Entries tagged with: Spike Jonze
Flying Lotus at LPR in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Flying Lotus, whose great Until the Quiet Comes has been getting the credit it deserves on year-end lists by NME, Uncut, NPR, and Pitchfork, just made a list of his top ten films that have Criterion Collection editions. The whole list with commentary is on Criterion's website but you can see his picks below.
In related news, Flying Lotus' rap alter-ego Captain Murphy recently tweeted that he'll be in Austin this March for SXSW 2013. This announcement comes after SXSW's own recent announcement of artists which included Rhye, Savages, Flatbush Zombies, Deap Vally, Angel Haze, and more.
Flying Lotus' list below...
Girl and Chocolate Skateboards teamed up for the collaborative skate video, Pretty Sweet, directed by Spike Jonze, which made its world premiere in LA on Friday (11/16) and is continuing to be screened in other places, including NYC's Sunshine Cinema tonight (11/18) at 7 PM and 9 PM. ESPN was at the film's premiere in LA, where the screening was introduced by Tyler, the Creator. They write:
The first part belonged to Vincent Alvarez and set the tone for what's to come. "Pretty Sweet" is every bit a Girl/Chocolate video, but this one is all about the kids. [Vincent] Alvarez's intensity, Cory Kennedy's innovation, Stevie Perez's precision are complimented Raven Tershy's agility on street and in transition, while Elijah Berle's ender had Gerwer in front of me holding his head in amazement. Gary Rogers' mind blew sometime during Sean Malto's seemingly endless barrage of tricks.The video will be available on iTunes, DVD, and Blu-Ray on November 27. You can watch the trailer below. All dates and cities for the film's screenings are listed here.
Veteran Girl/Chocolate skaters Marc Johnson, Kenny Anderson, Jeron Wilson, Brian Anderson, Jesus Fernandez, Mike Carroll and Eric Koston laid down a serious assault, reminding you how these two board companies got to where they are, but this video was clearly an introduction to the next crew, who'll carry the torch in years to come.
After tonight's screenings at Sunshine Cinema, there will be an afterparty in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge with DJ sets by Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick ZInner, Spike Jonze's brother Sam Spiegel, Cosmo Baker (The Rub), and actor/skater Leo Fitzpatrick (who you may know as Telly from Kids, Johnny Weeks from The Wire, or other places.) That party is totally free to the public with RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Doors open at 10:30 and there will be an open bar until midnight. You must be 21+ to enter.
Film trailer below...
by Bill Pearis
And the '90s reunions just keep coming! that dog. will play their first NYC show in 15 years on Thursday, May 24 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Their old pal Fred Armisen will open. Tickets are on sale this Friday (3/9) at noon (though AmEx presale starts today at noon).
The progeny of LA music biz folks, that dog. formed in 1991 and released three albums of poppy punk, distinguished in part by Petra Haden's scratchy violin playing. "He's Kissing Christian" and "Never Say Never" were staples on alt-rock radio and 120 Minutes. that dog. was put to sleep in 1997 after their third album but the original line-up got back together last August for two sold out hometown shows at the Troubador. Catch up via Spotify or watch a few of their classic videos (some directed by pal Spike Jonze) at the bottom of this post.
Beastie Boys have posted a new video for "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win" from Hot Sauce Committee Pt 2 featuring an appearance from Santigold. Well actually, Santigold doesnt appear in the video, and neither does the Beastie Boys... but it does star a ton of action figures including a yeti. View the extended cut video by Spike Jonze (released early this AM) below.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
After much ado, The Modern Weepers revealed themselves on stage at Mercury Lounge in NYC on Friday night (5/27). Gary Dibble was in fact Mike Myers who was accompanied by Fred Armisen.
