Here’s our new video. It’s for the song “Man Near the Surface of the Earth” from the album However Strange which you can listen to and download here or buy in the popular cassette format from Burger Records here.
The video is kind of an homage to the 1968 film The Swimmer starring Burt Lancaster, which was itself based on a story by John Cheever. We’re very grateful to director Robert Sobul and his team for making this for us. Guylaine and James even have a brief cameo a few minutes in! Sadly Chris could not make it to the shoot that day because he was busy counting stacks of gold coins in his castle. That has a moat.
Jean Seberg and Jean Paul Belmondo in A bout de souffle [AKA Breathless]
(Jean-Luc Godard, 1960)
Why, after some twenty-odd years, am I just now noticing that the the two principal actors and the director of A bout de souffle share the same first name (or at least the first part of the first name)? Is that the secret to filmmaking success? Probably not.
“We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.”
Happy Birthday, Pablo Picasso.
(25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973)
UK double-bill quad for AGE OF CONSENT (Michael Powell, Australia, 1969) and MICHAEL KOHLHAAS (Volker Schlöndorff, West Germany, 1969)
Artist: (signed but undecipherable)
Poster source: Heritage Auctions
Hi, so we’re going on tour tomorrow — James, Guylaine and Chris — first stop Tempe AZ before we join up with Guided By Voices in Athen GA on September 18. James has agreed to write a sort of tour diary for The Believer magazine’s tumblr, so if and when that happens, we’ll post the link here, and probably cross-post over at his lit-site North of Onhava.
In the meantime, we hope you’ll be come out to one or more of the shows, which are listed to the right somewhere, except for Houston TX and Columbia MO, which have been canceled due to we dont know why. We might try to find replacement shows for those two, but at this late date it’s unlikely.
Anyway. Watch this space, by which we mean literally stare at this blank space on teh internet for hours on end, forgetting to eat, drink, or sleep, and maybe something cool will happen.
Just a quick note to Los Angeles area residents: we’re playing the Part Time Punks show at The Echo on Sunday August 19, along with Seapony and Sweater Girls. Kind of a last minute addition to the calendar so we wanted to give you a heads up. We’re also playing at Burger Records in Orange County (Fullerton, to be precise) the night before, with Acorn Bcorn, The Shivas and The Memories.
We hope you’ll be able to join us for one or both of these events. We’re playing with some really stellar bands so a splendid time is guaranteed for all.
We’re playing a show at the Burger Records store in Fullerton CA on August 18 to celebrate the release of the cassette. More information under the Songkick tour dates section somewhere to the right of this post.
Thanks to a (likely inadvertertent) lapse in taste by New York Tyrant publisher Giancarlo DiTrapano, Détective’s James Greer was interviewed at some length for VICE, which in general deals with much worthier subject matter than him.
In any case, should you be so inclined, you can read the interview here.
We will, in the coming days and weeks, be making a number of unusual and (in our opinion) fairly exciting announcements here at Détective HQ. These announcements will include but not be limited to: national tour date(s); new rock video(s); new rock music(s); new album(s); new band member(s) (just made that part up); new in-store performance(s); new shoe(s), new haircut(s); new I could do this all day.
In the meantime, here is a picture of Guylaine overdubbing keyboards onto an unsuspecting song somewhere in Los Angeles, sometime in May 2012.
Suffice to say any post that’s tagged “best of 2012″ is okay by us.
The always-excellent literary magazine Slake recently held a party for the launch of its fourth issue, “Dirt.” Détective was at the party for the purpose of having some of Slake’s resident artists and really, anyone who wanted, hand-design the covers for our forthcoming EP Basket of Masks. A couple of Suicide Girls were also in attendance, the evidence of which was posted on their blog, along with the following photo, which illustrates pretty nicely the attitude of the one-third of Détective who had just spent 48 hours traveling from her hometown in France and then gone straight to the party. We’ll let you guess which one of us that was. (Hint: it’s not the goofy guy in the glasses.)
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