A good friend of mine sent an email a few weeks ago telling me about her new favorite band: Devotchka. Her description..." the ghost of Roy Orbison, a little mariachi, a dash of polka and full on eastern bloc slav rock"
Well, they played at Dantes last night, and I dragged some other folks down there to see the band. My friend was right...they were great. Her description was right on as well. The singer had a really haunting voice, the drummer was incredible. A very original brew of influences. Apparently they were just featured on NPR, are getting airplay on KCRW in Santa Monica. Featured on NPR plus airplay on KCRW usually means huge career boost. Pink Martini would agree with that, I bet.
To cut right to the chase, Daybreak was great...intense, with great acting. Brooding in that particularly Swedish way...but ended, oh I don't know if UP is the right word, but ended on a hopeful note.
Now, The Aviator...I love Martin Scorcese. But I could not generate any enthusiasm for this film whatsoever, other than the fact that it looked spectacular, (parts of the film have what looks like the old...what is it, Kodak film stock that gives everything this kind of washed out look) and Di Caprio is very good. I found Cate Blanchett to be....well, let's just say she was given the impossible task of playing someone whose mannerisms and affectations just can't be imitated, without sounding like...an imitation. She's been nominated for an Oscar and lionized in the press, so what do I know. The story of Howard Hughes is unbelievable...so to sit through a telling of his story thoroughly bored by one of the great filmmakers of all time was...disappointing.
As I am about to embark on a graphic novel project, it was interesting to see an article on the Oregonian on Mercury Studios..."said to be the largest professional comic-book studio in the country." I am flying to LA on March 4 to meet with one of the top artists in the field about the forthcoming project...can't wait.
This must be some kind of new record for a brilliant phrase to become a standard reference that all understand.Google's Long Tail. Chris Anderson wrote of The Long Tail in October 2004, and Google has used it now in their analyst report to describe a crucial part of their business model. Chris says, "The shift from hits to niches is a rich seam, manifest in all sorts of surprising places".
Ate at Park Kitchen finally on Saturday night. I've heard nothing but great things but had never gotten over there. It was fantastic...we sat at the bar, but had a full dinner, the highlight of which was a vodka martini. The vodka was made locally (sort of) in Corvallis. Medoyeff Vodka. Maybe the best vodka martini I've ever had.