Monthly Archives: December 2010

Exclusive interview: Lo’Jo = French Yin/Yan

Date: June 18, 2010
Location: The Carlton Arms Hotel

Interviewed by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi & Jim Hoey

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Have you heard of the E SE Festival 2010? What if…?

Date: Decemeber 12th & 13th, 2010
Venue: Epistrophy Cafe (NY)

Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

I had no idea about the E SE Festival. This year was the 6th time?! The last two years since coming to NY I haven’t heard anything about this festival. Every week when I work on the DooBeeDoo music listings I’m kind of informed about what’s happening in this city. When I found out about it I decided to check out this festival because I felt nobody was interested in covering this event.

Martin Bisi was the first person to mention this festival because the drummer he used in Germany in November, Sven Kacirek, was invited by the festival to play their two shows. I contacted him and he emailed me the dates and the contact address of the festival. Surprisingly I knew one of the organizers: Jason Candler. What a surprise?! I just met him before at a show introduced to him by Billy Ficca of Television. Both are members of the Gary Lucas band. So another reason to cover this festival.

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Music listings – 12/27 through 1/2/2011

1. Avant Garde Invasion at The Mercury Lounge! W. John Wagner Group, Matagawa, Centipede and Earth People

Date: Monday, December 27, 2010
Time: 8pm
Venue: Mercury Lounge (217 East Houston St., New York, NY 10002)
Price: $7
Genre: free rock & Jazz/improve/electronics

Schedules: John Wagner Group (7pm), Matagawa (8pm), Centipede (9pm) and Earth People (10pm)

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DVD release of the documentary film: 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s

 Text from website and edited by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

Five Day Weekend and Traffic Entertainment are proud to announce the DVD release of 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s, director Gary Weis‘ 1979 documentary about the South Bronx and its gang culture. The previously unavailable film finally got released which is accompanied by a handful of exciting bonus features.

Director Gary Weis was still working as a short film creator for Saturday Night Live when he came up with the idea for80 Blocks after reading a Jon Bradshaw article, “Savage Skulls.” Published in a 1977 issue of Esquire Magazine, the piece centered on two gangs based in the South Bronx at the time — the Savage Nomads and the Savage Skulls. Weis became infatuated with the story and, soon after striking up a dialogue with Bradshaw, he convinced SNL producer Lorne Michaels to help him produce the film. Just two years later, in 1979, Weis and Bradshaw brought a camera crew to speak with members of both gangs, along with police officers, community activists, and civilians.



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