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October 23, 2014

Gruff Rhys @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Gruff

Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys will release his new solo album, American Interior, in North America on November 4 and will be touring in support of it, including an NYC show at Baby's All Right on November 8 (tickets). He's just added a second NYC show, the next day (11/9) at Rough Trade. It's a noon matinee and is free with purchase of American Interior at Rough Trade between 11/4 and day of show.

in other news: as you may know, American Interior is also a film (as well as a book and mobile app), all based around Gruff retracing the steps of his distant relative John Evans as he traveled through North America in the 1790s. The film, co-directed by Dylan Goch, will make its NYC premiere at a free BrooklynVegan-presented screening on November 8 at Videology in Williamsburg. It's at 5 PM SHARP screening (Videology is just a few blocks from Baby's), and Gruff will be there to introduce the film. RSVP here; entrance based on capacity. Please arrive early. Hope to see you there!

In other SFA news, bassist Guto Pryce's other band, GULP, makes their NYC debut tonight (10/23, 6:45 PM) at Drom as part of CMJ. It's their only show this week.

Trailer for American Interior (and stream of the album), plus an updated list tour dates, below...

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October 22, 2014

Annie

The new 'Annie' movie hits theater on 12/19 full of reimagined details including a puketastic version of Annie classic "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile" by Sia. It's one of three tracks Sia has on the soundtrack, which is out 11/17. Another is a still-unreleased collaboration with Beck called "Moonquake Lake".

"Moonquake Lake" was also the not-so-secret fake name of the movie they used on signs while filming last year at the Beacon Theater, in the East Village, in Little Italy, in Hell's Kitchen and probably other places.

The full movie soundtrack track listing is below...

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Raphael

Raphael Ravenscroft, the man behind the saxophone on Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street," died earlier this week, of an apparent heart attack. He was 60. Arguably the most famous saxophone riff in pop (you know it even if you think you don't), "Baker Street" was a #2 hit in 1978 and Ravenscroft was reportedly only paid £27 for it (and the check bounced). Ravenscroft has also played on records by Pink Floyd, Daft Punk, America, Kim Carnes, Mike Oldfield, Robert Plant, and others.

Rest in peace, Raphael. You "Baker Street" solo lives on. Stream it below...

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October 20, 2014

Mekons

Acclaimed Mekons documentary Revenge of the Mekons premiered a year ago at NYC Doc fest and is now getting a proper release. It'll screen in NYC at Film Forum from Oct. 29 - Nov. 4 with daily showtimes at 12:30, 2:45, 5:00, 7:15, 9:30 PM. Tickets are on sale now. The October 29 7:15 PM screening will feature a Q&A with the Mekons' Jon Langford and Steve Goulding and director Joe Angio. Later that night, Langford will play the afterparty at The Bell House (tickets). If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets to attend both. Details below.

Some of the other Film Forum screening have special guests too. The October 30 9:30 PM screening features a Q&A with the Langford and Angio, and for some others:

Nov 1 - Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) introduces 7:15pm screening
Nov 3 - writer/critic Luc Sante introduces 7:15pm screening
Nov 4 - writier/critic Greil Marcus introduces 7:15pm screening
Trailer for Revenge of the Mekons and contest details, below..

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October 16, 2014

The Walking Dead

Couldn't make it in person to any of the PaleyFest events this week? You're in luck because they're all streaming live and archived online. The Wire cast reunion hits at 7:30pm EST tonight, and meanwhile you can already watch the ones with The Walking Dead, Bob's Burgers, Law & Order SVU, Archer, Modern Family and others.

October 13, 2014

photos by Chris La Putt

2014 New York Comic Con
2014 New York Comic Con
2014 New York Comic Con
2014 New York Comic Con

A record-breaking number of Spider-Men, Wonder Women and preteen titans crammed into the Javits Center for the four-day New York Comic Con -- many of them in their costumed finest.

Organizers expect the attendance to surpass 150,000 by the time the convention wraps up on Sunday.

"It's the worst day to wear body paint in the rain," Susan Li, 29, who was covered head-to-toe in pink as X-Men superhero Blink, said Saturday.

"But when you have some hardcore fan recognize you as your character, that makes the two hours of painting yourself worth it."

"It allows me to be who I am inside" Cici James, 30, who owns her own sci-fi bookstore, Singularity, in Brooklyn, said of the chance to dress up in her very form-fitting costume.

Queens resident Julian Keller, 22, spent more than 200 hours with his father to create the perfect General Zod costume, which would have made Superman do a double take. - [NY Daily News]

The 2014 NY Comic Con happened over the weekend, bringing record crowds (many of whom dressed for the occasion) to the event -- the NYC edition is finally starting to catch up to San Diego. (It's still got a long ways to go, attendance-wise. UPDATE: actually, nevermind) We've got a set of pictures from NYCC in this post, but even more and larger versions are up on BV's Facebook for those who really want to geek-out.

More (smaller ones) below...

