Chicken Noodle Coffee

Farm Rock feat. Well Kept Things

Popular opinion has confirmed that all cool and hippest creative efforts are born out of a city setting as all talented, accomplished individuals are garrison to that particular community. Viciously false — come on, you’re better than that and have every capability to deny any such abstraction. Allow for me to introduce you to semi-fresh…

View Article

Screened Plays

Column 33: Asif Kapadia’s Amy Brings an Artist’s Work to Life

When the news came of the death of Amy Winehouse on July 23rd, 2012, it should have come as a shock, but sadly, it felt expected. The young soul singer’s life had long been the subject for tabloid headlines, her well-known addictions and downward spiral a punchline for late-night comedians. So for any film to…

View Article

Screened Plays

Column 27: 50 Shades of Problems and a Grey is One

Over the past month, 50 Shades of Grey has been a near inescapable pop culture phenomenon. The film broke all kinds of box office records, its cast has been everywhere in the media, and has been the subject of all kinds of controversy. The film also banked a lot of its marketing on the strength of…

View Article

Chicken Noodle Coffee

An Exclusive with Quiet Fire Media

Edward Easton — ultimate founder of Columbia Records — did not establish the foundations of his extensive success through jean jackets and an inability to say no to people. It was a careful ear and his unprecedented ambition to support what he believed in. Cash and Dylan did alright, eh? Easton’s success aside, his ability to harness talent…

View Article

Interview

Solidisco

Considering that both members of the funky dance duo, Solidisco, were born and raised – even recorded material – here, it’s pretty strange to hear their show tonight at Waiting Room is their debut home performance. But that is what it is. Though the disco house duo has played shows and festivals around the world…

View Article

Disco Infiltrator

December 12th

Giovanni Damico – “Break” With a loose, funky feel, this slice of smooth disco house from Italian producer Giovanni Damico lays down an infectious groove complete with a thick bass line and a playful synth melody. Making use of a nostalgic, full-bodied sound Damico provides an enticing dance floor filler that thrives on straightforward, purposeful…

View Article

Screened Plays

Column 18: Pulp Returns to Spotlight on Life, Death, & Supermarkets

There’s been a recent surge of classic Britpop bands resurfacing, from the Verve to Suede to Blur, and Pulp appears to be the latest. That said, Pulp’s reunion seems a weirdly appropriate time to reunite. While other Britpop acts had a wide array of influential factors, Jarvis Cocker’s have remained the same: sex, politics, and…

View Article

Screened Plays

Column 34: Shaun of the Dead‘s Harmonious Relationship with Pop Music

Annnnd we’re back. After a long hiatus, we’ve returned with the latest installment of Screened Plays, the place where cinema and pop music collide. And just in time for Halloween, our good friends at North Park Theatre are showing one of my all-time favorite comedies: Shaun of the Dead. While many directors (Quentin Tarantino, Danny Boyle,…

View Article

Screened Plays

Column 23: Jonny Greenwood and the Not So Groovy Tunes of Inherent Vice

Over the past few years, it seems filmmakers are increasingly turning to pop artists to score their films, leading to successful partnerships like that of David Fincher & Trent Reznor. Another fruitful collaboration that deserves mention is that of Paul Thomas Anderson and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. The two first teamed for Anderson’s 2007 film, There…

View Article

Interview

Cold Blood MMXV

Editor’s Note: Guest interviewer, Ian Wardynski, recently caught up with Melody Seymour and Joshua Smith, co-founders and co-conspirators of COLD BLOOD MMXV, the first annual punk and hardcore fest set to take place January 17th at the Polish Library in sunny Buffalo, NY. Wardynski discusses with the two how and why they went about booking…

View Article