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Bobby D

I just saw Todd Haynes' new Dylan bio-influenced flick, I'm Not There. I'm definitely still wrapping my brain around some parts of the film and references. Immediate reactions are as follows:

  1. Cate Blanchett fucking nailed it.
  2. SO much symbolism. Very clever with clean editing and detailed cinematography.
  3. David Cross as Allen Ginsberg!? YES!!!! Thank you.
  4. Sort of confusing. There are six different actors portraying different aspects of Dylan's life and persona and the plot jumps around. I'll definitely have to see this again to catch all the references/representations.
  5. The two-disc soundtrack is IN CRED IBLE: Stephen Malkmus (Pavement), Cat Power, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Eddie Vedder, Roger McGuinn (The Byrds), The Hold Steady, AND The Million Dollar Bashers. Who, you ask? Well get this, apparently (I looked this up: The Million Dollar Bashers are a super-group "assembled by Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo and has Steve Shelley on drums, Television guitarist Tom Verlaine, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, guitarist Smokey Hormel, keyboardist John Medeski and Dylan bassist Tony Garnier." Like I said, incredible.

I really wanted to upload a song, but my account isn't working. Luckily I also found a stream of Stephen Malkmus and The Million Dollar Bashers covering the shit out of "Ballad of a Thin Man," also on Someone's doing a good job, it's clearly the instant favorite of the soundtrack. Medeski wails.

Sidebar: I've recently been listening to Pavement a lot. Sometimes it feels like your own interest in something strangely triggers a heightened popularity of that something. Obviously it's only a heightened awareness, but it still blows my mind a little. I love you, Stephen Malkmus.