Entries tagged with: documentaries
Like they did at Sundance, Neil Young and Jonathan Demme will have a chat in NYC at 92Y's Kaufmann Concert Hall on Friday, Jun 8, 2012 at 8 pm....
Join rock legend Neil Young in conversation with acclaimed director Jonathan Demme (Married to the Mob, Rachel Getting Married) and see an excerpt from the forthcoming film Neil Young Journeys, their third collaboration, in which Demme follows Young on a road trip to his hometown in Ontario for the last nights of his world concert tour.Tickets are still available.
Give Up The Ghost (aka American Nightmare) (more by Stephanie Crumley)
Deathwish have announced their intentions to release a new documentary on the recent Give Up the Ghost/American Nightmare reunion, due via the label "soon". Check out the eleven-minute "trailer" below.
Check out that GUTG Reunion trailer below.
by Klaus Kinski
Before Hamburger, you have GOT to catch Eddie Pepitone at the Gotham Comedy Club on May 29th. Eddie, who one could argue is the original Brooklyn Vegan (true! Born in Brooklyn, adheres to the Vegan lifestyle) (there's a hamburger vegan joke in here somewhere), released his first ever live album A Great Stillness in December 2011 and it is nothing short of brilliant. Pepitone, also regarded as The Bitter Buddha, is a living legend in the comedy world and has the respect and adoration of just about everyone in the biz. He is even the subject of a hopefully-to-be-screened-in-NYC-and-beyond documentary The Bitter Buddah. Hopefully he'll also do some smaller, more indie rooms around the city during that window of time when he is here for that Gotham show. He simply does not perform in NYC that often, and I urge one and all to see this man dominate. Check out the official teaser for the Bitter Buddah below.
by Bill Pearis
It's a good week for fans of early '70s cult artist Rodriguez, as he plays a rare show at Joe's Pub Wednesday night (4/25), his first visit to NYC
since 2009 December 2011 when he opened for Charles Bradley at Bowery Ballroom.
He's here as the acclaimed Rodriguez documentary Searching for Sugar Man, screens at the Tribeca Film Festival this week: tonight (4/24, 9:30PM) at the BMCC Tribeca PAC and then Friday (4/27, 6PM) at the Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 7. Tickets are still available to both screenings. The synopsis:
Aspiring '70s folk rock musician Rodriguez never made it big. Despite critical praise, his albums bombed in the U.S., and he faded promptly into obscurity, leaving behind only urban legends of a gruesome onstage suicide. But somehow a bootleg copy of his album made its way to apartheid South Africa, where his antiestablishment message and distinctive sound resonated with the youth protest movement there, making Rodriguez an instant superstar. Decades later, two intrepid fans decide to investigate whatever happened to the mysterious rocker. While initially frustrated by a dearth of leads, they eventually trace his roots to 1970s Detroit and a producer named Mike Theodore, who drops a bombshell that completely changes the nature of their investigation.If you can't make this week's Tribeca Film Festival screenings, Searching for Sugar Man opens in NY and LA on July 27, with more cities to follow. Light in the Attic reissued both of Rodriguez' albums -- 1970's Cold Fact and 1971's Coming from Reality -- and you can stream them via Spotify. Rodriguez' 2009 tour found him backed by members of Reigning Sound and the Fresh & Onlys. Not sure who, if anyone, is playing with him for this Joe's Pub show on Wednesday.
Truly stranger than fiction, this story of a Mexican-American folk singer from Detroit and his unforeseen success spans decades and continents, and is aptly unraveled to the soundtrack of Rodriguez' own haunting original songs. Ultimately the fans uncover a convoluted and unbelievable true story of success, obscurity, politics, and the power of music itself.
Other music films in this year Tribeca Film Festival include Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey and a film about John Forte who also played a NYC show in conjunction with his film (at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday).
Click through for clips from Search for Sugar Man plus live performance footage from his 2009 tour.
