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November 20, 2014
Saunier / Chippendale LP art
There's just three shows left at Death by Audio. Last night's "Top Secret!" headliners were Thee Oh Sees and main man John Dwyer said onstage, "We're here for two nights." He didn't say "in a row" but seeing how they play Warsaw with Jack Name on Friday (tickets) and are at M for Montreal on Saturday (snowstorms permitting), the other night in question seems to only be one option. But who knows? As for the rest of the lineup, DbA has posted up today's clues:
Well shucks! looks like i forgot to mention one of the players last night, slipped my mind! Well tonight i wont try and pull the Wool over your eyes, and jack you all around with this name game, ive been actin like a kid! Anyway i apologize for all the tomfoolery, and ill sees ya tonight!Ok, sleuths, what does it all mean?
If you're going to go to one of these last three nights, do make sure to spend some time in the Death by Art installation which has a lot of cool stuff to see. You may have seen a monitor in the hallway showing a documentary about drummers Greg Saunier and Brian Chippendale titled Checking in at 20. It was directed by Matt Conboy who runs the DbA showspace (with Edan Wilbur) and features interviews with Wayne Coyne, Tim Harrington, John Dwyer, Steven Drozd, Kid Millions, and rock journalist Michael Azerrad. You can watch the whole thing (via Pitchfork) below. Both Saunier (with Deerhoof) and Lightning Bolt's Chippendale (as Black Pus) played Death by Audio in the last few weeks.
Meanwhile, Saunier and Chippendale also have an album out via Famous Class. The self-titled LP features two side-long improvisations, and is limited to 500 copies. Order yours now.
Documentary stream below...
Hollywood and Broadway lost one of its most talented directors and best wits. Mike Nichols, who directed The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Working Girl and many more, died Wednesday (11/19), at age 83:
Dryly urbane, Mr. Nichols had a gift for communicating with actors and a keen comic timing, which he honed early in his career as half of the popular sketch-comedy team Nichols and May. He accomplished what Orson Welles and Elia Kazan, but few if any other directors have: He achieved popular and artistic success in both theater and film. He was among the most decorated people in the history of show business, one of only a handful to have won an Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy and a Grammy.Rest in peace, Mike. Your work lives on. Watch a couple classic Nichols/May sketches (and a documentary about them), below...
His career encompassed an entire era of screen and stage entertainment. On Broadway, where he won an astonishing nine Tonys (including two as a producer), he once had four shows running simultaneously. He directed Neil Simon's early comedies "Barefoot in the Park" and "The Odd Couple" in the 1960s, the zany Monty Python musical, "Spamalot," four decades later, and nearly another decade after that, an acclaimed revival of Arthur Miller's bruising masterpiece, "Death of a Salesman."
November 17, 2014
As mentioned, PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets is being released on Wednesday (11/19) in theaters and then on iTunes/VOD on Friday (11/19). But you can watch it for free online for the next 24 hours, courtesy Pitchfork. It's a great film, and recommended even if you are not the biggest Pulp fan. Productivity be damned, stream it below...
November 14, 2014
Long in the works, Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC 1980-1990, is premiering as part of the DOC NYC fest in NYC tonight (11/14). Expected to attend: Scott Crawford, producer Jim Saah, film subjects Michael Hampton (S.O.A., Embrace), Tom Lyle (Government Issue), Bert Queiroz (Untouchables, Double-O, Youth Brigade), and Jenny Toomey (Tsunami, Simple Machines Records).
What better way to prepare than with an advance listen to Fugazi's soon-to-be-officially-released First Demo? Full Soundcloud stream and more info below...
New Jersey's WFMU has occupied a unique position as an independent, commercial-free, listener-supported radio station since its inception in the late 1950s. At its heart is the dedicated station manager Ken Freedman, committed to an unstructured, free- form broadcasting model which has won WFMU acclaim as the best--and perhaps weirdest-- radio station in the tristate area, if not the country. Facing a budget crisis, can Ken rally both his volunteer staff and his listeners to keep the station afloat?Find out by watching Sex and Broadcasting, a new film about one of our favorite radio stations. It makes its world premiere this Saturday (11/15) at IFC Center in NYC, and then plays again at the same place on 11/17. On 11/20 you can catch it at SVA Theatre in Chelsea. Get your tickets. Filmmaker Tim K. Smith is expected to be at two or all of the screenings, and film subject Ken Freedman should be around too. Watch a clip at Indie Wire and the trailer below.
All three screenings are part of DOC NYC which kicked off yesterday and runs through 11/20. As mentioned, the film lineup also includes a "Sonic Cinema" series with films about Elliott Smith, the DC punk scene and more.
