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Best Jazz/Improvised Albums of 2015

1. William Parker: For Those Who Are, Still (Aum Fidelity/Centering)

I have been an admirer and observer of William Parker for a quarter century, but nothing prepared me for the impact of this three-disc set's final CD, which features an orchestral composition, Ceremonies for Those Who Are Still, which ranks high among the best orchestral music of the 21st century, and I'm including classical composers. In other words, don't cringe while imagining the usual jazz-with-strings hack job. There are moments in Ceremonies for Those Who Are Still -- particularly when the choir is singing Parker's poems of life and loss and creation -- when the grandeur of the year's most fashionable jazz album, Kamasi Washington's The Epic (also a three-cd set) comes to mind, but the difference -- the reason Parker's set ranks much higher -- is that his orchestrations are vastly more contrapuntal, colorful, individual, and just plain daring.
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Exclusive First Look at Kristian Day's Vessel

As champions of indie cinema, Dread Central is often privy to early details on upcoming projects, and today we have for you a first look at Kristian Day's Vessel in the form of a very preliminary plot breakdown and stills from the film along with two different posters.

Vessel stars actor, author, and public speaker Frank Meeink. He wrote the book Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead, and a major TV network just picked up a new reality show he'll be hosting. It also stars Vanessa Giselle, Jerika Rangel, Ryan Kolder, and Barron Christian. All the make-up was done by Patrick Boltinghouse of Vanity and Glamour.

Vessel was produced, directed, written, and photographed by Kristian Day and inspired by an idea from Marcus Koch (100 Tears, Fell). It was shot during 2010 in Des Moines, Iowa, and is currently in post production aiming for an October 2011 release.

According to Day, "The film is about drug abuse,
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Hail to the King - A Stephen King Tribute Art Show Heading to Des Moines, Iowa

Hail to the King, a one-of-a-kind Stephen King tribute art show, is heading to downtown Des Moines for a five-week run beginning January 22nd. There will be original artwork, graphic design, artists proofs, limited edition prints, and soft sculpture toys paying tribute to the King of Horror!

From the Press Release:

Finder's Creepers and D. Ryan Allen present Hail to the King, a Stephen King Tribute Art Show featuring artists from across the country and around the world. This show will have an opening reception on Saturday, January 22nd, and will run through the end of February at Finder's Creepers, located at 515 - 18th Street in Des Moines, Iowa.

Artists included in this show are: Allison Hall, Anastasia Catris (UK), Andrew Barton, Brent Houzenga, Brian D (NY), Bryan Baugh of cryptlogic.net, D. Ryan Allen, DeAnna Herrington, Jacqueline Roate, Jeff Bonker, Jessica Pertzborn, Job Yamen, Joe Jones, Kelly Hutchison of DarkVomit.
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King gets a tribute in Des Moines

Finder’s Creepers, a Des Moines, Ia shop devoted to outsider artwork, and D. Ryan Allen are presenting Hail to the King, a Stephen King tribute art show featuring contributors from around the world. Read on for the details.

The show had its opening reception this past Saturday, January 22 and will run through the end of February at Finder’s Creepers, located in downtown Des Moines at 515 18th Street. The lineup of Hail to the King artists includes: Allison Hall, Anastasia Catris, Andrew Barton, Brent Houzenga, Brian D, Bryan Baugh, D. Ryan Allen, DeAnna Herrington, Jacqueline Roate, Jeff Bonker, Jessica Pertzborn, Job Yamen, Joe Jones, Kelly Hutchison, KimB Kreatures, Kristian Day, László Lampert, Lisa Beck, Lyndal Ferguson, Misty Hover, Nate Fetus, Regina Riordan, Ryan Jon Gillispie, Satanimals, Shannon Gausten, Shawn Palek, Tanner Saltzman and Van Holmgren.

