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December 19, 2014
by Bill Pearis
We recently posted about the new HBO series that's going to be about '70s-era music biz in NYC that being made by Terrence Winter (The Sopranos), Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger. Turns out it's not the only music-related show on the network's upcoming slate. Deadline reports that David Fincher, who will likely be up for an Oscar this year for Gone Girl, is behind a new series currently titled Livng On Video, set in the world of MTV:
Set in 1983 Los Angeles, Living On Video centers on Bobby, a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic. He lands a job as a PA for a company making music videos. In the vein of HBO's Entourage, the series revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry -- directors, record executives and crew members, many of them dabbling in drugs -- through the eyes of the newcomer.Fincher has a lot of firsthand knowlege on this subject, having come up through this world, and directed such MTV classics as Madonna's "Express Yourself," Paula Abdul's "Straight Up," Aerosmith's "Janie's Got a Gun" and Billy Idol's "Rock the Cradle of Love." He made his first music video in eight years in 2013 for buddy Justin Timberlake's "Suit and Tie" with Jay Z.
The plot also sounds a little like the underrated 1988 John Cusack / Tim Robbins comedy, Tapeheads, which you can watch the trailer for (along with some of those Fincher-directed videos) below...
May 15, 2014
What Original Music Workshop is envisioned to look like
Back in 2012 we posted about a new Williamsburg venue on N. 6th St. called Original Music Workshop that was supposed to open in 2013 with an "acoustically sound" concert hall, recording studio and nightclub. That year has come and gone, N. 6th is a very different street than it was in 2012, but OMW is still not open. Things are still in the works, however. The New York Times recently reported that the space's organizers have raised an additional $16 million to finish it:
Its founder, Kevin Dolan, said that he had lined up what he called "philanthropic investors" to put up the money needed to finish construction. It is an unusual arrangement. Mr. Dolan said that the investors would become part owners of the building, which they would allow the Original Music Workshop, a nonprofit, to use rent-free.The Original Music Workshop is now projected to open in the fall...of 2015.
March 15, 2014
Damon Albarn @ NPR SXSW (more by Tim Griffin)
Damon Albarn played the Fader Fort at SXSW last night (3/14), where he brought out some special guests to help him perform a pair of Gorillaz tunes. Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator joined Albarn for "Clint Eastwood"--it was the first time the original collaborators teamed up to perform it--and Snoop Dogg also came out halfway through the song to spit a verse of "Drop It Like It's Hot." Albarn also invited De La Soul out to do "Feel Good Inc." Check out some video footage of "Clint Eastwood" below...
March 14, 2014
Diarrhea Planet x The Midgetmen x Melissa Etheridge (via)
The Midgetmen's annual Jumpstart Texas day party took place on Thursday (3/13) at The Sidebar, with Diarrhea Planet, Connections, Big Ups, and many more. During that party, Diarrhea Planet joined forces with The Midgetmen and special guest Melissa Etheridge(!) to play Tom Petty's "Refugee." Check out some video footage of the rip-roaring cover below...
January 21, 2014
Future Islands @ Mohawk, Austin, 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Future Islands, now on 4AD and contiuing to blow up with a tour that hits Coachella, SXSW, Bowery Ballroom AND Webster Hall, just released a new video for new song "Seasons (Waiting On You)" from their new album Singles' (out March 25 on 4AD). The band writes:
The video is an honest and intimate look at the American heartland filmed in the Great Plains documenting a real life love story, the modern cowboy way of life, and capturing the landscapes that personify America. It follows a string of videos Buim has shot for the band ("Tin Man," "Balance," and "Grease") that convey the same sense of honesty, beauty and earnestness that are the cornerstones of Future Islands' music.Watch below...
"For us, sometimes, it's quite spellbinding how Jay can translate our sound into an image" explains vocalist Samuel T. Herring, "Seasons (Waiting On You)", is a song about love, letting go, learning from your mistakes and always feeling that pull--yearning for a certain love, as time goes by and seasons change. It is simply a song about the human experience."
