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August 21, 2014

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In 2009, Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch released God Help the Girl, a musical project that featured the band and guest vocalists telling a rock opera of sorts. It's now become a motion picture musical written and directed by Murdoch, which begins its North American release on September 5 and stars Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones, Skins), Olly Alexander (of the band Years and Years), Emily Browning and Pierre Boulanger. The story is about a lazy summer in Glasgow, as Murdoch explains:

A better summer, or at least a summer when something happened. It happened to a boy and a girl and a girl in a city roughly the same size and population of Glasgow. Perhaps the canals were a bit grimier, the high-rise buildings taller, the streets emptier when you needed them to be, and the beat clubs busier than the ones around here. But on the whole the city was this one.
Check out the trailer for the film below. There's a private screening of God Help the Girl this Monday (8/25) at 6:30 PM at Nitehawk Cinema with Stuart Murdoch and cast (Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray) in attendance. We've got two pairs of tickets to give away. Details on that are below.

Average joes can catch the film in NYC when it opens September 5 at Village East Cinemas. All North American screening dates are listed, along with contest details and the trailer, below...

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August 15, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Jawbreaker

Jawbreaker already reissued Bivouac (+ the Chesterfield King EP) in 2012 for its 20th anniversary, and now they'll be doing the same for 1994's classic Steve Albini-produced 24 Hour Revenge Therapy, as Property of Zack points out. The album comes with alternative takes of four of the LP's tracks, plus two outtakes, "First Step" and "Friends Back East" (which both also appeared on 2002's Etc. compilation). It will be out on October 14 via Blackball Records and can be pre-ordered at Music Direct. Music Direct also mentions that a full-length documentary on the band is in the works. Tracklist and some classic 24 Hour Revenge Therapy streams below. Also below is a funny and entertaining video of a 1994 interview Jawbreaker did on Public Access TV show Sideshow, the show run by Stefanie Reines (interviewer) and her brother Richard (cameraman), who two years later founded Drive-Thru Records together.

In related news, Jawbreaker drummer Adam Pfahler recently formed the band California, which is fronted by Green Day's touring guitarist Jason White, and features Dustin Clark (The Insides) on bass. (Meanwhile, Green Day's singer is currently The Replacements' touring guitarist.) The band have been working on their debut record, and while there's no music from that out yet, you can watch a live video of them playing "Woodson Lateral.: It's not the highest quality video, but it does sound promising. Check it out below.

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August 14, 2014

Bjork at Berlin Festival 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Directed by Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland, the Biophilia Live film augments the live show with additional animated sequences, taking viewers into Björk's immersive performances, which included a number of custom-built experimental instruments, such as a Tesla Coil, a pendulum harp, and a hybrid gamelan-celesta. The show also featured an Icelandic female choir and a series of nature films. [The Creators Project]
Bjork: Biophilia Live, the Bjork documentary on the multimedia live shows she played in support of her 2011 album Biophilia, already premiered at Tribeca Film Fest, and now it's being screened at several more locations worldwide, including two more in NYC. First, it screens at IFC Center from September 26 to October 2, along with a screening of the 2013 documentary When Bjork Met Attenborough. Then, once again at Brooklyn's Nitehawk Cinema from October 10 to October 16. Showtimes TBA, and tickets are not on sale yet but you can check here for updates. There will be one more chance to see it just outside of NYC at Long Island's Camera Arts Centre in Huntington on October 29 (tickets).

The Creators Project just made a new trailer for the film, which you can watch below. Also below is the full list of theaters it will screen in and what night it opens in each one. More info, including how long each theater will be showing it for, here.

And as mentioned, Bjork's getting a retrospective at MoMA in 2015.

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August 12, 2014

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Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams died this morning at 63. While his publicist wouldn't confirm that it was a suicide, they did issue this statement. "Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time." - [EW]
While he was known of late for more family fare, Robin Williams was an anarchic comedian in the '70s and early '80s, whose influence shouldn't be underestimated. Very sad news. Rest in peace, Robin. Nanu nanu.

President Obama issued a statement:

Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien - but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most - from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin's family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.

Robin's most recently released movie, which co-starred Peter Dinklage, is called "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn."

If you're dealing with suicidal thoughts, you don't have to suffer alone. People want to help you. Please reach out to someone. Wikipedia has a list of crisis hotlines around the world.

A few clips, including his classic 1982 HBO special "An Evening With Robin Williams," below...

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August 9, 2014

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When you walk around Williamsburg you see a lot of these orange signs for movie shoots, they're practically omnipresent. But I did a double-take when I saw this one on N. 6th and Berry today. I have no idea what this is or if it's real (Update: somebody's pranking the neighborhood), but free to offer up a pitch in the comments.

August 8, 2014

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Bill Pearis

Jarvis Cocker
Jarvis Cocker
Jarvis Cocker

"That was one of the most incredible things I've ever witnessed." Jarvis Cocker had just seen a nine-year-old boy named Graham belt out Pulp's "This is Hardcore." (Feel free to peruse the lyrics if unfamiliar.) "It was a little disturbing... but I will not forget that, ever." Nobody who saw it will. The kid won.

Cocker and Pulp documentary director Florian Habicht were judges in a Pulp karaoke competition that also featured a girl who came out dressed as an old lady for "Help the Aged," only to then perform a striptease; and audience favorite Chance who had clearly studied Cocker's stage moves for his very enthusiastic rendition of "Babies" where he recovered fully from falling off the stage. Jarvis seemed amused and bemused by the whole thing, noting that "I can truly say that was a unique experience."

