Friends, only four days until the most awesome music-for-charity event in Tucson!
That's right, The Great Cover-Up begins on Thursday, Dec. 13, at Plush; continues at Club Congress on the night of Friday, Dec.14, and during the day on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Hotel Congress' outdoor patio; and finishes up that night, Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Rialto Theatre.
Over the course of the event, 50 local acts will each perform 20-minute set of better-known national and international acts — and every penny of the proceeds will be donated to TAMHA (Tucson Artists and Musicians Healthcare Alliance).
In order to get you into the Cover-Up spirit, each day this week we'll be posting a cover song by one of the acts getting covered at this week's event.
If that's confusing, here, enjoy Amy Winehouse (whose songs will be performed on Thursday at Plush by a local act — we won't tell you which one, as it's a Cover-Up tradition to not divulge beforehand who will be covering whom) performing a song originally recorded by The Zutons.
A full schedule of events is after the jump.
Hey, guys. Remember that item we posted right before Halloween featuring a few videos shot by Tucsonan Jason Willis? And remember that one video that was a brilliant parody of "classroom drug educational film(s)" featuring kitties strung out on catnip? You know, the one that was selected to screen at last month's American Film Institute's AFI Fest, in Los Angeles?
Well, we just got word via a Facebook post that the video (and, by extension, Willis) has just received its biggest honor yet: Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? has been selected to screen at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Here's what Willis posted on his Facebook page:
Okay everyone — I'm not exactly sure how to process this news yet so I'm just going to post it.
My short film Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? has been named as an official selection at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
No, honestly. It's playing at the Sundance Film Festival. For real.
In January I'm going to travel to Utah, and go to the Sundance Film Festival where my film Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? will play.
At the Sundance Film Festival.
Burger Records, the mostly-cassettes label that has released some of my favorite albums of the year, released a new compilation today in conjunction with its sister label, Wiener Records, that looks friggin' awesome.
The Wiener Dog Comp contains 71 unreleased tracks by 71 Burger-associated acts, spread over two cassettes. With songs by bands including Thee Oh Sees, Redd Kross, Jaill, King Tuff, The Eeries, Spanish Moss, The Blank Tapes, Pop Zeus and tons more, it almost warrants running out and buying a cassette deck just to listen to it.
Further incentive: The comp also contains songs by three Tucson bands — Lenguas Largas, The Resonars, and Freezing Hands.
Even more incentive: All of the proceeds from sales go toward an operation to remove a growth from the belly of Popcorn!, the adorable wiener dog featured in the video above. Any leftover proceeds will be donated to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. So it's like a triple-win!
If you want in on the action, get to it: Only 500 copies were pressed. Oh, and it's only 10 bucks per copy.
We've talked a bit about local legend Billy Sedlmayr's forthcoming solo debut previously in a piece by Eric Swedlund last month.
Well, it's getting to be crunch time for his Kickstarter project, folks.
The project is less than halfway to its goal of $10,000, with 7 days left before it closes. If you've got an itch to help out a great musician of the Sonoran, here's your chance. Check out the videos above and below for a taste of what Billy is all about.
Anakim will be playing at Club Congress in a free show that went largely unannounced. It isn't on Congress' website or Facebook page. Anakim placed third in the 2012 Tammies awards for metal and I have enjoyed the few times I have seen them. I will have more on Anakim when I finish my review on the 2012 Terrorfest that was held at the Rock a few weekends ago. You can preview and download their EP here.
Interestingly enough, I learned bassist and singer, Ed Slocum, also operates Tattoo Artistry, Best Of Tucson®'s runner up for Best Tattoo Parlor and makes some pretty neat custom tattoo foot pedals:
Kvasura will be playing their first show ever and AM.ARE.IS will be playing as well. This free show begins at 9:00 p.m. at Club Congress, 311 Congress St. and is 21+.
But lately he's been getting loads of Internet love for his brilliant short film Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?, a spot-on parody of "classroom drug educational film(s)" that was selected to screen at the American Film Institute's AFI Fest, which takes place from Nov. 1 to Nov. 8, in Los Angeles.
The video above is his latest creation, a stop-motion music video (his first attempt!) for the song "Can't Play Dead" by British rockers The Heavy.
According to a post on Entertainment Weekly's Music Mix blog, which premiered the video yesterday, the band commissioned the video after coming across a video he made last year for the classic song "Halloween" by Kay Lande Selmer and Wade Denning:
”This video is really all about the genius and dedication of animator Jason Willis from Arizona,” guitarist Dan Taylor says. “We stumbled across a beautiful film of his called 'Halloween on YouTube' made on his iPhone and immediately fell in love. We just had to track him down.”
Yes, you read that correctly. He made the thing on his iPhone. Prepare to have your mind further blown.
The music he's playing now is a long ways off from the punk rock bands he came up with in Tucson three decades ago.
But in those years, Billy Sedlmayr has amassed a lifetime of stories that he's putting into song. And he's captured the attention of a new generation, forging an unlikely collaboration with Gabriel Sullivan (Taraf de Tucson and lately Giant Giant Sand).
"Billy Sedlmayr represents everything about Tucson that I have come to love. The first time I heard him sing, I knew I had never heard anyone with such grit and conviction behind every word," says Sullivan, who's helping to produce Sedlmayr's first solo album and a documentary film about the project.
"His autobiographical songs are the stories that are never told in life, but carry more soul and passion than most can fathom. This record and film are just the beginning of tapping into a wildly talented man."
Sedlmayr and Sullivan began playing music together a couple years ago in the (late, lamented) Red Room, a cross-generational collaboration that proves the enduring strength of Sedlmayr's songs.
Sedlmayr has played with punk pioneers The Pedestrians as well as Giant Sandworms and he's been associated with musicians like Rainer Ptacek, Rich Hopkins, Van Christian and Dan Stuart.
To finish the album, Sedlmayr and Sullivan launched a Kickstarter project, seeking $10,000 to fund week-long recording and mixing sessions, additional filming of the recording process, editing of two years of already captured footage, hiring studio musicians and mastering and producing the record.
"For over 30 years now, Billy Sedlmayr has been deep in the fabric of Tucson music," says music writer Carl Hanni (a Tucson Weekly contributor), narrating the brief introductory video.
"To me Billy Sedlmayr is as Tucson as Sonoran dogs, saguaros and those monsoon sunsets that break your heart," Hanni says. "He's pretty much seen it all, from top to bottom, from dark to light. So, Billy's got some stories to tell and he's just looking for some help to get it done."
Check out the video for "Tucson Kills" below...