All around ruler and artist Hisham Bharoocha's first solo published (to the best of my knowledge) book came in to the shop this week courtesy of Soundscreen and i should say i think it was worth the wait. also worth the wait is Hisham's website which is finally up and running with examples of his photography, collage, and music skills on display for you to drift off into.
posted by NATE at 3:43 PM
we just got a bunch of new (and some old) records and cds in from labels like sublime frequencies, smallville, and dial, plus the new eric copeland 12", the rune grammofon label book by kim hiortøy, and the GAS (wolfgang voigt) book/cd set. click the covers above for sounds, more to come...
posted by NATE at 1:01 PM
One of the best film books of recent memory is Stephen Thrower's Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents. It focuses on an alternate timeline of of independent exploitation cinema with a bent toward the artistic, the weird, the idiosyncratic. A goldmine of under appreciated, little seen movies. So when we heard that as part of the Cinefamily's month long Halloween Horror festival, Stephen Thrower was guest programming an evening of films, we were very excited to help get the word out.
The evening starts with an incredibly rare 35mm screening of Victims (this is its U.S. premiere after 30 years!), a criminally-neglected gem of psychological horror bolstered by superb naturalistic performances -- a film which never even had an American theatrical release! Paulie (played by writer/director Daniel DiSomma, aka Tony Vorno) is falling to pieces. His every encounter with the opposite sex ends in violence, while stirring up memories of his prostitute mother and her brutal pimp.
Followed by Don't Go In The House, a gritty, disturbing and blackly comic portrait of a pyromaniac struggling to cope with his abusive mother's death. Don't Go In The House is best described as Psycho Redux -- with flamethrowers! Not for the fainthearted!
This Sunday, October 18th, 8PM.
Victims Dir. Daniel DiSomma, 1977, 35mm.
Don't Go in the House Dir. Joseph Ellison, 1980, 35mm.
Get Tix Here!
posted by sammy at 10:09 AM
This why you go to the movies.
The Strange World of Coffin Joe Festival starts tonight at the Cinefamily!
For list of films, times, and ephemeral info, look here.
There's echos of Universal Horror, Russ Meyer, Teen Romance comics, Mario Bava, and Lon Chaney in the air of these movies, but these heartfelt, almost home made gems, all written, produced, directed and starring Jose Mojica Marins, have a distinct bizarre energy and thematic point of view you will not see anywhere else. And what a way to see them, in 35mm prints flown in from Brazil, maybe the only prints of these films in existence.
Ay caramba indeed, my friends, aye caramba.
posted by sammy at 10:23 PM
Sunday, October 11, 7pm!
The Urxed is the solo music and performance art project of High Places member Rob Barber. The name 'The Urxed' has been used for various projects since Rob was a youth. The name originated as a Graffiti name, and was a reference to the song "You're X'ed" by the early 80's Washington DC hardcore punk band The Faith.
Nudge is a slightly loose collective orbiting Los Angeles based musician Brian Foote, birthed premillenially in Portland with the intent to push forward with emergent technologies and antiquated kit alike. His prime collaborators are Paul Dickow who works solo as Strategy, and Honey Owens who records under the Valet moniker. Foote also plays in Atlas Sound and helps run the Kranky label.
Before delving into the sparkling, murky sound collages of his current project, City Center, Fred Thomas spent about 10 years masterminding resourcefully lo-fi pop and soul tunes under the banner of Saturday Looks Good To Me. Thomas began City Center after moving from Michigan to a more cramped situation in New York City and, in what he calls a classic New York moving story, retreated into a world of headphones, loops, and lonely electronic experimentation. Thomas' friend Ryan Howard joined up to help him flesh out the songs, resulting in City Center's recent self-titled album. City Center's sound—putting the melodies and songs under a canopy of reverb-heavy loops and samples instead of the other way around—has prompted some to accuse Thomas of "jumping on the bandwagon of weird music," as he puts it.
posted by kramer at 6:24 PM