Thursday, June 30, 2011

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND?


THURSDAY
Rubblebucket, Dynasty Electric @ Majestic Theatre (115 King St.). 9pm. FREE. (Click Here for Previous Post)

Jessica Lea Mayfield, An Horse @ East Side Club (3735 Monona Dr). 7PM. (Click Here for Previous Post)

White Suns, Birth, Den, Sinking Suns @ Project Lodge (817 E. Johnson). 8pm. (Click Here for Previous Post)

FRIDAY
Breathless (Dir: Jean-Luc Godard) @ UW Cinematheque. 7pm.

Chants, Zerobeat, Null Reference @ Project Lodge (817 E. Johnson). 8:30pm. FREE.

Wildbirds, Brighton, MA, People's Temple @ UW Memorial Terrace. 9:30pm. FREE.

SATURDAY
Bill Callahan (of Smog fame), Hidden Ritual @ UW Memorial Union Terrace. 10pm. FREE.

Eleanor's Secret (French animated film) @ UW Cinematheque. 4pm for English Dub. 7pm for Subtitles. FREE.

SUNDAY
Hate Eternal, Origin, Vital Remains, Abysmal Dawn @ The Annex (1206 Regent Street).

We Are Trees, Old Abram Brown, and Blessed Feathers @ The Frequency (121 West Main Street). 8:30pm.

Touche Amore, Balance & Composure, White Wives @ Project Lodge (817 E. Johnson). $10. 6:30pm.


Did I miss anything?

THURSDAY 6/30: AN HORSE @ EAST SIDE CLUB


This band’s ungrammatical name makes my brain hurt. But fans of Tegan and Sara and Carrie Brownstein will likely get a kick out of seeing them. Plus they’re AUSTRALIAN! With accents and everything!

An Horse is the opening act, so get there early. 7pm. $10. East Side Club (735 Monona Drive).

Videos after the jump.


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

WEDNESDAY 6/29: GRANDKIDS, SMALL SUR, CONRAD PLYMOUTH, CRANE YOUR SWAN NECK @ PROJECT LODGE

Conrad Plymouth @ Club Garibaldi in January 2011 (photo via)
Grandkids on a couch



Practically an indie-folk festival going down at the Project Lodge tonight, featuring at least four bands of the always adorable I-WISH-I-WAS-ON-K-RECORDS set.

Reductive band descriptions, plus audio clips, after the jump.

MARCH TO DEFEND TENANT’S RIGHTS TODAY AT THE CAPITOL @ 5PM



That’s right, folks. Get out there and show Governor Walker that you support tenant’s rights.

March starts at the State Street entrance to the capitol, then goes around and around the square until 7pm or so.

Bring a bottle of water. You’ll be doing a lot of screaming.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Wednesday 6/29: ASUMAYA and MAN MANTIS @ UW MEMORIAL UNION TERRACE

I actually interviewed Luke Bassuener for an article I wrote for The Morning News last February about the capitol protests. I didn’t know at the time he was also a one-man-band called Asumaya.



Neat. Sounds like the members of Fugazi banging on some stuff in a junkyard, with maybe a little Konono No.1 thrown in for spice.

Ought to be nice while watching the sunset on the terrace.

Show starts at 7pm. 800 Langdon Street. Free.

FRUGAL MUSE BOOKSTORE sale! 50% off for all used fiction!



Fiction lovers take note: This sale only lasts until Thursday, June 30.

FRUGAL MUSE has two locations:

1193 North Sherman Avenue (east side)

and

235 Junction Road (west side)

Monday, June 27, 2011

This Thursday 6/30: RUBBLEBUCKET @ MAJESTIC THEATRE

This new Brooklyn band might be the latest member of what I guess you could call the “thinking man’s indie rock” genre, garnering comparisons to Dirty Projectors and Tune-Yards.

And while I don’t hear much of either of those bands when I listen to Rubblebucket’s new LP (Omega La La), I sure am smitten with what I do hear.

Defies description except to say that it’s fun and dancey and a little off-kilter. I officially recommend checking them out.

Here’s a pretty sweet music video (gets going around the 0:28 mark):



This show looks awesome:



So yeah, I’ll definitely be seeing Rubblebucket at the Majestic Theatre this Thursday night, along with Dynasty Electric.

Oh, and did I mention this show is free? Because it is. IT’S FREE.