November 26, 2013
by Doug Moore
A bit of background first: unless you're well into your 40s, you probably don't remember the US Festivals. The US Fests were two huge music festivals thrown in 1982 and 1983 by Apple co-founder & kajillionaire Steve Wozniak, who pretty much paid for the whole thing out of pocket (including a whopping $1.5 million fee for Van Halen, on top of $1m for David Bowie). Though the festivals both drew massive crowds that numbered into the hundreds of thousands, Wozniak took a total bath on them and lost millions. The name is pronounced like "us" rather than like the abbreviation for United States; the name is an abbreviation for "Unite Us In Song," but don't ask me how.
Now, after 30 years, the second US Fest is seeing a concert-film treatment. The footage lineup for US Festival 1983: Days 1-3 is simultaneously timeless and hilariously '80s: U2, The Clash, Stevie Nicks, Scorpions, INXS, Men At Work, Stray Cats, Triumph, and Missing Persons all put in appearances. (Incidentally, this festival was Mick Jones's last performance with the Clash before his dismissal.) If you need evidence of the thorough '80s-ness of this event, look no further than the footage of Judas Priest playing "Breaking the Law" that we have streaming exclusively below. Exhibit A: the band members' outfits, which push the boundaries of sanity even by JP standards. Exhibit B: the fact that thousands and thousands of people are getting down to Judas Priest in the audience with nary a hint of irony or reserve. It's kind of beautiful.
US Festival 1983: Days 1-3 comes out on 12/3 via MVD and will be available to rent or download at iTunes. There are some other preview vids available online, too: U2 playing "Sunday Bloody Sunday" at Rolling Stone; Stray Cats playing "Rock This Town" at Purevolume; and the Clash playing "Should I Stay or Should I Go" at Spin. Check out the JP video along with the full tracklisting below (and keep an eye out for another on Invisible Oranges tomorrow)...
October 23, 2013
videos by (((unartig))), photo by Chris La Putt
(((unartig))) was in the house to capture some video at our 2nd of two CMJ shows at Baby's All Right over the weekend. The fruits of his labor include footage of Yuck, Courtney Barnett, Pity Sex, Pallbearer, King Dude and Nothing, Watch away, below...
September 10, 2013
photos by Melissa O'Hearn
Husband-and-wife indie pop duo Mates of State stopped by the Toyota Soundwave tent at Bumbershoot in Seattle to play us a few songs. One of those songs was a new track called "Now We're Gonna Get It" which we caught on video with the help of director Paul Greenhouse. Watch that performance below.
The segment, which includes our funny hosts Dave Hill and Billy Jones, was part of a three-hour live BrooklynVegan show dedicated to Barsuk Records. John Roderick of the Long Winters, Ramona Falls, David Bazan, and Say Hi also all stopped by to perform or talk to us (Ra Ra Riot didn't show up). Audio from the whole day is coming soon. Meanwhile check out pictures of all of them along with the Mates of State video, below...
August 12, 2013
Xeno & Oaklander at Home Sweet Home, March 2013 (more by Phil Maler)
Brooklyn neo-luddite electronic duo, Xeno & Oaklander, who played LPR last week with Crash Course in Science, have a new album on the way, due this fall on via Electric Voice.. The first taste is the single, "Sheen," which you can check out the video for (and cover art) below....
July 19, 2013
How many Neko Case bandmembers can you squeeze into a dressing room?
We've already posted a bunch of videos this week like The Weeknd's Portishead-nicking new song, Earl Sweatshirt, Titus Andronicus covering "Glory Days", David Bowie, and more. But unfortunately we don't get to all the cool videos that come out during the week (or weeks), so here's our attempt at playing catch-up. Check out videos from FIDLAR (featuring more of Nick Offerman than you may be ready for), Johnny Marr, Braids, CocoRosie, Coliseum, Mikal Cronin, The Flaming Lips, Neko Case, one of Vampire Weekend giving advice to teenage girls, and more, below.