by carl wilson

We Hearby Submit that Pop Montreal
Change Its Name to 'The Paradise on Earth Festival'


B-a-n-a-n-a-s. I'm watching Raul Julia play New York New York on clarinet to his goats as Calibanos in Paul Mazursky's The Tempest (I forgot that it was Molly Ringwald's first film; she's good in it! It's not as bad as its reputation, not near). I decide to look in on the internasty, and what do I hear from the folks at Pop Montreal but this: Pere Ubu, Patti Smith, Mort Sahl, DJ/Rupture, Final Fantasy, Gary Lucas, Tagaq, The Federation, Half-Japanese, Qui with David Yow, and PAG in one festival? I've got one heavy-duty case of dropjaw.

"Confirmed Artists, more to be announced:
Patti Smith, Cody Chesnutt, Pere Ubu
Half Japanese, Mort Sahl (who apparently is originally from Montreal - did you know this? I did not know this!)
Ron Sexsmith, Michel Pagliaro, Black Mountain, Oakley Hall
Sunset Rubdown, The National, A-Trak, Kid Sister
Caribou, Born Ruffians, Final Fantasy, Chromeo
Tiga, Bobby Conn, Yelle, Eric's Trip, DJ/Rupture
Tony Rebel, Jr Kelly, Starvin Hungry, Bionic
Trigger Effect, Lotusland, Magnolia Electric Co., Chad VanGaalen
Grizzly Bear, The Watson Twins, MSTRKRFT, DJ Mehdi
Jay Reatard, Qui, Megasoid, Glitch Mob
The Cool Kids, Gary Lucas, Earlimart, Ndidi Onukwulu
Miracle Fortress, Taqaq, Fujiya and Miyagi,
Daedalus, Filastine, United Steel Workers of Montreal,
Barmitzvah Brothers, Fucked Up, Maga Bo, Georgie James,
Tiombe Lockhart, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Basia Bulat,
We're Marching On and much more."

The dates are Oct. 3-7. And it sounds like the Future of Music Coalition and McGill are going to put on a "Pop & Policy" conference at the same time. Please don't come. That town ain't big enough for the million of us.

General | Posted by zoilus on Saturday, July 21 at 10:31 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (16)



but yeah, it does have a bad reputation - some of it justified, as it is too long and some of its thematic stuff is belabored. it gets talked about as the point where Mazursky lost the plot after the relative triumphs of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and An Unmarried Woman. but it really doesn't seem any more off-the-rails than many Altman films.

in the intervening years i've often gotten Mazursky mixed up with Paul Morrissey, who made movies for Andy Warhol.

Posted by zoilus on July 25, 2007 12:48 PM



Well, you have to tell me where they are, this time, Andrew.

Sean - I'm not sure but I think you & I might actually have seen Tempest *together* the first time around, on VHS at somebody or other's house. But maybe I arrived late(?) because I only really remembered the second half of the movie.

Posted by zoilus on July 25, 2007 12:37 PM



Clarinet! Clarinet!

Posted by Dixon on July 25, 2007 7:19 AM



Tempest has a bad reputation? I loved it when it came out. Or when it first appeared on TV. I think I had just learned about Cassavetes and was enamoured of the idea of him as Prospero. And I'd just seen A Woman Under the Influence and there was Gina Rowlands.

I remember struggling with it too. It was my first example of a story that overtly alluded to myth but didn't use any magic wands - Caliban playing the saxophone for goats a perfect example.

Posted by Dixon on July 25, 2007 7:17 AM



Come to the late night thing this time, Carl.

Posted by Andrew on July 23, 2007 7:19 PM



Once again, La Belle Province pulls us back from the brink...jealous of the convenience of it all out here on the West Coast...enjoy Sunset Rubdown...we are proud.

Posted by Phil on July 23, 2007 11:43 AM



1. I sort of love that movie. I haven't seen it from beginning to end, but I dropped into it once on TV and stayed as long as possible, and I agree, Molly Ringwald was good in it. And anything with Gena Rowlands in it is clearly amazing. Unless she's acting opposite an insufferable Winona Ryder. (As opposed to a sufferable Winona Ryder.)

2. Eric's Trip!

Posted by Damian Rogers on July 22, 2007 9:55 PM



(like how I corrected my grammar?)

Posted by Catbird on July 22, 2007 8:18 PM that's an "I'm suuuuuuuuuurrrrrre!"

Posted by Catbird on July 22, 2007 8:17 PM that's a "I'm suuuuuuuuuurrrrrre!"

Posted by Catbird on July 22, 2007 8:17 PM



Bah! I'm booked at a conference in Las Vegas that week. Which will be fun, but.

Oh, well. You said not to come. So I'm not coming.

Posted by Jamie on July 22, 2007 7:51 PM



Check the profile of Sahl in the current issue of Vanity Fair.

Posted by Jordan on July 22, 2007 6:56 PM



Sean, don't tease. Better how???

Posted by zoilus on July 22, 2007 1:00 PM



"The 2007 Pop Montreal International Music Festival Conference, Pop and Policy: Music in a Digital Age, will bring together key stakeholders in the fields of music, law, technology, and business to provide a forum for critical discussions and strategy workgroups on Canadian music policy and industry. An interdisciplinary collaboration of leading thinkers and institutions: Pop Montreal, the CIPP (Centre for Intellectual Property Policy, McGill University Faculty of Law), McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, and the FMC (Future of Music Coalition); this conference will open up an essential dialogue between policy makers, industry representatives, artists, fans, and the media on pressing issues including: internet policy, copyright reform, radio regulations, technology development, and new models. Although international in scope, this conference will be the first of its kind to have a specific focus on the Canadian scope of these topics.

This year’s planned delegates include the creator of Mp3 technology Karl Heinz Branderberg, acclaimed neuroscientist, author, and producer Daniel Levitin, legendary producer Sandy Pearlman, and ‘punk-rock’s poet laureate’ Patti Smith.

Alongside of keynote addresses and panels, Pop and Policy will feature a special series of artist driven programming. Workshops on topics like media-training, the ins and outs of the publishing industry, and open-source cinema are all under works.

Check back at the end of July for confirmation of more programming, highlights, and details on the whole sha-bang."

Posted by zoilus on July 22, 2007 12:58 PM



FMC are doing the Summit in DC in Septemeber and then ANOTHER ("Pop & Policy") in October? Are you suuuuuuurrrrrre?

Posted by Catbird on July 22, 2007 8:04 AM



it gets better.

Posted by Sean on July 21, 2007 11:35 PM




Zoilus by Carl Wilson