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Dave Cromwell Writes About TLA Ep 3, "Nobody Gets Fat Eating Music"

Updated: Jul 22


Dave Cromwell is a fantastic writer and music journalist out of New York who's always on the cutting edge of what's new in music and visual art. I'm honored that he's taken a liking to Translove Airwaves and has written about each of the 3 full episodes I've done in his wonderful blog, DaveCromwellWrites. Here's his latest, most excellent and thoughtful review of the new episode starring Will Carruthers and Dom Gourlay, "Nobody Gets Fat Eating Music" Thanks so much Croms!


From Dave Cromwell Writes blog, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 'Gathered Deliberation on Recent Audio and Video Releases'


Psychedelic documentary film-maker Matt Levin returns with a new project in the works on the life and times of influential musician, writer and painter Will Carruthers. Most psych-rock fanatics know him as an innovative bass player in seminal bands Spacemen 3, Spiritualized and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Will has also carved out a niche for himself as a painter, with one of his works put to the “psych-test” here in Matt's narrative. With the clever title "Nobody Gets Fat Eating Music," Matt combines an informative live interview with brilliant animation and in-depth analysis for a uniquely immersive experience.


Among the numerous subjects covered, of particular interest (and the opening sequence) discusses a tryptic painting Matt commissioned Will to paint for him. Calling it “Gluggavedur,” that title refers to old Icelandic saying that means “window weather.” Where images outside may look pleasant and comfortable, but when you step out into it you are freezing cold. The artist insisted it be framed with two black bars between the panels, conveying the sensation of looking out a window onto the sea.


In addition to a live interview with Will conducted at the Liverpool Psych Festival is a series of brilliant animations illustrating many of the stories being told. This full motion imagery was commissioned by Matt and set into creative motion by the truly gifted Klarens Malluta. Much of the documentary benefits from Klarens depicting Will's interview story answers in a lavish and colorful way. It's a wonderful hybrid of Peter Max, Yellow Submarine and Pink Floyd's The Wall style imagery.




At one point Will tells a story about meeting Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre for the first time, and threatening to shoot him with a longbow. He states they actually bonded over that, as Anton found it quite entertaining. A clip covering that segment can be viewed on The Brian Jonestown Massacre Instagram page here.


Another short clip from the interview can also be found on the BJM Instagram page where Will explains that “the most addictive drug I ever took was music.” And how if he just “keeps going back and try it one more time, it will be alright this time. I'll just have two then I'll stop. I'll play two songs and then I'll stop.” But the harsh reality of being “back on the building site” and working soul crushing (and dangerous) factory labor has you giving in to the pull of music once more time.




Check out the trailer for this feature here:


Get more info on the Translove Airwaves series here Previous features about Translove Airwaves on this site can be found here and here * * * * * POSTED BY DAVECROMWELL AT 7:30 AM LABELS: CORDUROY INSTITUTE, GIFTSHOP, TOSHIO BAND, TRANSLOVE AIRWAVES, WILL CARRUTHERS 1 COMMENT: Matt said...Thanks so much Dave for your fantastic, thorough review of the new episode of Translove Airwaves! I really appreciate it! All the best, Matt.JULY 21, 2021 AT 9:11 AM Post a Comment Older PostHome Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom)

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ABOUT ME DAVECROMWELLDave Cromwell has been writing about music since the dawn of the internet age. In addition to the steady flow of features here on this site, he has been a regular contributor to The Deli Magazine (both Print and Web) since 2010. With numerous Print Issue cover features and weekly contributions on the Deli website, scores of artists have received the Cromwell point of view. Along with ongoing contributions to this site and The Deli Magazine, Dave has written for Dingus, My Social List, The Waster and Soma website magazines.VIEW MY COMPLETE PROFILE RECENT VISITORS Live Blog Stats 2


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