13 items from 2011
Seems like the major labels will continue to mine the nostalgia angle with the hope that they can squeeze a few more ducats from aging music fans everywhere. Fine by me, if the music merits the "super-deluxe-never-before-heard-or-seen" treatment. And since I've been sucked into that black hole with the Dead, Stones, Rush, Hendrix, Jesus & Mary Chain, et al., I've missed some amazing music and culture this past year. No excuses now as I cram a full year's worth of culture down my gullet before Christmas. You can check out more of my favorite culture from 2011 in these Spring, Summer, and Fall articles.
Mia Doi Todd: Cosmic Ocean Ship (City Zen) - I was struck by her otherworldly vocals after copping her major label debut in 2002. Her ninth effort picks up where her critically acclaimed 2008 self-released effort Gea left off. And it's quite apparent that her time on the road opening »
- Dusty Wright
People have been walking out of the RSC's risqué new production of Marat/Sade. Are critics ever tempted to follow them? Guardian reviewers reveal the times they just couldn't take any more
Although the play is nearly 50 years old, Peter Weiss's Marat/Sade still has the power to shock. Around 30 people per night have walked out of the Royal Shakespeare Company's revival in Stratford-upon-Avon, disgusted by scenes including stun-gun torture and simulated sodomy by a sex toy, with one theatregoer describing it as "utter filth and depravity". In response to the row, Katy Brand tweeted about a version she once starred in: "Production ended with me on stage masturbating. Seems tame by RSC standards."
Critics, of course, are required to sit through whatever is thrown at them, be it shocking, preposterous, dreadful or dull. But have there ever been times when they left early? Here, Guardian reviewers reveal the »
- Alexis Petridis, Tim Ashley, Michael Billington, Judith Mackrell, Peter Bradshaw, Brian Logan
Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired the Worldwide Rights, excluding Latin America, to Jonathan Demme's film, Neil Young Journeys from Shakey Pictures and Clinica Estetico. Demme and Elliot Rabinowitz produced the film, with Declan Quinn (Rachel Getting Married, Neil Young Trunk Show, Jimmy Carter Man From Plains) who served as director of photography. Neil Young Journeys had its World Premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival to a tremendous audience and great critical acclaim.
This past May, Neil Young drove a 1956 Crown Victoria from his idyllic hometown of Omemee, Ontario to downtown Toronto's iconic Massey Hall, where he played the last two nights of his solo world tour. Filmmaker Jonathan Demme was on hand to capture the journey and both shows, »
New York (October 11, 2011) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired the Worldwide Rights, excluding Latin America, to Jonathan Demme’s film, Neil Young Journeys from Shakey Pictures and Clinica Estetico. Demme and Elliot Rabinowitz produced the film, with Declan Quinn (Rachel Getting Married, Neil Young Trunk Show, Jimmy Carter Man From Plains) who served as director of photography. Neil Young Journeys had its World Premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival to a tremendous audience and great critical acclaim. Neil Young Journeys marks the third film between Demme and Sony Pictures Classics. Previous films include Jimmy Carter Man From Plains and Rachel Getting Married. This past May, Neil Young drove a 1956 Crown Victoria from his idyllic hometown of Omemee, Ontario to downtown Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall, where he played the last two nights of his solo world tour. Filmmaker Jonathan Demme was on hand to capture the journey and both shows, »
- MIKE FLEMING
"Twenty years ago," blogs the New Yorker's Sasha Frere-Jones today, "I spent an afternoon shuffling around Rocks In Your Head, a record store that once did business on Prince Street. (It closed in 2006.) My friend Jim worked the counter, and we were listening to a new album, over and over: Nirvana's Nevermind. At some point, Vernon Reid — the guitar player and founder of Living Colour — came in. He listened to four songs, nodded approvingly, and approached the counter. 'Metallica plus R.E.M. That's really smart.' He bought a copy and left."
Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills, who formally announced the amicable dissolution of R.E.M. yesterday, will surely be hoping their band will be remembered as more than half the formula for another band ten years their junior (and, for what it's worth, I personally believe they will be), but if this anecdote is the first »
Whether you are a U2 fan or not, there is no denying their 1991 album Achtung Baby launched the band into the stratosphere of super-stardom and is simply one of the defining records of the '90s. With over 5.5 million albums sold in the U.S. alone, two Grammys for Best Rock Performance and Producer of the Year (for Daniel Lanois), the record not only found the group adjusting to the changing musical landscape of the late '80s and early '90s, it redefined their image and put them at the forefront of a select bunch of groundbreaking and hugely popular bands.… »
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We’ve been telling you for years that the Toronto International Film Festival rocks, but this year it will be louder than ever.
