It’s another collection of news nuggets, fresh beats, sticky web pages and other assorted oddities, for your eyes only here at The Mighty BC! The goodness is back, just in time to take your mind off work. If your not careful, you might learn something before you're done, so let’s get really, really good, OK?!?
Word On The Street
Last week I had the chance to check out a screening of the premier episode of the HBO show, Flight of the Concords, at the Rec Center Studio in Echo Park. The show stars New Zealand folk parody duo Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie. FOTC has had several premiers this month, introducing the guitar strummed sitcom to the lucky few who got the word.
The Rec Room was a great venue to screen the premier, as the crew at Cornerstone provided popcorn appetizers with drinks as the show was projected onto one of the loft walls. We watched “Sally”, the highly anticipated premier episode, as the guys begin their American takeover, from a cramped New York apartment.
After the show ended, we were served simosas and tandoori chicken, (makes senses after you watch the show) and got the chance to catch up with the creators What The Folk.net, a fan site dedicated to “New Zealand's 4th most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo”. They schooled me on all things related to the mighty F to the C, and were very excited to be at the unveiling. The show starts in June on HBO but you can see the first episode at their MySpace page. Add them and tell them Q sent ya! If that wasn’t enough, the movie Eagle vs Shark, starring Jermaine Clement, is on the way as well! Stay tuned for more news on the Concords.
Reel Teen Works Films in Brooklyn NY is putting the camera in the hands of the city youth. The results they are getting back are amazing beyond words, as some of the short films show real promise in these young directors. The non-profit after school program is headquarter at the Prospect Park YMCA and serves over 150 teens with their various media related programs.
Among some of the films present here is Repeating History by Layla Gardner. It’s a insightful look into the life of fatherless families. This film attempts to measure the impact of this experience, and discover how and why this cycle has repeated itself and should be seen by all.
Another amazing short featured at the site is A Girl Like Me, the re-creation of the Clark doll test, directed by 17 year old Kerri Davis. The film has become somewhat controversial as it shows children from a Harlem Day Care Center, retaking the test, with the same results. Both films are just a tip of the iceberg as Reel Teen Works has dozens of award worthy flicks. Make sure you visit them.
Bodog Battle Takes its Million Dollar Prize Global!
The Million Dollar Battle of the Bands brought to you by Bodog, is taking over the world as it returns for its second competition. The media company has expanded US cities and plans on forging ahead into the UK and Europe. The newly formed contest will include 60 cities, also reaching into Canada, London, Dublin, Amsterdam, and Berlin to name a few. The best of the best will compete for the big money with the winner to be crowned sometime in the spring of 2008. Two separate million dollar contracts will be given, one in Los Angeles and the other in London.
It’s never to early to get yourself in the running. Musicians can register online for free, build your profile, and upload your best material to compete. For more information on Bodog Battle and to sign up, visit BodogMusic.com.
Mudvile – Iris Nova
Check out the new mp3 from Mudville, entitled “Eternity”.
The feature band members who participated on the new album reads like some random rock trivia answers, pulled out of a hat and all assembled together. R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, Michael Blake from Lounge Lizards, and guitar legend Buddy Cage are just a few of the musicians involved in Iris Nova. The new CD packs eleven new songs and a cover of The Police’s “Spirits In The Material World” to boot. Iris Nova will be available on iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody, and all the other e-stores soon, and limited CDS are available at the live shows.
Hot Dollar has the streets on lock with his new single and looks ready to take the newly formed Island Urban Music Label to new heights. His CD entitled My Dreams…A Day in the Life will be in stores on August 14th. Check the single “Streets On Lock” below!
DJ Khaled is heating the streets up something major with his new CD We The Best. If that wasn’t enough, Khaled has a new mixtape ready to hit the block. Cinematic Music Group's Good Talk Vol. 2 Mixtape hosted by Sean Kingston and DJ Khaled features tracks by Sean Kingston, Hot Dolla, Nipsey Hussle, and more. Guest vocal are provided by Rick Ross, Jermaine Dupri, The Game, Vybz Kartel, Kardinal Offishall, Trey Songz and more. You can download the entire mixtape!