November 13, 2014
Billie Joe Armstrong at SXSW 2014 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Geezer is an upcoming Lee Kirk-directed film due in 2015 that's about a 40-year old man dealing with a mid-life crisis by revisiting his punk past, and they've got few people with their own punk pasts on board to work on it. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and SNL's punk rocker Ian Rubbish aka Fred Armisen (also of Portlandia and actual band Trenchmouth) are both starring it, and Billie Joe wrote and performed new music for the film. Joining them on the cast will also be Judy Greer (Arrested Development, Archer), Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions), Dallas Roberts (The Walking Dead), Chris Messina (recent Sam Smith video star) and Brian Baumgartner (The Office), Variety reports. Here's more from their article on the premise:
"Geezer" centers on the mid-life crisis of a husband and father who, on his 40th birthday, decides to revisit his punk-rock past by throwing an extravagant party in the presidential suite of the Drake Hotel -- where he encounters his beautiful ex-girlfriend and former bandmates who have since moved on to bigger and better things.Billie Joe has a few acting credits to his name, including that time he was a guest star on the Broadway musical for his album American Idiot. Relive that moment (if you dare) below...
November 12, 2014
Set against "the backdrop of Brooklyn's vibrant modern-folk music scene" comes wistful indie romance, Song One, which stars Anne Hathaway and real life UK indie folk singer Johnny Flynn. (Weirdly, Zach Braff is not involved.) Here's the full synopsis:
After Franny's musician brother Henry (Ben Rosenfield, Boardwalk Empire) is injured and hospitalized in a coma following a car accident, Franny returns home after a long estrangement and begins to use his notebook as a guide to how his life has evolved in her absence. Franny seeks out the musicians and artists Henry loved, in the course of her journey meeting James Forester (Johnny Flynn), his musical idol, whose success and fame belie a shy and private man. As a strong romantic connection develops between Franny and James, the question becomes if love can bloom even under the most adverse circumstances.The songs in the film were written by Jenny Lewis and Jonathan Rice, and features cameos by the likes of Sharon Van Etten, The Felice Brothers, and Dan Deacon. Bowery Ballroom, Pete's Candy Store and other venues make cameos too. The film, written and directed by Brooklynite Kate Barker-Froyland (and produced by Jonathan Demme), is out January 23.
You can watch the trailer below.
The Pulp documentary is far from the only music film showing in NYC this month. Film festival DOC NYC runs November 13 - 20 with a wide variety of non-fiction films. Like last year, this also includes the "Sonic Cinema" music documentary program, which includes the world premiere of Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC 1980-1990 (SVA Theatre, Fri. 11/14); Elliott Smith portrait Heaven Adores You (SVA Theatre, 11/15 & 11/20); and Jingle Bell Rocks! (Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas, 11/19) which looks at people obsessed with Christmas music. Tickets are on sale (some shows sold out but rush tickets available) and the full "Sonic Cinema" lineup/details are below.
We're also giving away pairs of tickets to see Salad Days on Friday (11/14, 9:30 PM) and to the 11/15 (9:30 PM) screening of Heaven Adores You. Details below.
Not part of "Sonic Cinema," but DOC NYC is also hosting a 10th Anniversary screening of Metallica: Some Kind of Monster at IFC Center on Saturday (11/15, 11:15 AM) with director Joe Berlinger in attendance. Other non-music but notable films show at DOC NYC include Banksy Does New York, a look at the man in the Muppet suit I Am Big Bird, a 20th anniversary screening of Hoop Dreams and lots more. Full schedule is here.
"Sonic Cinema" lineup and trailers for all the films, plus contest details, below...
This week, Antony and the Johnsons put out their new live album/film, Turning, which they made with Charles Atlas. It documents their 2006 tour and initially screened in 2011 and 2012 but is now a DVD+CD/digital release. They'll be celebrating the release by screening the Charles Atlas-directed "You Are My Sister" video every night of December in Times Square at 11:57 PM, as part of the Midnight Moment program which did the same thing with a Bjork video last year.
Turning will also screen in Brooklyn on November 21 at Atlas' Luhring Augustine gallery (25 Knickerbocker in Bushwick). "No RSVP necessary, but seating is limited."
Watch the "You Are My Sister" video and a stream a track from the Turning album below...
The terrific documentary PULP: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets is being released on Wednesday, November 19, playing at 35 cities including NYC at IFC Center. There are two IFC screenings, 11/19 and 11/20 both at 10 PM. Tickets are on sale, but if you'd like to go for free we're giving away a pair of tickets plus a movie poster just like the one above. Details below.
You can also watch the film via iTunes, VOD & digital beginning Friday, November 21. A full list of screening dates and locations, plus contest details and the film's trailer, below...