Routine Check 9/9/12

– Hey, the Flaming Carrot reprint Kickstarter is the latest unexpected crowd-funded success story, ending today with over three times its $12,500 goal. If you don’t know about Flaming Carrot, it’s a completely insane indie comic that spawned, in kind of a sideways way, the misunderstood Mystery Men film as well as a bump in surrealism during the ’80s black-and-white boom. The money will go towards new hardback editions of the always-out-of-print collections of the earliest of Bob Burden’s work with the character as well as digital versions for, I assume, Comixology and places like that. It should be a nice little resurgence for a really entertaining series, and it’s another reminder that Kickstarter can do wonders for some relatively obscure work by uniting its scattered fans with incentives like the print above.

– Unlikely Twitter celebrity and genuinely hilarious human being Rob Delaney has released his new stand-up special, $5 Louis CK style as promised, on his website. This is mainly interesting since most of Delaney’s fans have never seen his stand-up or possibly even heard his voice. Also, I bet it’s pretty funny for five bucks.

– I won’t normally post film announcements because there’s plenty of sites that anybody like me already visits that are better suited for that, but there’s enough odd little details about the recently greenlit Frank that I thought I’d make an exception. Jon Ronson, a really interesting journalist and documentary filmmaker probably best known for his nonfiction book The Men Who Stare at Goats, is writing the musical comedy with Peter Straughan, who adapted Ronson’s book into the quirky sleeper hit a couple years back, with Michael Fassbender poised to star as an enigmatic rock star who may or may not have a plastic head depending on how you read the press release. Someone at Bleeding Cool spotted the similarity to the cult novelty act Frank Sidebottom and got some extra details out of Ronson, who said Sidebottom is indeed a key influence along with Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart. That sounds nice and crazy, especially for a dignified A-lister like Fassbender, no?

– I also won’t normally post DVD releases, not least because I’m not sure they really matter anymore, but I still can’t help but be glad when a hidden treasure gets a long-deserved post-VHS run, as is the case with the fantastic Elaine May and Walter Matthau ’70s comedy A New Leaf, now available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and immediate streaming via Amazon. If you like May, Matthau, and/or Chaplin’s Monsieur Verdoux, and you are some kind of idiot if you don’t love all three, then this movie will delight the shit out of you.

– I think I’ve mentioned before that I make a habit of reading every Random Roles interview that AV Club does, and it constantly pays off with above-and-beyond instant classics like this talk with B-movie queen Mary Woronov, who tells completely amazing stories about her strange, eclectic career worth reading for fans of Roger Corman, Paul Bartel, Andy Warhol, and Joe Dante in particular, but really anybody who likes low-budget filmmaking stories should read it immediately. She also slips that there’s a documentary about her in the works called Confessions of a Cult Queen, which is guaranteed to be fascinating.

– If you’re like me, you’re dying for some Venture Bros updates, seeing as it’s inarguably the best show on television right now. There are some scant details and a few pictures over at Jackson Publick’s rarely-updated, always-delightful Publick Nuisance blog, mostly just saying season 5 is dutifully in the works. I personally geeked out a bit over the revelation that JG Thirlwell partially based his score for the upcoming Halloween special on the music of the secretly creepy Klute.

– Speaking of obscure soundtracks and weird music, I had a great time shuffling through this near-infinite Spin feature on Animal Collective’s influences, featuring intermittent comments from the members of the band and more YouTube clips than you could watch in a workday. There’s some good musical schooling in there, thoroughly worth the effort.

Today in streams and freebies: Didn’t see a lot of streams this week, but I’ve really been digging Love This Giant, the new collaboration between David Byrne and St. Vincent, which is nice and brassy and very in line with Byrne’s other late-era work. It’s streaming at NPR.


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