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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Breakfast Taco - Go-Getter Edition

posted by on January 29 at 10:19 AM

Mmmmm... bacon

This particular pre-SXSW breakfast taco should be eaten in a stolen car—one with a cell phone left in its passenger seat, which Zooey Deschanel calls to identify her car’s thief, only to endear herself to said thief and fall in love. Conveniently, that’s the plot of last year’s festival-only The Go-Getter, a coming-of-age flick that, at the very least, sticks Deschanel (Elf, Almost Famous) in the role of quite possibly the most likeable character of all time. Unless, of course, you don’t fantasize about stealing a cute girl’s car and having her call you over and over until she eventually makes out with you. Bonus: check out that hat.

Mmmmm... Zooey

The soundtrack to The Go-Getter was solid as well—helps that it was written and recorded entirely by M. Ward—and, as many an outlet reported last year, the M and the Z bonded thanks to the film. The fruits of their musical friendship will see release in March on Merge Records under the moniker She & Him. This, as many an outlet joked last year, should soon lead to a singing starlet showdown between Deschanel and Scarlett Johansson.

Back to the “taco” part…here’s a SXSW rule of thumb: March album release + Merge Records = showcase appearance, and sure enough, their set at this year’s fest was confirmed yesterday. But will the She & Him concert be good for reasons beyond my Deschanel crush? In trying to figure this out, I did some Googling, and between hundreds of photos, I stumbled upon this convenient MP3ization of the duo’s live appearance earlier this month on KCRW’s Open Road program.

Truth be told, she comes off a little flat in her leading role in most of these songs, but you can’t deny the duet on that linked site, “Magic Trick.” Songs like that, and cute cowboy hats, should result in a pretty good showcase, and since M. Ward generally has his pick of the roots/country spectrum’s best performers and singers in guest spots on his records, I can’t help but trust the guy. Too bad about as many people will get into the showcase as have seen the freakin’ Go-Getter, thanks to SXSW’s propensity to put big sets in undersized rooms. My prediction? She & Him will wind up booked at Austin’s criminally tiny Momo’s, a not-quite-venue where I’ve had to push and shove in years past to see breakout sets by Broken Social Scene, Midlake, Holy Fuck, and many, many more. Mark my words—my SXSW soothsaying is impeccable. See you at Momo’s!

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I enjoy looking at people who look good and listening to people who sound good.

Posted by flamingbanjo | January 29, 2008 12:17 PM

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