The Velvet Underground
Kendall Square Cinema, October 2021
Field Day Duo
Lily Pad, Cambridge, MA, October 10, 2021
The Velvet Underground documentary is only playing through October
28th but it's worth your time to make the trip into Kendall Square. The screen
is not huge but it's bigger than your TV and the sound system is decent. If
you love The Velvet Underground, and if you're reading the BGN that's kind of
a given, you'll dig this flick.
Sure, there are debatable issues - the slap dash, cut and paste, multi screen,
now only slightly Avant cinematography, the things left in and the things left
out, and the lack of any complete performances but these a quibbles when measured
against the whole. The cinematography highlights the New York cultural milieu
in the mid 60's and the major minor role that the Velvets and Warhol played
in the nascent downtown scene.
It's easy to see how you could follow this movie in a number of fascinating
directions. Turn left and you have Warhol and the Factory
crowd, turn right and you can mine Lou's post Velvet career.
Head north to find John Cale as a solo artist,
especially his early, groundbreaking, minimalist drone collaborations
with Lamont Young, Tony Conrad and Marian Zazeela as the original
Dream Syndicate. Head east to find the Germanic Queen, Nico.
The Velvet Underground doc is a treat for the eyes,
the ears, and the head. It catches Rock on the cusp of one of
its most important transmutations. See it at the theater if you
can although it is available to stream on Apple TV.
I caught the Field Day Duo at the Lily Pad
in Cambridge back on October 10th. As a band they keep the arrangements clean
so the duo format didn't require them to strip off too many clothes. These guys,
especially in the duo format, are not going to blast you against the wall with
volume or histrionics. They sound like a great party guest, intuitive, articulate,
slyly funny and charming. And, the appropriately named Ken Field
sat in for a couple tunes.
They run a continuum between Anderman and Zedek voiced
tunes where the back and forth and witty repartee highlight their screwball
comedy connection. Their lowercase, heart on sleeve lyrics a la "The Hardest
Part", coupled with an occasional barbed piss off like "Finished With
You" and their credible musical and personal interplay might just be the
thing to hit the refresh button on your pandemic
They have a new, gotta make it on radio, single 7", Everything,
Everyone / The Next Day on Bandcamp. It's just waiting to
slip into your stressed mind.
Field Day Duo