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October 6, 2014

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan has an upcoming tour which is already set to hit NYC for four nights at Beacon Theatre (Nov. 28 - Dec 2). Those have all sold out, but now Dylan's added a fifth show happening on December 3 at the same venue. Tickets for the newly-added show go on sale Friday (10/10) at 10 AM. Updated dates are listed below.

In related news, Bill Murray sings along to Dylan's "Shelter From the Storm" in his upcoming film St. Vincent (not to be confused with Annie Clark), and a video of that can be watched, with the list of dates, below...

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October 1, 2014

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NY Super Week, the lead-up to NY Comic Con, is almost upon us, running from October 3 - 12 at places all over NYC. Since we last posted about it they've added a LOT more events. Among them:

--James Murphy and Pete Tong at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 7 (tickets): Coffemaker James Murphy and famed UK DJ Pete Tong will trade sets after a conversation with Endgame: The Calling author James Frey.

--"Rock Comic Con" at Webster Hall's Marlin Room on October 9 (tickets): High-concept geek-friendly bands Kirby Krackle, Harry & The Potters, and Math the Band play songs about comic book characters, Harry Potter and...math.

--Cast Of Star Trek: The Next Generation Moderated By William Shatner at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 10 (tickets): Jean-Luc, Geordie, Data, Q, Troi, Dr. Crusher...pretty much everyone except Whoopie Goldberg and Will Wheaton.

--'Harmontown Live' at 92 Y on October 10 (tickets): The creator of Community (and writer of cult pilot Heat Vision & Jack), Dan Harmon will record a live edition of his popular Harmontown podcast featuring roleplaying games with special celebrity guests TBA.

--"Ask Me Another" at 92 Y on October 10 (tickets). The popular WNYC show (a mix of gameshow, music and comedy) tapes live with special guest Neil Gaiman.

--The Karate Kid 30th Anniversary Cast Conversation and Screening at 92 Y on October 11 (tickets). Has it really been 30 years since The Karate Kid? Join Ralph Macchio, William Zabka ("Sweep the Leg" Johnny), and Martin Kove (Sensei Jon Kreese) as they talk about the making of the film after a screening.

Super Week also boasts the Nickelodeon reunion with Polaris, Startalk Live! with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugene Mirman and Malcolm Gladwell, and and a whole lot more Super Week. The full schedule is here.

September 26, 2014

by PSquared

NYFF

Well fall is here, and movie-lovers know what time it is -- when the heavy hitter slate of films start to roll out. Many of the most anticipated will be shown at the More exciting than all of these films is the fact that tonight begins the 52nd NY Film Festival which starts today (9/26) at Lincoln Center. Always an exciting and vibrant festival which is loaded with great films this year both large and small. For our first part of coverage, I'll give you the skinny on the films that have been shown to the press up to now. Many of the biggest films we have yet to see, so reviews of those will come later. Reminder as well, while most of the films are sold out, there are always stand by tickets day of and always people selling extras outside. You can get in!

Let's start with the films I absolutely loved. My favorite film so far and one of the best I've seen this year is '71. (Saturday, Sep. 27 @ Alice Tully Hall, 6 PM.) British TV director Yann Demange, helms his first feature and it's a doozy. A thriller set in 1971 Belfast, it stars Jack O' Connell, fresh from a starring role in the very good prison drama Starred Up. Here he plays a young British soldier who gets separated from his unit in hostile territory on some pretty mean streets. From there, he has to navigate his way out being chased by the IRA as well as secret thugs from his own side with an agenda all their own. No side is clean in this battle. With a perfect mix of tension and relief, Demange makes all the right directorial choices. The timing in some of the set pieces are so perfect, it's hard to believe this is his first feature. I noted a bunch of audible gasps during the screening and when you can get that from a jaded room of critics, well you are doing something right. Simply put, it is sensational.

We'll have more NYFF coverage to come. The trailer for '71, and capsule reviews of more films playing (including Richard Gere in Time Out of Mind, David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars and more) below...

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Goldie

Legendary DJ Goldie had been talking about recording an orchestral version of his perfectly named 1995 album Timeless for a while now, and earlier this year he performed it with an orchestra for the first time ever during the Meltdown Festival. An official video from that performance (dir. Lyle Lindgren) is out now and that can be watched below.

Goldie's in the midst of a short US tour as we speak with two dates left, San Diego tonight (9/26) and NYC this Saturday (9/27) at Verboten with Dieselboy, Empress, Jakes, Double Dragon and Dave Shichman. Tickets for that one are available. Remaining dates are listed below.

In other news, Goldie's ex-fiance Bjork's tour documentary Bjork: Biophilia Live begins its run screening at NYC's IFC Center tonight (9/26) through October 2. Her 2013 documentary When Bjork Met Attenborough will screen at these as well. Tickets are on sale now. Then Biophilia Live will also screen in NYC from October 10-16 at Nitehawk Cinema.

List of Goldie dates with the video, below...

Continue reading "Goldie released a video of orchestral 'Timeless' performance, on US tour; 'Bjork: Biophilia Live' opens at IFC Center tonight"

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