I heard this piece this weekend at Third Coast's Filmless Festival, a real precious event that had me sitting in a dark room with seventy strangers, all of us closing our eyes.
City X is about the mall, its effect on small town economies, and its magical ability to simultaneously attract and repel us. The places where the reporter, Jonathan Mitchell, just lets the tape run and we get to look for a parking space are PLEASING and SATISFYING. The unspecificity of almost everything going on is also a new way of capturing the universality of the story in an indirect way.
"If you’re in the Portland, Me., area and you want ragged folk-rock, you come see this guy."
I have an unbelievable amount of hometown pride. Por ejemplo, I’m all jazzed up about the last little item in the NYST’s Playlist. Chriss Sutherland is from Portland (MAINE). I saw him play this summer and blah blah he’s good. NOT THE POINT. The blurb mentions both Portland and Peapod Recordings. And it maybe makes a bit of an acknowledgement through it’s use of the term “ragged folk rock” that Portland is cultivating an orginal sound and music scene. This is a good thing.
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