Bucky Fucking Dent the Movie David Duchovny

BUCKY FUCKING DENT THE MOVIE and a Little Duchovniac Secret

Tuesday October 17, 2017 10am Vancouver time. 1pm New York time.

One hour into my flight, listening to Bucky Fucking Dent via audible books. The sound of David Duchovny’s voice enhances the story.

Bucky Fucking Dent

I struggle to stay focused. Every few seconds a beverage cart or passenger in full pee pee walk bumps the elbow.

I hear the chapter when Marty is trying to suck the demons out of young Ted. In my mind I am casting the movie. Danny Boyle and Alex Karas? Odd pairing but I see/hear them in the characters.

My mind wanders to a truth I have shared with few. We have gathered a subset of diehard X-Files fans, with a few diehard Californication fans, with a few that love all the name sake of this blog kicks out. I like the movie DIEHARD.  Now a few of us are jet setting around the world to hear this guy sing?

What I really want, more than anything, is BUCKY FUCKING DENT The Movie.

I have known this project to be in the works for weeks but I was told by a little birdie (or puppy, was it not Brick) that the cat is out of the bag.

My wife keeps telling me I could play Ted. He’s overweight. I’m a bit beyond ‘Hollywood fat’ right now and into second banana range so I would never even ask for an audition. Perhaps for the avant garde live action of Holy Cow, I could play Shalom. I am losing weight for the 50 hours of air travel round trip to Australia in February, so maybe…

My mind wanders further.

Is David Duchovny the first to have ACTOR as his day job while pursuing his art?

While music is his passion project, to me, becoming a writer/director seems to be his true calling.

We only have a few gems to base this statement, but how many out there consider The  UNNATURAL one of the best X-Files episodes ever? (Not just for the Mulder / Scully shippy moments at the end.)

To top that here is my little secret. HOUSE OF D is one of my favorite movies of all time. HOUSE OF D is when I became a Duchovniac. (Holy crap I am tearing up editing this blog now – through consciousness side bar notes as editor a first? WTF)

In truth a diehard X-Files fan, I was never a Phile. As a diehard Star Wars and Star Trek fan I was never truly a fanboy or trekkie. I mean I never gave a crap about fandom activities, stars outside of their projects, comic cons, meet & greets, etc.

I respect the craft and finished product and have no desire to know artists as anything but real people should I be so lucky to meet and befriend. I certainly had no desire to create false realities or fantasies about what artists might really be like. Perhaps as an artist I respect the veil of reality and performance more than most. I DETEST online gossip about artists, other fans etc. Most of you have heard or read my thoughts on these abhorrent activities.

That whole world to me destroys movie magic. I can still enjoy a Tom Cruise movie by not thinking about his nutty links to Scientology. (Travolta affected reality acting makes it harder outside of musical projects.) I can still palate Mel Gibson and others. I can even sit through an old episode of Cosby until the first commercial. And if we were to boycott every project Harvey Weinstein or a certain Trump cabinet member, my video library would be near empty.

THAT BEING SAID….

HOUSE OF D is the first time I met David. My wife had attended a few screenings of the movie at Sony Lincoln Center. Laurice was there for a Q&A I believe. I happened to tag along one of the times David was allowing photos and signatures after. I offered David a couple tickets to our Comedy Show. They have yet to be redeemed, but I don’t take it personally. They expired years ago but we would still honor them this weekend. Or next… Or…. I digress…

Meeting David was special. He was incredibly humbled that folks came to see his movie. As with the music now, most were there as X-Files fans first.

This was the day I became a Duchovniac, even though the term was not coined until 2015, and in many ways, I just recently realize this fact fully.

HOUSE OF D is very stirring in a very simplistic way. If you know anything about acting, directing and producing, apparent simple qualities take a huge amount of thought and preparation. Minimalistic theater requires far more from the performing artist to tell the story. Broad stokes paint a clearer picture but subtle complexities take craft. There is nothing simple about appearing simple on stage or screen.

Narrating the opening sequence brings X-Files fans into a familiar world of hearing David’s voice launch a story.

Telling the story through the eyes of two children –a young teen (Anton Chechin) and the child-like mentally challenged friend (Robin Williams)– allows us to enter the world of downtown Manhattan the way we enter the underwater world of Little Mermaid. We relax our minds. Seeing preteens giggle and playing stick ball and making fun of their French teacher and fearing the priest’s wrath and various forms of interaction with girls all lower our guards.

