Gravitation Generator: JG Thirlwell Talks Manorexia, John Peel and Analogue Synths

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(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.

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Instant Review: Susie Ibarra + Roberto Rodriquez @ NY Electronic Art Festival

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Susie Ibarra, Roberto Rodriquez, David Baron – and at times Pauline Oliveros – utilized keyboards, analogue synthesizers, samples, wind chimes, accordion, and percussion to facebook.com create blips, flams, flips, bops, bleeps, beauty and space that give our minds time to rest. Rekaxing and expansive at the same time. A River to River presentation at Schimmel Center / Pace Presents. # # #

Super Secret Russian Band Film Shoot In Bushwick Yesterday

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Tractor Beam was hired to piece together a Russian band for an upcoming film starring Anne Hathaway in Bushwick. Brooklyn yesterday. Here’s just one of the shots from behind the scenes.

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Elijah Wood Talks “Maniac” @ The Apple Store, Soho, NYC

Elijah @ The Apple Store

Elijah Wood came to The Apple Store in Soho promoting his new horror film, Maniac. This IFC film, a remake of the 80’s cult favorite of the same name, will be available June 21st. The event featured a discussion with Wood about the making of this film, the horror film genre  and a Q+A session with the audience.

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White Fence @ Seaport Music

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Really enjoyed a set by White Fence last night. I’m told it’s from the world of Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin and the 60s were definitely reigning supreme here. To me they were very Byrdsian with flashes of British garage. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Gravitation Generator: Laurie Sandell Talks “Life Inside the Madoff Family” and Announcing Her Pregnancy Via The NY Times

Laurie Sandell / Photo credit: Alexandra DeFurio
Photo by Alexandra DeFurio

Laurie Sandell has written for The New York Times, Esquire, GQ, Marie Claire, Glamour, New York, Real Simple and InStyle, among other publications. Her cartoons have appeared in Redbook, Glamour, New York and The Wall Street Journal. Her graphic memoir, The Impostor’s Daughter, was published by Little, Brown in July 2009 and nominated for a 2010 Eisner Award in the “Best Reality-Based Work” category. Her second book, Truth and Consequences: Life Inside the Madoff Family, was published by Little, Brown in October 2011. She lives in Santa Monica, CA.

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Seeking NYC Russian-Language Singer/Musician for Film Starring Anne Hathaway 6/19

Tractor Beam is working for a small budget indie film starring Anne Hathaway. The film is seeking a NYC-based Russian-language singer, front-person for a shoot on June 19, 2013. Another rehearsal beforehand may be necessary. Authentic Eastern Europeans musicians with mastery of Russian language need only need apply. Looking for a musician, not an actor as the the performance will be multi-track recorded for the film day of shoot.

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Gravitation Generator: Monterey International’s PAC Maven Brian Swanson

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Brian Swanson is a 30 year veteran in the music business, having worked every corner, from college radio and retail while finishing undergrad work to sales for BMG and Capitol/EMI to talent buyer for nightclubs and finally, booking agent, which he has been for the last 25 years. Now at the esteemed Monterey International, he is the responsible agent for Great Big Sea, Imagination Movers, Choo Choo Soul, Celtic Tenors, Aaron Neville, Smash Mouth, Classic Albums Live, Trailer Park Boys, Jesse Cook, BeBe Winans, Fishermans Friends, Nellie McKay, Staff Benda Bilili and others. In addition, he oversees Monterey International’s Performing Arts division and all of their corporate bookings. Continue reading “Gravitation Generator: Monterey International’s PAC Maven Brian Swanson”

The Wall Street Journal Names Lost In The Trees’ “A Church That Fits Our Needs” 2012’s Album of the Year!

The Wall Street Journal Names Lost In The Trees’ “A Church That Fits Our Needs” 2012’s Album of the Year!

From: Nothing Pre-Fab Here

“…The year’s best album: “A Church That Fits Our Needs” (Anti) by Lost in the Trees, a gorgeous, loving song cycle about of the suicide of the artist Karen Shelton, the mother of the group’s leader, Ari Picker. Mr. Picker’s extraordinary arrangements for strings and choral voices find no precedent in rock and pop. The daring chamber music, solemn folk and aggressive percussion reflect and reinforce the pathos in Mr. Picker’s lyrics in which he shares her suffering and celebrates her life as he struggles to understand and stumbles toward acceptance.” – Jim Fusilli