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February 8, 2016
by Bill Pearis
As if not content with movies, Blu-Ray, videogames, books, comics, and trading cards, the Star Wars universe is now officially expanding into dance music. Executive produced by Rick Rubin, Star Wars Headspace is an album featuring Royksopp, Flying Lotus, Rustie, Shlohmo, Breakbot, Baauer and more contributing songs that incorporate Star Wars clips and sound effects. Zane Lowe premiere Flying Lotus, Baauer and Rubin's own contributions to the album on his Beats 1 radio show and you can listen to those, and check out the full track list, below.
Not on the album: Meco, whose disco-fied version of John Williams' Star Wars theme (mashed up with the "Cantina Band" song) was a number one hit in 1977. If you've never heard that, you can stream that below too.
February 4, 2016
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in 'Miles Ahead'
SXSW is a month away, and while most of the coverage on this site has been about the music portion, there is also the Film Festival which happens March 11 - 19. We already mentioned the Death By Audio doc, which is one of the ten films in this year's Documentary Film Competition, but there are lots and lots more interesting selections.
There's a whole section ("24 Beats Per Second") devoted to music films, mostly documentaries, that includes The Art of Organized Noize, a movie about the Atlanta rap producers who worked with Outkast, Cee-Lo and Goodie Mob, among others; BANG! The Bert Berns Story, about the highly successful but little-known songwriter behind "Twist and Shout," "Piece of My Heart" and others; There's a movie about producer Butch Vig's Wisconsin-based Smart Studios, where Nevermind, Gish and many other records were made; There's a documentary Austin City Limits: A Song For You; plus Sharon Jones doc Miss Sharon Jones!, X Japan doc We Are X.
There are also not one but two jazz biopics: Don Cheadle directs and stars in Miles Ahead, in which he plays Miles Davis (watch the trailer below); and Born To Be Blue, in which Ethan Hawke plays Chet Baker.
There are also a ton of exciting non-music premieres: Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some (his "spiritual sequel" to Dazed and Confused); Mike Birbiglia's new comedy Don't Think Twice; Jeff Nichols' sci-fi thriller Midnight Special; Ti West (House of the Devil)'s new film In the Valley of Violence; and and the much-anticipated Pee-wee's Big Holiday. Oh and Las Vegas cop movie The Trust starring Nicolas Cage, Sky Ferriera, Elijah Wood and Jerry Lewis. So yeah.
Check out trailers for Miles Ahead, The Smart Studios Story, and Austin City Limits: A Song For You and the full SXSW film lineup, below.
February 3, 2016
by Bill Pearis
still from 'Goodnight Brooklyn'
Basically from the moment Williamsburg DIY venue Death by Audio announced that they were closing, DbA's Matt Conboy began filming. With cinematographer Jonathan Yi, editor Andrew Ratzlaff, producer Amanda Schultz, and a large camera crew, they shot shows, behind the scenes stuff, interviews with staff and friends, everything, right to the end. (BV contributor Ebru Yildiz did the still photography.) The result is new documentary Goodnight Brooklyn: The Story of Death By Audio which will make its world premiere at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival. It's one of ten films selected (from over 1000 entrants) in this year's Documentary Feature Competition. Here's the official synopsis:
From 2005 to 2014 Death By Audio served as a venue for underground music, art and a non-traditional living environment. Founders: Oliver Ackermann, Edan Wilber and Matt Conboy, endure the challenges of hosting hundreds of people a night with looming threats of building department or police raids. Under ironic circumstances, we follow them through the last days as they navigate a billion dollar company moving into their building and the associated threats and intimidation to keep residents in fear of reprisals.Ty Segall is one of the film's executive producers, and he's in front of the camera too, as one of the interviewees. Also talking on camera are DbA runners Conboy, Oliver Ackermann and Edan Wilber, as well as Stephanie Gross, Brian Chippendale, Mark Kleback, Dan Deacon, Michael Azerrad and -- full disclosure -- this writer. They haven't announced SXSW screening dates, so stay tuned.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: A$AP Rocky at ACL Fest 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
As you obviously know, the first Zoolander movie featured the late David Bowie. That movie gets a sequel next week (2/12), and this one features musicians too. A new trailer is out, and it's got a scene with A$AP Rocky rapping and his collaborator Skrillex in the DJ booth. Does that mean they'll be the new David Bo--just kidding, watch the trailer below.