HOUSE OF D has the sweetest on camera scene between a convicted woman and a teen learning to dance. All the scenes between Erica and Anton are riveting. Levels of slowly fading nuanced sweetness with growing despair as each scene progresses. These scenes pit a boy who is relatively naïve – despite dealing with the loss of a father and the failing health of his mother –  against a woman who perhaps has seen more than any human should have to endure at any age. Is she a hooker, drug addict and murderer? There is so much going on that is not said or shown. If you have ever studied circumstances as an actor (Stanislovsky and most of the NY schools in realism) you can only imagine all the back story not in the script. SUBTEXT!!!

As the story reveals more of the darkness these children’s lives the walls are down.  Consequently, the tears flow. When the mother, so amazing underplayed (as brash New Yorkers go) by Tea Leoni, drops her hand limp, the heart fully drops from the chest.

As the flip book story suggests the movie comes full circle, with David playing the grown-up Anton, now with wife and child of his own. All worked out. We can survive tragedy. We can find hope in the worst loss. We can find love out of the darkest places.

Of course, now, thinking of this movie brings additional tears thinking of Anton and Robin PAP ASSS!!!

That is the best part of any quality artistic creation. Time and Circumstance change how we approach the work. Ah, Circumstance (Is my pseudo-method-actor-self sneaking into this blog too much?)

I know many of you have as well. I hope that someone besides Philes that have already seen HOUSE OD D reads this blog and gives the movie a shot. If for nothing else you are missing a very special Robin Williams performance.

I have been waiting for another “written and directed by David Duchovny” film or TV project for 10 years now. Ever since I was told – and sworn to secrecy – about this next big project, I have been a kid on Christmas morning.

We are beyond hope now and into eager anticipation mode. You read my blog about your music in 2015. I hope you get a chance to read this.

HOUSE OF D was the spiritual beginning of the Duchovniacs. Please give us more. Your style is so sweet and endearing without pulling punches on the drama. A modern Elia Kazan and Arthur Miller in one with less a tad less ire. Your characters’ spines have less hate for this world but they are no less real. Perhaps more so.

Two hours into our flight home to New York. Just passed Leech Lake (19km SW of us now) according to map. Back to BUCKING FUCKING DENT on tape.

BUCKY FUCKING DENT THE MOVIE and a Little Duchovniac Secret

Unremarkable House, Duane Barry, Laughing Buddha, Alien Train

Unremarkable House, Duane Barry, Laughing Buddha, Alien Train – DAY THREE Duchovniacs Field Trip Vancouver edition…

FIRST OF ALL, GUESS WHAT DAY IT IS…

Happy 10/13 Birthday to Chris Carter & Mulder

Today was a wild goose chase on some levels with some amazing pay offs around the outskirts of Vancouver and a few downtown. Of course we mostly stayed off Twitter today to support . Not sure if it did any good because I did not even look all day.

The day started with a drive east to the unremarkable house.

An unremarkable house #thexfiles

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We tried to find a way in but NO TRESPASSING signs and some intense fencing and moist swamps warded most of us away and snapping photos from afar.

An unremarkable photo o.o #thexfiles Mulder house to the right

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The whole gang is here #duchovniacs #thexfiles #LandOfDuchovnia #locations #mulderhouse

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I mostly stayed in the car, getting out just long enough to continue this stupid series LOL

An unremarkable selfie #thexfiles

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Two of us got a little closer

But apparently the TWO occupants don’t like unannounced visitors.

After a short coffee break we were off Riverview Hospital. Which we are renaming DUCHOVNIACS HEADQUARTERS. This place is great. You really feel the presence of something dirty, or perhaps demonic. Mostly just screaming for a wrecking ball, if not for the many TV/FILM crews filming.

New #duchovniacs headquarters #thexfiles

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#riverview #thexfiles #locations #vancouver #friends ❤️💯👽

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Scully: Cut the crap, Mulder! #xfilespilot #riverviewhospital #hdgoestoherxfmecca

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NEXT STOP – Lake Okobogee – Actually spelled Okoboji AKA Buntzen Lake

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Unfortunately the lake, in fact the entire park, was closed. Single tear from two mini vans with 13ppl combined. We all shared that same tear.

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The actual lake is called Buntzen Lake which is in Port Moody, just a few kilometers off David Ave. Starting to sense a pattern.

Scully: Cut the crap, Mulder! #xfilespilot #riverviewhospital #hdgoestoherxfmecca

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Image result for x files lake okobojiPicks above are google search images as there was just too many trees in the way, plus a hill and a long walk. We only risk prosecution for unremarkable spots.

