What would be a better Halloween celebration than to go to a Devo concert in New York City? Well, everything was ready to celebrate Halloween on Saturday Oct 30th at the Hammerstein Ballroom until last Wednesday when a press release announced that "A glass shard sliced Mothersbaugh’s right thumb to the bone, severing a tendon. He underwent immediate emergency surgery and is expected to make a full recovery after proper care and therapy". So now we have no Devo concert and a free party...Nothing will make it up to me. I really wanted to see Devo live. On the other hand I can't imagine how Bob Mothersbaugh must feel after the stupid accident. Although he looks happy. He's probably thinking that it could've been worse. At least he didn't loose his thumb! Remember how Rick Allen (Def Leppard's drummer) lost his arm in a car accident on Dec 31 1984? Anyway, Devo's tour was postponed until Spring 2011 but "Founding Members Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale Will Still Attend Moogfest in Asheville, NC, to Accept Moog Innovation Award, On October 29th". Oh, before I forget,they also say on the official Website to "Please mail any 'Get Well' cards & letters for Bob1 to: AMY HUDSON SPECTACLE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP Attn: Get Well Bob1! 1100 Glendon Ave., Ste. 1100 Los Angeles, CA 90024"
And once again while CMJ and after more than 8 years people are still wondering about the future of music business regarding concerts, downloads, record sales,piracy, etc... I'm kind of tired of the subject but here's a question related to it. -What was unusual about Bowie's September 1996 release "Telling Lies"?
Well, it was the first -ever downloadable single by a major artist
After more than two years of searching for theaters or festivals that would play silent movies with live accompaniment, I gave up my search, but just like everything else in life, things come to you when they're supposed to, and last week, while waiting for the bus, I saw the sign of a silent film screening with live organ accompaniment. The screening was last night at the "Landmark Lowe's Jersey Theater" in New Jersey. They played the 1920's classic "The Mark of Zorro" and the live organist was Chris Elliott. Of course I couldn't miss it, so I went there. From the moment I stepped in the theater I knew it was going to be a time travel experience; The theater is old and elegant, with beautiful golden decorations and enormous lamps and nice little white lights that decorate the balconies, and although the theater is not very well maintained,you forget about those details because the atmosphere carries the weight of time, so even when you look in the mirror or the EXIT signs, you just travel to the beginning of the XXth Century. As soon as you step into the screening room you see a giant screen with red velvet curtains that surround the white spotlight which only target is the microphone that comes out from the stage's wooden floor. I sat down after getting my $1 pop corn and the music started playing, it was the Californian organist Chris Elliott popping out from the hole where the 1920's "Wonder Morton Theater pipe organ" keyboard is kept. He played some Charlie Chaplin classic songs which on the organ sounded big and emotional. After that the movie began. The organ playing of Chris Elliott was impeccable, with enormous contrasts in dynamics orchestration, and tempos. His playing was so perfect that after 20 minutes you forget that it's a live performance, because the sync between the image and the audio is perfect! The only thing that reminds you about the live performance is the stereo sound that the organ creates, because its 1799 pipes are distributed on both sides of the theater. The only thing that I can say is that if you get the chance to ever watch a silent movie with live accompaniment, you should do it, because it's a real time travel experience and they don't write movie scores like those anymore,plus, they don't even make instruments like those organs any more, there are only 5 of those in the U.S, so it's completely worth it (not that it's expensive, the ticket was only $10). Anyway, there will be another screening with live organ on Oct 23 at 8:20 p.m, it will be the horror movie "Nosteratu" and the ticket is only $8. The address to the the theater is 54 Journal square, Jersey city, NJ.