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:
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.
“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. Anyway. Shot on Kodak Ektachrome super 8.”
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.
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.
Was part of a friend’s music video shoot yesterday morning over in Echo Park for 7 AM. Small affair with friends both old & new, and extra nice as pretty much everybody there was already a fan of the band’s music. Good times & lots of fun. We were done by 10 AM.