Monthly Archives: September 2007

The Simpsons come to life at ACL

The Simpsons movie was one of the biggest hits of the summer. Although, the last 20 minutes lagged, the franchise proved once again why it is one of the most brilliant, innovative creations in the past century.  Will Hollywood ever dare to do a non-animated version of the Simpson? Conventional wisdom would lead one to believe that this would be unthinkable and preposterous. However, we must remember this is an industry that has given us Alien vs. Predator and I am sure has a project for Carlos Mencia in development. If Hollywood ever decides to make a “real life” Simpson; Sam pointed out this concert goer at ACL certainly has the prototype “Ned Flanders” physique. Watch the video to see the proof.

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Arcade Fire, Tiger Woods and The National

I am in Austin for the City Limits Music Festival this week and having a fantastic time. Props to Sam for hosting a bunch of us in his apartment while he has to contend with a brutal workload from his MBA program.

I will be dedicating an article to what a tremendous city Austin is however, first I must drop a little note about the Arcade Fire. I have been listening to the Arcade Fire religiously for about 3 years and their performance at Coachella in 2005 still stands as the best live performance I have ever had the good fortune of witnessing. The band’s popularity has soared in recent years, and I believe they have the ability and hunger to become a massive band on the scale of U2. Whenever I see a band I really admire begin to approach these levels of popularity I must admit that I become somewhat remorseful that soon they will be featured on an iTunes playlist with Maroon 5 and Daughtry. However, it’s not like I’m that edgy myself as the two music festivals I have participated in this year were attended by countless thousands. Essentially, I am a poseur whose musical tastes at one time could be considered eclectic but now seem to be skewing towards the Starbucks catalogue. It was virtually impossible for Arcade Fire to recreate then energy and thrill of that legendary Coachella performance but the tireless touring of the band has paid dividends as they easily held the huge audience in the palm of their hand. Perhaps, they lacked the “Holy Shit! People really like us!!” vibe they had a couple years ago however, the confidence and maturity of the band is readily apparent. They remind me of Tiger Woods sans the humungous white teeth and Buick. Although, he is a bit of a dork and might be a robot, the dude comes through in the clutch every single time. Every time the Arcade Fire perform they manage to turn the mutha out, give me goosebumps and put a weird grin on my face that is a mixture of admiration and envy.

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As brilliant as the Arcade Fire was they were not even my favorite act of the weekend. The National were simply spectacular. They have a brooding style that is distinctive, intelligent and would be perfect in a dimly lit, smoky venue. I was somewhat unsure how their material would translate to a festival setting, especially since they were scheduled to play in the middle of the day and not at night. Luckily, we decided to make the commitment of an 8 hour day to catch their performance in the baking heat and we rewarded for our perseverance. The National gave a passionate performance and the massive sound the band produced was nothing short of stellar. They even altered the tempo of the songs to play to the audience a little more. The National are a band at the height of their powers so make sure you catch them if they roll into your town. I was actually surprised that my girlfriend Kathleen was still hanging out with me at the end of the show and not fighting to get backstage so engrossing was their 1 hour set. It was also amusing that the lead singer kept mentioning how hot it was but was still outfitted in the standard skinny jeans. He would have looked pretty ridiculous singing songs of heartbreak and despair in cargo shots and rainbows however.

It’s been a long time….

Due to some recent developments I have been unable to post for the last several weeks. Not that I am pretending that my lack of activity was noticed by a single soul outside of my girlfriend however, it is nice to imagine that I maintain a fervently loyal, passionate audience. I do have a valid excuse however as I  finally reached my personal goal of finding the “right” job before my impending 30th birthday which I am sure made my friends and parents happy so they would not have to listen to me deconstruct and analyze my job search for the umpteenth time.

Federated Media

In the next week or so I will be leaving Orange County for San Francisco due to a new gig at Federated Media which I landed after a successful stalking campaign that would have made the guy that shot Regan and was obsessed with Jodie Foster proud. (kidding, sort of).  Although, I will certainly miss my little jewel of a neighborhood of Corona Del Mar and the 363 days of sunshine; I am excited to move to an area of the country  where it is not a prerequisite for a restaurant to be housed in a strip mall and 98% of conversation don’t revolve around skin rejuvenation (botox vs. fraxel) or the current lease offers at Fletcher Jones – Mercedes. BTW, I vote for fraxel as it is less invasive.

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I cannot properly convey how pumped I am about my new job at FM. Given that FM represents the most talented authors in the blogosphere, one can only hope some of their skill will eventually rub off on my efforts. The past couple days I attended the FM Conversation Marketing Summit and was priivy to some of the best and brightest individuals/companies in the media/advertising world. Additionally, the name Federated Media makes it sound like the company is a hybrid of a media conglomerate and some sort of Battlestar Galactica type organization which adds further allure. In some respects I have always been drawn to things that are new and unique before others have caught on. This tendency has many times led to mistakes however, I truly believe that FM is onto something very special which was bolstered my interactions with c0-workers at the conference who definitely sense the opportunity as well.  If all this was not enough, another added bonus was the most delectable conference food I have ever had the pleasure of stuffing in my fat face and a company after party at a dive bar. I think I’ve found a home….now it’s time to get to work.