Rocky's been pretty busy lately otherwise too. In the past few days he released the new Pharrell collaboration "Hear Me," the video for "JD" off last year's At.Long.Last.A$AP, and a longer version of "Yamborghini High" featuring Juicy J. Check out all of that below too.
He's also one of the rumored guests for Kanye's new album.
Hannibal Buress' new Netflix comedy special, "Comedy Camisado," debuts on Friday (2/5), but people in NYC can see it early when he'll host a free screening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (2/4). That's also Hannibal's birthday. Here's more, straight from Hannibal:
Hey it's Hannibal, I'm doing a special screening of my new Netflix special "Comedy Camisado." If you can't come to this event, it'll be streaming on Netflix February 5th. I also turn the weird age of 33. They're will be some music by DJ Yamez following the screening. We might have a special musical guest. There will be no hors d'oeuvres. It's not that type of party. Yes I had to google how to spell hors d'oeuvres.Doors at 7 PM and things start at 8 PM. It's 18+. Who do you think the special musical guest could be?
It's a busy month for Hannibal, with Season 3 of Broad City debuting in a couple weeks, he's got a new Spotify show (just like us), and you may have heard him talking with Joey Bada$$ on Pitchfork Radio yesterday live from Men's Fashion Week.
If you need more Hannibal Buress to watch, he made a pilot for Comedy Central titled Unemployable that didn't get picked up. He's shared the whole thing though -- watch it, along with a trailer for "Comedy Camisado," below.
February 1, 2016
Legendary filmmaker (and composer) John Carpenter has announced a new album, following up last year's Lost Themes LP with Lost Themes II which will be released on April 15 via Sacred Bones. Unlike the first album, which was assembled over the course of several years and included unused film music, the new LP was recorded in a much shorter, more consistent session with John's son Cody and his godson Daniel Davies (who is the son of Dave Davies of the Kinks). The three of them also composed the theme for upcoming CBS drama, Zoo.
Carpenter will be playing live shows this year for the first time ever, including this year's Primavera Sound and a few other overseas dates. North American dates are promised for 2016, but have yet to be announced.
All dates are listed, along with artwork and tracklist for Lost Themes II, below.
January 28, 2016
The Beastie Boys were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and now an exhibit featuring Beasties memorabilia will open at the organization's museum in Cleveland this weekend:
"Since we had such a rich, deep collection of stuff from the Beasties when they were inducted, we thought we'd put it out," Rock Hall curator Meredith Rutledge-Borger says. "We also wanted to represent more stuff from some of our recent inductees."In other Beastie Boys tribute news, JJ Abrams dropped in a reference in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where a character named Ello Atsy (named for Beastie Boys album Hello Nasty) has born "Born to Ill" inscribed on his helmet. (Check that out below.) This was not the only musical easter egg in The Force Awakens, either.
Rutledge-Borger says the unit will feature hand-written lyrics of the group's hit "Brass Monkey," action figures, Mike D's Volkswagen medallion and outfits from the "Intergalactic" video, among other things. - [Cleveland.com]
Elsewhere in the Beasties-related Universe: Champagne Jerry (aka Neal Medlyn) has a new album, The Champagne Room, that is out March 5, featuring beats by Adam "Ad Rock" Horovitz and Max Tannone, plus guest vocals from Bridget Everett, Erin Markey, Murray Hill, Larry Krone and Jim Andralis.
To celebrate the LP's release, Jerry's turning New York Live Arts space into The Champagne Room for five shows from March 2 - 5. Neal will open each show as himself, followed by Champagne Jerry, who will be accompanied by the Champagne Club, a rotating cast of performers including Horovitz, Kathleen Hanna, Bridget Everett, Carmine Covelli, and "a series of real and invented bands that exist in a world of cheap gold, dance, memories to last a lifetime and effervescence." March 2 - 4 performances are at 7:30 PM, and on March 5 there are two performances at 7:30 PM and 10:00 PM. Tickets are on sale.
