Always (from Aus) + Ima Fucking Gymnast (for reals this time)

A few weeks ago Michael Kucyk of the Australian label 'Nervous Jerk' was in town, and dropped off a few of his latest releases. He managed to smuggle the records through customs right before 'Always', one of the label's finest acts, performs at Family. Always will be playing with Ima Fucking Gymnast who've recently released a 7" through Jim Smith of The Smell's label OlFactory Records. Lots of records to buy!

The show starts at 8pm, Sunday, 28 Oct. Free!

Here's some info from Nervous Jerk's site:

Always is Alex Vivian, a free vocalist residing in Sydney Australia. Entirely accapella, F.I.S.T. is a collection of pulsating and intense vocal noise, pieced together into primitive soundscapes. Influenced by operatic and celtic cries, tribal/ jungle rhythms, disposable white label techno and the infinite nature of free noise, Vivian's sound is created using two delay pedals' loops that feed from one another, creating new rhythms and layers through repetition and vocal interpretations of organic sounds, performed completely live and improvised. The tracks on F.I.S.T. (Freedom In Shit Together) are experimental music in it's purest form. Ideas are created on the spot, which feed off themselves and mutate in different directions, resulting in accidental rhythms and opening the mind to unexplored territory.

And don't forget Ima Fucking Gymnast - bringing good time punk back to the kids. Very lovable.

posted by kramer at 2:29 PM


really cool.

posted by sammy at 9:50 PM

For once in your life, party with meaning.

Tonight. don't miss.

posted by sammy at 11:30 AM

No Age. Never Enough!

A fun interview with house band No Age on Pitchfork that at the very least will make you dig out your copy of Squeeze's Up The Junction, which is never a bad thing.
if No Age are ever playing near you GO. They're one of the best.

above photo by Cali DeWitt.

posted by sammy at 11:12 AM

Biggie Auditions

Open call for the part of Biggie in an upcoming biopic. Send in your video.

There are millions of these:

posted by kramer at 3:27 PM

Make It Real.

Consider this another heads up to our Los Angeles people.
Souther Salazar has a show up right now at GR2 that is totally worth checking out and worth the trip out to Sawtelle. It's different to the other show of his I have seen-only six large paintings. Usually there's piles of stuff, in many shapes and sizes and materials, all hammered, glued, and hanging off the walls-going into the gallery space always feels like going into a really awesome tree house or something.
These new paintings are fantastic. Maybe the best work he's ever done. They're large paintings, with a rich texture of roughly drawn characters and beautifully intricate landscapes over really bold blocks of color. Standing in the gallery I half wished no one was in there so I could get a better look at them. They deserve to be viewed in the flesh at actual size.
Content wise, Souther seems to be refining a lot of the ideas he has been processing for awhile now. Often when Souther's work is discussed words like 'whimsy' and 'dreaminess' are thrown around and how they are fun and decorative and just plain pretty they are to look at. Which I guess is true, but what is rarely discussed is the conflicted nature of the work. The artwork has a certain sadness that permeates the flights of fancy and goofy charm. Because while a lot of the content is an externalization of childhood concerns of impossible imaginary worlds and escapism, they are layered with the ditrus of childhood to such an extent to be almost sculpted. And often an individual piece is so densely layered, it's almost like you've found the piece at the bottom of a dumpster perfectly put together.
The sentiment being that all your fond memories, all your cherished dreams and possessions, all that you hold so dear, are kinda worthless. Because glued down within the paintings are scraps of things that were once sombody's and eventually thrown out, sold at a garage sale, or given to Goodwill. But that negative sentiment is always counterbalanced by the sheer kinetic energy of the work, the love of drawing and making stuff thats apparent on each piece, as if to say, okay, its all worthless garbage, but I am gonna take all this shit and put it together again so it means something now, and not just as memory and scraps of nostalgia, but something new.
It's awesome work thats often profound. You should check it out.

posted by sammy at 9:29 PM

Heads Up L.A. people: The Cinefamily.

