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April 23, 2015

VHS

Cassettes are hip and vinyl sales are on the rise, so it shouldn't be too surprising that a record label has spun off a new company that will release obscure soundtracks on vinyl, and... movies on VHS. That would be Terror Vision which was started by Ryan Graveface of Black Moth Super Rainbow and Graveface Records. There will also be a video rental store as part of the Graveface Records & Curiosities shop in Savannah, GA. The official statement:

AT SOME POINT IN 2013 IT DAWNED ON ME THAT NONE OF THE CURRENT CROP OF SOUNDTRACK LABELS, ALTHOUGH GREAT, WERE RELEASING ANYTHING THAT WAS NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART. SURE I LOVE CREEPSHOW, HALLOWEEN, POLTERGEIST ETC BUT WHERE WAS THE LOVE FOR THE OBSCURE TITLES? THE TITLES I WORSHIPED GROWING UP THAT PEOPLE SO CALLOUSLY REFER TO AS "B MOVIES" OR MOVIES THAT ARE "SO BAD THAT THEY'RE GOOD". THE TITLES THAT VARĂˆSE SARABANDE HASN'T ALREADY RELEASED ON VINYL 20 YEARS AGO THAT YOU CAN STILL ACTIVELY PURCHASE ON DISCOGS. THE TITLES THAT MADE ME WANT TO MAKE MY OWN HORROR MOVIES AND REALIZE THAT I COULD...ALL I NEED IS A CAMERA, A KILLER IDEA AND THE MOTIVATION TO FINISH ONCE I BEGIN. FINALLY, IN 2014 I JUST SO HAPPENED TO RUN INTO 2 HORROR DIRECTORS (SEPARATELY) THAT I'VE LOOKED UP TO MY ENTIRE LIFE. THIS IDEA CAME UP OUT OF THE BLUE IN BOTH CONVERSATIONS AND WHAT THEY SAID WAS BOTH FASCINATING AND MOTIVATING. IN SHORT, WALKING AWAY FROM THOSE CONVERSATIONS I SIMPLY GOT THE COJONES TO JUST GO AHEAD AND DO IT. THE RELEASES ON TERROR VISION MIGHT NOT BE FOR EVERYONE, BUT THOSE THAT "GET IT" WILL TRULY LOVE IT.
Do you still have a VCR? One of the first VHS titles they're releasing is The Mystery in Old Bathbath, which features puppetry by Miss Pussycat and music by Quintron and will be out May 22. You may have seen it when they toured it together in 2013. You can watch a trailer for it below.

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Among the first soundtrack releases from Terror Vision will be:Not of this Earth OST by Chuck Cirino ('88), 555 OST by Frankie 'Hollywood' Rodriguez ('88), From a Whisper to a Scream (The Offspring) OST by Jim Manzie, and Killing Spree OST by Perry Monroe.

Speaking of, Quintron & Miss Pussycat will be touring soon, including dates with Memphis band NOTS and they'll also be in NYC for Secret Project Robot's 10th Anniversary on June 20. No other details on that show right now but all tour dates are listed below.

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April 21, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Jinkies!
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In 1978, hard rock megastars KISS thought it'd be a good idea to star in a made-for-TV movie called KISS Meets The Phantom of the Park in which they use superpowers to save an old amusement park from an evil inventor. Needless to say it was terrible (but kinda fun terrible...kinda) and is basically their equivalent to the Star Wars Holiday Special (which came out the same year). Never heard of it? You can watch it in full below.

KISS treated it as an embarrassment for forever, if they acknowledged it at all, but it seems like they're starting to have at least a little sense of humor about it as they're lending their name and voices to the upcoming Scooby-Doo! And KISS: Rock & Roll Mystery whose plot has at least a few parallels:

Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang team up with the one and only KISS in this all-new, out-of-this-world adventure! We join the Gang at KISS World - the all-things-Kiss theme park, as they investigate a series of strange hauntings. With help from KISS, they discover that the Crimson Witch has returned to summon The Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria! The evil duos ghastly plan, to destroy the earth! Can the Gang's cunning and KISS's power of rock save the day?! Tune in to this Rock and Roll Mystery for some thunderous, heavy FUN!
Wonder if Shaggy and the gang will mention the time "Mama" Cass Elliot helped the gang solve the mystery of The Haunted Candy Factory? (It's actually their second run in with the band.) We'll have to wait until July, when this straight-to-home-video title comes out on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download. But you can watch the trailer below.

