it’s ok I dont need you anyway….

I don’t usually write much about films, except once last year I suggested 7 films for 7 days , but I am pretty excited about the new Richard Linklater film “Everybody wants some” a kind of sequel to one of my favourite films ever made, Dazed and Confused. Pretty much everything Linklater does I enjoy, boyhood and the before sunrise triology – particularly the final one “before midnight”

Something else to be happy about is the new Norah Jones album, out in a few months. She played a concert a few months ago with some new songs, and so if you feel so inclined you can check out a couple of songs below! It’s not the best recording, some kid with a mobile phone I think, but it still sounds pretty interesting.

Finally… I just ordered the twin forks album on cassette. It’s a limited edition 100 copies only thing. I think tapes are the kind of thing I can afford to collect. I tried collecting first edition books but it got far too expensive! Just because it’s Monday, and because I love everything Dashoard Confessional and Twin Forks have done, here’s a video too which feels like a little short film (the sequel is “cross my mind”). Enjoy.

 

 

video of the year

Week two of my little round up, and after swooning over the brilliance of Sarah Winchester and her wonderful EP last week, it’s time to let the visuals take over for my video of the year. It was between the Norah Jones “Kentucky” surfing record and this little two part story by Twin Forks. Both are kind if similar visually, but I just can’t get my head round summer surfing sitting here drinking hot chocolate,¬† wrapped up in a scarf and hat. So, here is Twin Forks “Back to you”. I love the whole feel of this video, childhood memories tainted by the sadness of today, before that glimmer of hope at the end (part two is a far happier tale, you can watch that one here)

Next Monday it’s Single of the Year ūüôā

i came into some money I don’t need you anymore.

music goes in circles, we all know that. I’m really excited there’s a new Rural Alberta Advantage album out soon (that’s the people above your screen). I’m happy with the new Twin Forks record and it made me think of Dashboard and the old days.

My old days of America. I use to sometimes go with some other college kids to see a math-rock band. Sometimes we’d go to a cd shop. On one such visit I picked up a cd because it had a nice cover of a dolphin on, and the little record shop in hipster town Chapel Hill (North Carolina) only had the best stuff. It was where I got into joan of arc too.

Anyway. Imperial Teen. They blew me away, I had that cd playing in my college dorm every day and night, I played it trying to impress American arty girls but it never worked somehow. Still, I was amazed by the funny wordplay and the despair and arrogance of the singer. Every single lyric here made me feel like I was listening to a modern day Holden Caulfield. “We’re living in the cloisters where out subtext is out plot…back in your life (but) we can’t even mess up right”. Of course I got the gay references and the Kurt Cobain stuff, but somehow that just made them more cooler because I knew not everyone would get them and I thought that was cool (I was a teenager back then and was into the whole outsider art thing!)

Imperial Teen made sense to me. Music is awesome guitar pop too. I love it when intelligent lyrics and guitar pop burst with this much energy.

love.

I’m here on my own amongst the leaves, solitude in the forest for a week. It’s a 3 hour drive to get here, and I spend my time here catching up with old friends playing pool. I meet up with another friend in a pub at 9am. I take the dogs on loooong walks. I muck out the horses stable and give them carrots and apples. I buy the local paper and watch every single world cup match. I read all my diaries and school reports (“Stephen appears to take very little in life seriously” if only that was still true…) and boxes of letters which make me reflect on the passing of time and all the people who’ve disappeared from my life, but that’s all good, life is rich and full of promise as always.

Every morning the dogs downstairs bark at 4am without fail, they don’t stop so around 6:30 I give up and go take them for a long walk to the lake and see the horses too. At night I can’t sleep too many memories and too much excitement about the future with my little family and all the adventures to come…so I write and I write and I write.

So, that’s the setting of today’s blog. Below you’ve got these two videos from Twin Forks and a link to listen to the full release of an extraordinary concert by Mark Kozelek in Italy (there’s a lot of his crazy uber macho on-stage banter too “you’re allowed to sit on stage because you’re a girl, if you were a guy I’d beat the shit out of you!”). It’s out next week. The songs are¬†amazing, you wont hear anything better all year I promise.

Twin Forks. Ok,¬†they aren’t going to be anybody’s coolest hip band. It’s the kid from Dashboard Confessional, so we’re talking emotion here. The videos (at least the first one)¬†might make you cry, but it’s the misty portray of life spiked with sadness, richness, and finally hope and love¬†that got my attention. Two different songs, but one story told in two music videos… You may have to click the “watch on youtube” link if it won’t let you watch below but either way check it out.

 

 

Mark Kozelek “Live at Biko” via Pitchfork