Entries tagged with: The Get Down
by Bill Pearis
'The Get Down'
For folks wanting TV shows about the music scene in New York in the 1970s, it's going to be a full year. HBO's Vinyl, from Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, appears to focus on the rock side of things, and debuts on February 14. You many have already seen the trailer for that and, if not, you can watch the most recent one below.
Meanwhile, there's Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down, about the birth of hip hop in The Bronx, slated for later this year on Netflix. The first full trailer for the series was released today, a three-minute "sizzle reel" that makes it look quite compelling. There's gorgeous cinematography and a kinetic style, as you'd expect from Luhrmann. Unlike Vinyl, which which has played up the industry and hedonistic side, The Get Down trailer really focuses on music. There's also some drama, some guns, a little disco, and a few familiar faces (Giancarlo Esposito, Jimmy Smits, Paper Town's Justice Smith). Check it out below.
by Bill Pearis
FOX's pulpy hip hop music biz drama Empire has been a surprise smash, making rap a suddenly hot commodity on mainstream network TV. That's good news for Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann, who had been trying to bring a hip hop series to the screen for the better part of a decade. Netflix has bitten and ordered a 13-episode first season of The Get Down, which is set in 1970s New York City. From The Hollywood Reporter:
Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them -- except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans. From Bronx tenements, to the SoHo art scene; from CBGBs to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade Center, The Get Down is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco -- told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city, and the world ... forever.Bringing a little grit to the series is co-producer Shawn Ryan, who created The Shield (and the barely-seen but great Terriers). Baz will direct the first two episodes and the first season finale. There's a teaser trailer you can watch below and The Get Down will hit your Netflix queue in 2016.
In related news, VH1 is producing a made-for-TV film, The Breaks, which was inspired by Dan Charnas' book The Big Payback, and will be a narrative history of the hip-hop business. That begins shooting this spring.
Pinback at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Basilica Sound Scape
It's the second day of Basilica Sound Scape and there's an excellent music lineup with noise rock titans Swans, post-metal rippers Deafheaven, ripping punks White Lung, the always-intense Majical Cloudz and more. Plus there will be readings from White Lung singer Mish Way, Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves, poet Melissa Broder and more.
Atlas Sound, Ducktails, Mas Ysa @ Greenwood Park
As Atlas Sound, Deerhunter's Bradford Cox tones down the sonic assault his other band puts on in a live environment, but the songwriting is up a similar alley and equally strong. Tonight's show is with Real Estate side project Ducktails and Mas Ysa, and it's free.
Bob Mould, Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Between his time in Husker Du, Sugar, and a prolific solo career, the legendary Bob Mould has over three decades of great material to pull from for this week's 3 NYC shows, this being the third. Openers Cymbals Eat Guitars are not to be missed either. This year's LOSE is one of the year's most powerful indie rock albums.
Pinback, Tera Melos @ Irving Plaza
Indie rock vets Pinback are celebrating the tenth anniversary of their classic album Summer in Abaddon this year and are currently on tour in support of that. Math rockers Tera Melos are a bit different in style but a good match.
Phantogram, Action Bronson @ Pier 97
It's a double bill of indie pop from Phantogram and hip hop from Action Bronson on Pier 97 tonight, and if that sounds weird to you, don't forget Phantogram were prominent collaborators on the last Big Boi album.
The Members, The Say So's, Swanky Tiger, Darren Deicide @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Best known for their classic 1979 punk single "The Sound of the Suburbs," UK band The Members dabbled in pop ("Working Girl") and reggae ("Offshore Banking Business"). The band currently features songwriter/frontman JC Carroll, plus Chris Payne and Nigel Bennett all of whom were in the band during The Members classic period.
The Gaslight Anthem, Jimmy Eat World, Against Me! @ PNC Bank Arts Center
The Gaslight Anthem changed things up for their fifth album this year, but whether you like the new sound or not, they'll still likely have plenty of old favorites ready for tonight. And this whole bill is loaded. Against Me!, who put out one of their best albums of their career this year, kick off the night. Following them is Jimmy Eat World who plan to play Futures in full on tour this fall, but what will they play tonight?
Mutual Benefit, Soft Cat, Bellows @ Bowery Ballroom
Mutual Benefit makes hushed chamber pop that anyone into The Antlers or Sufjan should be a fan of. Openers are well-matched tonight too.