As others in attendance at our free screening of the documentary last week can attest, the new Bob Marley documentary, titled "Marley", is a fine flick worth and one well worth celebrating 4/20 with, so either get to a theater near you showing the film tonight, or watch it online (not free).
by Andrew Sacher
Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, and The Congos - FRKWYS Vol. 9: ICON GIVE THANK
Speaking of Sun Araw (aka Cameron Stallone), he's part of the recently released ninth installment of Brooklyn label RVNG Intl's FRKWYS series, which brings together modern experimental artists and their influential forerunners to collaborate on an album. In the past, we've seen collaborative releases from Julianna Barwick and DNA's Ikue Mori; Daniel Lopatin, James Ferarro, Samuel Godin, and composer David Borden; and Blues Control and Laraaji, among others. The newest release, FRKWYS Vol. 9: ICON GIVE THANK, sees Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras, who were both members of the now-defunct Pocahaunted (whose lineup also included Amanda Brown aka LA Vampires and Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast), teaming up with The Congos, who released the dub/reggae classic Heart of the Congos in 1977, produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry. That's the artwork above.
The track, "Happy Song," which you can stream below, sounds too modern for a '70s reggae band but too genuinely nostalgic for modern psych experimentalists, and doesn't really fit anywhere in between.
ICON GIVE THANK was released in conjunction with the film, ICON EYE, a film documenting the album's making. That film will be screened as part of the Unsound LABS on Saturday (4/21) at Anthology Film Archives at 1 PM. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Sun Araw's Cameron Stallones, director Tony Lowe, and project producer Matt Werth.
The movie screening is one of at least three Sun Araw events in NYC this weekend, with the first being a full band show at Le Poisson Rouge Friday night (with Pole & Marc McGuire of Emeralds), and the last being the recently-mentioned DJ set with Heat Wave at Glasslands.
Film trailer, streams, album tracklist, and all dates, below...
by Andrew Marinaccio
The Tribeca Film Festival is readying itself for another week-long celebration of cinema next month. Screening from Thursday, April 18-29, the event will continue its customary beats, including a variety of talks ranging from a chronicle of Universal Studios with Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Judd Apatow to modern efforts in Avant-Garde film preservation, a gallery installation at New York Academy featuring winning artwork from the festival's jury competition, and family events including an ESPN-sponsored sports day and street fair. Or, if you're feeling limber, you even can attend a showing of "The Goonies" where you can compete in a no-holds-barred "Truffle Shuffle" dance contest. A full list of events can be found here.
Documenting the 150-year history of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, director Michael Sládek (Con Artist) compiles footage from the landmark venue's illustrious past performers in Bam150, including recent interviews with Laurie Anderson and performing arts authority Robert Wilson. The film turns to art history in articulating BAM's role in legitimzing Brooklyn as a modern "cultural Mecca."
Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey tells the story of 2006 Internet curio Arnel Pineda, a Manila native who rose to postmodern stardom via Youtube videos of his cover band's performances. While exposure launched him to ubiquity, it also brought him closer to the bands he emulated than most music video hit-mongers, landing him a singing gig as the successor to Steve Perry in Journey. The documentary follows Pineda from slum squalor to world-tour escapades, studying how he's dealt with the "demands of his newfound fame."
First Winter, the feature-length directorial debut of NYU film graduate Benjamin Dickinson (who's directed music videos for Q-Tip, LCD Soundsystem, and The Rapture) dares to ask what happens to a group of isolated Brooklyn hipsters during a stark blackout when the "sex, drugs, and acoustic guitars" grow dull and give way to tension that threatens their ability to survive the "apocalyptic" outage. Self-proclaimed hipster context aside, the film seems scant on ironic snark as the clan ernestly attempts to rough it in the frigid sticks.
