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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Interview with Stephen Kijak director of Scott Walker: 30 Century Man

Interview with Stephen Kijak, director of Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, by Kevin Serra for

We met up with director Stephen Kijak after his New York film premier of Scott Walker: 30 Century Man at the IFC Center in the Village and chatted him up about the American release of the documentary film. The film plays this week till Dec 22nd. The movie will then hit Los Angeles in January, and San Francisco and Oakland in February. For more info please visit For NYC tickets visit

When did the idea of making a documentary on Scott Walker come into play?

I had been a fan since 1990, when Fontana first issued his classic albums on CD for the first time. I had fallen in love with his orch-pop ‘60s epics (those four numerically-titled late-60's albums "Scott" 1 through 4.) When "Tilt" came out in 1995 it was a very different Scott Walker—the evolution was fascinating. I started ruminating on a film then. And about ten years later, when I heard he was about to make yet another album, it just felt like a "now or never" moment.

Did you hear that other people had tried to make a Walker film (and failed) before starting the project?

Yes. I was surprised it hadn't been done, at least in the UK. There was a 20-minute piece done for "The Late Show" but it was very brief—not that in-depth—although he gives quite a good interview for it. I wanted to go for something a bit more expansive that covered as much of the career as I could fit on screen, from the glorious doom-pop of The Walker Brothers right into the making of his new album.

Who were some of the people you got on board that helped sell the making of the film?

Well, we attached Bowie as our Executive Producer and that was a huge help. He really does love Scott—he's a great advocate for lesser-known musicians. Then Grant Gee was signed up to shoot and edit with me. I was a fan of his Radiohead film and he was commissioned to do a short film about John Cale that was just excellent. Sadly, the record company shelved it. But it had the vibe I was looking for. And Scott likes Grant quite a bit as well. It was a good fit. Graphic designer Graham Wood (another favorite of Scott's) was asked to contribute motion graphic sequences. As for other "names" that helped push it more into the spotlight ... we have Radiohead, Brian Eno, Jarvis Cocker, Damon Albarn - all the usual suspects!

Read the complete interview at

Obama - The New Groove Tees by Swell Drummer

Artist/Drummer Sean Kirkpatrick of San Francisco Alternative rock band Swell has designed some great Obama t-shirts. Check out his The NEW Groove design above. To order one please visit In addition to doing most of the Swell LP covers Sean does some amazing paintings. Check them out at

Come Tomorrow - Swell

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Arcade Fire Mirror Noir DVD & Download is Released

Limited Edition DVD Pre-Order + Digital Large (Shown Above) Mirror Noir Feature + Additional DVD with extra material (including Saturday Night Live and Arcade Fire at the BBC) + accordion folded panorama and artcover, linen bound package. Plus the immediate download of large digital file. The DVD will ship no later than 3/31/2009. There are few options on the DVD packaging and you can download one of three formats of the digital DVD now at

The Cure - Myspace show at Troubadour LA

Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images for MySpace
MySpace Music held a special Secret Show concert by The Cure on Saturday, December 13 at the Troubadour Club in Los Angeles. The performance took place exclusively for the MySpace users, in which the community was notified via MySpace of the free concert only 24 hours before the show occurred. Many of the band's most avid followers came out for the incredible event! In addition to the hundreds of fans that lined up to see The Cure, celebrities in attendance included Kirsten Dunst, Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Eliza Dushku, Lukas Haas, The Killers, All American Rejects, AFI, Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), Hayley Williams (Paramore) and Trey Parker (South Park).

Full set list from the show:
Underneath the Stars
Pictures of You
The Perfect Boy
Alt End
The Reasons Why
The Walk
The End of the World
Love Song
The Real Snow White
The Hungry Ghost
The Only One
Wrong Number
Sleep When I'm Dead
Friday I'm in Love
In Between Days
Just like Heaven
The Scream
One Hundred Years
Its Over

Monday, December 15, 2008

Flaming Lips Film X-Mas on Mars Free Tonight

The Flaming LIps movie Christmas on Mars will be shown for free at 7pm in Park Slope tonight at The Brooklyn Independent Cinema Series at Barbés
376 9th St (at 6th Ave) Park Slope, Brooklyn. For more info visit

2008 - Christmas On Mars - Trailer from George Salisbury on Vimeo.

Scott Walker Film Finally Reaches the US

The Scott Walker film entitled Scott Walker: 30 Century Man directed by Stephen Kijak will finally see the light of day in US theatres. I believe the film will run in NYC, LA and SF from December 17th for limited engagements so please visit for more details on show times.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Bettie Page, RIP

Bettie Page, the brunet pinup queen of the 50's died of pneumonia at the age of 85 in a Los Angeles, California, hospital yesterday.

Dan Deacon & Dirty Projectors - Brooklyn Masonic Temple

Dirty Projectors performed after the So Percussion who we unfortunately missed at The Brooklyn Masonic Temple this Thursday evening.
After a while of testing and setting up Dan Deacon took the stage with enlisted help from an ensemble of musicians. The ensemble really brought his electronic music to a whole new level of life, especially the percussion players. He rotated from doing songs solo, immersed in the crowd to jumping on stage and joining the ensemble for a live jam. This show was a premiere of a whole new Deacon showing what he's capable of in a band environment. The crowd was more than please as he pushed the envelope of his style incorporating a band but ended the show getting the crowd in a frenzy all on his own. People just love Dan Deacon with or with out a band.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

AC Newman MP3, LP & Tour Details

AC Newman, head songwriter/ringmaster of The New Pronographers, drops his solo record out January 20th 2009 on Matador Records.
Check out a preview track: Submarines of Stockholm.Mp3