Teebs, Braille, Dave Q, Funafuji @ Cameo Gallery
Great night for electronic music at Cameo tonight with Brainfeeder producer Teebs and one half of Sepalcure, Braille.
Heavens Gate, Raw McCartney, Milk Dick, Bodega Bay, Pill @ Death By Audio
Out of the ashes of Sweet Bulbs, Heaven's Gate took some of their old band's dreamy noise, but took it in a significantly different direction, playing to singer strengths and became more of punky rock band... while still using a lot of effects pedals. Last year's debut album is a terrific representation of what Heaven's Gate have become -- confident, hooky, and pretty damn kick-ass.
S U R V I V E, Eaters, Isn't Ours @ Glasslands
Austin all-analogue synth quartet S U R V I V E, as you might suspect, make dark-hued, highly textured, creepy soundtracks of the mind, owing much to folks like Goblin, Tangerine Dream, and John Carpenter. They play tonight with Brooklyn duo Eaters who are very much in the same sonic cinema.
Brian Posehn @ Knitting Factory
Comedian, Mr. Show cohort, metal lover, podcaster, Deadpool writer and all around cool dude, Brian Posehn takes his act to a rock club setting tonight.
The Life and Times, Lives of the Obscure @ Knitting Factory
Post-hardcore vets Shiner briefly reunited a couple years back, and though that's over, singer Allen Epley is still active with his other band The Life and Times, who put out their fourth record this year.
Junglepussy, Celeste, Princess Nokia, DJ Patrick A Reed @ The Acheron
If you like rap in the UNO/Mykki Blanco/Le1f realm, this bill is full of that kinda stuff and should be right up your alley.
Power Trip, Ajax @ The Acheron
After the Junglepussy show, things get heavier at Acheron for this late show from Dallas thrash/crossover faves Power Trip and Brooklyn punks Ajax. Power Trip's 2 AM set at Palisades last night was nuts and tonight should be no different.
Widowspeak, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks @ The Lot in Long Island City
The Lot in Long Island City is a free, all ages music & film series and today's afternoon entertainment should be pretty chill, with the hushed sounds of Widowspeak, and Alex Bleeker's dead-y vibes.
Alarm Will Sound @ BAM
Part of Nonesuch Records at BAM, this is the second performance by 20-piece band Alarm Will Sound, tonight performing works by Tyondai Braxton, Steve Reich, and Donnacha Dennehy.
Youssou N'Dour @ BAM
Also part of Nonesuch Records at BAM (and Next Wave Festival), here's your second rare chancs to catch the acclaimed Senegalese singer-songwriter in a Stateside appearance.
Steely Dan @ The Paramount
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker bring Steely Dan's "Jamalot Ever After" tour to The Paramount for two nights, this being the first. Wear your bad sneakers if you like, but we have a feeling they don't serve pina coladas there.
People Like Us, M.C. Schmidt (of Matmos), Jason Willett @ Monty Hall (NJ)
People Like Us (aka Vicki Bennett) who is presenting "two performances of audio and moving image." She'll be first performing solo and then People Like Us will be joined by M.C. Schmidt (Matmos) and Jason Willett for a collaborative performance. This is at WFMU's Jersey City performance space.
Elephant Stone @ The Saint
Montreal's Elephant Stone share their name with a Stone Roses single and on their new album Three Poisons, they definitely embrace the Madchester baggy sound. They're pretty killer live -- and how often do you get to see a rock band with sitar?
Bastard Noise, Anthony Saunders, Andrew Hock, Chris Pitsiokos, Weasel Walter, HCOD, Penchant, Skinner, Arbiter, Negation, Field Graves @ Trans-Pecos
It's a crazy bill for noise at Trans Pecos tonight with Bastard Noise, Andrew Hock (Castevet, Psalm Zero) and so many more.
Life of Agony, A Pale Horse Named Death, Diablo Blvd @ Starland Ballroom
Before this year's European tour, Life of Agony hadn't played in a few years as singer Keith Caputo transitioned to Mina Caputo and took time to do her own thing (including open for Laura Jane Grace). Now they're back though, and tonight's the first hometown-area show.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.
Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.
Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.
Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...