So we get back on the road and headed to Grouse Mountain, where Duane Barry brought Scully and Mulder Almost fell off the Gondola.

Mulder at the base of #grouse

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This place is a must.

Fun times #grousemountain #thexfiles #vancouver #duchovniacs

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❤️ #grousemountain aka #skylinemountain #thexfiles #vancouver

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Up top on the peak there were bears.

No Scully here. Just #bears

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Sorry, here are the real bears.

Grizzly bears say hello #bear411

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They even put on a show. Although I am upset we missed Breakfast with the Grizzlys.

We.just missed the band @colin_c_lee but enjoyed the Grinder at play #bear411

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Did I mention there was snow up there. The bears are days away form Hibernation. I’m still days away from putting on long pants.

I want to ski

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So, while freezing, I drove the crew back to check out the venue for tomorrow night.

Too soon #duchovniacs

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At least this time camping out for a great spot, we will fit right in with all the locals sleeping on the streets nearby. (No pictures of homeless here, but this area is rough, and a bit depressed).

After dinner…

dinner

… where I got a kid’s meal boat and used as a ridiculous hat…

My meal was adult but I got the kids meal boat

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…we squeezed in a brief stop at the Laughing Statues.

We are Mulder Mulder is us #thexfiles #duchovniacs

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This is the newest X-Files must stop Vancouver spot.

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Pretty sunset too.

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And the best company…

We made him laugh

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Then it was off to the Ghost train.

Here is my view of the X-Files display.

MULDER… SCULLY… SKINNER… #thexfiles

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Unfortunately my light actually made it harder to film clearly due to extreme fog – which may or may not have been fake as we are not far form the mountains here in Stanley Park.

Spot on #impressions #thexfiles 😂#vancouver #scully #mulder #skinner 👽

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PS Reason the laugh on Skinner is due to this gem from earlier and the fact we are all very giggly tired.

 

Trust Karen and our reactions this is a must do thing in Vancouver this month. The production value was great. With 15 X-PHILES in tow, this was the week’s highlight so far.

Of course it was so cold no one saw my shirt today.

Ready for another day in Vancouver BUT is #vancouver ready for me #duchovniacs #hohw #thexfiles

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By the end of the day we were a caravan of three mini vans and SUVs with 16 PHILES / DUCHOVNIACS enjoying a very full day of THE X-FILES and VANCOUVER tourist stops. Guess what tomorrow is!

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SHOOK AF after watching NYCC 2018 X-Files Trailer

SHOOK AF after watching NYCC 2018 X-Files Trailer

FIRST OF ALL I’m a bit emotional this morning after hosting such an amazing event last night. Thank you to all that came out and joined us as we hosted Mitch Pileggi and raised over $1000 for NO KID HUNGRY. Mitch is amazing on screen and in person in every thing he does and did more than anyone would expect to make every single guest feel warm and welcome. I will have an entire post for that. I had intended to write that this morning but I’m having a moment…

SHOOK AF after watching NYCC 2018 X-Files Trailer

SO I perhaps play coy with MSR but judging the happy tears as I hear “Kissing Close” I suppose I am officially a shipper.

Or perhaps I’m just back in that place I always go when my favorites projects of my youth come back to tease us and reward us for our loyalty over the years.

I have similar feelings for Star Wars and Justice League movies coming out in the next few months, but at some point The X-Files, the go-to show of my 20s, surpassed the childhood loves, winning  first place in my heart.

I am sure this has something to do with getting to know David and now Mitch, and freaking out Gillian in Chicago. It also perhaps something to do that so many of the shows I watch these days exist at the creative hands of X-Files Alumni, Homeland, 24, Supernatural, Breaking Bad & Saul, Man in the High Castle and Medici… and now I find out LORE is a Glen Morgan Project.  The scope of the project extends far passed its core presence.

So waking up this morning I finally saw the trailer everyone was talking about last night. With a passionate hate for NYCC (bless all of you that dealt with that line yesterday, but my fat ass is done with that) I missed the panel. As I type this blog I am listening to the panel via youtube and every few seconds that welping tears of joy emotional response is stirs. HANUKKAH GELT – Good one David…. (He just said that in this moment as I type – can this be anymore stream of consciousness. And this is why I love David’s books. YADA YADA YADA ah the 1990s…)

I’M SHOOK AF

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I am blown away by this trailer. There are so many little gems that tug at the X-Files FanDome heart strings. Even the graphic of FOX becoming X got me. I’m an emotional wreck.

