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September 2, 2014

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While on tour this summer, Nick Cave held special screenings of the film Nick Cave: 20,000 Days on Earth with solo live performances, like at NYC's Florence Gould Hall. He'll be back for another special screening in NYC at Town Hall on September 20 that will include a performance and a Q&A with the film's directors and special guests. Tickets go on sale Saturday (9/6) at noon with a presale happening Friday (9/5) at noon.

Additionally, Nick Cave: 20,000 Days on Earth will have a two-week run at NYC's Film Forum from September 17 - 30. Tickets for Film Forum screenings are on sale now.

The acclaimed film, made by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, intermingles dramatic elements and documentary footage for an idiosyncratic look at the iconic performer. Nick Cave: 20,000 Days on Earth trailer below...

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August 28, 2014

by Ian Chainey

GWAR at the Housecore Horror Fest in Austin, 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
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Style Weekly dug deeply into GWAR this week and for good reason: the band have had a year like few others. Certainly, the sad news of Dave Brockie's passing will be the lasting memory for many, but after their downs, GWAR also had their ups. They've released a mountain of atypical merch and marketing ideas -- some good, some not so much. They're going back out on the road with Decapitated, Corrosion of Conformity, and American Sharks. When they've played Oderus-less, they've looked in good form. And now there's going to be a GWAR documentary.

The nine minute trailer for Let There Be GWAR details the band's beginnings, showing how frustrated art school castaways built a band to fit their fantasies. It's actually a rather inspiring story and a clever piece of cinema, utilizing a picture-in-picture talking head technique to great effect. Of course, GWAR aren't just any band, but their origins are similar to other lifers that keep on doing it out of love. If you've winced at their recent capitalistic streak, it's a nice palette cleanser. A date and other release information for the Don Drakulich-directed documentary hasn't made the rounds yet, but you can watch the full nine minute trailer below.

Speaking of GWAR-related documentaries, you can catch them in Riot on the Dance Floor, the new film about Trenton, NJ rock club City Gardens, which makes its BV-presented NYC premiere TONIGHT (8/28).

Let There Be GWAR trailer below...

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David Lynch, whose foundation is hosting two benefit shows at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn this fall, meanwhile got involved with the charity of the moment, as you can watch in the video below...

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Ramones

There's been plenty going on for the Ramones 40th anniversary (and in the wake of the passing of Tommy Ramone, their last original member). NYC has already had one anniversary celebration and there's another coming. A new 'best of' is on the way and Morrissey is compiling the tracklist. And they were just honored in NYC this past weekend by Arcade Fire.

Now, a new Billboard article reveals that even more is coming. Influential filmmaker Martin Scorsese is planning to make a film on the band, and there will also be a theatrical play, a book, and a documentary with footage from the '70s and '80s shot by George Seminara. Remastered music and new apparel are planned as well.

As previously discussed, Richie Ramone (member from '83-'87) is playing NYC with The Queers soon, and CJ Ramone ('89 to '96) signed to Fat Wreck Chords and is touring Brazil as we speak. Marky Ramone is also touring Brazil and other South American countries with Michale Graves in November.

Watch the "I Just Want To Have Something To Do" scene from Rock n Roll High School below...

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August 27, 2014

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The BrooklynVegan-presented NYC premiere of "Riot on the Dance Floor, the Story of Randy Now & City Gardens" is happening this Thursday, August 28 at AMC Loews Village 7 in the East Village. Tickets are still available, and they include an after-movie Q&A with Director Steve Tozzi, and City Gardens booker-and-subject-of-the-documentary Randy Now, and Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Sim Cain (Rollins Band), John Joseph (Cro-Mags) and Howie Abrams (co-founder of In-Effect Records).

Gibby Haynes is also DJing the free afterparty at Bowery Electric. See you there?

Want to go to the movie for free? We're giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner. Details on how to enter to win, and a video of Butthole Surfers playing the club in 1985, below...

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August 26, 2014

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Time to Smell the Glove at NYFF 2014
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This year's New York Film Festival is shaping up to be the biggest ever. The festival scored not one but three major coups in the programming department, snagging premieres of perhaps the three most-anticipated films of the fall and winter season: David Fincher's Gone Girl, Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu's Birdman, and Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice. With these extremely well-pedigreed films, NYFF has vaulted itself to the top of the North American fall festival heap above the likes of Telluride and Toronto. It also features Cannes favorite Foxcatcher, Life of Riley, the final film by the late Alain Resnais, and Mike Leigh's biopic of the English painter J.M.W. Turner Mr. Turner, among many other exciting titles. The festival runs from September 26 - October 12, and Tickets will go on sale to the general public on September 7 at noon (if you're a Film Society of Lincoln Center member, you probably already know that tickets are already available).

There are a number of cool music-related films screening during the festival, perhaps the most exciting of which is a 30th anniversary screening of arguably the greatest rock 'n' roll movie ever made, Rob Reiner's This is Spinal Tap with Christopher Guest, Nigel Tufnel himself, in attendance. The fest will also feature Damian Chazelle's New York set drumming drama Whiplash, which got rave reviews out of Sundance, and features Miles Teller doing all his own jazz drumming and JK Simmons as a drill-sergeant of a drum teacher. In addition, Mia Hansen-Love (who's married to Olivier Assayas, who also has a film at the fest) will be showing her new film Eden, which chronicles the French electronic music scene in the 90s and will premiere at Toronto earlier in September.

This is all in addition to the other cool film stuff coming up, like the James Brown series at Lincoln Center and this week's BV-presented City Gardens documentary.

You can check out the full NYFF main slate lineup below.

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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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