Friday, December 13, 2013
You think child beauty pageants are creepy? Okay, you're right. But so is this commercial from the '70s. And the perfume smelled like baby powder. Fetish much? (And lest we forget the recent Dakota Fanning debacle). And in a little seventies hangover from 1981 we have Brooke Shield's Calvin Klein commercial:
Legacy Recordings will issue recently discovered never before released Johnny Cash recordings in the new year - March 25, 2014. The twelve tracks are not demos and were originally recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at Columbia Studios in 1981 and 1111 Sound Studios in 1984 and produced by Billy Sherrill. The album will include duets with June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings. Featured are Marty Stuart on guitar and mandolin and Nashville A-Team members Jerry Kennedy (guitar), Pete Drake (steel guitar), Hargus "Pig" Robbins (piano) and Henry Strzelecki (bass). Regarding the discovery of these songs, son John Carter Cash said "When my parents passed away, it became necessary to go through this material." And "We found these recordings that were produced by Billy Sherrill in the early 1980s…they were beautiful." Johnny Cash Out Among The Stars track listing: 1. Out Among The Stars 2. Baby Ride Easy - duet with June Carter Cash 3. She Used To Love Me A Lot 4. After All 5. I'm Movin' On - duet with Waylon Jennings 6. If I Told You Who It Was 7. Call Your Mother (written by Johnny Cash) 8. I Drove Her Out Of My Mind 9. Tennessee 10. Rock and Roll Shoes 11. Don't You Think It's Come Our Time - duet with June Carter Cash 12. I Came To Believe (written by Johnny Cash) Pre-order at Amazon or Itunes
Writer/director Zoe Cassavetes and producers Kate Roughan and Gina Kwon speak about their new film Day Out of Days and recent crowd funding. According to Fund Anything the film is about "A once well-known actress who struggles to maintain her sanity and dignity in the obstacle course known as Hollywood." The project has raised just shy of $50,000. And this seems rather bizarre to me, but if you donate one dollar you receive the opportunity to help Cassavetes promote the film via blog Facebook or Twitter. I'll just promote the project and save a dollar, how about that? Mama got to pay her rent. For more information on the project, go to
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
About a week ago I blogged about Maggie Vail's CASH Music Summits. Here is some more information on this important project from Vail herself. "I work a lot. I’ve always worked a lot. I’ve worked at least a 40 hour work week since I was 19 years old. I think it’s safe to say that in the last two and half years since I started working at CASH Music I work at least 20 hours more per week than I did at Kill Rock Stars. The good thing is I like to work, especially when it’s something I truly believe in. As a result of all this working I’ve become a bit of a social recluse. Lately when I do get out I’m often asked what exactly CASH Music is and what it is that we’re trying to do. Sometimes there’s a twinge of “what do you mean you don’t know what I’m spending all my time doing?!” and then I remember this is a massive, ambitious, and multi-faceted effort that we’re in the middle of building. It’s not just a simple product that’s easily explained, this is a life’s work in progress. It is really important and if executed the way that we envision we believe will ensure a healthy option for all musicians moving forward. This means everything to me. My partner, Jesse von Doom, and I have a vision and a very solid plan towards a sustainable future for the organization. That said, right now we need help getting there. We are currently raising funds via a Kickstarter campaign for a series of summits in 2014. Because I sadly can’t speak with everyone on the phone or in person I’ve broken down the important parts of who we are and what we’re doing into ten simple points: What is CASH Music? 1) CASH Music is a nonprofit organization. We are a tiny staff of just two people. Our board is made up of 16 people. Since we are a nonprofit none of us can own CASH Music. This is important. 2) Our mission is to help empower artists for a more sustainable future in this digital age. We believe that an important part of helping artists includes helping artist friendly labels, managers, publicists, etc. 3) We build digital tools. Jesse has spent the last six years building a massive platform, project by project, directly with artists and labels. The platform can be downloaded and used on your own site or you can use our hosted version, currently in beta. Right now the platform can do things like digital sales, download codes, email list management, email collection, etc. Later we will be adding features like a full shopping cart, a subscription service, and much much more. All of our tools are open source. This is also important. 4) Our tools are, and always will be, free to use. We are unwavering on this stance. We believe giving artists access to basic online tools is an important part of sustainability. 5) We believe artists should own their own data. All information collected by our platform can be exported at any time. 6) Because we are a nonprofit we cannot be bought or sold. We also cannot take investment. Since we build all of our tools using an open source license this means that even if CASH as an org for some reason dissolved, the code would still exist and live on. Both of these things are very, very important to us and we think very, very important to the future of music online. 7) Education is also a key component of our mission. It’s vital that artists have free access to information and resources that will help them manage and navigate their careers in an ever changing landscape. Education, both online and in person, will be a big part of 2014 for us. 8) We think musician’s perspectives are often missing in the current discussions about the future of music. We believe their voices are necessary to the conversation. We’ve launched a series of summits designed to make sure they are heard. 9) The CASH Music Summits bring artists and technologists together. The conversations started in these events will influence our educational goals, our platform, and hopefully many other projects. We want to foster a new form of collaboration that can lead to new understanding of the intersection of technology and music, leaving real change in its wake. 10) We think that music is one of the most important parts of being alive. We want to help the people that make it survive. We need your help to make this happen. If you believe that what we are working on is important please consider donating to our Kickstarter campaign, spreading the word, or getting involved. We have seven days left to raise over $15,000 dollars. That’s a lot of money in a very short time. I know we can do but we can’t do it alone. THANK YOU! - (Maggie Vail)" And this from the project's Kickstarter page:
Clip number one of my just invented series What the Hell Was Going on in the '70s. It can't be explained. It must be experienced in video clips. It helps if you're hopped up on Booberry cereal. These need not be in chronological order - they will come sporadically. They will catch you unawares. They will be like acid flashbacks or minertia blue attacks while wearing spadex pants. It's not a "Psychobilly Freakout" but it's better. And it went on for a decade. Pretty sure Chuck Barris snorted Peru before Steven Tyler even got to the table.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Bettie Page Reveals All Finally the real story of cult icon and infamous pin-up model Bettie Page. This documentary film is directed by Mark Mori, narrated by Bettie Page, and features Dita Von Teese, Hugh Hefner, Rebecca Romijn, Mamie Van Doren, the legendary Tempest Storm, Perez Hilton and more.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Maggie Vail (formerly with Kill Rock Stars) just announced the first round of speakers for the CASH Music summits: CHI (March 1, 2014) Damon Krukowski (Galaxie 500, Damon and Naomi) Harper Reed (former Chief Technology Officer, Obama for America) Dave McCreath (Mule Radio) emceed by Dan Sinker (OpenNews, Punk Planet, Internet Shenanigans) NYC (May 17, 2014) JD Samson (Le Tigre, MEN) Anil Dash (ThinkUp, Movable Type, The Internet) Dapwell (Das Racist, Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project) emceed by Jonathan Coulton SEA (August 2014) Larry Crane (Tape Op) emceed by John Roderick (The Long Winters) ATL (November 2014) Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses) http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cashmusic/cash-music-summits-music-meets-technology
Lip Sync Battle with Joseph Gordon Levitt, Stephen Merchant and Jimmy Fallon For the few of you that may have missed this - it is well worth investing your time. Fallon is the least funny. The other two are Gods of the mic.