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Circle Jerks:: My Career As A Jerk

Good to see the upcoming September 25th release of Circle Jerks:: My Career As A Jerk, a documentary on the LA punk band formed by ex members of Black Flag and Red Cross (now Redd Kross) in late 1979.

Filmmaker David Markey (1991: The Year Punk Broke, The Slog Movie) includes in-depth interviews, rare live footage and historical perspective. “I was at many of these shows, and let me tell you, there wasn’t a tighter band in Los Angeles at the time,” said Markey. “Making this film reminded me just how truly great they were.”

My Career as a Jerk follows the band from their early days to their disintegration and features interviews with members Keith Morris, Greg Hetson, Lucky Leher. Earl Liberty, Zander Schloss as well as J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr), Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Bad Religion), and more.


Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living In The Material World will see a proper release on May 1st. Universal Music Enterprises will be releasing the film on DVD, Blu-ray, and a Deluxe Edition that will include the DVD, Blu-ray, special packaging and a 96-page book of photography to accompany the film.

There is also a 10-track album called Early Takes Volume 1 on CD and LP featuring previously unreleased music from George Harrison coming out on May 1st. The album is a companion piece to the documentary and features previously unreleased recordings from Harrison.

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X:: The Unheard Music: Silver Anniversary Special Edition

On December 13th L.A. punk-rock legends X will see the Silver Anniversary Special Edition release on DVD and Blu-ray of their classic film – The Unheard Music. Originally released a quarter century ago, The Unheard Music took five years to make and features seventeen X songs from their first four albums: Los Angeles, Wild Gift, Under the Big Black Sun, and More Fun in the New World.

Available for the first time in HD, this Silver Anniversary Edition includes a new film transfer and 5.1 mix, plus never-before-seen Xtras: a 25th anniversary dialogue with John Doe & Exene Cervenka; an inside look into the making of the film with Angel City Productions (circa 1983); a raw outtake of a live performance of the song “Some Other Time”; the original theatrical trailer; and a replica of the original souvenir song book.

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Neil Young:: “Here We Are In The Years”

Here We Are In The Years traces Neil Young musical journey from when he first heard Elvis to his eras of country rock, electronic, folk, r’n’b, grunge, etc… The film will be available June 21st on DVD.


Brian Wilson:: “Songwriter 1962 – 1969”

Brian Wilson “Songwriter 1962 – 1969” is a documentary exploring the songs Wilson wrote for and recorded with The Beach Boys during the 1960s, re-evaluated over three hours on two discs. There are exclusive contributions from fellow Beach Boys, Bruce Johnston and David Marks; Wrecking Crew musicians Carol Kaye and Hal Blaine; friend and Beach Boys manager Fred Vail; producers Russ Titelman and Bill Halverson; Wilson family friends Billy Hinsche and Danny Hutton, biographers Peter Ames Carlin and Domenic Priore and many others. Also featured are historical musical performances and rare and classic recordings, obscure footage, rare archive interviews and seldom seen photographs. Live and studio recordings of many Brian Wilson classics are also found throughout the film. Recently rumors of a possible Beach Boys 50th anniversary tour featuring all of the surviving members have been circulating. In other news, a new album entitled “Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin” was released on August 17th.


The Jesus Guy

I thought the trailer was intriguing so here we are in the words of the press release:

He looks like Jesus Christ and preaches like St. Francis of Assisi. Some say he’s “a kook” and others maintain he’s “a blessing from God.” Barefoot and clad in a white robe he’s walked through 47 states [and 13 countries] on a 19-year mission that’s captured media attention from 20/20, Time and the Wall Street Journal. The Jesus Guy covers the mystical journey of America’s “Barefoot Evangelist.” In a nation that worships money, he’s penniless. In a culture that idolizes celebrities, he’s forsaken his identity. On a spiritual quest even he doesn’t fully understand, director Sean Tracey allows us to walk in “The Jesus Guy’s” steps as he encounters both sceptics and believers, changing them…for better, for worse, forever.



The Extraordinary Ordinary Life Of José González

The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of José González is a 74-minute film directed by Mikel Cee Karisson and Fredrik Egerstrand and produced by Erik Hemmendorff for Plattform Produktion.

Wah Do Dem starring Sean Bones & Norah Jones

Brooklyn musician Max (Sean Bones) is set to take his girlfriend (played by Norah Jones) on a Carribean cruise until to his surprise, she dumps him just days before. When his friends flake, the determined Max decides to set sail solo, where, after docking in Jamaica, having all his personal possessions stolen and missing the boat, he embarks on a reggae-infused odyssey features music and appearances by MGMT, Santigold, Sean Bones, The Congos, Yeasayer, and more.

Wah Do Dem will be available on DVD and as a digital download from the Factory 25 website beginning October 26th (pre-order).
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Paul McCartney Really Is Dead, The Last Testament of George Harrison

In the summer of 2005, a package arrived at the Hollywood offices of Highway 61 Entertainment from London with no return address. Inside were two mini-cassette audio tapes dated December 30, 1999 and labeled The Last Testament of George Harrison. A voice identical to Harrison tells a shocking story: Paul McCartney was killed in a car crash in November of 1966 and replaced with a double! British intelligence, MI5, had forced the Beatles to cover up McCartney’s death to prevent mass suicides of Beatle fans. However, the remaining Beatles tried to signal fans with clues on album covers and in songs.

