The appropriately maritime-themed nightclub the Cove will host what could be the most intriguing musical pairing of the year when the newly-formed Jack Oblivian & the Pirates take the stage there this Saturday night.
This super-group of sorts finds local garage-rock powerhouse Jack Oblivian teaming up with a new backing band (dubbed "the Pirates" - no connection to the local cover-band of the same name) comprised of the members of the sunny indie-pop group Star & Micey. Keyboardist Adam Woodard, a member of both Oblivian's usual band, the Tearjerkers, as well as Star & Micey, facilitated the match-up, and spoke to the Flyer this week about the unlikely collaboration.
Flyer: How did this pairing come together?
Woodard: I've been playing with Jack for nearly a decade and just recently hooked up with Star & Micey. I think Jack is just such an amazing songwriter, and the beauty of a great song is that it can be interpreted by just about anybody and still hold up as a good song. Star & Micey have such a unique sound and I really was curious about the match up. Also, Star & Micey has a large local following, and so does Jack, but they are two groups that rarely mingle. I really want to cross-pollinate these two scenes. That's when interesting things happen. But mostly, Jack's a good friend and so are the folks in Star & Micey, and I figured this would be a good way for to hang out with both at the same time.
The 13th Indie Memphis Film Festival wrapped last night with encore screenings and an awards ceremony. The big winner this year was Open Five, a collaboration between Memphis filmmaker Kentucker Audley and Memphis/New York musician Jake Rabinbach that follows four twentysomethings through a long weekend in Memphis.
Open Five, which is currently streaming for free on Audley's web site, won both the "Hometowner" award for best local feature and the festival's general jury prize for best feature.
The full list of winners:
The refurbished, 10th anniversary edition of Craig Brewer's career-launching The Poor and Hungry was a sellout last night at Playhouse on the Square, with Brewer and most of the film's original cast on hand to treat the audience to lots of his own stories about the making of that movie. Brewer also let his hometown audience be the first anywhere — outside the film's own production — to see clips from his forthcoming studio feature Footloose, playing a five-minute "sizzle reel" of clips from the work-in-progress remake, which he had left the Atlanta set of only hours earlier.
If you tried to get into last night's Poor & Hungry screening and weren't able to — a condition that afflicted many — then you'll get another chance today. Indie Memphis director Erik Jambor decided last night to schedule an encore screening of The Poor & Hungry for 2:30 p.m. today, at Playhouse on the Square.
Two other encore screenings for tonight are the documentary Thunder Soul at 8:15 and a repeat of last night's Shorts Program #3 at 8:30. Both of these are at Studio on the Square. For a full schedule of today's events, see IndieMemphis.com.
And, now, our guide to the rest of the Sunday film schedule:
Pick of the Day: Freedom Riders (5:30 p.m., Playhouse on the Square)
The biggest day of the Indie Memphis Film Festival is so packed that we're doubling up our picks in each category. As always, for a full schedule and ticketing info, see IndieMemphis.com.
Picks of the Day:
The Poor and Hungry (7 p.m., Playhouse on the Square)
Ed Wood (10:30 p.m., Studio on the Square)
“We tried to make the sampler as culturally diverse as we could,” says Indie Memphis volunteer Aaron James who partnered with singer/songwriter Nancy Apple to collect the music and assemble a package.
“We tried to make it as culturally diverse as possible,” James says. “We’ve got everything on here from orchestral pieces to hip hop by the Teflon Don.
The sampler lists a bit toward Memphis’ rootsier artists with standout tracks like Chris Owen’s minimal “Be Still,” “Fireball,” Davy Ray Bennett’s revved up folk rocker, and “Tutwiler,” a funky slice of keyboard-driven soul by The Grip.
"Tutwiler" by The Grip
“Nancy brought a lot of credibility to the project,” James says, impressed by the depth of his partner’s connections within the Memphis music community. “At one point we realized we didn’t have a good hip hop track so she got on her cell phone and called Teflon Don who sent an Mp3 right away.”
This Indie Memphis Film Festival continues today with some high profile docs, movies in the park, and parties on the roof. Read our full-festival survey from this week's paper here. For full schedule and ticketing info, see IndieMemphis.com.
Pick of the Day: Thunder Soul (7 p.m., Studio on the Square)
Filmmaker Mark Landsman talks about Thunder Soul:
The 13th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival kicks off tonight and will run for four packed days at a handful of Midtown venues. We survey the festival in this week's cover story, but will also be offering up our own interactive daily guide each morning of the festival. So check back here throughout the next four days for tons of fest coverage. For a full schedule and ticketing info, see IndieMemphis.com.
