Monday, November 30, 2009

Video Monday: Welcome to Ashley

My apartment no longer smells like turkey. That makes me smile—almost as much as I smiled while watching Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox Saturday night at the Forum 8. Animals in natty threads always cheer me up, along with a sparkly soundtrack—in this case, a pairing of original compositions by Alexandre Desplat with tracks from Burl Ives, the Beach Boys, the Bobby Fuller Four, and others. As with most Wes Anderson films, the soundtrack dusts off obscure songs from old record collections and repurposes them. And so Burl Ives proves he's more than the sum of his holly jolly parts. "Hotbox!"

While I was busy biking around town this weekend, checking out random crafts at the Beaux Arts Bizarre, and watching Mr. Fox, August from NoVo Arts, Inc. sent me some Thanksgiving cheer in the form of a Welcome to Ashley video for "Wild Blue Yonder." It was created by U.K. video artist Sue Wibble, a.k.a. "Sundae Girl." Chicagoans Welcome to Ashley played a show at The Blue Fugue in October and are no strangers to Columbia. Check it out...

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