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Spike Lee

"People want live in Fort Greene. People wanna live in Clinton Hill. The Lower East Side, they move to Williamsburg, they can't even afford fuckin', motherfuckin' Williamsburg now because of motherfuckin' hipsters. What do they call Bushwick now? What's the word? [Audience: East Williamsburg]" - Spike Lee
Listen to Spike Lee say that and much more like it at Pratt last night, below...

Continue reading "Spike Lee talks gentrification, 'motherfucking hipsters' (listen)"

Flying Lotus at LPR in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Flying Lotus

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...

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Bootsy Collins at B.B. King's NYC June 2011 (more by Dana [Distortion] Yavin)
Bootsy

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Daniel Higgs @ Zebulon
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* Strawberry Fields @ BB King's
* Spike Lee @ Apple Store SoHo
* Kennedy, Tmmrw @ Cameo Gallery
* Bootsy Collins, SOS Band @ Wingate Field
* Hot Tub with Kurt Braunohler @ Littlefield
* New York Philharmonic Concerts @ Central Park
* Twin Lords, Bible Thumper, Brickeater @ Lit Lounge
* Ben Seretan, Sewing Machines @ The Manhattan Inn
* Tough/Luck, Christine Hoberg, Lost Gloves @ Cake Shop
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* MC Chris, Powerglove, Richie Branson @ Knitting Factory
* Moon Hooch, North Highlands, Dan Piccoli Trio @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Young The Giant, The Apache Relay, St. Lucia @ Central Park Summerstage
* Derrick and the Black Sea, Riverwild, The Dead Roses, Cosmonaut @ Glasslands
* The Bowery Riots, Linfinity, The Highway, Year of The Tiger @ Mercury Lounge
* Reign of Zaius, So Is The Tongue, Sleeping In Gethsemane, Weird Teeth @ Saint Vitus

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Daily Show writer Kevin Bleyer is discussing his new book, Me the People, with The Daily Show's John Oliver at Strand Books today.

Spike Lee will be at the newly-reopened Apple Store in Soho at 7PM discussing his new film Red Hook Summer for which you can watch the trailer below.

Saint Etienne just released the second video from their album Words and Music. The clip for "I've Got Your Music" was made from video submitted by fans (a few of them you might recognize) showing off their favorite album. Watch it below.

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UPDATE: This is all now cancelled/postponed (no new date yet)

DJ Spinna

"Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson" returns to Prospect Park for a third year in a row on Saturday, but not for long...

The Michael Jackson event will take place until 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Due to predicted hazardous weather, ALL Park facilities will close Saturday, August 27 at 2 p.m. and REMAIN CLOSED THROUGH SUNDAY AUGUST 28.

Saturday, August 27, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Nethermead

Spike Lee, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks*, Spike DDB & The Republic of Brooklyn invite you to celebrate the birthday of Michael Jackson with a special celebration in Prospect Park.

*40 Acres And A Mule is documenting Michael Jackson's Birthday Celebration in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York on August 27th, 2011. By your presence in the Prospect Park - Nethermead Field area, you acknowledge that you have been informed that you may be photographed, recorded and videotaped. Further, by your presence there, you grant your permission for your likeness and voice to be included without compensation, credit or other consideration

DJ Spinna and Q-Tip will also DJ a Michael Jackson party at Irving Plaza on Saturday night (tickets). Irving Plaza is now cancelled.

Check out pictures from last year's Prospect Park party HERE.

Prince

My only complaint about the December 18th Prince show at Madison Square Garden was how short it felt. It was under two hours. I would have gladly taken three. I thought for sure we'd get a nice chunk of extra songs in the 2nd encore, but instead we only got a nice chunk of extra celebrities. Not that watching Sherri Sheppard of the View, Whoopi Goldberg (also on the View), opener Sinbad, Spike Lee, Spike Lee's son, Jamie Foxx, Naomi Campbell, Alicia Keys, Professor Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, opener Larry Graham (who also had his bass), Questlove (who also drummed) (and whose afro and tweeting were unmissable from where I was sitting before he left his seat to get on stage), Busta Rhymes, John Leguizamo (who I also saw on the will call line when I walked in), Sheila E (who was already up there performing), Prince's amazing band and backup singers and others dancing around on the love symbol-shaped stage wasn't fun, but I would have gladly traded it for a few more songs.

