Music for the Weekend:Swimming Pools (Drank) by Kendrick Lamar.
After a week of intense prep, we’re ready to shoot tomorrow. Actors rehearsal is tonight, creatures are choreographed, costumes completed and production design miraculously put a 2-ton mecha together out of scrap metal. We’re ready to make something really amazing. Will surface again on Monday morning.
Also a shout out to all my NYC friends and readers for surviving Sandy like the warriors they are. My heart and strength out to everyone without power and facing difficult challenges. You will make it through like you always have.
Be strong, and have a wonderful weekend!
Slow Emotion Replay
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New Music for the Weekend:Slow Emotion Replay by The The
Not necessarily new, but it’s important. After the debbie-downer post yesterday (which some readers actually called ‘depressing’ - sorry!), I thought I’d share one of my secret weapons to tackling a down day.
His name is Matt Johnson, mastermind of the 90s band The The. I used to turn to Mr. Johnson’s music when I felt down or lonely, and he used to fill my mind with ideas of hope and sympathy. I used to listen religiously to his song “This is The Day” to pick me up - for almost fifteen years in fact - until it was shamelessly used to sell candy on an M&M’s commercial.
God that fucking tore me up. Something so personal, so important to me, made into something so completely impersonal and insincere. It still angers to me to this very day.
But thankfully it wasn’t the only song that Matt Johnson wrote, and Slow Emotion Replay is just as magnificent as This Is The Day, maybe even more so by the fact that Johnson enlisted one of the greatest guitarists of his generation, Johnny Marr of The Smiths, to play on the track.
The The is also important for me because it always reminds me of my gateway to indie music. As a kid growing up in Denver, my only outlet for music that spoke to me was a locally made late-night PBS show aired on KBDI Channel 12 called Teletunes. Originally titled FM TV (and followed by the amazing hip-hop showcase Rhythm Visions hosted by DJ K-Nee), Teletunes used to play videos of bands like Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Television, KMFDM, Wolfgang Press, Daisy Chainsaw, pre-Siamese Dream Smashing Pumpkins, Bauhaus, Miranda Sex Garden and so many more. And the intro to the show, which I’ve posted below, used a riff from The The’s I’ve Been Waitin’ For Tomorrow (All My Life). Memories of being twelve years old, staying up past midnight, and discovering new music that nobody at school had ever heard of. Always, always brings a smile to my face.
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