Until now, the “Paul is Dead” mystery that exploded worldwide in 1969 was considered a hoax. However, in this film, George Harrison reveals a secret Beatles history, chronicling McCartney’s fatal accident, the cover up, dozens of unknown clues, and a dangerous cat and mouse game with “Maxwell,” the Beatles’ MI5 handler, as John Lennon became increasingly reckless with the secret. Harrison also insists that Lennon was assassinated in 1980 after he threatened to finally expose “Paul McCartney” as an imposter.

Highway 61 Entertainment has corroborated most of George Harrison’s account of the conspiracy to hide McCartney’s tragic death. Harrison’s complete audio tapes narrate this film that includes all the newly unearthed evidence.
(above description by director Joel Gilbert of Highway 61 Entertainment)

MVD Visual will release Paul McCartney Really Is Dead, The Last Testament of George Harrison – for North American distribution on September 1, 2010. Wienerworld will release the DVD in Great Britain and Europe with subtitles in Spanish, French, and German on October 4, 2010.


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All Tomorrow’s Parties film

atp-faces-montage-highres_7Recently took in the well-conceived All Tomorrow’s Parties documentary – a film incorporating Super8, camcorder and mobile phone footage contributed by filmmakers, fans and musicians from the cult festival’s history with major contributions from Jonathan Caouette and Vincent Moon. Featured in the film are performances from Battles, Sonic Youth, Belle And Sebastian, Patti Smith, Animal Collective, Grinderman, Iggy and the Stooges, Portishead, Mogwai, Slint, Grizzly Bear, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Gossip, Daniel Johnston and The Boredoms. The ATP festival is unique for its band and fan curated lineups, lack of corporate sponsorships, and country club / summer camp living conditions. Capturing the spirit of these festivals, All Tomorrow’s Parties travels from sporadic outdoor jams, staged performances, drunken late night antics, camp beach walks, and other colored images of what once upon a time could have only been imagined in some parallel universe.

The Boredoms take the prize for best performance in the film as their impromptu spiritual, encapsulating sound, and vision are well imagined on film. The Grinderman footage shows the legendary Nick Cave in fine form, though it is even better to see David Cross being told to “fuck off” as he attempts a disparaging Jesus routine. Also of note, Daniel Johnston can be seen in environments including the lawn, the chalet, and official stage.

It may appear a trifle detail, but what is also of particular interest is the film’s lack of guys wearing backwards baseball caps; perhaps a notice that the real charm of the ATP is that the agent provocateurs who often ruin shows are not in attendance. The ATP philosophy is summed up by Thurston Moore and his talk of returning the music back to the people while defying the corporatization of youth culture. The hope is there and realized within the confines of the ATP as there is no doubt from this striking film; however, outside in the real world the commodification of “indie” seems to be a fait accompli.  The All Tomorrow’s Parties documentary is slated for release on November 24, 2009.


R.E.M. This Is Not A Show: Live at the Olympia in Dublin

remphotoR.E.M., Warner Bros. Records, and Cinema Purgatorio present “This Is Not A Theatrical Release,” limited sneak preview screenings of the upcoming R.E.M. documentary This Is Not A Show: Live at the Olympia in Dublin.

Oct 14 – IFF Boston at the Brattle – Cambridge, MA @ 9:30pm
Oct 16 – The Plaza – Atlanta, GA @ 7:30pm
Oct 18 – The ShowRoom – Asbury Park, NJ @ 9:00pm
Oct 22 – The Egyptian – Boise, ID
Oct 22 – The Drexel – Columbus, OH @ 8:00pm
Oct 23 – Criterion Cinemas – New Haven, CT
Oct 23 – Madcap Theatres – Tempe, AZ
Oct 23 – The Nickelodeon – Columbia, SC
Oct 23-24 – Savoy 16 – Urbana-Champaign, IL
Oct 24 – The Ryder presents at IU Fine Arts Theatre – Bloomington, IN
Oct 24 – The Capri Theatre – Montgomery, AL @ 9:00pm
Oct 27 – Cinema Purgatorio at the Kraine Theatre – New York, NY
Oct 27 – Downtown Independent – Los Angeles, CA
Oct 27 – UVM Davis Center – Burlington, VT @ 8:00pm
Oct 30– The Bear Tooth – Anchorage, AK
Nov 1 – 941 Theater – Philadelphia, PA @ 8:00pm
Nov 5 – Dallas Video Festival – Dallas, TX
Oct 26 – Hotel Indigo – Athens, GA (R.E.M. has arranged an event)
Oct 23-25 – Northwest Film Forum – Seattle, WA

This Is Not A Show Trailer by Bill Berg-Hillinger

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The Drifter:: Rob Machado searches the soul in Indonesia

RobWritingInJournalHurley and Warner Bros. Records will release The Drifter, surfer Rob Machado’s much-anticipated autobiographical movie, this fall. The film will have limited theatrical screenings across the country and will also be released on DVD. Directed by Poor Specimen’s Taylor Steele this is a personal journey as much as it is a showcase of some of the world’s most perfect waves. The Drifter starts in Bali, where Machado is looking for life’s deeper meaning. That surf trip ends up taking him on a soul-searching journey where he eventually finds himself in Indonesia ’s outermost reaches with nothing but a surfboard, his journal and a tent. Much of the dialogue in The Drifter is taken from Rob’s own personal journals.

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Rob Machado
Stardeath & White Dwarfs
The Black Keys
By The Fireside
The Raconteurs
Iron & Wine
Tegan & Sara
Jon and Roy
The Len Brown Society
Dr. Dog
Brett Dennen
Bon Iver
Jose Gonzalez
The Shins

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The Morning Benders
Matt Costa
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