Entries tagged with: Mark Spitz

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WIsh I Was Here

If you're of a certain age, Zach Braff's Garden State, and most specifically its soundtrack which features Coldplay, The Shins, Iron Wine covering The Postal Service, and more, is probably a little generation-defining (love it or hate it). Ten years later, he's going for it again with Wish I Was Here, the first film he'll be directing since Garden State. Zach tells Entertainment Weekly that the very Zach Braff-sounding soundtrack will feature a song by Cat Power (written by Coldplay's Chris Martin), plus original music from Bon Iver, The Shins and more. Will this be be the new sappy soundtrack to a generation of indie-discovering teens?

The film hits theaters on July 18 in NYC and LA, and July 25 everywhere else. You can check out the Kickstarter video for Wish I Was Here below.

Speaking of Garden State being generation-defining, it's one of the things namedropped in former SPIN editor (and NY Times writer) Mark Spitz's new book Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film. The description reads:

Marc Spitz explores the first great cultural movement since Hip Hop: an old-fashioned and yet highly modern aesthetic that's embraced internationally by teens, twenty and thirty-somethings and even some Baby Boomers; creating hybrid generation known as Twee. Via exclusive interviews and years of research, Spitz traces Generation Twee's roots from the Post War 50s to its dominance in popular culture today.

Vampire Weekend, Garden State, Miranda July, Belle and Sebastian, Wes Anderson, Mumblecore, McSweeney's, Morrissey, beards, artisanal pickles, food trucks, crocheted owls on Etsy, ukuleles, kittens and Zooey Deschanel--all are examples of a cultural aesthetic of calculated precocity known as Twee.

In Twee, journalist and cultural observer Marc Spitz surveys the rising Twee movement in music, art, film, fashion, food and politics and examines the cross-pollinated generation that embodies it--from aging hipsters to nerd girls, indie snobs to idealistic industrialists. Spitz outlines the history of twee--the first strong, diverse, and wildly influential youth movement since Punk in the '70s and Hip Hop in the '80s--showing how awkward glamour and fierce independence has become part of the zeitgeist.

That book will be out on June 3.

Wish I Was Here trailer below...

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Hanukkah

Happy (almost) Hanukkah! It begins tomorrow night (Saturday, 12/8) and in addition to gathering 'round the table for dreidels to play with and latkes to eat, there are plenty of events in NYC that you can attend to celebrate. Jesse Zook Mann and Evan Kleinman's film, Punk Jews, is premiering in NYC next week, and there are a bunch of shows like the Sephardic Music Festival, Matisyahu's 'Festival of Light' show at Terminal 5, and many others. And of course Yo La Tengo play all eight nights of Hanukkah at Maxwell's in Hoboken (12/8-15). YLT always bring out interesting guests to open these shows, but more on that soon (meanwhile leave your guesses in the comments).

In addition to the previously announced Hanukkah shows, there's also a comedy show at UCB East on Saturday (12/8). The show is dubbed Mark Spitz's Hanukkah Spectacularah and the event description reads:

What's a Spectacularah? It's like a Christmas special, but for Jews! Well, it's not just for Jews, but it's certainly not for Nazis . There will be characters, prizes, drinking games, and - most importantly - Jews performing stand up comedy!
The lineup includes Barry Rothbart (The Tonight Show, Conan), Josh Rabinowitz (Just For Laughs), Adam Newman (John Oliver's NY Stand Up Show), and Adam Lowitt (Just For Laughs, John Oliver's NY Stand Up Show, The Daily Show) and Mark Spitz is hosting. Tickets are on sale now.

Matisyahu just released a new video for his new Hanukkah song. Check that out below...

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