And speaking of Larry Graham whose band Graham Central Station opened, he was very worth getting there early for. Graham was the bass player for Sly & the Family Stone, and he paid that band tribute with a five-song medly that Prince himself came out to play on. For an opener, the energy in the half-packed room was huge.

Sheila E's appearance during Prince's set, especially her performance of her hit song The Glamorous Life was another serious highlight, though unlike as advertised, it wasn't the only show on the "tour" she showed up for. She didn't play at the 12/15 Izod Center show, but she did play during the second of three encores (yes, they got three) at the 12/17 Izod show, and it has been announced she will play with Prince again at MSG tonight (12/29). The full lineup for tonight's show is: 7:30 - Mint Condition, 8:15 - Janelle Monae, 9:00 - PRINCE (w/ Sheila E). UPDATE: She didn't actually play with Prince on 12/29.

If you miss tonight's show, you still have one more chance on 1/18. Tickets are still on sale for that one (no openers have been announced yet though, that I know of). Janelle Monae and Prince were both spotted at Lauryn Hill last night, and will probably collaborate on stage tonight.

A few more mostly-encore pictures from the 12/18 MSG show, and some videos and the setlists from the last 2 shows, below...

Continue reading "Prince played Izod Center & MSG w/ lots of friends, plays MSG again tonight (pics, setlists & stuff)"

John Legend and the Roots

If they chose to cover this song the other night at Terminal 5 because they knew it would get blogged about, good idea (though maybe the idea was just related to the name of their new album). Spike Lee-directed live video from the show, below...

Continue reading "John Legend & the Roots did Arcade Fire @ Terminal 5 (video)"

photos by Winnie Cheung

a dancer in Prospect Park Sunday
Michael Jackson

"It wasn't just another day in the park for Snoop Dogg, who showed up to Spike Lee's 2nd Annual Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson Birthday Celebration in Brooklyn's Prospect Park to pay tribute to the King of Pop on what would have been his 52nd birthday. Snoop performed his hits remixed with MJ's classics and was given a sparkly glove, which he plans to take back to Cali.

"His music, his spirit represented love and peace around the whole world and it influenced me and what I do, so for me to come through, it's just showing love and respect and paying homage to a great artist who meant so much to music in general and the people," the rapper told the New York Daily News." [Rap-up]

For Snoop Dogg it was his 2nd NYC appearance in two days. One night earlier he headlined Rock the Bells on Governors Island. Videos of Snoop Dogg (who also headlined Rock the Bells in DC later that night) and other scenes from the Prospect Park party, along with more pictures from the Brooklyn event (we already posted a first set), below...

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photos by Dayane Ohira

"Later today / video of spike lee, snoop dogg, the ((((orb))), and myself at prospect park Michael Jackson day!" - Pharoahe Monch

Michael Jackson

"Michael Jackson's birthday is being remembered around the country, but unanswered questions about his death shadow the celebration of his life. [August 29th] would have marked the King of Pop's 52nd birthday, had he not passed away last June, at age 50. Recent developments in the music icon's murder trial may call for the exhuming of his remains. The controversy makes it difficult to celebrate Michael Jackson's birthday, when he may have to be laid to rest yet again." [AC]
Spike Lee, DJ Spinna Pharoahe, Snoop, and many others didn't have trouble celebrating Michael Jackson's birthday in Prospect Park on Sunday. More about Pharoahe/Snoop along with two more sets of pictures coming later. For now, this first set of pictures continues, below...

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by BBG

Spike Lee & DJ Spinna at Michael Jackson's Birthday Bash last year (more here)
DJ Spinna

Michael Jackson still reigns as the King of Pop.

Thousands will gather in Prospect Park on Sunday at what would have been the musician's 52nd birthday for the second-annual "Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson" celebration.

"I'm looking forward to everyone from all corners of the world coming together to honor, pay respect and love the life of Michael Joseph Jackson," said filmmaker and one-time Fort Greene resident Spike Lee, who worked with Jackson on his video, "They Don't Care About Us," and is organizing the celebration for the second year.

Last year, fans packed the park to pay tribute to the man behind such hits as "Billie Jean," "Thriller" and "Beat It," who died last summer, sporting Thriller outfits, white gloves and digging out their Michael Jackson T-shirts.

Expect more of the same during the five-hour party, where DJ Spinna will play the pop genius's innumerable hits.

