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By the early ‘60s twin brothers George and Mike Kuchar pioneered and lead New York’s underground film scene. They were known as the “8mm Mozarts” for their command of “low-fi” filming, and unconventional storylines and plots. Between the two they are responsible for directing over 200 works including: The Thief and the Stripper (1959), I was a Teenage Rumpot (1960), and Confessions of Babette (1963).

Director Jennifer M. Kroot documents the lives, relationship, craft and impact the Kuchars have on underground film in It Came from Kuchar. Through interviews, archived footage, and humor, Kroot offers insight to the bizarre world of brotherhood and film with George and Mike Kuchar.

Upcoming Screenings:
September 15: Sydney queerDOC09
September 24: Cambridge International Film Festival
Kuchar retrospectives: September 24th at 11:30pm/Friday, September 25th at 9pm
September 24: Atlantic Film Festival

Pariah Piranha
People People
(Queer Control)
Released: 1 September

When Tara Gordon sings “When we cross the city lines / We’ll pretend to be dead” on Pariah Piranha’s new single “Green Rooms”, you don’t need the lyrical reference to feel the L7 that permeates the track. Recalling the best moments of 1990s acts like Lunachicks, Bratmobile, and Babes in Toyland, the San Francisco trio makes you want to throw on a flannel and shake your hair like J. Mascis.

So if you’re over the ‘80s retread sound and your post-modern heart yearns for the next logical step, look no further than Pariah Piranha’s irresistible new CD, People People. In the hands of Gordon and bandmates Andrea Shearer and Tony Garber, the music sounds utterly fresh and infectious. And it was produced by Tony Maimone of Pere Ubu and They Might Be Giants fame, in case you need another dash of ‘90s authenticity.

SONG LIST
01 Artifacts
02 Rush Beat
03. Cartaclysm
04 Small Town Holdout
05 Hate Beast
06 Atlas
07 Role Model
08 Reading Rainbow
09 Sleight of Hand
10 Green Rooms
11 Insurance Insurance

Pariah Piranha
“Green Rooms” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

11 Sep 2009


CFCF
Continent
(Paper Bag)
Releasing: 27 October

Michael Silver (aka CFCF) is the Montreal DJ who attracted notice for his remix of Crystal Castles’ “Air War”. Paper Bag is putting out CFCF’s debut full-length this fall.

SONG LIST
01 Raining Patterns
02 Big Love
03 Invitation to Love
04 Summerlong
05 You Hear Colours
06 Monolith
07 Half Dreaming
08 Letters Home
09 Break-In
10 Come Closer
11 Snake Charmer
12 Half Dreaming Reprise

CFCF
“Monolith” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

11 Sep 2009


Supercluster
Waves
(Cloud)
Releasing: 6 October

Athens, Georgia musicians unite to form a super-group of sorts. Members of the Olivia Tremor Control, Deerhunter, Circulatory System and more gather for 12 songs of imaginative pop that feature all manner of instruments including violin, cello, mandolin, and clarinet, alongside the standard pop ensemble tools.

SONG LIST
01 Peace Disco Song
02 Brave Tree
03 Sunflower Clock
04 The River
05 I Got the Answer
06 The Mermaid’s Tale
07 Copper Palo
08 The Night I Died
09 Too Many Eights
10 Anyone
11 Time to End the War
12 316

Supercluster
“Brave Tree” [MP3]
     

The show Fear Itself was a horror/thriller anthology series that aired on NBC beginning on June 8th, 2008. Despite given the time of Thursday at 10pm/9pm central, the show did not live up to the ratings numbers needed and was canceled after the show went on hiatus in order to make room for the 2008 Olympics.

The show title was derived from the Franklin D. Roosevelt quote, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. The show was in the same line as the show Masters of Horror, each episode was a self contained story that usually ended with a twist, and each story had its own distinct characters portrayed by different characters. In addition, the episodes were all the vision of different directors, the best and biggest in the horror genre such as John Landis (American Werewolf in London), Brad Anderson (Transsiberian), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Saw III and Saw IV) and John Dahl (Joy Ride).

Now, FearNET, both a website and onDemand cable network have secured the rights to air the series, including the last five unaired episodes, which can be seen via Comcast or via the website, www.fearnet.com

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