Wednesday, October 29, 2014
When I hear something I like I have to pass it along to all of you. So today we have a tasty Soul offering, "Keep on Shining" from the album Soul Power by Curtis Harding available on Burger Records.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
A Girl Walks Home at Night is the first Iranian Vampire Film. Written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, the trailer looks like a cross between Film Noir and Feminist Theory. According to the website the film based on the Comic / Graphic Novel is " A sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno, and Morricone-inspired riffs, the film’s airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic combines the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the weird surrealism of David Lynch." Sounds good to me. This Vice Films releas date is November 21 and I can't wait to see it. DIRECTED BY – Ana Lily Amirpour WRITTEN BY – Ana Lily Amirpour PRODUCED BY – Sina Sayyah, Justin Begnaud, Ana Lily Amirpour EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY – Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Nick Moceri, Ben Conrad, Alexei Tylevich, Reza Sixo Safai, Daniel Grove, Patrick Grove STARRING – Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Mozhan Marinó, Dominic Rains, Milad Eghbali, Rome Shandanloo, Marshall Manesh 2014 – 99 mins – USA – Farsi
Vampire Mockumentary What We Do In the Shadows looks as if it may be in the class of This is Spinal Tap. The official trailer for the New Zealand vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows, directed by Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchordes) & Taika Waititi, about three vampire flatmates coping with the modern world: Beyond Cinema's Elliot Kotek chats with "What We Do in the Shadows" directors Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi at the Beyond Cinema Studio at Sundance 2014 Directors: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi Production company: Funny or Die Music composed by: Plan 9 Screenplay: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Here is a current list of tour dates for Belle and Sebastian for October 28 2014: January 26 - Laneway Festival, Auckland, New Zealand January 28 - The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia January 29 - Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia January 31 - Taronga Zoo, Sydney, Australia February 1 - Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia February 3 - Astor Theatre, Perth, Australia February 12 - AX Club, Seoul, Korea February 16 - Hostess Club Taipei @ Legacy, Taipei, Taiwan February 21 - Hostess Club Weekender, Studio Coast, Tokyo March 30 - House of Blues, Cambridge, USA April 1 - Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada April 2 - Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, USA April 3 - Riviera, Chicago, USA May 3 - St. David's, Cardiff, Wales May 4 - Colston Hall, Bristol, England May 5 - Guildhall, Portsmouth, England May 7 - Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England May 8 - Open, Norwich, England May 10 - Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England May 11 - Westminster Central Hall, London, England May 14 - Albert Hall, Manchester, England May 16 - City Hall, Newcastle, England May 18 - Opera House, Buxton, England May 19 - City Hall, Leeds, England May 22 - Hydro Arena, Glasgow (with the Scottish Festival Orchestra), Scotland May 24 -Sound City, Liverpool, England June 10 - Radio City Music Hall, New York, USA July 2-4 - ATP Iceland, Keflavik, Iceland (NOTE : 16 years after Belle and Sebastian curated the first All Tomorrow's Parties at Camber Sands) And a new song : From the upcoming album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, out January 19/20, 2015 on Matador Records
Turning is a concert film documentary captured during Antony and the Johnsons and Charles Atlas' critically acclaimed tour of Europe during the fall of 2006. Turning explores the heart and experience of that series of performances. Through its synthesis of Antony's songs and Atlas' unfurling video portraiture of the 13 women who performed on stage, Turning is an "intimate and cinematic journey exploring themes of identity, transcendence, and the revelation of a revolutionary feminine essence." "The performance artist Johanna Constantine appeared as one of the 13 subjects in TURNING. Johanna and I met in our first year of university in California and she has been a huge influence on my life and work. We moved to NYC together in 1992 and co-founded a late night performance collective called Blacklips. We have always considered ourselves two sides of a whole: she seems to present a threatening, alien, armored face, while as a singer I exhibit a vulnerable interior. As the years have worn on, we have subliminally exchanged these roles, even from minute to minute. Johanna Constantine is also a founding member of an exhibition project we are now working on called Future Feminism. We first coined the term 'future feminism' to describe the work of a handful of female artists from NYC that work on a frontier by themselves, using their bodies as material, exploring themes of violence, femininity, alienation, innocence, eco-collapse and survivalism." -- Antony 2014 TURNING DOCUMENTARY AND CONCERT WILL BE RELEASED ON CD+DVD NOV. 11TH VIA SECRETLY CANADIAN, AND NOV. 10TH FROM ROUGH TRADE IN THE UK/EUROPE. Trailer for Turning, a film that deals with transexual issues.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
