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David Lynch Talks About His Music, the Smell of Pine, And “Blue Velvet”

David Lynch Talks About His Music, the Smell of Pine, And “Blue Velvet” (photo)

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David Lynch revealed telling things about the olfactory pleasures of woodcutting while discussing some of the initial confusion surrounding his latest musical releases on KCRW last week. We’ll get back to the wood.

First, talking to “Morning Becomes Eclectic” host, Jason Bentley, Lynch discussed his latest foray into music. “Angelo Badalamenti brought me into the world of music. Before that, I loved sound,” the director explained, telling how his musical proclivities grew out of experimenting with sound and working with his favorite composer.

Last year Lynch collaborated with Dangermouse and the late Sparklehorse on their “Dark Night Of The Soul” album, singing on a two songs. More recently, he released a pair of electronic tracks which initially confused a few people — notably when Jason Bentley played one of them on air and mistakenly said it was the British group Underworld.

“What happened, for listeners, is that early last year I had gotten MP3s. I got a new Underworld MP3 and I was sent… your track [“Good Day Today”], Bentley explained. “So, as MP3s come sometimes they are mistitled or complete information isn’t there so I confused the two. I ended up playing on the air what I thought was new Underworld [but] I played your track.” Underworld have since sportingly remixed Lynch’s original.

On how Lynch approaches his music and other creative works he said, “It’s the ideas that come. Ideas drive the boat — so you get ideas sometimes for music, you get ideas sometimes for still photography, some ideas for cinema, some ideas for furniture…”

And the ideas keep coming for Lynch who also mentioned that he loves working with wood. “I love the smell of cutting wood. All woods have a smell, it’s so beautiful. Pine is my very favorite. I have a SawStop, do you know what that is?” he inquired.

A SawStop is one of those table saws you can jam your finger into and the thing won’t cut it off. “It’s incredible!” Lynch exclaimed. “I also like the dremel.The dremel is a great tool, everybody would love a dremel and a SawStop.”

Lynch also revealed that outtakes from “Blue Velvet,” once thought lost forever, have been found. “Man oh man,” he said. “You know, there is a thing called b-negative, or outtakes, or lifts, that don’t make it into the film. And in the old days, those things sat around and maybe became dangerously close to being tossed away.” Those once throwaway scenes are now coveted extras for DVD’s and Blu-rays.

“So, one day I looked into seeing where the lifts were because some of these scenes on their own would be beautiful to see again,” Lynch said. “So I find out that Dino, the producer, doesn’t know where they are…. No one knew where they were, they were gone. So depressing.”

But they’ve been found, “Somewhere up in Seattle.” It’s incredible. And the word is that the best of the deleted scenes will come out with the new “Blue Velvet” Blu-ray. On the sound of it, Lynch, who was not pleased by prior efforts, was ecstatic. “And now Dean [“big Dean Hurley,” Lynch’s studio engineer] and I did a new one and it is so thick and beautiful. It’s the mix, but it’s 5.1 killer beauty.”

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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