The Filtered Excellence: April 18, 2013

Bob Geldof once asked us, “Where is the filtered excellence!?” It’s right here. Here are this weeks picks of what to WATCH, what to DO what to TRY what to READ what to LISTEN TO and more:



Rectify.  How do you live again after spending half of your life preparing to die? That’s the premise of the first original series developed by The Sundance Channel. Aden Young stars as Daniel Holden, who was convicted for the rape and murder of his girlfriend when he was only 18. After spending 19 years on death row, Holden is suddenly released due to new DNA evidence. Returning home to his family and small town, Daniel must re-connect with a world he no longer knows, his family and his confront his past. Produced by the same crew that gave us Breaking Bad, Rectify promises to be a series that will have everyone talking. The 2-hour premiere airs Monday, April 22nd at 9, and new episodes will air Monday nights at 10pm.

Ain’t In It For My Health. Jacob Hatley’s look at the life and career of Levon Helm is straight forward, warm, honest and no holds barred. In short, it sums up everything you ever wanted to know about the man who was at the forefront of The Band. The film also covers the making of his last album Electric Dirt and his brave bout with cancer. Hard to believe that’s its been a year since Levon Helm made his peaceful transition, but Ain’t In It For My Health is a fitting tribute and epitaph.

All The President’s Men Revisited.  Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman come together with the Washington Post reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, they portrayed in the Oscar nominated film “All The President’s Men” to look back at the Watergate scandal that took down President Richard Nixon. The special includes news footage, Oval Office recordings from the Nixon White House, and new interviews with some of the Watergate conspirators. It premieres Sunday, April 21st at 8pm Eastern on Discovery.

The 2013 NBA Championship Playoffs. Over a month of NBA playoffs start this weekend with round 1 games. The top 8 seeds in the East and West face off with games starting Saturday, April 20th and Sunday, April 21st. Round 1 games can be seen on ABC, ESPN and TNT.  Saturday: Boston at New York – 3pm ABC. Golden State at Denver – 5:30pm ESPN, Chicago at Brooklyn – 8pm, ESPN, Memphis at LA Clippers – 10:30pm ESPN.  Sunday:  Atlanta at Indiana – 1pm TBT, LA Lakers at San Antonio – 3:30pm ABC,  Milwaukee at Miami – 7pm TNT,  Houston at Oklahoma City – 9:30pm TNT




David Bowie – Aladdin Sane: The 40th Anniversary Reissue. Any fears of a letdown or backlash following the success of The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars were quickly squashed when Bowie released the acclaimed follow-up in the spring of 1973. Recorded between legs of the Ziggy Stardust tour, the album is ripe with observations of America during that turbulent period (‘Panic In Detroit’, ‘Drive-In Saturday Night’) and its music (the Bo Diddley-influenced ‘The Jean Genie’ and the R&B/soul/avant garde jazz influences in ‘Lady Grinning Soul and the title track). There’s also a down and dirty cover of The Stones’ ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’ that stands right alongside the original. No bonus tracks, but it was remastered by Ray Staff (who did the original album mix), so you’ll hear this splendid album in all its sonic glory. It also has one of the greatest album covers of all-time courtesy of Mick Rock.

Sing to the Moon by Laura Mvula. This native of Birmingham, England has been making a huge noise in the U.K. with her blend of soul, R&B, choral, jazz, folk, and even chamber music. The lead single, ‘That’s Alright’ is anthem of owning one’s race, culture, sense of beauty and self-worth, that refuses to held accountable by standards by the so-called majority. It’s also catchy as hell. ‘Green Gardens’ is a beautiful ode to her Kings Heath home. ‘Is There Anybody Out There’ and ‘Father, Father’ are devastatingly good. Mvula’s use of multi-tracking her voice with lush orchestrations recalls both I Want You-era Marvin Gaye and Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys. Mvula’s already getting compared to Adele, which is terribly unfair – she’s better. The album’s already a big hit in her native England and it’s only a matter of time before it happens here in the States. One of the year’s best.



Nationwide: April 20th, is Record Store Day! Be sure to visit your local independent record store this Saturday! Support the rarity that are record stores, and get yourself some great music. Record Store Day originated in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners, employees, and enthusiasts, whose aim was to celebrate the unique musical experience and culture surrounding independent record stores. Check the official site for events and promotions in your area- Many participating shops will be offering special limited edition releases and all kinds of vinyl goodness.

