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Thank you, Niles & l’étoile for your great write-up and making us a what’s what!

11 Oct 2012 | Categories: News / Press | Posted by: admin

Celebrating the marriage of music and film, the indivisibility of sound and vision, it’s time for Sound Unseen’s annual rocking festival of small-time music-related movies, followed by some post-screening live shows (and drinks) at the Harriet Brewing Tap Room, conveniently down the street from the Trylon Microcinema, host for most of the festival’s selections.  From the Rick Springfield you only thought you knew, to the Boston hardcore scene, to alien invaders who fall in love with folk music, Sound Unseen reiterates the relations of the imaginative eye and ear, enticing hundreds of Minneapolis’ best and brightest to spectate and listen before stumbling home with a pleasant golden glow buzz, whistling in the pleasant mid-autumn night. In addition to Charles Bradley: Soul of America, the program this year includes An Affair of the Heart, an in-depth look at Rick Springfield, the “Jessie’s Girl” sweetheart singer-songwriter still going strong on tour at age 62 with a devoted following; Bad Brains: A Band in D.C., which gets into the influential punk band that refused to be confined into any fixed sound or genre, thereby representing the true spirit of Punk Rock; The Source, about a cult-like commune of psychedelic musicians from the 1970s, reforming decades after their hippie heyday; XXX All Ages XXX: The Boston Hardcore Story, which takes a different look at Punk (no, it’s not a melding of Sasha Grey and “More Than a Feeling”), demonstrating how hardcore emblems such as mosh-pits weren’t necessarily the creations of drug addled decadents, but had more straight-edged progenitors than we might expect; Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, the festival’s centerpiece film (playing at the Ritz Theatre), about a young man who posted his songs on YouTube and became Steve Perry’s replacement in Journey; Cartoon College, delving into the artistry of comic-book making; Beware of Mr. Baker, about Cream and Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker’s musical and personal journeys across the globe; and Radio Unnameable, about radio DJ Bob Fass, a boundless on-air personality. Sound Unseen is about the alchemy sound and vision transubstantiating together, the films being followed by live musical performances at free afterparties nightly from Thursday to Saturday, a lineup this year including the lovely DJs Lady Heat, Laliberte, Gallupstar, Bomba De Luz, DJ Don Cuco, Strange Names, and the man, the myth, the reality, Mark Mallman. -Niles Schwartz

Read Niles’ full write-up HERE.

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    Sound Unseen presents the Minnesota premiere of director Joe Angio’s documentary, "Revenge of the Mekons," on of the longest running British rock bands, formed in the late 1970’s, The Mekons. We would like to thank to our sponsors, 89.3 the Current and Trylon microcinema for their contributions toward Sound Unseen. There will be a special intro by 89.3 the Current’s, Bill DeVille. “Revenge of the Mekons” chronicles the unlikely career of the genre-defying collective notorious for being—as rock critic Greil Marcus notes—“the band that took punk ideology most seriously.” Born out of the 1977 British punk scene, the Mekons progressed from a group of socialist art students with no musical skills to the prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. Joe Angio’s exuberant documentary follows their improbable history – a surprising and influential embrace of folk and country music; forays into the art world (collaborations with Vito Acconci and Kathy Acker); and consistent bad luck with major record labels. Among the celebrated fans who appear on screen to testify to the power of their music and artistic innovations are authors Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections) and Luc Sante (Low Life), musician/actor Will Oldham, film director Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol), comedian/ musician Fred Armisen (Portlandia), and critic Greil Marcus (Mystery Train). “Revenge of the Mekons” reveals how, four decades into an ever-evolving career, punk’s reigning contrarians continue to make bold, unpredictable music while staying true to the punk ethos. Film Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mXdhKiVPhU Dir. Joe Angio, USA, 2013, 95 min., HD

    Sound Unseen Presents: REVENGE OF THE MEKONS

    April 8, 2015, 7:00pm

    Trylon microcinema

    Sound Unseen presents the Minnesota premiere of director Joe Angio’s documentary, "Revenge of the Mekons," on of the longest running British rock bands, formed in the late 1970’s, The Mekons. We would like to thank to our sponsors, 89.3 the Current and Trylon microcinema for their contributions toward Sound Unseen. There will be a special intro by 89.3 the Current’s, Bill DeVille. “Revenge of the Mekons” chronicles the unlikely career of the genre-defying collective notorious for being—as rock critic Greil Marcus notes—“the band that took punk ideology most seriously.” Born out of the 1977 British punk scene, the Mekons progressed from a group of socialist art students with no musical skills to the prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. Joe Angio’s exuberant documentary follows their improbable history – a surprising and influential embrace of folk and country music; forays into the art world (collaborations with Vito Acconci and Kathy Acker); and consistent bad luck with major record labels. Among the celebrated fans who appear on screen to testify to the power of their music and artistic innovations are authors Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections) and Luc Sante (Low Life), musician/actor Will Oldham, film director Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol), comedian/ musician Fred Armisen (Portlandia), and critic Greil Marcus (Mystery Train). “Revenge of the Mekons” reveals how, four decades into an ever-evolving career, punk’s reigning contrarians continue to make bold, unpredictable music while staying true to the punk ethos. Film Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mXdhKiVPhU Dir. Joe Angio, USA, 2013, 95 min., HD

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