Fortnightly Favourites #1

New Find: Gap Dream
Old Favourite: Eels
Music Video: Beastie Boys – Sabotage
Film: Dig!

New Find: Gap Dream

Gap Dream is the psychedelic synthpop brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Gabe Fulvimar. Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio and now California-based, Fulvimar is the sole creative behind Gap Dream, and its only regular member. Hazy and synthesiser heavy, Gap Dream strikes a curious balance between upbeat pop and melancholic garage rock. Proudly a member of the Burger Records family, Gap Dream provides the perfect pool-party wind-down jams or Sunday morning chillers.

Old Favourite: Eels

More Californian, multi-instrumentalist goodness from a band close to my heart – Eels. At risk of playing my cards too soon, Eels were formed the same year I was born, in 1995, and I feel have followed me closely ever since. I first became aware of the indie-rockers at the age of six, with their 2001 release of Souljacker. The bold red album cover, with its grainy black and white photo of bearded frontman ‘E’ carrying a fluffy white dog, immediately burned itself into my memory, and with the gutsy opening riff of Dog Faced Boy, the album became a fast favourite. I also loved the later track, Woman Driving, Man Sleeping so much that I have since demanded it be played at my funeral.
A few years later, I fully discovered the bands debut Beautiful Freak. Though now embarrassingly overdramatic, my early high school years were endured thanks to the  frank and tormented lyrics of this stunning record. I never could quite get past the use of My Beloved Monster on the Shrek soundtrack, however.
With an impressive discography of almost a dozen albums, it would be impossible to fully capture this band’s varied sound and various qualities in one short paragraph. To those who are unfamiliar with Eels, however, I do strongly urge you to check them out. Very few bands have since made such an impact as they did on an infant Naomi.

Music Video: Beastie Boys – Sabotage

Director: Spike Jonze

Does this video need introducing? The Spike Jonze directed video to the first single off the Beastie Boys’ Ill Communication, Sabotage is a tongue-in-cheek homage to the cheesy crime dramas of the 1970s. Featuring the aviator-donned band members as actors in the opening credits to a fictional cop show, the video for Sabotage received five nominations at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards. Jam-packed with knife fights, muscle cars and fake moustaches, this three-minute cop-show is almost deserving of an actual series.

Film: Dig! (2004)

Director: Ondi Timoner

Directed by Ondi Timoner, this early-2000s documentary follows Oregon rock band The Dandy Warhols and their psychedelic San Franciscan counterparts The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Filmed over seven years, Dig! tracks The Dandy Warhols as they gain popularity and strive for commercial success. Simultaneously, The Brian Jonestown Massacre appear fractious, fronted by their erratic and feisty founder Anton Newcombe. The film also captures the love-hate relationship between the two bands, though at times the Blur/Oasis-style rivalry seems nothing more than a Newcombe fantasy.
Dig! received almost unanimous critical acclaim, winning the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, however has since been criticised by members of each band, for its unrealistic portrayal of The Brian Jonestown Massacre and the relationship between the two bands. But for many young viewers, this was the film that put The Brian Jonestown Massacre on the map and introduced them to a generation of new fans. Though it appears Timoner has taken some liberties in forcing a plot into a documentary, this is a raw film that captures the struggle faced by many musicians, and is well worth a watch for anyone interested in the glorious West Coast scene at the turn of the century.

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