Is Scully going to die?

Is Skinner going to the dark side?

Are the Lone Gun Men alive or did they just upload their consciousness to the dark web?

Is Mad Men era CSM offering alien dinner before lighting up a cigarette?

SO MANY QUESTIONS… I think we need Special Agent CLIFF HANGER for this one (Another good one David. He cracks me up. See you in Vancouver in  about 135 hours)

And thank you Chris Carter for heading my cries for MORE SKINNER. That looks promising.

My only fear, except another gem from Darin Morgan, is that this is all just Eps 1 and 10 and in between anything goes. I don’t think I can handle another Babylon.

But clearly that one hiccup did not change my resolve and dedication to the cause.

See you in 2018!

And coming soon my evening with Mitch Pileggi…

Mitch Pilggie

NYCC X-FILES OFF SITE FAN EVENT with special guests and more

We will be co-hosting a very special off site event Sunday October 8, 2017 at 7:15pm, celebrating 24 years of X-Files and in anticipation of Season 11.

We have confirmed at least 1 VERY SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE (TBA ASAP) and perhaps more.

So if you are in town for New York Comic Con or in NYC and could not get tickets, come on over.

Don’t miss another event or this could happen…

Or this could happen without you…

 

Every time Duchovniacs get together, magic, or at least insanity, happens…

7pm doors

7:30 mini Improv show by LMAO hosted by Walt Frasier

8pm Q&A with special VIP guests and trivia

8:30 stay for stand up comedy at 9pm or join us for after party and nearby bar.

 

EARTH CHILDREN ARE WEIRD – X-FILES PICTURE BOOK

EARTH CHILDREN ARE WEIRD – X-FILES PICTURE BOOK (MY REVIEW BELOW)

ABOUT THE X-FILES: EARTH CHILDREN ARE WEIRD

One the most beloved TV shows of all time is now a sweet, silly, sci-fi bedtime story! In The X Files: Earth Children Are Weird, best pals Dana (Scully) and Fox (Mulder) have pitched a tent in the backyard for a sleepover. But the night is full of strange sounds, lights, and shadows. Surely there’s a rational, scientific explanation for everything . . . or is there? With beautiful illustrations of pint-sized Dana and Fox, this humorous and not-scary-at-all story will introduce the cult TV show to an entire new generation of fans.

Hardcover | $18.99
Published by Quirk Books
Aug 15, 2017 | 40 Pages | 9 x 11 | 4-8 years| ISBN 9781594749797Earth Children

EARTH CHILDREN ARE WEIRD – X-FILES PICTURE BOOK – MY REVIEW

Clearly I am five years old because this maybe one of my favorite things from X-Files team in years. Maybe because i can almost see David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson acting this out like a sketch in my head. Maybe because in an odd way this short picture book has more mythology material than the 2008 movie and 2015 Season 10.

I question whether kids can appreciate this book as much as me, without my reference of 24 years of X-Files fandom in their past .

I am sure my 9yo niece will love this. Overhearing her mother, my sister, binge watch the show on Netflix the past few years, somehow Reilly knows about Mulder looking for his sister. Clearly she is more than just eaves dropping, right?

I do fear a number of shippers out there are having a field day with Dana hosting Fox for a sleep over – especially as we see them ascend the stairs to sleep inside, after a backyard camping date goes awry.

As kids’ books goes, I feel I have seen this story before. Scully takes on the role of Bud Abbott to Mulder’s Lou Costello.  It’s cute and effective.

If anything my biggest critique is that it’s too short. The book feels like an episode of a comic that, upon reaching the last page, one thinks, wow I spent a lot of money for a few pages and an incomplete story. I want more and would prefer the graffic novel in its entity than episodic pages – only so I can save by buying pages in bulk.

If you are a fan and have some kids, OR like me ARE a big kid, check this picture story out.

And for MSR fans….

Earth Children

Am I the only one hearing George Takei in my head right now?

EW: David Duchovny explains why he won’t be writing for The X-Files season 11

If Mulder invites Scully for another round of late-night baseball when The X-Files returns for its 11th season, David Duchovny won’t be the writer behind the magic.

Duchovny has confirmed to EW that he will not be writing or directing for The X-Files in its next 10-episode season, though that’s not for lack of trying. “I always say if I have an idea, I would love to write and direct it,” Duchovny says.

