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Charles Bradley Documentary

There's never a shortage of cool movie screenings in NYC, but here's a roundup of some of the music (and cow) related screenings coming up in the near future. The screenings of Stop Making Sense and Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets already happened at Lincoln Center in the past week, and there's a another sold-out screening the Pulp doc tonight (Aug 7) at Rooftop Films at Industry City in Sunset Park, which will be followed by a Q&A with Jarvis Cocker and director Florian Habicht after which they'll then judge a Pulp karaoke contest.

As far as thing you can actually still go to, the new film from master documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, The Armstrong Lie) about Fela Kuti, Finding Fela, is screening regularly all week at the IFC Center. On Friday (Aug 8) after the 4:40 screening, Gibney will be there in person for a Q&A about the film. Tickets for that are on sale now.

There's a free screening of a documentary on soul singer Charles Bradley, titled Charles Bradley - Soul of America, coming up soon at City Winery on August 12. Bradley and director Poull Brien will be on hand for a pre-show Q&A. Again, it's free, but you do need to RSVP.

James Brown in The T.A.M.I. Show
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There's a James Brown biopic, Get on Up, out in multiplexes all over the city right now, but to give fans of the Godfather a more realistic fix, in late August Film Society of Lincoln Center will be putting on a 4-day series called James Brown: The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. The series runs from August 29 - September1, and will feature, some films like Rocky IV, Black Caesar, and The Blues Brothers which feature Brown performances, as well as the Brown-centric documentary Soul Power, and classic concert film The T.A.M.I. Show (which features an amazing set from Brown). Plus '60s teen comedy Ski Party, compilations of live performances, and more. Tickets for all these showtimes are available via the Lincoln Center website, and a full schedule of the program is below.

Elsewhere, as we've mentioned, the crowd-funded meat industry doc Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret screens on August 21 at AMC Loews Village 7 and you can win tickets from BV or buy them here. As we've also mentioned and are very excited about, the BV-presented screening of the City Gardens documentary Riot on the Dance Floor is happening on August 28 at the AMC Loews Village 7 and will feature a Q&A with Gibby Haynes, Sim Cain, and the director Steve Tozzi. Tickets are still on sale, and there's also an after party at Bowery Electric, for which we'll have more details soon.

That about does it until NYFF (just kidding, there's's tons of other stuff to tide you over until you can't get in to the new Paul Thomas Anderson movie). Enjoy the moviegoing month, and check out the schedule for the James Brown series, plus trailers for the Fela Kuti and Charles Bradley documentaries, below....

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Charles Bradley at Firefly Music Fest 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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As we've mentioned before, Charles Bradley, whose second album for Daptone is out in April, used to spend time as James Brown tribute act, Black Velvet. And still does occasionally. Black Velvet play Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday (2/13) back by Jimmy Hill & The Allstarz Band and The Gold Magnolias. Tickets are still available.

UPDATE (2/12): The Black Velvet show is cancelled. Bummer!

Meanwhile, still no word on tickets to Bradley's scheduled NYC show at The Apollo on May 16. He still has it listed in his tour dates but the Harlem venue doesn't have it on its online calendar as of this posting.

In related new, Soul Rebels will take over Brooklyn Bowl for the three nights following (2/14 - 2/16). The group, who were recently the house band at the NFL Honors Awards Show, will have guest Karl Denson plus openers Royal Surprise with them on 2/14; guests Pedrito Maritnez and Maurice Brown plus openers The Slide Brothers on 2/15; and John Medeski and Igmar Thomas plus openers Alecia Chakour Band on 2/16. Tickets to all three shows are still available.

Video of Bradley as Black Velvet at Hiro Ballroom last year is below.

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Marva Whitney

Rolling Stone reports that Marva Whitney, a collaborator of James Brown, passed away on Saturday (12/22). A post on Marva's facebook page reads: "We're saddened to inform you that Soulsister #1 Marva Whitney passed away last night. She left us with a legacy that will shine forever. Please keep her family in your payers." She suffered a stroke in 2009 and recovered but passed away from complications from pneumonia this past weekend.

In 2010, post-stroke, Marva performed again, most notably for us, as part of a soulful New Year's Eve at the Bell House in Brooklyn.

Rest in peace, Marva.

Some videos below...

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by Ryan Barkan

The Darkness played a Superbowl commercial
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Another Super Bowl, another year where the Cowboys didn't win, and another year of music-filled commercials. The Patriots entered the field to "Crazy Train" by English metal god Ozzy Osbourne (who is currently having a feud of his own with an old bandmate). The Giants entered to "Written in the Stars" by English rapper Tinie Tempah.

