In addition to the incredible lineup of bands that graced the stage last night for the first night of the Northside Festival, the Northside Filmfest also kicked off, at a beautiful new space on Kent Ave. called indieScreen.
Hosted by indieWIRE, Zeina Durra’s The Imperialists are Still Alive! (a title yanked from a Godard line) was a Sundance fave and brought a full house last night.
The story is about Asya, a Lebanese/French New Yorker who lives the bourgeois artist/model life while still keeping ties to the Middle Eastern community. When Israel’s war on Lebanon breaks out, her brother’s life is in danger and she is constantly awaiting his fate. At the same time, she begins a romance with a wealthy ex-pat from Mexico. Nothing much happens in the story, but Durra draws us into dramatic tensions in the lives of the Soho cognoscenti with a beautiful attention to those little familiar subjective experiences of living in New York.
You can find the full Northside Filmfest schedule here.
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This Northside Festival show starts at 1:30pm on Sunday the with ARMS followed by A.A. Bondy and Elvis Perkins in Dearland, and tickets are still on sale for those of you with bad luck.
Listening to new music that, “can’t be defined by conventional music genres” can often be a taxing chore– like brushing your teeth after a night of binge drinking. The music feels foreign and you’re stimulated by so many elements that you can’t even figure out if you’re enjoying this listening experience. Although duo Glass Ghost combines diverse genres together, their music feels interesting and provocative on the first listen allowing you to immediately dissect and delve deeper into their sound.
Glass Ghost backs lead singer Eliot Krimsky‘s dynamic falsetto with rich and big sounds inspired by hip hop, R&B, electronic, and swelling rock. Most would assume the juxtaposed fragile voice and rich music would compete with (or detract from) one another but in Glass Ghost’s case, the sound surprisingly becomes even bigger– each complementing and completing the other.
Glass Ghost will be playing the FREEWilliamsburg Northside Festival showcase at Brooklyn Bowl this Sunday, June 27th along with The Babies, Oh Land, Hooray for Earth and Keepaway! Click here for more details and check out the interview with Glass Ghost drummer Mike Johnson below!
FREEWilliamsburg: Your songs are packed with so many different variables– a dynamic and expansive falsetto, elements of hip hop and R&B, and a variety of electronic and percussive instruments– it’s nearly impossible for an outside listener to synthesize. How would you describe your music?
Mike Johnson: Well, when it’s working well, I feel like there’s a nice absence of fear in our music. And we’ve played together so much that we don’t have to worry too much about the more fundamental aspects of how our music are working and we can kind of play around a little. I heard someone describe a J Dilla jam as, “The Cosby Slop.” I guess I’m interested creating a kind of slop, probably not a Cosby slop though. We take the songs pretty seriously though too. We really try to respect each song and kind of let it be it’s own world. And we try to figure out where it comes from and what it’s about.
When NBC fired Conan O’Brien, they said his numbers sucked and Letterman was beating him and they were losing money. So they replaced him with Jay Leno. The bad news is that Leno gets even lower numbers than Conan did. The badder news is that Lenos comeback numbers have dropped and now he doesn’t beat Letterman either. So if NBC’s plan was to piss away 200 million dollars on a complete clusterfuck, mission accomplished!
Percussion enthusiasts rejoice! The bestest and fastest drummer this side of the Milky Way brings you Man Forever! Two tracks titled “Man Forever” on a record called Man Forever, BY Man Forever! Can you dig it?
Now that we know what the record is called, I’ll tell you the who/what/where/why’s of Oneida drummer Kid Millions’ solo jam. Recorded over a weekend at the Ocropolis in Brooklyn after seeing the Fireworks Ensemble’s performance of “Metal Machine Music,” Kid wanted to “do something with acoustic drums inspired by the ‘noise’ of electronic instruments”. The label St. Ives had previously approached Kid on cutting a solo record for them, and this gave him the opportunity to perform outside of Oneida.
Immediately upon the start of the record the pummeling begins. Beats like these will pound you into submission, hailing on you like a angry gargantuan! The incorporation of Sightings bassist Richard Hoffman produce a distorted reverb of unearthly proportions, complimenting the whirlwind pounding that is Kid Millions’ style. Drums are everywhere, creating a thick wall of sound that is impossible to break through. I don’t think the fiercest of tribes in the deepest of Africa can even handle a sound like this!
Man Forever is for those who like their drums loud and fast, and not for the faint at heart. Clocking in at twenty and fifteen minutes on each track respectively, and at almost 180BPM, I’m summing this guy up to be the Energizer Bunny on speed!
Limited to 300 hand-printed copies on vinyl on the St. Ives label.
Check out Man Forever live this Friday at 8pm at Issue Project Room.
Review by Diana Kinscherf
Foursquare users checking in to three different participating venues this weekend will be pleased to see this fantastic little Northside badge.
As the L notes, “This includes any concert venue, any art gallery, any restaurant/bar with a Northside badge deal, indieScreen + the metroPCS stage at Barge Park.”