So, we’re heading toward the end of June and the Solid Sound Festival II is fixin’ to get nasty at MASS MoCA up in North Adams this weekend. Last year, it proved a very mellow weekend of pleasant surprises. This second take boasts two completeish shows by Wilco, plus sets from Thurston Moore and his partially acoustic five-piece, Thurston and Nels Cline together as the Pillow Wand duo, Dave Douglas and the cats he’s apparently plain’ with these days, and Glenn Kotche under his own name as well as joining with On Fillmore partner Darin Gray for an in-gallery, all-improv set on found instruments of various types. And of course the de rigueur bout of falconry.
I’ll be propagating various bits of data, photos, video, analysis and the like throughout the festival, via various venues I can talk about later. Last year, I managed to come away with some pretty decent photos and I hope to this year again as well.
Fun fact of the day: when asked, in a pre-festival interview, G. Kotche told me he and Jeff Tweedy would love to mount a live Loose Fur gig, but Jim O’ Rourke can apparently be summoned from his adoptive Tokyo for no deed. Alas!
I had the chance to see The Trip at Berkshire International Film Festival. It’s a compendium of episodes of a six-part series that aired on BBC2, and not coincidentally has some serious pace issues (it needs to be cut by about a quarter). But when it hits, it hits. In fact, you can perhaps think of in relation to Tristram Shandy: a Cock and Bull Story as Made is to Swingers. The same two actors playing very similar characters (almost spin-offs) and a less consequential film, but with stretches that are more searingly funny than anything in their generally superior predecessors.
While we’re at it, why not look at the other films mentioned above…