every everything: a wrap-up

every everything shoot, august 2012

First, I am still so tired, you guys. I am so, so tired. I have a huge bruise-slash-scrapes-slash-lump-of-pain on my right shin from where the sound case fell out of the SUV trunk on Tuesday, I have a new scrape on my right knee from where I fell off the curb into 4th Street, I have an inexplicable and enormous bruise on my elbow where I don’t even know where it came from. My flight home was miserable. I still have 1200 photos to edit, and I’ve already been on a first pass through 2000.

My trip was completely amazing.

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every everything: day 2

every everything: day 2

every everything: day 2

every everything: day 2

Day 2 of my shooting with the Every Everything crew. Lots of time in an SUV, but worth it for the stories. And the scars, as Craig Finn would probably say.

every everything: day 2

every everything: day 2

every everything: day 2

every everything: day 2

every everything: day 2

every everything: day 2

every everything: day 2

what did you expect? an archers of loaf concert documentary

what did you expect? screening: q & a

what did you expect? screening: powerwalker

it’s always the east coast, i’m always the asshole

“Freezing Point” is not necessarily my favorite Archers of Loaf song, but for some reason, it is my favorite song on last year’s gorgeous re-release of Icky Mettle, which would have been my #1 record of 2011 if it hadn’t been a re-release (I make them their own category). And the version from last summer’s triumphant Archers of Loaf reunion shows at the Cradle is just staggering in Gorman Bechard’s lovely and loving What Did You Expect? It took my breath away during the screening at the Cradle on Saturday night, that line above, right before Bachmann and Johnson launch into the clatter and clang of the rest of the song.

what did you expect? screening: backstage with powerwalker

I didn’t make it to those shows, like I didn’t make it to the first Superchunk show at the Cradle in years back in, I don’t know, 2006, even though shep. wanted me to. (I think I was broke then. Last summer we were out of town for a wedding.) I didn’t make it to either of this spring’s Archers shows, either, not the one at Haw River Ballroom (and holy crap, retroactively I would pay big cash money to shoot Matt Gentling doing his bassist dinosaur stomp dance under those lights) or the one at Kings. (I was having a breakdown. It was one of about seventeen so far this year. I’m fine.)

what did you expect? screening

But on Saturday night, perched on a bench at the Cradle, I felt like I did, because Gorman’s documentary is so intimate, so fierce, so full of life that it is like having been at those sweaty, joyous shows. Three women danced behind the rows of chairs while it ran, that’s how much life it has. It was beautiful. It is beautiful.

what did you expect? screening: backstage with powerwalker

It was not just a night of a beautiful film, though; it was community, a haphazard band of people I respect and people I know and people I love becoming Powerwalker, the world’s premier and probably only Archers of Loaf tribute band. It was trying to explain the Whiskeytown story to Gorman over the best ice cream I’ve ever eaten. It was “let’s take a walking tour of all the old Cradle locations!”

It was why I live here, why I understand why Gorman had to make the movie, why Chapel Hill is still perfect. The full set is here.

it’s always the east coast

interview: writer & director gorman bechard

automatic for the joshua tree: tripp

Back in November, I was sending a raft of pitch emails, and one of them was to the general email address for a documentary about the Replacements, after seeing shaky but amazing video of Jesse Malin covering “Alex Chilton” for a tribute show after a screening of that documentary up in NYC. I promptly forgot I’d sent it, and then the week before Christmas, I got an email back — not from an intern, or a publicist, like I thought I might, but from the director, Gorman Bechard, directly, and not offering me a screener, but offering me a screening — Gorman said, I’m going to be in NC in January, do you want to arrange a screening? Hell, yes, I did. Gorman and I got that screening together, struck up an email correspondence, and he was kind enough to answer some questions for me.

Behind the jump are questions and answers about the ‘Mats, filmmaking, why Gorman loves Archers of Loaf, and what show he’d use his time machine to see. And the screening? The screening is Thursday, 1/12, at the Nightlight. 8:30 screening followed by a Q&A with Gorman. $6. Get your asses there if you have any love for rock music at all. If you believe in rock music the way some people believe in God. You need to see this movie. Do it.

How did you start when you conceptualized “Color Me Obsessed”? What was your impetus to make a fan-driven film about a band?

The film actually fell into my lap.  I was in the original version which was being made by Hansi Oppenheimer.  Which was about fans, but also included music and the band.  I was interviewed in 2005.

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