Category Archives: Film

Listen to Cat Power Sing ‘Wish I Was Here’ Title Song Right Now

Cat Power sings the title track for Zach Braff’s new film, “Wish I Was Here.”

NPR has the story of how the song came together:

Here’s how it was made: Zach Braff, the creator of the film Wish I Was Here, gave an early version of the film to Coldplay’s Chris Martin. Braff told us via email that Martin got the band together to work on the song. “Chris had the idea that it would be sung by a woman. I thought that was a genius idea, because one of the things the film is about is a strong woman (Kate Hudson’s character) becoming the matriarch of her family. When Chris and I were talking, we both kind of simultaneously said, ‘Cat Power.’ I reached out to Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) and she and I met and really clicked. I set her up to watch the film in her apartment. The whole time she was watching she kept texting me all the different parts she was loving. She said yes the instant it was over.”

Read more and listen to “Wish I Was Here” at NPR right now.

[In August of this year I’ll be publishing my rock ‘n’ roll/ coming-of-age novel, “True Love Scars,” which features a narrator who is obsessed with Bob Dylan. To read the first chapter, head here.

And if you’re interested the book is now available at Amazon.

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Listen to New Bon Iver Song, ‘Heavenly Father,’ Now

New Bon Iver song from the Zach Braff film “Wish I Was Here.”

You can hear the song now over at NPR.

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Video: 1967 Velvet Underground Footage Shot By Andy Warhol Surfaces

This film was shot by Andy Warhol in 1967 at the Boston Tea Party, a concert venue in Boston.

It’s quite experimental as a film. The sound quality is mostly terrible. I’ve also included audio of another concert by the VU at the Boston Tea Party with good sound.

But as a document the Warhol footage is fascinating.

Here’s what was posted along with the video on YouTube:

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND IN BOSTON (1967, sound, color, 33 mins. Dir: Andy Warhol):
This newly unearthed film, which Warhol shot during a concert at the Boston Tea Party, features a variety of filmmaking techniques. Sudden in-and-out zooms, sweeping panning shots, in-camera edits that create single frame images and bursts of light like paparazzi flash bulbs going off mirror the kinesthetic experience of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, with its strobe lights, whip dancers, colorful slide shows, multi-screen projections, liberal use of amphetamines, and overpowering sound. It is a significant find indeed for fans of the Velvets, being one of only two known films with synchronous sound of the band performing live, and this the only one in color. It’s fitting that it was shot at the Boston Tea Party, as the Beantown club became one of the band’s favorite, most-played venues, and was where a 16-year-old Jonathan Richman faithfully attended every show and befriended the group. Richman, who would later have his debut recordings produced by John Cale, and later yet record a song about the group, is just possibly seen in the background of this film.

Here’s geat audio of a live show at the same venue but in 1969:

Thanks Doom and Gloom From the Tomb!

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Video: Bob Dylan & John Lennon Have a Very Stoned Conversation About Mama Cass, Barry McGuire & Johnny Cash – 1966

Bob Dylan and John Lennon, very stoned, talking in the back of a cab in 1966. What’s amazing about this is that here we’ve got two of the greatest rock music minds of the 20th century and what should be a momentous occasion is, well, not much different than any two guys, stoned, talking about nothing.

This is from Dylan’s film, “Eat the Document.”

This version is tinted blue.

This version is just audio but it goes on for almost three more minutes.

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Audio: Patti Smith Shares New Collaboration with Kronos Quartet, ‘ ‘Mercy Is’

A new Patti Smith song, “Mercy Is,” was debuted yesterday on Mary-Anne Hobbs’ BBC 6 radio show, the NME reports.

The track is featured at the 2:55:00 mark. You can easily advance to hear it if you don’t want to listen to the entire three-hour show.

Smith wrote the song specifically for the film “Noah,” directed by Darren Aronofsky, starring Russell Crowe in the title role and shot in Iceland. She recorded it with the Kronos Quartet.

The soundtrack is scored by Clint Mansell.

“My orchestrator Matt Dunkley and I arranged the music which we roughly laid out alongside Patti’s demo,” Mansell told Hobbs, “and then we had Kronos and Patti play together in the studio, so it was all done in quite an old school way. This process allowed Patti and Kronos to really express themselves and really find their performance.”

You can listen to it here.

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Watch: Killer Trailer for James Brown Biopic, ‘Get On Up’

Trailer for upcoming James Brown biopic, “Get On Up.” Directed by Tate Taylor (“The Help”), produced by Mick Jagger, starring Chadwick Boseman.

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Watch: Check Out the Trailer for Jim Jarmusch’s Hipster Vampire Film, ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’

Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive” will be released in the U.S. on April 11, 2014.

All The Songs In “Only Lovers Left Alive”

“Funnel Of Love” – Wanda Jackson
“Harissa” – Kasbah Rockers
“Caprice No. 5 in A Minor” – Charles Yang
“Gamil” – Y.A.S.
“Can’t Hardly Stand It” – Charlie Feathers
“Trapped By A Thing Called Love” – Denise LaSalle
“Soul Dracula” – Hot Blood
“Under Skin Or By Name” – White Hills
“Red Eyes And Tears” – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
“Little Village” – Bill Laswell
“Hal” – Yasmine Hamdan

Wanda Jackson’s “Funnel Of Love”:

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Video: Watch Bret Easton Ellis-Written ‘Film’ for Dum Dum Girls’ “Are You Okay?’

New video for the Dum Dum Girls’ “Are You Okay?” is more than just another video, of at least that’s the intention.

Bret Easton Ellis wrote the script.

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Watch: Karen O & Ezra Koenig Perform ‘The Moon Song’ at Oscars 2014


Karen O canta "Moon Song" en el Oscar 2014 by elnacionalweb

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