"It's going to be bigger and better this year," said Lee, who will be documenting this year's celebration with his production company, 40 Acres And A Mule. "People are going to come from all over the world." -[BrooklynPaper]

If there's one thing that DJ Spinna knows, it's a killer theme party. The mixologist's incredible work with Prince Vs Michael Jackson Soul Slam, (Stevie) Wonder-Full, The Jackson Family, 90s Indie Hip Hop, and countless others sets him apart as one of the great funk/groove/hip hop DJs in the area. The free event takes place on Sunday, August 29th in Prospect Park's Nethermead Field. It kicks off at noon and ends at 5:00 PM. Directions below.

The show is one (Gary Indiana with Joe Jackson) of many (9:30 Club in DC) tributes (a party in LA) happening (mjFanvention in Merriville, IN) around the US (Hueman bookstore in NYC).

More pictures from last year HERE. A pair of videos from Spike Lee and directions to the party are below...

Continue reading "Spike Lee having a birthday party for Michael Jackson in Prospect Park again, w/ DJ Spinna again (time, directions) "

Michael Jacksons Birthday party

"Several thousand dancers packed themselves close together on the muddy Prospect Park grass facing a huge stage. Deejays played Jackson's music spanning his whole career - from his childhood with the Jackson Five to his final tracks.

There was a giant white birthday cake that read "Happy Birthday Michael Jackson" in red frosting. Balloons dotted the sky.

The biggest cheers came late in the day when the deejay played one of Jackson's best known hits, "Beat It."

"I've been into Michael Jackson since I was 1 year old," said Tariq Shade, 39, of Crown Heights, who wore a silver sequin glove on one hand. "I've always, always celebrated his birthday."

"I don't even remember life without him," actor Tracy Morgan said at Saturday's party. "Michael Jackson was everything."

"Happy birthday, Michael!" yelled Purcell Nurse, 28, of Crown Heights. "I wasn't able to go to one of his concerts, but I'll always remember this concert."" [NY Daily News]

I'm posting a bunch of pictures from Saturday's event in Prospect Park, so I split it into two posts. Check out Part One HERE. And the rest below...

Continue reading "Spike Lee, DJ Spinna, Al Sharpton, Tracy Morgan & lots of Michael Jackson fans in Prospect Park - pics (part 2) "

Michael Jacksons Birthday party

"Thousands of Michael Jackson fans danced the rain away in a Brooklyn park on Saturday at a party hosted by filmmaker Spike Lee, marking what would have been the 51st birthday of the late pop star.

Crowds of partygoers streamed into Prospect Park late Saturday afternoon, many wearing fedoras, sporting white gloves and showing off other Jackson-esque outfits. DJs spun Jackson's hits one after the other as people danced and sang along. Dozens of hawkers wandered through the crowd with T-shirts, buttons, posters and homemade memorabilia.

"I was just like everyone else. I loved his talent," said Lee, who directed two music videos for Jackson in 1996. He also reminisced how Jackson had visited him in his home in Brooklyn to talk about their music video collaboration.

The day was also designated Michael "King of Pop" Jackson Memorial Day by Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz.

"We all know Michael Jackson had fans around the world, but we all know the best fans come from Brooklyn," Markowitz boasted to a roaring crowd that grew as heavy rain in the morning lightened to a drizzle by mid-afternoon." [US Post Today]

I arrived at Prospect Park around 2:30 which was the same time Al Sharpton got there - his black SUV drove by me on the path in (see pics). There was a little drizzle after that, but for the most part it was a dry and fun afternoon listening to DJ Spinna play Michael Jackson songs over a great soundystem with host Spike Lee speaking here and there, and Al Sharpton saying a few words from the stage. There was also a quick appearance by Tracy Morgan who said about 2 sentences, and lots of MJ shirts, pins, signs, magazines, paintings, and impersonators. Kids were getting Thriller facepaint put on, and cops were everywhere helping keep the peace at what was actually a very large, but peaceful gathering. The coordinated videos, lyrics and live video that was on the giant screen was a bonus. More pictures HERE, and below...

Continue reading "pictures from Michael Jackson's 51st Birthday Party in Prospect Park (part 1) "

Michael Jackson

It is official: Spike Lee's party in honor of Michael Jackson's birthday will be held in Brooklyn, but in Prospect Park, not in Fort Greene Park.

