Meek Mill is the higher profile artist and has a stronger infrastructure because he is in MMG.
What Cassidy has going for him is that he is respected in Philly as a battle emcee so he has a chance to irritate Meek in his home town.
Dave Grohl’s directorial debut, Sound City, will premiere at Sundance this year, with a wider release in February. Here’s the 10-cent description:
The film tells the story of Sound City, the legendary Van Nuys recording story, and was inspired when Grohl purchased the Neve 8028 recording console built in 1972 from the studio (and his personal connection to Sound City began in 1991 when Nirvana recorded Nevermind there). The recording console is considered to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment and has captured such artists as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns and Roses, Fear, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, and many other legends.
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On Thursday in Columbus, the Wexner Center will screen the new documentary Better Than Something: Jay Reatard, a film about prolific Memphis punk-rocker Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr. aka Jay Reatard, who died in 2010 at the age of 29. What began as a series of 2009 interviews with Lindsey for a promotional documentary called Waiting for Something became a larger project after his death, as the filmmakers sought out Lindsey’s friends, family members and former bandmates to fill out the picture of a controversial figure, known for his on-stage vitriol as much as his hooks. (I remember him hurling at least two insults at crowd members during his show at the Summit just a couple months before he died.)
The A.V. Club describes the doc this way: “Better Than Something doesn’t really try to resolve the mystery of how someone could be simultaneously so productive and destructive. But given how briefly Jay Reatard was in the public eye, it’s a thrill to see so much performance footage in Better Than Something, as well as to hear multiple perspectives on some of the most legendary Reatard antics.”
The Wexner Center is also bringing in Eric Davidson, singer for the legendary Columbus band New Bomb Turks, to introduce the screening. Davidson wrote about Jay Reatard in his book We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut, 1988–2001. Davidson will also DJ and sign books from 5:30-7 in the Wex store.
Ace of Cups hosts the post-screening party with Angry Cougars, Slave Labia and Nervosas.
Rwake singer CT spent four years documenting the sights and sounds of Southern metal for his documentary, Slow Southern Steel. The film, featuring interviews and live performances by the likes of Kylesa, Eyehategod, Torche, Dixie Witch, Weedeater, Hank III, and Philip Anselmo, will have it’s one-and-only Ohio showing on Saturday night at Ruby Tuesday (1978 Summit St.). Based on the trailer, expect to hear lots of music that sounds like “Slayer dipped in syrup” performed by dudes with long hair, tattoos, and beards.
After the film’s conclusion, Hail!Hornet, a band featuring members of Weedeater, Buzzoven, Sourvein and Alabama Thunderpussy and special guests Zoroaster will bring the style of music featuring in the film to life.
Tickets are $10 in advance (available at the bar or on-line), $15 day of show. Doors open at 8, movie starts at 9, bands start at 11. Seating will be limited so show up early if you want a seat.
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The next installment of Reelin’ and Rockin’, brought to you by Colin Gawel and Brian Phillips, features the awesome Ramones documentary End of the Century. I remember seeing it at the Wex a couple years ago. Definitely in my top 10 rock docs.
Doors/bar 6pm, movie at 7pm. Tickets $5; all proceeds benefit CD101 for the Kids.
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In what was thought to be an “indefinite hiatus,” Icelandic icons Sigur Ros and French-Canadian director Vincent Morisset (of Arcade Fire’s Mirror Noir fame), recently released a new film, Inni. Juxtaposed with 2007’s Heima, Variety has described Inni as a “haunting, emotion-drenched . . . soul-stirring fusion of joy and heartache . . . usher[s] the listener into a state of near-celestial rapture.” In addition to the film, the band has self-released a double live album (from their Krunk label) in multiple formats that you can find here.
Inni has now been shown or booked for over 100 screenings in 22 countries worldwide, including film festivals in Venice, New York, Reykjavik, Athens, Vancouver, Istanbul and Taipei. Columbus will now also be a part of this celebration of music and cinema, with tickets now on sale for a screening at the Wex on November 30th at 7pm.
If you’ve not been in the loop about recent news from the band, check out the recent Wall Street Journal article where they discuss new music and the news page on their website, which is continuously kept current.
