Watercolors come to life in Megan Reilly’s gorgeous little ditty about a songbird who can’t be caged. The Memphis-born belle moved to New York at age 23 and released two critically acclaimed albums, but her latest, “The Well,” is her first in five years. Director Katie Kapuza created the animation for this duet with folk singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding from 1,100 separate images, taking a photo after each brush stroke.
“Old Man and the Bird is a song about a lecherous old man trying to coax a beautiful songbird through his window and into his cage,” Reilly said. The singer and impressed Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth, who helped guide her through the early stages of her career in NYC, but she has since moved out of the city and had a child.
“It’s a duet with john Wesley Harding who also penned the song and we rehearsed it only once in the studio before recording it,” Reilly added. “I always love singing with him and was ecstatic to have a song of his on my record. I think it’s always a good thing to break out of the mold you create when you write your own songs.”
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Another Comic-Con International is in the can, and multiple nerdgasms were had by all – not least of which were about the Stan Against Evil roundtable discussion. Dana, Janet and John dropped a whole lotta information on what’s to come in Season 2 and what it’s like to get covered in buckets of demon goo. Here are the highlights.
That's a wrap! 2:28 AM in a muddy in cemetery in GA a superlative cast & crew wrapped season 2 of Stan Against Evil. Thanks all!!! pic.twitter.com/HAFsJUl4AI
Season 2 hits the air November 1 and picks up right where things left off. Consider this your chance to seamlessly continue your Halloween binge.
Most people know that Evie was written especially for Janet, but did you know that Stan is based on Dana Gould’s dad? It’s true. But that’s where the homage ends, because McGinley was taken off the leash to really build a unique character.
Improv is apparently everything, because according to Gould the funniest material happens on the fly. We bet the writers are totally cool with it.
If Stan fans are also into Twin Peaks and Doctor Who, that’s no accident. Both of those cult classic genre benders were front of mind when Stan was being developed.
Yep. A new trailer dropped. Feast your eyes.
Catch up on Stan Against Evil’s first season on the IFC app before it returns November 1st on IFC.
Jared Warner, Nick Ciavarella, and Tim Dean were once a part of Murderfist, a group of comedy writers, actors, producers, parents, and reluctant adults. Together with InstaMiniSeries’s Nikki Borges, they’re making their IFC Comedy Crib debut with the refreshingly-honest and joyfully-hilarious Commuters. The webseries follows thirtysomethings Harris and Olivia as they brave the waters of true adulthood, and it’s right on point.
Jared, Nick, Nikki and Tim were kind enough to answer a few questions about Commuters for us. Here’s a snippet of that conversation…
IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Nick: Two 30-somethings leave the Brooklyn life behind, and move to the New Jersey suburbs in a forced attempt to “grow up.” But they soon find out they’ve got a long way to go to get to where they want to be.
IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Jared: It’s a show about how f*cking stupid people who think they are smart can be.
IFC: What’s your origin story? When did you all meet and how long have you been working together?
Jared: Nick, Tim, and I were all in the sketch group Murderfist since, what, like 2004? God. Anyway, Tim and Nick left the group to pursue other frivolous things, like children and careers, but we all enjoyed writing together and kept at it. We were always more interested in storytelling than sketch comedy lends itself to, which led to our webseries Jared Posts A Personal. That was a show about being in your 20s and embracing the chaos of being young in the city. Commuters is the counterpoint, i guess. Our director Adam worked at Borders (~THE PAST!!~) with Tim, came out to a Murderfist show once, and we’ve kept him imprisoned ever since.
IFC: What was the genesis of Commuters?
Tim: Jared had an idea for a series about the more realistic, less romantic aspects of being in a serious relationship. I moved out of the city to the suburbs and Nick got engaged out in LA. We sort of combined all of those facets and Commuters was the end result.
IFC: How would Harris describe Olivia?
Jared: Olivia is the smartest, coolest, hottest person in the world, and Harris can’t believe he gets to be with her, even though she does overreact to everything and has no chill. Like seriously, ease up. It doesn’t always have to be ‘a thing.’
IFC: How would Olivia describe Harris?
Nikki: Harris is smart, confident with a dry sense of humor but he’s also kind of a major chicken shit…. Kind of like if Han Solo and Barney Rubble had a baby.
IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?
Nikki: I think this is the most accurate portrayal of what a modern relationship looks like. Expectations for what your life is ‘supposed to look like’ are confusing and often a let down but when you’re married to your best friend, it’s going to be ok because you will always find a way to make each other laugh.
IFC: Is the exciting life of NYC twentysomethings a sweet dream from which we all must awake, or is it a nightmare that we don’t realize is happening until it’s over?
Tim: Now that i’ve spent time living in the suburbs, helping to raise a two year old, y’all city folk have no fucking clue how great you’ve got it.
Nikki: I think of it similar to how I think about college. There’s a time and age for it to be glorious but no one wants to hang out with that 7th year senior. Luckily, NYC is so multifaceted that you can still have an exciting life here but it doesn’t have to be just what the twentysomethings are doing (thank god).
Jared: New York City is a garbage fire.
See the whole season of Commuters right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.
Mansplaining is when a man takes it upon himself to explain something to a woman that she already knows. It happens a lot, but it’s not going to happen here. Ladies, go ahead and skip to the end of this post to watch a free episode of IFC’s latest addition, Baroness von Sketch Show.
However, if you’re a man, you might actually benefit from a good mansplanation. So take a knee, lean in, and absorb the following wisdom.
Baroness von Sketch Show is made entirely by women, therefore this show isn’t focused on men. Can you believe it? I know what you’re thinking: how will we know when to laugh if the jokes aren’t viewed through the dusty lens of the patriarchy? Where are the thinly veiled penis jokes? Am I a bad person? In order: you will, nowhere, and yes.
Did you know that there’s more to life than poop jokes, sex jokes, body part jokes? I mean, those things are all really good things, natch, and totally edgy. But Baroness von Sketch Show does something even edgier. It holds up a brutal funhouse mirror to our everyday life. This is a bulls**t world we made, fellas.
After you watch the Canadian powerhouses of Baroness von Sketch Show and think to yourself “Dear god, this is so real” and “I’ve gotta talk about this,” do yourself a favor and think a-boot your options: Refrain from sharing your sage wisdom with any woman anywhere (believe us, she gets it). Instead, tell a fellow bro and get the mansplaining out of your system while also spreading the word about a great show.
Dudes, that’s the deal.
Women, start reading again here:
Check out the preview episode of Baroness von Sketch Show and watch the series premiere August 2 on IFC.