#207: Jake Lazovick (Sitcom)
Jake Lazovick on Bailey Fountain, Turning Your Jealousy Into Support, Shark Tank, and more.
Cool people like cool things, which is why we asked Jake Lazovick to share a taste of his taste on Perfectly Imperfect.
Jake Lazovick is a musician and filmmaker based in New York City. When we first met he told me that one of the biggest influences for his band Sitcom was Sugar Ray, who I think are sick, but it wasn’t until he sent me his track “Answer” that I saw the vision for just how fun and cool that sound could be. It’s my favorite rock song of the year and it drops tomorrow (edit: it’s out now) as a b-side to the lush n’ dreamy “Question” ft. True Blue. If you want to hear “Answer” early Jake is letting us share the unreleased Question & Answer video produced by POWERED BY WIND, a video collective that he runs with Daniel Brennan and Rich Smith that’s worked with artists such as Tierra Whack, Vegyn, Joy Again, and 454. He’s headlining a show with Frost Children and This Life at Baby’s All Right on Sunday so snag some tickets. Lucky for us, Jake is here to share a taste of his taste.
Without further ado
I can rarely explain why I like this video but I’ll try. At this point on the internet there’s a million hours of content that are more realized than this. Oddly satisfying Instagram accounts. Food pics. Made up games on tik tok. But Koki made this in 2006. We were still a few years off from the food pic and people weren’t really being stupid on the internet yet. They were being dumb and they were being idiots but stupidity is like simple and kinda smart and self-aware. The video reminds me of abstract geometric painting with the saturated colors and basic shapes of all the objects. Like I see it the same way I see a Kazmir Malevich or Wassily Kandisky painting. There's a lot of funny sounds too. It's not quite good enough for the "oddly satisfying" instagram standards of today. It’s more like 6 minutes of mundane hypnosis.
I started watching this again recently after I found out my girlfriend thought it was a show (a la fear factor) where people try to survive in a shark tank. Last month I thought about starting a bath mat company after not being able to find a bath mat narrow enough to fit in my bathroom. Watching Shark Tank is a good reminder that just because I could start a bath mat company I probably don't want to.
😱➡️🙀 Turn Your Jealousy Into Support
I've been a very jealous person at times. I'm sure you have too. My biggest pet peeve is people gossiping or complaining about people that they are actually just jealous of. I try my best to notice when I'm acting like this. It's annoying and a waste of your brain. When you're jealous of someone it's because they possess something you don't have. So if I'm feeling jealous I ask myself what do they have that I want? And then I can just add that thing to my ever changing list of desires and detach it from that person.
Where else can you get a pot of tea and cake until 3 in the morning? Ugh, it’s awesome. They have a bunch of old chairs and artwork in there. When I’m in cafe Reggio I’m always like why isn’t every cafe like this? Why does every cafe look like a scandinavian wet dream? I want table service. I want coffee mugs. To go shouldn’t even be an option. To go where? You’re already here.
A friend showed me this album 10 years ago and I don't think I’ve had a bout of depression since that I haven't walked around and listened to it in its entirety. But it kind of morphs depending on your mood. It also is a beautiful album for a summer drive. This is like mazzy star bossa nova. For years I thought it was considered a classic orchestral pop album on par with Pet Sounds or What's Going On or any other late 60s album with an emphasis on arrangement, but there's not much info about it online. On Reddit it’s just a couple people talking about how they like the album cover but don’t care for the album. Anyways, I definitely will be adding a few of these songs to my funeral playlist. But don’t wait until I’m dead.
🗿💦 Bailey Fountain
I've returned to this fountain many times since living in nyc. It's right off Grand Army Plaza and features these statues of a man and woman holding a child surrounded by sea-gods and fish and frogs. All the figures are being sprayed with water shooting out seashells at the edge of the fountain. It must be the horniest fountain I've ever seen but also it’s the scariest. For some reason it shakes me to my core in this primordial way that I have rarely experienced with any other sculpture. These 10 foot tall giant figures looking down at me, I feel like they’re gonna come alive. I can hardly look at photographs of the fountain without getting washed over with fear. Especially the laughing portrait of Nereus (I assumed it was Poseidon but wikipedia begs to differ). I recently included the Bailey Fountain in my newest music vid because I felt so much power around this plaza.
I love this short film. I love the flatness of the collaged stop motion. This short film led Jim to make the “And She Was” music vid for Talking Heads. I like that one too. I really ripped him off for this Slow Pulp music video I made. His process seems to involve these extensive photo shoots to source all the pieces for his collage rather than flipping through National Geographic. I would love to try something like that.
Sitting is getting a bad rep these days. And I get it, it's considered the new smoking. But sometimes I need to walk to a cafe and sit and drink a cup of coffee and listen to the conversation of the couple next to me. Right now I’m writing this at a falafel spot I frequent sitting next to a musician and his manager unaware that I too am a musician. I judge them because the manager pronounced açaí bowl wrong and I love those things. The musician has never heard of it but assumes it must be “another dessert for breakfast with a bunch of added sugar”. Later he discusses a music video and says 3:4 aspect ratio instead of 4:3. I hate being a know-it-all god grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.
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