The world hasn’t seen a band like SomeKindaWonderful in some time, and it’s what we’re missing from the musical landscape. A group that can blend so many genres so seamlessly is rare, and their single “Reverse” is a perfect example of how to do it. http://youtu.be/Q7bnhGzqas0 The Cleveland-born and LA-based alternative band are just beginning their career as a group, and what a start it’s turning out to be. The group started recording just hours after they met and formed a band, and “Reverse” was one of their first songs. The song is an emotional one, telling of a heartbreak so intense the singer can only discuss it in reverse. While it’s easy to see that the song is catchy and well put together, it’s genre and origin are a mystery. “Reverse” mixes everything from rock to pop to 60’s soul and contemporary R&B. The band expertly combines so many different influences and styles, creating something entirely original in the process. The recently-released black and white video was directed by Marc Klasfeld, who has worked on clips for the likes of Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, and the Foo Fighters. About the video, lead singer Jordy Towers said: We wanted to create something that not only represents the song itself but also establishes who we are as a band and reflects our creative vision. A sign of a good band is immediate chemistry, and any group that can churn out singles of this quality after knowing each other only a number of hours is destined to continue their streak.
Podcasts are huge and storytelling shows are huge— so why not bring the two together? Storytelling shows have become rampant in New York City, and are the new poetry slam, which is the new spoken word, which is the new origami, which is the new twerking – it’s becoming just that popular. The TALE podcast is like VH1’s Behind The Music—but with stories. If you attend storytelling shows, you always want to find a little bit more than what is told—sort of the DVD commentary of stories in podcast form. (Just like NPR, but with less mandolins.) The TALE podcast brings you the best storytellers in NYC, with creds ranging from NPR, Comedy Central, McSweeneys, Vice, The Nation, and HBO, cohosted by comedian Alex Schmidt and myself. This Week Stories/Guest: Political cartoonist/author Ted Rall. His work has been syndicated everywhere from the Village Voice to the Los Angeles Times. In 2001 he was a war correspondent in Afghanistan. But most of all, Ted has had a TV slugfest with FOX News’ Sean Hannity: http://youtu.be/SP2W9N6BYfg Comedian Lynn Bixenspan —a regular at UCB, The PIT, FUSE TV, and comedy storytelling show across the land. Alex and I chat with Ted and Lynn as they tell us tales of government surveillance and losing your virginity, via Facebook:
www.thebigegghunt.org) saw them commissioning 250 large egg sculptures from internationally renowned artists and designers—to be stashed at various locations around the five boroughs of NYC. The hunt will take place from April 1st through April 26th, and proceeds will go to a number of different charities. BlackBook was particularly taken with the egg done by New York artist Laura Flook, who presents her own rather unsettling image of that little bunny also known to be associated with the holiday. “It was three months of splendid trial and error,” she elaborates, “smothered in arbitrary development. Upon finishing it, I experienced nine days of debilitating cluster headaches and probably slept enough to make an insomniac weep.” She also created a stunning video, titled The ConFINEmeNT of Valediction, allowing for not-in-real-time glimpses into her process.Dressing up for Halloween has become as much a grownups’ activity as one for the kiddies. But decorating and hunting for Easter eggs—perhaps because the paint goes on the egg instead of your face—hasn’t quite made the leap to adulthood. But Faberge have built a legend by artistically reinventing the little white orb. And this year’s Big Egg Hunt (
The Wolf of Wall Street. Based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir of the same name, narratively confident and larger than life tale of excess and its crashing halt seems perfectly fitting for the icon who brought us Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, After Hours, and other classics. So after receiving rave reviews from critics this week, you can take a look at Hardy and Burger dissecting the finer points of the film, their affinity for its thrill, and just how it stacks up in the grand scope of Scorsese’s work. And in case you’re looking for a little more on the literature that’s inspired Scorsese’s other recent features, we recommend taking a listen to Denis Lahane’s Shutter Island on Audible and cozying up with the psychological nightmare drama. A little mentally unstable DiCaprio before you head down to Wall Street for an even crazier ride.Inside Movies is a series of video conversations hosted by screenwriter Daniel Hardy in conversation with various people from within the film industry. This series looks to offer an insider’s perspective—and an absurdly geeky passion for film —as all manner of current movie-related topics are discussed. This week’s guest is film producer and self-proclaimed movie nerd Fred Berger. In the segment, Hardy and Berger discuss Martin Scorsese’s wild new Leonardo DiCaprio-led feature