The X-Files star was no stranger to the creative process during the series’ original run. Duchovny wrote and directed two episodes — season 6’s “The Unnatural” and season 7’s “Hollywood A.D.” — and collaborated with series creator Chris Carter and writer Howard Gordon (Homeland) on the stories of four episodes in the sci-fi drama’s second and third seasons. In addition, Duchovny returned to the show after departing as a regular to direct a pivotal episode near the end of the ninth season, shortly before what was then the series finale.

The actor tells EW that Carter offered him the chance to write and direct in season 11, but it didn’t come together. “I had an idea that I was toying with, which is actually a movie idea,” Duchovny says, “and I was trying to figure out if I could transpose it into being an X-File. Because then you have to add two characters that demand a lot of time, Mulder and Scully. And you have to tell it in 45 minutes, so you’ve got to shrink it in half while adding two major characters. And in the end, I couldn’t see how it would work.”

Time constraints added to the complication. Even though the Fox drama’s upcoming 10-episode run is four episodes longer than season 10, which aired as an event series in 2016, Duchovny hesitated to minimize his character’s involvement in so much of the story.

“If I’m going to direct a show,” he explains, “it necessitates that I’m very light in the [previous episode] so I can prep it, and it necessitates that I’m somewhat light in the show afterwards, so that I can do post. So really what I’m asking for, if I’m directing an X-File, is, Okay, you’re doing 10, but I’ve got to be light in three out of those 10. And that’s just not fair, really.”

Seven writers for the new season — including vets like Carter, Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, and James Wong, all of whom wrote for season 10 — were announced in June. Each of season 10’s six episodes was directed by its writer; Fox has not yet confirmed EW’s inquiries as to whether every season 11 writer is also set to direct.

“Chris was very generous in asking me to do it,” Duchovny says. “I hope I didn’t disappoint him by not coming through, but I’ll just be acting.”

As for what he’ll be acting in, Duchovny says (as of his conversation with EW on July 14) he hasn’t seen a script — and that’s not for lack of trying, either.

“I text Chris every day nudging him to send me whatever he’s got,” he says. “I’m supposed to get something very soon. Maybe today. Maybe tomorrow.”

The X-Files season 11 begins production in Vancouver later this summer.

THE X-FILES:  David Duchovny in the "Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-monster" episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Ed Araquel/FOX

THE X-FILES: David Duchovny in the “Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-monster” episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

David Duchovny ushering new musical appreciation: Keaton Simons to Infinity Girl to The Beatles

David Duchovny ushering new musical appreciation:
Keaton Simons to Infinity Girl to The Beatles

Walter at FAO Schwartz dancing Heart and Soul

Walter at FAO Schwartz dancing Heart and Soul

If you had told me two years ago that starting this website would lead to an entire musical journey inspired by David Duchovny I would have laughed.

cuttingroomalbumcoverThis journey started May 12 at the Cutting Room. I had heard some of the album and at first was not impressed. But I had not listened either.

That live experience started a deep interest in David’s writing and the musical skills of his band which are well documented here and well evidenced by my travels since May 2015.

So skip ahead to May 2016. We had just returned from Europe when a few of us caught Keaton Simons live, two nights in a row. Loved it immediately.

Keaton as you may know plays an integral part in David’s early music path.

I personally started in life as a musician. A jazz trumpet / piano player, with love of oldies, and Blues Brothers type covers of classic oldies and blues on crack.

I know more about the theory than my own playing would let on, which makes me more suitable to be a music critic or teacher at this point. But I still know the language of Jazz and dig the blues.

So Keaton’s music speaks to me as he moves from Chicago Blues to Rock to the hippest of Jazz Guitar standards. I joked about the REAL BOOK wanting to jam with Keaton last month when we saw him playing solo. Quite simply, Keaton is the musician I wish I was.

Those two May 2016 nights Keaton was joined by opening act, Makuta, who I have since become social media friendly and followers. I now have the music of both Makuta and Keaton in my head often.

Now skip ahead to this past winter as we followed David’s band mates other projects around to the underground Brooklyn music scene.

About to turn 45, I enjoyed pretending to be a 25yo beatnik in search of music too hip for the radio air waves.

I found it.

Infinity Girl hurt my ears (I’m old) until I got plugs and appreciated the nuances in the noise. Hiding in that wall of sound are seriously gifted jazz cats playing at level 11.

We also followed Kernan O’Meara to Brooklyn for his lilting vocals and soothing alternating arpeggiated major seven and diminished chords.

Then we follow David’s sound engineer, K. Marie Kim to her one women band where she is a master of rocking out new age electronic music and a beautiful singer.

Forgive me if my analysis is off as a music critic, as you all and your talents defy labels.

