by Dan Bolles
Happy Friday, Solid State!
If you're reading this right now, you either have a desk job in an office that allows you to waste company time on the interwebs, or . . . Jesus. I can't even think of an "or." If you're not absolutely forced to be inside on a glorious day like today and are spending your time reading blogs, get a life already. And yes, I fully realize that you could be outside and following along via laptop. Still . . . buy a frisbee.
While we're (sort of) on the subject of all-out geekery, I wanted to pass along the trailer for a movie that will soon be premiering at Cinema 9. It's called Nerdcore Rising and was made by a NYC filmmaker/comedian by the name of Negin Farsad. I had the pleasure of speaking with Ms. Farsad earlier this week for an interview that will run in next week's issue. It was a pretty hysterical conversation about one of the more bizarre music genres to emerge in recent memory: Nerdcore. What is Nerdcore, you ask? Watch and learn.
Moving on to the actual topic of this post, let's talk about the website.
Many of you have noticed that the music, movies, arts and calendar listings look a wee bit different than they used to. Many of you have also noticed that some of the listings are/were seriously effed up. We know. You can stop with the e-mails, phones calls, dirty looks and late night bricks through my bedroom window. We're on it, OK?
This is but the first incarnation of our new handy dandy, fully searchable, all-encompassing events calendar and, frankly, some glitches are to be expected. Once the kinks are all worked out, it's gonna be super freakin' sweet. But in the meantime, please bear with us. And if you notice something is missing or have constructive feedback you'd like to offer, don't hesitate to let me know.
Speaking of missing listings, I was just made aware that Cave Bees are playing tonight at Radio Bean. Unfortunately, this was news to me since there was nothing about the show listed on The Bean's website and therefore wasn't included in the paper. In any event, you should go 'cuz Cave Bees rock. The show starts at 10 p.m. and will be followed by a Toronto-based band called Organic Funk. Organic Funk. Are you fucking kidding me? That's the laziest example of band naming since, well, The Band, I guess. It's not even ironic like "The Jazz Guys" — second laziest example . . . just kidding JGs. Organic Funk actually plays funk. Organically, one would assume.
Oh, that reminds me. I'm starting a new band called "Pretentious Hipster Indie Rock." We're currently looking for a bassist, an accordion player, a musical saw, a large vat of Bed Head and a sense of humor.
Finally, on Fridays I like to do a quick run-down of some weekend shows that catch my eye. But last week's installment apparently bruised some egos/ruffled feathers/hurt people's feeling-boxes since it wasn't overarching and all-inclusive. So this week, I'd like to suggest that you folks go out and see everything. There are no highlights because everybody's band is the best band in town. So take a look at the listin . . . oh, right.
Have a great weekend.