A member of Morningwood One more band member (Wilder Zoby has emailed to say he was never in Morningwood) (someone I had no reason to doubt told me he was a member of Morningwood) rounded out the trio. Toby's take:
The Modern Weepers is a very funny sketch paradoy on the new wave movement from the 80's featuring amusing song titles like "Don't Ask Me Personal Questions On the Dancefloor". Both Mike Myers and Fred Amrisen donned accurate Mancunian and Cockney accents respectively never once breaking character. Their elaborate hits of the synth percussion were accompanied by emphatic and intense stares and lighting blasts to create the dramatic effect so typical of early 80's new wave. . Lively crowd enjoyed the humor. They played for about 35 minutes total and abruptly left the stage.Neckebeard Telecaster opened the show with help from a a boys choir. To quote "Anonymous," "Spike Jonze was filming the whole concert (both onstage and in the crowd). Half the cast of SNL was in the crowd."
More pictures of the show (what Toby could get before he was beat down by the Modern Weepers security brigade), and audio of one song, and the full setlist, below...
NY TIMES: Are you a big indie-rock guy?Stream tonight's show at YouTube ("Global live streaming on YouTube/VEVO of Arcade Fire's Madison Square Garden show in New York - Aug 5th, 2010 @ 10PM ET / 7PM PT").
TERRY: No! I mean, most of it's [bad]. I just happen to like Arcade Fire. The world of indie is such a funny thing now. I think everybody's in it. Otherwise you're just the dependent rock world. I think half the indie bands are owned by some big company. So it's a complete lie. I don't know why Canada produces some rather interesting work. Arcade Fire, Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade -- these are my favorites....
...NY TIMES: How do you film something like [an Arcade Fire show at Madison Square Garden], that's so elaborate, and has all these potential interpretations?
TERRY: These shows, there's a machine, in a sense, that runs them. I've never done multicamera work, so I'm just advising people: Look at the video work they've got up on the screen; it's raw and it's overexposed, and almost the antithesis of what I do when I make a film. So let's use that, and basically throw away the slick stuff that's normally done at, say, a Britney Spears concert. Let's just be true to what the band wants to do.
In related news, Spike Jonze's Arcade Fire Collaboration is a Sci-Fi B-Movie Short Film.
words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Ryan Barkan
Mark Ronson & MNDR @ Milk Studios
The show spaces were predictably cozy and cramped, and USA lost their World Cup match again Ghana, but besides those qualms, not many bad things can be said about the Vice/Intel Creators Project event on Saturday (6/26). Interpol played their first hometown set since unveiling their new lineup earlier in the week, and M.I.A., the night's secret guest, put on a singularly ridiculous, entertaining show, albeit in the crowded, low-ceilinged second floor space. Even the un-affiliated soccer game screened amicably on a huge projector before the music started. If there was one caveat, it was that not that many people, relatively, got in to enjoy the art and music presented. Then again, that's one reason the labyrinthine network of art installations and stages was so surprisingly bearable and easy to navigate.
The same second floor stage that filled up for M.I.A. was also packed to capacity for Sleigh Bells. How much you enjoyed either's set depended a great deal on where you stood (and how early you got there). Cramped in the back, Sleigh Bells sounded pitchy and uneven - but jostled up in the front, the spectacle and body-shaking bass of Die Antwoord were entirely enjoyable. It also depended on your affinity for personal space, which was in short supply anywhere with a decent view of the stage.
And a view was pretty essential to enjoying the antics of the Antwoord crew and M.I.A.'s coterie of stage guests. Mia opened with caustic punk song "Born Free" (video below) a loud if not exactly melodious entrance choice. The stage-show continued the flashy political baiting of the "Born Free" video, which played behind the song. M.I.A. donned pot leaf goggles, rainbow hair and a hooded camo jacket, with a band who alternately wore glow-stick lined clothes and MIA-logoed burkas. Others on stage included a pair of dancers (one ginger-haired), Sleigh Bell's Alexis and Derek, and Ninjasonik. More new songs came, as did "World Town" and crowd-pleasing closer "Paper Planes."
Three of the night's other bands - The Rapture, Gang Gang Dance and Interpol - set up on the first floor studio's back loading dock, which was open to 14th street and the adjacent High Line Park. Gang Gang Dance sounded dependably sturdy in the cavernous garage. Interpol played an 11-song set with four new songs (including the slow-building "Lights") - tight and together, and ready for bigger arenas. The stage was open on three sides, so even without a spot in the front of the stage you didn't get locked out.