At each stop there are other bands, and curious venues. I think in total we are up to 6 venues and about 20 unique musical groups, and a number of local food joints from Pizza to Alcoholic Milk Shakes, all because we are fans of David Duchovny.

The chances of me buying an album for most of these groups would be slim before this period in my life, but love each for who they are live. I am driven to lend my expertise in marketing independent artists (mostly myself) and expose them to my 1000s of social media followers.

I regret not getting into this scene sooner, remembering a brush with it when our comedy showed played the Knitting Factory in 2003ish. After we finished our show I heard my first live SKA band. They looked like my college big band, replacing In The Mood with Reggae.

Great Friends hanging out Squint and you’ll see @davidduchovny lol @intheirlives #beatles

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Then there was last night, listening to David and other writers discuss the Beatles and their work for the new anthology collection of essays IN THEIR LIVES

David Duchovny and Rick Moody discuss Beatles and heartache.

David Duchovny and Rick Moody discuss Beatles and heartache.

IN THEIR LIVES:
Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs
with a note from edited by published by

In Their Lives

Now I have been a Beatles fan for years. But admittedly my tastes have leaned to the pop spectrum of music, having come of age musically in 1979/1980.

Hall and Oats may be the first group I distinctly recognize listening to on the radio. PRIVATE EYES ARE WATCHING YOU.

Born 1972, I am an 80s kid. But the pretentious fans of alternative rock kept me away from the Cure etc. I stayed with MJ, Prince and Madonna. I was the epitome of a top 40 fan. I am the source of Hipster puke.

But I had a friend whose older brother introduce him, and therefore me, to Yes, Rush and Pink Floyd.

But in my house is was the Beatles Love Songs that I heard repeatedly.

Meanwhile I was winning awards as best county jazz trumpet soloist in 1985. I played in a communityband with my father, learning Sousa, Broadway, and Oldies. I would sit in with my father’s Dixieland Band.

By College I moved from trumpet to Broadway Musicals and eventually Opera. I have been a fan or performed the top 40 songs of every era since Bach.

But somehow I missed a lot of amazing music. I would nod supporting when folks praised the White Album or Abbey Road.

Last night I heard David Duchovny talk about his connection to Dear Prudence. I heard that song for the first time today.

Then David and Rick Moody, after a brief poor attempt to tie in Ricky name to Californication, discussing the Abbey Road Medley.

I am really good at acting like I know what your talking about. Much better than Trump. Smart folks believe me lol

So I sat down in the past hour and listened to Abbey Road start to finish.

Jaw droopped.

Now I want to produce the Broadway show Abbey Road, but realize this has not been done because the Great White Way would ruin it.

I see a movie the likes of The Who’s Tommy. Would this have happened if THE END was not truly the end.

A little more context for my passion to write this blog….

Just last week, one late sleepless night stressing over the Leste Holt Donald Trump interview I saw the documentary abut the making of Pet Sounds, the album that many credit for inspiring Abbey Road.

Within the past year I saw CNN’s 1960s series episode on music. I thought about this alot. The 1960s started with Elvis and Bubble Gum Beach Boys. Then the Beatles and British Invasion sweep in. Meanwhile the Rolling Stones teacheck white people about Black Music, unleashing Ray Charles and The Godfather of Soul.

This all inspires Brian Wilson to get off the road and live in studio until we get Pet Sounds

This all leads to the late 60s explosion of music experimentation i(Most Chuck Berry Songs) and 1-6-4-5 ballads (Earth Angel, Blue Moon). There are no limits musically or lyrically, beyond the 1-5-6-4 (Don’t Stop Believing).

I am a musician since birth, or at least since 40 years ago today, when I came home from seeing Star Wars, plunked out the theme on piano and was forced into lessons the next week.

I can talk the talk and walk the walk for a lot of songs.

But these past two years have deepened my relationship to my first language and love. And now I feel I am just starting my journey. I want to rediscover late 1960s. I want to rediscover the experimental scene of the 1970s. MAYBE some 1980s and beyond but Happy with Prince and Dougie Fresh.

