CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival 2009 :: NYC

CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival 2009 :: NYC

Pretty much every music and film outlet is buzzing about this festival. I, unfortunately, do not live in New York nor do I have the means of getting there, but this seems really cool and I feel its worth mentioning.

Its not only worth mentioning because it is awesome, but the rocking DJ Scott Durday is spinning at this really spectacular festival. You know Scott from all of The Soundmen remixes. He sent me an email saying that he will be DJing the Canteen’s Showcase this weekend. It is a new venure at the Southstreet Seaport. He invite people that “want to hear great music and rock out with a killer view.” He will be there Friday evening starting at 8 pm, Brett Saxon and HERE will be performing along with multiple sets by Durday before and after. Then on Saturday he says that “the event really gets rolling with Mike Falzone, Moses, Tammy Infusino and Members Only playing” as well as sets from Durday in between and after. These events are sponsered by The Green Room, NYC’s best surf brand, and Branded Baron. He concludes by telling me that tons of drink specials and fun is to be had.

There is an insanely long list of bands going to be there, too many to list. Here is a link to that page. Some bands that caught my eye are Crystal Antlers, Turbo Fruits, The Antlers, The Depreciation Guild, Deer Tick, Japandroids, The Selmanaires and The Very Best, to name a few. Honestly the list is huge, so definitely go look at it if you plan on going and check out the schedule, too.

This is also a film festival so they will be showing some amazing independent films through out the week as well at various locations around the city. You should definitely hit that up if you have a chance.

This just a really cool way for new and old acts in the independent arena to get out there. So go if you can, I feel that you will not be disappointed.

The festival started yesterday (Tuesday 10/20) and goes through Saturday (10/24). Go check it out if you can, it sounds really awesome and I am insanely jealous of anyone that has the ability to make it out! And if you can’t make it then check out Brooklyn Vegan and Paste Magazine for the best updates on everything that is going on at CMJ.

Whip It! :: Movie Review

Whip It! :: Movie Review

Over the past weekend I was lucky enough to see the sneak peek of Whip It! due to come out this Friday. Go see it. Seriously.

Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut with this one and its a knock out. Starring Ellen Page as Bliss, Whip It! involves a misfit from a small town trying to find her place in the world among roller derby babes and pageant queens. Based on the book by Shauna Cross by the same title, this movie will have you cheering for the underdog the entire way.

Bliss is a pageant queen that gets involved with the right kind of derby girls to show her that being who you are is all you need. She finds herself on a journey of bruises, heartache and becoming a hero.

Whip It! also starring Barrymore as Smashly Simpson, Andrew Wilson as Razor and an array of comedic vets including Jimmy Fallon, Daniel Stern and Kristen Wiig. Others include Juliette Lewis, Marcia Gay Harden and Eve.

“Be your own hero” and see this movie on October 2nd.

The soundtrack is amazing, too. Get it on September 29th. Here’s a track listing if you don’t believe me.

Pot Kettle Black – Tilly and the Wall
Sheen is a Punk Rocker – The Ramones
What’s the Attitude – Cut Chemist, Hymnal
Bang On – The Breeders
Dead Sound – The Ravonettes
Blue Turning Gray – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Your Arms Around Me – Jens Lekman
Leanralilgivinanlovin – Gotye
Boys Wanna Be Her – Peaches
Jolene – Dolly Parton
Caught Up in You – .38 Special
Never My Love – Har Mar Superstar Feat. Adam Green
Black Gloves – Goose
Crown of Age – The Ettes
High Times – Landon Pigg, Turbo Fruits
Unattainable – Little Joy
Lollipop [Squeak E. Clean and Desert Eagles Remix] – The Chordettes
Doing it Right – The Go! Team
Breeze – Apollo Sunshine

If you get the soundtrack on iTunes it comes with two additional songs: Know How – Young MC and The Road to Austin – The Section Quartet.

John Hughes :: 1950 – 2009

John Hughes :: 1950 – 2009

John Hughes got what few filmmakers did not, which was being a kid, being angry and being completely awkward. He will definitely be missed.

So, in honor of John Hughes, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite songs from my favorite Hughes’ movies.

::Pretty Sixteen Bueller Science Club Mix::
Left of Center > Suzanne Vega

Shell Shock > New Order

Don’t You (Forget About Me) > Simple Minds

We Are Not Alone > Karla DeVito

Brilliant Mind > Furniture

The Shyest Time > The Apartments

Miss Amanda Jones > March Violets

Taking the Day Off > General Public

Oh Yeah > Yello

Little Bitch > The Specials

Wild Sex (In the Working Class) > Oingo Boingo

Method to my Madness > Lords of the New Church

Try a Little Tenderness > Otis Redding

Pretty In Pink > The Psychedelic Furs

If You Were Here > Thompson Twins

Listen to this play list on Imeem here.

John Hughes will be missed, but not forgotten.