Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Memphis Grizzlies: The Movie

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Who would play Zach Randolph in a movie about the Memphis Grizzlies?
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History was made last Saturday. Every week on Memphis Sport Live (Sports56/87.7 FM), hosts Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter play "Hang Up and Listen," where they take a sports-related question from a listener, who has to say the magic phrase "I'll hang up and listen" and then do just that.

What happened last Saturday is that they got the best question in the history of the segment. Adam called and said, "The budding new superstar of the Grizzlies, Tony Wroten, it's been said he looks like Don Cheadle. So if you have a movie about the Memphis Grizzlies, who's going to play each of the starting five and Coach Lionel Hollins? I'll hang up and listen."

That, friends, is how it's done. What a great question. When my wife and I heard it, we basically high-fived and went into action, pulling up pictures of the roster online and brainstorming a cast. Cerrito, Hunter, and producer C.J. Hurt made their cases for key roles, and I went on air about 30 minutes later and presented my own cast.

You can hear it all here, on the MSL podcast.

Below is my official cast for Memphis Grizzlies: The Movie. After much thought, I've made two changes to the lineup first given on air. Alert IMDb.com! The roster is presented as a slideshow, with the actor to the left, the Grizzly to the right, and my comments below. I also added the cast for the front office. Who will play John Hollinger? See the slideshow to find out. (Also see who original MSL caller Adam, a.k.a. @ajr7926, says should play Robert Pera.) And very special shout-out to Matt Wiseman, who made photographic mash-ups happen.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

The Oblivians and the Barbaras on Tap for Final Hi-Tone Café Show.

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 4:26 PM

The Hi-Tone Café announced this afternoon the line-up for the final show before the club closes its doors at the end of February.

It'll pair two cult-classic Memphis bands of the past couple of decades, both in reunion form, with garage-rock living legends the Oblivians backed by the Barbaras, a garage-pop band of more recent vintage that broke up before it could release an album, with members splintering into other configurations, most notably the Magic Kids.

The show is set for Saturday, February 23rd. Tickets are $15.

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Sound Advice: Ty Segall and Ex-Cult at the Hi-Tone Café

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Ty Segall
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California's Ty Segall is a garage-punk prodigy who might be on a par with Jack White or Jay Reatard when it comes to inherent musicality or prolificness, though he so far lacks quite as compelling a sense of purpose as White's wounded romanticism or Reatard's now-tragic sense of self discovery.

Since emerging roughly a half-decade ago, Segall has averaged well more than an album a year, whether solo, with his touring band, alongside fellow Cali collaborator Mikal Cronin. Segall released two solo albums on Chicago's Drag City label — Hair and the possible career-best Twins — as well as a the Ty Segall Band album Slaughterhouse on Los Angeles' In the Red, a label also re-released Segall & Cronin's 2009, previously vinyl-only Reverse Shark Attack, this week. Earlier in his propulsive career, Segall released two albums — 2009's Lemons and 2010's Melted — for Memphis' Goner Records.

Here Segall is, making his national television debut, last fall on Conan O'Brien, tearing up the studio with “Thank God for Sinners,” the lead track from Twins:

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sound Advice: North Mississippi Allstars with MSO, Jimbo Mathus at the Brass Door

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM

North Mississippi Allstars
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The North Mississippi Allstars' Luther Dickinson and solo bandleader Jimbo Mathus occasionally team up, along with Alvin Youngblood Hart, in the South Memphis String Band. But this weekend they'll be going their separate ways with a couple of big shows each.

Dickinson will join brother Cody in two performances with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra as part of their “Opus One” series, following in the path of such previous Opus One collaborators as Harlan T. Bobo, Lucero, and Al Kapone.

The first Allstars/MSO collaboration is tonight, at 7:30 p.m., at the New Daisy Theater. Tickets are $12.50. They'll follow it up with an encore performance at 2 p.m on Saturday at “The Magnet” (879 E. McLemore), which is free as part of MSO's “Symphony Soul Project” community outreach initiative.

As for the prolific Mathus, he'll be playing back-to-back area concerts this weekend to celebrate the release of White Buffalo, the latest album with his backing band The Tri-State Coalition.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sound Advice: Tess Brunet, Data Drums, the Switchblade Kid at the Buccaneer

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Tomorrow night (Thursday, January 17) the Buccaneer Lounge hosts a diverse triple-bill, pairing up-and-coming New Orleans singer-songwriter Tess Brunet with two excellent locals, Data Drums and the Switchblade Kid.

Brunet (a.k.a. Au Ras Au Ras) was the drummer of the Dax Riggs-fronted group Deadboy and the Elephantmen before striking out on her own. Since then, she's released two fine albums, 2011's sort-of self-titled Au Ras Au Ras and last year's the Great Nothing.

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Saying Goodbye to Live From Memphis

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 9:39 AM

In an announcement posted on the front page of their popular web site, the pioneering arts community organization Live From Memphis announced last week that it will be ceasing operation. “The bottom line is that our site has far outgrown our resources to run it,” the announcement reads in part. “We had the passion, just not the financial support.”

Livefrommemphis.com launched in 2001, but the roots of the organization go back to the late 1990s when Christopher Reyes, an avid electronic music fan, saw a performance of bluegrass band the Mudflaps at Murphy’s in Midtown. “They did this acoustic fucking jam of the century, and I was like, ‘Oh My god! This is amazing!’ There was only 20 people in the room. It changed my perspective on music,” Reyes said.

