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Tormenta Tropical

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, February 15, 2009 09:10pm | Post a Comment

Tormenta Tropical is an Electro-Cumbia club that has its roots in San Francisco and Buenos Aires. This was the second Tormenta Tropical in L.A and the first at their new spot, Guatalinda’s. The club mostly caters to Latin American immigrants, mostly from Central America and Mexico. It’s the kind of place you go to escape Americanism, even for just for a night. The waitresses, complete with the “barely there” mini-faldas, served drinks as the music blasted out of the sound system. To say it was loud was an understatement. The combination of Electro, Dancehall and Cumbia was as varied as the people who went to Tormenta Tropical. It was a mixture of hipsters, regulars and those who felt comfortable in both worlds.

Oro 11 and Disco Shawn from Bersa Discos started the evening. They played the perfect blend of Sonidero, Hip-Hop, Cumbia Villera, Vallenato that had the regulars up and dancing. Uproot Andy from New York, who followed them, was heavier on the electro vibe that night, which made the regulars sit down and got the electro crowd up on the floor. He did play an amazing Prince Nico remix that I wish I had. I think it may be one of his remixes...it was my favorite song of the night. Toy Selectah was the best of both worlds. He got everyone up. I spoke with Toy briefly before his set. Looks like he will have two 12" singles coming out soon, one on Discos Bersa and the other on Mad Decent

It looks like Tormenta Tropical will happen every first Friday of the month. Despite some grumbling from the regular Guatalinda’s crowd, I think this is a good thing for L.A. Not the “same old, same old” Cumbia and not some overly douchebag electro. It was the best of both worlds.

a little art for a bunch of little records

Posted by Whitmore, February 15, 2009 04:22pm | Post a Comment

This Week At The New Beverly!

Posted by phil blankenship, February 15, 2009 10:25am | Post a Comment
This Week At The New Beverly!

RIAN JOHNSON'S FESTIVAL OF FAKERY
Coming to the New Beverly Cinema Feb. 18-28
A week of films regarding frauds, fakers, charlatans, hoaxers, hucksters and other unsavory sorts, each selected and presented by Rian Johnson for your "viewerly" edification!

Rian Johnson exploded onto the film scene in 2005 with BRICK, a modern day film noir. Beloved by audiences and critics alike, the film is clearly the beginning of a long and brilliant career. Johnson's second theatrical release, THE BROTHERS BLOOM, will be released this year and will receive two advance screenings at the New Beverly as part of the "Festival of Fakery"!

Schedule permitting, Rian Johnson will introduce the films in person all 10 days of the festival.


Sunday, Monday & Tuesday February 15, 16, 17

New 35mm Print Of Saturday Night Fever!

Saturday Night Fever
(1977)
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0076666/
dir. John Badham, starring John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney
Sun: 3:15 & 7:30; Mon/Tue: 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

Flashdance
(1983)

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0085549/
dir. Adrian Lyne, written by Joe Eszterhas & Thomas Hedley Jr. music by Giorgio Moroder, starring Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri
Sun: 5:35 & 9:50; Mon/Tue: 9:50 Watch The Trailer!


Valentine's Day Got You Down? This'll Make It Hurt So Good...

Posted by Miss Ess, February 14, 2009 02:27pm | Post a Comment
Let's be real: Valentine's Day is not necessarily a happy day for everyone. In the accurate words of Sir Elton John, "Sad songs say so much," so I thought I would round up some of the sadder songs of longing and unrequited love, maybe with a bit of twang, even, in protest of all the lovey-dovey crud that Hallmark foists upon us at this time of year.






Samurai Valentines: falling in love with Kudo Kankuro's Yaji & Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, February 14, 2009 01:39pm | Post a Comment
Yaji & Kita The Midnight Pilgrims DVD Kudo Kankuro
Perhaps the only thing better than seeing a highly anticipated movie you suspect you'll love is seeing a random, unexpected movie you never knew you needed until after you've seen it. A few days ago some friends and I sat down to watch a movie, like you do, without any prior knowledge of the film, only to find ourselves physically exhausted by the time the film had ended. No joke, we had to pause the movie several times to take breaks for the fits of laughter we were driven to. I cannot ever remember any film causing such violent cries of laughter to escape from my face the way viewing Kudo Kankuro's Yaji & Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims did. I'm fighting back the giggles even now.

This film leaps into oblivion from the very beginning when Kita admits to Yaji, his lover, "I can't make heads or tails of reality." The film could easily be summed up with this single line alone, but it falls short of capturing some of the, let's say, more memorable moments in the film (hello! the bath scene!). A short synopsis of the film might go a little something like this: A gay samurai couple, Yaji and Kita, leave Edo (old Tokyo) on a quest to rid Kita of his heroin addiction. A song that could be called "Born to be Gay" gets the whole town singing and dancing in synch as they send our boys off on their merry way. A motorcycle appears and they hit the road. Hilarity ensues at every stop along the way and there are many, many points of departure and arrival in every sense (making no sense at all in most cases). The couple cuts a 7" single love song; like it or not, it is as popular as the Bearded Courtesan's single. The audience is treated to an impromptu karaoke sing-along featuring the Bearded Courtesan herself. King Arthur's sword is drawn from the stone and the two are separated by the river Styx and everyone looks like the same guy in the after life.... the bearded courtesan, hige no oiran, from Yajo & Kita the Midnight PilgrimsWell, I don't want to spoil it for you.
 
By comparison one could say this movie is an orgy involving the sucker-punch gauntlet of a plot Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (and to a lesser extent Spike Jones's Being John Malkovich -- especially in the "afterlife" sequences), the modern meets Japonisme of Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation, or, better yet, the colorful, comedic retelling of Takeshi Kitano's Yojimbo. Add to that the Broadway medley insanity of Takashi Miike's Happiness of the Katakuris, the psudo-lezzie, unconditional BFF love found in Tetsuya Nakashima's Kamikaze Girls and, just for good measure, the drug-induced porno-bowling musical montage from the Cohen Brother's The Big Lebowski. The list could go on and on, but that's the best I can do at the moment to try and capture just how lethally laughable and uniquely enjoyable this carnival on acid of a love-buddies-on-the-road flick this is. I've tried a few times to find the right words, heck, barely adequate words to give this movie life in the mind of those who haven't seen it; I know it's cliche to say "seeing is believing" when attempting to summarize the glory and afterglow of Yaji & Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims. By my standards I declare it to be one of the great new additions in contemporary Japanese cinema with a cast comprised of many of Japan's finest and famous comedy stalwarts and standard bearers to prove it. Nope, this one's not to be missed, but like Levar Burton says, "don't take my word for it, find out for yourself."

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