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IFF Boston: Searching for Elliott Smith

9 May 2010, 11:11 am
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Gil Reyes’ biography of doomed indie rocker Smith is very interesting in how it embraces constraints: there’s not much film footage of Smith, and much of what there is isn’t technically good — so Reyes embraces the slacker aesthetic, using techniques like deliberately awkward cuts and mildly obnoxious microphone pops to make his footage match […]

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IFF Boston: Strange Powers - Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields

9 May 2010, 10:19 am
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If you’re a fan of The Magnetic Fields, you’re going to love Strange Powers, directors Kerthy Fix and Gail O’Hara’s love-letter to the singular genius of Stephin Merritt (not to mention his longtime manager/collaborator Claudia Gonson). The film’s decade-long gestation means that viewers are treated to footage of Merritt and his merry crew working on […]

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dealing with it gracelessly

8 March 2010, 6:51 am
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I’m not among those hit worst: those who have to clean up the metaphorical and physical mess, those who loved him, those with a hole in their lives where a friend use to be. Everybody who has to be wondering, now, if they had only done some little thing differently, if the story might have […]

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wish I’d heard about this…

23 November 2009, 8:47 am
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. . .in time to contribute at least a little something:
Do It Again: One Man’s Quest to Reunite the Kinks.
Sounds like a very interesting project — hope it gets finished, is accepted into some festivals, lands a distribution deal and plays somewhere I can catch it, and ultimately gets a DVD release I can get my hands […]

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Days of Agreement: 03

3 March 2009, 10:14 am
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Nemesis was originally recorded by Shriekback on their excellent 1985 release, Oil and Gold. Shriekback’s most recent album is Glory Bumps in 2007. If you like this cover, please support the band. If you hate the cover, support the band anyway! It sounds nothing like them.
The original “Nemesis” is mostly propelled by Martyn Barker’s […]

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Days of Agreement: 02

21 February 2009, 5:01 pm
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It was pointed out to me after the fact that this song was supposed to have been released on Groundhog’s Day, and it was suggested to me that I missed an opportunity to write a song for the holiday. It also occurs to me that people always like the silly songs better, but I continue […]

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Days of Agreement: 01

1 January 2009, 12:01 am
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The opening track is a very short song called Moving to Massachusetts. Like all stories, it’s true.
I made all the noises. Equipment used: Rode NTK microphone, ProTools LE.
The next track will appear on February 2nd, 2009. It will probably be somewhat less short and less a capella.
Days of Agreement is relased under the Creative […]

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well, duh

21 November 2008, 2:32 pm
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Ever wonder why so many metal band logos look alike? Stop wondering.

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