrong With Love" made me feel back when I was young. And as for the Modest Mouse comparisons, I have to confess that I never really got into those guys before or after they became megastars, so I don't really think there's any competition there. (Whoa, I think I just heard the dismissive "pffffff" of several dozen indie rock diehards who have sworn off 'Boredom at Its Boredest' forever--sorry, guys).
Finally, let me do a little bragging. Many months ago I commented on listening to my good buddy David Wingo's demo and how good it was. Well, he's finally named the project and has put up a myspace page, which is already getting positive feedback from some of the internet's most trusted musical minds (such as http://gorillavsbear.blogspot.com/--another site that I can't recommend highly enough). The name is Ola Podrida and the music is absolutely superb. Just wait until you hear the whole thing. For now, hear these beautiful numbers:
See y'all in Boston...