Brooklyn rapper and producer John Forte, most known for his Grammy-winning record work with The Fugees' on The Score, is followed on his "From Brooklyn to Russia With Love Tour!" the first major undertaking of his multimedia company Le Castle in Russian Winter. Petter Ringbom's documentary captures one of the greater creative shifts of a musician reclaiming momentum after serving an 8-year prison prison sentence in the last decade, immersing himself in the sounds of distant culture as he remains dedicated to continuing the art fate gave him a second chance at publically making.
the PS22 Chorus (photo by Bao Nguyen)
Another Youtube phenomenon, the often-seen-on-BV PS22 Chorus, have their viral stardom explained in Once in a Lullaby: The PS22 Chorus Story. Focusing on their days leading up to their performance at the 2011 Academy Awards, chorus teacher Gregg Breinberg attempts to organize his students amid adolescent insecurities like homesickness, feeling left out, and the intevitable disorientation of instant fame. There will be a Q&A with Breinberg and director Jonathan Kalafer after the screening (which is also the film's world premiere).
Editors's note: Not only in the name of full disclosure, we're also proud to point out that BrooklynVegan contributed to the PS22 documentary in small ways whenever possible, including introducing the director (an old friend who happened to decide to take this project on) to BrooklynVegan photographer Bao Nguyen who you will notice is listed as one of the film's producers and Director of Photography. Go Bao!
The Zen of Bennett documents legendary crooner and all-around class-act Tony Bennett as he recorded his latest Duests compilation with the likes of Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, and Amy Winehouse. Aside from a short monologue on the obscelence found in modern consumer culture that'll leave you "broke" (stating to have come from an era when "everything was made with quality") he riffs on that topic by simply saying that he hopes to bring that old-world standard of quality to his performances, which Bennett believes is ultimately what the public notices. If Zen gives him the chance to wax philsophic, modern cool should probably pay heed to the teachings from the Book of Bennett and learn a thing or two.
What do you want to see? What else is worth noting? What did we miss?
Ticket packages are available now, with single tickets on sale to the general public on April 16 and on sale to AmEx card holders as of today. Check here for a full list of ticket options and single ticket sale dates for downtown residents (and try their Facebook ticketing thing if you're having trouble figuring it all out like we are).
Trailers and other links below...
""There is probably no musical artist who has as wide an audience internationally as Bob does," Macdonald says. "You can find people in any country in the world, whether the Arab world or Africa or Asia, who are into Bob. There is this huge built-in audience for people who want to know more about this man whose music speaks to them. And it's a really interesting life story. He lived a rich and eventful life, he died tragically young, and it's a great narrative. The amazing thing about Marley is that he's utterly unique. There is no other superstar in the world of music who came from the Third World -- he's the only one who speaks to the developing world. He's not just a popular musician, he's a philosopher. He's a prophet for them. He's somebody who gives advice and succor in times of need. There's nobody else who's like that. That's why I wanted to make a movie about him, to understand what he was saying and why he was saying it and why it is that the music has this ongoing resonance."" [Hollywood Reporter]MARLEY, made with the full support of the Marley family, "is the definitive life story of Bob Marley: musician, father, believer, husband, revolutionary, legend: from his early days through his rise to international superstardom." Directed by Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland, State of Play), the documentary, which screened at SXSW this year, is being released on demand and in theaters, including the Sunshine in NYC, on 4/20 (naturally).
You don't need to wait that long to see it though because BrooklynVegan is proud to present a FREE advanced screening of the film at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Thursday, 4/12, at 7pm (first come, first served). Like our recent screenings of The Island President, Boy, Senna, and Exit Through the Gift Shop, seats are put out in the main/back room of the club where a screen comes down over the stage, and the sound booms out of their concert-ready system. See you there.
Check out the trailer and video interview with Kevin Macdonald, Ziggy Marley and his wife Karen, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by BBG
Freshkills @ Hotel Vegan
Grant Hart played SXSW and has other upcoming shows scheduled including one in Philadelphia this Tuesday, one at Cake Shop on April 6th, and one in Brooklyn at Union Pool on April 7th alongside NYC's own post-punk crew Freshkills. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale. All dates are listed below.
Freshkills, who played a record release show at Pianos earlier this month, is also coming off of a tour down to SXSW, where they played the BBG stage on Wed (3/14) at Hotel Vegan. Some pictures from their set are in this post.
