The Filtered Excellence: July 25, 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.


WATCH THIS

Mike Wallace Is Here. For over 50 years, Mike Wallace defined investigative journalism and interviews with his no-nonsense, take no prisoners approach. Whether it was speaking with heads of state, corporate CEOs or some of the top names in entertainment, Wallace’s abrasive, at times combative desire to get the heart – and truth – of a story, made him a key player in the development of TV news. This new documentary from Avi Belkin looks back at his colorful career, tracing back to his formative years as a game show host, pitchman and local news host through his groundbreaking run as a founding member of 60 Minutes. Using a slew of never before seen 60 Minutes, we get to see what fueled Wallace on and off camera. The doc also dives with how Wallace fought off charges that his style of reporting made him a target for critics and to those he sought to get in front of the camera. It’s a dynamic look at one of the giants of broadcast news. Mike Wallace Is Here is in theaters now. You can also go to www.mikewallaceishere.com for more information.

LISTEN TO THIS

Red, Gold, Green & Blue. Zak Starkey is best known for being the son of Ringo Starr and the longest tenured drummer for The Who. Despite having such an extensive rock pedigree, Starkey also has a deep love for reggae. Now he’s partnered up with his SSHH band mate Shark ‘Sshh’ Liguz to from Trojan Records and their first release covers the best of both worlds. With the legendary rhythm section Sly & Robbie as an anchor, this new compilation features some of all-time great reggae artists (Toots & The Maytals, Freddie McGregor, Mykal Rose of Black Uhuru, and Big Youth) along with next gen artists such as Phylea Carey and Andrew Tosh (son of the late Peter Tosh) to cover blues and early rock n roll classics with a reggae spin. Everyone is having a blast with the material, managing to retain the essence of the original while keeping the heavy reggae grooves and rhythms intact. It’s a labor of love that will become the soundtrack to your summer and beyond. One of the year’s best. Red, Gold, Green & Blue is available now through Amazon, Apple Music and all major streaming services.

Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks by Brian Eno. Released in the summer of 1983 as a companion piece to the documentary Apollo, the 9th studio album by Brian Eno is often considered a high watermark in a career that has had more than its fair share of notable achievements. It also launched the creative partnership between Eno and Daniel Lanois, who would later go onto produce seminal albums by U2, Peter Gabriel, Willie Nelson, The Neville Brothers, among many others. The rich, atmospheric tone of the album was so memorable that a number of tracks also appeared on the soundtracks to Trainspotting, Traffic and 28 Days Later. To coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the Moon landing, Apollo is now being reissued, along with 12 new tracks recorded by Eno, his brother Roger and Lanois specifically for the campaign. They effortlessly compliment the original work, making an already exceptional piece even more breathtaking. An audio mind escape from your day to day routines. Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks by Brian Eno is available now through Amazon, Apple Music and all major streaming services.

DO THIS

New York City: Lincoln Center Out Of Doors. Always a seasonal favorite, this summer weekend series features extraordinary talent from the worlds of music, comedy, dance, art and film – and its all free. This year’s lineup includes Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy; an evening devoted to the Latin influence on Texas Soul; a live presentation of NPR Music’s Turning The Tables featuring, among others, Angela Davi, Sonia Sanchez, and Valerie Simpson; an evening of stand-up comedy featuring Roy Wood, Jr, Ronny Chieng, Julio Torres and Maeve Higgins; a double bill featuring Patty Griffin and Yola; an MTV & Save The Music event featuring H.E.R & Sam Henshaw; and closing out the season will be David Crosby & Friends. It’s a great way to get outside and hear exceptional artists covering every musical spectrum. Lincoln Center Out Of Doors is happening now through August 11th. You can also go to www.lincolncenter.org for a complete schedule, runtimes and more information.

Backstory by Sara Erenthal. If you walked through the streets of New York – and have seen a silhouette of a woman’s form with wide eyes and red lips (often with pointed political commentary) on what used to be old or discarded materials – you have seen the work fo Sara Erenthal. Now you can see this and some of her dynamic painting in this new solo exhibit at The Storefront Project. It will be be a mixed media presentation that features her takes on human figuration, identity and femininity. Whether it’s in a street art or studio setting, Erenthal’s work is simply stunning. A must see exhibit. Backstory by Sara Erenthal will be at the Storefront Project through August 18th. You can also go to www.storefrontproject.com for more information.

Want more excellence? Read last week’s the filtered excellence.

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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.