January 27, 2016
by Bill Pearis
Felix van Groeningen's Belgica just had it's U.S. premiere at Sundance and tells the tale of two Belgian brothers who run the film's titular music club, a "den of depravity" where the party never stops, or never wants to at least. Appropriately, Groeningen recruited fellow Belgians Soulwax to do the music for the film. (Who better than a band whose documentary was titled Part of The Weekend Never Dies?) For it, Soulwax's Dewaele brothers (who you may also know as 2manydjs) had to create music for a variety of different fictitious bands seen performing in the club:
We recorded the original music being played in the club, wrote the music, rehearsed and recorded live on set the tracks played by the bands - ranging from a live kraut techno band, White Virgins, bequiffed psychobilly trio They Live through to hardcore outfit Burning Phlegm (featuring Sepultura's Igor Cavalera) whilst chanteuse Charlotte represents the other end of the spectrum with her neo soul pop.Another of the 15 fake bands Soulwax made songs for are Strokes-y garage rockers The Shitz and you can watch the video for "How Long," along with the Belgica trailer, below.
The Belgica soundtrack is out February 26 on [PIAS]. Meanwhile Soulwax are long overdue for touring North America. Lets hope that changes soon.
January 26, 2016
The Residents documentary, Theory of Obscurity, was just released on DVD and Blu-Ray. (Watch the trailer, below.) For fans who'd still like to see it on the big screen, The Residents will be showing it before concerts on their upcoming tour. The NYC date of the tour happens at Gramercy Theater on April 26. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/29) at 10 AM with Live Nation and Music Geeks presale (password: musicgeeks) beginning Wednesday (1/27) at 10 AM.
The tour has been dubbed "Shadowland" and group spokesman Homer Flynn of The Cryptic Corporation talked with Echoes & Dust about what to expect:
his tour represents the end of The Residents 40th celebration. They decided to celebrate their 40th anniversary (which was really in 2012) with a trilogy of tours. The first tour was the Talking Light, the second one was The Wonder of Weird - which really corresponded with their anniversary - and then the third one which is Shadowland.All "Shadowland" tour dates are listed below.
Talking Light was about ghosts and death, The Wonder of Weird was about sex and love, and this tour Shadowland is about birth, rebirth, reincarnation and near-death experiences. So if you sum those up, what you get is death and then sex and then birth. The tour is really meant to represent life in reverse, at least in the point of view of The Residents.
by Bill Pearis
Eighties teen dramedy Pretty in Pink turns 30 next month and to celebrate the film is being rereleased in theaters on Valentine's Day. A weird choice for V-Day if you ask me, as Andi (Molly Ringwald) ends up choosing Andrew McCarthy's wet rag rich guy Blane ("That's a major appliance, that's not a name!") over John Cryer's clearly more deserving Duckie. The original ending actually had Andi choosing Duckie, but test audiences didn't like it so they changed it. Some argue that John Hughes wrote the very similar Some Kind of Wonderful just to right that wrong. But I digress. Those in NYC can see Pretty in Pink on Valentine's Day at the AMC Empire in Times Square. Tickets are on sale.
Pretty in Pink, which was only written by John Hughes (Howard Deutch directed this and Some Kind of Wonderful), was arguably the most musically-oriented film associated with Hughes. It may also be better-known these days for its soundtrack, which introduced a lot of kids in middle America to UK alternative acts like OMD, New Order, The Smiths and Echo & the Bunnymen. John Hughes wrote on the back cover of the soundtrack
The music in Pretty in Pink was not an afterthought. The tracks on this album and in this film are there because Howie Deutch and I believe in the artists, respect the artists and are proud to be in league with them."It did kind of ruin Psychedelic Furs' song which inspired the film's title, using a rerecording that adds slick production and egregious saxophone. You can stream the soundtrack below.
You may also remember that Andi worked in a record store, Trax, which brings us to another NYC anniversary celebration: Rough Trade on February 26 will transform into Traxx for a "Pretty in Pink 30th Anniversary Dance Party." It doesn't sound as elaborate as the Empire Records party last year, but does feature a "Duckie dance-off" at midnight. Tickets for that go on sale Wednesday (1/27) at noon.
This year also marks the 30th anniversary of John Hughes' Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Maybe they'll celebrate by finally releasing a soundtrack.