As I'm not a Dead fan I thought I'd simply provide the press release for those who are Grateful Dead Fans: GRATEFUL DEAD ANNOUNCE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTARY IN CELEBRATION OF 50TH ANNIVERSARY Executive Producer Martin Scorsese And Director Amir Bar-Lev To Offer A Never Before Seen Look At One Of Rock 'N' Roll's Most Fascinating And Enduring Bands LOS ANGELES - The Grateful Dead are proud to announce their first official career-spanning documentary to coincide with the band's 50th anniversary celebration. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev ("Happy Valley," "The Tillman Story") will direct the as yet untitled documentary. Alex Blavatnik is financing through his AOMA Sunshine Films. Eric Eisner ("Hamlet 2"), Nicholas Koskoff, and Justin Kreutzmann will serve as producers. Executive Producers are Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller, and Rick Yorn. Longtime Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux will serve as the film's music supervisor. This monumental documentary will meld a cornucopia of never before seen performance footage, vintage interviews, and other candid moments unearthed from the Grateful Dead's vast vaults along with newly captured conversations with surviving members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir, as well as many other characters and pranksters from the Dead universe. "Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years. With our 50th Anniversary coming up, we thought it might just be time to tell one ourselves and Amir is the perfect guy to help us do it. Needless to say, we are humbled to be collaborating with Martin Scorsese. From The Last Waltz to George Harrison: Living In The Material World , from Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones, he has made some of the greatest music documentaries ever with some of our favorite artists and we are honored to have him involved. The 50th will be another monumental milestone to celebrate with our fans and we cannot wait to share this film with them," said surviving members Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh, and Weir in a joint statement. "The Grateful Dead were more than just a band. They were their own planet, populated by millions of devoted fans. I'm very happy that this picture is being made and proud to be involved," says Scorsese. "It's been ten years since I first set out to make a film about the Grateful Dead and I'm thrilled that it's finally happening," says Bar-Lev. "I am ecstatic that this project was able to come together and look forward to finding the perfect distribution home for the film," says Eisner. Production entities partnering on the project are Double E Pictures, Axis Films, and Sikelia Productions, Inc.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Director (&Academy Award winner) Michel Gondry's latest magical whimsical film Mood Indigo will be released on DVD next month. Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep), was inspired by French novelist Boris Vian's cult novel Froth on the Daydream using it to create this unique love story set in a charing and surreal version of Paris. At the heart of the film lies the inspirational message "If we screw up this moment, we try the next. We have our whole lives to get it right."
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The Vaselines have announced tour dates in support of their recently released album V For Vaselines. The Vaselines: November 15 Bristol, England - Thekla 16 Brighton, England - The Haunt 17 Lille, France - L’Aeronef 18 Paris, France - La Maroquinerie 19 Zurich, Switzerland - Eldorado 20 Vienna, Austria - Chelsea 21 Berlin, Germany - Bang Bang Club 22 Utrecht, Holland - Le Guess Who? 23 Brugge, Belgium - Cactus Club – Autumn Falls 25 London, England - The Garage 26 Birmingham, England - Hare & Hounds 27 Sheffield, England - The Plug 28 Glasgow, England - School of Art January 4 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel 5 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s 16 Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House 17 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall 18 Montreal, Quebec - Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B. 19 Toronto, Ontario - Lee’s Palace 20 Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch 21 Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle 23 Vancouver, British Columbia - Rickshaw Theater 4 Seattle, WA - Neumos 25 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge 27 San Francisco, CA - The Independent 28 West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy Theater "One Lost Year" and more via The Vaselines on Soundcloud