Friday Random Weekenders: Get your mind off the Dow
My eyes and ears are twitching from the free fall of the U.S. economy. Somalian Pirates?!
Iceland bankrupt?! Hockeymom politicians?! Heck, the regular paper is reading like the Onion lately. Only more bizarre and apocalyptic. What better way to end the work week, then, but to procrastinate with some eye and ear candy?
* Letters To Cleo will reunite for 20th Anniversary Shows
Now, I pride myself on being a pure Masshole, but I somehow missed the era of LTC the first time around, so maybe it 's worth checking out:
LETTERS TO CLEO REUNION DATES 2008
November 8 - Los Angeles CA - The Roxy
December 8 - Boston MA - Paradise Rock Club
December 9 - Boston MA - Paradise Rock Club
(New York date in December to be added soon.)
* Singing Revolution:
Very cool new documentary about how the small country of Estonia battled it's big bully neighbors using the power of song. 20k people singing the same song on film is amazingly powerful, Check out the trailer: http://www.singingrevolution.com/
* Urchin Animation
I have always had a massive soft spot for the trippy animation underwritten by the freaks over at the Children's Workshop (AKA: Sesame Street, Electric Company etc. etc.), so imagine my happiness when brother George sent over this new take on stop motion using a Javelin track. Hopefully we'll see it right after Elmo and before Big Bird sooner rather than later:
* The Avett Brothers
The Gleam II is the single best collection of songs in the last twelve months hands down. It's addicitve. Rick Rubin is one lucky sonuvabitch to ink these guys. They are poised for a monster year in 09. Their set at Newport Folk was honest, inspiring and thrilling.
* Phish Re-Unites
Yes I am going to Hampton. Yes I am curious to see if these four can find the mojo once again. Yes Hampton Comes Alive is in the top three best titles for a Live Album of all time.
Lastly: Let's all take a moment to wish for the quick recovery of Mr. Jim James; the world needs flying V guitar players.