Lost in the Trees & Poor Moon
April 5, 2012
Wexner Center for the Arts
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Lost in the Trees & Poor Moon
On Thursday in Columbus, the Wexner Center will screen the new documentary Better Than Something: Jay Reatard, a film about prolific Memphis punk-rocker Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr. aka Jay Reatard, who died in 2010 at the age of 29. What began as a series of 2009 interviews with Lindsey for a promotional documentary called Waiting for Something became a larger project after his death, as the filmmakers sought out Lindsey’s friends, family members and former bandmates to fill out the picture of a controversial figure, known for his on-stage vitriol as much as his hooks. (I remember him hurling at least two insults at crowd members during his show at the Summit just a couple months before he died.)
The A.V. Club describes the doc this way: “Better Than Something doesn’t really try to resolve the mystery of how someone could be simultaneously so productive and destructive. But given how briefly Jay Reatard was in the public eye, it’s a thrill to see so much performance footage in Better Than Something, as well as to hear multiple perspectives on some of the most legendary Reatard antics.”
The Wexner Center is also bringing in Eric Davidson, singer for the legendary Columbus band New Bomb Turks, to introduce the screening. Davidson wrote about Jay Reatard in his book We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut, 1988–2001. Davidson will also DJ and sign books from 5:30-7 in the Wex store.
Ace of Cups hosts the post-screening party with Angry Cougars, Slave Labia and Nervosas.
Lost in the Trees return to the Wexner Center April 5 with Poor Moon (Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott of Fleet Foxes).
Lost in the Trees put out one of my favorite albums of 2010, and the NC band is due to release its new one, A Church That Fits Our Needs, March 20 on Anti-. This is the first video from the record, which finds bandleader Ari Picker working through the carnage of his mother’s 2009 suicide. It’s a tribute, of sorts, and it takes the band’s orchestral folk sound to new heights. As NPR noted when it debuted “Red” this week, there’s a David Lynch feel to the video, and that haunting/beautiful sensation permeates the entire album. Read what Picker had to say about the video after the jump.
El Pasado Es Un Animal Grotesco translates to (The Past Is a Grotesque Animal) which I guess you could ascertain in the header. The title comes from an Of Montreal song. It’s written and directed by Mariano Pensotti. The play follows 4 people in Buenos Aires around over a ten year period and watches their lives unfold and unravel. Mr. Pensotti found 4 photographs and developed the story about these people from there. Although the play is in Spanish there are subtitles being projected in English on screens next to the stage. It sold the Wex out last night so I guess this probably adds to the experience.
Only two Columbus shows left. Tonight and Tomorrow. For ticket and time info hit up the Wex’s website.
In what was thought to be an “indefinite hiatus,” Icelandic icons Sigur Ros and French-Canadian director Vincent Morisset (of Arcade Fire’s Mirror Noir fame), recently released a new film, Inni. Juxtaposed with 2007’s Heima, Variety has described Inni as a “haunting, emotion-drenched . . . soul-stirring fusion of joy and heartache . . . usher[s] the listener into a state of near-celestial rapture.” In addition to the film, the band has self-released a double live album (from their Krunk label) in multiple formats that you can find here.
Inni has now been shown or booked for over 100 screenings in 22 countries worldwide, including film festivals in Venice, New York, Reykjavik, Athens, Vancouver, Istanbul and Taipei. Columbus will now also be a part of this celebration of music and cinema, with tickets now on sale for a screening at the Wex on November 30th at 7pm.
If you’ve not been in the loop about recent news from the band, check out the recent Wall Street Journal article where they discuss new music and the news page on their website, which is continuously kept current.
The Wexner Center screens a slew of impressive films every year that often fly under the radar. So here’s one for your radar: Tonight (7pm) and Friday (7:30pm) the Wex is screening the cult classic David Bowie film The Man Who Feel to Earth. From the website:
A cult film if ever there was one, The Man Who Fell to Earth stars David Bowie as an alien who arrives on Earth seeking water for his drought-stricken planet. His advanced mind eventually proves no match for the lure of such terrestrial pleasures as booze and television. Nicolas Roeg’s Earth-bound space opera favors emotion, performance, and design over the special effects that would come to dominate the sci-fi genre soon after the film’s release. Rip Torn, Candy Clark, and Buck Henry also star.
If the name Brent Green and the Wex sound familiar in the same sentence, it’s because you probably followed my advice and went to see “Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then” last August.
This charmingly awkward and ominously tragic film is based on the life of Leonard Wood, a Louisville hardware store clerk who renovates his house into what he believes to be a “healing machine” to keep his terminally ill wife alive. It is Green’s first venture into the full-length feature world (an impressive one at that) AND he built a full-sized replica of this crazy house in his Pennsylvanian farmyard (which is amazing).
The actual house that was later sadly demolished was used as episode #4 of Green and Brendan Canty’s (of Fugazi) collaborative series, Burn to Shine. The project documents the life of a house by movie projections, narration and live music before it’s leveled. The Louisville show was curated by William Benton and contributing bands included Dead Child, Ultra Pulverize, Will Oldham, Magik Markers, Lords, Verktum, Commonwealth, Shipping News, Liberation Prophecy, Parlour, and Lucky Pineapple.
Tonight’s show ups the ante from last year’s screening as you will also be able to catch an accompanying live performance from a band made up of Todd Chandler of Dark, Dark, Dark; Brendan Canty of Fugazi; Michael McGinley and Alan Scalpone of the Bitter Tears; and Drew Henkels of Drew and the Medicinal Pen. Tickets are still available for tonight and the event starts at 8pm.
Wexner Center I Columbus, Ohio
July 25, 2011
A hundred years ago, or so it seems, Andy – the local Sony college rep at the time – called me and said, “I’m heading to Cleveland to see this new band from the UK called Oasis. They’re playing at the Grog Shop. Want to go?” In the pre-internet days, I couldn’t go online to see what this band was all about so I asked, “Who would you compare them to?” Andy said, “Kind of like Pearl Jam. Not the way they sound, but the way they just blew up over night. They won’t be playing places like the Grog Shop very much longer.” As a Pearl Jam fan, I was intrigued but then I heard a very non-grungy Oasis single and decided it wasn’t worth a trip to Cleveland to see this new band.
Here we are in 2011. I don’t know if this new UK band Viva Brother is going to blow up like Oasis and Blur in the U.S. Not too many bands really have that capability these days but I’ll be damned if “Darling Buds in May” isn’t my pick for “Best Song of the Summmer (2011 edition)”. I might even say it’s my favorite single of the YEAR if I really think about it.
I’m calling this a “Don’t Miss Show”. I’m saying this might be one of those “I saw them when they played in a really small venue” shows. I’ve been wrong before, but I don’t want to make the same mistake I made by missing Oasis in their infancy.
Viva Brother and 1,2,3 play Monday night at the Black Box on the Mershon Stage at the Wexner Center. Tickets are $12 and the show starts around 8pm.