David Duchovny ushering new musical appreciation: Keaton Simons to Infinity Girl to The Beatles

COMING SOON

NEW ALBUM featuring 12-14 new original songs from David Duchovny

NEW Tour with exciting dates / locations TBA

X-FILES Season 18

More movies, TV shows etc etc etc

FOLLOW this blog and out twitter feed for more and check out David’s Music site

http://www.davidduchovnymusic.com/

 

David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson Talk X-files Season 11 (E! Red Carpet)

David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson on “X-Files” Revival | E! Live from the Red Carpet

David and Gillian answered several X-files related questions about the upcoming Season 11. When asked about the Season 10 cliffhanger with Mulder and Scully, both seem to be in the dark about what Chris Carter has planned for their characters. “Chris Carter has not told me yet whether I’ve managed to save the human race” Gillian told E! “But given that we’re doing ten episodes that I save it for ten episodes worth of time.”

David also commented on something that MANY fans have literally been begging for on twitter, blogs and other social media platforms – the possibility of him contributing to the writing team “I don’t think that the people playing the characters are the best judges of where the show should go. Nor do I think the fans are to be honest with you”

(insert screaming face emoji here)

I do think that the show would benefit from David contributing to the story arcs as he did in the past. Some of my favorite mythology episode arcs were those that he developed with Chris Carter. They were some of the best episodes of the series in my opinion.

In regards to doing an X-files musical episode David laughed and said “I don’t think that’s a good idea but I’d be down for it. Sure.” Gillian on the other hand made it clear it was not something she would want to do “No. Nah-uh. No. No. No” she said.

While we clearly adore David’s music and have no doubt they could both make it work, I would have to side with Gillian on this one.

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David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson at the FOX Upfronts & Webby Awards

Excited for The X-files Season 11 yet? We’re definitely getting there! Here is something to hold you over until we (hopefully) start getting set pictures in August.

The elephant in the room – David’s arm is in a sling! We don’t know what happened but we hope it wasn’t too painful and hope he’s on his way to a speedy recovery. Between his injury and Gillian Anderson’s broken foot, it was an interesting sight on stage at the Webby Awards. David presented Gillian with the Best Actress award for her critically acclaimed role on The Fall.

The Webby awards ceremony will be available to watch on Youtube tomorrow.

In the meantime, we have some clips we have gathered from around the Twitterverse.

David Duchovny at the FOX Upfronts for The X-Files (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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David Duchovny at the FOX Upfronts (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

 

 

 

David Duchovny at the FOX Upfronts (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

David Duchovny at the FOX Upfronts (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

 

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X-Files Talk: Why 6-episode Season Every Two Years is Perfect!

Talking X-Files and Why I Think 6-episode Season is Perfect!

editorial by Walt Frasier follow via twitter @waltfrasier

I had a very interesting conversation yesterday. I was returning from set for a new HBO show filming on Long Island. Wrapped early, I had a private van ride back to Manhattan with another actor and a few stacks of costumes headed back to wardrobe in Brooklyn after our midtown drop-off.

The driver was a big sci-fi fan with a special place in his heart for X-Files. As a 1990’s teenager he watched The X-Files with his dad. (How many 30 something Philes can relate to that?) He does not watch a lot of TV now, nor has he been to the movies in three years. As a teamster driver for numerous film/TV sets and father of a 2 year old, he catches up via online streaming on his phone as shows hit Netflix, Amazon, HBO go etc – in between rides for actors like me.

While stuck in the Queens parking lot approaching the midtown tunnel, he promised to watch Season 10 the second it hits Netflix.

Excited he asked, “Are we getting more? ” “When?” He has not seen Season 10 and already asking…

My response was “yes, 2018, I think.”

So that started an entirely new discussion, one based more in our mutual knowledge of the industry.

This morning, cleaning out gmail, I stumbled across the article “David Duchovny knows the X-Files revival’s problem: Not enough of it” on AV Club. This convinced me to share the argument I made yesterday…

When you break it down all TV, film, youtube, podcasts, music, etc are “content”. Producing is all about creating content, and that has three major steps – pre-production (writing, fundraising, contracting/casting), production (filming/recording, editing, including post-production here) and distribution (marketing and getting content to you via TV, online, movie screen etc).

Philes all know about fundraising with the 2008 movie. We (most of us) wanted another big Alien Mythology episode.  Big Alien movies cost $100 million. Chris got $30 million.

It would appear the money is not there to do Star Trek or Star Wars every 2-3 years. That would take 100 million views. We delivered about 10 million.

X-FilesI think at this point in time a full X-Files series that includes David and Gillian is never going to happen. Both stars have other projects, kids and live outside LA/Vancouver. Neither is a hungry 20-30 something actor willing to give their lives 150% to a single project for 30 weeks/year.

