Saturday afternoon at South by Southwest, I had a choice between watching presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren speak and watching a documentary about the making of “Who Let the Dogs Out?” Guess who I chose? Who? Who? Who? Who?
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“Things in the world got really serious,” Harmony Korine told the crowd at Austin’s Paramount Theatre before the world premiere of his new film, The Beach Bum, “and I wanted to make a movie that was just about a kind of laughter and cosmic America, and the search and the eternal chase for the bliss moment.”
What’s it like making a movie with legendary podcaster Marc Maron?
“Improvising with Marc is like the first 20 minutes of WTF before he brings out the other guest,” said co-star Michaela Watkins after the premiere of Lynn Shelton’s new film at South by Southwest.
When I first saw Elisabeth Moss run rampant in the trailer for Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell, I thought, “Okay, so after taking on Philip Roth in Listen Up, Philip, he’s made a veiled biopic of Courtney Love?’
It’s been a year and a half since we last checked in on the Other Music documentary, but it looks like the beloved, bygone East Village record shop is finally getting its moment on the big screen. The doc’s world premiere will be at the Tribeca Film Festival, it was announced today.
The festival, which runs April 24 to May 5, revealed its feature lineup today and Other Music is listed as part of a documentary series, “This Used to Be New York,” featuring films that “harken back to a quintessential New York cultural moment and community that burned bright in NYC history.” (Other selections include a documentary about Lower East Side photographer Martha Cooper and the premiere of maverick filmmaker Abel Ferrara’s The Projectionist, said to be his first NYC-set film in nearly ten years).
To announce the Other Music doc’s premiere, the filmmakers have dropped a new trailer featuring footage from the jazz funeral that marked the shop’s closing in 2016, alongside commentary from JD Samson of Le Tigre, Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Martin Gore of Depeche Mode, and Matt Berninger of The National. Others interviewed for the doc include Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Regina Spektor, and actor-musician Jason Schwartzman.
To help fund the film’s color correction, sound mix, and other finishing touches, a new Kickstarter campaign is aiming to raise $20,000. Contributor perks include everything from records signed by some of the artists featured in the film, album description cards left over from the store, and passes to the Other Music-curated Come Together record fair and music fest, happening at PS1 on March 23 and 24.
When Chicago’s Music Box Theatre announced that it would be hosting a Harmony Korine retrospective, you knew New York City would have to respond. After all, it was while he was an NYU student that Korine got his big break, when Larry Clark tapped him to write that enduring classic, Kids. Sure enough, Metrograph has picked up the gauntlet and just announced its own retrospective dedicated to the director they describe as “the kickflipping skate rat Rimbaud of Washington Square Park.”
Fun fact: When The Satanic Temple made its infamous seven-foot-tall bronze statue of Baphomet for the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol, they modeled its abs on Iggy Pop’s.
Williamsburg’s “BEST NO BULLSHIT, NO TOURISTS, ALL AROUND GREAT LOCAL BAR” is closing. The Abbey, a neighborhood fixture for over two decades, will shutter this Thursday. This follows news that two other local longtimers, Enid’s and Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern, are also closing.
The owner of the building at 536 Driggs plans to fully renovate it, according to a permit application that was approved last week.
Back in 2017, San Loco left the East Village after 30 years of serving tacos there, and last year it left Bushwick. Now the “gringo Mex” institution is closing up its Williamsburg shop, in part because of the L train “nightmare.” Its last day will be February 24, but the owners hope to reopen nearby and have launched a fundraiser in hopes that fans will, well, shell out.
Could Downtown Brooklyn be the new destination for catching live music? And not just at Barclays? Hot on the heels of the reincarnated Hank’s Saloon bringing foot-stomping jams to the space above Hill Country Food Park, the nearby DeKalb Market Hall is also adding live music to its numerous food options, by opening up a performance venue with a cocktail bar attached. DeKalb Stage opens this weekend.