Pick of the Day: Night Catches Us (9:30 p.m., Studio on the Square)
Hamilton delivers an honest reckoning with the contradictions and complications of the Black Power movement in a portrait that is sad but not romanticized. The film also boasts a score from hip-hop stalwarts the Roots that rivals The Social Network as the year's most effective movie music. Night Catches Us was acquired by Magnolia Pictures, which will release it via movies-on-demand later this month and give it a theatrical run starting in December. One of the year's best indie features, and here's an early chance to see it. — Chris Herrington
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Sunday night, the Hi-Tone Cafe brings in live music from across the globe in the form of Tokyo, Japan's all-girl surf/garage rock trio the 126.96.36.199's.
The 188.8.131.52's have achieved semi-legendary/cult status worldwide, thanks to decades (the band formed in 1986) of touring across the globe, as well as the band's cameo inclusion in Quintin Tarantino's modern kung-fu classic Kill Bill Volume 1.
Sunday's show at the Hi-Tone will be one one of only two total appearances in the United States by the band this year, making this gig a can't-miss fans of charmigly weird throwback rock and Japanese pop culture alike.
This Friday, the Hi-Tone Cafe hosts the WEVL Fall Concert, an annual fundraiser for the venerable local radio station (89.9 FM on the dial). This year's show is built around an unlikely but intriguing trio of local rock acts - a reflection of the diverse programming offered by the community-funded station.
"We always try to mix it up and support different bands and genres within the scene," says WEVL Program Director and show organizer Brian Craig. "Other stations have specific demographic that they have to cater to, but we've got a variety of listeners and music that we can support."
According to Craig, the show, which came together at the last minute, was driven by the enthusiasm of the participants.
"We'd been wanting to do something with all three of the bands for quite some time, especially the Dirty Streets, who Andrew (McAlla, host of the Memphis Beat program) has been championing for a long time. The Limes had also been asking us about playing a benefit for a while, so it just fell in place. We're very lucky that all three bands wanted to do it and the scheduling worked out."
This Saturday night, the somewhat resurgent (as of late) Poplar Lounge will host a last-minute show by Louisiana garage/surf/punk-rockers the Royal Pendletons, along with local DJ Buck Wilders.
The Royal Pendletons formed in the early '90s, carving out a small but dedicated national following on the strength of relentless touring and a string of well-received recordings for garage-friendly Goner Records and Sympathy For The Record Industry labels. The band is perhaps best known for introducing the world to the musical stylings of the highly prolific "King" Louie Bankston, a onetime Memphian who is also known for his work in the Persuaders, the Bad Times (with Eric Friedl and Jay Reatard), and Missing Monuments, as well as various incarnations as a solo act.
The Brooks Museum of Art's ongoing "Reel to Real" series, in which Memphians involved in the city's film and arts scene select and introduce films, continues this Thursday night. The host for this edition is, um, me.
The film stars Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan as a pair of bickering clerks at Matuschek's, a little leather-good's shop in Budapest. They spar during their workdays while each is secretly pursuing an anonymous romance with a pen pal, not realizing that they've been writing to each other. This romantic conceit plays out against the backdrop of the shop, the primary location and a complicated source of stability for its employees against the very uncertain backdrop of post-Depression, pre-WWII Budapest.
Today, Indie Memphis released a portion of the lineup for its 13th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, which will screen films over four days at three Midtown locations starting Thursday, October 21st.
In addition to announcing the full competition slate for non-local docs and features, Indie Memphis announced what are essentially the tentpole screenings for the festival's first three nights.
The Grace Card was directed by Memphis optometrist David Evans and co-stars Louis Gossett Jr. The film was recently acquired by Sony Pictures, which has scheduled a February 25th theatrical release for next year.
Open Five, which screens at 9 p.m., also at Playhouse, follows Audley and Rabinbach (playing fictional variations on themselves) as they accompany two out-of-town visitors — both NYC girls and potential love interests — across the city for a weekend. I wrote about the film's production here.
With the release of The Social Network today, co-star and Millington-native Justin Timberlake is all over the place right now.
Timberlake appeared on Jimmy Fallon's show to promote the film, and the pair performed a duet "History of Rap," backed by Fallon's house band, the Roots. From Sugarhill Gang to Jay-Z. Good stuff.