By Claire McKeown of Shadow Shadow Shade
Friends: This week Video Free Silver Lake is lucky enough to have Claire McKeown, singstress from one of our favorite L.A. bands, to take on curatorial responsibilities, thus giving our regular contributor "Jed" a much needed break. In addition to occasionally contributing to RFSL and SSS, Claire is also one of the two vocalists in L.A.'s Dirt Bird. As of "press time", the Sunset Junction Street Fair is "cancelled" due to over $400,000 in allegedly unpaid fees, despite SSS having been scheduled to play there (on Saturday, August 27th at 5pm on the Edgecliffe Stage). Should the festival become uncancelled (stay tuned to the 24 hour news cycle/facebook/twitter -- there is supposedly a hearing scheduled today which may lead to a reconsideration of the decision to cancel) for updates, be sure to see them perform there. Dirt Bird plays at the Hotel Cafe on Sunday August 28th, at 9pm. Click here to watch SSS's recent video for "Say Yes", and here for SSS's "White Horse" trilogy, recently screened in the 7th annual Hollyshorts! festival, and starring Jason Ritter and Anna Wilson.
[Update, 11:19 a.m.: Sunset Junction appears to be back on schedule.]
Hello all. Claire McKeown from SSS and Dirt Bird here. Thought I would share some of my music videos and live performance obesession. I wanted to also include some of my favorite uses of music in movies but then this post would be mammoth. Maybe an other time.
4. This is my friends band Goodnight Billygoat's 'Dioscuri part 2'. I love love love them so much. They are the kindred band to my other band Dirt Bird. I dream that they stop being able to write their own music so they will need me to. I'm half joking. They make these amazing stop motion movies (it takes them about 6 months to make each 15 min movie) and play this gorgeous music to it. I have been lucky enough to arrange some choral vocals for their upcoming release. They work out of Portland, Oregon but do come down to LA to play quite frequently. You have to go see them next time they are in town.Jonathan Wilson's song is gorgeous. SSS was lucky to work with the director Michael Graham on our 'White Horse Trilogy' and as much as I love our video's this one still takes the cake. Michael uses all natural lighting which is what makes it visually spectacular. It brings in that milky visual that reminds me of Kubrick's 'Barry Lyndon'. Gorgeous gorgeousity.
6. There's is no way I could do any post on music without Harry Nilsson. I am in deep love with the man. This is a rare live taping of his song "Life Line" from his concept album and animated movie 'The Point'. Nilsson never played live shows. He was terrified of it. Damn perfectionist. I think he would have made a bigger name for himself if he had played out more. So happy we have access to some of his rare live tapings. Thank you You tube!
7. The queen herself before she was the queen of soul. This is a much jazzier Aretha Franklin but still unbelivable. "Running Out of Fools" live taping from 1964. One of my voice students brought this song into a lesson and I have been foaming at the mouth over this song ever since. She found it through a version of the song sung by Neko Case, which I hear is a great version too.
8. Crispin Glover's 'Clowny Clown Clown'. I love this video. I find it to be deliciously scathing of pop culture. There is just something of about it. What is it? I also love that he is tying a ton of stuff together that he has been working on over the past twenty years or so. Notice Mr. Far's appearance in this video. I love it when you actually have to know a bunch of hidden obscure things to really not understand something. I think Glover's pretty damn smart.
Mr. Far on David Letterman. Glover is supposedly off his head on acid but this was around the time that he wouldn't reprise his role as McFly in the new 'Back to the Future' movies and so they just got a look alike.
9. Roy Orbison on The Johnny Cash show "Crying". This is the sweetest version of this song I have ever heard. I have no words for how much I adore Mr. Orbison.
Well wasn't that nice? Let's all say thank you to Ms. Claire for those lovely song/videos. I'll be back again next week. If you feel like emailing with me, you can sometimes reach me at RFSLJed at gmail dot com!