Saturday, July 21, 2007

Random Post #5

I Will Survive - Art Brut

Nag Nag Nag Nag - Art Brut

Yes, happy anniversary to us indeed. The pop-cultural cyborg known as Wintermute is now one year old, which I believe is the Oral Stage, so don’t leave anything of value on the floor. It’s been fun, and with your sexy-sexy help, we’ll reach that damn Emerald City. Almost all of us, and several strangers, are in this drunken photo, taken years ago in downtown Madison by a kindly bartender, except for resident genius and general culture critic ohmygodimmike, who is instead shown below, his steely Greek eyes criticizing general culture. As before, and in Laz’s personal OZ (shown with the previous post), correctly link the blogger to the face and win a way cool prize!!! (seriously, we’ll give you something).

So for our first post-anniversary-post post, here’s another installment of our Random series (1, 2, 3, 4), which will have nothing to do with our anniversary, because its RANDOM! Let’s start:

First, in underground movie news, Dan Anderson’s wonderfully absurd and disgustingly eccentric Bearded Child Film Festival is gearing up for its 7th year and is now opened for submissions. All details HERE. This Michigan based fest, which features the best in underground, avant-garde and outsider cinema, was truly one of the most disturbing and deeply satisfying evenings of film I have ever stumbled through. And without it, I would never have seen Amy Lockhart’s Mrs. Edmonton Teenburger 1983 in: It’s Party Time!, the greatest movie ever made. Check it out America. Here’s more info:

Bearded Child Film Festival
Myles Reif Performing Arts Center
Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Mailing address:
BC Film Fest c/o Dan Anderson
612 1st Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Festival: August 17-18
Deadline: Aug. 1

Next, HERE (streamable) and above (downloadable), are some tracks from the new Art Brut album, It’s a Bit Complicated. This adorable and essentially air tight little rock album pretty much represents my hope for the future of rock n’ roll. Yeah England(!) Their sophomore effort finds the surprised rockstars expanding musically (if not conceptually) while still sticking to their core sound of simple kick ass garage cock-rock, with lyrics that express an openly sincere if snippy observational charm. Eddie Argos’ biting prose have shifted perspectives from that of a young lovable malcontent, to those of a lovable malcontent who somehow found himself on the Top of the Pops, and continue to drip with a mix of tounge-and-cheek bemusement and outright desperation. No one does ironic sincerity like the Brits. European Tour NOW, U.S. Tour in Augest.

Lastly, I was going to post an E.E. Cummings poem about youth, but DJ took back the book I was borrowing, so instead, here’s one by Raymond Carver for absolutely no reason whatsoever.


Today a woman signaled me in Hebrew.
Then she pulled out her hair, swallowed it
and disappeared. When I returned home,
shaken, three carts stood by the door with
fingernails showing through the sacks of grain.



Blogger Grant Miller said...

Do you think Art Brut over does the English accents on purpose?

July 25, 2007 10:29 PM  
Blogger Laz said...

OK, since it was too hard for our guests to figure out who we are in that picture, I'll just come out and say it. We're the hot chicks. We've been hot college chicks this whole time. Ohmygodimmike with the dark hair and sexy black top, DJ with the less sexy and more wholesome black top, sweet smiling Mazur with the golden hair, and then me. In pink.

July 27, 2007 8:15 PM  
Blogger Grant Miller said...

I suspect everyone I link to is a hot, college chick.

July 27, 2007 8:57 PM  
Blogger Mazur said...

Nice Laz. Nice. Way to ruin fucking everything. Great. Awesome. Fuck.

And yes Mr. Miller, eventhough my comment now holds no weight in the patriarchial and anti-hot blogosphere, I suspect Brut is at least playing up to a Brit-mystique. There was actually this narrow but deep phenomenon after the 60's British invasion where artists rejected "singing American" and the idea that one had to make it on the American charts to make it at all, by stressing their British accents.

July 28, 2007 5:10 AM  
Blogger radialrelish said...

It would be so hot if you guys were hot chicks.

August 13, 2007 7:12 PM  
Blogger Laz said...

And we are.

August 23, 2007 9:50 AM  
Blogger radialrelish said...

Andrew- are you letting some sort of liquid fall out of your mouth onto that poor girl's nice shirt?

September 04, 2007 6:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Andrew,

Its Josh from Boulder. I heard you are in Taiwan now. Give me a call at 0918303150 sometime.

September 04, 2007 2:09 PM  
Blogger Mazur said...

Wow, I can't believe you put your phone number on the intra-net. Not like anyone reads this....but still. What about all those identity theft terrorists? (I heard that they mean business)

But yeah, only I have to get an intra-national phone card first. What's your email? Do you still have all those tattoos that look like Eminem's tattoos?

And R. Relish: it's popcorn.

September 17, 2007 10:00 PM  
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