Parks & Recreation

“The End” Short Film

Mike Johnson (of Parks & Recreation, Reclinerland) has once again teamed up with Grammar School Pictures for another deadpan short film. On the heels of the hilarious YOU ARE STANDING IN FRONT OF A CAVE, The End dives headlong into 99% pure monologue territory, über-minimal cinematograhy, and the pacing one might expect from Tarantino:

The 11+ minute static shot scene is impressive not only for Johnson’s uncut performance but, Shelby Lutjen’s (The Girl) as well, for not cracking up.

In the background are the strains of several HUSH songs appearing on the massive (28–mostly exclusive–track)  DECA compilation which recently celebrated it’s first birthday.  If you missed it the first time around, here’s an apt reminder to go and spend some time with it. FREE in the HUSHshop.


Jeff London’s Progress

Jeff London is paying Portland a visit for the first time in a couple of years. Says End Hits: “London used to be a fixture in our local music scene. Evidently [he] grew tired of our cheap rent and easily livability, so he high-tailed it to New York a few years back.”

He played a cool, spare set on a hot Thursday night at Towne Lounge delivering the classics and songs off his ’07 release The Bane of Progress. Here’s the title track from the album, which Local Cut says “alternates between sounding a bit like Hush labelmate Kind of Like Spitting, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe and, well, himself”:

“The Bane Of Progress”

In the following clips he blurs the lines between “33” and “The Bane of Progress with some harmonica.

Jeff London – “33” from HUSH Records on Vimeo.

Jeff London – “The Bane Of Progress” from HUSH Records on Vimeo.