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Archive for May, 2007

GOD IS A DJ!

Posted by xneverwherex on May 3, 2007

4/25/07 

As Maxi Jazz said “This is my Church!” to a crowded Webster Hall.

And its one statement thats very hard to disagree with, unless of course you’re in Toronto at the Gardens watching a Leafs game. That might be my church 🙂

I owe a HUGE HUGE thanks to my friend Scoosh in Scotland who basically told me I *had* to go see them 🙂 He even included video footage, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMLerqyrVas   of why I must see them. Follow up that with seeing the movie Glastonbury which is a must see. The concert footage in there is amazing.

by far, show of the year! and ive seen lots of shows already. My posting as a huge thanks sums up the night!

Scoosh – I FINALLY saw faithless and OH MY GOD! words cant describe that show. it was pure energy and you could feel it from the crowd. Hearing “God is a DJ” was worth the price of the ticket alone. Webster Hall was pure energy at that moment. The crowd (mostly english) was so into them and it was just bodies against another everyone jumping in unison. was pretty cool. i think so far that this was the best show i had been to in a long, long time. id say they even surpassed the basement jaxx who put on one hell of a show. off the top of my head “God is a DJ”, “Insomnia” “What About Love” and “I want more”. i have the setlist at home, but it was great!they sure know how to build up an audience, taking it almost slow at first building to some huge crescendo. like sex or something. the place erupted when “we become 1” was played. there was so much jumping, you could feel the vibrations on the floor and this floor bounces so it felt like at any moment you were going crashing down 3 floors.
all in all – the best show i could have possibly gone too.

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Art Brut, Ra Ra Riot

Posted by xneverwherex on May 3, 2007

A review that I had posted after this show:

If anyone has a chance to see Art Brut, I really recommend checking them out. I can’t comment on how many times I have seen them now, A LOT!, but last night’s show was really great.

Ra Ra Riot opened up the show and what a performance they gave. Very energetic, confident, catchy songs as always, and were genuinely having a great time. (i’ve now seen them enough times, to realize how much they have grown as a band, while playing live). art brut seemed to enjoy them too, as they were hanging out near the stage
listening to them and seemed impressed.

the next band – i swear it had to be a joke – was holy hail. i think that was their name, and they were awful. The bassist couldnt play bass, aside for maybe 3 chords. The lead singer couldnt really sing, and mostly did some pseudo-rap performance. I was waiting for her to
break out with a Blondie song, but it never happened. I just really wondered if this band were for real. My friends all agreed with me and we couldnt figure out how Ra Ra Riot was the first opener and this band was the second. Absolutely made no sense.

Art Brut finished off the night. Joked a lot about downloading their music for free off the internet, but told everyone to be sure to buy it when it came out 🙂 Emily Kane has now changed so much over time, with all of his interjections becoming much more comical. I just wonder what he’ll end up discussing next time. Emily Kane is now married with 3 kids, as a sidenote, for those interested. 🙂 The crowd was very into the band, lots of jumping, attempts at crowd- surfing, lots of beer everywhere and just in general a great time.
Their new stuff is as catchy as the first album. The encore was good fun ending with Good Weekend. Art Brut 76 (or 47) was at the show, and i know 47 is We Are Scientists, so it could have very well been them. But ya never know, with all the Art Brut bands floating around out there.

Based on Holy Hail, I should now go form my own art brut band. ‘we formed a band, we formed a band, look at us, we formed a band’. 🙂

thats it from NYC for now.

-r

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Tribeca Film Festival

Posted by xneverwherex on May 3, 2007

Im copying this post from another site I’ve been posting at. Im actually doing something pretty cool here – why, you ask? – well mostly for the hell of it, and its turning out to be pretty fun, to keep the world (east coast) apprised of whats going on around them.

so if you have time go to: www.alex.to/doomlink  – and i post under xneverwherex

So heres my update for Tribeca, which Im proud to say im a volunteer at.

Instead of creating a thread for every single movie I have seen, I am going to make it all inclusive. I fear that no one will ever see these films, but alas, please, please, please be sure to see films at your local arthouse cinema.Last night, while working I kept seeing this guy (and have seen him numerous times) at the festival and thought – I know him. So I check out his badge and his name is Barry Sisson. At this point I dont care if I name drop because there could be something in this for everyone. Barry Sisson is heading up Cavalier Films based out of Charlottesville, VA. I used to frequent Cinema Arts (Fairfax, VA) all the time and was invited in an offer to become an investor on his next film. After having numerous financial advisers and co-workers read the documents, with no real money to my name, it was a very risky venture. A Film did get made under Cavalier, although I am not sure which film it is.Cavalier is apparently looking for investors for another film. If interested, please contact me and I will get you in touch with him. Please note – I get NOTHING out of this. Im only putting this up, because you never know who is interested in what.

Long story short, Barry remembered me from a few years back in Virginia and told me of his new opportunity. He also purchased a film at Tribeca but alas I dont know which it was.

On to the good stuff:
The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez – brilliant documentary – if it comes to Silver Docs – get out there and see this. Esequiel Hernandez was the first person murdered on US land by armed forces since the Kent State killings. He lived in a small Texas border-town and was herding goats when he was taken out. Brilliant, brilliant film and for thsoe that think this sounds familiar – Tommy Lee Jones film “The Three Burials” is this story. Tommy Lee Jones did narrate this film and the filmmakers worked on Three Burials.

Fraulein – a Yugoslavian film (yes I know there is no more Yugoslavia) that is an interesting story of women who have had to leave the country and all converge in Switzerland. A Bit slow, but the filmmakers were adorable (and all-women!) that it definitely added to the film. Nice story, but I wasnt terribly moved by it.

Gardener of Eden – This is Kevin Connolly’s directorial debut (of Entourage – plays Vince’s manager, Eric) and is produced by Leo DiCaprio (does he even need a last name). Major major disappointment. Big names, wanted and needed a much better script. Kid from NJ ends up getting kicked out of school and ends up going back home to NJ to live with his parents. One day, out of pure frustration, he beats the hell out of a guy and is claimed local hero the next. naturally, the guy was a serial rapist. The kid thinks he’s now super-cop and goes out trying to solve all the crimes and fix the world. Eh, had its moments, but is only worth maybe $6 or netflix (which obviously it will come to with such big names behind it).

note to self: dont see blockbuster movies at film festivals.

Day Zero – I have not seen the whole movie (I was working) but from what I did see, this movie has promise (the fact that I know the ending KILLS me) but its the story of 3 friends from NYC (naturally, right?) who end up getting drafted into the war. this takes place in current day and is a fictional (so far) account of what would happen if we reinstated the draft. One guy (Chris Klein) is trying to find a way out of going; he has just made partner at his firm. another friend is gung-ho about going to war and killing people and the other friend (Elijah Wood) is indifferent and doesnt know what to do. Seems great from what I’ve seen. Oh how my skin crawled at the thought of reinstating the draft.

The last movie (as of today) was from John Dahl, director of Red Rock West (please tell me someone has seen this) and The Last Seduction (with Linda Fiorintino) is You Kill Me.

This film I have not yet seen the entire thing, but saw most of the film. The acting is great with an incredible story. The writers seem very cool, and after the Q&A, I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more of their films.

In this smart, darkly funny drama by John Dahl (The Last Seduction) about addiction and recovery, Ben Kingsley delivers a bravura performance as Frank, an alcoholic contract killer forced to go through a twelve-step program and become a funeral home assistant. Also starring Tea Leoni and Luke Wilson

Thats it for now!

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