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April 14, 2015

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Rex Manning Day
Rex Manning Day
Rex Manning Day

We already posted pictures and a review of the first Empire Records 20th anniversary celebration at Rough Trade NYC, and now we've got a set of pics from the third and final night (4/10). Like the first one, actors were dressed as characters from the film, scenes were recreated, GWAR showed up, Johnny Whitworth (AJ from the movie) showed up, and Tyson Meade from Chainsaw Kittens did too, and there was music from local bands -- this time it was The Mosers, Born Cages and Vacations.

More pictures below...

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April 10, 2015

horror

FOX is remaking quintessential midnight movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show as a TV special directed by Kenny Ortega, the man behind High School Musical and This Is It. From Deadline:

Tentatively titled The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event, the project is described as a reimagining of the campy horror feature, which, 40 years after its release continues, to play in theaters around the world - the longest theatrical distribution frame for any film in history.
This remake has apparently been in the works for over ten years and was almost done for MTV in 2008. Deadline also reports that producers of the event plan to "stick faithfully to the text and the score of the original but greatly reimagine the story visually." We're definitely not saying this is a good idea (it's not) but who would you cast?

You can see the original 1975 film (which become a cult phenomenon at the Village's Waverly Theatre) here in NYC tonight (4/10) at Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas at midnight, complete with crucial audience participation elements. Bring your own toast. Tickets are available.

April 9, 2015

Stillwater from 'Almost Famous'
Stillwater

As previously mentioned, Father/Daughter Records is releasing a second installment of Faux Real, their compilation series where real bands cover fictional bands from movies and TV. One of the songs on Faux Real II is Porches-related indie band Rivergazer's cover of "Fever Dog" by fictional band Stillwater from Almost Famous. You may remember that Stillwater in the film included Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters' Mark Kozelek on bass (that's him on the right above), and "Fever Dog" was written by Heart's Nancy Wilson. Rivergazer's cover (featuring Hunter Davidsohn) premieres below.

Rivergazer also play the release show in Brooklyn on April 28 at Palisades (the day the album comes out) with Bellows, Small Wonder and Sharpless. Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of fictional bands from Cameron Crowe movies, Citizen Dick, the fictional band from Singles, is getting a non-fictional 7" release for Record Store Day (4/18). The A-side features "Touch Me I'm Dick" (based -- in case it wasn't obvious -- on Mudhoney's "Touch Me I'm Sick") and the B-side features a quote from the film etched into the vinyl. The actual people who recorded the Citizen Dick song are Pearl Jam members Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, and Jeff Ament. It didn't include Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, who played guitar on two Stillwater songs in Almost Famous.

In more news involving '90s coming-of-age movies and music nerds, the Clueless soundtrack got its first-ever vinyl release this week via Universal. In case you don't remember, it features The Muffs, Luscious Jackson, World Party, Radiohead, Smoking Popes, Beastie Boys, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Coolio, Supergrass, Velocity Girl and more. You can pick yours up here.

And lastly, the three-night 20th anniversary celebration of Empire Records began at Williamsburg venue Rough Trade NYC last night (4/8) with appearances by Ethan Embry (who played Mark in the movie), Johnny Whitworth (who played AJ), GWAR and much more. Check out our pictures.

Citizen Dick and Rivergazer song streams below...

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April 7, 2015

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The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival starts next week, running April 15-26. Schedule for the fest is up and tickets are on sale now. Note that if advance tickets to a screening are sold out, you can always try for rush standby tickets, with lines forming 45 minutes before screening time.

This year's TFF lineup includes documentaries on Monty Python, Saturday Night Live, Mary J Blige, and DJ AM, a restored 25th anniversary screening of Goodfellas (with post-show Q&A hosted by Jon Stewart), as well as the guys from RiffTrax (ex-MST3K) taking on The Room, and lots more.

March 30, 2015

by Bill Pearis

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Damon & Naomi released their new album Fortune in February which is another lovely record of hushed, folky pop. Fortune also serves as the soundtrack to a 30-minute silent film of the same name that was made by Naomi. You can watch the film and stream the album below.