AC Newman 2009 TOUR DATES

20-Vancouver @ Biltmore Cabaret
21-Seattle @ Neumo’s
22-Portland @ Doug Fir
23-Sacramento @ Harlow’s
24-San Diego @ Casbah
26-LA @ Troubador
27-Santa Barbara @ SOhO Restaurant and Music Club
28-SF @ The Independent (Noisepop)

1-Eugene, OR @ John Henry’s

10-Ithaca, NY @ Castaways
11-Toronto @ Lee’s Palace
13-Providence @ Club Hell
14-Boston @ Paradise
15-NY @ Bowery Ballroom
17-Philadelphia @ Johnny Brenda’s
18-Washington DC @ Black Cat
20-Atlanta @ The Earl
21-Nashville @ Mercy Lounge
24-Minneapolis @ 400 Bar
25-Chicago @ Logan Square Auditorium
26-Pontiac @ The Pike Room at The Crofoot
28-Pittsburgh @ Andy Warhol Museum
29-Brooklyn @ The Bell House

(Dent May are the support from 2/20 to 3/15)

Brooklyn Masonic Temple, Secret Society shows

Dan Deacon, Dirty Projectors and So Percussion are playing tomorrow 12/11 at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple for another Secret Society show. Also check out the upcoming show with The Walkmen and The Dodos on 12/16. Visit for more info.

Visit and send us an email with header that reads "Dan Deacon" for a chance to win a pair of tickets for tomorrows show.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Interview with Dean & Britta

Dean & Britta have been very busy last few years. Between working for the Obama campaign (Britta), writing a book (Dean), starting a record label (named Double Feature, both Dean and Britta), touring, and, oh yes, recording some music along the way, is there anything these two can’t do? Click here to read the Interview.

M. Ward Tour Dates

Singer-songwriter and modern-day troubadour M. Ward announces plans to hit the road this winter and bring audiences on both sides of the Atlantic tracks from his highly-anticipated release, Hold Time (February 17th). Amidst producing and arranging Zooey Deschanel’s indie pop gems and being the “Him” of She & Him’s critically-acclaimed Volume One this past year, M. wrote and recorded Hold Time, the fully realized follow up to the internationally praised Post-War. It features stunning guest performances by Lucinda Williams, Jason Lytle (ex Grandaddy) and Zooey Deschanel.

So as not to miss your chance to catch M. Ward live on his upcoming tour, fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in advance. Pre-sale for the US shows begins Tuesday, December 9 and ends Thursday, December 11. Tickets for all shows in the US, UK and EU will be made available to the public on Friday, December 12.

Click here for tickets. Password for pre-sale: holdtime

Wednesday, February 18 Boston, MA @ Somerville Theater
Thursday, February 19 New York, NY @ The Apollo Theatre
Friday, February 20 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theatre
Saturday, February 21 Washington, DC @ Sixth and I Synagogue
Wednesday February 25 London, UK @ Borderline
Thursday February 26 Paris, FR @ Café de la Danse
Friday, February 27 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Wednesday March 4 Los Angeles, CA @ Music Box at Fonda
Thursday, March 5 San Francisco, CA @ Palace of Fine Arts
Friday, March 6 Seattle, WA @ Showbox At The Market
Saturday, March 7 Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater

Lily Allen new album art and tracklist & video

February 10th in 2009 Lily Allen will release It's Not Me, It's You the follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2007 debut, Alright, Still.

01. Everyone's At It
02. The Fear
03. It's Not Fair
04. 22
05. I Could Say
06. Go Back To the Start
07. Never Gonna Happen
08. Fuck You
09. Who'd've Known
10. Chinese
11. Him
12. He Wasn't There

Watch the video for "The Fear

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Free Xmas Music from Vice Records

Vice Records has a free holiday EP which you can download from Amazon here. Preview a track from The Raveonettes doing "Come On Santa".Mp3

Monday, December 01, 2008

Theresa Andersson the Loop Pedal Princess

Swedish born, New Orleans transplant, Theresa Andersson is like a happy St. Vincent or Juana Molina. She uses a loop pedal to build her songs with Violins, drums, guitar vocals much more. Watch the above video for "Na Na Na."

01/06: Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe
01/16: Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe
01/20: Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe
01/30: Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe

Lizzy Grant New Yawk Performances

Jazzy Jersey girl Lizzy Grant will be performing a few shows in New Yawk and New Joisey this December.

Dec 2 2008 |The National Underground | NY
Dec 5 2008 | Jersey City Kevin Spyker + Railroad Studio | NJ
Dec 16 2008 | The Living Room | NY
Dec 18 2008 | NY SIRENS | NY

Squirrel Nut Zippers Tour

Chapel Hill, North Carolina's The Squirrel Nut Zippers will be in Brooklyn this Friday at South Paw along with fellow North Carolina, chaps The Old Ceremony.

So polish up your dancing shoes and get ready to move to their Delta blues, gypsy jazz, 1930s-era swing music.

Their once band mate Andrew Bird will not be joining the band for this show but will be headlining Carnegie Hall early in 2009.

Dec 3 2008 8:30P | The Arts Center | Carrboro, NC
Dec 5 2008 9:00P | Southpaw w/ The Old Ceremony | Brooklyn, NY
Dec 6 2008 8:00P | The State Theatre | Ithaca, NY
Dec 7 2008 8:00P | Webster Theatre | Hartford, CT
Dec 8 2008 8:00P | Tupelo Music Hall | Londonderry, NH
Dec 9 2008 8:00P | Showcase Live | Foxboro, MA
Dec 17 2008 8:00P | Boulder Theatre | Boulder, CO
Dec 18 2008 10:00P | Belly Up Aspen | Aspen, CO
Dec 19 2008 8:00P | Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom | Denver, CO

Hell - Squirrel Nut Zippers