The Filtered Excellence: December 12, 2019

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.


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Oh He Dead by Oh He Dead. After blowing audiences in and around the D.C. area with their brand of organic R&B and soul, music fans worldwide can now hear Oh He Dead’s debut album. Led by Cynthia ‘C.J’ Johnson and guitarist Alex Salser, they combine old school rock and soul sensibilities (with a touch of jazz and alt-rock)into a sound that is familiar and new at the same time. Johnson – sounding like a cross between Stevie Nicks, Norah Jones and Macy Gray – effortlessly bring each of these life well lived songs to life, with Salser wonderfully providing a musical counter to, Johnson’s smoky vocals. Though relatively new to the group, bassist John Daisy and drummer Adam Ashforth sound as though they have been with the band from jump, X factors in bringing this rock and soul stew to fruition. A dynamic and promising debut that demands multiple listens. Oh He Dead is available now through Amazon, Apple Music and all major streaming outlets.

Music for Sharks by Nerve. Since 2007, Nerve – led by acclaimed drummer JoJo Mayer – has made a significant mark in the electronic music world by incorporating jazz improvisation approach to the music. For their latest release, Mayer – along with John Davis (electric and acoustic bass), Jacob Bergson (keyboards, piano, modular synthesizer, percussion) and Aaron Nevezie (sampler, programming, modular synthesizer) have created an extended suite devoted to one of the sea’s most feared creatures. Driven by Mayer’s relentless rhythms, Nerve have created soundscapes that run from the haunting to the fierce and dramatic. Serving as a imaginary soundtrack to a Discovery Channel doc, it’s stand alone mood music that is perfect for the extended road trip or night spend at home. Destined to be a late night classic. Music For Sharks by Nerve is available now through Bandcamp, Amazon, Apple Music and all major streaming services.

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Till The Wrong Feels Right: Lyrics & More by Iggy Pop. 50 years after he made his debut with The Stooges, Iggy Pop has now published his first book of collected lyrics. It covers every facet of his career, from his work with The Stooges, his equally strong solo career and his collaborations with David Bowie, Debbie Harry, Jarvis Cocker, Josh Homme, Death In Vegas, Underworld and much more. There’s also never-before-seen notes, memorabilia, observations by Iggy and commentaries from friends and contemporaries such as Chris Stein of Blondie and Danny Fields. It’s the ultimate artistic overview from a true rock iconoclast. Till The Wrong Feels Right: Lyrics & More by Iggy Pop is available now through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all major book outlets.

Forward: Twenty Years Of TimesTalks by Brigitte Lacombe. TimesTalks is The New York Times’ live conversation and performance series that pairs their journalists with some of the top names in film, music, literature, and fashion to discuss their latest projects and the overall creative process. To celebrate the series 20th Anniversary, French photographer Brigitte Lacombe was invited to shoot some portraits of some of the many participants. This new book culls together the best of these sessions, featuring stunning black and white photos of Meryl Streep, Martin Scorsese, Angela Davis, Ava DuVernay, Eric Holder, Margaret Atwood and much more. Lacombe also features photographs of the journalists, Op-Ed contributors, and fashion directors who help bring the series to life. As an added bonus, the book is formatted so you can detach, frame and post your favorite snapshots. A must have book for any fans of the collective arts. Forward: Twenty Years Of TimesTalks by Brigitte Lacombe is available exclusively at store.nytimes.com.

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New York City: Curating Culture: 34 Institutions That Changed New York. The Cultural Institutions Group has been providing public-private investments in New York City arts, educational and cultural organizations dating back to the 19th Century. The Public Theater, The Brooklyn Museum, The Queens Botanical Garden, The Staten Island and The Wildlife Conservation Society are some of the places that have become must see NYC destinations for locals and tourists thanks to Cultural Institutions Group support. The Museum Of The City Of New York – yet another spot that established with the help of CIG – is now hosting an exhibit that celebrates the widespread impact these groups have had on New York City culture and around the world. It will include original imagery and objects, including founding charters, opening night performance memorabilia and much more. It’s a dynamic salute to New York City’s contributions to the world of art and culture. Curating Culture: 34 Institutions That Changed New York will be at the Museum of The City Of New York through February 6, 2020. You can also go to www.mcny.org for tickets and additional information.

 

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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.
Earl Douglas
Earl Douglas
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.