Dizzy Swallows

All Fang, No Sparkle

December 12th, 2014

I rarely review movies on dizzy, but after watching Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, I could barely keep myself from jumping off the couch to tell you all about it right then and there. Not only does it feature a scene wherein shirtless Tom Hiddleston, complete with lank, black rocker hair and leather pants, licks on a blood popsicle (bless you Jim), but the film resoundingly obliterates the sparkling travesty that has been passing as the genre’s flagship for far too long. And that right there may be enough to recommend it! Don’t go in expecting any gory neck biting or climbing up the wall action scenes. This is a dreamy love story between Hiddleston’s Adam and the incomparable Tilda Swinton‘s Eve (whose truly glorious mane was allegedly enhanced with yak hair). Clearly drawing inspiration from old school Anne Rice, the film somehow manages to make … Continue reading

Strand of Oaks

May 20th, 2011 3 Comments

Last week we had the pleasure of seeing Joe Pug play at Ballard’s own Tractor Tavern. Joe has grown notably more confident in his stage presence in the year since we saw him in Austin. His band and sound have both changed, but subtly and for the better. By the end of the night, he had us all eating out of his guitar-picking hand.

While it was an absolute delight to hear Joe Pug again, I was perhaps even more excited to discover his tour-mate, Strand of Oaks. This is the stage moniker of Philly-based Tim Showalter, a bearded, lumberjack type with a slow easy smile. Tim introduced himself as an ex-second grade teacher and bus driver who would educate his students with music by Sigur Rós and Mogwai on the way to school. Respect. He then proceeded to drop several J.R.R. Tolkien references. Needless to say, … Continue reading