Hello everyone. Good weekends? Good. I watched ‘Flight Of The Navigator’ for the first time in about fifteen years on Saturday afternoon. I enjoyed it, but it contains so many incredibly weak methods of moving the plot along. It’s amazing how much you let pass without question when you’re a child. Children are basically idiots. That’s what I learnt from Hollywood this weekend, anyway. Next weekend I’m going to try to watch ‘Short Circuit’, but first, these things are happening…
01: Birds Eye View Film Festival. The seventh annual Birds Eye View Film Festival begins today and runs until 18 Mar on London’s Southbank, celebrating the best and brightest in international female filmmaking talent. There’s a great music programme, as usual. Imogen Heap, Micachu, and Arista Hawkes of Guillemots will all perform new soundtracks to classic silent films, Kate Nash will be introducing an evening of music videos, and the festival will play host to the UK premiere of ‘The Night Catches Us’, a Sundance-nominated drama set amidst the racial turmoil of 1976 Philadelphia, for which The Roots provide an original soundtrack.
02: The Vinyl Factory concept store opens. Vinyl presser and seller The Vinyl Factory has announced its first ever ‘concept store’, which I think is the new name for ‘pop-up store’, which was the old new name for ‘temporary store’. Basically, the company will be selling records, including a string of limited edition packages, plus artwork and other such treats from the front room in the St Martins Lane hotel from 10 Mar. Which is all rather exciting.
03: Story Whores. Returning for its second outing, the paper/scissors/stone theatre company’s Story Whores venture takes over The Rag Factory just off Brick Lane in east London this Friday evening. Entry is a fiver and for that you get tokens with which to buy stories from actors in back rooms of the venue and in the bar. Speaking of the bar, music playing there will exclusively feature songs that have a narrative, all of which have been chosen by me.
04: New releases. Elbow, REM, Noah & The Whale, Avril Lavigne, Lupe Fiasco and the mighty Raekwon all have new albums out this week, as do folk types Erland And The Carnivaland Dutch eclectic rock band De Staat. On the short-length release front, Cocknbullkid and Dry The River‘s new singles are out, grime producer Becoming Real‘s new double A-side is available digitally, and electronic duo Drugg‘s debut EP can and should be bought.
05: Gigs. This Friday, Field Day will be showing off some of the acts performing at this year’s festival with a night at XOYO in London. As well as live sets from Floating Points, Brackles, Casper C and Chimes, Four Tet will DJ, which is nice. Also worth checking out this week are Dry The River, who have three shows in Liverpool, Glasgow and London. Elsewhere on the touring circuit, you’ll find Two Door Cinema Club, Iron & Wine,Chase & Status, Bruno Mars, and Hercules & Love Affair.
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