They'll be heading to the UK for a few dates in April followed by an appearance at the Istanbul Film Festival where they'll perform a "cine-concert" soundtracking a screening of Fortune. Once back in the states, Damon & Naomi will play The Bell House on May 29 as part of the venue's "Boston in Brooklyn" series and the show is with Tanya Donelly (Belly, Throwing Muses) and Elisa Ambrogio (Magik Markers). Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below.

There's also a "Boston in Brooklyn" event at The Bell House this Saturday (4/4) with The Sheila Divine, The Gravel Pit and Mean Creek. Tickets are on sale.

Luna in 2015
Luna

In related news, Damon & Naomi's old Galaxie 500 bandmate Dean Wareham is gearing up for Luna's first show in 10 years -- happening on LA on April 13 in Los Angeles -- followed by a tour of Spain. Since we last posted, the band have announced UK dates for August. We still await promised North American dates which should happen "later this year." All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Damon & Naomi streaming 'Fortune' LP/film, playing NYC w/ Tanya Donelly & more; Luna add UK dates to reformation tour"

March 25, 2015

photo: Bouncing Souls at House of Vans in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Bouncing Souls

The first annual Asbury Park Music In Film Fest is set to take place April 10-12 across a handful of venues in the New Jersey city. The event features screenings of a handful of music films, including Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo's JACO, a documentary focusing on the life of the legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius; DC punk doc Salad Days; A Band Called Death, the story of Detroit proto-punk legends Death; Bouncing Souls doc Do You Remember? 15 Years Of The Bouncing Souls; Memphis music film Take Me To The River; Rye Coalition film Rye Coalition: The Story of the Hard Luck Five; City Gardens doc Riot on the Dance Floor; and more.

There's also a few afterparties, including the "punk band after party" at Asbury Lanes on Friday, April 10 which you can get into with the Friday Punk Pass Ticket Package, that also includes admission to the Salad Days and the Bouncing Souls doc screenings.

There's also Robby Krieger of The Doors at The Stone Pony on 4/10 (tickets); JACO-afterparty "Funk That Bass" superjam hosted by Bernie Worrell featuring Dean Ween, Bernard Fowler, Corey Glover and special guests on April 11; a Rye Coalition afterparty at Asbury Lanes on 4/11 with performances from members of the band; a Q&A with A Band Called Death's directors at BTII Gallery on 4/11 and more.

Full schedule and ticket options HERE. Check out trailers for Take Me To The River, Salad Days, Do You Remember?, and A Band Called Death below...

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March 19, 2015

by Bill Pearis

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We posted yesterday about James Murphy's score for Noah Baumbauch's upcoming comedy, While We're Young, and the soundtrack includes his cover of David Bowie's "Golden Years" and that has now been released. It's definitely an original take on the cut and you can stream it (via The Dissolve) below...but just don't get too excited. You can stream Bowie's original below too if you're feeling undernourished.

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March 18, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Ad-Rock in 'While We're Young'
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James Murphy has made some non-Tennis-based new music, scoring Noah Baumbach's film While We're Young, which will be out March 27 in the US. He also covers David Bowie's "Golden Years" for the soundtrack, which also features cuts from Psychedelic Furs, A Tribe Called Quest, HAIM, Survivor and more. Full tracklist is below and it's out March 23. One piece from Murphy's score will be on the official soundtrack, a moody synth piece titled "We Used to Dream" which is in the Vangelis/Tangerine Dream style. You can stream that below.

As for the film, While We're Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as an uptight 40-something affluent couple who become friends with a 20-something Bushwick-type couple (GIRLS' Adam Driver and Big Love's Amanda Seyfried). Hilarity and soul-searching ensues. The film also stars Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz and an out-of-retirement Charles Grodin. While We're Young was shown at both the Toronto and NY Film Festivals last September? Anybody catch it there? It's gotten pretty good reviews. You can watch the trailer below.

James Murphy, who previously scored Noah Baumbach's Greenberg (also starring Ben Stiller), headlines the Slingshot Fest in Athens, GA later this month.

Continue reading "James Murphy did the score & covers Bowie in new comedy 'While We're Young' which has Ad-Rock in it (stream a track) "

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