The opening reception featured horror movies on the big screen, horrific drinks and treats
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Mutilation Mile: brings in Christmas with hard core violence

Just in time for Christmas indie filmmaker Ron Atkins’ hyper charged exploitation crime film “Mutilation Mile” hits DVD December 21st. Go to www.mutilationmile.com to order or watch the trailer, read reviews and much more. Below is a synopsis of the film Inspired by true events that took place sometime in 1993, Jimmy & Jack DeGrasso, two brothers, went on a blood soaked killing spree of vengeance. Fueled by revenge & cocaine they slaughtered street thugs, hookers, addicts, and drug dealers to find the murderer of their uncle Sal. Gritty, controversial, violent, disturbing and graphic, “Mutilation Mile” is a throwback to the great exploitation/crime films of the 70′s, and promises to deliver the goods like never before. Running Time: 1 Hr 22 Mins Ron AtkinsMutilation Mile Daniel McCabe Lawrence Buchér Special Effects Kimberly Bell Music by Kristian Day Associate Producer Daniel McCabe Executive Producers: Rebecca McCabe Bruns, Jennifer Atkins and Ron [...]
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Fell (2010)

Directed by: Marcus Koch

Written by: Katie Walters, Kristian Day, Jeff Dylan Graham

Cast: Jeff Dylan Graham, Katie Walters, Kristian Day

Every so often, a role comes along that is so juicy and dynamic that an actor truly gets to sink his teeth in to the hilt and give it a good shake; these roles allow the actor to show a range of emotion and progress his character throughout the length of the film in ways that most scripts simply fail at enabling.

Enter Fell, the newest feature-length offering from Marcus Koch. Best known for his special effects work in films like Walking Distance and Sweatshop, Koch also directed the cult favorite 100 Tears and Rot, showing a wide range of ability in his warped mind. Fell is very different than anything we've seen from Koch before, and for good reason; during the Q&A at Bloodbath Film Festival in Texas,
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Kristian Day Spreads Bird Seed in New Short Film

We're always on the lookout for up and coming filmmakers who do things a little differently from the norm, and composer Kristian Day seems to have accomplished that with his new short film "Bird Seed", which was written, directed, and scored by him.

Filmed in the autumn of 2009, Day's "Bird Seed" is a glimpse of a one-sided need for being wanted and holding on to what makes someone happy. It was shot in Des Moines, Iowa, and stars Vanessa Giselle (the ex-singer from Iowa hardcore band Victim or Victory) and newcomer Leila Sutcliffe. The gore make-up was by Patrick Boltinghouse of Vanity & Glamour.

As the director explains his motivation for "Bird Seed", "I don't like doing auditions with new actors for features; I'd rather make short films with them to see how we work together. 'Bird Seed' is a prime example of this."

Check it out below. If your tastes run more toward the avant-garde,
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Hear the score for Mutilation Mile

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Film Composer Kristian Day shot Fango the news that his original score for Ron Atkins' Mutilation Mile (which we last reported on here) is now available for streaming on Last.fm

The film was "inspired by true events that took place sometime in 1993, Jimmy & Jack DeGrasso, two brothers, went on a blood soaked killing spree of vengeance, for two days. They killed over 17 victims, being active around the clock. Fueled by revenge & cocaine they slaughtered street thugs, hookers, addicts, and drug dealers to find the murderer of their uncle Sal."

Currently in the midst of a nationwide road tour, those near Los Angeles can see the film on August 21 & 22 at the New Beverly Cinema.

All tickets are $7.00 Friday August 21 & 22 at Midnight at The New Beverly Cinema 7165 Beverly Blvd (One Block west of La Brea, Los Angeles)

Day also points out that eager listeners can also check out his scores
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Body in a Dumpster Teaser!

Because we do so love the indie scene round these parts and always strive to encourage those who we know to kick ass to continue doing so, I thought it only made sense to hip you guys to the teaser for a film called Body in a Dumpster, which just reared its twisted head today.

Not a lot is known about the plot, only what director Kristian Day told me. ”It's about a priest and he is not well.” Hell, I’m always in for negative stories about priests! Practical effects were handled by 100 Tears director and Oddtopsy FX head Marcus Koch, one of the coolest guys in the indie scene with the most kicking of mohawks.

Enough jabber! Dig the Body in a Dumpster trailer below, and be sure to hit up its MySpace page for more info!

Body in a Dumpster Trailer

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