The Parmesans practice in a large living room off of Hayes and Divisadero several times a week. The usual gathering begins with plenty of herb, bubbly drinks and usually ends with a large burrito. This kind of music; folk, alt country, indie folk, isn’t commonly sought out in San Francisco, nonetheless these guys are hardcore fanatics and continue to evolve within their genre. I hope someday soon the Parms reach a larger audience who will enjoy their music as much as I do. And support them so they may continue producing classic tunes. If you enjoy this love song of sorts, I recommend downloading their latest album “Wolf Eggs”, which can be found here:
The documentation was quick and extremely satisfying. I utilized my old canon rebel with a prime 50mm for the locked off frame of Andrews guitar. Simultaneously I operated my 5d on a tri pod for the alternating shots. The audio was simply my h4n recorder set up in the middle of the room. With some minor tweaking here and a dash of color there you end up with a musical time capsule, which I will continue to enjoy viewing till Im old and grey.
Byron Blum is the leader and singer of the POW! clan. Mr. Blum is a San Francisco based musician and contributes to many other groups in the area. Over the summer he began to use my friends basement as a recording studio. Needless to say we talked about shooting something so we finally got together and recorded a live session.
I hope you enjoy this synchronized, synthesized, loud and harmonic live performance.
I was in a position to give Arcade Fire a ride back to their hotel. I’m not sure where I was, but Im pretty sure I was in my old high school. We were trying to use a van that would fit everyone, because there’s so many of them. It was a RV, or actually, it was a small home that had wheels, a steering wheel and seat belts. We loaded everyone up expecting to leave, however the lady who was going to drive drank too much vodka and was throwing up. So I decided to drive after a shower. In the meantime one of my Facebook friends, Victoria decide to drive the bus. Weird that she was there.
Since Arcade Fire was piled into this house/rv/car thing I decided to ask the band if “Reflektor” was going to play any shows up in the bay area, Win Butler’s response was “we don’t play as Reflektor up in SF, we play as RIPPLED COB!” (ending it with an irish accent).
then Regine Chassagne chimed in…
"Ohhhh the wee bit of fun we have at the ol RIPPLED COB! All them fruits up in the castor enjoy a nice dine at the ol RIPPLED COB" (also in an irish accent)
I ended up taking a shower outside the house. They went ahead, and I went back to my desk in Mrs. Sullivan’s 10th grade english class.
My latest project with Ty Segall for the album SLEEPER was originally planned as a 3 part saga. While driving down highway 1, Ty falls into a deep void of visions and thoughts, eventually turning into a nightmare. By the time he is shot back into reality, Ty happily goes about his day running errands. Little does Ty know that he was followed by creatures which stalked him throughout the dream.
But, it didn’t work out that way. A long and drawn out series of unfortunate events such as pick up shots with a camera we didn’t own, miscommunication, budget restraints, and collaboratively editing the project with people who weren’t in the same city, inevitably resulted in the projects flat line.
Lesson being: work within your means, set out a work flow as early as possible, stoke out your client, and well, just hit your deadlines. Its pretty simply actually…
Hope you enjoy the video, it was a blast making it.