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Watch: “80 Blocks From Tiffany’s” – A Documentary About South Bronx Street Gangs

February 3, 2011 Film

In 1979, Gary Weis, known for his short films on Saturday Night Live, directed a documentary about South Bronx street gangs called 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s featuring the Savage Nomads and the Savage Skulls. NBC never aired the 67 minute documentary so 80 Blocks remained shelved until 1985 when it received a very limited release as an educational VHS. In the time since, 80 Blocks has become an underground sensation, especially with hip hop fans looking for the beginnings of the culture and documentary film buffs who respect Weis’ bold choices as a filmmaker.

Thanks to the internet you can watch 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s in its entirety below.

But before you do, read the following excerpt from Billy Jam’s article “A South Bronx Tale” to gain some context:

It was Koch-era New York when the South Bronx, one of the poorest areas in the nation, was such a rundown destitute place that both Presidents Carter and Reagan traveled there for photo ops to exemplify the most striking symbol they could find of urban decay in America. It was also the time and place when the subways were covered in graffiti and when a new music and culture called hip-hop was taking root in the “Boogie Down” Bronx.

80 Blocks, which Weis based on a 1977 Esquire article by Jon Bradshaw, offers a rare, intimate inside-look at the Savage Nomads and the Savage Skulls, two gangs that resided in the notorious 41st Precinct and ruled their ’hoods decked out in cutoff denim jackets with gang names proudly embroidered on their backs. “They think they’re outlaws. I think they’re bums,” Detective Bob Werner of NYPD’s Youth Gang Task Force says in the film’s opening. Along with the many colorful Skulls and Nomads members, community activists and other locals, Werner is a recurring figure in this character-driven time capsule that’s been recently recovered and fully restored for DVD release Nov 23, 2010.

Read more about the film here

Purchase the DVD with plenty of extras here

Free Music Roundup: August 23, 2010

August 24, 2010 Music

Dungen
“Marken Låg Stilla”
From the upcoming album Skit I Allt, out 9/14 via Mexican Summer
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Blonde Redhead
“Not Getting There”
From Penny Sparkle, out 9/14 via 4AD
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Truman’s Water
“We Fish”
From the band’s first album in 7 years O Zeta Zunis, out now via Asthmatic Kitty
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Wild Nothing
“Golden Haze”
From the forthcoming Golden Haze EP, out later this year via Captured Tracks
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Cinema Red and Blue (features members of Comet Gain and Crystal Stilts)
“Same Mistakes”
From the band’s self-titled debut album, out 9/28 via What’s Your Rupture
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Still Corners
“Don’t Fall in Love”
From the  7″ single of the same name, soon to be released via The Great Pop Supplement
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Outer Minds
“Ordinary”
From the band’s debut EP Bloodshot Eyes, out now via Hozac Records
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Super Wild Horses
“Carolina”
From the band’s debut LP Fifteen, out now via Hozac Records
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The Flips
“I Just Don’t Know Where I Stand Anymore”
From the EP of the same name, out now via Hozac Records
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Bonus: Weekend’s Daytrotter session

Bonus: Ridin’ With My Top Down: The Essential Swizz Beatz, a three disc, 70 song  mixtape of the hip hop producer’s greatest hits and most questionable collaborations. Check out the track-listing here.

Download disc 1 here -  (138.73 Mb)
Download disc 2 here -  (139.38 Mb)
Download disc 3 hereShowtime? Swizzy’s Greatest WTFs (111.31 Mb)

Updated Bonus: The Rub’s History of Hip Hop 2000-2009, 31 mixtapes with hundreds of classic jams available as free downloads.

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Free Music Roundup: August 9, 2010

August 9, 2010 Music

This is a free compilation of Ampeater Music‘s digital 7-inches, crafted exclusively for WFMU and the Free Music Archive.

Bonus Songs:

Dustin Wong (guitarist for Ponytail)
“Talking Walking Cloud”
From Wong’s solo debut Infinite Love, out 10/19 on Thrill Jockey
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Ducktails
“Hamilton Road”
From his third album Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics, out Fall 2010 via Woodist
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Jesse Woods
“Mind, Drips” (Neon Indian cover)
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Download/Watch: The Yes Men Fix The World – P2P Edition

August 3, 2010 Film, Funny

Prankster activists The Yes Men are sick of having the videos depicting their shenanigans taken down through copyright complaints, so they’ve put the latest video, a full-length doc called The Yes Men Fix the World up as a torrent file through VODO, resistant to censorship and easy to get.

From The Yes Men:

We have been impersonating people in power in order to make political points for over a decade. The Yes Men Fix the World is our second feature film. It’s won a bucket of awards and accolades, but we’re still broke. We are hoping that people who share it will donate some money so that we can do even more outrageous actions.

How outrageous? Outrageous enough to get us sued! Not long ago The US Chamber of Commerce took us to court for impersonating them. That is why on this special p2p version of the Yes Men Fix the World, we have included an exclusive video that the US Chamber of Commerce does not want you to see. You can only see this surprising film on the exclusive VODO p2p release.

One final note: making films takes lots of hard work. And money. We busted our asses to make this film and still owe our friends barrels of cash they loaned us. By supporting us and joining the Yes Men Labs, you not only get a membership card and an entry into the prize draw, you also help us to pay all those people back and fund future projects. We’re sharing by P2P because we made this film to be watched, and with your help we’ll able to carry on with what we love doing.

Download The Yes Men Fix The World here (697 Mb)


Free Music: Solid Melts’ Summer Compilation 2010, An Empire of Fun

July 9, 2010 Art, The Rathaus

art by George De Moura

Solid Melts, a local indie label, recently released a free compilation of some of the best lo-fi music from the Lawrence/Kansas City area entitled An Empire of Fun. The compilation certainly lives up to its name and provides an excellent introduction into the wide array of music our local scene has to offer. We’ve uploaded a few of our favorite tracks so you can preview the awesomeness that is An Empire of Fun before you download it.

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Tracklisting
1. Bird Names – Peace for Recorder
2. Viking Fuck – 21
3. Yuppies – 665
4. C V L T S – corpus dei
5. Coasting – Discover
6. TEAADORA – Languageless Pre-agriculture Culture
7. Katrina Stonehart – overpass
8. Prussia – You Don’t Mean That Much, Relax
9. Big Dogs – Ralphie
10. Vehicle Blues – Campbell and Potomac
11. Expo 70 – Electric Waves
12. Lazy – Who Could Break Your Heart
13. The Great Valley – My House
14. Erasers – You Can Take Better Care Of Yourself
15. Julian Lynch – Sifflements, Ronflements, et Renâclements
16. Back To The Future The Ride – To Truly Know The Past
17. Swimsuit – Mongoose
18. EarthMasters – Deathcult
19. Hermit Thrushes – Little Crow
20. Royal Osprey – The Tower
21. The Tanks – I Can’t Believe I Broke Edge Again
22. GOODWILLIES – ON THE FOURTH LEVEL
23. Cloud Nothings – Dead People
24. Kevin Greenspon – Sundowner Lane
25. Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk – Freesoup

Download An Empire of Fun here (120.45 Mb)

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