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The Wexner Center screens a slew of impressive films every year that often fly under the radar. So here’s one for your radar: Tonight (7pm) and Friday (7:30pm) the Wex is screening the cult classic David Bowie film The Man Who Feel to Earth. From the website:
A cult film if ever there was one, The Man Who Fell to Earth stars David Bowie as an alien who arrives on Earth seeking water for his drought-stricken planet. His advanced mind eventually proves no match for the lure of such terrestrial pleasures as booze and television. Nicolas Roeg’s Earth-bound space opera favors emotion, performance, and design over the special effects that would come to dominate the sci-fi genre soon after the film’s release. Rip Torn, Candy Clark, and Buck Henry also star.
Head here for more info on upcoming films at the Wex. The Interrupters looks especially compelling: Continue reading →
CD101(@102.5)’s Brian Phillips and Watershed’s Colin Gawel have teamed up for “Reelin’ & Rockin'” at the Gateway Film Center. Basically, the third Wednesday of every month Gawel and Phillips will screen a classic rock ‘n roll documentary on the big screen. (The bar opens at 6 and the movie starts at 7.) It’s Gawel’s hope that the series turns into a “nerdy music gathering once a month with beer but no live music.”
Last month was Gimme Shelter, and Wednesday’s film is I am Trying to Break Your Heart, which documented the making of Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and all the problems the band had with its label, who, in the end (spoiler alert), ended up paying for the album twice.
Gawel also penned an essay at his site called “When Wilco stopped being a band and became a brand,” which is more of a tribute to and defense of Jay Bennett (the now deceased ex-Wilco member who’s a major part of the doc). It’s well-written and worth your time.
Check the Facebook page for more Reelin’ & Rockin’ info and to RSVP. Tickets are 5$ and all proceeds go to CD101 for the Kids.
Donewaiting had some early coverage of this locally born, Ohio-centric festival a few months back, but as details have emerged and the hour drawn near it’s time for an excited reminder. The festival kicks off tonight (8PM) at Bourbon St Cafe with a series of short documentaries and live footage from several historical Columbus and Dayton bands. Following the screenings, the first of three nights of live music shows begins next door at The Summit. The bills for all three nights of music are excellent, showcasing some of Ohio’s premier homegrown talent. Of note is the live debut of RJD2’s Icebird project, a resurgent Kelley Deal in R Ring, and a return to the motherland by Heartless Bastards. I doubt any folks around here need to be introduced to New Bomb Turks, Nick Tolford, Blueprint, EYE, or Envelope, but yeah, they are all (along with others) performing as part of this over the next three nights.
While the collection of musical performances is going to be great, the film offerings are proving to be the real rare treat. There is more happening than I have time to highlight, so I really encourage a review of the festival website for a thorough rundown of what’s showing. Highlights for me will definitely begin on Friday with The Garage Tapes, three never-before-screened short films featuring a musing and performing Tom Waits, as shot by Jim Jarmusch. In the vein of music-related films, the documentary Outside In delves into the often difficult life of Akron artist Alfred McMoore, who was befriended by Dan Auerbach and was the source for Auerbach’s band name- The Black Keys. 45365, a winner of the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW, is a portrait of Sidney, Ohio and describes both the simplicity and depth of life and relationships small-town America. Columbus ex-pat and festival co-founder Eric Mahoney is screening is own contribution- North Dixie Drive, about the eccentricities of one particular Dayton neighborhood and the characters found within it. Also on my must-see list is Oscar-nominated The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant and 4192: The Crowning of the Hit King about the career of Pete Rose. Tickets are still available for all these events, check the festival website or Facebook page for showtimes. Movies will be screened at the Arena Grand Theater (they have beer) downtown. Get on it!
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The Ohio Film + Music Festival is a brand-new “curated, 4-day film and music event, exhibiting Ohio native directors, bands and musicians,” and the first round of confirmations alone is reason enough to get excited. So far the inaugural lineup looks like this:
Bands: Heartless Bastards
New Bomb Turks
Main St. Gospel
R. Ring (feat. Kelley Deal)
The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant (Steven Bognar + Julia Reichert)
True Nature (Patrick Steele)
Stranger than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch)
4,192: The Crowning of the Hit King (Terry Lukemire)
45365 (Ross Bros)
Deadbeat At Dawn (Jim Van Bebber)
North Dixie Drive (Eric Mahoney)
Double-Stop (Roger + Gerald Sindell)
Outside In (Todd Volkmer)
Eric Mahoney and Mr. Scott Johnson promise additional lineup announcements, ticket info and more details soon. Keep up with OFMF on Facebook and Twitter.