I didn't see much on the first floor lounge - Salem took a while to set up and I skipped them to catch Interpol. Neon Indian played the downstairs too, where DJs spun throughout the day. The eighth floor of the building was also part of the show (as was the penthouse/roof VIP-area above it). On eight, there was a screening room where Spike Jonze's I'm Here, a surrealist robot drama, played among other things, as well as installations like Nick Zinner's gothy, minimal photo and ambient-score room.
After M.I.A. I went to downstairs to find Mark Ronson DJing in the first floor gallery. MNDR was on stage with him singing her song "Fade to Black". She also reportedly performed Ronson's new single "Bang Bang Bang" before I got there. NME also says...
"Phantom Planet's Alex Greenwald [sang] the Ronson-tweaked version of Radiohead's 'Just' while executing an impressive crowd-surf.The rest of Ronson's set that I saw, before the end, was mostly soul and early '00s hip-hop (Pharell, Snoop, Stevie, Jay-Z). Upstairs, MIA was still on the stereo, with NASA mixing the verses of "Bombs over Baghdad" over her song "Boyz." Much of the remaining audience was on stage partying with two arthropod-looking creatures. Back downstairs, some diehards were still dancing - the bar was still stocked, and Mark Ronson behind the decks didn't give much reason to leave.
Ex-[Pipettes] singer Rose Elinor Dougall took to the stage for two new 'Record Collection' tracks, 'Hey Boy' and 'You Gave Me Nothing' - the latter a song co-written by Jonathan Pierce of The Drums. Ronson ended the night with the first public airing of 'Somebody To Love Me', which features vocals from Boy George.
photos by Erez Avissar, words by Andrew Frisicano
In May, Vice and Intel announced the Creators Project, an art & music series that would be hosting events in various cities and on its website. The NYC kick off for that will be Saturday, June 26th at Milk Studios and will include performances by Interpol, Mark Ronson, Die Antwoord, The Rapture, Sleigh Bells, Gang Gang Dance, Salem, N.A.S.A., Neon Indian, Lemonade and others, plus a "very special guest." The event is free; RSVP here. How big is the space exactly? They write that "the eight-floor art gallery and performance space will host thousands of people for live concerts, art exhibits, film screenings and panel discussions by leading artists and the next generation of innovators."
It's the first of five events in different cities- the others are slated for London, Sao Paulo, Seoul and a three-day event Beijing.
For Die Antwoord, it will be their first NYC show, making the July gig at Governors Island their second.
For Interpol, it will be the first time we see them with their new lineup (unless they announce something else soon).
Pictures from the Creators Project announcement event, and a flyer and the full lineup of music and visual art (which includes work by Spike Jonze, Nick Zinner, Danny Perez/Animal Collective's ODDSAC and more) are below...
by Rachel Kowal
the rooftop (irinaskaya)
People packed into the chairs on the massive roof of the New Design High School in lower Manhattan in anticipation of the evening's theme - 'Hopelessly Devoted.' The weather was right, and the mood was ripe as Air's "Playground Love" rung out over the PA system and greeted the crowd.
Rooftop Films founder and artistic director Mark Elijah Rosenberg introduced the band of the evening with a big grin on his face, saying: "We are very pleased to present you with one of my favorite bands tonight. Give it up for Frances." (There was a reason for the wildly effusive introduction, as we would later learn.)
Frances may not be as hip as some of the other bands lined up to play for Rooftop Films this summer, but they also seemed more at home on stage than last week's season opener, Twin Sister. Frances played eight songs in total, including a number of new songs that lead singer and bassist Paul Hogan says they hope to record on a new album.
The roof of the NDHS is a hard space to play. It's wide open, spans three separate semi-walled off sections, and many people talk throughout the performance. But despite these potential setbacks, the pleasant indie pop of Frances, who played again Saturday night at Pianos with ARMS, was well-suited to Friday evening's romantic theme.
