More DVDs

We just got in these DVDs too:

Nikkatsu Noir - Japanese crime films from the 50s by the Nikkatsu srudios
Jeanne Dielman - Cantal Ackerman details the daily routine of a middle aged widow (French)

We also have Billy The Kid, a documentary following a 15-year-old around small town Maine: "I'm not black, I'm not white, not foreign, just different in the mind. Different brains, that's all." Includes instrumental soundtrack by Guy Blakeslee of Entrance, bonus short film by director Jennifer Venditti, and 8-page booklet with an essay by Miranda July. I cannot recommend this film enough.

posted by kramer at 4:03 PM

Art Auction for Healthcare

Anders Nilsen has put together an online auction. Proceeds will go to national advocacy groups like Howard Dean's Democracy for America and Health Care for America. Amongst original art from Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, Phil Elverum, Lynda Barry, and many more, I have up a page of original art and an unread copy of Kramers Ergot 4.
go here for the full list, and buy knowing its for an important cause.

posted by sammy at 11:15 AM

No Age Live Score w/ The Bear

(no photo because blogger is goddamn heartless horse)

This Sunday, August 30th at 8pm and 10 pm
at The Cinefamily
L.A.-based, world-renowned experimental noise pop duo No Age are playing live at the Cinefamily to perform their brand-new score for Jean-Jacques Annaud's awesome 1988 film The Bear, a near-wordless expedition deep into the savagery and tenderness of the animal kingdom. Told from the titular species' point of view, The Bear chronicles the journey of an orphan bear cub and a lone adult bear banding together to avoid two human hunters. Along the way, director Annaud has great fun with the storytelling possibilities from a non-human perspective, including dream sequences and an unforgettable psychdelic mushroom bear trip! With nearly no (human) dialogue, the film easily lends itself to live scoring, and No Age drummer Dean Spunt and guitarist Randy Randall have crafted a shimmering 90-minute set of sonic blasts and delicate textures that perfectly complement the peculiar, touching and altogether unique experience that is The Bear.

posted by sammy at 1:37 PM

Lance Bangs Rules

For over a year Lance Bangs followed us about whenever he was in town, putting together a documentary portrait of the store and associated folk. We were really honored to have Lance do this. He's an amazing filmmaker, who's done superb music videos for Sonic Youth, The Shins, Belle and Sebastian, Pavement, Kanye West etc. He's also a great story teller and has a great collection of visors. He's now shooting a documentary in Zambia.

Here's his Belle and Sebastian video:

Lance's show on VBS is here:BANGS

Lance also does all those amazing behind the scenes documentaries on Spike Jonze's films (watch this all the way to the end):

Family portrait is here:

And here:

Here is bonus footage on the store:

posted by kramer at 7:00 PM

Auto De Fe Live Instore at Family!

Sunday, August 23, 7:30

Auto Da Fe play songs from the upcoming LP 'Emit Time' and sprinkle in some reworked Chinese classical pieces for good measure. Pan-global instrumentation includes yang qin, guzheng, tambur, bouzouki, tablas, wood marimba, balalaika, handmade electric zithers, Gothic harp, Chinese banjo, Tibetan temple cymbals and bells as well as traditional guitar, bass, trumpet, and drums.

Listen to them here

Auto Da Fe was formed out of Amps For Christ practices by Tara Tavi, Martin Kvisvic, and Joel Connell. The CD "The Spectre" was released in May, 2006 on Secret Eye Recordings. A comp track was on "False Object Sensors", put out by Vermiform Records in 2001. Leandra Gil is on percussion. Erin Barnes occasionally plays hurdy gurdy, cello and frame drums.

From allmusic:
Using a brilliantly mismatched arsenal of traditional instruments, the two of them shatter cultural and political frontiers. Through the course of the 18 tracks on The Spectre, the listener is treated to guzheng (a Chinese zither), Tibetan cymbals, tambur, balalaika (a Russian lute), bouzouki, and various bowed instruments, in addition to gothic harp, tablas (performed by guest musicians), and more conventional (i.e., Western) instruments.

The songs mimic folk styles to add to the cultural confusion. For instance, "Past Times" sounds very much like an old English song, except that Tavi's voice is backed by guzheng. Following a similar logic, "Ne'er Do Will" could be a skip-rope rhyme, "Huar Weishenme" could be a Jewish lament, and "The Spectre" might be a frantic Eastern European instrumental tune.

But the instrumentation always sends such issues out the window. What is left is this duo's unbridled creativity, their knowledgeable disregard toward tradition, and Tara Tavi's voice, at times charming, haunting, or scary.

Several guests contribute to the sound palette, including members of Man Is the Bastard. The overall attitude is definitely that of the underground folk scene, but ignores its improvisational/jam aspect; The Spectre is thoroughly composed and focuses on catchy -- if unpredictably arranged -- tunes. A find to treasure and one of the truly surprising albums of 2006.

posted by kramer at 2:01 AM


It was a great surprise to walk in to open the shop this morning and see that Husbands by John Cassavetes has finally been released on DVD and that we have them here. And yes it has the 11 minutes of footage they cut from the theatrical release, get stoked.

posted by NATE at 12:15 PM