Can’t believe that I’ll be in Toronto in two weeks for the Film Festival. Just can’t recall a summer going by quite so quickly as this one. The roster of films this year doesn’t look mind-blowingly great, but there are some hot ones on the docket for sure. Must-see movies include works by Michael Moore, Pedro Almodovar, Jane Campion and French New Wave master Alain Resnais. Two documentaries have also piqued my interest, as they are about turtles and bees, both of which I have great interest in.
I had a terrific time as emcee for the performance with Racounteur Brendan Benson last week at the A2 Borders. His new solo release – My Old, Familiar Friend – is a delicious slice of power-pop and I highly recommend it. I also was videotaped interviewing Brendan before he took the stage with his band, and that footage should be viewable soon at www.borders.com.
Right now I am totally engrossed in reading jazz vocalist Anita O’Day’s autobiography High Times, Hard Times. She led one helluva life, that’s for sure.
Look for my column each Sunday in AnnArbor.com – this Sunday (8./30) I get all sentimental about brick-and-mortar record stores, and the following week (9/6) I’ll do a Q&A with Michigan Theater President and CEO Russ Collins.
This Sunday in the Detroit Free Press I’ll be interviewing R&B vocalist KEM, and my next Playlist review column will appear on Sept. 13.