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Exclusive! Video premiere + Q&A: Rogue Wave’s Permalight.

Exclusive! Video premiere + Q&A: Rogue Wave’s Permalight. (photo)

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For Rogue Wave‘s fourth studio album, Zach Rogue and Pat Spurgeon decided to have themselves a little intrigue, and make a mini film showcasing snippets of each song on their forthcoming record, Permalight.

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I talked to Zach about these teasers, five of which we have premiered here, and found he has a serious thing for movie trailers — “I think I like movie trailers better than movies,” he said, in fact.

Check out these vignettes, trailers for each song on the record, but also a kind of homage to the 1970’s Karl Malden/Michael Douglas show, “The Streets of San Francisco.”

Do you have a larger your scheme in mind for these vignettes?

Well, there are more of them. We were shooting the video for our first single, but we wanted to be able to do something a bit different too, and kind of have [something] that feels like movie trailers with just little glimpses of the record. And some local footage of the Bay area, that’s where we’re from, and just kind of run around the city and make a conspiracy drama. Have fun for a weekend and shoot in the rain…. They’re like demos you know, they can’t disappoint because you never know what their potential is yet. And it’s that not knowing that makes it so sweet.

Who directed these and was the concept a collaboration between you?

Yeah we worked with this filmmaker, Tyler Manson, he’s an up and comer, look out for that guy! The whole idea of the project really came from Emmett Malloy, really talented dude, and then he got Tyler involved who had his own idea how to make it real. It was really something they came up with and we just kind of participated in – they deserve any kind of credit, or blame.

These songs mark a departure from your previous sound, after a serious health debacle is that right?

Yeah, I had some problems [laughs]. In late 2008 I slipped two discs in my neck and lost the felling in my arm and right hand. I got a lot of it back for sure, and am in a much better place now. But there was a very dark stretch of time where I couldn’t really get out of bed or move much. This record was a kind of reaction to that and wanting very enthusiastically to start making music again. So I think the record is a lot more direct and punchy and cohesive… then maybe our other records.

I dig the contraption your co-conspirator [Pat] has in his case (revealed in the “Solitary Gun” teaser)…

Yeah, that day before shooting we brought a bunch of props and decided to meet and get coffee -Bluebottle coffee it’s really good – so we’re in line [at this busy place] and Tyler says, “Hey Pat I heard you brought some props.” And Pat’s like yeah I brought this, this, and this bomb! And all these heads turned.

What kind of job do you pack for, assuming of course you do not pack for the job you have?

Oh. [laughs] Ah, that’s a really good question. I pack for a job that will largely remain thankless.

Do you have a song in the film “Rachel Getting Married,” or who is that?

Well that’s interesting… we did a cover, years ago, of a Buddy Holly song called “Everyday.” We did a version of if for this video game project called “Stubbs the Zombie,” and I don’t really know what happened but someone emailed me and said, “Hey man! I heard your version of ‘Everyday’ in the ‘Rachel Getting Married’ trailer, that’s so neat!” I had heard about the movie, but we didn’t have a song in it. So I got online and watched the trailer, and realized that somebody had taken our version of that song and copied it note for note all the same instrumentation, even the same bells we used, an exact replica of our version, but it wasn’t us.

What! That movie had some great music, and all kinds of musicians involved, it seemed like a really positive process. So what happened, did you get credited?

Yeah the matter has been dealt with let’s jus say, but I was extremely unhappy… that kind of theft is just, totally unnecessary. I think with trailers, it has nothing to do with the people who made the actual film [interrupted, we both say marketing]. Yeah, I’m sure if the filmmakers, which by the way it was an amazing film, my favorite movie that year, I’m sure they would have been horrified if they knew that had gone on.

Well aside from your conspiracy vignettes, what film would you like to live inside of, if you could?

Well I think I do live inside of “The Conversation,” but what film would I like to live in? [laughs] Geez. What’s that great movie with Audrey Tautou? “Amélie!” I’d like to live in “Amélie,” yeah. And I can tell you, I know what Pat wants to live in, the movie “Tron.”

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.

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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.