Steve James, the director of Hoop Dreams, is raising funds on Indiegogo for a documentary based on Roger Ebert's memoir, Life Itself. You can find the video pitch in the replies.
[T]he first ever feature-length documentary on the life of Roger Ebert, covers the prolific critic's life journey from his days at the University of Illinois, to his move to Chicago where he became the first film critic ever to win the Pulitzer Prize, then to television where he and Gene Siskel became iconic stars, and finally to what Roger referred to as "his third act"; how he overcame disabilities wrought by cancer to became a major voice on the internet and through social media.
The producer of a documentary about The Wrecking Crew (ie: the band behind some of the most well known music ever recorded), has taken to Kickstarter to raise funds to be able to afford the licensing costs to release the film.
This is a documentary film about an elite group of studio session musicians in Los Angeles in the 1960’s who played on hits for the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, Jan & Dean, The Monkees, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Mamas and Papas, 5th Dimension, Tijuana Brass, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, Johnny Rivers and Phil Spector's Wall of Sound and that’s just a few! The amount of work in which they were involved was tremendous. These musicians...
From Indian Lakes have put up their stellar album, Able Bodies, on Bandcamp in the pay-what-you-want model. The band will be using the funds to complete a new music video. The special ends Tuesday at midnight - go grab my favorite album of 2012, and give them lots of money.
Joy Division original members Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris would like to lend their voice of support to Deborah and Natalie Curtis, who have been caused great distress over media reporting of the sale of the table originally owned by the family, and currently being auctioned on eBay. Deborah and Natalie would like to point out that the sale of this table has nothing whatsoever to do with them. The table was sold along with the house in 1980 and Natalie has never signed any authentication document. Furthermore, they consider the sale of a personal family item, and the subsequent media reporting, to be distasteful...
Update: It appears that many orders from Oldies.com's clearance sale are being cancelled, or partially delivered. Many users noted in the comments that they're receiving only a few records from their orders, if any at all. Refunds are apparently a mixed bag as well. Check the comments for the latest -JA
Dreamcatcher (Bryan Czap, ex-The Dangerous Summer) has an Indiegogo campaign to fund the physical production of their first EP, Wonderlust, out December 10th. Their new song, "June," is viewable on the campaign page.
Included with the Table are confirmation of authenticity from Natalie Curtis, Debbie Curtis, Marco from Joy Division Central and Vicky Morgan. Also there is a four page print from a web site with pics taken inside 77 Barton Street when it was a B and B and a picture of Dorothy Smith.
Kiss Kiss has launched a Kickstarter to fund the vinyl release and re-master of Reality Vs. The Optimist. It would be on 180 gram 12” vinyl via a triple label collaboration of Eyeball Records, frontman Josh Benash’s Motor Oat Records, and guitarist Mike Abiuso’s SwitchBitch Records. If the Kickstarter achieves the required amount, a limited edition run of 250 units will be printed and pressed. If funding exceeds the required amount, any additional proceeds will be put toward pressing 250 more copies of the album on vinyl along with a potential release of Kiss Kiss’ The Meek Shall Inherit What’s Left on dual disc vinyl.
Here's something pretty cool: Sidestep, an app that lets you buy concert merch from your phone so it's ready for you at the door on your way out, or shipped directly to you. The beta will be available later this month, though will be used at select dates on the Fall Out Boy / Panic! At The Disco tour, for iOS and Android. Read a statement about the app in the replies. Is this something you'd use?
The creators of "Something in the Water: A Film about the Long Island Hardcore Scene" have started an IndieGogo campaign to help assist with the shooting and post-production of their documentary. More information, including an eight minute clip explaining the film and featuring footage of some of the relevant artists, can be found at on their page.
Here's how it works: If the project successfully meets its fundraising goal ($75,000 by Sunday, October 20), it will hire musicians (some of the best Chopin pianists in the world) to record and release to the public under a CC0 license the entirety of Chopin's life's work, some 245 pieces. Then, if you're making a movie (or writing a Wikipedia page, or a blog post, or whatever else you might be doing) and looking for that particular Nocturne, you'll have a place to turn to.
Brian Bonz (you may know him from Kevin Devine's Goddamn Band) has set up a Kickstarter for his new album.
Misophonia is a project born out of this phase of my life. I'd scored a documentary for PBS about artwork in New York City's subway stations, and much of that material formed the record's blueprint. I experimented with sampling music and found sound, using new programs and abandoning any prior strictures with approaching previous work. Chris Bracco, who produced From Sumi to Japan, returns to collaborate on Misophonia. The Major Crimes continue their trek forward on this one, as well, along with both old and new guest musicians.