Thursday, April 26, 2007
You like these? I didn't think so. I don't either. Too bad, because I am about to spend a shitload of time in them over the next month. I leave today to fly to California to attend the 2007 Coachella Music Festival. I invited a bunch of my friends, but none of them wanted to come. I am meeting some good people out in Palm Springs and we will be staying at my grandparents' house. I would be lying if I said I wasn't extremely excited. I will try and give an update of who I saw and how they were (maybe in haiku form, if you're lucky), but I don't have internet there, so it will have to wait until I leave.
Following Coachella, I am travelling up to Sacramento to shoot the much anticipated music video for Hella's 'The Things That People Do When They Think No One's Looking'. I will be able to post news and updates and photos when that happens.
After we shoot, I go back to LA to edit the video with my famed editor Jay Bender. He just released a fabulous video for the Albany act The Clay People. When I get permission, I will throw it up here.
After we finish editing I travel back to NYC for 3 days before going to Chicago for my cousin's wedding. I finally return to New York for good on May 30th, just in time to see !!! at Studio B.
It will be nice to be busy on some work again, after some time off. Keep up over at Wasteland, as Wes and I try to update that as much as possible. There could be some news there shortly. Shane is out in LA doing his thing.
Ok, that's about it for now. I will get back to you all, all 4 of you, after Coachella.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
As first reported by the fine folk(s) over at Deadspin, apparently soccer moms in the middle of the country aren't exactly what we call 'pro-family'.
Sure, I bet they hate the idea of men kissing, and shudder at the thought of birth control, but when it comes to not performing in a soccer game, well those Republican values dictate that leaving your daughter on the side of the highway is perfectly within a family's rights.
Now, if only more of our nation's parents would do this, maybe we could actually compete in the World Cup.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
I came home from a lovely evening with my friend Amanda to find that my favorite author, Kurt Vonnegut, had died in his home in New York. I feel a great sense of sadness at this, as Vonnegut's work, so much more than any other writer, seemed as if it had always spoke directly to me. During my junior year of high school, outside of my required reading for school, I read every single Vonnegut novel. The first one I read was Slaughterhouse-Five, a completely brilliant anti-war satire that I found funnier and more affecting even than Catch-22. I read Slaughterhouse-Five at least once a year, and although I am not exactly the same cynical slightly angry kid I was in high school, I may have to go back and revisit Vonnegut's body of work and try and refresh my memory as to why I loved him so much. To me, he was always the writer equivalent of Robert Altman, who also died last year. If there is any kind of afterlife, I am sure Altman and Vonnegut are having a hell of a time laughing at all of us.
Monday, April 9, 2007
It appears my illustrious career as a television executive may be over before it began, making it shorter than Rasheed Wallaces' career as an Atlanta Hawk. DirecTV's Channel 101 seems to have spent their allotted budget for the quarter on purchasing the NBC soap opera Passions, thus leaving them with no money to buy my sweet tv show idea. I guess I would be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed, or aggravated that I flew all the way across the country for no reason, but to be honest, I never thought anything would happen anyway. It seemed to good to be true, and I guess it was. My partner Brian tells me we may be able to pitch again, but I am certainly not getting my hopes up. Be sure to watch Passions on Channel 101, though. I think it is squeezed in between CD USA and that Myspace TV show. Nothing but quality over at 101.
Christ I travel a lot. I am back in Los Angeles to meet with DirecTV about something. While I am here I am going to see some old friends, maybe check out a show, some comedy, a movie, the nice weather, beach, blah blah I don't know. I can count the number of times I have slept in my own bed in the past 3 weeks on one hand, provided that hand has 7 fingers. What have I been doing? Nothing much.
But I can't complain much. The weather is great.
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Monday, April 2, 2007
As previously reported over at The Pharmacy HQ, I am back in the music video business. I have booked myself a video for the freakin awesome band Hella, based out of, and shooting in my sweet hometown of Sacramento, CA. Of course this was bound to happen, because they rule, and (obviously) so do I. Wes and Jason and I will be going out to Sacramento next month to create a clip which will surely catapult them to the top of the charts. The indie rock, prog/math rock/noise charts.
Between now and then I will be finishing up the initial part of Wasteland, travelling to LA, back to New York, then out to Palm Springs for Coachella. I will be friggin exhausted, and all that travelling will certainly screw up my sense of time, but it will be great to go home and shoot some film. In fact, just like Hella and me, it will rule.