After revealing that the 36th annual Tiff would open with the world premiere of David Guggenheim’s U2 documentary “From the Sky Down” and also screen Cameron Crowe’s Peal Jam doc “Pearl Jam Twenty,” THR reports that Tiff programmers are poised to announce the addition of Jonathan Demme’s latest Neil Young documentary to its musical lineup.
As the trade states, Demme’s concert film “was shot last May over two nights at Massey Hall in Toronto, and captured Young’s Le Noise solo tour produced by Daniel Lanois.”
This builds on the classic-rock icons Tiff »
- Sean O'Connell
I'd just like to share with you an entertaining chat that Daniel Lanois had at Bonnaroo this past weekend. (The 'Roo news will end one of these days; today is not that day.) Famed producer Lanois -- as I previously mentioned -- has helmed and co-helmed some of the greatest albums from U2, Bob Dylan and Peter Gabriel. He's had a slew of great solo sets and collaborations with Brian Eno. And over the weekend, he was seated across from songwriting great Stephen Stills, who was present for his previous band Buffalo Springfield's co-headlining slot at the fest. A few journalists »
Daniel Lanois's Black Dub Webster Hall, NYC
Brian Blade is God! (Nod to Mr. Clapton's graffitti homage.) If there is a better drummer on the planet playing with a better touring band, I want to know about it right now. Last night at Webster Hall, Black Dub killed it. They wiped the floor of any and all bands playing any borough of New York City on this particular evening. And believe me, there was plenty of competition. But as we all know, competition for an audience's attention tends to bring out the best in musicians. And Lanois's insanely tight quartet was more than up to that task and at the peak of its collective prowess.
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- Dusty Wright
Bloomington musical collective, Edm, lead by singer/guitarist Daniel Burton stripped down their name (formerly Early Day Miners), their production process, and returned to their old label for the release of "Night People" -- due out on Western Vinyl July 19th.
Once mentored by Daniel Lanois in La, Burton has recorded Okkervil River, Windsor For the Derby and Wilco side-project On Fillmore, but gave up the knob twiddling on this one to Mike Bridavksy, who recorded and mixed the album at Russian Recording in a mere five days.
The songs on this album are character sketches of alienated people who "stay up all night, stumbling through isolation to explore trauma and ecstasy in search of their own glamour." It sounds like Edm distilled the driving force behind the night life of people of a certain age in every city across America. Below is the arresting album opener, "Hold Me Down. »
- Brandon Kim
The three-day event will take place in an undeveloped community on the south side of Chicago, right on the lake. You can only get three-day passes, which cost between $195 and $825... which will get you the VIP package. You know, for the J.Crew set.
Okay, so we're teasing a bit, but in all honesty, the lineup is pretty amazing. We're strongly considering tie-dying our favorite polo shirt, popping the collar, and hitting Chi-town with a few cases of Fat Tire. Here's the full list, from the press release:
Hot Docs has announced 26 documentary features that will be a part of this year’s Special Presentations program, a high-profile collection of world and international premieres, award-winners from the recent international festival circuit, and works by master filmmakers, and featuring some star subjects.
The full selection of films to screen at Hot Docs 2011 will be announced on March 22, including the 2011 opening night film but here are the special presentation titles, ordered alphabetically:
Romantic-Queercore-punk-zombie pornographer, gleeful crusher of cliché, righteousness and repressive politics: Viva Bruce Labruce! Scintillating film clips and fabulous interviews with John Waters, Harmony Korine, and Gus Van Sant reveal Toronto’s gift to the world.
Actor Michael Rapaport’s directorial debut hits the road with Q-Tip, Phife, Ali and Jarobi, »
Black Dub, the enigmatically eclectic new quartet helmed by guitarist and Grammy award-winning producer Daniel Lanois, has released their self-titled debut album.
The band features Lanois on guitar, New Orleans virtuoso Brian Blade on drums, lead singer Trixie Whitley, the beautiful 22-year-old daughter of the late, great Texas bluesman, Chris Whitley, and rounding out the quartet is famed Louisiana bass player Daryl Johnson.
Watch the group interviews and performing their single "Surely"!
13 items from 2011
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