Reyes recorded Memphis bands playing live — at first only audio, then later adding video to the mix — and posted them online. His goal was to connect the many talented artists of Memphis with a larger audience, and the project grew to include Memphis film, art, and culture as well as music. “Eventually — and I didn’t realize this right off the bat — it became about the interaction between the artist and audience. There had to be an event where the audience could really get together with the artist,” Reyes says.

One of Reyes’ earliest innovations was the Creative Directory, an online space where talented Memphians of all kinds could create profiles and post their credentials and resumes so people and business requiring their services could easily find them. In the days before MySpace, Facebook, and LinkedIn took social marketing mainstream, the directory proved to be a valuable asset to Memphis creatives.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Big Star Doc Could Get Theatrical Run

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 1:19 PM


New York-based indie film distributor Magnolia Pictures announced last night they'd acquired the North American rights to Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, a documentary about the cult-classic Memphis band of the Seventies.

This match-up isn't much of a surprise given that one of the film's producers, Danielle McCarthy, is a publicist for Magnolia, but it's probably good news for local fans who missed the film's two sold-out screenings at last fall's Indie Memphis Film Festival, where the film won the Best Documentary Award. A release from Magnolia says the company plans a theatrical release for the film later this year. Many Magnolia titles — most recently A Royal Affair, Compliance, and 2 Days in New York — get theatrical runs in Memphis, so you would think Memphis would likely be on the itinerary of any kind of run the film gets.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Sound Advice: Sioux City Pete and the Beggars, Time at Murphy's

Posted By on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Tomorrow night - Friday, January 11 - marks the return of the chaotic Seattle-by-way-of-Iowa rock outfit Sioux City Pete and the Beggars to Memphis for a show at Murphy's. Joining the band on the bill will be fellow Iowa rockers Slut River and locals Time.

Sioux City Pete and the Beggars formed in 2002 "in violent opposition to the White Stripes and all 'quaint' blues rock." And be sure - there's nothing at all quaint or understated about the group or it's wily and outspoken frontman.

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Oscars 2013: Best Picture Predictions 2.0 (UPDATED)

Posted By on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Ben Affleck in Argo
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By now you've heard what everybody in town is talking about: The Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday!

[Commence rioting, looting, Roger Rabbit-ing, and generally acting a fool.]

[Ten minutes later.]

Revealing the nominations will be none other than Oscar-show host Seth MacFarlane and acting hawtie Emma Stone. Now is not the time to discuss MacFarlane's qualifications (or lack thereof — snort) for hosting. First, we've got to get the nominees officially on the record, which will happen at 7:30 a.m. CST, on many reputable television channels, internet web pages, and Twitter.

So, what movies are getting nominated for Best Picture?

In August 2012, I took a crack at the 10 nominees for Best Picture. That was, mind you, back before I or anyone else had seen most of the movies. So you'll forgive my couple of missteps, which were based on the trailer or the buzz I was conjuring in my mind months before they'd be released. My list from August is at the end of this story, for transparency purposes.

Here's my brand-new list, which will no doubt be entirely accurate. So sleep in on Thursday, because I've already spoiled this for you:

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Live From Memphis Calls It Quits

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Live From Memphis, the volunteer-supported film, music, and arts organization that has captured so many Memphis music moments and showcased them to the world, is calling an end to its 12-year run.

Founder Christopher Reyes posted a letter on livefrommemphis.com today letting fans know that the website has run its course.

From the letter:

"You may have noticed that livefrommemphis.com has been having some issues lately. The bottom line is that our site has far out grown our resources to run it. Over the last two years, I've been juggling content between servers to keep costs down. It's finally come to that point where we just can't do it anymore. We had the passion, just not the financial support."

Reyes said, while it may not be the last we hear from Live From Memphis, today marks the end of the website as it has been for the last 12 years.

Reyes included some tough advice for his city at the end of his letter:

" To Memphis, demand more from your leadership. Stop celebrating mediocrity. Stop funding crappy advocacy groups and meaningless brand campaigns. The creatives of Memphis need more than just cheerleaders. Filling out the check box is no way to make change."

Live From Memphis was responsible for many arts events and projects over the course of its run, but most notable are the Lil' Film Fest (a quarterly theme-based film fest) and the Music Video Showcase (an annual round-up of local music videos run in conjunction with the Indie Memphis Film Festival.


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Leonard Cohen Announces Orpheum Date

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Seventy-eight-year old songwriting icon Leonard Cohen announced today a second leg of his current North American tour, which will include a rare Memphis date. Cohen will play the Orpheum Theatre on Sunday, March 24th.

Cohen, with his deep, authoritative voice and literary lyrics, became one of rock's major singer-songwriters via such classic albums as his 1967 debut Songs of Leonard Cohen and the 1969 follow-up Songs From a Room. While never a huge commercial success, Cohen's stature among songwriters of his generation rivals the likes of Paul Simon and Randy Newman.

Cohen's never really gone away, but has experienced something of an artistic rebirth in recent years, with his highly regarded 2009 double album Live in London and last year's well-reviewed Old Ideas.

Tickets for the Orpheum concert go on sale Friday, January 18th, at 10 a.m. For additional information, see www.LeonardCohen.com, www.AEGLive.com, or the Orpheum's site.

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