So for the last six months or so I have been working with my brother Dan (of the Silent Movie Theatre), and Hadrian Belove (of Cinefile, one of the world's best video stores), creating The Cinefamily. The CineFamily is basically an organization of movie lovers, devoted to finding and presenting interesting and unusual programs of exceptional, distinctive, weird and wonderful films. We are opening on October 25th for a special week long Halloween festival which will then lead to our regular schedule.
Since Dan has been running the theatre, he has played a silent film with a live soundtrack there every week. And that's still a part of the new schedule. But now instead of a Bar Mitvah or a Google party or themed wedding taking over the theatre on the other nights, we now have something like Hausu or Matango playing as part of Asian Film Night every Sunday. And music night every Thursday, a noir film every Sunday afternoon, and running mini fests throughout the month,like Truffaut's Antoine Doinel cycle, or The Festival of 3's: Ninja 3, Death Wish 3, Halloween 3, It's Alive 3. Or the Charles McGraw Noir fest, and on and on. So everything is just better.
The theatre's also been updated with a new screen, better sound system (and speakers in the bathroom, so if you got to go, you can still hear the movie in the stall!), better concessions, couches in the front, more leg room, side tables, and hopefully soon: BEER.
The website is totally barebones right now, but what is on there is a list, by date, of films. Eventually it'll be up so you can browse by festivals and such. But to give some idea of the basic structure of the program, it looks like this:
-Every Wednesday is a silent film.
-Every Thursday is a music film or music event.
-Every Friday is two films from whatever two mini fests are happening that month.
-Every Saturday is two movies as well. The early show is a part of another mini fest every month-November is Michael Haneke's T.V. Movies. The late show every Saturday night at 10pm is Holy Fucking Shit. That's where we put The Peanut Butter Solution or Garbage Pail Kids the Movie or The Festival of 3's.
-Sunday afternoons is noir film.
-Sunday night is asian film night, with two different films.
-Monday and Tuesday are days of rest....except when we have our monthly experimental film night, animation night, special event, or members only screenings.
That sorta looks confusing, but its not, I promise. take a look at the list, preorder some tickets. Once you have the program it'll be super clear. The 16 page, full color, tabloid sized program is being printed this week so if you live in LA be sure to pick one up. It'll be easy to spot by the Ron Rege jr. cover.
Oh yeah. Memberships! Join The Cinefamily for $25 a month, you get free admission to everything. For $40, you get that plus free passes for your dates or friends. Members also get to go to special members only screenings and events. Pretty fucking sick.
Los Angeles has some rad places to see movies already. From art deco movie palaces like the Fox and Graumann's for new movies, to the museum theatres at LACMA and Armand Hammer, to my all time favorite, The New Beverly Cinema. The New Bev was hit by tragedy earlier this year, when owner Sherman Torgan passed away suddenly. For awhile, the future of the theatre looked uncertain (at least to us outsiders), but in recent months, the theatre's program has never looked better, the Grindhouse Fest is going strong, and Phil Blakenship is now doing amazing things on Saturday midnights there too. So The Cinefamily is entering into a heavy crowd, but hopefully it'll have something to offer and contribute to the awesome local theatre going experience. It's going to be nuts.

posted by sammy at 9:16 AM

Incomprehensible Dylan x10


posted by sammy at 2:53 PM

Holiday Road

If you've been by or around the shop within the past few weeks I'm sure you've noticed the bevy of young and young at heart Jewish people walking carefree, lulav's (sp?) in hand, celebrating the many holidays that have had me confined to the desk at work 7 days a week. Even famous cartoon characters can't deny the feel good vibes of holidays like Sukkah and Rosh Hashana, and the fine people at San Rio are getting a head start on the marketing at hand. Since David and Sammy deal highly with many famous cartoonists and animators I'm proud to share with you all a preview of the upcoming Hello Kitty Channauka promotion!!! Coming soon:

posted by NATE at 5:28 PM