Friday, August 16, 2013

Valerie June to Perform on David Letterman, NPR's “Tiny Desk Concerts.”

Posted By on Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 8:13 AM

This week's Flyer cover subject, Valerie June, has booked two high-profile performance slots in the wake of the Tuesday release of her debut album, Pushin' Against a Stone.

June will make her network television debut next Wednesday night, August 21st, on The Late Show with David Letterman. According to June, she'll perform her first single from Pushin' Against a Stone, “Workin' Woman Blues,” with a full band — two guitars, bass, drums, fiddle, and trumpet. June's Humboldt, Tennessee-based parents will fly in for the performance. It'll be their own New York City debut.

Before Letterman, June will perform in Washington, D.C. on Monday, August 19th as part of National Public Radio's popular “Tiny Desk Concert” series. June will perform solo for NPR.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Memphis Music on iTunes

Posted By on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 8:48 AM

In conjunction with Elvis Week and in partnership with the Memphis Music Foundation, iTunes has launched a Memphis-specific site as part of its music store —

This “selection of Memphis' best music from the past and present” is divided into four content areas: Modern Era, Rock & Roll, R&B/Soul, and Blues. In the “modern” section, new releases from Justin Timberlake, Valerie June, Lucero, and the Oblivians are among the leading titles.

Memphis becomes the first city to have its own spotlight with the ubiquitous music provider, and one that will continue and will be updated beyond this week, extending at least through October, which the foundation has, in recent years, christened “Memphis Music Month.”

Friday, April 5, 2013

Local Web Series Headshop Premieres

Posted By on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 1:55 PM


Craig Brewer's $5 Cover was the canary in the coal mine, and another MTV production, Savage County, followed. This weekend, a new Memphis-shot web-based film series premieres in the form of Headshop, a series that follows nine characters whose lives intersect around a local headshop where a new designer drug is being sold.

The series features a primarily local cast and crew and was filmed at locations such as the Tennessee Brewery, Mollie Fontaine's Lounge, and the Arcade Restaurant.

A free screening of the first two episodes tomorrow night at the Ridgeway Four. Reception at 6 p.m. followed by screening at 6:30 p.m. There will be a Q&A with the series' writer/director Giri Swamy afterward.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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.” 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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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Rolling Head Orchestra Election-Night Stream

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Alex Greene is biased. The former NYU electronic music student/organic farmer/multi-instrumental songsmith/Tav Falco sideman/inveterate lefty is taking to the bitwaves in an election-night live-from-the-studio stream of his Rolling Head Orchestra on DittyTV. Rolling Head Orchestra unites a pantheon of sidemen (Tom Lonardo, Jim Spake, John Whittemore) in pursuit of Greene's leftist jazz ideals by way of 20th-century art song. Imagine Kurt Weil and Woody Guthrie drinking at the Big Pink. An earthy, smart, and soulful soundtrack to following the returns. Open a browser window and watch democracy unfold. Hear Greene's "Oh My Job" below.

Rolling Head Orchestra
Live Election Night Stream, 6-7 p.m.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Nothing To See Here Podcast Re-Launches

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 12:11 PM


After an unexpected 8-month hiatus, the Nothing To See Here podcast returns to the interwebs this week with a brand new home - the Shut Up And Listen network - and a dynamite first guest, actor/comedian (and Memphis native) Chris Parnell.

NTSH creator/host Kirk Rawlings spoke to the Flyer this week about re-launching the podcast and more.

Memphis Flyer: Tell me how the idea for doing this podcast started.

Rawlings: Two years ago I got heavily into podcasting as a listener. I had a new job sitting on my ass in a cubicle all day so I needed something to kill time after having gone thru all my music. They were pretty great on many levels. They helped kill the time, but they helped in a lot of other unexpected ways. It was refreshing to hear people be themselves instead of some stuffed version for radio, television, or print. So, I wanted to try it.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Fast Planet Needs Your Vote

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Memphis electronic-rock band Fast Planet made their live debut only a couple of months ago, but the video for the band's single “Lost” is already in the mix for a potential rotation spot on MTVu.

The video is among five “freshmen” spots competing in an online vote that's open now and closes on August 17th.

You can vote here.

The video was directed by local filmmaker Matt Weatherly and won the Audience Award at Live From Memphis' last Video Music Showcase this spring.

Here's the clip:

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Local Filmmakers Kentucker Audley and Brian Pera Take to the Web Tonight

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Veteran actress Grace Zabriskie will co-star in Memphis filmmaker Brian Peras Only Child
  • Veteran actress Grace Zabriskie will co-star in Memphis filmmaker Brian Pera's Only Child
Memphis filmmakers Brian Pera and Kentucker Audley will both do live web events tonight as a means of kicking new projects or products.

Pera landed a notable cult actress, Ann Magnuson, for his last film, the under-recognized Woman's Picture. And he's done it again for his next feature project, casting the terrific veteran character actress Grace Zibriskie for Only Child.

Zibriskie, now 70, might be best known for recurring roles in the television series Seinfeld, Big Love, and Twin Peaks (where she played murder victim Laura Palmer's mother), but she has also appeared in films ranging from Norma Rae (her debut) to indie classics from Gus Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho) and Twin Peaks' David Lynch (Wild at Heart).

