Street-level New Orleans dance-party hip-hop arrives at SXSW 2010 with an official showcase and a groundbreaking multimedia exhibition. The New Orleans Block Party bounce package tour has partnered up with the “Where They At” photo-documentary exhibit at SXSW to unleash a full weekend of ass-shaking action NOLA-style.
Headquartered in Chicago, OndiTimoner (the only director to win two Sundance Grand Jury prizes; her first was for DIG!) and IndiePix Films will be creating a worldwide launch event for her film WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – a film about the internet’s impact on human interaction. The event will be taking place simultaneously in seven major U.S. cities, Canada and Europe.
As the social networks – YouTube, Facebook and Twitter – explode, questions of personal privacy continue to be an issue. But in the ‘90s, Internet guru, artist, futurist and visionary Josh Harris was experimenting with that very subject. Ten years in the making and culled from 5,000 hours of footage, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, from award-winning director OndiTimoner (DIG!), documents his tumultuous life for more than a decade to create a riveting, cautionary tale of what to expect as the virtual world inevitably takes control of our lives.
New Hampshire natives and current Beantown locals The Everyday Visuals have a made a name for themselves with their gently rocking, harmony-laden sound, reminiscent of The Beach Boys, Fleet Foxes and and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
Welding the propulsive grace of ancient fiddle styles to disarmingly open-hearted original pop songs, Laura Cortese has emerged among the most intriguing and versatile, musicians in the bountiful New England post-folk scene.
The latest in a long lineage of Memphis musicians to grab the mantle of funky, soul-jazz instrumentals pioneered by acts like Booker T & the MGs, Willie Mitchell & The Bar-Kays.
The Louisiana State Museum and its Foundation present a gala honoring the 60th anniversary of the 1st Rock n’ Roll record, Fats Domino hit “The Fat Man”, and the two unsung heroes behind the recording, trumpeter/producer/arranger Dave Bartholomew and producer/studio owner Cosimo Matassa. The Museum is currently exhibiting “The Secret History of Louisiana Rock n’ Roll”, which was curated by the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation. The exhibit’s central message is the enormous and often unrealized influence LA musicians have had on current and Past Rock n’ Roll legends.
"Bubble-gum and hip-shakeable hooks meet ruthless, pure-firestorm guitar ecstasy" - Real Detroit Weekly
Jim Dickinson has passed on, too early, in my opinion. He gave an oral history of his early years to Joe Nick Patoski, its really fascinating and insightful.
For those of you who dig books, book reviews and incredibly fantastic pop culture sites, I have just the thing for you…a new review at PopMatters, of “The Mad Ones” – here is an excerpt:
Tom Folsom’s The Mad Ones recreates the subterranean world of New York in the ‘60s, when Beatniks, jazz musicians, and existential dropouts began to rub up against the old-school underworld of the city. The era was personified by the Gallo Brothers, low-level Red Hook gangsters who ran jukeboxes and provided muscle work for the Profaci family. Led by Joey Gallo, a striking antihero who bridged the gap between the two worlds, Larry, Joey, and Kid Blast were featured in Life, Harpers Bazaar, the Saturday Evening Post, Time, Newsweek and even Women’s Wear Daily.