Interestingly, the event that got the biggest cheer from the audience wasn't the music... or the films. As Mark Elijah Rosenberg introduced the shorts for the evening, he called up his girlfriend, Stephanie Skaff (of Frances), and things got a little bit mushy. "I love you. I will always love you," said Rosenberg. Then, the inevitable: "Stephanie Skaff, will you marry me?" At this point, the shrieks from the audience were so loud that they overshadowed Skaff's response, so she leaned down into the mic, and said, "Of course I said yes!"
The films for the evening were a bit overshadowed by this dramatic proposal, but they were still fun to watch. In some ways, the romances on screen seemed less scripted than the real-life proposal. The six shorts covered everything from "the best/worst first date ever," to kissing cousins, lovesick octopi, and a group pilgrimage to Iowa in the name of gay marriage. Two directors were also present - Gillian Robespierre ("Obvious Child) and Cody Stokes ("Heartland Transport").
Spike Jonze's eagerly anticipated Absolut-sponsored short "I'm Here" is a delightful - if not a bit sad - story of a devoted (robotic) boyfriend who is willing to sacrifice it all for his clumsy robotic girlfriend. Besides looking fantastic, it also has a pretty killer soundtrack. Songs by Of Montreal, Animal Collective, Girls, and Aska (of Moonrats) all factor into the score. You can stream Jonze's short in its entirety (35 mins) at its website. The trailer is below.
Another standout short was "Obvious Child," which features new SNL cast member, Jenny Slate. "Obvious Child" tells the awkward and surprisingly comical story of a bad break-up, a drunken hook-up, and the unplanned pregnancy that ensues. Watch that in its entirety below.
The evening concluded with free drinks at Fontana's, and I can't help but wonder if anyone took Rosenberg's advice and made a move.
Rooftop Films happened again on Saturday at the same venue, and that's where it will be again this Friday (5/28) and Saturday (5/29). Thursday you can catch them in Brooklyn w/ a performance by Natureboy.
Arcade Fire @ Mercury Lounge, 2004 (more)
Arcade Fire have been fairly quiet about their forthcoming, third album. Small tidbits have leaked out, like the fact producer Markus Dravs is working on it and that it is complete. Similarly, their summer tour dates are mostly unannounced, though Lollapalooza will be one stop. Now the band's website has been updated with a list of mainly-European summer shows. Three are in North America - Lollapalooza on August 8th, Montreal's Osheaga Festival on July 31st (the closest to NYC), and the Ottawa Bluesfest (July 6-18). The other headliners at Ottawa's massive annual fest include The B-52s, The Swell Season, The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, Iron Maiden, Rush, Kevin Costner & Modern West, and Weezer. The full lineup is below.
In other Arcade Fire news, they're reportedly working with Spike Jonze on a short film.
"the only bits of information I've been able to uncover from official sources is that the project is another short film. It seems like Spike isn't off his short film kick just yet (if you haven't already, check out his robot love story I'm Here and We Were Once a Fairytale starring Kanye West). I also learned that the film is a collaboration with the band Arcade Fire. You might recall that Spike used Arcade Fire's "Wake Up," from their 2004 album Funeral, in the trailer for Where The Wild Things Are. No word on the length or what the official title might be. Thanks to /Film reader Sam for the tip."We also just realized that Arcade Fire band member Sarah Neufeld has been a member of the Luyas, who are in town for shows, since 2009. She only gets to play with the Luyas when she's not working with Arcade Fire though. She'll play at their private show tonight (4/21), but not at any of the other shows that the band plays this week (Glasslands, Sycamore, Webster Hall & one more TBA!). Sarah also plays in Bell Orchestre with Richard Perry of Arcade Fire, Stefan Schneider of the Luyas, and Pietro Amato of the Luyas (who is also in Torngat and sometimes Arcade Fire). Another sometimes Arcade Fire member, Owen Pallett, plays Webster Hall on Thursday with The Luyas.
