Official Music Video for Wild Flag’s Romance is here, and it is amazing.
Wild Flag- Future Crimes
From the band’s debut 7” LP, which I spent almost the entirety of Record Store Day chasing after. I never did find it, but according to Wild Flag’s Facebook page, they are opening up for Sonic Youth on the Williamsburg Waterfront on August 12th!!!
I mean, Carrie Brownstein, you are my Thurston Moore (and my Joey Ramone too).
The trailer for the hilarious, subversive, yet full of heart (but not for the faint of heart) Rid of Me, currently having its world premier at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film’s tag line bluntly and knowlingly states “Kids can be mean…adults can be meaner,” and I think many of us know that to be true.
Written and directed by James Westby, who is more than capable of capturing the female voice, the film stars Katie O’Grady, as Meris, who gives such an awkward, wall-petal performance, that it made it almost impossible to believe I was meeting her when I chatted with a beautiful, articulate, and friendly blond at the film’s after party. Grady’s performance, which is also a transformation, is complimented by the magnetic Orianna Herrmann, as Trudy, a punk chick whose f**K the world and then some attitude helps Meris loses herself (again) in order to find herself. This is a film for anyone who has ever been the victim of mean kids (raises hand), anyone who’s ever had their heart broken (raises hand), and anyone who’s ever wondered how they got where they are and hasn’t a clue how to find their way back (raises hand again).
And did I mention the film and filmmakers come out of Portland, Oregon? Whatever it is they put in the water there, the city really is producing wonderful, different, and daring independent film and television.
I love all the feminist bookstore sketches from Portlandia (not to mention this one from ThunderAnt, Carrie Bronwstein and Fred Armisen’s sketch comedy group that preceded the show), but there’s a special place in my heart for this one. I cannot wait for Season Two! In the meantime, I’m going to try and find an adult hide and seek league to join.
Wild Flag playing at SXSW last week. New favorite new-band alert! Can I say band? They are a super band! Please don’t remind me that I missed two chances to see them earlier this month, once in Brooklyn, once in the city. I didn’t know! Please come back! It’s a mistake that will not happen twice (er, thrice). From Wild Flag’s bio:
What is the sound of an avalanche taking out a dolphin? What do get when you cross a hamburger with a hot dog? The answer is: WILD FLAG.
WILD FLAG is a Portland, OR and Washington DC based quartet consisting of Carrie Brownstein, Mary Timony, Rebecca Cole, and Janet Weiss. The members of WILD FLAG have played in numerous and notable bands, including but not limited to: Helium, The Minders, Croissant Cocktail, Feeble Knees, Quasi, Dogz, Sleater-Kinney, @@@, The Consortium, Asia, and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.
Apt adjectives for describing the band’s music: wild. Also: flaggy.
(BONUS: Read my review of Some Days are Better Than Others, co-starring Brownstein!)
I’m not going to pretend I’ve always been into riot grrrl music. No one around me ever really was, but since I’ve spent a decent amount of time in the online feminist community (fourth wave?), I’ve started listening, and oh thank goodness.