Did you catch that map of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the Samsung commercial for their Galaxy (with stylus!)? You know, the one that had a sweet use of The Darkness jam "I Believe In A Thing Called Love"? Yeah, it was there and showed a close up of Berry and N. 1st in Google Maps. Did I mention they also have a stylus? The Darkness are currently in NYC, played Irving Plaza on Superbowl eve and do so again tonight (2/6). Watch the ad which stars the band's Justin Hawkins, below.

My personal favorite music-based commercial of Super Bowl XLVI goes to the Mr. Sandman-induced dream sequence in a new Kia commercial that featured two great music choices.

The spot starts with the Chordettes' "Mr. Sandman" for the first few seconds of the commercial. That song makes way for something completely different, like Motley Crüe. The band actually shows up and plays inside the race track-themed dream of the alpha male hero. He drives the track to impress Adrianna Lima while the Crüe shred on "Kickstart My Heart". Watch "A Dream Car For Real Life" below.

In the "did I just hear Megafaun in a commercial" category, Megafaun wins one for the little guys and gets a song used in a new Toyota ad. The band's song "Hope You Know" sounds super good as the soundtrack to a story-esque spot for the Camry model. Watch it below.

Also of significant note was another brand-infused OK GO music video. The band collaborated with Chevrolet to make a commercial/music video for the song "Needing/Getting", off the 2010 album Of The Blue Colour Of the Sky. The band is filmed strapped inside a Chevy Sonic, singing and utilizing both the car and a strategically placed course sprinkled with over 1100 instruments that more or less sound like the studio version of the song. The set up is meticulous, as is the band's ability to show up in a paid advertisement in an easily-digestible, yet very memorable way.

My single most favorite lyric placed in a Super Bowl commercial goes to the lines I know it must be killing time / unknowingly mine. Audi tries to end the whole Vampire craze with its 2012 game day commercial featuring Echo & The Bunnymen's "Killing Moon." Watch below.

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Charles Bradley in Fort Greene Park in 2011 (more by BBG)
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Before Charles Bradley released his excellent debut LP on Daptone Records last year, he performed under the name Black Velvet as a James Brown impersonator. On January 28 at Hiro Ballroom in NYC, he'll bring back the Black Velvet moniker for a James Brown tribute show with Jimmy Hill & The Allstarz Band. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The flier for the show is below.

Charles Bradley just played New Year's Eve at MHOW with Budos Band. Check out a video of them performing together at 12:01 AM, January 1, 2012, below.

More tour dates are down there too...

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Looking back at 2007, it most certainly can be said electronic music is alive and thriving in America and across the globe. The meteoric rise of rave rockers Justice and the electrifying resurgence of Daft Punk have undoubtedly spread a wide net introducing millions (most importantly young aspiring musicians) to the power of the beat and the excitement, democracy of participation, and borderless history of dance music and club culture.

No conversation about dance music in 2007 can ignore the speed at which both France's big electro sound and the German minimal techno scenes have spread across the dance floors of the world.

Ed Banger and its Parisian brother label Institubes led the way for DJs dropping full sets of distortion heavy, maximal electro to the beer soaked floors of tiny basement rock bars. On the other hand, a stripped down version of tech house has been providing the pulse for the non-stop minimal parties inspired by the 24 hour Berlin techno culture. The speed at which music and ideas flash and morph across the internet has led to a global spattering of genre creating releases and mimicking local dance scenes. Punked up or stripped down, whichever is your pleasure, its meant that this year dance music has reached many more ears (particularly in the States) than the last few.

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James & Sharon
Sharon Jones & James Brown

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings' new album 100 Days, 100 Nights is streaming in its entirety over at AOL (along with the new Stars, Jose Gonzalez, Devendra Banhart, Shocking Pinks and others). The album actually comes out next week (Oct 2) which is also when they'll two very special album-relase shows - there's the previously announced one at The Apollo Theatre in Harlem (Oct 6) (tix), and there's the one on the actual release date in a store.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Live @ Virgin Mega-Store, Union Square
10/ 2 @ 7pm
Get free wristband with purchase of CD - space is limited so buy your CD's early
Sharon will sign CD's after show.
Go to that. Go to Apollo, and maybe even go to Apollo for free. I have one pair of "great seats" to giveaway to one lucky winner who emails BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Sharon), and tells me one artist besides Sharon to have recorded at Daptone Studios. Winner will be picked at random and notified. Included your first and last name.

And to hear Sharon Jones sing "It Hurts to Be Alone" by Bob Marley, head over to Entertainment Weekly. Tour dates below...

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A video crew went up to heaven, and this is what they came back with...

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