Tag: music

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present

Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present

| May 31, 2016

Tony Conrad, the artist, musician, filmmaker and teacher who passed away in April, will be extremely missed, particularly among the avant-garde world of art and culture. For the last twenty years he was followed by a documentary film crew, with director Tyler Hubby, for the film Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present. This film constructs […]

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Theory of Obscurity

Theory of Obscurity

| April 21, 2016

In the early 70s, an avant garde group of artists known as The Residents started making music and films anonymously.  They believed that with their identities secret, they would be free to produce art in its purest form, without the influences and pressures that come along with celebrity.  Over the decades, The Residents have amassed […]

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Amy

Amy

| December 1, 2015

The storied life of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse has been the stuff of legend, hyperbole, tragedy, and ongoing interest ever since her untimely death in 2011 at the age of twenty-seven. In the years since, her style—both musically as well as aesthetically—has placed her firmly in the realm of cultural icons of the 21st century. Her […]

Love & Mercy

Love & Mercy

| September 21, 2015

The film Love & Mercy portrays two very distinct eras in Brian Wilson’s life: One showing the incredible composer and songwriter creating legendary music in early 1960s California, and the other depicting a mentally ill man two decades later combatting hallucinations and paranoia. Paul Dano plays the younger Brian Wilson at the apex of The […]

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Traitors

Traitors

| February 22, 2015

Malika (Chaime Ben Acha) is the leader of her own punk band trying desperately to become a professional artist.  When she’s approached by a producer it seems like a big step, but she doesn’t have the money required to rent out a studio to record a demo.  Malika tries everything she can think of in […]

Kiss Me, Stupid

Kiss Me, Stupid

| February 17, 2015

I went into this fully expecting to hate it.  I’ve seen the movie before, as it came in a Billy Wilder box set I bought years ago.  I remember really despising the movie my first time through; hating the cartoonishly jealous husband character (Ray Walston; The Apartment) as well as the over-sexed Dean Martin parody […]

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Whiplash

Whiplash

| February 2, 2015

The world of jazz drumming at the prestigious Shaffer Conservatory music school brings us one of the most intense films in the hunt for an Academy Award this year, words that no one intended to ever read.  Brought to you by Damien Chazelle, Whiplash is an inspiring, thrilling, and captivating film that will leave hearts […]

Get On Up

Get On Up

| January 3, 2015

I wasn’t overly aware of James Brown and his influence on music going into this biopic.  Of course I recognized a lot of the songs and have really have been a fan of Brown’s music for all of my life, but I never put it together that they were all the same person.  I feel […]

Take Me to the River

Take Me to the River

| September 11, 2014

In a documentary where British musician Robert Plant pays homage to the influence of Memphis Blues on the British playlist, unlikely folks are paired together to highlight the city’s great contribution to the musical lexicon, not only of the United States but the world over. Take Me to the River won an audience award at […]

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Dream Deceivers

Dream Deceivers

| August 12, 2014

The raving and remonstrating over subliminal messages in popular music is over. Sure, zealous listeners claim to hear voices of the Illuminati in contemporary hip-hop, but the hoopla is mostly a thing of yesteryear. In David Van Taylor’s 1991 documentary Dream Deceivers, the story of two teenagers who attempted suicide due to the urging of […]

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