I bet there have been numerous talks at FOX about how could one do X-Files without David & Gillian. Not that they want to cut out out faves, but how not to be held hostage by stars’ schedules and whims. But I think Seasons 8 & 9 of the original show, as well as the nature of the true fans, X-Files is all about Mulder & Scully, which can only be David & Gillian. No matter how hard Chris tries, his characters are far bigger than his stories. Slipping in some young hot look a likes was a total #FAIL in 2016, even as a joke. We are not CW types, right? So far FOX gets it. For now…

Chris really likes doing monster of the week.

The six episode season every two years makes complete sense.

Think about the intense online chatter throughout 2015 that built the audience for the January 2016 season. In 2002 we all needed a break – cast, crew and fans. 9 seasons of 20+ episodes is very hard to maintain. But by 2008 we were more than ready for more. By 2016 we were starving. By March 2016 we were “WTF?” “WE WANT MORE!” “WE WANT MORE!” “WE WANT MORE!”… rioting in the streets… Sorry, I got carried away there…

But am I the only one on February 22, 2016 at 9pm that screamed at the TV “FU MR. CARTER!!!” We are DEMANDING more…

If we could get another dose every two years like Trekkies and Fanboys (Star Wars – we need a new less sexist fan name), we would get our fix. We would be happy with a movie every two years to learn what happens with this conspiracy. But with a six episode arc Chris can have his monster of the week stories. TV is the writers medium. (Film is for directors. Stage for actors.) For TV the writer runs the show, while directors come and go. Chris can shape his baby, reflecting the times – politics, scandals etc.

Meanwhile we flock to see Gillian and David on stage – acting and singing. We flocked to David talking about his novels, most of us actually reading them. We are watching their other projects. They realize the bump all their work gets from the X-Files fandom being satisfied (strung along lol). A summer shooting X-Files every two years delivers a nice paycheck every actor wants without the burnout every actor hates and the platform every artist needs to promote their other work.

WIN-WIN-WIN!!! (Production – Cast – Fans)

Now to make this work, LISTEN UP CHRIS!!!

  • X-FILES is MULDER & SCULLY. They don’t have to be married or lovers (Speaking for myself you crazy shippers lol) but they need to be together. Girl power Scully and young protege red head was weird. After 23 years, when we see two young look a likes, we don’t think “HA HA”, we think “WTF CHRIS?”. Jilted lovers? Yes! That’s a fair analogy. You have our love but need to earn our trust. We’ve been hurt too many times.
  • X-FILES should be PERFECT for 6-episodes. NO EXCUSE for BABYLON. You don’t have to write 20 episodes pulling crap out of ass to get another week out. You have a team. Let that team play. Bring back Frank, Vince, Howard… At least consult Howard next time you take on terrorists. Call Vince regarding drugs. Those two guys could have solved all nonsense regarding s10e5. Take a cue from Lucas. You are the Genius. But let the minions translate your genius to fully flesh out a perfect script.
  • MORE SKINNER. For many – FOR ME – best moment in 2008 was Skinner showing up to save Mulder. It should have been Skinner at CSM’s mansion February 22, 2016. Mitch is all over the map promoting this project. We love Mitch. Skinner is in the opening credits, but I think he appeared less than Season 1 this year. WTF?
  • Take a moment and think of an END GAME. The “WE HAVE BEEN WRONG ALL ALONG” thing has been played out too often already. I know the point is we can never truly now the true nature of a conspiracy, hence the very nature of the conspiracy theory nut. But as I tell my 10 year old comedy students, don’t tell, SHOW! Action much more interesting than discussion for most. Artsy fartsy cerebral shit is a snore to 95% of the population, no matter how much B-Roll you flash over the monologue of crazy conspiracy nuts. Even “NEVER ENDING STORY” had an end. I have met you. And even in that brief moment, I have seen the wink behind the twinkle. I get it. Now its your turn to get it. (Only exception, the conversation between David and Rhys. THAT is how you do “Dinner with Andre” for the masses. Two amazing performers with amazing writing about real issues. Message heard and entertained at same time. I could sat through that grave yard scene if it lasted two hours.)
  • I for one would love to see a sequel to Founders Mutation. I loved Disney’s “Escape to Witch Mountain” and that brother/sister team was a fun throw back to that classic – not so much remake with Dwayne. Or the bigger point, there are a lot of unsolved cases out there from 202 episodes. Most did not get the happy ending Were-Lizard enjoyed. Tombs and Pusher got call backs. We barely got to know Kyle and Molly. Why reinvent the wheel?

So we will see you in 2018, and daily on twitter till then…

PS – EIGHT Episodes could be cool…