September 20, 2014

THE REPLACEMENTS- Live In Queens

As warm up act, the Hold Steady noted, it was significant that this historic gig was happening at the birthplace of the Ramones.  The Replacements (or ‘Mats’ as they’re sometimes called) started out as punk but slowed the pace down a bit and became of the most heralded and influential indie rock acts of the 1980’s.

After breaking up in 1991, singer/songwriter Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson (who also plays with Guns N’ Roses) got back together for the Coachella festival this past April, had Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong guest with them and took their act on the road, including a stop in Queens yesterday.  With new guitarist Dave Minehan (of Boston band The Neighborhoods) replacing the late Bob Stinson and a new drummer (Josh Freese, who’s also played with Devo and Nine Inch Nails), they roared through their Gimme Decade catalog, with great moments of sing-a-long nostalgia on songs like “Androgynous” and “Bastards of Young,” as well as funny moments of stage banter about cigarettes and medical mishaps.  Thankfully, Paul kept his drinking down this time, actually remembering most of the lyrics and not stage diving or breaking his wrist- this time, he just tossed back a tennis back from the crowd, which was appropriate since the Stadium usually hosts tennis matches.

See the photo collage above for some visual highlights.  Also see these two videos from the show. 

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September 19, 2014
MEET MARK LANDIS, THE PHILANTHROPIST ART FORGER WHO DUPED MORE THAN 60 MUSEUMS

Over a 20-year period, Mark Landis donated his forged art to more than 60 museums, and he is the subject of a new documentary called “Art and Craft.

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September 19, 2014

GRIMES AIMS FOR SENATE WITH GUNS, COAL & COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes (D-Ky.) released a new campaign ad that is kind of everything right with politics these days.

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(Source: theblotmag)

September 19, 2014
DAN STEVENS OF ‘DOWNTON’ GOES SHIRTLESS IN NEW THRILLER ‘THE GUEST’
Dan Stevens charmed viewers on “Downton Abbey,” but the British actor takes a sinister turn in “The Guest.” Also, he goes shirtless, so there’s that.
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DAN STEVENS OF ‘DOWNTON’ GOES SHIRTLESS IN NEW THRILLER ‘THE GUEST’

Dan Stevens charmed viewers on “Downton Abbey,” but the British actor takes a sinister turn in “The Guest.” Also, he goes shirtless, so there’s that.

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(Source: theblotmag)

September 19, 2014
Bone Appetit! Dogs Will Be Allowed in California Restaurants
California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a law permitting dogs to dine with their owners in restaurants all throughout the Golden State.
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Bone Appetit! Dogs Will Be Allowed in California Restaurants

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a law permitting dogs to dine with their owners in restaurants all throughout the Golden State.

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(Source: theblotmag)

September 17, 2014
Grimes Aims for Senate with Guns, Coal & College Basketball
Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes (D-Ky.) released a new campaign ad that is kind of everything right with politics these days.
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Grimes Aims for Senate with Guns, Coal & College Basketball

Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes (D-Ky.) released a new campaign ad that is kind of everything right with politics these days.

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(Source: theblotmag)

September 17, 2014
How YOU Brewin’: Central Perk From ‘Friends’ Pops Up in SoHo
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first episode of “Friends,” the show’s iconic Central Perk coffee shop will pop up in New York’s SoHo for one month.
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How YOU Brewin’: Central Perk From ‘Friends’ Pops Up in SoHo

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first episode of “Friends,” the show’s iconic Central Perk coffee shop will pop up in New York’s SoHo for one month.

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(Source: theblotmag)

September 16, 2014

DIRECTOR TERRY GILLIAM AT APPLE STORE SOHO

Acclaimed director and now former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam stopped by in Soho, NYC to talk about his new movie “The Zero Theorem" with Christoph Waltz.  TG was gleefully self-effacing, admitting that he’s still leaning his trade after decades of (great) films.  The new one looks to be another puzzler as Waltz plays a man in a not-so-dystopian future who’s looking for the meaning of life.

Some gem quotes from TG:

"You shouldn’t be watching movies on your phone- if I catch you doing it, you’ll die!"

"Editing (this film) was like a jigsaw puzzle- it ended up as a different film than we set out to do… of course, we cut out the ‘Hollywood’ ending."

On the best way to save money on a film: “Go to Bucharest instead of shooting in London.”

On what he’s searching for: “Money! Seriously, I don’t know… I react to things in an infantile way and want to make a film about it.”

"Today, we’re connected (online) but we’re more alienated than ever before."

"If anyone any ideas or cash (for a film), come along- I’m your guy!"

On today’s directors: “I see brilliant technical work but I miss seeing individual voices.  The closest I see to that now is the Coen brothers.”

"One day, I’m gonna learn how to make films properly"

"The less time, the less money you have for a film, the more interesting results you get… With a bigger budget, it’s hard to maintain reality."

"With your work, you should do it for your own selfish pleasure and satisfaction."

"I don’t look for actors that I’m dying to work with… I start with the film and think about who would be the best actors to be in it and then I try to pursue them."

(Source: theblotmag)

September 16, 2014

Governor’s Island Art Fair- Part II

To follow-up on our previous post about the wonderful Governors Island Art Fair, we have more photos from the exhibit above.  You still have two more weekends this September to see all the interesting paintings, sculptures, videos and installations.

More of our favorites are posted here, including Miro Kang's threatening “Allowed to Wound” sculptures (top photo), the Grotesque Taxidermy of the Feminine Mystique (3rd photo above) and Mikel Glass and Daniel Batlzer's ingenious/confusing “Coherence” exhibit (3rd from last photo above). Click on each of the photos here for a closer look at them.

You can also see more at the Art Fair website and support the arts organization that puts on the Fair through their Kickstarter campaign.

September 15, 2014
Do Handsome Men Have Lower Sperm Quality? | TheBlot

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