The party will take place at the Nethermead, a meadow in the center of Prospect Park, according to an e-mail message from a city official on Friday.

The date, Aug. 29, which would have been the singer's 51st birthday, and the time, from noon to 5 p.m., remain unchanged.
[NY Times]

The much larger park was selected in anticipation of the 10,000 people expected for the event. "The Nethermead is most accessible from the 16th Street and Prospect Park Southwest entrance, the Bartel-Pritchard entrance, the 9th Street entrance..." More directions below.

It's a big week for Spike Lee. In addition to being involved with this party, his "Passing Strange" movie just came out, sort of, maybe (you can catch it at the IFC Theater).

Another Michael Jackson birthday tribute show is happening in NYC on August 29th at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square. At that event, Q-Tip (who is DJing) and guests Mark Ronson and DJ Spinna will bring, among other things, "never-before-heard remixes of Michael Jackson hits." Tickets are still on sale.

The biggest show of all scheduled for that date, Michael Jackson's funeral in LA, has been postposted until September 3rd.

Prospect Park WestAnd in other Prospect Park West news...

If Carrie Bradshaw and her "Sex and the City" cohorts ever felt lonely in their single-gal lives, at least it was because they actually lived alone. But in Amy Sohn's new chick-lit tome "Prospect Park West," which hits stores Sept. 1, once-glamorous city lasses still feel abandoned. Only now they're isolated in loveless marriages, raising kids they resent.

The book has already been optioned by HBO and Sarah Jessica Parker's production company. The story, which focuses on four stroller moms, from Brooklyn's Park Slope, is touted as fodder for "SATC: The Next Generation." [NY Post]

I hope that TV show never happens. Directions to Saturday's free park party are below...

Continue reading "Spike Lee's Michael Jackson birthday party happening near Prospect Park West (the possible future HBO show topic)"

Sundance

"Modern day renaissance woman Melissa Auf der Maur will be screening Out Of Our Minds, her short film in collaboration with filmmaker Tony Stone, at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Auf der Maur, whose impressive résumé includes stints as the bass player for Hole and Smashing Pumpkins, is a celebrated solo musician and an accomplished photographer whose work has appeared in exhibitions and publications worldwide.

Out Of Our Minds is a multimedia concept album three years in the making which incorporates an album, film, comic and website - all to be unveiled in full later this year. The film portion of this impressive body of work was accepted to the Sundance Film Festival as part of the New Frontier Program.

Three time periods, one connection: Blood. The central characters are a woman (Melissa Auf der Maur) and her car. The 28-minute film follows her in a strange ritual that climaxes in a collision between past and future, crashing through the gateway to parallel worlds in the same forest. A fantasy world where a Viking heart, a car crash and a bleeding forest connect. Using music rather than dialogue, the film tells a universal tale in striking optics. Borrowed from mythology, the Hunt for the Heart is the eternal quest envisioned in Out Of Our Minds. Conceived by musician Melissa Auf der Maur and birthed by Filmmaker Tony Stone (Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America) this mini epic is proudly self-produced and shot in HD fuelled by solar power.
You can watch the trailer HERE.

The Sundance Film Festival runs from January 15 - 25, 2009 in Park City, Utah.

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In a partnership with Apple's iTunes Music Store, Sundance and Shorts International have announced today that they will make available 10 short films selected to screen during the film festival as free (yup, free) downloads via their online media store (available in the US, UK and Canada only). The offer will only be available starting today through January 25, so film geeks should act now. [MTV]

The Salt Lake City Tribune has a list of music events going on during the festival including the daily ASCAP Music Cafe featuring performances by people like Damien Rice and Birdmonster, an Adele concert, and more.

Salt Lake Weekly says, "Two of the potentially biggest films in this year's festival are about music: the first-ever documentary about The Doors, When You're Strange, and Spike Lee's film version of Stew's Tony Award-winning musical Passing Strange. The role of music in film gets examined, as music publishing organization BMI is sponsoring a roundtable discussion Jan. 21 on "Music and Film: the Creative Process" with names like George Clinton and Duncan Sheik scheduled to partake.", and "Some of the biggest acts outside the auspices of the Sundance fest, at least in the hip-hop universe, are at Harry O's, considered by many to be the hip place to hang on Main Street, with top acts like Nelly and T.I. appearing."