Grant Hart will (hopefully) be the subject of an upcoming documentary...
With Grant Hart as the only interview subject, EVERY EVERYTHING will tell the story of his life, from his beginnings, through his days in Hüsker Dü, and up to the present. In this feature-length documentary you'll learn his influences, his obsessions, his loves, his passions, his art, his music, and everything in between, leaving no stone unturned. For the first time ever, you'll hear everything about Grant Hart as told by Grant Hart -- the good, the bad, and the ugly. Think of it as a rock 'n' roll FOG OF WAR!The documentary is currently seeking funding via Kickstarter - contribute if you can. Video for the Kickstarter, other dates & the Freshkills pics, below....
"Salad Days: The HarDCore Punk Revolution" will be the most comprehensive, honest and insightful look at the DC punk scene from the early 1980s to the decade's end. The film will include exclusive archival photographs, concert footage and interviews with dozens of bands, artists, label owners, zine publishers and others who helped mold and nurture DC's underground community during this inspired decade of music.Featuring appearances from names like Ian Mackaye, Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl, Alec Mackaye, and more, the documentary is scheduled for a 2013 release. Check out a pair of teasers from the movie below and look out for it next year.
In related news, as discussed Bad Brains: Band in DC, a documentary that details the band's roots in the DC hardcore scene and beyond, played at SXSW last week. So far, no plans to screen it in NYC but you can catch the band at one of two now-sold-out NYC shows.
The Irving Plaza show will ALSO feature an appearance from DC's Scream who played a show at Knitting Factory in 2010.
Bad Brains are also playing Bonnaroo this year.
If you missed the last round of screenings at IFC Center, you can still catch Better Than Something in the coming weeks when it comes to Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn on March 2nd. The documentary, which began production as a promotional video for Watch Me Fall, examines the great Jay Reatard in his final days and his legacy. Tickets are on sale for multiple screenings, including one with a Q&A with the filmmakers and a "Premiere After Party".
Check out a full list of cities showing the Better Than Something documentary, with dates and the trailer below...
"A few months ago, the term cassette tape was taken out of the Oxford English Dictionary.Zack Taylor and Seth Smoot are trying to raise $$$ via Kickstarter to make Cassette: A Documentary. They're currently at 1/3 of their goal.
It may seem ironic, then, that the cassette has experienced a quiet comeback over the last few years, as independent labels issuing tape-only releases have begun popping up around the world.
What better excuse to take a look back at this beloved musical format?
As recorded sound continues its love affair with the downloadable, ethereal digital file, the tangible artefact is quickly becoming a thing of the past.
Help us celebrate the A Side, the B Side, the mixtape, and the whole of cassette culture by supporting Cassette: A Documentary. We'll look at all parts of popular culture influenced by the cassette, including hip-hop and B-Boy culture, indie rock, home recording, and beyond."
For more details, head to their kickstarter page and check out a video trailer below.
LCD Soundsystem at MSG 4/2/11 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
From where I was in the middle of the front GA section nobody stopped dancing, or singing along or smiling the entire night. (Save for, like at all four Terminal 5 shows, the couple of awkward, yet brief and deserved intermissions.) Every turn to scan the Garden saw people full-on, in the groove dancing; not just some barely-registered shuffling back and forth. Honestly, everyone who was there should take a bow because they were fantastic.A documentary of the show, titled Shut Up and Play the Hits, was made and will debut at the Sundance Film Festival this month. It was directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace. Watch the trailer, with more info about the movie too, below...
And no, there was no Daft Punk, but there was Arcade Fire singing joyously along on "North American Scum" (the third set's highlight) and an appearance by Reggie Watts who also played with the band at three of the four Terminal 5 shows. The boys choir featuring members of Mr. Dream was there, as were the two female backup singers, and the horn section that included Kelly Pratt and Colin Stetson. Original LCD guitarist Phil Mossman was back and featured a few times in addition to LCD band members
Nancy Whang, Tyler Pope, Pat Mahoney, Matt Thornley, Gavin Russom, and David Scott Stone.
