“Rubbing Aladdin’s Lamp The Right Way”
I had the pleasure of checking out Adam Green at the Troubadour on October 2, 2016 for a screening of his short film entitled “Aladdin” and a musical performance afterwards.
“Aladdin” is a film that almost defies description. Without giving any key plot points away, I will say that this was a surrealistic, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, day-glo romp into phallic onanistic imagery and mythos, a fantasy world in which themes of gender, sexuality, drugs, rejuvenation and rebirth were threaded within a colorful cast of supporting characters (portrayed by a diverse roster including MaCaulay Culkin, the beautiful Zoe Kravitz, Alia Shawkat from Arrested Development, musicians Har Mar Superstar and Devendra Banhart, amongst others). Adam, not surprisingly, was featured as the film’s primary protagonist, a stranger in a strange land innocently discovering firsthand the compelling and mysterious wonders awaiting him. The audience witnessing this cinematic spectacle responded very positively to the eccentric humor, tone and message of the film. If you like the work of Tim & Eric, David Lynch and Bergman, I think you’ll find this most intriguing.
Here’s the official film trailer to give you a taste of some of the wondrous surprises awaiting you:
The audience was then graced by Adam and his band on stage, where they performed a set of classics off of his amazing 2002 “Friends of Mine album, including tracks “Bluebird”, and “Jessica Simpson” along with songs from his latest release, the soundtrack to “Aladdin.” Standout new songs included the beautiful and exquisite gems “New To Me” and “Never Lift A Finger” (my favorite songs off of the new album). Adam also took requests from the audience. I was somewhat saddened that he didn’t respond to my impassioned plea to hear “I Wanna Be A Hulkamaniac” off of “Moldy Peaches 2000: Unreleased Cutz and Live Jamz 1994-2002,” though. But lucky for Adam, the audience had (in true Hulkster fashion) “taken their vitamins and said their prayers” since adoring fans had the intestinal fortitude to repeatedly hold up Adam after he stage dived into their welcome arms.
For those not familiar with the Hulkster’s 90’s musical masterpiece, I submit into evidence the following:
I look forward to seeing Adam in the future and hopefully getting to conduct an interview with him. Also, I’m still holding out for a potential Moldy Peaches reunion at Coachella next year. If I had a magical lamp this is one of the things I would wish for. Hey, stranger things have happened (see interview with RIDE’s Mark Gardener here, where I correctly predicted their reunion at Coachella only a few months before the fact).
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