A rash of cancellations came in after deadline this week. Here's a quick rundown of what's NOT happening:
• Shooter Jennings is NOT playing the WOW Hall tonight.
• Bitch is NOT playing the OUT/LOUD Queer Music Festival on Friday, May 21, at the WOW Hall, though the festival will otherwise go on as planned.
UPDATE: The OUT/LOUD planning committee just issued a statement explaining that Bitch was "disinvited" from playing at the event due to "her transphobic remarks and ongoing conflict with the trans community." The statement outlines the remarks in question and apologizes to "those who were excluded or hurt by our decision to invite Bitch to play at OUT/LOUD this year."
• The Random Acts of Funnness event at Petersen Barn Community Center will NOT take place on Friday, May 21.
In other, somewhat tangentially related concert news, the band Isis is calling it quits; their current tour, which includes a WOW Hall show on May 29, is their last. The full text of the announcement is on the band's blog.
I need something happy to end this post. Or at least something cheerfully random. So here: An Oregon kid wrote a song inspired by Laurie Halse Anderson's young adult novel Chains. Then he made a video for it. Would you like your dose of earnest charm for the day? Then watch this.
More former Eugeneans turned Los Angelenos are doing nifty things. This time, it's the women of Warpaint, who debuted a new video yesterday.
As the press release explains, "The video was shot with the song sped up and then the visuals slowed down to match the song's original tempo to a dramatic effect." I can't say it's the greatest video of all time, but it does give a nifty sense of the feeling of seeing Warpaint live, where there's something drifty and gauzy about the experience even when the music is moving swiftly along.
The quartet is currently in the studio recording their debut full-length, and they're soon heading out on tour with Akron/Family. Alas, they're straying no further west than Texas this time around.
I can't get enough of this preview clip for Vol. 3 of the Found Footage Festival, coming to Eugene Sunday. Maybe it's the song in the background ... who is that?! Doobie Brothers? Kenny Loggins? Journey?
Here's what we wrote about FFF in the Dec. 4 issue:
Never-before-seen TV commercials for obscure toys? Instructional videos on how to handle sexual harassment at the workplace, made at the height of said plague, the early â€˜90s? Long-forgotten home videos featuring daredevil stunts? If this all sounds familiar, thatâ€™s because weâ€™ve seen it all before on YouTube. Or so we think. Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher have been co-curating the Found Footage Festival for the past four years and somehow always manage to come up with gems that no search on YouTube will reveal. In addition to the collection of oddities (mostly made by unselfconscious filmmakers from the â€˜80s and â€˜90s), Pickett and Prueher provide colorful commentary and stand-up routines (both are veterans of The Onion and The Colbert Report). 7:30 pm Sunday, Dec. 7, Bijou Cinemas. $10.
Not sure what to make of this disgruntled insider video of KEZI news from a year ago. Have things changed?
I've said it before and I'll no doubt say it again, but this is exactly what YouTube is for: an a cappella tribute to the composer of some of the catchiest themes in film.
I am not ashamed to admit that I shed tears of laughter.
I haven't been able to get this song out of my head for THREE DAYS. It's from Hamlet 2, which opens tomorrow and promises to be hilarious, at least for certain folks. (No one else in the theater for Tropic Thunder on Monday laughed during this preview, but then, a considerable portion of that audience though the very funniest thing in Tropic was Jack Black's elaborate description of the sex act he'd perform for the person who untied him from a tree, so ... take that for whatever you think it's worth.)
... at least not if you watch this alternate ending. It's not perfect, but it's got balls. I like that.
Presented without comment, because, well, I think this pretty well speaks for itself:
Has anyone made a video of Obama misspeaking? Could it even faintly compare? I'm betting not.