This was the afterparty for last night's Rooftop Films screening (8/7) of Habicht's terrific documentary, PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets in Sunset Park's Industry City that also featured a Q&A with Cocker and Habicht. Filmed around Pulp's 2012 show in their hometown of Sheffield, the last date on their reformation tour, the documentary spends as much time with fans and local residents as it does the band, painting a vivid portrait of the city that shaped the band. It is not a film charting Pulp's beginnings through their breakup in 2002. "That's what YouTube and Wikipedia is for," said Habicht. It's a sweet, charming movie that you don't have to have even heard "Common People" to enjoy.

If you missed the Rooftop Films screening (and the Lincoln Center "Sound & Vision" series screening), the Pulp documentary will be released by Oscilloscope in theaters and VOD in November, with a home video release not too long after. Screening dates and more pictures from the screening, Q&A and afterparty as well as Graham's audition video, below...

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August 7, 2014

Charles Bradley Documentary

There's never a shortage of cool movie screenings in NYC, but here's a roundup of some of the music (and cow) related screenings coming up in the near future. The screenings of Stop Making Sense and Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets already happened at Lincoln Center in the past week, and there's a another sold-out screening the Pulp doc tonight (Aug 7) at Rooftop Films at Industry City in Sunset Park, which will be followed by a Q&A with Jarvis Cocker and director Florian Habicht after which they'll then judge a Pulp karaoke contest.

As far as thing you can actually still go to, the new film from master documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, The Armstrong Lie) about Fela Kuti, Finding Fela, is screening regularly all week at the IFC Center. On Friday (Aug 8) after the 4:40 screening, Gibney will be there in person for a Q&A about the film. Tickets for that are on sale now.

There's a free screening of a documentary on soul singer Charles Bradley, titled Charles Bradley - Soul of America, coming up soon at City Winery on August 12. Bradley and director Poull Brien will be on hand for a pre-show Q&A. Again, it's free, but you do need to RSVP.

James Brown in The T.A.M.I. Show
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There's a James Brown biopic, Get on Up, out in multiplexes all over the city right now, but to give fans of the Godfather a more realistic fix, in late August Film Society of Lincoln Center will be putting on a 4-day series called James Brown: The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. The series runs from August 29 - September1, and will feature, some films like Rocky IV, Black Caesar, and The Blues Brothers which feature Brown performances, as well as the Brown-centric documentary Soul Power, and classic concert film The T.A.M.I. Show (which features an amazing set from Brown). Plus '60s teen comedy Ski Party, compilations of live performances, and more. Tickets for all these showtimes are available via the Lincoln Center website, and a full schedule of the program is below.

Elsewhere, as we've mentioned, the crowd-funded meat industry doc Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret screens on August 21 at AMC Loews Village 7 and you can win tickets from BV or buy them here. As we've also mentioned and are very excited about, the BV-presented screening of the City Gardens documentary Riot on the Dance Floor is happening on August 28 at the AMC Loews Village 7 and will feature a Q&A with Gibby Haynes, Sim Cain, and the director Steve Tozzi. Tickets are still on sale, and there's also an after party at Bowery Electric, for which we'll have more details soon.

That about does it until NYFF (just kidding, there's's tons of other stuff to tide you over until you can't get in to the new Paul Thomas Anderson movie). Enjoy the moviegoing month, and check out the schedule for the James Brown series, plus trailers for the Fela Kuti and Charles Bradley documentaries, below....

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August 6, 2014

Sad Cow

COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret, is a groundbreaking feature length environmental documentary, following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

This shocking yet humorous documentary will be as eye-opening as "Blackfish" and as inspiring as "An Inconvenient Truth."

New environmental documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is screening around the country this month, including NYC on August 21 at 7PM at AMC Loews Village 7. If you'd like to go for free, we're giving away a few pairs of tickets. Details, and the film's trailer are below.

In related news, Meat Puppets are going on tour with Cass McCombs, and So Cow have an album coming out.

All Cowspiracy screening datse, plus contest details and the film's trailer, below.

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CBGB Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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The CBGB Music & Film Festival returns to NYC for its third year with five days of events across various venues from October 8 to October 12. Exact venues, artists and films have not been announced yet, but we do know the big Times Square show will return. Tickets will be on sale soon via the festival's website.

City Gardens DJ/promoter Randy Now
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The long-in-the-works documentary about storied Jersey punk/metal club City Gardens, titled Riot On the Dance Floor, is now finished and has been shown at a few festivals so far. Would you like to see it? BrooklynVegan and Rocks Off are pairing up for the NYC premiere of the film, happening Thursday, August 28 at AMC Loews Village 7 in the East Village. We're also hosting a post-screening Q&A with Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Sim Cain (Rollins Band), Director Steve Tozzi and more TBA. UPDATE: John Joseph (Cro-Mags) and Howie Abrams (co-founder of In-Effect Records) added to Q&A.

The event doubles as a benefit for the film -- which was funded by Kickstarter -- and starts at 8 PM. $10 tickets are on sale now.

After the film join us for the afterparty at Bowery Electric. Gibby Haynes will be DJing (and more details TBA).

Screening flyer below...

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