On Monday, February 3, 2014 Billboard ran my first guest posting “A Petition For a Pete Seeger Memorial on the National Mall.” It was a privilege to write about what Pete Seeger meant to my life and why I believe he should be considered for a monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Please consider signing the Change.org petition here.
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“There needs to be a Johnny Appleseed of art, and there is and it’s Steve Keene.” – The Apples in stereo’s Robert Schneider*
Steve Keene may be the most productive artist of all time. The Williamsburg, Brooklyn based artist, with over 250,000 (two-hundred fifty thousand) pieces created to date, is perhaps the most mission-driven ever. Unproductive simply isn’t allowed into his world – it’s impractical. Continue reading “Gravitation Generator: Steve Keene “The Most Productive Artist of All Time””
Photos that I took of the amazing Trans World Airlines Flight Center at JFK are being featured under the story title of “Terminal” on the Urban Campfire website. Though design marvel has been closed for many years, exclusive access was granted via Open House New York. Continue reading “Urban Campfire Features TWA Flight Center Architecture Photos”
The American Film Institute‘s annual celebration of international cinema from modern masters and emerging filmmakers, AFI FEST featured Charlie Victor Romeo, which made its Los Angeles sold-out debut on November 9, 2013.
“Charlie Victor Romeo might be the most interesting film I’ll see all year.” – Le Noir Auteur
“A well made thriller… the material is (brilliantly) constructed and fashioned into a well plotted and escalating film.” – Le Noir Auteur
“Blurring the lines between fact and fiction, “Charlie Victor Romeo” is a film unlike anything I have ever seen before.” – David Morris / LATFusa.com
Here’s the official AFI Fest page on Charlie Victor Romeo.
Tractor Beam played a role securing the master and synchronization licenses for the film.
Living With The Dead Reaches Kickstarter Goal!
Tractor Beam Offers Crowd Funding Campaign Management
We are excited to announce that the feature film Living With The Dead is able to proceed to production as it reached its Kickstarter goal yesterday.
Continue reading “Living With The Dead Reaches Kickstarter Goal!”
Gary Calamar, President of Go Music, is a five time Grammy-nominated producer and music supervisor who currently oversees the music on HBO’s True Blood, Showtime’s Dexter, and a personal favorite, FX’s Wilfred. Past credits include HBO’s Six Feet Under and Entourage, amongst too many others to mention. An longtime DJ and show host for keenly influential radio station KCRW, Calamar also co-wrote Record Store Days (with Phil Gallo), a historical document of record store culture past and present.
Continue reading “Gravitation Generator: Gary Calamar On Dexter, Wilfred, Record Store Days & West Side Story’s Continued Significance”
Director, Photographer and Producer Erica Hill and I first met prior working on Clem Snide’s “Your Night to Shine” video (below), from their debut album “You Were A Diamond” (Tractor Beam Records). Her beautiful work on this video speaks for itself.
It is one whose visual simplicity belies a complicated production. In it, Hill enlisted a crew of volunteers, arranged for waltzing dancers and avoided being hit by cars. Recently, she located the original video master.
Continue reading “Gravitation Generator: Erica Hill on Beck, Artist Michelle MacNaught + Finding Inspiration”
On August 10, 2013, Andes, N.Y.’s Community Day will again honor artist Michelle MacNaught.
Mark the Date: August 10, 2013
Location: Maggie + Leo Keonig’s Barn
Address: 160 Main Street, Andes, NY
Gallery Open: 11am – 4pm
Silent Auction: 4pm – 6pm
Continue reading “Mark the Date: 12×12 Benefit Art Show Inspired by Artist Michelle MacNaught at Leo + Maggie Keonig’s Barn”
(JG Thirlwell in middle-back with laptop)
JG Thirlwell is seemingly always in motion. He is the mind behind many experimental music and sound projects including Manorexia, Steroid Maximus and Foetus; the composer behind two The Kronos Quartet string quartets and Adult Swim’s Venture Bros. animated tv program; as well as the film score composer to Seeking The Monkey King and The Blue Eyes.
Continue reading “Gravitation Generator: JG Thirlwell Talks Manorexia, John Peel and Analogue Synths”