March 29, 2007
THE HOST is pretty darn great.
March 25, 2007
Saw one of my favorite bands MEW on Friday night at the Paradise Lounge here in Boston. F@#$ing excellent. And especially great to hear their enormous sound in such a relatively intimate club. I was surprised to hear them translate the music so well to a live setting--all those odd key and time changes, the orchestration, the unbelievable drum parts, etc. They played lots of stuff from And the Glass Handed Kites (one of my favorite records of the last 5 years), but also played my #1 song of theirs, Am I Wry? No (click that link for the YouTube video, although the link on their www.mewsite.com is a little less murky-looking).
Oh, and I think I've fallen in love with their pale, shyly smiling, skinny, gargantuan-voiced singer, Jonas Bjerre. Seriously. But I don't think I was alone. It looked as though about 80% of the crowd, both boys and girls, were completely smitten with him too. (And here are a couple of good interviews--Popgurls and Junkmedia--with Jonas.)
In other news, my pal Joe Gordon-Levitt is popping up in lots of places right now--everywhere from the New York Times to the Toronto Sun--with his new film The Lookout. Hopefully it'll come to Boston this week, but even if it doesn't, I still plan to see The Host as soon as I can tear myself away from work.
March 10, 2007
Here are some photos that showed up on my camera during the two days I was in NYC for Michael's book party.
(Above) Penn Station; Michael, Edmund White, and me at the party.
Charity Girl in the window of the Union Square Barnes & Noble; writers Adam Haslett and Jon Barrett.
Mike Albo and Aaron Caramanis; West 4th Street hydrant leak.
Danny Stewart, Peter Mercurio, and Joe Hosking; apples at the Union Square market.
Filmmaker Daniel Minahan and film critic Dennis Dermody; Kevin.
The train back to Boston.