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Exclusive Music Video Premiere: LANDy’s “BFF!”

Exclusive Music Video Premiere: LANDy’s “BFF!” (photo)

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Adam Goldberg’s been a hero to the thinking man and woman since his role as the hilarious back seat misanthrope who ultimately just wanted to dance in “Dazed and Confused.” He acts, he writes, he directs, and with this long-in-coming foray into music as LANDy, he lays himself bare. The 18-track album “Eros and Omissions,” recorded with help from Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips, Earlimart’s Aaron Espinoza and others, hits June 23rd. I got a chance to talk with Goldberg, after a bit of call juggling, about expressing himself through music, what’s on his mind, and the new video for the track “BFF!”, which you can watch below. A few confessions follow, but then, I think that’s just his nature.

Exclusive music video premiere — LANDy’s “BFF!”, from the new album “Eros and Omissions”:


How are you doing?

Ah, doing all right, been a little frantic. But ah, oy vey. Ignore… [he ignores another call] But, I’m good. I’m just frantic.

I might be a kindred spirit.

Yeah, what are you up to?

I’m calling this guy, Adam Goldberg.

Yeah, that would be enough to make me frantic.

Yeah, but let’s talk about LANDy. You started recording this yourself; this is a labor of love over years?

Yeah, with the caveat that it wasn’t begun with the intention of making a record, per se. The earliest recording dates back to the end of 2002. There were various points over the last few years where I said “Okay, this will be part of a record,” or “I will use these songs as a demo and try to get some sort of record deal.” The best example would have been me taking a trip to Oklahoma to record these songs with Steven [Drozd] which I felt were going to be the beginning of a proper record that I was going to make [in 2005]. But that never came to fruition. So I just continued to record stuff as always, really just for the pleasure of doing it.

I know you were collaborating with other people and even played in a band or two before that, but it was 2005 when you first knew you were working on something called LANDy?

It sort of begs the question, what is a record? Is a record something that you make with a band, the same three or four or five people, or is it with a variety of people over years? Is it under one roof? In the past, when I decided to write a script, I could sit down and do it and see it though, and make fairly difficult to make films in a relatively short time span, regardless of what their ultimate reception. I could get it out there, push it out into the world in some way. But here was something I was very passionate about that had grown much more habitual. I’d become overwhelmed by what it was I was supposed to do with [it all]. By the end of 2007 I had something like 25 songs in various forms and decided to take all this stuff to Aaron Espinoza to help me mix it, rerecord, and record few new songs. I guess you could say that’s the beginning of it becoming a record rather than merely a recording of experiences I’d had over the past few years.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Aaron Espinoza a few times, actually… he’s integral to a couple of the songs aside from the general production, isn’t he?

Sure — there were two songs I recorded from the ground up at his studio. One is the opening track, which was recorded almost on the fly, and then “BFF!” — we did that one from the ground up. He plays that guitar lick at the end of “BFF!” and shakers and tambourines and things all over the place. He only had so much latitude in mixing because a lot of stuff I had printed — when I first started mixing, I sort of realized [laughs] you print an effect and it was there forever.

06022009_landy2.jpgDid you have a hand in the “BFF!” video?

It was a collaborative process. Tim Cox, who I had done a movie with (“Miss Nobody”), pitched this idea that at the time was premature, nearly a year ago. I said “Let me think about it,” and he and I would send treatments back and forth, I was in New York at the time. The results are very much a product of these exchanges. He was all about what camera we were gonna use, and I had very specific visual frames of reference, like Julius Shulman photographs, and you know, this all sounds very pretentious… Some things are my ideas, some things are his ideas.

Is there a bit of fetishism going on there, or is that just me?

[laughs] During the shoot, I was like, “My God, this is a fetishist’s dream!” and actually made a concerted effort while editing to get more to the heart of what it’s about, which is a fairly literal though hyperbolized interpretation of the song. I had this concept rooted in sycophantism, doppelgangers, persona and identity confusion… But at the same time I thought it’s still a very colorful way of exhibiting this so that it doesn’t get too self important or maudlin.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.