For Pera, Zibriskie will be playing the mother of Amy LaVere's wounded, mysterious Loretta, a character spun off from Woman's Picture. But Only Child isn't so much a sequel to Woman's Picture as a continuation of a series Pera has vowed to explore in both feature and short films.

To raise funds for the project, Pera set up a Kickstarter campaign where those offering donations can get items related to the film or the local arts scene. The campaign, already at its goal, concludes today with a live video podcast interview with Zabriskie and LaVere, at 6 p.m.

Here's a promotional video Pera shot for the project:

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Testing Out a New Campaign Theme Song?: Obama Croons "Let's Stay Together."

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 7:55 AM

At a campaign event last night, with the right Rev. Al Green apparently in attendance, President Obama croons a little "Let's Stay Together."

Ladies and gentleman, the radical socialist Manchurian candidate bent on the destruction of all that is American, in action:

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Live From Memphis Turns 11

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 1:42 PM


Venerable local arts/film/music organization Live From Memphis will celebrate its 11th birthday this Friday night (01/13) at 7 p.m. with an open-house party at company headquarters (1 S. Main).

Founder Christopher Reyes spoke to the Flyer this afternoon via telephone about the past, present, and future of LFM.

Flyer: What does it mean to you to be celebrating 11 years of Live From Memphis? Did you ever think you'd make it this far?

Reyes: Oh, no. I never thought we'd get to 10. Now I'm thinking about if we can make it to 20.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Live From Memphis Launches "Nothing To See Here" Podcast

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 3:12 PM


This week the website Live From Memphis unveiled the latest addition to its already robust arsenal of freely distributed online components promoting Memphis music, film and creative work, a weekly podcast titled "Nothing To See Here." Live From Memphis will celebrate the launch of the new podcast with a party this Thursday, August 25, 7 p.m. at the Lamplighter Lounge.

Hosted by local musician Kirk Rawlings (Organ Thief, The Oldest Profession) and musician/filmmaker Chris McCoy (Pisshorse, The New Intruders, the still in-the-works Antenna Club documentary), each installment of "Nothing To See Here" will feature a 30-minute conversation with a different local artist. The first episode withThe Hi-Tone Cafe owner/booker Jonathan Kiersky, can be heard here.

Rawlings and McCoy spoke with the Flyer this morning about what the new podcast is all about.

Flyer: What is the mission of "Nothing To See Here?"

Rawlings: There is no real mission in mind for this show beyond having as much fun as we can. It is not a means to an end or something we have grandiose dreams for, we just wanted to try it. The show is about bullshitting over drinks (sometimes many, many drinks) and getting to know someone. Memphis so often keeps each other at arm's length, and while it can be for good reason, we are bored with it.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

The Onion's AV Club Visits Memphis Landmarks

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 11:39 AM

The Onion's AV Club is doing an online travel series called Pop Pilgrims, in which a three-man crew is road-tripping to visit 36 pop culture landmarks around the country and shooting five-minute videos at each destination — one city a week for 12 weeks, three landmark locations in each city. Among the initial stops have been California locations that are featured in films such as Vertigo, The Graduate, and Reservoir Dogs. The crew's visit to Memphis is featured on the site this week. The three Memphis locations featured are:

The Arcade Restaurant, where they visited with Shangri-La Projects' Sherman Wilmott to talk about his experience as a production assistant on Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train:

Memphis: Arcade Restaurant - Set of Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train

Ardent Studios, where they talked to owner John Fry and studio manager Jody Stephens about the studio's history.

Sun Studio, where they took in the studio tour, including getting some input from Goner Records' owner Eric Friedl.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Live From Memphis Launches "Get Down" Series

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 2:01 PM

In a partnership with the Center City Commission, Live From Memphis today launched "Get Down," a series of short web-based films promoting downtown life and culture. The series, which will debut a new episode each Thursday for the next 10 weeks, is co-directed by Live From Memphis' Christopher Reyes and Sarah Fleming and co-hosted by local actors John Pickle and Brett Magdovitz in fictional guise.

The trailer for the series:

The first full episode, which features South Main bar/club the Rumba Room, sushi restaurant Blue Fin, and kite flying at Tom Lee Park, can be seen here.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Alex Harrison on ArtsMemphisTV

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 10:43 AM

The Flyer's annual "Best of Memphis" issue hit the streets today. It's packed with goodness, but one of the cooler elements is the series of illustrations from local artist Alex Harrison.

An illustrator, painter, and musician (via his band The Warble), Harrison is featured on the latest installment of ArtsMemphisTV. Check it out here.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

T-Minus Awesome

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 12:52 PM

059b/1247593611-apollo-11-patch.jpg This place right here is the best website on the Internet right now and for the next week-plus. In celebration of the impending 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon (you remember the one: Neil Armstrong, American flag, footprints, sound stage in California), the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is recreating the event as if it were happening in realtime in our techno-geek age. Website, Twitter updates, photos, audio, and who knows what else will unspool 40 years to the moment after it really happened.

The launch is July 16th at 8:32 a.m. CST. Right now everything is in the prelaunch stage. Armstrong put boot to moon on July 20th.

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