Democratic Senator Lena Taylor schools Governor Scott Walker on local TV




Wow, look at that. Both sides of an issue. Been a while since I’ve seen that in the same location.


(Click here for the video of the broadcast.)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

CRITERION gives a shout out to the UW Cinematheque

A really nice write-up over at the Criterion Collection website, basically saying what an awesome thing the UW Cinematheque is, and in particular what an awesome guy its director of programming, Jim Healy, is.
“While I don’t have to cater to popular tastes," says Healy, "on the other hand, there remains the challenge of getting those who are maybe a little too high-minded about cinema to broaden their tastes and come to see things like martial arts action movies and so-called exploitation films.”
Reminds you how lucky we are to have a film society at all, let alone one that doesn’t charge admission.



This summer the Cinematheque has got the Mondo Belmondo summer series going on, which includes french new wave classics like BREATHLESS and LEON MORIN, PRIEST.

PLUS: Apparently, there’s a NICHOLAS RAY retrospective in the works for the fall. Ray is the director of one of my favorite films of all time, BIGGER THAN LIFE, starring James Mason as a wholesome suburban dad who starts having psychotic episodes after taking an experimental medication. Can't wait.

This Thursday 6/30: WHITE SUNS, BIRTH, DEN, SINKING SUNS @ PROJECT LODGE

Look out, Madison. Here comes a big fat New Yorker-endorsed “pummeling sonic blitzkrieg,” otherwise known as a decent thrash band.

Am I the only one who thinks it’s weird that the New Yorker now writes about sludge and grindcore? Something tells me David Remnick isn’t spazzing out to this shit while he plays Call of Duty.

But okay, WHITE SUNS (from Brooklyn) is actually pretty damn good, if you are into that kind of thing.



...And they’re playing with DEN, who seem to be an all-right-sounding BIG STAR-influenced pop band. Go to their website to check out some of DEN’s songs.

It’s all happening this Thursday at the Project Lodge.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

RADICAL DADS is a cool name for a band

Surprising, since the name of their drummer’s last band was CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH. Which is the worst name for a band.

Musically, DADS sound like straightforward nineties rock (a la The Breeders, Dinosaur Jr., maybe a sprinkling of Sleater Kinney).

Their melodies are a little too dorm-friendly for my tastes, but they sound like they’re probably great live. One of them rock bands, remember those?

I’ll be checking out their show tonight at the Project Lodge.





Rooftop Cinema @ Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Last night I was lucky enough to catch the second to last event of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s Rooftop Cinema series. I saw six short abstract films, at least half of which were about circles. But my favorite was a film from 2000 called MOON STREAMS by Mary Beth Reed. It involved very fast cut images of bright scratches and rock textures, overlayed with scenes of waterfalls and dentritic growths. You kind of had to be there.

Moon Streams is dedicated to Stan Brakhage, the experimental filmmaker under whom Mary Beth Reed proteged. Stan Brakhage has a bunch of films on Youtube (apparently he’s famous and respected), though I don’t expect anyone will be able to appreciate his work on a computer screen, and I don’t recommend trying without being stoned.

Here he is giving a silly interview in the early 1970s.



One quote that stuck out for me as extra hilarious/provocative/irrelevant:

“For the art of the film, sound is an aesthetic error. And it may be so severe of one that even in twenty years, if people have a concept of film as art in twenty years that’s worth anything, it might be a general assumption that all pursuit by artists to put sound on film was ultimately a blind alley.”

Here’s one of his films, just to give you an idea.



The last event of the Rooftop Cinema series is AUGUST 19, when the theme will be ANIMATING THE APOCALYPSE. Stan Brakhage won't be featured, but there will be a slew of animated shorts about, you guessed it, the apocalypse! Hope to see you all there!

Friday, June 24, 2011

MADISON YEAH goes online



So this happened the other day at Lake Mendota. It was pretty beautiful.

In other news, I started this blog about Madison events and such. It’s called MADISON YEAH, you’re reading it right now.

Basically I was getting frustrated with how often I was hearing about cool things happening in Madison AFTER they had already happened, and I thought it was strange there wasn’t already a decent resource on the internet for event listings.

Hopefully, in the next few weeks, this website will come into its own as a thing and be worth looking at from time to time, especially for Madison residents looking for stuff to do. Until then, have faith.