My friends Tucker Bennett and Zach Shipko made a feature length movie that chronicles the trials and tribulations of an art school student making his way through the world. The first thing you notice about “Why Are You Weird” is the outstandingly radical LoFi visual aesthetic. They went out of their way to bring audiences the best, most premium quality fuzz. Much of it was shot on VHS and edited using vintage equipment. It’s interesting that although everything in the movie is modern (cell phones, internet humor), is has this dreamy warm glow of timelessness. I give “Why Are You Weird” two thumbs way up plus extra bonus points for the original score by composer Van Diesel. The score includes MIDI renditions of early 2000s radio hits like “Thong Song” and “Crossroads” (also be sure to check out the song in the closing credits, which is one of the best pop songs I’ve heard in a while).
What’s cool about it for me personally is that I go to the same school, parks, and places that this movie was shot, and I think Tucker and Zach really captured this moment in time. Unless you’re in SFAI, or the Mission, or whatever, you might not appreciate how perfectly they captured life here and now, but they nailed it. I don’t know how relevant that would be to you if you’re not in San Francisco, or don’t plan to be, but if you’re curious, everything right here right now seems to have this brooding silliness about it that you can’t quite put your finger on, but comes across really well in this movie. I should also mention that you might also recognize some of the same people that helped me with my Love Dreams Love video. Actually I think almost everybody in my video is in this movie including the film makers (That’s Tucker in the wizard hat and moon mask, and Zach who smashes that adding machine after the solo).
This is a video made by some buds of mine Erlin Geffrard and Spencer Cunningham, they both wrote & recorded the song, then shot the video all in one week. They both totally nailed the warm LoFi vibe. Also in this video in the pink wig is friend Kelli Ryan who you might recognize from her smashing performance (get it… smashing) in my Love Dreams Love video. This is guaranteed to make you feel good. Try watching 5 times, it makes you feel 5 times as good.
Also check out some of Spencer’s other films. He’s done everything from documentaries to skate videos, all of which have that really warm dreamy LoFi aesthetic to them.
Meet Mouth Sounds. They were friends of mine back in Detroit. I thought I’d post it cause it’s one of my favorite records, and it’s been heard by all of maybe 150 people. I’m not sure how to describe it. I guess if you think Lydia Lunch is cool, this is going to annihilate you. I really wanted the singer Renee to be the new singer in Noise Tank (lovesyou), and although we even got around to practicing a bit, I had committed to moving to San Francisco.
"This is not a demonstration" was self-released in 2006 I think. It was recorded at this DIY venue/space/studio/flop house for punx called the A.C. Rich Building located in Pontiac Michigan. They only played a few shows in Pontiac and Flint, I don’t even think they made it down to play in Detroit. Mouth Sounds broke up shortly after they recorded the EP. This is one of those records that risks being lost to the sands of time, so if you like it, I’m sure they won’t mind if you share it with your friends.