Many people have the impression that the Riot Grrrl movement in the mid-90s was the end-all, be-all of female involvement in DIY punk. This is definitely not the case! Plenty of amazing ladies prior to this era paved the way for it, and plenty of amazing ladies continue to help keep DIY together today. [From The Back Of The Room] chronicles the past 30 years of female involvement in DIY punk, and has interviews with over 30 women from across the country, ages 17 to 40. Race, gender, sexuality, motherhood, class, and activism are all addressed in this film, giving a more complete picture of how these women participate in the DIY community, and how it affects their daily lives.The film, which plays at ABC No Rio TONIGHT (10/14), features interviews from Laura of Kylesa (who plays NYC next Saturday, 10/22), Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill/Le Tigre, BV contributor Chris Boarts-Larson of Slug and Lettuce, members of Witch Hunt (who play Knitting Factory with Zounds as part of the Royal Flush Festival tomorrow, 10/15), Tobia from Look Back and Laugh, Michelle from Sick Fix, Renata from Samothrace, and contributors to Profane Existence, Crimethinc, and many more. Check out a trailer for the documentary below, which ALSO plays at the WFMU Record Fair on 10/30.
Speaking of the WFMU Record Fair, I hope you've finally paid off all of your prior year debts to make way for this year's extravaganza. The WFMU Record Fair goes down from 10/28 - 10/30 at Manhattan's Metropolitan Pavilion (125 w18th St), and will feature performances from CSC Funk Band, Prince Rama, Black Hollies, and Sediment Club in addition to films, Q&As, and did I mention oodles of VINYL. Admission is $7 or "earlybirds can enter beginning at 4pm on Friday for $25" so they can snatch up all the good shit before everyone else gets there.
From the Back of the Room trailer and a list of showings for the documentary are below.
God Bullies at AM-REP 25th Anniversary (more by Taylor Keahey)
"The Color of Noise" will be a story of music and art, and how the keen musical tastes, and ultra graphic design sense of one independent record label owner brought to the world the sights and sounds that helped to create and influence future musical genres while humbly kicking the crap out of the rock underground! Amphetamine Reptile Records while in full operation from the mid 1980's to the late 1990's turned out an incredible roster of music acts with the participation of up and coming graphic designers and poster artists. Though recent facts prove that there is still activity brewing within the AmRep factory, and have ever since it officially closed it's doors in 1998. The ending of a record label gives birth to a new kind of boutique art movement, where music is the art and the records are on the wall! The Color of Noise is currently filming, and will be throughout the next year... We are looking for archival footage relating to the following artists:Anyone who was part of the Am-Rep story and/or has documented any of the bands associated should contact the filmmakers at media at thecolorofnoise dot com. Filming is currently ongoing, but The Color of Noise have posted a trailer at their website. - BBG
Boss Hog (89'-92' lineup), Chokebore, Cosmic Psychos, God Bullies, Guzzard, Halo of Flies, Hammerhead, Hedonists, Helios Creed, Helmet, Killdozer (pre-90'), King Snake Roost, Lollipop, Love 666, Lubricated Goat (pre-91'), Mama Tick, The Melvins, Mudhoney, Nashville Pussy (97'-2000 lineup), Servotron, Surgery, Supernova, Tad, Tar, The Cows, The Thrown Ups, The U-Men, Today Is The Day, Unsane, Vertigo, Otto's Chemical Lounge, Toadlochen, Billy Childish
We are about 1/2 way through interviewing- meaning we have a heck of a lot more to do, so if you are reading this and were somehow involved with AmRep in any way- employee, band member, poster artist or fanatical music reviewer or even just a fan of the label- get in touch with us.
