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October 31, 2014

by Bill Pearis

John Carpenter

As some of you may know, in addition to being a great genre filmmaker, John Carpenter is no slouch as a musician, having scored most of his movies himself. His synth-heavy late-'70s / early-'80s work (often made with Alan Howarth) -- like Assault on Precinct 13, The Fog, and the iconic Halloween three-note score -- have proved almost as influential as the films they were made for, especially in electronic circles..

In early October, Carpenter appeared at this year's sci-fi conclave, the Beyond Festival, where he told the panel crowd that some of his unused music from films was being culled for a new compilation titled Lost Themes to be released in 2015. At the time, no other information was given but it looks like it will be released by Sacred Bones (who recently reissued the soundtrack to David Lynch's Eraserhead). A dedicated site is up with clips from Carpenter's films playing on a loop set to a pulsing piece of music called "Vortex," which is pretty recognizable as Carpenter's work (sounds mid-'80s-ish to these ears, maybe around Big Trouble In Little China). You can stream it over at Sacred Bones.

Carpenter's Sacred Bones labelmate Marissa Nadler included him on a Halloween playlist she made today.

Some of John Carpenter's film scores -- which are definitely Halloween appropriate -- are below.

Continue reading "John Carpenter releasing LP of 'Lost Themes' via Sacred Bones (stream a track)"

October 30, 2014

Pee Wee

Paul Reubens made a big announcement on Fallon last night. Watch below...

Continue reading "Pee-Wee Herman confirms new Pee-Wee Herman movie"

October 27, 2014

RTJ at Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
RTJ

Run the Jewels, aka El-P and Killer Mike, gave away downloads of their new album for free last week. Now it's officially released physically and as a deluxe version on iTunes which includes the bonus track "Blockbuster Night Pt. 2" which features Despot and Wiki of Ratking. You can stream that below.

RTJ are celebrating the new release on Wednesday (10/29) at Rough Trade with a big event that begins at 6:30 PM and includes "an album play-through, a meet and greet, poster giveaways, and more." The first 20 people to get in will also gain entry to a private event happening afterwards that includes "a brief Q&A session with the group and Mass Appeal's Sacha Jenkins," followed by a screening of NYC classic The Warriors at nearby Nitehawk Cinema. Another way to get into that screening/Q&A is by entering our contest to win a pair of tickets. Details below.

They'll also be performing "Early" on the 'Late Show With David Letterman' this week with Boots, who also appears on the album version of the track. That airs on Halloween.

Halloween is also when their tour begins in Philly. It then hits Fun Fun Fun Fest, which goes down in Austin from November 7-9. Check out the schedule.

After FFF, they play NYC on November 29 at Stage 48 with Ratking and Despot. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details below.

Continue reading "Run the Jewels release LP bonus track, celebrating at Rough Trade (win tix to afterparty Q&A/screening & Stage 48 show)"

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...

Continue reading "Gruff Rhys adds Rough Trade date; 'American Interior' film gets free NYC premiere (BV presents) before Baby's show"

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...

Continue reading "Beck (and Sia) on soundtrack of new 'Annie' musical movie which filmed by Beacon Theater & other NYC locations"

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..

Continue reading "Mekons doc screening at Film Forum; Jon Langford playing opening night afterparty (win tickets to both)"

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...

Continue reading "Bob Dylan adds 5th Beacon Theatre show to tour; Bill Murray sings Dylan in new film 'St. Vincent' (watch)"

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