Dublab sets up esoteric musicians and Los Angeles on a blind date, videotapes the event and serves it over rum. We follow Ariel Pink to a karaoke bar, where he busts a move on neon bordered country roads. They plant Tom Brosseau amidst slurping soup and sliding chairs on linoleum at Clifton’s Diner. One gracious customer drops a dollar on his table. How might Peter Walker ripping on his guitar in the cave at Griffith Park work out? What will he say when a man wearing a loincloth appears holding a birthday cake? Walker’s response: “Oh, you guys.” Alessi surrounded by trees, twinkling rays of sunlight floating down through cracks between leaves to land on her dress. In this ongoing project, Vision Version, Dublab chooses locations that might capture or radiate the performer’s poetic temper, with the directors taking minimal or cosmic editing approaches. A warm room, Baby Dee at a piano, your eyes on the teeth, the pink hair and gray roots a tilted crown over her forehead. The Lucky Dragons video keeps reality a mystery, flame fists trailing in Rembrandt darkness. Rooftops, alleys, curbsides, a bird pet store, places you recognize but can’t name, and it feels all warm and gushy—not to mention the Silent Movie Theatre’s familial ambiance—makes ya think about how your house goes beyond your home, the life you stroll through and the city haunts that make up the sides are sort of an extension of your living room…and then Hecuba pops up in front of your leather couch, and they’ve got that great lyric about living in the living room. You throw confetti.
– Daiana Feuer