The Filtered Excellence: August 23 2018

Bob Geldof once asked us, “Where is the filtered excellence!?” It’s right here. Once a week we take a break from comedy to bring you this week’s picks of the best things to watch, the most interesting things to do, great things to try, the best picks to read, our favorite things to listen to and more.


WATCH THIS

Teatime Dub Encounters by Underworld & Iggy Pop. What was supposed to be a one off collaboration for the T2: Trainspotting soundtrack quickly morphed into a four song EP. On paper, putting a punk pioneer together with a veteran electronic band should be a recipe for disaster. But Iggy – whose debut solo album The Idiot was awash in electronic textures – leaps right in, being reckless and reflective at the same time. In other words, he’s being Iggy, albeit an older and wiser. Bells & Circles finds Iggy offering stream of consciousness musings about having wings, smoking on airplanes, and doing coke to summon up the courage to make a play for a stewardess. ‘Get Your Shirt’ has Iggy railing about the many ways he’s been burned financially, emotionally and otherwise. ‘I’ll See Big’ captures has him reflecting on friendship and how it takes on many different forms and shapes. Underworld shows why its been one of the best electronic groups for over 20 years – they surround Iggy with sonic gems that stands on par with some of Suicide, Giorgio Moroder and Daft Punk’s best work. Iggy has stated on a number of occasions that he’s semi-retired from recording and touring. But this new entry is more than a fitting coda to what has been an extraordinary career. Teatime Dub Encounters by Underworld & Iggy Pop is available now through Amazon, Itunes and all available music retailers.

Play by Dave Grohl. The always active singer-songwriter musician takes a quick detour from his parent band to present a side project that celebrates ‘the rewards, and challenges of dedicating one’s life to playing and mastering an instrument’. Grohl plays all of the instruments on a 23 minute suite that moves from the full rock power of Foo Fighters, to hints of fusion and prog. What’s more remarkable is that Grohl lays down each part in a single take. Thanks to some skillful editing, the accompanying video captures a room full of Grohls playing each part. It’s a must have for any Foo Fighter fan and for fans who simply love the power and mystery behind performing. Play by Dave Grohl is available now on Amazon and Itunes. You can also go to www.play.rosewellfims.com to view the video and for links for various music education programs.

Prince. Fans still reeling from the death of Prince were given a massive present from his estate. For the first time, 23 out of print and hard to find albums from 1995 to 2010 are being made available on all digital platforms. They include the triple album sets Emancipation and Crystal Ball, the acoustic heavy The Truth; the groovy heavy Musicology; the live albums Indigo Nights and One Nite Live plus much more. Those looking to look deeper into the Prince crate or those looking to add these lost gems to their collection will not be disappointed. A much needed reissue campaign to a sadly missed artist. Go to Amazon, Itunes or all digital streaming platforms for more information.

DO THIS

New York City. Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson. The King Of Pop would have turned 60 this year, and Spike Lee will host the 8th Annual all-day block party to help celebrate all things MJ. DJ Spinna will be spinning classics from his days with The Jackson 5/Jacksons, solo material, live cuts and deep tracks and there will be dance offs, line dances, plenty of food and much more. It’s a celebration of the life and career of MJ that only New York City that host. Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson takes places Saturday, August 25th from noon to 7pm.

New York City. Go Ape! A Planet Of The Apes Marathon. Released in 1968, Planet Of The Apes shocked movie goers with its Rod Serling scripted tale of a future in which primates are intelligent, upright and rule the Earth and humans are their mute, primitive slaves. It was a huge box office hit and is now considered one of the greatest Sci-fi films of all-time. It spawned four sequels and a number of the film’s dialogue – including its shocking ending – is some of the most quoteable in cinema history. John Chambers won an honorary Oscar for his extraordinary makeup work, which set a new standard that is still being applied today. To celebrate it’s 50th Anniversary, Quad Cinema will be hosting a day long marathon of all five films from the original canon. It will include the 1968 classic, and its sequels Beneath The Planet Of The Apes, Escape Of The Planet Of The Apes, Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes, and Battle For The Planet Of The Apes. Whether you want to revisit this block of films or are only familiar with the recent reboots, this is a great chance to get caught up. Go Ape! A Planet Of The Apes Marathon takes places on Sunday, August 26th. You can also go to www.quadcinema.com for tickets and additional information.

New York CIty. Afropunk. The premier showcase for Black rock, punk and all incarnations of Black alternative music returns once again to Brooklyn. Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Ibeyi, Miguel, and Pusha T are just some of the acts that will featured across the various stages on site. There will also be an assorted of other activities including the always interesting Activist Room. It’s also a showcase for attendees to show off their fashion style and really let their Afrofuturist freak flags fly. A great chance to rock out and get aware. Afropunk will take place August 25th and 26th in Commodore Barry Park. You can also go to www.afropunkfest.com for a complete rundown of events, tickets and additional information.

New York City. Summer Strummer Jam 2018. Though long associated with London, Joe Strummer always had a love and affection for New York City. Whether it was a member of The Clash or solo, Strummer was always at CBGB’s, Max’s Kansas City, Irving Plaza, and other hot rock spots checking out artists. He also incorporated the growing hip hop and reggae scenes that were happening in the city into future Clash classics such as ‘The Magnificent Seven’, and ‘Bankrobber’. To coincide with what would have been Strummer’s 56th birthday, singer-songwriter – and long time fan – Jesse Malin has put together an all-star punk infused salute to the former Clash frontman. It will feature appearances by H.R. of Bad Brains, Tommy Stinson (The Replacements), Cait O’Riordan (The Pogues), Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance), Willie Nile, Felice Rosser (Faith), Binky Griptite (The Dap-Kings), among others. Proceeds will benefit Music & Memory and The Joe Strummer Foundation. It will a labor of love to one of New York’s favorite adopted sons. Summer Strummer Jam 2018 takes place Saturday at Bowery Ballroom.

 

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Earl Douglas is a writer/photographer based in New York City. A frequent contributor to The Interrobang, Earl is also Executive Director for the New York chapter of The Black Rock Coalition. Earl worked in radio for nearly two decades at WNEW-FM and XM Satellite Radio, which included being the on-air producer for Carol Miller, Scott Muni and Ron & Fez, and a contributor to Opie & Anthony. Earl has also independently published a number of books including Black Rock Volume 1, Urban Abyss, Mobile Uploads, and For Shimmy. His latest project is the photojournalism magazine PRAXIS, which is available exclusively through Blurb.com.

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Earl Douglas is a writer/photographer based in New York City. A frequent contributor to The Interrobang, Earl is also Executive Director for the New York chapter of The Black Rock Coalition. Earl worked in radio for nearly two decades at WNEW-FM and XM Satellite Radio, which included being the on-air producer for Carol Miller, Scott Muni and Ron & Fez, and a contributor to Opie & Anthony. Earl has also independently published a number of books including Black Rock Volume 1, Urban Abyss, Mobile Uploads, and For Shimmy. His latest project is the photojournalism magazine PRAXIS, which is available exclusively through Blurb.com.