All current Arcade Fire tour dates and the full Ottawa Bluesfest lineup are below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Spike Jonze @ MoMA
Just got back from NYC. I made a special trip up to the Big Apple to check out "An Evening of Skate Videos" - an event held by Poprally in support of the Moma's exhibit honoring the work of Spike Jonze, co-owner of Girl Skateboards and director of "Video Days" (the epic Blind Skateboards video), and director of "Where the Wild Things Are." The panel included a who's who of the skateboarding world, they included Spike Jonze, Patrick O'Dell (MC for the evening), Mark Gonzales, Lance Mountain, Jake Phelps, Tobin Yelland, Ty Evans, Greg Hunt, and Ed Templeton. Some other notable's that showed up included Giovanni Reda, Steve Rodriguez, Steve Olson, Jason Dill, Mike O'Meally, and Pitcrew Local Tyler Tufty. It was a great night of some classic skate videos and a great chance to get some great comments by those that were involved with them. Following the event, the band No Age put on a kick-ass show while the Colt 45 flowed.After playing LPR on Wednesday, Oct. 14th, No Age's next stop on their four-show NYC run last week was at MoMA, where the band appeared with Spike Jonze and friends. After the skate-video clips and well-attended panel, No Age played in the lobby. It was No Age's first of two consecutive museum shows, though the second, the band's performance at the New Museum on Friday, October 16th, wasn't a regular set, but a live score to the 1989 Jean-Jacques Annaud film The Bear.
Good Times! [Eastern Imagery]
No Age @ MoMA
Village Voice: Does it seem uncanny for you guys, within a week's span, to be playing at the MoMA and then at Todd P.'s venue, then at the New Museum?More pictures from MoMA are below...
Randy Randall from No Age: No, it's not strange at all. For us, it's something we've always wanted to do. We come from a world of Todd P. auto-part store shows, yet we've always been fans of going to museums and galleries as patrons. We've always played places like Death By Audio, a venue with totally fun energy in the room. But sometimes, the rooms are too small and not everyone can get in. So we have to play (le) Poisson Rouge, a place with a bar, where your feet won't get stepped on, and money is paid to security guards and whatnot. That's more strange to us. The museum events we're playing are going to be fun and we've been fortunate now to get booked in places like that. It's hard to book those yourselves.
Hope Sandoval @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, Saturday night (by Anonymous)
"While Federal government offices in Washington, D.C. are closed for Columbus Day, students in Maryland, just a few miles away, have a full school day. What was once a guaranteed day off from work is now a gamble, with many schools and workplaces open on Columbus Day.tonight in NYC
Columbus Day is not commemorated universally. Federal and state offices are closed, the United States Postal Service will not deliver mail, and many banks are shuttered.
But public schools in large cities like Los Angeles, Miami and Dallas are open, while in Washington, DC, New York City and Chicago they are closed" [ABC]
* Spike Jonze @ The Apple Store
* Burlesque @ Public Assembly
* Lenny Kravitz @ Irving Plaza
* Rev. Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* Kylie Minogue @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Sarah Cahill, Rachel Grimes @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Built To Spill, Disco Doom, Violent Soho @ Webster Hall
* Fugitive Souls, Fan-Tan, Future Future @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, Dirt Blue Gene @ Bowery Ballroom
* Precious Metal w/ the_Network, Robotosaurus, Tiger Flowers, My America @ Lit
* Small Beast w/ Carol Lipnik, Julia Kent, Paul Wallfisch, Rebecca Cherry @ Delancey
Rev. Vince Anderson & The Love Choir perform at their regular Monday night gig at Union Pool. Reverend Vince recently joined The Roots at a show in another Brooklyn venue.
Built To Spill plays Webster Hall tonight and tomorrow, and Music Hall of Williamsburg the two nights after that, with Disco Doom and Violent Soho (plus the MHOW shows have a "Post Show DJ set By Doug Martsch.")
Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions and Dirt Blue Gene play again at Bowery Ballroom. Leave the camera at home.
Major Lazer's video for "Keep It Goin' Louder" is below. They were in town for Hard Fest this past weekend.
