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I’ve been answering my phone, “Rock n Roll Doctor, can I make a music recommendation for you?” all day, asking people what they’ve been listening to lately and attempting to steer them to something they may like but haven’t heard before. Why?
(Painting by Phil Ashcroft found via But Does it Float? ) So what is it about the music of Hieroglyphic Being & Holly Herndon that impels us to break away from the safety of our darken cave and into the transportation system of the Great Londinian sprawl, under a blizzard, into Shoreditch and back, past waves of humans with whom our ability to communicate face to face appears impaired, and with them, perhaps too long if the transportation system cracks under the weight of the snow as usual, and we end our night trapped in Victoria station or one of the carriages of Southern Railway, frozen, pondering on the pros and cons of doing with one of the happy revellers on the way back home what Han Solo did with that tauntaun 1 , what is it about this music that would drive the 20JFG to risk their social standing, dignity and sanity, what is it?
Nice to see someone talking about this situation in an even-handed manner. Hope the full story (or at least Ramsay’s side) comes to light. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE TALK ABOUT FEMALE DIRECTORS Anyone passingly interested in this sort of industry gossip will have no doubt heard by now that, on Monday morning in Santa Fe, director Lynne Ramsay (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”) declined to appear for the first day of production on her new film “Jane Got A Gun”, allegedly abandoning the 25 million dollar project and its 150 eager crew members in the process. This decidedly minor news item, though conspicuously light on both detail and corroboration, has already proven compelling to those most predisposed to casual indignation, circulating widely after Deadline broke the exclusive and commented upon extensively and ceaselessly by the web’s vocal peanut gallery since.
The life and times of the legendary band. The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced its acquisition of North American rights to a documentary about 70s rock band Big Star, fronted by rock legend Alex Chilton, BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME, the definitive documentary about the beloved and influential 70s rock band Big Star. Directed by Drew DeNicola and Oliva Mori, the film was produced by Mori and Danielle McCarthy, executive-produced by John Fry, founder of Ardent Studios, with Gill Holland and David Armillei, and co-produced by Brian Sprouse. Founded in Memphis by Chris Bell, and fronted by rock legend Alex Chilton, the original Big Star lineup also featured Jody Stephens and Andy Hummel. Together less than four years, the band flirted with mainstream success but never achieved it.