Fishbone circa 1985
"From the shifting faultlines of Hollywood fantasies and the economic and racial tensions of Reagan's America, Fishbone rose to become one of the most original bands of the last 25 years. With a blistering combination of punk and funk they demolished the walls of genre and challenged the racial stereotypes and political order of the music industry and the nation. Telling it like it is, the iconic Laurence Fishburne narrates EVERYDAY SUNSHINE, a story about music, history, fear, courage and funking on the one.Everyday Sunshine, named after arguably their biggest single, will make its NYC premiere at the ReRun Theater from 10/7 - 10/13, spreading like a virus through the fall and into the new year. The 10/7 - 10/9 showings will feature appearances from filmmakers Chris Metzler and Lev Anderson, as well as Fishbone's Angelo Moore & Norwood Fisher. Tickets are on sale. A full listing of cities/venues hosting Everyday Sunshine is HERE.
At the heart of the film's story is lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher who show how they keep the band rolling out of pride, desperation and love for their art. To overcome money woes, family strife, and the strain of being aging Punk rockers on the road, Norwood and Angelo are challenged to re-invent themselves in the face of dysfunction and ghosts from a painful past.
Featuring interviews with Flea, Gwen Stefani, Ice-T, Perry Farrell, Branford Marsalis, George Clinton, Tim Robbins, Gogol Bordello, ?uestlove, and others, EVERYDAY SUNSHINE traces the band's history, influence, and struggle as individualistic, genre-blending artists up against an unforgiving music industry that threatens to pass them by.
Angelo will also be playing a show at Bowery Electric on 10/9 "with The RBC plus Dan Bailey and Living Rhythm, Hahn Solo from Dub is A Weapon."
Fishbone have a new EP, New Crazy Glue, due on 10/11/11. Catch the punk-funk crew on the road in October/November, including at Brooklyn Bowl on 11/13. Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below.
Fishbone are also listed in the credits of Tim Armstrong's new musical web series.
Film trailer, tour dates, and some videos below...
Beyond This Place$25 tickets to the Brooklyn show are currently on sale for BAM members and go on sale to the general public on 9/19. There will be similar events in Portland and LA.
Part of BAM 150
Directed by Kaleo La Belle
Music composition by Raymond Raposa and Sufjan Stevens
Sun, Oct 30, 2011 at 7:30pm
As part of BAM's 150th anniversary celebrations, filmmaker Kaleo La Belle--joined by childhood friend Sufjan Stevens (The BQE, 2007 Next Wave; TAKEOVER 2008) and singer-songwriter Raymond Raposa--comes to the opera house for a screening of his award-winning documentary Beyond This Place.
Deeply reflective and personal, La Belle's breakout film charts his attempts to reconnect with his perpetually stoned, long-estranged father Cloud Rock during a grueling 500-mile bike tour across the Pacific Northwest. Stevens and Raposa share the stage as special musical guests, providing a live soundtrack to this emotionally nuanced look at family ties and the process of moving on.
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Talk to any Formula One fan and they will be unequivocal in their admiration of Ayrton Senna.The Asif Kapadia-directed documentary Senna made its North American premiere at Sundance where it won the World Cinema Audience Award. It since won Audience Award for Best International Feature at the LA Film Festival, and screened at BAM here in Brooklyn as part of BAMCinemaFest on June 19 (tickets were $13). PDA releases the movie to theaters on August 12, but you don't have to wait that long to see it next...
And this stunning documentary goes a long way to explaining just why that is.
Compiled from hours of archive racing footage and interviews and the Senna family's home videos, this is a comprehensive look at the Brazilian's F1 career and it's not just for fans of motor racing. [TheVoid]
BrooklynVegan is proud to present a free screening of Senna at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Sunday, July 17 (doors at 4pm, movie at 5pm). That's the flyer above.
If you came to our screening of Exit Through the Gift Shop, another movie released by PDA, you know the deal. The venue gets filled with chairs and a screen comes down on the stage. The projector is in the back of the room and the sound system is great.
The screening is first come, first served, and to encourage you to come early, the first 50 people on line will get a free poster (not to mention a better seat). The bar will be serving drinks, and in keeping with the Brazilian theme, we'll also be giving out free Vita Coco. Free movie, free coconut water. You can't go wrong.