No Age and Spike Jonze are both involved in an upcoming PopRally event at MoMA happening October 15th. For the night, "An Evening of Skate Videos," the museum "invited Patrick O'Dell (Epicly Later'd) to assemble an evening of influential skateboarding videos from the 1980s to today -- including Jonze's own legendary contributions to the genre -- and to bring together a panel of significant skateboarders and filmmakers, including Jonze himself, to discuss their work. An after party with a live performance by No Age follows the film program."
The event is in conjunction with the museum's mid-career retrospective of Jonze's work (titled "Spike Jonze: The First 80 Years") taking place from October 8th-18th. A schedule of the screenings at MoMA (which include his music videos, feature films like Being John Malkovich, etc., and his work as a producer) is below. The opening event on October 8th pairs Jonze with Maurice Sendak, the author of Where the Wild Things Are. Jonze's film adaptation of the book is coming out October 16th and features a soundtrack by Karen O "and the Kids".
""Where the Wild Things Are" seems sure to appeal to the sensibilities of a certain cohort of urban young adults -- the type who read comic-book novels and wear skateboard sneakers; who might concur with a note I saw one day scrawled on a legal pad in Jonze's office: "There is no difference between childhood and adulthood." Finding an audience beyond that demographic, though, may well pose a challenge to Warner's marketing department, which is trying to position the movie as a family-friendly film for kids of all ages. They have adopted a broad-based strategy to lure children into the theater, buying advertising on Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network. They'll also be making a special effort to reach what one executive described to me as "hip, tastemaker" kids: Ugg will be selling a special "Where the Wild Things Are" kids' boot, and Urban Outfitters has a collection of "Where the Wild Things Are" T-shirts and shadow puppets." [NY Times Magazine]
The No Age performance at MoMA is in addition to the band's four other upcoming shows in the NYC area. One of those will be the band performing a live score to the Jean-Jacques Annaud film The Bear at the New Museum on October 16th (no tickets yet). They played with the movie at L.A.'s Cinefamily on August 30th and you can find a video of that show (with the full Jonze/MoMA schedule) below...
Karen O @ Lollapalooza 2009 (more by Paul Birman)
"DGC/ INTERSCOPE TO RELEASE WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK: ORIGINAL SONGS BY KAREN O AND THE KIDS. ALBUM OUT SEPTEMBER 29! LEAD SINGLE "ALL IS LOVE" OUT DIGITALLY AUGUST 25! MOTION PICTURE IN THEATERS OCTOBER 16!As the press release says above, the song "All is Love" is out today. You can listen to it at MySpace.
Inside Karen O is a Wild Thing - as singer for the Grammy-nominated Yeah Yeah Yeahs, her wild thing is in your face, vulnerable, obnoxious, tender, exciting... a self-proclaimed "spazoid." However, to Oscar-nominated Where the Wild Things Are director Spike Jonze, Karen O and her music possess a child-like innocence, a guileless charm that put her exactly on the right emotional wavelength to sonically capture the highly-anticipated film.
To compose music for the film, O enlisted friends and fellow musicians she believed had the musical intuition that would bolster her intent to marry sound to vision. Dubbed Karen O and the Kids, the kids include Tristan Bechet (Services), Tom Biller (co-producer with Karen O and member of Afternoons), Bradford Cox (Deerhunter), Brian Chase (YYY), Dean Fertita (The Dead Weather), Aaron Hemphill (Liars), Greg Kurstin (The Bird and the Bee), Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather), Oscar Michel (Gris Gris), Imaad Wasif (New Folk Implosion), Nick Zinner, (YYY) and an untrained children's choir." [Where the Wild Things Press Release]
In related news, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on September 29th. That's six days after their much larger Manhattan show at Radio City Music Hall which sold out, I am told, in less than a day (UPDATE: There are a few random single tickets still available for Radio City at the moment, so not completely sold out yet)... I'm sure the MHOW show will sell out in less than a minute when tickets go on sale Friday at noon (2-ticket limit, will call only, opener TBA).
Some related videos below...
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