The Hired Hand (dir. Peter Fonda, 1971). I’ve always been into westerns. Anything by Sergio Corbucci or with Franco Nero has consistently supplied the necessary fix. What I love about ‘The Hired Hand’ is that it defies so many of the conventions associated with the idea of a western. Bruce Langhorne’s score is phenomenal, completely understated and surreal, the exact opposite of what one would expect from the genre. The films editing is also really amazing and relates heavily to west coast psychedelic aesthetics of the late ’60’s.
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks. Oliver Sacks is a physician and neurologist. ‘Musicophilia’ is a really interesting and easily digestible collection of stories about individuals with neurological disorders who experience music in completely different ways than most. From synesthesia, to amusia (lack of pitch recognition), to a man who has no memory for anything other than music, the book explores the way the mind processes music.
UT Connewitz, Leipzig, Germany. UT Connewitz is stunning. Out of all of the places I’ve played, UT Connewitz really stood out as something unique. The space is huge, old, crumbling and beautiful. You immediately get a sense of weight and of the amount of people that have been through there in all capacities over the years.