Check out the movie trailer and poster below...
Sufjan Stevens at Beacon Theater (more by David Andrako)
Tickets for Sufjan Steven's August 2nd's appearance at the Prospect Park Bandshell have flown away. Luckily, the notorious S.O.O.F. will bless the park with a second date on the following night: August 3rd at Prospect Park Bandshell. Tickets for the new Brooklyn show go on AEG/venue presale at 10AM on Thursday (6/17) and noon on Friday (6/17). No word on openers (though we think My Brightest Diamond is opening the first night). We'll keep you posted.
In other SOOF related news, IFC is currently streaming a clip from the film Make:
Directors Scott Ogden and Malcolm Hearn's documentary, "MAKE," is about four artists on the furthest fringes of our society. Isolated by their disabilities, they find a voice and try to make sense of a world that shuns them, through incredible works of art. These are the characters that inspired Sufjan Stevens' album, "The Age of Adz." Stevens, who called the film "a beautiful and insightful look at the sublime task of making art when nothing will else do," based his album's narrative specifically on the life and apocalyptic work of the schizophrenic artist, Prophet Royal Robertson featured in "MAKE."The film's screening and release party will happen at the American Folk Art Museum on June 17th (RSVP info at the link). Screenings happen at 1:00, 3:00, 4:30 & 5:45 pm in the auditorium (lower level 1). The reception is 5:30-8:30 pm in the atrium, with live music by Takka Takka.
..."MAKE" includes a soundtrack with original compositions from Sufjan Stevens and Marc Bianchi (Her Space Holiday), along with music by Jim Guthrie, Oneida, Tommy Guerrero, and Au Revoir Simone.
Check out the 17 minute clip below....
by Bill Pearis
Gruff Rhys kicks off his North American tour tonight at Knitting Factory and tickets are still available. He's over here supporting his new solo album, Hotel Shampoo, and will wind his way around the country before ending back up here in New York for a show at Mercury Lounge on June 15.
A mostly mellow affair, with detours into Bossa Nova and '70s MOR territory, Hotel Shampoo is another fine record from the hardest working indie musician in Wales. Where previous visits have involved just Rhys and a tablefull of junkshop keyboards and other oddball instruments, this time Gruff will be backed by Y Niwl, the finest surf band in Wales, who'll also get their own opening set. Rhys is one of the most charismatic performers around, do go if you can.
In other news, Rhys' travelogue tour film Separado! will make it's NYC debut on June 18 as part of the BAMcineFest. No word yet as to whether Rhys will be at the screening. Like Rhys himself, the film is charming, scruffy, funny and full of good songs. Tickets to all BAMcinefest selections -- including the Pentagram documentary Last Days Here, and The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye -- go on sale May 23.
All Gruff Rhys tour dates are below, along with videos, trailers and album streams.
Q-Tip at Rock The Bells w/ A Tribe Called Quest (more by Eric Townsend)
Q-Tip will headline the 7th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival on July 18th in DUMBO, the last day of a week-long celebration of hip hop culture at various venues in Brooklyn. The daytime show (12-8PM) will undoubtedly also feature a gang of other hip hop notables, but the full lineup is still TBA. Tickets are on sale though.
Q-Tip is featured in the new documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest (which recently played as part of the Tribeca Film Festival), and after previously denouncing the film, has come around:
Despite their initial concerns, it appears that A Tribe Called Quest is finally on board with Michael Rapaport's controversial documentary, 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest opens on July 8th in NYC and LA, and wider in July and August. Full list of theaters and opening dates below.
Though Tribe frontman Q-Tip publicly denounced Rapaport's film, which he claimed was not a fair representation of his group, he has since turned an about-face, voicing his approval, though he was notably absent at its Sundance and Tribeca film festival screenings.
