I love digging up relics from my pre-web life on the web: Five State Drive (apparently there is a current band named Five State Drive, but I ain't talking about them). They were an amazing power trio in Virginia/DC in the mid 90s. They never quite had the right production for their music which was raw, catchy & mesemerizing somehow all at once.
I had a movieful Memorial Day weekend. I wanted to watch a big dumb blockbuster that would be total escapism. The D-Code was boring & ploddingly melodramatic, and X-Men III was almost completely devoid of action, instead exploring such crucial issues as the ethics of being a mutant. Will noone make a dumb movie with things blowing up & hi-tech special effects for me? What has this country come to?
I also watched State of Mind, which seemed far too squishy politically but had amazing footage of the Mass Games. Freedom of Space, the film on skatebaording culture & public space was pretty fantastic. It went a few too many time to the Romantic slo-mo to reinforce the seriousness with which it took its subject, but overall balanced the energy of skating and the intellectual energy of the ideas well. It seems the the group raised some decent money toward starting a new skatepark in Lincoln, which is great. I was thinking about this in NY watching some kids skating around a parking lot, that there is a kind of physical comfort I see in a skater, a way of being so much a part of their current moment, that I do not see anywhere else.