This week’s episode of Parlour to Parlour captures some of the excitement in the air as the energetic L.A. band The Happy Hollows were preparing for an appearance at Austin’s South by Southwest festival and feverishly working on recordings for their debut full-length album, Spells.
Immediately after I had wrapped the Daniel James interview (which you undoubtedly watched last week) on February 15, the second part of the day began as I made my way to the train to cross the San Francisco Bay into Oakland. My appointment was at a practice space, which turned out to be a more convenient location for everyone than an apartment. Awaiting me there were Robin Landy and Eric Kuhn, the instrumental indie rock duo known as Silian Rail. I had met them on an assignment for Performer Magazine that, due to the company’s restructuring, was never published. I hope this episode can make up for it.
Parlour to Parlour begins today with Episode 0. This footage, filmed in San Francisco, CA, during the weekend of November 14-15, 2008, on my grandfatherâ€™s old analog Hi8, was â€œjust practiceâ€ and not originally intended for the series. But we liked it so much that it deserved a place in the series, even if it was out-of-concept in that it was the band visiting me, rather than the other way around. Hence â€œEpisode 0.â€