Appearing to "support and represent" at Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday (April 29), alongside Tribe rapper Phife Dawg, DJ-producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad said that the group is happy with the film's final cut, despite Tip's absence.
"Just because Q-Tip is not here does not mean he's not in support of the film," Muhammad told Rolling Stone. "I'm here, and I'm representing Q-Tip. We're happy with the finished version. If none of us were fine with this, no one would be seeing the film."
Steve Reich will celebrate his 75th birthday with a weekend of events in his honor. The festivities start on April 30th at Carnegie Hall, as Steve Reich will host NYC premieres of three new works, WTC 9/11, Mallet Quartet, and 2 x 5, as well as his Pulitzer Prize winning Double Sextet. Bang On A Can All-Stars, eighth blackbird, Kronos Quartet, and So Percussion will do the performing. Tickets are still available.
The party continues the next night at Le Poisson Rouge (on 5/1), as the avant-composer will be in the house for a screening of a new film about him called "Phase to Face". He'll also take part in a Q+A following the showing alongside director Eric Darmon.
In this profile he looks back on the key stages of his 40-years lasting career, from the formation of his own group, Steve Reich and Musicians, to the American avant-garde he helped to create, from new video performances to his quasi-religious music. Despite his success and wide recognition Steve Reich has never renounced his independent spirit.Tickets are still available, or you can actually see the film much sooner, as it's making its NY premiere at the NYPL on Wednesday, April 20th. Steve Reich and director Éric Darmon will be there too. Or if you just want to watch the movie from home, the DVD is also on sale now. Check out a trailer for the film below.
This film is about the artist and his music. From the analogue tapes of his first recorded pieces to current technology of sampling and video. We see him at work and clips from his performances and concerts in Le Havre, Tokyo, Rome, New York and Manchester.
A week after the birthday festivities, on May 8th, chamber ensemble AXIOM will perform Steve Reich's "Drumming" (complete) at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale.
On June 2nd, Either/Or will perform the music of Steve Reich, and Robert Ashley, Philip Glass, and Andrew Byrne, at the Kitchen. Tickets are on sale.
On January 17th (2012), Reich fans should plan to be in LA where Reich himself will perform Clapping Music with Steven Schick during an "evening devoted to one of America's greatest living composers, including several of his early, seminal works." It all goes down, with the help of Bang on a Can All Stars, at Walt Disney Concert Hall (Single tickets go on sale August 21).
Some videos below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Ron Sexsmith @ Highline Ballroom
In the documentary film about Ron Sexsmith, "Love Shines," Elvis Costello casts the Canadian musician in the same realm as one of rock 'n' roll's historic performers."Love Shines" was an audience favorite at SXSW.
"I think Ron has got one of the purest seams of melody, that he has access to exclusively, since Paul McCartney," Costello says.
There's no higher praise, but some folks are undoubtedly saying "Who's Ron Sexsmith?"
...He's just released a fantastic album, "Long Player Late Bloomer," which features the production of Bob Rock, best known for his work with Metallica, Bon Jovi and Motley Crue. The biopic "Love Shines" premiered recently at South By Southwest, and Sexsmith made a national television appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
Sexsmith admits he's excited, a far cry from the melancholy that haunted him after his previous album, "Exit Strategy of the Soul," more or less tanked. When Rock agreed to produce "Long Player" Sexsmith's joy was leavened by a sense of disbelief. -[Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
Speaking of Elvis Costello, who is playing a solo set at this year's Newport Folk Fest, he's playing a small, late show at Gramercy Theatre tonight (4/1), and probably something before that too. Those staying home can catch him on TV.
More pictures from that show (including one of the setlist), tour dates, videos from Kimmel and SXSW, the documentary trailer & more, below...
LCD Soundsystem makes people do wacky things. I know two people who recently flew to Bogota. I know others who are flying into NY to be at Madison Square Garden on April 2nd. That's not that wacky, but then there's this other group of people (pictured dude included) who are raising money to document their cross-country trip to get to the same show (and all the new "friends" they meet along the way). Read and watch more about that, below...