I live in a city that doesn’t sleep, but I grew up in a town that never wakes. I visit the strange, somnambulant place I used to call home, and examine the way my feelings about it have changed over the years.
See also Skinny Leg Blues.
There goes that, then.
September 18, 1986 – December 20, 2016
Gian was my friend and teammate. Saying goodbye to him is hard. His service is tomorrow, and tonight we remember him with a show at iO WEST. Proceeds to go to his family.
Gianfest at iO West: http://ioimprov.com/west/show/gianfest-a-hilarious-tribute-to-gian-molina/
Most of the shows we did were spontaneous affairs, the nature of improv. Fleeting, no record. But I did get him in front of the camera as part of our Herzog series. He was fantastic, with much of his dialogue improvised over our script, which was always inferior to what he added. Here’s an edit of his scenes:
Also on VIMEO: https://vimeo.com/198417440
I filmed this music video a while back, it was released via Stereogum last week. Directed by Sarah Hamblin for the fine LA band Babes (who are playing tonight at the Echo with my friends Hi Ho Silver Oh, incidentally). You’ll first see me at around 00:50 getting off a motorcycle flanked by two delightful young male assistants, who may just be members of the band themselves. You’ll see more of me & a load of other talented male Angelenos throughout the clip (note: the video’s imagery may disturb the sensibilities of certain viewers, not least of which those of my wife). 🙂 A fun time with a lot of glitter. Thanks to Sarah and the band et al.
Babes – “Life Come Into Me” video:
Link to tonight’s show at the Echo: http://www.theecho.com/event/866789-sales-los-angeles/
Mike Postalakis recently cut together a video I thought I’d never see, from Super 8 footage shot 5 years ago the same day we recorded this Guided By Voices cover. It was swell to see it, as I thought the film was overexposed.
Here’s what Mike had to say:
“Found some Super 8 footage I shot five years ago of William running around Echo Park.
And that’s us covering a GBV song.
Our band was called The Children’s Garden of Yeses.
It lasted a whole afternoon.
Shot on Kodak Ektachrome super 8.”
Echo Park, CA
Shot on Kodak Ektachrome Super 8 film.
On one particularly boring afternoon, my friend Will Maier and I drank a couple beers and recorded a cover of the Guided By Voices song, Awful Bliss.
Then, with my Technicolor Super 8 camera, we ran around the neighborhood and shot a music video for the song. Without the ability to sync sound.
I think it turned out fine.
Or good enough.
You can hear the rough mix Mike made of that recording on this Soundcloud:
I directed this music video for the Columbus, OH band, Connections. It’s a homage to an old Hall & Oates video for “She’s Gone”.
here’s that video for comparison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZZngTkp54I
LINK: on FunnyOrDie.com
I’m now a supervisor at LootCrate, and yesterday we finished our monthly packing. There was a bit of a celebration…
Videos from Tuesday’s “Carnivale de Lootcrate”:
1) Video #1:
(Panorama of JumpyHouse Lane + Eric in Jumpy House / Lew takes an Instagram)
2) Video #2:
(Linkin Park Karaoke + HR Talk + Bouncey House Midway)
1) Took Part In Another Guided By Voices Video:
Another Mike Postalakis joint. This time worked with Rob Corddry again, Brian Huskey, Rich Fulcher, and Erik Latshaw among others. Not sure when when this one will come out, but it’s for their new album, which is different from the new album from just a few months ago.
Visit the Guided By Voices website.
2) BABES Album Released Today, 5/28/14:
Last year, I appeared in a video for this band & had a hella nice time and met some swell people. In involved glitter and a lot of baby oil, and I have no idea when it’ll see the light of day as I don’t see the song on this album’s tracklist. The band was signed to Capitol via Harvest Records in the meantime and, based on the great sound & chops they had at a show I witnessed following the shoot, will be around awhile. You can hear the EP and read a bit about them at the Onion AV Club link below. . . Also, their EP release party is tonight in Los Angeles at The Satellite.