New York City:  Tribeca Film Festival: The Tribeca Film Festival. The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival which began in 2002 and was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff is underway and is running through April 28th. This year the festival will include 113 feature and documentary films including 53 world premieres. Plus there’s dozens of “Tribeca Talks” panels and events featuring the filmmakers.

New York City: Lebowskifest. This 2 day celebration of all things pertaining to The Dude will feature a screening of the 1998 Cohen Brothers classic at The Gramercy Theatre on the 19th, followed by live music by Los Duderinos, a metal tribute band and Chipocrite, who performs the film’s soundtrack on a GameBoy. Then on April 20th, head on down to Bowlmor in midtown where they’ll be costume contests, trivia and surprise guests. The Dude abides! Lebowskifest takes places April 19th and 20th at The Gramercy Theatre and Bowlmor in midtown Manhattan.

New York City: Rux Revue at The Apollo Theater. Critically acclaimed author, poet and singer Carl Hancock Rux will be bringing The Rux Revue to the legendary Apollo Theater this weekend. Rux will be backed by New York City underground faves Burnt Sugar and Nona Hendryx, Martha Redbone, Helga Davis and other special guests and he presents new material from his forthcoming album Homeostasis. An excellent opportunity to hear from one of the best spoken word artists/singers on the scene. 4/19-20.

New York City: Mad-ness Returns To The Paley Center. NBC News Anchor Brian Williams will moderate a discussion on the new season of Mad Men with series creator Matthew Wiener along with members of the cast including Jon Hamm, Brian Slattery, January Jones and Jessica Pare. An excellent chance to insight on the Emmy Award winning series and perhaps get hints on what will happen this season. The bad news is that the event is sold out. The good news is that it will be streamed live at 7:15pm Eastern (4:15 PCT) through the Paley Center website on 4/23.

New York City, New York: The Rascals – Once Upon a Dream. Written, directed and produced by Steven Van Zandt, “Once Upon a Dream” is a “bio-concert” featuring the music and story of The Rascals. The Rascals are back together and performing live. The show includes 30 songs and their story is told through a combination of narration, actors performing scenes from the band’s history, news footage and original film of the band. The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream is running now on Broadway for a limited time, now through May 5th at the Richard Rodgers Theatre at 46th Street and Broadway.

Denver, Colorado: Steve Earle. In celebration of Record Store Day, Steve Earle will be doing a live free in-store performance at Twist & Shout Records. Customers that pick up Steve’s new album, “The Low Highway” at Twist & Shout will get guaranteed entry into the autograph line and have a chance to win a Steve Earle signed guitar. Steve Earle’s free show is Saturday, April 20th at 6pm. Twist & Shout Records is located at 2508 E.Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80206.

Stanford, California: Landfall: Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet. Two creators of new music come together for an original evening long performance piece called “Landfall”. Composed by artist/musician Laurie Anderson and the Grammy winning string quartet, the Kronos Quartet, “Landfall” will be performed at Stanford University’s Bing Hall. There will be a Q&A after the show with Laurie and the members of the Kronos Quartet. “Landfall” performances will be Saturday, April 20th at 8pm and Sunday, April 21st at 7pm. Bing Hall is located at 327 Lasuen St. at Museum Way, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

Nashville, Tennessee:  Try Out Jack White’s Voice-O-Graph.  Head to White’s Third Man Records in Nashville and try out the world’s only functioning refurbished Voice-O-Graph.  Jump in, record a two minute track and take your playable 6 inch record with you on the way out.

Philadelphia, PA: Philly Tech Week.  For those in the Philadelphia Area, April 20-27 is Philly Tech Week.  There will be tons of fun and informative events throughout the city focused on advancements in technology and innovation in the region, and kicking off Tech week 2013 is The Grandest Game of Pong on the Planet which will take place on the steps of The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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We did an entire 4-hour vinyl show on Mixed Bag tonight on 90.7 WFUV in New York. That's how we celebrate Record store day in this here land!

Nice Guy Eddie
Nice Guy Eddie

Saw the commercial for Rectify during Top of the Lake and was instantly intrigued. Since Sundance is not hd on directv I purchased the season for $10 on itunes and I get all the episodes right away, so I'm very excited about this one.


Living Colour tonight in DC at 9:30 Club. BRC!


With such an action-packed weekend ahead, I don't wanna hear any of yous saying you're bored!