Last night was pretty much the platonic ideal of Summerscreen: The weather was perfect, with a cool breeze blowing consistently throughout the evening's events; there was what seemed like an inordinate amount of dogs, and my 15-month-old daughter was intent on hanging out with every single one of them; the beer and food were, as always, totally delicious; the movie, Ferris Beuller's Day Off, had a very large crowd in unusually high spirits, and then there was the music: Your Youth got things started with their summery, hook-laden pop, followed by Twin Sister, who are gearing up for a busy few months, with their Domino Records debut, In Heaven, hitting shelves on September 27th. We were treated to a handful of new songs, including the immensely enjoyable, seven-minute "Spain," which our own Sydney Brownstone was kind enough to film for us. And in addition to all that, there was the actual big-screen debut of the video for Twin Sister's "Bad Street," which everyone's saying debuted on the internet this morning. Watch it (again) below.
We'll see you next week for Clueless, in which we'll be giving away more prizes and listening to a lot of Mighty Mighty Bosstones. See you then!
It's one thing to be excited about much buzzed-about locals, the sweetly strange and chameleonic Twin Sister, playing McCarren Park at dusk tonight before Summerscreen presents Ferris Bueller's Day Off. It's another to be excited about the prospect of the crowd busting out a spontaneous, Sixpoint-fueled soul train when Twin Sister debuts their new music video for "Bad Street," a single off their first full-length, entitled In Heaven, due in September. "Bad Street" is a definitive summer funk jam with clever indie sensibility rooted in frontwoman Andrea Estella's distinct vocals and solid harmonies. You can listen to the track (and download it) over at Stereogum to get yourself pumped for the exclusive screening. In the meantime, check out the video for "All Around and Away We Go," a single off of Twin Sister's last EP, Color Your Life (above).
2a. Twin Sister will be debuting their new music video for Bad Street before the film starts. We saw it and it is amazing. Your Youth will open for them, thank you Free Williamsburg for setting that up.
3. A FREE BIKE (Diamondback Outlook 18" Mountain bike) raffle from Ride Brooklyn (sign up with an L mag staffer in a sea foam green tee)
4. A giant game of Yahtzee over at the Southwest Airlines tent, winners get free miles to travel around the country (but hopefully just Vegas).
5. Lots o' ipad2 giveaways at the Epix Tent.
6. Z100 will be giving away tickets to see the Broadway musical Chicago over at their tent.
7. Cold Sixpoint beer. In CANS. For $4.
8. A free $50 gift certificate to LuxEye Optical (sign up with an L mag staffer in a sea foam green tee).
9. FREE Vitamin Water samples. Yes, you heard me.
10. FREE Pop Chips samples. Yes, I did not stutter.
11. Fiat will be on site showing off their awesome cars for you to horse around in.
13. Summer. In New York.
See you all tomorrow!
In honor of the luxury cars that Cameron and Ferris so love, Fiat will be at this week's SummerScreen with two of their awesome, Italian machines for all of us to marvel at. We're pretty excited and plan on picking up a lot of lucky high schoolers in those babies.
Film Biz Recycling (a non-profit organization that rescues film props that may have otherwise ended up in a landfill) will be raffling off a Ghost World worthy package of dinner items and old school diner ware which were really, truly on the set of an actual film. So you can make hangover pancakes in your own diner - or apartment.
When you come to McCarren Park tomorrow, give your name and email address to an L Mag staffer in a sea foam green tee shirt. Good luck!
Next week we will resume SummerScreen with Ghost World starring Steve Buscemi and a very young, pre Ryan Reynolds Scarlett Johansson. See you next week!
Two weeks after the band played their first legal show in Istanbul, the Yellow Dogs flew to New York. Obash, Looloosh, Koory and Zina have been here since, keeping the regular low-profile of Brooklyn indie kids. In 2009, documentarian Bahman Ghobadi directed a film about Iran's underground rock music scene, No One Knows About Persian Cats. The film, which won the Special Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard category, prominently featured the Yellow Dogs. It's kind of incredible these guys weren't caught or silenced by the Iranian regime, and instead can hang out with us at SummerScreen while we sip on canned Sixpoint and watch Wayne's World. Now, what politically daring moves have you made for the sake of your art recently? More power to them 'tis the point! To quoth Wayne and Garth, the lovable, rock-loving underdogs themselves, "PARTY ON!"
You can check out the Yellow Dogs before they came to the States in this CNN "Inside the Middle East" interview, or spot them practicing in the No One Knows About Persian Cats trailer above. And be sure to show up to SummerScreen at McCarren Park this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., where you can stick it to Ahmadinejad and experience the truly subversive rock and roll in person.
Film Biz Recycling is a non-profit organization that rescues film props that may have otherwise ended up in a landfill, so thank you, Film Biz, for continuing the construction of basements like Wayne's right here in our borough.
To win this lovely prize, find an L Mag staff member in a sea foam green t-shirt to give them your name and email to enter the raffle. Winners will be announced before the movie begins. SHA-WIIING!
See you all next week when we screen Wayne's World and again pass out from too many vegan treats. Until then...
TECLA performs at 7 pm, so get their with your leopard print blanket and thirst for beer. Friday begins at sundown. See you tonight!