this is a place to put stuff while I'm on the road with my band, Toadies
Well, most of the touring is done for the year, so I’m out in the desert editing on a documentary named Bombay Beach with a talented Israeli director named Alma Ha’rel. The film concerns the inhabitants of a small, largely abandoned town also named Bombay Beach. So far, it looks like the doc is going to be unlike any doc I’ve seen, and this excites me to no end. Alma has an amazing eye and describes the film as a visual poem. Also, it looks like Zach Condon of Beirut fame is going to be doing the music. way way cool. The pics here are frames from the film.
Alma is tracking progress on her blog. you can see more of her work, along with music from Beirut in the video she just completed for the band, also shot around the Salton Sea here. hopefully I’ll be working on the film on and off for the next several months.
unrelated: I’ve been out here for 6 days and the temperature has not yet dropped below 100 degrees. what have I learned? I’m pretty sure cigarettes burn faster in the desert.
Varg Vikernes; aka Count Grishnackh
Varg Vikernes - Norwegian Black Metal legend, convicted in 1994 for the murder of buddy and fellow Black Metaller, Euronymous (pictured below), and the burning of a few 800 year-old churches, was released this week and will live on a farm in Bø, Norway with his wife and child. he had previously been given a short leave and tried to escape in a Volvo with an AG3 automatic rifle, a handgun, numerous large knives, a gas mask, camouflage clothing, a laptop, a compass, a GPS, various maps and a fake passport. watch the fuzz end his escape.
Euronymous Lords of Chaos
a little background: Vikernes’ one-man band Burzum is one of the earliest Norwegian Black Metal bands. his story and the story of the whole scene is told in Michael Moynihan’s Lords of Chaos, which is being turned into one of those Hollywood movies, and of course, one of the guys from Twilight is playing Varg.
for further viewing, I heartily recommend True Norwegian Black Metal, produced by Spike Jonze & Vice Magazine’s endlessly watchable video site, vbs.tv. also recommended, Peter Beste’s accompanying photo project, one photo of which is framed and proudly hanging above my piano.
UPDATE: Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore discusses Black Metal, and whether or not it was an influence on their new record